Comparing Molds/Fungi with Other Parasites
Written by DD Rose - Consultant on Infectious Pathogens
Restorative Health Research Plus™ - www.rhrplus.com
Learning about molds/fungi and their parasitical nature can be a daunting experience. When mentioning molds people don’t associate them as being parasites, but they are, as you’ll soon find out. The world of molds/fungi are just as vast (perhaps more) in understanding than other parasites (worms/protozoan).
I’ve always known that molds/fungi were "bad". What I didn’t realize was the extent in understanding the seriousness of them. Approximately 10 years ago, I became more aware of how molds can change lives. A family in our state lost their 5 year old son, because their new home contained “black mold”. It was reported that he had showed signs of respiratory distress and was taken to Children’s Hospital. When he died it was reported that he had mold in the lungs. Apparently the mold growth was exceptionally bad throughout the home -- the family eventually burned the house down.
Sometime ago, I had a conversation with a very knowledgeable person inquiring about their mold experience and the destruction that molds have on people. It was in her opinion that if she were to weigh which was worse, between “parasites” or molds, she emphatically voted molds without question. She had several friends die from mold exposure, according to the information given about their deaths.
I had to really think about what she said and look at a possible truth. So, what would make molds "worse than parasites [worm infection]"? Let's look closer, but first we need a better understanding of molds. There are three things you need to understand about molds.
- Molds are classified as fungi but they are actually different. The spelling can be molds or moulds; in America the “u” is typically dropped. In the taxonomic kingdom (evolutionary relationship), molds are fungi that produce spores. Simply put, molds are a microscopic form of fungi. Molds/fungi are dependent on substances for nutrition; they can be parasitic or saprophytic (saprophytes are opportunistic organisms that can also be fungi or bacteria feeding on organic matter).
- Molds/Fungi can be pathogenic to humans whereby they release toxic chemicals known as mycotoxins. The metabolic process of mycotoxins is what can become a serious health risk. Most mycotoxins are harmful to humans and animals. Mycotoxins can cause poisoning to the body system or even death. In the above story about the family who lost their son, the cause could have been either mold or mycotoxins even though it was reported that “black mold” was the awful culprit. It has been documented that there are approximately 350 mold/fungi species and within this classification 50 species don’t produce mycotoxins. In truth, there are thousands of mold/fungi species worldwide and no one knows the true number.
- The word “parasite” has become apart of our everyday vernacular and is typically associated with wormy things or protozoa. If “parasites” are mentioned to doctors, they too will automatically mistake the same word association (perhaps they need more education)! Molds/Fungi are parasitic; therefore, they are also classified along with “parasites”. A good definition for parasites is "anything" that sucks off something else growing/thriving at their expense while harming the other. Following is a comparison to see how true this is between mold/fungi parasites and other parasites.