It is actually not a supposition that fungi can 'tweak' the
so-called psychological condition of an individual. It is
not a wild imagination to say that fungal toxins (mycotoxins) have
serious impact on neurons and thus affecting the whole
cranial-neurological system of an individual; and thus causing
Where do the pathogenic (disease-causing)
fungi come from?
First, you have to understand that fungi are not altogether bad, and
there are bad and good fungi -- you can eat edible and therapeutic
fungi but stay away from which can kill. Most people understand that
toadstools are from the fungi family. Several mushrooms which grow in
the wild and are highly potent in toxins. We remember when we were
(and were beginning to take to the outdoors by ourselves), we
were cautioned not even to touch wild mushrooms. There are still
sporadic cases of
from harvesting wild toxic mushrooms for consumption.
mushrooms are mainly investigated by the Orientals, particularly the
Chinese and later the Japanese. Lingzhi is a mushroom;
are fungi, and the commercially cultivated mushrooms such as shiitake
and maitake have been known to have potent anti-fungal and
Besides the 'seen' fungi growing in the outdoor environment, a much
less noticed fungi are those found in human habitats: On damp walls,
sanitation system, kitchens, air-conditioning system, etc.; in food and
drinks: Moldy food caused by poor storage, expiration, contamination,
etc; in the pastures; in the ... the list goes on and on.
There remains a terrain, an even much less known environment,
fungi proliferate: The human body
-- on the skin as well
Yes, the human body is
host to various pathogenic (disease-causing) and toxigenic (toxin
producing) fungi, yeasts, and microbes which do not belong to classes
such as bacteria, viruses as they are symbionts, variants of a much
more complex morphology, and these are highly suspect to
be prime causes of many
ailments. The queer thing about mycotoxins is that when they
impact the neurological system, the consequences are indeed far-reaching.
'Salem Witch Trial' saga
In Old World America and Europe back in the 17th Century, a
seasonal scourge of a ‘strange epidemic’ evaded explanation and for
almost two centuries, it had wiped out hundreds of thousands of lives
in seasonal recurrence. Not only that, the victims of this ‘strange
disease’ could have both or either of such conditions: ‘Wasting away of
appendages and limbs which dried up and fell away’ (necrotic gangrene).
Who would have thought it
was a fungus as a root cause and not a supernatural issue?
saga lasted two centuries but while in such doldrums all through those
wretched years, several medical experts gave hints and conjectures but
sadly they remained as suspicions. Perhaps, the puritans were adamantly
committed to 'exorcising' Salem. Anyway, it was later put
down as caused by a fungus called Claviceps
and commonly referred to as ergot
We can see from this historical evidence how
victims of mycotoxins are afflicted not only with bodily pain
and wasting away of body parts, but also uncannily the 'supernatural'
apparitions reported by sufferers and even choking sensation
or asphyxiations. The tightness in the air canal were interpreted
'strangulations' for reasons which were inevitable: The 'spectral
evidence' (seen through the eyes of the sufferers) were there to put
the blame on. The puritanical society in Salem in that era
naturally went on
a witch-hunt. Too bad; many innocent lives were lost while
the religionists sought to wipe out the perpetrators as co-horts of the
which impact neurons are sub-classed as neurotoxins and
their organic structure are similar to that of neuro-transmitters, thus
disrupting the normal functions of neurons; and leading to the various
sensorial symptoms from voices in the ears (ringing?), spectral images
in the vision, tactile feelings of 'something crawling underneath the
skin', and choking sensations, to name a few.
One infection, many afflictions
We cannot help but wonder whether fungal infections could be
the prime source of most maladies affecting humans: A
one-infection- many-afflictions scenario. It could very well
be, for all we know; but just that not much funding for research is
going in this
direction for reasons best known to the industry. If you look
objectively at the manifestations of symptoms from mycotoxin effect on
neurons, you might also be having some questions in your mind whether
respiratory, spinal, osteo-musculature problems as well as allergies
are actually caused by fungus rather
than physiological dysfunctions per se. There are even
substantial information on the characterisation of disorders such as
autism, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's which tend towards a
source, rather than initially comprehended as psychological disorders.
do the pathogenic fungi come from?
Pathogenic fungi are extremely
durable organisms and each species has seeminly mastered the art
of preservation, by having at least four modes of
morphological structure to tackle environmental exigencies. Pathogenic
fungi can be contacted via the normal channels of contagion, namely the
orifices of nose, mouth, ears, eyes, genital organs, anus; and through
media such as through food, drinks, air, soil, sexual
fluids; by way of seepage through the skin, cuts and wounds;
and even through oversight in hospital procedures.
particular genus is the culprit?
Data from independent
non-vested-interest research on degenerative
diseases are pointing to a class of fungi which are highly suspect to
be the prime mover of the diversified afflictions in chronic diseases
-- yeasts, particularly from the Candida
family, and more specifially Candida
fact Candidiasis, an infection affecting most women, and even men, has
long been a recalcitrant condition but has somehow stayed in the
background all these year since the 1980s with medical attention more
focussed on bacteria and viruses. The ignoring of Candidiasis
a potential scourge could be a mistake as it could have morphed into
conditions which unsuspectingly are what we know today as chronic
diseases such as coronary heart disease, metastatic neoplasm, diabetes,
peripheral vascular diseases, strokes, fibromydglia, arthritis, and
osteoporosis, to name just a few of them.
do the pathogenic fungi mainly reside?
microbe is no stranger to gynaecological problems as it has developed a
sort of favorite habitat in the vaginal orifice. The conditions in the
vagina actually conduce to its survival, but its population is held in
check by other microbes, particularly the bacterium genus Lactobacillus.
The other habitat where Candida is found to populate is in the long
channel in the human body from the oral orifice to the anal orifice.
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