Mycotoxins are small, molecular-weight, toxic molecules produced by various species of mould, some of which inhabit water damaged homes or buildings
The RealTime Labs mycotoxin test detects 16 different mycotoxins, including 9 macrocyclic trichothecenes. These are particularly important as they are known to be highly toxic and are produced by species such as Stachybotrys (“black mould”), shown to be present in mould contaminated buildings.
Testing is done using competitive ELISA, a very sensitive detection method using antibodies prepared against mycotoxins.
Ochratoxin A (OTA)
When should I use
Neurological conditions such autism, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease. Diseases and symptoms linked to mycotoxin exposure include fever, pneumonia-like symptoms, heart disease, rheumatic disease, asthma, sinusitis, nose bleeding, cancer, memory loss, vision loss, chronic fatigue, skin rashes, depression, ADHD, anxiety, and liver damage. A study of patients with chronic fatigue found that all the patients had high levels of mycotoxins in the urine.
RealTime Lab Inc also offer RT002 EMMA Panel - to test the home environment for moulds and mycotoxins from dust or material from AC or heater filter.
We understand that there is some discussion and no real agreement regarding challenging with glutathione before urine mycotoxin testing. We don’t recommend this however it is a clinical decision that you may make for yourself.
However, Robyn Puglia, Clinical Support Specialist, suggests considering the following collection schedule to encourage mobilisation and elimination of toxins via urine:
The evening before the sample collection, immediately before going to bed:
First, empty the bladder, then perform full body dry body brushing followed by a hot bath with 4 cups of Epsom salts.
Then collect any urine passed from the time of getting out of the bath during the night and the first-morning void and create the sample out of the total urine collected.