How To Determine If A Human Health Challenge Is Due To Mycotoxins

How to Determine if a Human Health Challenge is Due to Mycotoxins

In the June 2021 BWC For Horse Lovers Newsletter I introduced the subject of how mold and their toxic byproducts, mycotoxins, can harm human health.

Dr. Andrew W. Campbell notes that molds can cause four main problems for people:

  1. Infection
  2. Hypersensitivity or Allergic Reactions
  3. Irritant Reactions
  4. Toxic Reactions (Campbell, personal communication, April 6, 2021).

In this July 2021 BWC For Horse Lovers Newsletter I am writing to share information on how to properly determine if the body is currently being burdened by toxic reactions to mycotoxins produced by molds.

But first I will provide a little introduction as to why we should always think about mycotoxins as a possible cause of human suffering.

As Blackwell (2011) notes, molds are an integral part of nature’s recycling system. Dr. Campbell teaches us that of the more than 100,000 species of molds, thankfully, only about 2 dozen are harmful to people, most...

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Zucchini! by Health Coach Deborah Cox, FMCA, NBHWC


“The trouble is, you cannot grow just one zucchini. Minutes after you plant a single seed, hundreds of zucchini will barge out of the ground and sprawl around the garden, menacing the other vegetables. At night, you will be able to hear the ground quake as more and more zucchinis erupt.”

Dave Barry.


Zucchini, Cucurbita pepo, a humble, yet extremely prolific, member of most gardens today, had a very well-traveled beginning.  It originated from native seeds taken from areas of Mesoamerica, central Mexico through parts of Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica, by Old World explorers.  Squash seeds have been found in...

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Coconut Zucchini Fries by Health Coach, Melanie Rathbun, FMCA

July equals summer and summer equals a colorful harvest of warm-weather produce. Zucchinis are now in season, and we’re loving it!  If the overabundance of zucchini produced by your garden may cause you to lose interest in this vegetable-like fruit (yes, technically botanically classified as a fruit!), take a deep breath.  We’re here to help you fall back in love with this nutrition powerhouse, so let’s dig into a bit of the nutritional benefits of zucchini, a squash in fact.

Squashes are mainly autumn harvest ‘vegetables’.  Many squashes need to be cooked by baking or steaming, although the popular zucchini and yellow crookneck (both summer squashes) can be sliced and eaten raw in salads or with dips.  Most of the squashes are high in carbohydrates, mainly as starch, with a high fiber content.  Many are high in Vitamin A, especially the orange or yellow squashes.  Vitamin C and potassium are...

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Colorado Horse Rescue by Cate Cummings APRN, FNP, IFMCP, ReCODE 2.0 CP

horse rescue Jul 01, 2021

When a person views the Colorado Horse Rescue (CHR) website (, I think you might easily get the feeling that these people are very serious (with a positive mindset and a lot of energy for their mission!) about saving every horse in need in Colorado and beyond. They are a very devoted team that has been hard at work at rescuing horses since 1986 – that is 35 years of service to save equines!

The new logo (created in 2019) for the CHR depicts their Rocky Mountains roots and the way a horse holds his ears when he is alert and perky! This is reflective of their “forward facing mentality.” They dare to imagine a world where “no horse falls through the cracks.”

CHR was founded by Sharon Jackson and Jill Pratt and became a 501(3)(c) non-profit in 1988.

Currently, the Executive Director of CHR is Katherine Gregory, and the Operations Manager of CHR is Rachel Corbman. 

Katherine Gregory, Executive Director


Rachel Corbman, Operations...

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Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society.

horse rescue Jun 01, 2021


Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society (BEHS)

Preserving an American Tradition One Equine at a Time

Rescue. Rehabilitate. Retrain. Rehome.


Envisioning a world where no horse needs to be rescued.


To improve the lives of equines by educating and helping owners, assisting law enforcement agencies, rehabilitating abused and neglected equines, and placing them into safe, permanent homes.

That is a superlative vision to have and I wish it could be true some day in the near future. In the meantime, BEHS is doing an outstanding job of helping save abused and neglected horses, mules, and donkeys in Texas and Arkansas.

Neglected and starved Palamino horse upon arriving at BEHS.


The same Palamino restored back to full health by the loving people at BEHS! He was then adopted out to his loving forever home! Total success story! :)

History of BEHS

They have a remarkable and interesting history of continuous development of their organization for the full benefit of all of...

