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Posted by Susan Lillard  
Sunday, 03 October 2004

The Fungal/Mycotoxin Etiology of Human Disease (particularly CANCER)

Among all the various documents that comprise this web site, the subject of "Fungalbionics" vindicates and supports most the Hulda Clark paradigm of a parasitic contributing cause of cancer. Fungalbionics are in intimate harmony with naturopathic healing methods and cannot even conflict in any way with orthodox medicine. In essence, at the Preventorium Institute, consider this approach (of Fungalbionics) to be essential if anyone is to harbor hope of recovery. Therefore, it behooves anyone who is conducting other than tangential research into this subject to become thoroughly familiar with this extremely interesting and valuable subject.

THE AUTHORS - Three medical doctors from the World Health Organization

Content: (Topics with links have been detailed here - those without are in the book)

Changes to Prevent Cancer

  • NITROASAMINE ETIOLOGY OF CANCER - THE FUNGAL-DERIVED NITROSAMINES
  • THE VIRAL ETIOLOGY OF CANCER IN HUMANS - AN UNPROVED POSTULATE
  • CYCLOSPORINE-INDUCED CANCERS IN HUMANS
  • FUNGAL-DERIVED ANTIBIOTICS (MYCOTOXINS) CAUSING CANCER: ACTINOMYCIN, AZASERINE, DAUNOMYCIN, ELAIMYCIN, MITOMYCIN C, STREPTOZOTOCIN, PENICILLIN G, GRISEOFULVIN
  • PENICILLIN AND OTHER ANTIBIOTICS - LYMPHOMA IN HUMANS
  • AFLATOXIN CAUSES CANCER IN HUMANS
  • THE GREAT DEBATE: AFLATOXIN VERSUS VIRAL ETIOLOGY OF HEPATOCELLULAR CARCINOMA
  • AFLATOXIN-INDUCED NEOPLASMS IN ANIMALS
  • FUSARIUM MYCOTOXINS CAUSE CANCER IN HUMANS
  • FUSARIUM MYCOTOXINS INDUCE NEOPLASMS IN ANIMALS
  • OCHRATOXIN CAUSES CANCERS IN HUMANS
  • OCHRATOXIN INDUCED NEOPLASM IN ANIMALS
  • OTHER MYCOTOXIN-INDUCED NEOPLASMS IN ANIMALS
  • FUNGAL-INDUCED NEOPLASMS
  • FUNGAL-CAUSED NEOPLASMS IN HUMANS
  • FUNGAL-INDUCED NEOPLASMS IN ANIMALS: EDIBLE MUSHROOMS
  • FUNGAL COLONIZATION OF HOUSES-HUMAN CANCER CLUSTERS
  • TOBACCO, MYCOTOXINS AND CANCER
  • ALL OF THE TOBACCO-RELATED CANCERS HAVE BEEN INDUCED BY MYCOTOXINS IN ANIMALS
  • HUMAN ESOPHAGEAL CANCER CAUSED BY TOBACCO
  • PANCREATIC CANCER CAUSED BY TOBACCO
  • DIET, MYCOTOXINS AND CANCER-ADVERSE INTERACTION OF DIET AND FUNGI/MYCOTOXINS
  • DIETARY FATS ENHANCE THE FUNGAL/MYCOTOXIN PROBLEM
  • MEAT, MEAT PRODUCTS AND FUNGI/MYCOTOXINS
  • BREAST CANCER CAUSED BY MEAT, CHEESE & BUTTER
  • OVARIAN CANCER CAUSED BY MEAT AND MILK
  • ESOPHAGEAL CANCER CAUSED BY MEAT
  • GASTRIC CANCER CAUSED BY MEAT, CHEESE & DRIED FISH
  • POLYPS OF THE COLON CAUSED BY MEAT
  • CANCER OF THE COLON CAUSED BY EGGS AND CHEESE
  • SMALL INTESTINAL CANCER CAUSED BY MEAT, CHEESE AND EGGS
  • PROSTATE CANCER CAUSED BY RED MEAT, ANIMAL
  • UTERINE CANCER CAUSED BY FUNGI MEAT AND FAT
  • BRAIN TUMORS CAUSED BY MEAT AND CHEESE
  • CANCERS CAUSED BY STORED GRAINS
  • ESOPHAGEAL CARCINOMA CAUSED BY STORED GRAINS & POTATOES
  • STOMACH CANCER CAUSED BY CEREALS

DEFINITION OF FUNGALBIONICS

    The term FUNGALBIONICS was created in an attempt to describe one of the most dynamic microbial chemical factories ever encountered in the history of scientific exploration.

