wild mushroomFungi and psychology

It is actually not a supposition that fungi can 'tweak' the so-called psychological condition of an individual.  It is also not a wild imagination to say that fungal toxins (mycotoxins) have serious impact on neurons and thus affecting the whole cranial-neurological system of an individual; and thus causing emotional problems.

Where do the pathogenic (disease-causing) fungi come from? First, you have to understand that fungi are not altogether bad, and there are bad and good fungi -- you can eat edible and therapeutic fungi but stay away from which can kill. Most people understand that mushrooms and toadstools are from the fungi family. Several mushrooms which grow in the wild and are highly potent in toxins. We remember when we were young (and were beginning to take to the outdoors by ourselves), we were cautioned not even to touch wild mushrooms. There are still sporadic cases of people dying from harvesting wild toxic mushrooms for consumption.

Therapeutic mushrooms are mainly investigated by the Orientals, particularly the Chinese and later the Japanese. Lingzhi is a mushroom; cordyceps are fungi, and the commercially cultivated mushrooms such as shiitake and maitake have been known to have potent anti-fungal and anti-microbial functions.

Besides the 'seen' fungi growing in the outdoor environment, a much less noticed fungi are those found in human habitats: On damp walls, pipes, floors, sanitation system, kitchens, air-conditioning system, etc.; in food and drinks: Moldy food caused by poor storage, expiration, contamination, etc; in the pastures; in the ... the list goes on and on.

There remains a terrain, an even much less known environment, in which fungi proliferate: The human body
-- on the skin as well as internally. Yes, the human body is host to various pathogenic (disease-causing) and toxigenic (toxin producing) fungi, yeasts, and microbes which do not belong to classes such as bacteria, viruses as they are symbionts, variants of a much more complex morphology, and these are highly suspect to be prime causes of many ailments.  The queer thing about mycotoxins is that when they impact the neurological system, the consequences are indeed far-reaching.

 
Witch'Salem Witch Trial' saga

In Old World America and Europe back in the 17th Century, a certain seasonal scourge of a ‘strange epidemic’ evaded explanation and for almost two centuries, it had wiped out hundreds of thousands of lives in seasonal recurrence. Not only that, the victims of this ‘strange disease’ could have both or either of such conditions: ‘Wasting away of appendages and limbs which dried up and fell away’ (necrotic gangrene).

Who would have thought it was a fungus as a root cause and not a supernatural issue?  The saga lasted two centuries but while in such doldrums all through those wretched years, several medical experts gave hints and conjectures but sadly they remained as suspicions. Perhaps, the puritans were adamantly committed to 'exorcising' Salem.  Anyway, it was later put down as caused by a fungus called Claviceps Purpurea and commonly referred to as ergot.

We can see from this historical evidence how victims of mycotoxins are afflicted not only with bodily pain and wasting away of body parts, but also uncannily the 'supernatural' sightings of apparitions reported by sufferers and even choking sensation or asphyxiations. The tightness in the air canal were interpreted as 'strangulations' for reasons which were inevitable: The 'spectral evidence' (seen through the eyes of the sufferers) were there to put the blame on.  The puritanical society in Salem in that era naturally went on a witch-hunt.  Too bad; many innocent lives were lost while the religionists sought to wipe out the perpetrators as co-horts of the devil.

Mycotoxins which impact neurons are sub-classed as neurotoxins and their organic structure are similar to that of neuro-transmitters, thus disrupting the normal functions of neurons; and leading to the various sensorial symptoms from voices in the ears (ringing?), spectral images in the vision, tactile feelings of 'something crawling underneath the skin', and choking sensations, to name a few.
 

One infection, many afflictions

We cannot help but wonder whether fungal infections could be the prime source of most maladies affecting humans: A one-infection- many-afflictions scenario.   It could very well be, for all we know; but just that not much funding for research is going in this direction for reasons best known to the industry.  If you look objectively at the manifestations of symptoms from mycotoxin effect on neurons, you might also be having some questions in your mind whether coronary, respiratory, spinal, osteo-musculature problems as well as allergies are actually caused by fungus rather than physiological dysfunctions per se.  There are even substantial information on the characterisation of disorders such as autism, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's which tend towards a fungal source, rather than initially comprehended as psychological disorders.
 

Where do the pathogenic fungi come from?

Pathogenic fungi are extremely durable organisms and each species has seeminly mastered the art of preservation, by having at least four modes of morphological structure to tackle environmental exigencies. Pathogenic fungi can be contacted via the normal channels of contagion, namely the orifices of nose, mouth, ears, eyes, genital organs, anus; and through media such as through food, drinks, air, soil, sexual fluids; by way of seepage through the skin, cuts and wounds; and even through oversight in hospital procedures.


Which particular genus is the culprit?

Data from independent non-vested-interest research on degenerative diseases are pointing to a class of fungi which are highly suspect to be the prime mover of the diversified afflictions in chronic diseases -- yeasts, particularly from the Candida family, and more specifially Candida Albicans. In fact Candidiasis, an infection affecting most women, and even men, has long been a recalcitrant condition but has somehow stayed in the background all these year since the 1980s with medical attention more focussed on bacteria and viruses.  The ignoring of Candidiasis as a potential scourge could be a mistake as it could have morphed into conditions which unsuspectingly are what we know today as chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease, metastatic neoplasm, diabetes, peripheral vascular diseases, strokes, fibromydglia, arthritis, and osteoporosis, to name just a few of them.


Where do the pathogenic fungi mainly reside?

This microbe is no stranger to gynaecological problems as it has developed a sort of favorite habitat in the vaginal orifice. The conditions in the vagina actually conduce to its survival, but its population is held in check by other microbes, particularly the bacterium genus Lactobacillus. The other habitat where Candida is found to populate is in the long channel in the human body from the oral orifice to the anal orifice.



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