Biotoxin Illness and Chemical Toxicity
Biotoxins are toxins produced by or derived from microorganisms. The biotoxins involved in biotoxin illness are ionophoric – extremely small molecules capable of moving from cell to cell. They stay nestled in the cell membrane, or the outer layer of the cell. Only a minute amount of biotoxins is found in the bloodstream. Therefore, a blood test will not detect these biotoxins.
Biotoxin-producing microorganisms or biotoxins from such organisms can enter the human body through the following routes: inhalation, ingestion, and/or animal bites, such as from specific spiders or ticks.
Normally, biotoxins are removed by antibodies formed in the human body. The body is able to excrete the biotoxins out of the body via the stool once they are bound to antibodies.
Most people are able to produce these antibodies and will therefore not develop biotoxin illness. However, some people are genetically unable to form the antibodies against specific biotoxins. Without antibodies, the body is unable to excrete these biotoxins and they adversely impact the body.
Chronic biotoxin carriage results in the following:
- Chronic inflammation due to an innate immune response
- Neuronal dysfunction (often reversible once biotoxin is removed)
- Hormonal imbalances and autoimmune issues
The body responds to biotoxins by releasing large amounts of inflammatory molecules (e.g., cytokines, TGF beta-1, complement factors). This is called an innate immune response. This inflammation is the body’s first line of attack against any foreign material, including biotoxins.
In people with properly functioning immune systems, the innate immune response is turned off once the biotoxins are removed. However, in biotoxin illness patients, antibodies are not formed to the biotoxins.
The unremoved biotoxins continue to trigger an innate immune response. It only takes 15 minutes of exposure to biotoxins to initiate this overwhelming innate immune response. This leads to persistent release of inflammatory molecules, resulting in chronic inflammation, which can eventually lead to hormone imbalances and autoimmune issues.
Biotoxin illness is considered a type of “chronic inflammatory response syndrome” (CIRS).
Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, a renowned biotoxin illness specialist, has discovered a sequence of abnormalities that occurs in patients who have CIRS caused by biotoxins. He calls the sequence the “Biotoxin Pathway.”
CIRS (Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome) – A Form of Biotoxin Illness
We are fortunate to have Dr. Yvonne Berry see our patients with CIRS (chronic inflammatory response syndrome), a form of biotoxin illness caused by exposure to the interior of water-damaged buildings. Dr. Berry is an expert in CIRS and uses the protocol of Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, a renowned biotoxin illness specialist.
As a member of the 2018 Consensus Panel of Surviving Mold physicians, Dr. Berry co-authored the CIRS Diagnostic Protocol, published in 5/2018 (see link below). In particular, she penned the section regarding Biotoxin Illness Pathway pathophysiology.
“This comprehensive paper is the culmination of extensive collaboration between SM-certified providers Scott McMahon, MD; Karen Johnson, MD; Ming Dooley; Lysander Jim, MD; Yvonne Berry, MD; Ritchie Shoemaker, MD; James Ryan, PhD; and Michael Schrantz, IEP. This paper will serve as a definitive statement for new providers, interested professionals, and patients alike.” Reference: www.survivingmold.com
Biotoxin Illness Treatment in Ann Arbor, MI
On behalf of the Natural Balance team, we hope you have found this information helpful and we look forward to working with you.
If you believe you or a loved one have been exposed to mold or a biotoxin, call Natural Balance Wellness Medical Center at (734) 929-2696 or book an appointment online to arrange a personalized assessment and treatment plan unique to your needs