    Fungi are masters at producing a wide array of biologically active substances which serve the producing fungus extremely well.

    These biological metabolites are anti-predatory and pro-territorial-protective and insure the fungus will have a perpetual existence in a quite hostile world.

    These metabolites are anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-protozoan, anti-insect, anti-animal and, of course, anti-human.

    These metabolites are referred to as the mycotoxins. The term is derived from the Greek words "mykes" meaning fungus, and "toxicum", meaning toxin or poison.

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Mycotoxins Are Poisons.

    One could test the validity of this most biologically potent fungal reality by eating a cupful of poison mushrooms, a species of fungus. However, it would be less fatal to simply read about their deadly effect upon humans and all other animals. The name of the game is food for that mushroom because in nature the animal which nibbles on them dies and is consumed by the mycelium (root-like) under the ground which grow up into the hapless and now dead creature.

    The term FUNGALBIONICS attempts to convey this remarkable degree of biological activity which these simple single-celled fungi demonstrate. All fungi are so empowered, some less to humans, some more so. While fungi are potentially our enemies, some of their mycotoxins, such as penicillin, are beneficial to humans with bacterial infections and other diseases.

    The ''bionic'' nature of fungi is seen by the magnificent power of penicillin to save human lives from bacterial infection. That is indeed a bionic miracle. Other fungal-derived drugs are just as miraculous, as will be later described.

    This series of FUNGALBIONICS books [two were available in 1994 and we are following up on possible remaining ones] provide documentary evidence that fungi and their biological metabolites, the mycotoxins, are the silent and relentless attackers of human health by causing the major "degenerative" and "cancerous" diseases which plague mankind.

    FUNGALBIONICS appears to be a most appropriate term to describe the fungal/mycotoxin findings which will be presented in these pages. It is a term which the three physician authors have found acceptable. We hope that the reader will agree with us.

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WHAT ARE FUNGI?

    Fungi are single cell living forms of life which inhabit the land, air and waters of the earth. They are everywhere.

    They are more highly developed than [the] bacteria and viruses and there are many more species than are found in the microbes. It is estimated that there are over 500,000 different species.

    Fungi have been on earth several billion years and, quite remarkably, have had little genetic change over that period of time. They are survivalists. They can change their form from rapidly growing to no growth for thousands of years, such as seen in their living spores which have been found in Egyptian tombs. They make poisons called mycotoxins.

    Single fungal cells can only be seen under the microscope but a colony of these cells makes a visible presence in the form of mushrooms, toad stools and molds on food and habitations.

    While plants, animals and humans are alive and well, the fungi around us are unable to overcome the natural defense mechanisms which higher forms of life possess. But once death overtakes the living, the fungi are the principle undertakers and managers: they reduce all that have every lived into the molecules from which they were assembled. Biologists call this the carbon cycle while philosophers call it "from dust to dust".

    However, there is one exception to this simple balanced equation of life and death and that is that the fungi can attack the living while they are alive.

    At its most simplistic perspective, one has many fungi entering the intestinal tract, the nose and lungs, and organs exposed to the world at large. We generally do not develop an infection from these intruders. However, a person might contract a fungal infection such as "athlete's foot " or a "ring worm" on the skin.

    At the opposite extreme is the patient with AIDS who faces death-threatening major fungal infections because that person's immune system has lost its effectiveness against fungi. In between the extremes are fungal infections associated with diseases such as diabetes, cancer and other conditions including cross infections amongst humans.

