environmental health

Dear Dr. Rea,
I have read that only a few types of molds are known to cause MCS. I was reading that Aspergillus fumigatus produces mycotoxins such as gliotoxin which is known to cause immunosuppressive activities such as inhibition of superoxide release, cytokine release by leukocytes and T-lymphocyte-mediated cytotoxicity. I have also read Dr. Pall’s studies and based on that I would think Aspergillus fumigatus could potentially cause or contribute to MCS? Do you know of any studies to prove or disprove this?

Dr. Rea’s response:
Yes! Aspergillus fumigatus can cause MCS, as can Stachybotrys chartarum, which releases trichothocenes. We have seen this at EHC-D. I am not aware of any studies on this, but they may exist.

William J. Rea, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.E.M.
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