“Tourette’s-Like” Syndrome – Cause by Fungus?

Doug Kaufmann
“First ADULT is diagnosed with mystery Tourette’s-like syndrome affecting teenagers at same high school as doctors say brain infection may be to blame.”

What infection could be causing this mysterious syndrome?  Could it be fungus?


Facts from my lecture power point presentations:

– LSD was first synthesized from a fungus that grows on rye and other grains. In 1938, Albert Hofmann working in the Swiss pharmaceutical company called Sandoz, produced LSD for the first time

– Psilocybin mushrooms (also called magic mushrooms) are fungi mainly of the psilocybe genus that contain the psychedelic substances psilocybin and psilocin.

– Alcohol is a fungal byproduct produced by brewer’s yeast (Saccharomyces species).

– Fungus and its byproducts can be neurotoxic to humans.

– Mycotoxins occur naturally, and unfortunately, they are not studied as a cause of neurological symptoms in humans. The mycotoxins known to impede brain function are verruculogen, ergot alkaloids, slaframine, citreovirdin, roquefortine, ochratoxin a, 3 nitropropenic acid and patulin.

– The nervous systems of animals have been adversely altered by at least 8 mycotoxins

Antibiotic Induced Neurotoxicity 

– Two mycotoxin derived (Cefepime and Ceftazidime) antibiotics induced neurotoxic side effects. Both antibiotics are part of the cephalosporin family. Both are beta-lactams, the most known for neurological problems.

– Out of 42 cases of cefepime induced neurotoxicity and 12 cases of ceftazidime induced neurotoxicity, 96% of patients experienced confusion and spatial disorientation. Other CNS side effects included seizures and spasms.

– The study states that “Antibiotic-induced neurotoxicity often is overlooked or misinterpreted despite extensive administration of these agents”

Pharmacotherapy.2003;23(3)Pharmacotherapy Publications

– Penicillin and Neurotoxicity first recognized as neurotoxic in 1945

– Penicillin is beta lactam antibiotic

– Penicillin has been shown to be neurotoxic in all age groups

– Penicillin can cause grand mal seizures, spasms, and in some cases, hallucinations. 

“Neurotoxicity During Intravenous Infusion of Penicillin. A Review — Fossieck and Parker 14 (10): 504 –.” The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. 05 May 2009


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