    Fortunately, the average person does not succumb to a serious fungal infection [such as Candida albicans] and average life expectancy is into the 70's.

    All humans are colonized by Candida albicans and normal healthy persons do not die from this organism. This organism plays a very little role in causing human diseases.

    (The concept that Candida causes many diseases is NOT a part of Fungalbionics nor is it supported by the extensive medical literature relative to Candida.)

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WHAT ARE MYCOTOXINS?

    All physicians are familiar with fungal infections and the drugs used to treat them. With the exception of poison mushrooms, which are deadly to those foolish enough to eat them, few physicians are aware that [the] fungi make toxins.

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MYCOTOXINS-FRIENDS?... OR ENEMIES?... THEY ARE BOTH...

AS ENEMIES

    As many as 1,000 compounds, classifiable as mycotoxins, were studied by the pharmacology industry as potential antibiotics in the 1930's and 1940's only to be discarded as being too toxic for higher life forms to be of value in treating bacterial diseases in humans. Little, if any of the discarded data was published. Yet what these toxicity studies actually documented was the existence of a large number of fungal-derived toxins which caused serious target organ injury in various animal models.

    Obviously, in retrospect, what was being seen was the pathology produced by the mycotoxins. in order to understand this toxicity, one only has to look at what some of these mycotoxins, used as medications, causes in humans:

    The mycotoxin cyclosporin used for transplantation causes cancer and atherosclerosis, complete with hyperlipidemia in ALL humans who have received it. Many others develop gout and other diseases.

AS FRIENDS

    However, to place the matter in proper perspective, the study of such fungal metabolites gave us penicillin at the beginning, quite later on cyclosporin, the most potent immunosuppressant transplantation drug, lovastatin, and the other 'statins' which have revolutionized the treatment of hyperlipidemia and atherosclerosis. The latter group is quite interesting in that they were initially developed as anti-fungal agents which just happened to have an effect in lowering blood levels of low density lipoproteins (commonly referred to as "bad cholesterol").

    The members of this group of drugs are joined by another anti-fungal antibiotic, griseofulvin, which is also a remarkably efficient anti-atherosclerosis drug. All of this goes a long way to confirm the fungal etiology of atherosclerosis. This appears to be a quite valid conclusion since all of the other effective anti-cholesterol and/or anti-atherosclerotic therapeutic modalities share nothing in common except that they possess anti-fungal and/or anti-mycotoxin activity.

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DISEASES RESPONDING TO ANTI-FUNGAL DRUGS

    The Fungalbionic Series of Books present data documenting the fungal/mycotoxin cause of a number of diseases. Equally important, the series also documents that each and every dietary measure or drug found to be effective in treating these diseases share nothing in common except that they are all anti-fungal and/or antimycotoxic.

    The importance of this therapeutic responsiveness should not be underestimated. If a cause of a disease is a microbe, it must respond to an appropriately selected antimicrobial agent.

    In addition, diseases of unknown etiology which respond to anti-fungal-effective drugs suggest the probability that they have a fungal origin, particularly when there is no other proven explanation as to how the drug is working. Table 1 provides a number of human diseases which so respond and suggest a fungal/mycotoxin origin.

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Table 1: Fungal/Mycotoxin Postulated Disease

    COLCHICINE-RESPONSIVE:

    Acute Gouty Arthritis Alcoholic Cirrhosis Familial Mediterranean Fever Mollaret's Meningitis Bechet's Syndrome Psoriasis Thrombocytopenic Purpura Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Amyloidosis North African Leukocytoclastic Vasculitis Sarcoid Arthritis Rheumatoid Arthritis (some) Calcium Pyrophosphatopathy Hyperlipidemia Inflammatory Bowel Disease

    COLCHICINE PREVENTS IN EXPERIMENTAL ANIMALS:

    Atherosclerosis Casein Induced Amyloidosis Cushing's Disease

    NYSTATIN-RESPONSIVE:

    Psoriasis Inflammatory Bowel Disease Hyperactivty Syndrome Multiple Sclerosis

       

