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Thursday, April 11, 2013
|Dr. Rodger Murphree, 2700 Rogers Drive, Suite 100, Homewood, AL 35209, USA |
hypothesized that many different pathogens can trigger a disease or
diseases with core symptoms in common. Pathogens may also exacerbate
existing disease or work together.
Toxins 2013, 5, 605-617; doi:10.3390/toxins5040605
toxins ISSN 2072-6651
Detection of Mycotoxins in Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Joseph H. Brewer, Jack D. Thrasher , David C. Straus , Roberta A. Madison 4
and Dennis Hooper
Abstract: Over the past 20 years, exposure to mycotoxin producing mold has
recognized as a significant health risk. Scientific literature has
demonstrated mycotoxins as
possible causes of human disease in water-damaged buildings (WDB).
This study was conducted to determine if selected mycotoxins could be
identified in human urine from patients suffering from chronic fatigue
syndrome (CFS). Patients (n = 112) with a prior
diagnosis of CFS were evaluated for mold exposure and the presence of
Urine was tested for aflatoxins (AT), ochratoxin A (OTA) and macrocyclic
trichothecenes (MT) using Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assays (ELISA). Urine
specimens from 104 of 112 patients (93%) were positive for at least one
mycotoxin (one in
the equivocal range).
Almost 30% of the cases had more than one mycotoxin present. OTA
was the most prevalent mycotoxin detected (83%) with MT as the next most
(44%). Exposure histories indicated current and/or past exposure to WDB in
over 90% of
Environmental testing was performed in the WDB from a subset of these
This testing revealed the presence of potentially mycotoxin producing mold
mycotoxins in the environment of the WDB. Prior testing in a healthy
control population A hypothesis of possible mitochondrial damage in CFS
is presented following review of the literature. The mitochondrial
dysfunction may be triggered and accentuated by exposure
OPEN ACCESS The full study can be read here:
Received: 18 March 2013; in revised form: 1 April 2013 / Accepted: 3 April
Published: 11 April 2013
"There are still all of these stereotypes of people who are sick," says Edwards, who also has celiac disease, an immune disorder. "The biggest is that it is somehow our fault."
Blame and stigma trail people with conditions from AIDS to obesity, she says.
Those attitudes are rooted in history and human nature but come with a twist today: Many people may believe that medical science has advanced to such a degree that there is literally no excuse for an incurable illness. Those who suffer from poorly defined conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia bear an extra burden, she says: Even some doctors doubt they are as sick as they say they are.
Women, in particular, she says, still risk being labeled "hysterical females" if they come to doctors with symptoms that can't be easily diagnosed or that don't respond to treatment.