Can there be poisons in our food?
I discovered an old research paper from the Journal of The American Medical Association (JAMA) dated 2002. I reread it today and it had the identical effect on me as it did 18 years ago. It spoke of the many pharmaceutical benefits to fungi like killing bacteria (antibiotics) blood vessel restriction to stop bleeding after childbirth (ergot) and reducing the body’s immune system after organ transplantation (cyclosporin). It then referred to use of mycotoxins as biological weapons. Finally, author Dr. Ruth Etzel spoke of the harm done by fungal mycotoxins. Are they the poisons in our food?
In the past 20 years, we have seen a resurgence of mycotoxin contamination in our grain supply in America. One, called “Fumonisin” prompted an emergency meeting at Texas A&M University in 2017, because this mycotoxin can be deadly for livestock at certain levels. According to a 2011 Saudi Chemical Society study in 2011, Fumonisin contaminates corn, wheat and other grains and was shown to promote tumors in rats. Again, rats? Not that I don’t care for cows and pigs and rats, but what about we humans?
The same Saudi study reported that this mycotoxin also increases the risk of both throat cancer and neural tube defects like spina bifida in humans. This is a bad mycotoxin!
Dr Etzel states that our American corn supply American corn supply may be commonly contaminated with the mycotoxin, Fumonisin, which is both neurotoxic and carcinogenic. And while I know that antibiotic do save many lives, medical journals are now calling for “antibiotic stewardship,” or self-policing. Not that I believe doctors know that antibiotics are fungal mycotoxins, but they do know that the more antibiotics they prescribe, the higher the risk of many diseases, including cancer.
I know that it is difficult to believe in 2020, but poisons do infiltrate our food and drug supply. But, you get to choose whether or not to eat grains and you can research lifestyles that might preclude doctor visits for recurrent infections that yield recurrent antibiotics.