Molds and Mycotoxins Treatments

by | Oct 2, 2020 | Articles, Conditions, Detoxification, Supplements

Testing for mycotoxins

Urine testing for mycotoxins is the preferred method of diagnosing mold and mycotoxin exposure.  We use Great Plains Laboratory and/or Real Time Labs.  To get the best results one should take something to bind and pull mycotoxins from the tissues so that it will be excreted in the urine.  Taking liposomal-glutathione 500mg 2x/day for a week prior to testing helps increase the yield of the urine test.  If the glutathione is too much and the first dose(s) cause a negative reaction right away, then proceed with the urine test right away.  Also, it also helps by sweating via exercise, sauna or hot bath for about 10-20 minutes, roughly 30 minutes before the urine test.

Binders to remove mycotoxins

Binders are simple compounds that will connect with mycotoxins and help them stay in the gut for elimination instead of being reabsorbed and sent back to the liver.  Binders should be taken on an empty stomach several hours before or after eating.  Other supplements and medications should not be taken for about 90 minutes after taking binders.  Start slowly with binders.  If you have a negative reaction you are going to fast and it will backfire, so be patient.  Increase the binders only as tolerated.

  • Cholestryamine (Questran) 1/16 tsp powder every other day, increasing up to 1 scoop (5/3 tsp) 4x/day
  • Colesevelam (Welchol) 1/4 tab daily, increasing up to 2 tabs 3x/day
  • Activated charcoal portion of 500mg capsule daily, increasing up to 1 cap 3x/day
  • Bentonite clay 1/16 tsp liquid, increasing up to 1 cap 3x/day
  • Chlorella 200mg, 1/8 tablet every other day, increasing up to 1 cap 3x/day
  • Optifiber lean 1/4 scoop daily, increasing up to 1 scoop 3x/day
  • Saccharomyces boulardi 1/4 capsule with food daily, increasing up 1 capsule 3x/day with meals

Mycotoxins bind best to certain binders

  • Ochratoxins – cholestyramine, colesevelam, charcoal
  • Trichothecenes  / Aflotoxins – charcoal, bentonite clay, chlorella
  • Gliotoxins – bentonite clay, saccharomyces boulardii, N-acetyl-cysteine
  • Zearalanone / Enniatin B: bentonite clay, saccharomyces boulardii

Treatment for mold overgrowth

Inhaled or ingested mold spores tend to colonize in the body, particularly in the nasal/sinsues and in the gut.  Treatment with antifungal medications to eradicate them is usually necessary.

Start with treating for mold in the sinuses.  We use compounded Amphotericin B with a chelating agent (EDTA) to help dissolve biofilms.  A gentler approach is using Agentyn 23 (silver) nasal spray, ketoconazole 2%, or itraconazole 1% nasal sprays.

Finally, treat for mold overgrowth in the gut with oral antifungal supplements or medications.  Taking something for biofilms is a good idea, e.g. Biocidin.

  • Fluconazole (Diflucan) 100mg every week or two, increasing to daily or even 2x/day
  • Itraconazole (Sporanox) 100mg every week or two, increasing to daily or even 1-2 tabs 2x/day
  • Nystatin tabs or liquid 500,000 units 1/4 to 1/2 tsp or tab daily, increasing to 1 tsp or tab 4x/day
  • N-acetyl-cysteine 500mg 1-2 caps 2x/day (especially with Gliotoxins from Aspergillus or Candida)
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