(Environmental Mold and Mycotoxin Assessment)
KEEPING YOUR FAMILY FREE FROM TOXIC MOLD AND MYCOTOXINS
10 of the most toxigenic molds and 15 of the most poisonous mycotoxins.
Warnings from the Experts
Read what the experts have to say about environmental exposure to mold and mycotoxins.
“Microbial growth may result in greater numbers of spores, cell fragments, allergens, mycotoxins, endotoxins, β-glucans and volatile organic compounds in indoor air. The causative agents of adverse health effects have not been identified conclusively, but an excess level of any of these agents in the indoor environment is a potential health hazard”.
“In vitro and in vivo studies have demonstrated adverse effects—including immunotoxic, neurologic, respiratory, and dermal responses—after exposure to specific toxins, bacteria, molds, or their products. Such studies have established that exposure to microbial toxins can occur via inhalation and dermal exposure and through ingestion of contaminated food.”
“Fungal diseases pose an important threat to public health for several reasons. • Opportunistic infections such as cryptococcosis and aspergillosis are becoming increasingly problematic as the number of people with weakened immune systems rises. This group includes cancer patients, transplant recipients, other people taking medications that weaken the immune system.”
“Which cancers are associated with exposure to aflatoxins? Exposure to aflatoxins is associated with an increased risk of liver cancer.”
“Using the ERMI Test, RTL frequently detects Aspergillus fumigatus in water damaged homes and buildings. Invasive Aspergillosis has a mortality rate of 40%-90%.”
Mold and Mycotoxin Testing in Homes and Buildings
If it is suspected that a home or building may be “sick” and harboring fungi, or a patient tests positive for one or more Mycotoxins, it is recommended that the building be tested using the RTL Environmental Mold and Mycotoxin Assessment (EMMA) . Mycotoxin testing is performed using the RTL Mycotoxin testing protocol and panel. Mold testing is done using the ERMI (Environmental Relative Moldiness Index) protocol, as developed by the EPA.
Doing the mycotoxin test with the ERMI test has been incredibly helpful. Since both only show part of the picture (not all molds are tested for on the ERMI and not all mycotoxins are tested for in the mycotoxin panel) I get a better assessment of the building with both and reduce the false negatives.