Testing for mycotoxins can be a very difficult and complicated venture. Some of the most advanced cases of mycotoxicity may even go un-noticed with false negative tests. This is because mycotoxins have a way of 'hiding' within cells as intracellular dwelling substances. When mycotoxins are sequestered within cells, they are free of detection by most tests. However, there is a strong body of evidence that suggests that certain kinds of detox including sauna treatments will force the mycotoxin out of the cell dwelling, making them available for more accurate testing outside of the cells in which they will attempt to inhibit. Testing IgG, IgA and IgM (ImmuneGlobulins) can paint a much clearer picture as to whether or not someone who is demonstrating signs and symptoms has been effected by mycotoxins. IgG, IgA and IgM are all antibodies that are created in the presence of certain types of mold/ biotoxin. Their presence or absence are good indicators of the presence or absence of certain types of mold in the home and mycotoxins in the body.
Another approach to testing for mycotoxins that has bene very successful is HLA testing. Every person has an HLA allele from each parent. Depending on the characterization of this allele, a trained practitioner can generally determine if the type or combination of types is more or less susceptible to mold. This is a sort of baseline test that will help to delineate the treatment. More susceptible persons (as determined by HLA type) respond very differently to various treatments and likewise do those who are less susceptible respond better to different treatements (or mycotoxin binders).
Last, but certainly not least testing for biomarkers such as TGF-β1, C4a, C3a, MSH, VIP, VEGF, and MMP-9. that are all associated with mycotoxicity can help to uncover the type of biotoxin or mycotoxin that is causing illness(es) in patients.