- 1. Could mycotoxins play a role in most chronic diseases?
Yes, many people suffer from the symptoms caused by mycotoxins and only get treatment for their symptoms. By having the test results, a health care practitioner can find give the right treatment.
- 2. How do you know if you've been exposed to mycotoxins?
If you have been exposed to molds and feel unwell, you most likely have been exposed to mycotoxins. Molds are the gun, mycotoxins are the bullet.
- 3. What kind of testing is available for mycotoxin exposure?
The most accurate testing for mycotoxin exposure is by blood serum antibody testing for 12 different mycotoxins by far. Urine testing doesn’t test for as many mycotoxins nor is it precise, as urine testing is for mycotoxin metabolites, not mycotoxins as in the blood test.
- 4. Does the serum blood testing quantify the mycotoxins, or simply show antibodies to the mycotoxins?
Antibody testing is used to diagnose, treat, and follow patients for almost all autoimmune disorders, and other diseases such as hepatitis. It is not only very well established in clinical medicine but is the most accurate, specific and sensitive test available today.
- 5. Does everyone have antibodies present, even if they are not sick?
A small percentage of patients may have mycotoxin antibodies and feel normal. All the others will feel ill. Many more people have antibodies to viruses and don’t feel sick, but this is not so with toxins.
- 6. What is important to understand about antibodies to mycotoxins?
Antibodies to mycotoxins not only give the body burden to these mycotoxins, but these antibodies can also form adducts that bind to human tissue triggering autoimmunity.
- 7. Why is serum antibody testing so much better?
Serum antibody testing is the most accurate testing method available using today’s latest technology. It is the most specific and accurate testing method available.
- 8. What does each of the antibodies indicate in terms of exposure?
In general terms, IgG mycotoxin antibodies not only indicate exposure, but also that the body’s immune system is reacting to the mycotoxin. IgE antibodies are an indication of allergic response to mycotoxins.
- 9. What should patients do if they discover that they are currently being exposed to mycotoxins?
The most important thing a person can do if they discover they are being exposed to mycotoxins is to apply the first rule in toxicology: Get the patient away from the toxin or the toxin away from the patient.
- 10. What should patients do if they discover that they were once exposed to mycotoxins?
Patients exposed to mycotoxins should see a health care practitioner that is familiar with how to treat the toxic reaction to mycotoxins.
- 11. Do you recommend the use of cholestyramine?
I do not recommend the use of cholestyramine as it also binds up nutrients and vitamins. There are other simpler and cheaper products that can be used.
- 12. Where can practitioners order this test?
To order the test, go to mymycolab.com and after registering a test kit will be sent to you.
- 13. What is the cost of the test?
Our introductory cost is $380 for the panel of 24 test results: 12 different mycotoxins with IgG and IgE antibodies to each.
- 14. How can I get my house cleaned of mold?
Most cleaning companies offer a mold cleanup service, and all have different proprietary methods. We can recommend our partner: https://www.biosciencecorp.com/
- 15. Is the test available internationally?
The test is readily available in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Europe, and Russia. The registration process and test price are the same.
- 16. Where can I learn more about mycotoxins?
- 17. Are there any medications that can affect the test results?
Immunosuppressant and corticosteroid drugs can reduce antibody production and cause false negative results.
- 18. Does a patient need to be fasting before the blood collection? Any supplements a patient should stop?
The drugs that patients should be off of for 6 to 8 weeks prior to testing are immunosuppressive drugs, including all corticosteroids and chemotherapeutic drugs. Other medication and/or supplements do not affect antibody testing.
Serum antibody testing for mycotoxins does not need to be fasting.