Dr. Jack Thrasher on Mold, Bacteria and Mycotoxins

Presentation by Dr. Jack Thrasher
Toxicologist and Injured Worker Advocate

Transcribed for the hearing impaired

(speaking) Dr Jack Thrasher:
“What he said is true, but I want to correct one thing for the record. Everybody keeps talking about mold being a problem. When we get into a water damaged building, whether it be a school, a house or a building, there’s more than mold present. We have a variety of species of fungi is what I refer to them as. But also, there are bacteria that are almost as dangerous if not more dangerous than the fungi. And the bacteria consists of two groups. What we call gram negative and gram positive. The gram negative bacteria are pathogenic. The gram positive bacteria include a whole group called Actinomyces and the Actinomyces produce toxins that are more toxic than the mycotoxins that are produced by the mold or the fungi.

So what we are dealing with is a very complex indoor environment that is impinging upon the human being and that environment. Therefore the immune system gets busy and doesn’t know what it is doing to fight off and the people wind up being shifted into what we call a chronic inflammatory disease syndrome. The immune system has shifted over to try to correct this situation but it has shifted over to where it begins attacking it’s own body with it’s cytocines and hormones that the immune system produces and causes general inflammation. Now the general inflammation involves the brain so they get into neurocognitive deficites, it involves the lungs so they get into respiratory distress, it involves the muscles so they lose muscle tone, a whole variety so it just infects the whole organ.

I am going to talk about five cases that I am involved in and we are writing the research papers on and what happened.

The first one is a 65 day old infant that died. The infant died of what they call a Rye’s Syndrome. Rye’s Syndrome is a general deterioration of the body, particularly the brain and the liver. And the child was born into a home that had water damage. Conceived and then born into the home. The child was born in the hospital in respiratory distress and was stabilized and sent home. And within 65 days back to the hospital a couple of times. Within 65 days died. Suddenly died. We got involved in the case because we were called in as experts in the case. And what we did was we took autopsy materials and we actually took live tissue materials, muscle and connective tissue before the infant died. We studied them. One thing we found is the infant had what we call mitochondrial damage. Mitochondria are the little organelles in the body that produce the energy we need to do the work with. The Mitochondria were so damaged that they were not functioning so the child really had an energy deficit. The other thing we did is we took the tissues and we looked for and we identified both aspergillus species in the child’s tissues and we also identified aflotoxins and tricothecene mycotoxins in the tissues. Then we took the mother and we took her breast milk. And guess what? We found the mycotoxins in the breast milk. So now this child was exposed in utero and post utero and died as result of Rye’s Syndrome. Now what happened to that case? It got settled out of court. Alrighty? And what they did was they locked up all the information but they are not going to prevent me like they are trying to prevent Sharon from writing the truth. We are writing this paper up and it will be published. And we have identified all that.

The next case is a lady by name… who worked in a building on the east coast. She started to work, she was healthy. ok. By the way, these people are not immune suppressed, ok? These people are normal healthy individuals. She worked in a building with water damage. She went to work and slowly began not feeling well and developed some rashes on her skin, etc. Goes to her doctor, the doctor says you need to see an allergist. She goes to an allergist and guess what, she has suddenly developed allergies to aspergillus, penicillium and a few other molds. She slowly got worse. She started developing headaches, lost her vision, they decided after losing her vision they better do an MRI on her to see what was going on and they found a mass in her Sphenoid sinus and Ethnoid sinus. Then they go in and they do a biopsy. It comes back, she has a neuroblastoma. Now the husband happens to be a microbiologist. He looks at the same slides the pathologist is looking at and says I see fungal hyphae in here. There is something going on. I think this is a fungal infection of the sinuses. Not a neuroblastoma. The pathologist, there were 6 different pathologists involved, 6 different pathologic examinations, all 6 pathologists came up with a different diagnosis. None of them came up with fungus being the source. She got treated with chemotherapy, followed by radiation treatment, and then surgery to remove the mass out of the sinus and we have a series of MRIs showing that the mass in that sinus never changed with all the treatment. After she had the surgery, they opened up the sinus, she started blowing her nose, she got fungi out of her nasal cavity. Needless to say she got involved with Dr. Shoemaker on the east coast, who then sent her to Dr. Grey in Benson, AZ. Dr. Shoemaker does not use anti-fungals in his treatment program, Dr. Grey does. Dr. Gray puts her on antifungal and we have the current MRIs and guess what, her sinuses are clear. And she is fairly healthy but unfortunately she is brain damaged to a slight extent, she has respiratory damage, she has muscle weakness, etc, etc. Now here is a case, an absolute misdiagnosis by pathologists who refused to listen to the husband who said, I think I see mold, here is the reason why. That’s a horrible tragic case.

