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AFB1 and AFM1 Two of The Most Deadly Known Carcinogens

MacFawn Fire & Flood Restoration - Thursday, December 10, 2015
MOLD FACT: Did you know that [Aspergillis] one of the TOP 4 MOST COMMMON TYPES OF MOLD IN THE HOME produces toxins that are among the most dangers human carcinogens known to man?
These [Alfatoxins] are in fact so dangerous that the FDA has mandated a maximum of 5 ppb (parts per billion) in food and dairy!
There is a well established causative link between aflatoxin and lung/ liver cancer(s). [AFB-1] found in Aspergillis species; which can be found on surfaces in proximity to mold and hence ingested, inhaled or absorbed is generally the culprit in non smoking related lung cancer cases. [AFM1] is the metabolic byproduct that is metabolized inside the body when one ingests food items (with AFB1). AFM1 as any other substance in the body is then metabolized by the liver, where it can wreak havoc on the liver and effect DNA / cell replication leading to liver cancer.
It is imperative that if you have reason to believe that your home or business could have mold, that you address it with caution and call in a professional. It is NEVER a good idea to address mold without proper respiratory protection and other PPE. Mold remediation is a complicated process in which the area is contained so that it cannot spread and all airflow is controlled. Simply placing an air cleaner in the affected region can actually cause more harm than good if the air is moving and mold spores (and Aflatoxins) are spread about the areas proximal to air cleaning unit(s).