    GRISEOFULVIN-RESPONSIVE:

    Atherosclerosis (Angina) Systemic Sclerosis Raynaud's Syndrome/Disease Shoulder-Hand Syndrome

    ALLOPURINOL-RESPONSIVE:

    Sarcoidosis Oxalate Nephrolithopathy Idiopathic Respiratory Distress Syndrome/Newborns Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy

    KETOCONAZOLE-RESPONSIVE:

    Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Disseminated Vascular Coagulation Idiopathic Female Infertility Precocious Puberty in Boys Hyper-Low Density L poproteinemia Hyperaldosteronism aldosteronism Prostate Carcinoma

    Note: The anti-fungal nature of colchicine and allopurinol has been fully documented.

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THE TROJAN HORSE: AND MYCOTOXINS IN THE FOOD CHAIN

    Most of us know that food itself cannot be considered poisonous. Very few of us know that the toxicogenic fungi and their mycotoxins, which are characteristically present in stored and fermented food, are using our food chain as a Trojan Horse.

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JUST HOW FUNGAL-COLONIZED IS OUR STORED FOOD?

    The first question which must be answered in order to support a fungal/mycotoxin approach is just how much fungal-colonization of our food chain has been actually documented. Could our food be the source of that much toxic fungi and their multitude of mycotoxins?

    If food is loaded with fungi, then the mycotoxin concept is fully operative and the disease-producing potential is more than obvious.

    This Important question of how much fungal colonization of food exists is answered by a most recent reported mycological study of some quite representative foods; corn kernels, peanuts, cashew nuts and copra (dried coconut). Table 2 demonstrates the remarkable degree of fungal colonization of the INTERIOR of corn kernels, peanuts.

    Humans who eat these foods are ingesting both the toxicogenic fungi and their mycotoxins. These fungi are capable of surviving in the intestinal stream where they may continue to produce their toxins.

    Similarly, animals fed fungal colonized/ mycotoxic feed are not only at risk for developing mycotoxicoses, their meat and their fat, constitute another vehicle for human exposure to excessive

    mycotoxin intake. Animal fat is increasingly being documented to be a major risk factor for a number of human cancers and atherosclerosis.

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Table 2: Food from farmers, middlemen, and retail outlets in Bangkok.

    Note: Surface was sterilized prior to fungal study.

    CORN Acremonium siricium, Aspergillus flavus, Aspergillus niger, Aspergillus tamarii, Aspergillus wentii, Bipolaris maydis, Chaetomium globosum, Chaetomium funicola, Chaetomium spp. , Curvularia lunata, Eurotium amstelodami, Eurotium chevalieri, Eurotium rubrum, Fusarium moniliforme, Fusarium proliferatum, Fusarium semitectum, Nigrospora oryzae, Penicillium citrinum, Penicillium pinophilum, Penicillium raistrickii, Phoma spp. , Rhizoctonia solani, Rhizopus oryzae, Rhizopus arrhizus, Trichoderma harzianum
    PEANUTS Aspergillus candir, Aspergillus flavus, Aspergillus niger, Aspergillus tamarii, Aspergillus wntii, Chaetomium globosum, Chaetomium funicola, Chaetomium spp. , Eurotium amstelodami, Eurotium chevalieri, Eurotium repens, Eurotium rubrum, Fusarium equiseti, Fusarium semitectum, Fusarium solani, Lasiodiplodia theobromae, Macrophomina phaseolina, Nigrospora oryzae, Penicillium aethiopicum, Penicillium citrinum, Penicillium funiculosum, Penicillium glabrum, Penicillium janthinellum, Penicillium olsonii, Penicillium pinophilum, Rhizopus oryzae

    Source: Pilt JL, Hocking AD, Bhudhasamai K, Miscamble BF, Wheeler Ek P: The normal mycoflora of commodities from Thailand 1. Nuts and oilseeds. International J Food Microbil 20:211-226, 1993

    Mycotoxins have been documented to cause a number of specific types of diseases and very specific organ lesions both in animals and in humans. Table 3 provides a summary of some of this documentation.

