Exposure to toxic mold can lead to mold toxicity or mycotoxicosis. Mycotoxicosis is poisoning of the body caused by exposure to mycotoxins that are produced by certain species of mold. Most molds are harmless to the body, but certain species of mold are pathogenic and produce toxic substances called mycotoxins that cause disease in some individuals. Mold toxicity is highly underdiagnosed and is often misdiagnosed as other conditions such as Lyme disease, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, and SIBO.
Everyone is exposed to some form of mold in their environment daily and most people have the proper antibody and antigen production to address it. But about 25% of the population are reactive to mold and mycotoxins in our environment. So 1 out of 4 people are unable to produce the proper antibodies to mycotoxins. Most of these patients have genetic mutations of HLA and MTHFR (methylation) genes that prevent them from producing the proper antigens and antibodies to mycotoxins.