Chaetoglobosin A (CHA)

Optimal Result: 0 - 17.9 ng/g.

Chaetoglobosin A (CHA) is one of the chaetoglobosin mycotoxins produced from the fungus Chaetomium globosum. Chaetomium globosum is the third most common indoor fungal contaminant of damp buildings. It has been isolated from several places such as soil, dung, feeds, foods, textiles, plywood, carpet, wallpaper and wet walls.

Inhalation of airborne spores and CHA from this fungus is known to produce respiratory as well as systemic infection in human beings. Case reports of infections include mild to severe illness, from sinusitis, onychomycosis, and cutaneous infections to disseminated cerebral disease, pneumonia and keratitis. Relatively low levels of CHA have been shown to be lethal to various tissue culture cell lines and it is thought that CHA is highly toxigenic, even at minimal doses.

What does it mean if your Chaetoglobosin A (CHA) result is too high?

Chaetoglobosin A is produced by the mold Chaetomium globosum (CG). CG is commonly found in homes that have experienced water damage. Up to 49% of water-damaged buildings have been found to have CG. CHA is highly toxic, even at minimal doses. It disrupts cellular division and movement.

Most exposure to CG is through the mycotoxins because the spores tend not to aerosolize. Exposure to CHA has bee linked to neuronal damage, peritonitis, and cutaneous lesions. It can also cause male infertility and respiratory distress.

Potential ways to treat mycotoxins:

→ Eliminating the Source of Contamination: The first step in addressing mycotoxin exposure is to remove the source of environmental contamination or contaminated foods. This may involve hiring a professional company specializing in mold evaluation and eradication to ensure that the mycotoxin-producing molds are eliminated from the environment.

→ Using Binders: Binders or adsorbents can help trap and eliminate mycotoxins from the body. Some effective binders include cholestyramine (prescription), bentonite or zeolite clay, activated charcoal, and chlorella.

→ Antifungal Medications and Supplements: Antifungal drugs such as nystatin and itraconazole can help combat fungal infections caused by mycotoxin-producing molds. Additionally, supplements like oil of oregano and caprylic acid may have antifungal properties that can assist in addressing mycotoxin exposure.

→ Biofilm Breaking Agents: Biofilms are protective layers formed by certain molds, making them more resistant to treatment. Using biofilm breaking agents can help disrupt these layers and make the molds more susceptible to treatment.

→ Oral Glutathione or NAC: Glutathione and N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) are antioxidants that may help support detoxification processes in the body, which can be beneficial in managing mycotoxin exposure.

→ Probiotics for Mold Eradication: Certain probiotics, such as Saccharomyces boulardii, Lactobacillus pentosus, and Lactobacillus beveris, have shown potential in helping to bind and eradicate mold from the body.

→ Essential Vitamins and Minerals: Vitamins A, C, E, and Zinc play essential roles in supporting the immune system and overall health. Ensuring an adequate intake of these vitamins and minerals can aid in managing the impact of mycotoxin exposure.

→ Optimal Bowel Motility: Ensuring regular bowel movements is crucial for effective detoxification. Daily bowel movements help prevent reabsorption of toxins, including mycotoxins, and promote their elimination from the body.

→ Sweating to Enhance Excretion: Sweating through methods like infrared sauna therapy can help enhance the excretion of toxins, including mycotoxins, from the body. Electrolyte supplementation after sweating is essential to maintain proper mineral balance.

It is essential to note that mycotoxin exposure can have severe health consequences, including liver damage, immune system issues, and even cancer. Therefore, seeking professional medical advice and assistance from qualified healthcare providers is highly recommended when dealing with mycotoxin-related health concerns.

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