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Table 3: Mycotoxicoses in which Experimental and/Epidemiological Data Suggest Human Involves

    DISEASE SPECIES FOOD/FEED MYCOTOXIN
    Gout/Hyper-uricemia Fowl, Fowl, Chicks, Chickens, Pigeons, Rats, Primate, Man, Man, Man, Man, Man Moldy Corn, Barley, Beer/Wine/Bread, Meat Products, Rye Oosporein, Ochratoxin, Kojic acid, Oxalic acid, Alloxan, Yeast, Aflatoxin, Cyclosporin, Penicillin, Multiple, Multiple, Ergotamine
    Atherososclerosis/Hyperlipidemia Sheep, Man, Primates   Sporidesmin, Cyclosporin, Fumonisin, Ergot
    Cardiac Ischemia, with Arrhythmias Rabbit   Citreoviridin/, Penicillium
    Hypertension Man, Rat   Alcohol, T-2 Toxin
    Multiple Sclerosis Man?   Ergot
    Pulmonary Hypertension Swine   T-2 Toxin
    Scleroderma Man   Amanita
    Diabetes Man   Cryptococcus/, Alloxan
    Crohn's Disease Man Fermentation S. cerversisae
    Lung Cancer Man Tobacco Fusarium
    Esophageal carcinoma Man   Fusarium
    Breast Cancer Man Fermentation S. cerversisae
    Endometrial CA Man   Fusarium
    Colon CA Man   Fusarium
    Hepatocellular, carcinoma Man Cereal grains, peanuts Aspergillus
    Hepatoma Man   Aflatoxin
    Cardiomyopathy Man Fermentation Alcohol
    Osteoporosis Man Fermentation Alcohol
    Alimentary toxic aleukia, (ATA or septic angina) Man Cereal grains, (toxic bead) Fusarium, trichiodes
    Dendrodochio-toxicosis Horse, man Fodder (skin contact, inhaled fodder particles) Dendrodochium, toxicum
    Kashin Beck Disease, "Urov Disease" Man Cereal grains Fusarium, trichiodes
    Stachybotryo-toxicsis Man, horse, other, livestock Hay, cereal grains, fodder (skin contact, inhaled haydust) Stachybotris atra
    Cardiac beriberi Man Rice Fusarium
    Ergotism Man,, animals Rye,, cereal grains Claviceps, purpurea
    Balkan-nephropathy Man Cereal grains Penicillium
    IGA Nephropathy Mice Grains Vomitoxin
    Reye's Syndrome Man Cereal grains Aspergillus
    Pink rot Man Celery Sclerotenia, Sclerotiorium
    Onyalai Man Millet Phoma sorgina
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Table 4: Natural Occurrence of Mycotoxins in Foods

    This table provide a listing of many mycotoxins and the food containing them.

    Mycotoxin Producing fungi Occurrence
    Aflatoxin Aspergillus flavus, A. paraciticus Corn, peanuts, cotton seed, barley, etc.
    Trichothecenes F. roseum, F. tricinctum, F. nivale Corn, barley
    Fumonisin Fusarium Corn
    Oosporein Chaetomium, Ustilago maydis Corn
    Citrinin Penicillium citrinum Wheat, barley, peanuts
    Ochratoxin A A. ochraceus, R. veridicatum, R. cyolopium Corn, barley, wheat, peanuts
    Sterigmatocystin A. versicolor, A. flavus, A. ruber, P. Iuteum Corn, barley, wheat, oats
    Zearalenone Fusarium roseum, E moniliforme, F. nivale, E oxysporum Corn, sorghum, wheat
    Patulin A. clavatus, R patuluns Silage, apples
    Penicillic acid A. clavatus, R. puberulum Corn, beans
    Alternariol, Alternariol, monomethyl ether Alternaria tenuis, A. dauci Weathered grain, Sorghum, pecan pickouts
    Tenuazonic acid Altern. tenuis, A. tamarii, Shaeropsidales sp., Fyricularia oryzae, Phoma sorghina Diseased rice, Plants [not fresh]
    Ergot alkaloids, (ergotamine, etc. ) Claviceps spp., Aspergillus spp., Penicillium spp. Ergots, infected pasture grass
    Sporidesmin Pithomyces chartarum 0. 1% in spores dead pasture
    Kojic acid A. flavus, A. oryzae Moldy corn

