Mycotoxin is a toxin produced by an organism of the
fungus kingdom, which includes mushrooms, molds and yeasts.
(4) Food exposed to pesticides, insecticides, herbicides,
fungicides and rodenticides become toxic as well as spoiled
foods. This page lists foods that in themselves are considered
by some to be toxic containing Mycotoxins. No amount of
exercise, drugs, herbs or treatments can compensate for
a poisonous diet. The first step to good health is to eliminate
Be sure to go to the bottom of the page to see diseases
related to mycotoxins
Vinyard: "It saddens me to have to
mention that the huge American farm corporations apply approximately
a billion pounds of pesticides, insecticides, herbicides,
fungicides and rodenticides to our food supply. This poses
a danger to us because these toxins remain as residues on
our food which can lead to many diseases including cancer."
table below is a list of foods that have a potential of
||Alcohol is the mycotoxin of the Saccharomyces
yeast--brewer’s yeast. Other mycotoxins besides
alcohol can also be introduced into these beverages
through the use of mold-contaminated grains and fruits.
Producers often use grains that are too contaminated
with fungi and mycotoxins to be used for table foods,
so the risk is higher that you are consuming more than
just alcohol in your beverage (Council for Agricultural
Science and technology. Mycotoxins: Economic and Health
Risks. Task Force Report Number 116. CAST. Ames, IA.
Nov 1989). Before you drink for the health of your heart,
consider the other possible risks of drinking. There
are safer ways of consuming antioxidants.
||Similar to other grains that can be damaged by drought,
floods and harvesting and storage processes, barley
is equally susceptible to contamination by mycotoxin-producing
fungi. Barley is used in the production of various cereals
and alcoholic beverages.
||"I want to point out that, while coconut oil
is an incredible food in terms of nutrition and taste,
many coconut oils contain mycotoxins. This is because
they are commonly made with copras, or dried coconuts,
which are often contaminated with mycotoxins. So in
order to fully enjoy the benefits of this coconut oil,
you will want to be sure that you find a company that
uses only fresh coconuts to make their oil" (1)
||Corn is "universally contaminated" with
fumonisin and other fungal toxins such as aflatoxin,
zearalenone and ochratoxin (Council for Agricultural
Science and Technology. Mycotoxins: Risks in Plant,
Animal and Human Systems. Task Force Report No. 139.
Ames, IA. Jan 2003). Fumonisin and aflatoxin are known
for their cancer-causing effects, while zearalenone
and ochratoxin cause estrogenic and kidney-related problems,
respectively. Just as corn is universally contaminated
with mycotoxins, our food supply seems to be universally
contaminated with corn--it’s everywhere! A typical
chicken nugget at a fast food restaurant consists of
a nugget of corn-fed chicken that is covered by a corn-based
batter that is sweetened with corn syrup!
||Here’s a hint: if you see mold growing throughout
your cheese, no matter what you paid for it, there’s
a pretty good chance that there’s a mycotoxin
not far from the mold. It is estimated that each fungus
on Earth produces up to three different mycotoxins.
The total number of mycotoxins known to date numbers
in the thousands. On the other hand, some cheeses, such
as Gouda cheese, are made with yogurt-type cultures,
like Lactobacillus, and not fungi (Costantini, 1998/99).
These cheeses are a much healthier alternative, fungally
speaking. Naturally, with this list coming from a group
that opposes eating food that is merely contaminated
with fungi, we’d certainly oppose eating the fungus
itself! That would include common table mushrooms and
so-called myco-protein food products.
||Cottonseed is typically found in the oil form (cottonseed
oil), but is also used in the grain form for many animal
foods. Many studies show that cottonseed is highly and
often contaminated with mycotoxins.
||A 1993 study demonstrated 24 different types of fungi
that colonized the inside of the peanuts used in the
report (Costantini, A. Etiology and Prevention of Atherosclerosis.
Fungalbionics Series.1998/99). And this was after the
exterior of the peanut was sterilized! So, when you
choose to eat peanuts, not only are you potentially
eating these molds, but also their mycotoxins. Incidentally,
in the same study the examiners found 23 different fungi
on the inside of corn kernels. That said, if you choose
to plant your own garden in an attempt to avoid mycotoxin
contamination of corn or peanuts, it does you no good
if the seed (kernel) used to plant your garden is already
riddled with mold...Peanuts are not only commonly contaminated
with aflatoxin, a carcinogenic mold, but they will also
distort your omega-3:6 ratio.
||The same goes for rye as for wheat and other grains.
In addition, when we use wheat and rye to make bread,
we add two other products that compound our fungal concerns:
sugar and yeast!
||Sorghum is used in a variety of grain-based products
intended for both humans and animals. It is also used
in the production of alcoholic beverages.
||(sugar cane and sugar beets) Not only are sugar cane
and sugar beets often contaminated with fungi and their
associated fungi, but they, like the other grains, fuel
the growth of fungi. Fungi need carbohydrates--sugars--to
||Not only is wheat often contaminated with mycotoxins,
but so are the products made from wheat, like breads,
cereals, pasta, etc. Pasta may be the least-"offensive"
form of grains since certain water-soluble mycotoxins,
such as deoxynivalenol (vomitoxin), are partially removed
and discarded when you toss out the boiling water that
you cooked the pasta in. Unfortunately, traces of the
more harmful, heat-stable and fat-soluble mycotoxins,
such as aflatoxin, remain in the grain. Regarding breads--it
probably doesn’t matter if it’s organic,
inorganic, sprouted, blessed or not--if it came from
a grain that has been stored for months in a silo, it
stands the chance of being contaminated with fungi and
|Rice, oats and beans
||contain carbohydrates and occasionally contain mold
but are more resistant to fungus.
These diseases are reported to have a relationship to Mycotoxin
* Alcoholic cirrhosis
* Anorexia Nervosa
* Balkan Nephropathy
* Biliary cirrhosis
* Crohn’s disease
* Cushing’s disease
* Muscular Dystrophy
* Familial Mediterranean Fever
* Heart failure
* Hyperactivity Syndrome
* Hyperlipidemia (high lipids)
* IgA Nephropathy
* Kidney stones
* Leukocytoclastic vasculitis
* Inflammatory bowel disease
* Mollaret’s meningitis
* Multiple Sclerosis
* Nephritis (kidney inflammation)
* Precocious puberty
* Pulmonary Hypertension
* Raynaud’s Syndrome/disease
* Reye’s syndrome
* Rheumatoid Arthritis
* Shoulder-hand syndrome
* Thrombocytopenic purpura
* (low platelets)
(1) David A. Holland MD. from mercola.com, (2)