Mold, a Toxin?
Mold? a toxin. Yep it is. There is mounds of documentation showing the negative health impact of exposure to mold, black mold or other molds.
“Health effects (of mold exposure) generally fall into four categories. These four categories are allergy, infection, irritation (mucous membrane and sensory), and toxicity,” says Dr. Harriet Ammann of the Washington State Department of Health’s Ecology Department.
In Dr. Ammann’s paper on mold she sites an outstanding example of mold toxicity, peanut allergy. Peanuts contain high amounts of mold, a type of mold that produces the most deadly carcinogen known to man: Aflatoxin. Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring mycotoxin produced by two types of mold: Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus (http://arizonaadvancedmedicine.com/articles/kid_food.html), and peanuts seem to be especially vulnerable. In the case of the peanut, the argument is that it’s actually the reaction to this toxic substance, not an actual allergy to peanuts that causes the severe allergic reactions.
The reality is that this mold can invade all types of organic substances where the conditions are favorable for it’s growth, mainly high moisture and high temperature. And weather Aflatoxin causes allergic reactions or not is not the main concern, although important in the discussion of mold reactions, the main concern is that the potent carcinogen it produces is the most potent known to science and is known to be a cause of cancer.
Mold is a health risk to anyone who comes into contact with it and it is worse than an unwanted house guest because of the damage it can do to your home and you. This is why finding out if you have a mold problem and having the mold removed is such an important issue to have taken care of.
Tucson Mold Removal have been assessing and removing mold for nearly 20 years in the Tucson area. Our technicians are trained to identify mold on sight to let you know what kind of problem you may have.