    The fungal fermentation processes, such as making bread, beer, wine, cheese, smoking/chewing tobacco, aging/curing meats, etc. , constitutes yet another part of the human food chain which places humans at potential risk. Bread has been recently epidemiologically incriminated as a cause of breast cancer in Japan and atherosclerosis in the United States.

    Alcoholic beverages correlate not only with cirrhosis of the liver, but a wide range of other diseases which includes brain damage, cancers, fetal injury, etc. Alcohol is a fungal-produced toxic metabolite and the conditions that it produces are as mycotoxicotic in nature as ergotism or aflatoxicosis.

    Cured mutton consumed by women at the time of conception results in the birth of diabetic infants. This is a fact not yet taken into consideration in efforts to find the cause of the markedly increasing incidence of this disease in some parts of the world. [we wonder if this has not something to do with the introduction of Faciolopsis buskii (the human sheep liver fluke) into the mother's body to seek its most fertile place in the organism - remember, the presence of the fluke in the liver spells CANCER, the fluke in the pancreas spells diabetes].

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THERE ARE MYCOTOXINS FOUND IN HUMAN BLOOD AND BREAST MILK

    In respect to the presence of mycotoxins in humans, it has already been documented by several of our collaborators that over half of German adults have ochratoxin in their blood, that leukemic children have aflatoxin in their blood, that patients with urinary tract cancers have ochratoxin in their blood, that patients with Crohn's Disease have aflatoxin in their blood, and finally, 18 to 90 % of nursing mothers have mycotoxins in their breast milk.

    Obviously, the problem of mycotoxins in human health is quite real and requires full elucidation, particularly since we all know that food is in some way connected to the major disease of humans.

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DIETARY CHOICES INCREASE OR DECREASE THE MYCOTOXIN CONNECTION

    Public awareness is particularly important in that the major means of preventing the development of these diseases rests most significantly upon the informed/intelligent selection of what the public eats and drinks.

    A person's dietary choices play the critical role in the causation or in the prevention of all of the mycotoxin-caused diseases, not only for himself, but also for his offspring.

    The selection of foods for chidden is going to determine the life expectancy and quality of health for these adults-to-be.

    The dietary choices required for controlling the degree of mycotoxicity are all based upon documented facts found in the scientific literature. The diet must reduce the intake of mycotoxin-containing foods, not feed the fungi living within us, and decrease the toxicity of the mycotoxins which do enter our body.

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DIETARY AVOIDANCE OF MYCOTOXIN-CONTAINING FOODS

    Reduce the intake of fungal toxins which are present in stored grains, nuts, seeds, meats, grain-fed animal products (meat, animal fats, butter, whole milk) and fermented foods such as beer, bread, cheese and wine.

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DIETARY CONTROL OF MYCOTOXIN-PRODUCING FUNGI IN THE HUMAN BODY

    Fungal toxins are constantly being absorbed from toxin-producing fungi living in the host, particularly in the gut.

    An increased fungal growth/toxin production is caused by diets high in sugar, fruit, oils, fats, and fermented foods such as beer, wine, bread and cheese.

    A decreased fungal growth/toxin production is due to the anti-fungal action of fish/ fish oils, garlic, onion, herbs, spices, soya, yogurt and green vegetables.

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DIETARY CONTROL OF DEGREE OF TOXICITY CAUSED BY MYCOTOXINS

    Toxicity caused by mycotoxins is significantly reduced by increasing the amount of fiber in the diet. This is done by increasing the amount of vegetables in the diet. While fruit is also a source of fiber, the high sugar fructose) content of fruit stimulates fungal growth (fructose increases blood cholesterol and uric acid levels which are associated with increased risk of hypertension and atherosclerosis).

