Part 7: Stop the Epidemic of Autoimmune Disease

functional medicine treeDr. Jenkins first heard of mycotoxins in 1991 by a close friend who was a nutrition scientist. Mycotoxins are toxins produced by mold, fungus, and yeast. Mycotoxins are nonliving substances that can’t be destroyed or killed. They cause cellular damage to the DNA and are mutagenic / carcinogenic. Once the DNA is damaged it is no longer a self-cell but becomes something foreign, a non-self-cell, that our body’s immune system recognizes and tries to destroy. All grains such as wheat, rye, barely, corn, etc., and other foods like peanuts are universally contaminated with mold/ fungus which produces these mycotoxins. These mycotoxins are then ingested or inhaled by the unsuspecting public. Even coffee beans are contaminated. The mold and fungus grow on these foods when they are in the fields before harvested and can grow in the storage bins and silos.

What’s even more disturbing is that the nutrition industry uses mold and fungus in a fermentation process to produce digestive enzymes and Vitamin C, which are contaminated with these deadly mycotoxins. Mycotoxins can affect any cell in our body and create an immune response and inflammation as well as being heptatoxic/liver toxic, nephrotoxic/kidney toxic, neurotoxic/nervous system and brain toxic, and can suppress the immune system. Most doctors are not even aware that these mycotoxins can be playing a part in autoimmune disease, cancer, and other diseases. Restore to Health Naturopathic Clinic and Wellness Center offers specialized lab tests to diagnose the presence of these mycotoxins in the human body and then offers specific specialized natural therapies and nutritional protocols to help detoxify and excrete these toxins from the body. A generalized detox program that most people and doctors are familiar with will not be adequate in dealing with these mycotoxins. Functional Medicine offers so much more than just conventional medicine.

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