This is the 7:00 minute mark.

To continue reading the transcription of this video, here is part 2.

It is a horrible tragedy that as of 12/8/13, this video only had 408 views. In just 24 hours, we are at 485 views. That is incredible. Keep sharing.

Share this page with your friends, your family, facebook, twitter, etc. It is important that people know this is happening and has been going on for over 30 years. People are suffering and dying and doctors are misdiagnosing and allowing people to die.

Let me know that you have heard this with a comment. The world should be outraged at this silent epidemic of toxic homes. I hear from people every day who are affected at home, at work or at their schools. At one point in this video, Dr. Thrasher goes on to say that it is estimated that 30-40% of the public schools in this country are contaminated with mold and bacteria from water intrusion.

It’s time we do something…

6 Thoughts on “Dr. Jack Thrasher on Mold, Bacteria and Mycotoxins

  1. Tessa McCall on December 9, 2013 at 7:53 pm said:

    I have been sick for over 4 years with lyme disease and treatment was not making me better. Its a long story but May 2013 it was discovered that we have 4 x4 section of mold in our master bathroom ceiling. My whole family got very sick after the remediation contractor left. We continued to spiral health wise – In July 2013 we made the decision to leave our home as we thought cross contamination had made us sick. August 2013 its discovered that our remediation contractor fogged our home with a pesticide that main ingredient is thymol. We had to leave our home that we love. It is fine for anyone else but for us it makes us sick as we have been over sensitized by the product. We spent thousands and thousands of dollars trying to make our home habitable for our boys but nothing worked. Trace amounts are all that is left but trace amounts like the kid with the peanut allergy will continue to make us sick. Thanks Dr. Thrasher for this article.

    • Mold Helper on December 9, 2013 at 9:38 pm said:

      Have you found somewhere safe to live? It’s horrible how many contractors are just making the issue worse… I was very sensitive and when I came across nutritional cleanse that helped me detox naturally, I became much more tolerant and able to go places again. Praying for you and your family.

  2. The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) sounds very impressive. But a little research shows that ACOEM is associated with Glaxo Wellcome Inc. “In 1999 Glaxo Wellcome was the world’s largest maker of pharmaceutical products for the treatment of asthma‚Ķ” Does anyone with half a brain really think this organization is interested in understanding mold and preventing Asthma? Thanks you Dr. Thrasher for doing your best to get accurate information out there. While the deep pocket of companies like Glaxo Wellcome make it difficult for the average person to get good information, eventually the ground swell of real people dealing with the real problems of water damaged buildings will overcome the deep pockets.

    • Mold Helper on December 9, 2013 at 10:36 pm said:

      What a connection, Brenda. Follow the money. I know all too well that asthma professionals don’t want to hear the “mold” word in their offices. They shooed me out very quickly when I told them my daughter’s asthma was cured. The doctor said, “Some kids just grow out of asthma.” If he admitted mold was causing asthma, he’d be out of a job.

  3. They’re a lot more like a plant, so they require oxygen and moisture to survive.

    Thanks to the media, many consumers believe they can eliminate mold by themselves.
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  4. cindy dumnich on June 6, 2014 at 6:30 pm said:

    I am looking for any help. I was diagnosed in 2007 with Toxic Mold Syndrome. I did see Dr. Richard Schoomaker, in Maryland. I had a ton of blood workup and MRI with Spec. Since I was sent but workers comp. after I went they did not allow or pay for any further treatment by him. I feel no better and have not be able to go back to work.
    I was just told by another IME doctor that this is not a medical diagnosis and there is no mold syndrome or illness. I know I am not the same person as before exposure and sure could use any help and direction.

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