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    Re: Toxicology of mycotoxins

    Posted by Mike B. on 3/17/10

    You're wrong, as usual.

    On 3/14/10, Sharon wrote:
    > springer link. c o m / content / px 32071j 1517731 6 /
    > "Toxicology of mycotoxins
    > Robert R. M. Paterson1 and Nelson Lima1
    > Centre of Biological Engineering, IBB-Institute for
    > Biotechnology and Bioengineering, Universidade do Minho,
    > Braga, Portugal
    > Humans are exposed to mycotoxins via ingestion, contact and
    > inhalation. This must have occurred throughout human
    > history and led to severe outbreaks. Potential diseases
    > range from akakabio-byo to stachybotryotoxicosis and
    > cancer. The known molecular bases of toxicology run the
    > gamut of 23 compounds, from aflatoxins (AFs) to
    > zearalenone, ochratoxin A and deoxynivalenol. Ergotism is
    > one of the oldest recognized mycotoxicosis, although
    > mycotoxin science only commenced in the 1960s with the
    > discovery of AFs in turkey feed. AFs are carcinogenic. Some
    > others are suspected carcinogens. The effects of mycotoxins
    > are acute or chronic in nature. Mycotoxins are well known
    > in the scientific community, although they have a low
    > profile in the general population. An incongruous situation
    > occurs in United States where mycotoxins from “moldy homes”
    > are considered to be a significant problem, although there
    > is a general debate about seriousness. This contrasts with
    > the thousands of deaths from mycotoxins that occur, even
    > now, in the technologically less developed countries (e.g.,
    > Indonesia, China, and Africa). Mycotoxins are more toxic
    > than pesticides. Studies are moving from whole animal work
    > to investigating the biochemical mechanisms in isolated
    > cells, and the mechanisms of toxicity at the molecular
    > level are being elucidated. The stereochemical nature of
    > AFs has been shown to be important. In addition, the effect
    > of multiple mycotoxins is being increasingly investigated,
    > which will more accurately represent the situation in
    > nature. It is anticipated that more fungal metabolites will
    > be recognized as dangerous toxins and permitted statutory
    > levels will decrease in the future."
    > Gee. Guess the US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal
    > Reform, the Manhattan Institute Center for Legal Policy,
    > and the little cabal of Big Tobacco White Coats turned self
    > professed mold "experts" circa 2000, were wrong that it has
    > been scientifically proven all claims of illness from the
    > toxins of mold are only being made because of "trial
    > lawyers, media and junk science".
    > Just spent some time on an ecoexcursion.
    > ignacio springs . co m /
    > Amazing how such a break can renew one's spirit and ability
    > to rock and roll in the name of accurate US public health
    > policy marketing!

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