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MEDICATIONS

    Unlike the other dietary approaches to the prevention and treatment of human diseases, the mycotoxin concept does not exploit the adverse effects of drugs in an attempt to support a diet-only attitude. It should be noted that almost all medications are plant derived or chemical derivatives thereof. Aspirin derives from the bark of the willow tree. Colchicine derives from a plant.

    Both aspirin and colchicine possess significant anti-fungal activity as do most plant-derived drugs. (They protect living plants from the fungi. ) [Might this be the reason why the medical fraternity advocates the taking of an aspirin a day to prevent heart disease and strokes?]

    Similarly, all of the other anti-inflammatory drugs possess significant anti-fungal activity. These drugs are cyclo-oxygenase inhibitors and fungal survival is dependent upon the competency of their cyclo-oxygenase-related metabolic pathways.

    Interestingly, corticosteroids not only significantly reduces the toxicity of mycotoxins but are also anti-fungal against a number of fungi.

    Actually, all of the medications proven to be effective in the treatment of the mycotoxin-induced diseases possess anti-fungal and/or anti-mycotoxic activity. It is a point overlooked by pharmacologists.

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CONCLUSION (of the introduction)

    WHAT IS THE BOTTOM LINE FOR A LONGER LIFE WITH THE ENJOYMENT OF GOOD QUALITY HEALTH?

    FIRST A DIET TO LIMIT INTAKE OF MYCOTOXIC FOOD/DRINKS
    SECOND LIMIT GROWTH OF TOXIN-PRODUCING FUNGI IN THE GUT
    THIRD INCREASED VEGETABLE FIBER IN DIET TO BIND AND PREVENT ABSORPTION OF MYCOTOXINS (REMOVAL BY DEFECATION)
    THEN DIETARY PLUS ANTI-FUNGAL DRUGS SUCH AS DAILY ASPIRIN (WILLOW BARK) TO PREVENT HEART ATTACKS AND STROKE
    LASTLY DIETARY PLUS ANTI-FUNGAL/ANTI-TOXIN DRUGS TO TREAT THOSE AFFLICTED BY EXCESSIVE FUNGAL COLONIZATION/MYCOTOXIN CONTAMINATION
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THE FUNGAL/MYCOTOXIN ETIOLOGY OF CANCER

INTRODUCTION

    Lee (1993), in his recent review of the food connection to cancer, notes that the concept of diet and nutrition having an important influence on health is an age-old one. its link with cancer was mentioned in Chinese medical writings in the Twelfth century.

    Recent interest in this subject started in the 1930's with animal studies which progressed to extensive investigations of dietary factors implicated in various human cancers both from an etiology and a protective perspective.

    The belief that diet is related to cancer is now generally accepted. However, the studies are confusing in that some show increased cancers associated with a particular food, while other similar studies show no such relationship. The only logical explanation to such conflicting reports is that the particular food itself is not the cause but is associated with a variably present co-factor. Thus, the first question becomes:

WHAT IS VARIABLY PRESENT IN FOOD WHICH CAUSES CANCER?

    Cancer Risk is To Unnaturally Occurring Carcinogens

    Scheuplein (1992) of the Food and Drug Administration has recently reviewed the relationship of cancer to diet, particularly the dietary carcinogenic risk to the specific classes of foodstuffs, food additives, pesticides, etc. These are typically regulated by the FDA. Scheuplein indicated that virtual all of the calculated cancer risk can be attributed to "naturally occurring carcinogens" in the diet. Thus the second question posed becomes:

WHAT "NATURALLY OCCURRING CARCINOGENS CAUSE CANCER?

    The major "naturally occurring carcinogens" present in food which are well documented to cause cancer are the fungi and their toxins. Furthermore, they are variably present such that the involved food correlates with cancer when fungal colonization and mycotoxin contamination is maximal, and does not when it is minimal or absent.

    There are two other "naturally" occurring items which must also be addressed, nitrosamines and viruses. However, viruses are not proven to cause any type of cancer in humans and the nitrosamines are increasingly being shown to be produced by a number of fungi, particularly in stored, cured and fermented foods.

