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Fungus

Fungal diseases are common place in plants and animals

In such diseases, the fungi are actively growing on and invading the body of their hosts.  There is another means by which fungi can cause harm without invading our bodies.  When fungi grow on a living organism or on stored food material that we consume, they may produce harmful metabolites that diffuses into their food.  It is believed that fungi evolved these metabolites as a means of protecting their food supply by preventing other organisms from eating it.

Fungi as Human Pathogens

The study of Fungi as animal and human pathogens is medical mycology.  There is also such a thing as veterinary mycology, but the types of diseases that are found in your pets often are the same as those that are found in people.  Because of the rarity of human diseases caused by fungi, most people have little, if any, knowledge of such diseases.

Sugar and Fungus

A 35-year-old recently walked into my office suffering from a whole list of health problems.  She had chronic fatigue, recurrent yeast vaginal infections, itchy ears, dandruff, patchy itchy skin rashes, irritable bowel syndrome, muscle twitching, acne rosacea, malabsorption, headaches, and more.

Herxheimer Reaction

This is a normal - and even healthy - reaction that indicates that parasites, fungi, viruses, bacteria or other pathogens are being effectively killed off. The "additional reading" links below describe the symptoms of "die off" and why it occurs. This is especially true with fungal infestations. When a fungus dies it spews out mycotoxins that make the current symptoms of disease even worse. The cure can only happen after the fact. So it's like an addict ending an addiction. You can't get there without going through the process.

Mycotoxins and Food Supply

Among food contaminants, mycotoxins will have greater consequences in terms of both human and animal health as well as economics.  Mycotoxins are substances produced by molds that contaminate various agricultural commodities either before harvest or under post-harvest conditions.  This article covers a food safety issue that is overlooked by promoters of so-called organic food.  Mycotoxins and the fungi that produce them are 100% organic.

Mycotoxins in Feed Grains and Ingredients

This is link to a pdf document of a research report published by Kansas State University discusses the cause and other aspects of mycotoxins in grains.  The author is Tim Herrman.  The publication date was May 2002.  right off he sates that "The word mycotoxin was derived from mycotoxicosis, which was a term first used in 1955 to describe diseases of animals caused by fungal toxins."  It's been 60 years now and the medical community is not yet tuned in.

Mycotoxins in Pet Food

Mycotoxins contaminate cereal grains worldwide, and their presence in pet food has been a potential health threat to companion animals.  Aflatoxins, ochratoxin A, and Fusarium mycotoxins have been found in both raw ingredients and final products of pet food around the globe.  Aflatoxin, a hepatotoxin and carcinogen, has caused several food poisoning outbreaks in dogs, and aflatoxin content is regulated in pet food in many countries.