Radiation-eating fungi. They kill trees and they kill people.

In 2002, a robot was sent inside the sarcophagus of the destroyed Chernobyl nuclear power plant, and took samples of mold and fungi which were growing on the walls. Five years later, researchers from the Albert Einstein School of Medicine demonstrated that certain fungi “have the capacity to use radioactivity as an energy source for making food and spurring their growth.”

With Fukushima Daiichi & the Japanese burning of tsunami debris spreading nuclear poison over the whole earth, we have a recipe for fat, healthy fungi and sick, dying people.

RADIOTROPHIC FUNGI

These fungus species are known as radiotrophic fungi. They use the pigment melanin to convert gamma and beta radiation into chemical energy for growth.

ALL MELANIZED FUNGI ARE POTENTIAL RADIOTROPHIC FUNGI

In the original paper, the researchers Dadachova et al showed that ionizing radiation changes the electronic properties of melanin, and enhances the growth of melanized fungi. So any fungus species that contain melanin have their growth spurred in the presence of ionizing radiation. These are not mutant fungi, they are ordinary fungus species found everywhere in the environment. Some of them are common molds that grow in your basement or bathroom.

So these fungi do not actually feed on radiation, they change the properties of melanin, so that it can be converted into energy for growth. Think of radiation as an enzyme that allows melanin to be “digested”. Effectively, it’s the same thing, though.

FUNGI ARE RADIATION-TOLERANT AND ACCUMULATE RADIONUCLIDES

In this paper, Dadachova and Casadevall discuss the radiation tolerance of fungi, and its role as an adaptation mechanism. There is evidence of widespread prevalence of melanized fungi in the early days of Earth, when radiation was at a much higher level than it is today.

Anyone that follows Chernobyl and radiation measurements of food in Japan know that the worst radioactive contamination in any foodstuffs are in mushrooms. Fungi are very efficient at absorbing radionuclides. Actually, they will eat anything.

RADIONUCLIDES ACCUMULATE IN TREE BARKS

Researchers in Turkey found that cesium-137 (from Chernobyl) accumulates more in oak bark than even lichen (which had been thought to be the most contaminated life form). Professor Mori of the WINEP blog showed an autoradiograph of how radionuclides were found in oak bark. Many mushroom species grow on these barks.

MELANIZED FUNGI GROW TOWARDS WHERE THE RADIATION IS

Fungus-ridden tree in New Jersey felled by Sandy

Dadachova and Casadevall also discuss radiotropism. This is the tendency of these fungi to move from less contaminated areas of the plant, to more contaminated areas. In a tree, if the fungi start eating in the inmost hardwood area (with the least contamination), they will grow towards the bark on the outside, destroying the tree from the inside out.

RADIATION PROMOTES SPORE GERMINATION

The two authors also discussed how radiation increases the amount of spores released by these fungi:

They observed that radiation promoted spore germination in species from contaminated regions, which they called “radiostimulation”. Contrary to their previous results they observed the “radiostimulation” only for the species from contaminated regions but not for isolates from the clean areas. They named this phenomenon “radioadaptive response”.

SPORES MAY TRAVEL IN THE JET STREAM

In the 1930′s, spores were collected in a weather balloon between the levels of 36,000 – 71,000 feet. This is higher than the level of the jet stream (30,000 feet).

MELANIZED FUNGI SURVIVE FOOD IRRADIATION

Food is treated with gamma rays, which destroy bacteria and microorganisms in the food. The authors also noted that melanized fungi are radioresistant to the typical radiation levels used in this treatment.

RHIZOMORPHS

Rhizomorphs from an armillaria fungus

Rhizomorphs in New York City

Rhizomorphs or mycelial cords are aggregations of hyphae growing from fungi, which resemble tree roots. They provide water and nutrients for the organism. They can grow very long, under streets and pavements, and can draw nutrients from decomposing leaves at the surface. These leaves may be contaminated with radioactivity, which is all the better for them. They also colonize new hosts (trees), in this manner.

DIFFERENT KINDS OF FUNGAL DAMAGE TO TREES

This link provides illustrations of different tree diseases caused by fungi. My son and I recently went on a field trip to 5 different sites in the local area, and saw different kinds of damage. Sometimes the crown goes first, sometimes it is at the bottom, etc.

