Treating Mycotoxins with Ozone

Mycotoxin and Ozone

As an introduction, mycotoxins are the digestive enzymes that certain types of mold produce as they digest and destroy the wood or cellulose material they need as nutrition.  Mycotoxins are always a threat to our health though some people may be more resistant to their threat than others.  These are ultra-fine particles product by common types of mold found in buildings though not all types of mold produce mycotoxins.

Fine Particles and lungsThe startling fact is that there is an amazing connection to the bloodstream within the lungs.  The lungs collect oxygen from the air to oxygenate the body.  We take in O2 from the air, and breathe out CO2 (carbon dioxide) which the trees and plants take in and keep the carbon to release more O2.  It is the great master plan for a livable atmosphere for all living things.

We all know the basics of respiration.  We know about the hose and nose hair that filters the air we breathe.  We know about the bronchia or throat that carries the air to the lungs.  And we know a little bit about the lungs.  

That is the good part.  The lungs are an immediate and powerful way to get oxygen into the blood, but there is a downside.  Inhaling is another way to quickly get other things into the blood as well.  We know about asthma inhalers that deliver medication to relieve an asthma attack.

As you can see from the chart, many particles do not have easy access to the lungs or the bloodstream.  PM 10 are the size of dust, dirt, and pollen.  These are mostly filtered by the nose.  PM 2.5 is the range of mold spores, and can trigger reaction in people.

PM1 is considered very fine particles that not only enter the lungs but are able to easily enter the bloodstream.  This is yet another reason that the indoor air quality is part of the IAQ evaluation.  We can raise a great deal of concern over the VOCs. toxins, and pollutants in the indoor air, but the particles are another area of health concern.

According to National Institute for Health (NIH), "Although there are not many reports on the use of ozone against filamentous fungi or their mycotoxins, promising results have been reported. With a short half-time, at neutral pH and ambient temperature, ozone is able to inactivate microorganisms and decompose their toxic metabolites, leaving no traces of ozone in the treated commodity."

Fighting mycotoxin health concerns is a progressive process of cleaning everything, air filtration, and detoxification.  Once the actual mold problem is resolved and any water leaks fixed, the next phase is the persistent effort to remove mold spores and mycotoxins from the building.  Mold spores are bigger in size and easier to remove by cleaning and filtering the air.  Mycotoxins are too small for mycotoxin and only moderately helpful.

Use ozone treatments to kill any mold, mold spore, and neutralize mycotoxins.  Do not go for the massive ozone shock which may be suggested by some.  Instead, treat the area in 2-4 hour cycles in conjunction with HEPA filters and deep cleaning of the every area of the building.  If clothes are affected, wash in hot water with a product that detoxifies mycotoxins and mold spore, then bag until the whole building is cleaned and treated.  Do not stay in the building during an ozone treatment.  Wait thirty minutes after the treatment has ended than flush the building with fresh air for fifteen minutes.

TESTING FOR MYCOTOXINS:  The only way to know if a treatment is working is a urine test.  Take a urine sample the first thing in the morning and have it tested for mycotoxins.  Though tedious, this is the only way to track mycotoxins your progress other than noticable improvements in your health.  A decline in test results will tell you that you are on the right track.  If the results do not drop after cleaning and detoxification, you need to look into the food you are eating as fruits and vegetable are easily affected by mold, smut, and mildew.  Mycotoxin contamination of your food source is the only other likely source for mold sickness from mycotoxins.

Do not try to solve this issue in a day or week.  The goal is to progressively degrade the toxic problem through diligent cleaning and cycling the ozone treatment until the level of threat is reduced to near zero.  Evene then, keep up at least a monthly program of detoxification as life is not a static condition.

Lastly, if you have done everything to remove mycotoxins from your surroundings with no success, look into the Sick Building Syndrome that reviews other toxic products.  An IAQ Specialist can perform test and sampling to determine the presence of unexpected health problems called Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).  If VOCs are the issue, the process of ozone treatments can be follow by a detoxification process that uses a fogging process to neutralize all types of toxins in the building.

Get help from a IAQ investigation to test for various indoor air quality problems including mycotoxins.