Medical myths are also perpetuated by medical organizations. One example is the Mold Statement published by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). The ACOEM Mold Statement was published in 2002 and re-issued in 2011. The 2011 version was almost identical to the original version. In fact, nine years later, the 2011 version did not update its review of previous research papers nor include new research that could have expanded or revised its position.
The ACOEM paper claims that people can only become ill from mold if they eat it. They are wrong, and they know it. They have known about the inhalation health effects of mycotoxins (toxins from mold spores) since at least 1985 and probably much earlier. ACOEM claims that mycotoxins are not volatile, and, therefore, are not inhaled. However, this organization fails to cite peer-reviewed literature that demonstrates the mycotoxins are present in dust and ultra-fine particulates.
The U.S. Army funded a study that took place from 1982-1985. The paper is titled "Toxicologic and Analytical Studies with T-2 and Related Trichothecene Mycotoxins." They proved that the inhalation effects of mycotoxins were similar to the effects of mycotoxins that were intravenously injected.
In another study in 1987, researchers found that "inhalation of T-2 mycotoxin is at least 10 times more toxic than systemic administration and at least 20 times more toxic than dermal administration."
Inhaled mycotoxins cause serious health problems
(image by Google Images (from Berkeley Lab article))
So, the next time somebody tells you that mold and mycotoxins aren't harmful unless you eat them, tell them they are wrong.
And, the next time someone asks you why the government doesn't do something about indoor air pollution, you can give them the answer.
To learn more about the health effects of mold, mycotoxins, and other indoor air pollutants and the influence of Big Business on these important public-health issues, read the GIHN position statement and check out the GIHN video titled "Big Business and the Big Lie Strategy."
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