GROWTH OF MELANIZED FUNGI IN DOMESTIC ENVIRONMENTS

This pdf provides a good summary on how melanized fungi grow in domestic environments. Many species evolved in unusual ecological niches, and fit right into today’s home. They love dishwashers.

MELANIZED FUNGI CAUSE HUMAN DISEASE AND DEATH

This excellent article (pdf) reviews the current state of medical knowledge of health impacts of melanized fungi. They include the diseases eumycetoma, chromoblastomycosis, and phaeohyphomycosis. The authors classify the conditions into the categories allergic disease, superficial and deep local infections, pulmonary disease, central nervous system (CNS) infection, and disseminated disease.

List of melanized fungi species known to affect human health

Exposure to these fungi is usually due to breathing or minor cuts from infected agents, like thorns or farm implements. “Surveys of outdoor air for fungal spores routinely show dematiaceous (melanized) fungi. This suggests that all individuals are exposed, though few develop disease. Exposure is primarily from inhalation or minor trauma, which is frequently not even noticed by the patient.” Most of these cases occur in the tropics, but they will widely distributed over the planet from now on.

It is important to recognize that exposure to radiotrophic fungi also includes exposure to radioactivity, which of course increases the risk of disease.

Chromoblastomycosis

Phaeohyphomycosis

ALLERGIC DISEASE

“Allergic responses to dematiaceous fungi may actually represent the most common clinical manifestation of these fungi. Though asthma has many associated environmental factors, several studies have linked it with exposure to molds and to dematiaceous fungi… Allergic fungal sinusitis is a relatively common condition, with estimates of 6 to 9% of all cases of chronic sinusitis requiring surgery… it is now appreciated that disease due to dematiaceous fungi actually comprises the majority of cases… Allergic bronchopulmonary mycosis (ABPM) is similar in presentation to allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA), which is typically seen in patients with asthma or cystic fibrosis.”

SUPERFICIAL INFECTIONS

“These cases of superficial infections involve only keratinized tissues, such as the fingernails and toenails and the stratum corneum. Consequences of these infections are generally cosmetic… Tinea nigra is an uncommon infection confined to the stratum corneum. The characteristic appearance is that of a pigmented macule, usually on the palms or soles, and may be bilateral.”

DEEP LOCAL INFECTIONS

Subcutaneous lesions

“Subcutaneous lesions are the most common case reports of infection due to melanized fungi in the literature… Many patients are immunocompetent, and they often are from a rural background, i.e., farmers with frequent, minor trauma from plant material or gardeners… Lesions typically occur on exposed areas of the body and often appear as isolated cystic or papular lesions. Presentation is usually indolent, with weeks to months of gradual enlarging mass, though pain is often absent. Severely immunocompromised patients are at increased risk of subsequent dissemination, though this may rarely occur in apparently immunocompetent patients as well. Occasionally, infection may extend to involve joints or bone, requiring more extensive surgery or prolonged antifungal therapy.”

“Fungal keratitis (inflammation of the cornea) is an important ophthalmologic problem, particularly in tropical areas of the world. In one large series, 40% of all infectious keratitis was caused by fungi, almost exclusively molds.”

PULMONARY INFECTION

“Pulmonary infection is usually seen in immunocompromised patients or those with underlying lung disease, and it may be due to a wide variety of species… Clinical manifestations include pneumonia, asymptomatic solitary pulmonary nodules, and endobronchial lesions which may cause hemoptysis.”

CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM INFECTION

“Central nervous system infection is a rare but frequently fatal manifestation of phaeohyphomycosis, often in immunocompetent individuals. In a review of 101 cases of central nervous system infection due to dematiaceous fungi, the most common presentation was found to be brain abscess… What is truly unique about this disease is that over half the cases were in patients with no risk factor or immunodeficiency. In addition, no specific exposures were associated with onset of infection, though many cases seem to occur in rural areas. Typical symptoms included headache, neurologic deficits, and seizures, though rarely all three… Mortality was >70%… The pathogenesis may be hematogenous spread from an initial, presumably subclinical pulmonary focus, though this remains speculation. However, it remains unclear why these fungi preferentially cause CNS disease in immunocompetent individuals… Meningitis has also been described, usually in immunocompromised patients.”

