In 1992, Spanish researchers studied a fungal poison, (a “mycotoxin”), called aflatoxin, and its affect on broiler chickens. This is NOT a mycotoxin anyone would ever want to experiment with on humans, but the more it is studied, the more it proves to kill tissues that it comes in contact with. Food contaminated with aflatoxin was fed to the chickens, and the tissues affected were later found to be the spleen, the liver and thyroid gland.
Six years later, Japanese physicians were successfully treating a 41-year old man who had leukemia. Things were going well until he subsequently developed a lung infection, later found to be due to the fungus, Aspergillus. This fungus makes several poisonous mycotoxins, one of which is aflatoxin, the same one that damaged the chickens’ thyroid glands. The man died of the fungal infection, but it wasn’t until the autopsy that they discovered that this fungus had damaged not only his lungs from inhaling the fungus, but also his heart, brain, kidneys, skin and thyroid gland.
Swollen Thyroid…From Cheeseburgers and Beer?
There’s a real medical condition called Fungal thyroiditis, which is an inflamed, swollen thyroid due to fungus. It’s most often caused by a fungus called Aspergillus.
You’re thinking, “OK…why would I care about this??”
Simple. Because you may be eating it, or the poisons Aspergillus left behind.
Ever eat cheeses, season your food with soy sauce, or drink beer, whiskey, or wine? Aspergillus and it’s poisons has been known to contaminate these and many other common foods.
What Many Doctor’s Don’t Know
Unfortunately, physicians likely won’t attribute your thyroid issues to mold exposure. It’s not because they’re trying to hide something from you. It’s because physicians are not extensively taught about mycology (the study of fungus) in medical school.
Doctors tend to grab a prescription pad when they suspect an infectious agent (which fungus and bacteria both are) is the reason for their patient’s medical problem. They often prescribe an antibiotic. Of course, that can backfire on the patient, because penicillin, itself, is a fungal metabolite, and tends to fuel fungal infections. In the case of fungal thyroiditis, for example, I believe that using an antibacterial drug to treat a fungal condition may actually contribute to the rapid expansion of an illness like thyroid disease.
I’ve studied the fungus link to human illness for decades. I’ve noticed a trend that I touched on in the previous paragraph. When any medical condition is rapidly spreading across large portions of the population, yet the cause remains largely unknown despite thousands of scientific documents, I tend to suspect fungus immediately.
For example: How will we stop the two leading causes of death in America, (heart disease and cancer)? We must find their causes, rather than simply treating their symptoms!