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Cucumber and Radish Salad by Health Coach Melanie Rathbun, FMCA

As you may have noticed by now, we at BWC For Horse Lovers love consuming and preparing local and seasonal produce.  Radishes are currently being pulled from many gardens and local farms, so it’s a great time to share some information (and of course a recipe you can all enjoy at home!). 

I often come across clients who have never tried radishes, or who simply don’t know how to prepare them, so now may be the perfect time to experiment.  Don’t let them be an afterthought. The more we can eat the rainbow and try new foods, the more nourishment we can take in from all of the amazing fresh produce that is available to us.  

A radish is a root of a plant from the brassica family.  Close relatives to the radish include broccoli, mustard greens, kale, cauliflower, cabbage, and turnips. Radishes range in flavour from peppery hot to mild and sweet, depending on the age and variety of the plant, and they also come in many shapes and colors. Radishes...

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Radishes by Health Coach Deborah Cox, FMCA, NBHWC


 “What is life if not laughter and love, caring and compassion, fresh bread and crisp radishes?”

— James Kavanaugh

Radish comes from the Latin word, radix, which means “root”, and is classified as Raphanus sativus.  Its genus name, Raphanus, is a Latinized form of the Greek expression raphanos – “easily reared”.

 The origins and history of radishes are a bit obscure. It is thought by some they originated in northern China, by others the eastern Mediterranean or near the Caspian Sea.  Some believe that radishes were cultivated in Egypt as early as 2700 BC, although the Greeks and again quite possibly the Chinese could have been the first to cultivate them.  Even with no consensus on the radish’s origin, it became a staple in many cultures throughout the world, and with the vast variety of types of radishes, each culture had its own “favorites”.  Black radishes were favorites in...

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Mold & Mycotoxins - Tiny Yet Powerful!

No, this is not a painting from Jackson Pollock on a day when he was tired. This is a work of art by Mother Nature's Mold species on a wall in someone's home!


The February 2021 winter storm of Texas made a big impact on thousands of homeowners who experienced water damage within their homes from burst water pipes. My husband and I were among this group. This brought the impact of mold on human health acutely to my attention. I would like to share some highlights of what I have learned in the hope that it will benefit the reader. 

What are molds? Molds are members of the kingdom Fungi, and they are some of the primary decomposers of natural materials within the natural world. They are an essential component of the biological balance within our natural environment. Some molds are useful to mankind, such as a strain of Penicillium mold from which the antibiotic Penicillin is derived. Another Penicillium mold creates Stilton, or Blue cheese (1).

Of the more than 100,000...

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Leek and Fennel Soup!


Leek and Fennel Soup!

by Health Coach Melanie Rathbun FMCA


It’s that time of year when leeks are springing up around us! If you’ve never tried leeks, this may be your time to adopt something new into your diet.  Leeks are similar in appearance (and nutrition) to green onions, just much larger so they are easy to spot at your local farmers market or grocery store.  They come from the same family as onions and garlic (allium family) with a distinct flavor, and they offer similar health benefits. The health benefits to eating leeks are plenty, one of them being that they are high in prebiotic inulin fiber (up to 16%).  Prebiotics are types of dietary fibre that feed the friendly bacteria in your gut and help in the breakdown of fat.   This helps the gut bacteria produce nutrients for your colon cells and leads to a healthier digestive system. They are high in flavonoids, which supports your body’s response to oxidative stress....

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Idaho Horse Rescue

horse rescue May 01, 2021


Idaho Horse Rescue

by Cate Cummings APRN FNP IFMCP ReCODE 2.0 Certified Practitioner


Rescuing, Rehabilitating & Protecting Victims of Equine Abuse.

I love learning how horse rescues have their beginning! In the case of Idaho Horse Rescue, it was a most fortunate circumstance for the future wellbeing of a Thoroughbred filly mare. A jockey at the Les Bois track told his friend Robert Bruno about a 2-year-old Thoroughbred filly mare named Wapello Road. She sustained severe ligamentous injuries that caused her owners to make the decision to euthanize her on the very day the jockey contacted Robert. But, thanks to Robert’s intervention, Wapello Road’s life was saved. Instead of being euthanized, she came under Robert’s care and he restored her back to health! Wapello Road flourished under Robert’s care, becoming completely sound, and she then became his personal riding horse for over 20 years! What a beautiful and true story!



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