After an enlightening conversation with the one and only James Holland, one of the founding members of IICRC, it became evident that industry knowledge needs to be disseminated for proper remediation and restoration to take place. Over the next few weeks, we will review a number of topics and therein relate current practice to working theory..
One of the components to our conversation was Mr. Holland's advice to me insofar as reading up on mycotoxins; versus aflatoxins as we previously covered as being a known Human Carcinogen. As it turns out, mycotoxins are equally as dangerous.
Did you know that mycotoxins are one of the most poisonous substances known to man? Interestingly, mycotoxins, which are formed as a product of mold, are almost invisible to the immune system, thereby sneaking past any antigenic ability the body normally would have in warding off unwanted substances and toxicity in the bloodstream. The effects of mycotoxins (aside from ALSO being known carcinogens) are devastating. Long term exposure to mold, or acute exposure in large amounts can expose a person to those mycotoxins which have been evidenced to correlate with kidney damage, liver damage (and cancer), hemorrhage, changes in hormones, skin disorders, CNS (Central Nervous System) damage and much more. If you or anyone you know have an issue with mold (especially in the home), it's important to take all precautions and have a professional remediate the issue. There are very strict recommendations on respiration devices that are worn during Mold Remediation and a lot of scientific knowledge is analyzed in order to create current Industry Standards.