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Mycotoxin-Induced Neurological Damage

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Session #7 of 8 
Annual Updates in Environmental Medicine Conference
"Environmental Causes of Common Chronic Neurological Problems
Headaches to Parkinsonism" 

Mycotoxin-Induced Neurotoxicity 

Presented by Bill Rea, MD


There is a growing problem with toxic molds and mold growth indoors.



One hundred patients were exposed to toxic mold in their homes. Culture plates showed that the predominant molds identified were: Alternaria, Cladosporum, Aspergillus, Penicillium, Stachybotrys, Curvularia, Basidiomycosis, Myxomycetes, smuts, Epicoccus, Fusarium, Bipolaris, and Rhizopus. Sensitivities and exposures were confirmed by intradermal skin tests (44-98%) for individual molds, serum antibodies from mycotoxins and abnormalities in T & B cells and subsets.



48 – 98% of intradermal skin tests were positive. 80% of the T&B cells were abnormal and 100% positive urines for mycotoxins. Trichothecene, ochra, and afla toxin and breakdown products in the urine, serum antibodies, and intradermal skin tests confirmed mycotoxin exposure. Respiratory signs (rhinorhea, sinus tenderness, wheezing) were found in 64%, and physical signs and symptoms of neurological dysfunction, (i.e., inability to stand on the toes and walk a straight line with the eyes closed, short term memory loss) were found in 70% of the total patients. Objective abnormal autonomic nervous system tests were positive in 100% of the patients. Triple headed SPECT brain scans showed abnormality in 26 (86%) out of 30 patients. Objective neuropsychological evaluations (46 neurological patients) were performed, each showing typical abnormalities of short-term memory, executive function/judgment, concentration and hand/eye coordination.

Treatment consisted of massive avoidance of molds and toxic chemicals in the indoor air, injection therapy for molds and secondary foods and chemicals, nutrient therapy both oral and intravenous, heat depuration, physical and massage therapy. In some cases, autogenous lymphocytic factor was given. The results of treatment were quite remarkable with 86% improving.


At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the process of diagnosing moldy buildings.

  2. Aid in cleaning moldy buildings.

  3. Implement successful treatment strategies. 

Bill Rea, MD 

William J. Rea, M.D., is a thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon with a strong passion for the environmental aspects of health and disease. Founder of the Environmental Health Center (EHC-D), Dr. Rea is currently director of this highly specialized Dallas based medical facility.In 1988, Dr. Rea was named to the world’s first professorial chair of environmental medicine at the Robens Institute of Toxicology at the University of Surrey in Guildford, England. He was also awarded the Jonathan Forman Gold Medal Award in 1987 and the Herbert J. Rinkel Award in 1993, both by the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, as well as named Outstanding Alumnus by Otterbein College in 1991.

He was also named to the Mountain Valley Water Hall of Fame for work in the field of study of clean water and, in 1995, he received the F.A.M.E. Award for pioneering work in environmental and preventive medicine. In 1997 he was named International Man of the Year and in 2002 Dr. Rea received the O. Spurgeon English Humanitarian Award from Temple University.

Purchase Includes:

  • 30-day access to recording
  • Lecture slides and handouts (if applicable) are yours to keep
  • CE Certificate - .75 General Credit Hours by the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine (OBNM)