    It therefore appears that the answer to the two question posed above is:

FUNGI AND MYCOTOXINS ARE THE NATURALLY OCCURRING CARCINOGENS WHICH ARE VARIABLY PRESENT IN FOOD

    Food additives and insecticides have for too long enjoyed a place amongst the popularly believed causes of cancer. However, there is little, if any, documentation to support that belief.

    Doll (1992), in his keynote address to the Nutrition and Cancer Conference, noted that there has begun to emerge a consensus that diet is responsible for 30-60% of cancers in the developed world.

    Doll also re-enforces the position of Scheuplein that food additives and pesticides, while constituting a popular belief that they play a major role in causing cancer, simply have not been documented to do so in humans. He states the very small effects, if any, can be attributed to food additives and to trace pesticides.

Dietary Changes Do Prevent Cancer

    Doll (1992) also noted that it was generally agreed that the principal dietary changes to prevent cancer are:

    1. A reduction in the consumption of fat, 2. An increase in the consumption of fruit, 3. Increased green and yellow vegetables, 4. An increase in dietary fiber, 5. Improvement in "food preservation".

Lack Of a Unitarian Explanation For Dietary Prevention Of Cancer

    Interestingly, these five dietary measures described to prevent cancer share little in common except that fiber is also present in fruits and vegetables. This lends further support to what everyone knows; the cause of cancer has escaped elucidation.

    Conversely stated, once we know the cause of cancer, we will then be able to explain just how these four dietary measures protect against cancer. Of course, that same explanation will also show us why some particular foods are variably linked to cancer.

The Fungal/Mycotoxin Etiology Of Cancer Provides a Unitarian Explanation

    The fungal/mycotoxin etiology Of cancer does provides a Unitarian explanation for each of the dietary factors which has been documented to either cause or to prevent cancer.

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CONCLUSION

    With the exception of the cancers caused by cut/cured/ fermented tobacco leaf, the cause of cancer is generally stated as being unknown.

    That statement is made invalid by the published research data collected and presented here which documents that fungi and their mycotoxins cause virtually every type of human cancer in either animals or humans or in both.

    The viral etiologic concept of cancer in humans is unproved and therefore no longer acceptable.

    There is a food connection to cancer but only to its connection with contaminating fungi and the mycotoxins which those fungi produce.

    A future volume of the Fungalbionic series will present data proving the beneficial aspects of each dietary item which prevents cancer.

    Each item will be discussed with the appropriately cited references which support its benefit.

    These dietary facts provide the basis for a tasty and high quality food intake which should become one's personal Garden of Eden where cancer is non-existent.

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THE AUTHORS

    A. V. COSTANTINI, M. D. Head, World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center For Mycotoxins In Food Division of Clinical Chemistry Department of Internal Medicine School of Medicine Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg, Germany and Clinical Professorial Faculty (Retired) University of California School of Medicine San Francisco, California U. S. A.

    HEINRICH WIELAND, M. D. Medical Director, World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center For Mycotoxins in Food Division of Clinical Chemistry Department of Internal Medicine School of Medicine Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg, Germany and Professor and Medical Director, Division of Clinical Chemistry Department of Internal Medicine School of Medicine Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg, Germany

    LARS 1. QVICK, M. D. , Ph. D. Co-Medical Director, World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center For Mycotoxins In Food Division of Clinical Chemistry Department of internal Medicine School of Medicine Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg, Germany and Medical Director, Pharmacia AB Stockholm, Sweden

    Source: Please refer to introductory note by The Preventorium Institute shown above. We also have a companion page showing Hulda Clark's views concerning fungi and molds.

    The book "Fungal Bionics" - the fungal/mycotoxin etiology of human disease Volume 2 - CANCER and other volumes related to the involvement of fungi in other disease processes are available from:

    Johann Friedrich Oberlin Verlag Am M?hlbach 13 79114 Freiburg, Germany ISBN 3-930939 In Germany: Fax 0761-809140 From International: Fax: +49 0761-809140

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