DISSEMINATED INFECTION

“Disseminated infection is the most uncommon manifestation of infection caused by melanized fungi. In a review of 72 cases, most patients were immunocompromised, though occasional patients without known immunodeficiency or risk factors developed disseminated disease as well… Interestingly, peripheral eosinophilia has been observed in 9% of cases, and these were generally due to Bipolaris and Curvularia. These same species are often associated with allergic disease… The mortality rate was >70%, despite aggressive antifungal therapy. There were no antifungal regimens associated with improved survival for disseminated infection.”

PSYCHOSIS

This abstract from researchers in China details symptoms of cerebral phaeohyphomycosis.

“Cerebral phaeohyphomycosis is a fungal infection of the brain typically caused by Cladophialophora bantiana, Exophiala dermatitidis, and Rhinocladiella mackenziei, all of which belong to the order Chaetothyriales. The disease results in black, necrotic brain tissue, black pus, and black cerebrospinal fluid. Pathogens usually reach the brain through the bloodstream or lymphatic fluid and occasionally through direct spreading or accidental inoculation. Patients can present with hemiparesis, tonic spasm, headache, fever, sensory variation, cerebral irritation, and even psychotic behavioural changes.”

The same thing will happen to human brains

The black, necrotic brain tissue is similar to the black, necrotic leaf tissue we have seen in the dying trees. The same thing that is happening to the trees happens to human brains.

Humans are radioactive too. These fungi seek food.

IT’S EVERYWHERE

Read this blog, the Wit’s End blog, or a database of photos I am collecting for more information. Or go to Flickr and enter the search term “Sandy tree”. Most of the uprooted and broken trees from Hurricane Sandy show sign of fungal damage. Tree damage and death is rapidly spreading across the planet.

UPDATE: CDC Responds to Multistate Outbreak of Fungal Meningitis and Other Infections

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with state and local health departments and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is investigating a multistate outbreak of fungal meningitis and other infections among patients who received contaminated preservative-free MPA steroid injections from NECC. Several patients suffered strokes that are believed to have resulted from their infections. The investigation also includes other infections from injections in a peripheral joint, such as a knee, shoulder, or ankle. Patients who received injections in peripheral joints only are not believed to be at risk for meningitis, but they could be at risk for joint and other infections.

As of November 15, 2012, the predominant fungus identified in patients continues to be Exserohilum rostratum, with 84 CDC laboratory-confirmed cases. One patient, the index case, had a laboratory-confirmed Aspergillus fumigatus [JPG - 29 KB] infection. These fungi are common in the environment; fungal infections are not transmitted from person to person.

Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Investigation

http://www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks/meningitis-map.html

Exserohilum rostratum is a melanized fungus that is on the list of those that affect human health. More information from wikipedia. 32 36 dead so far.

UPDATE: An excellent scientific review on mycotoxins is available here. These are secondary poisons from fungi that affect the health of humans, animals, and plants. Some are carcinogenic.

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    My main focus in this summary is the outdoor toxin that (per the Back from the Edge book) Erik first encountered in Berkeley in 1980 and that he states was a driving factor in the Lake Tahoe epidemic of the disease that went on to be called “chronic fatigue syndrome.”

    http://paradigmchange.me/wp/?p=759

    • We rarely put mold in the ‘pathogen’ category, but mold is an organism – a fungus – that produces toxins that can evoke strong inflammatory responses in our bodies and even in our brain. Earlier this year we heard how extreme mold avoidance helped Joey Tuan. (I saw and shook hands with Joey at the IACFS/ME conference – he’s definitely been lifting weights :)).

      Black and related molds

      Last year we presented the results of a study suggesting that mold exposure could be high for some people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, but little other published research has been done. Mold, like mercury, and the MTHFR mutation remains a kind of ‘underground’ topic in ME/CFS; it’s of intense interest to a significant number of patients but rarely makes it to the scientific journals.

      Read more: A ‘Different World’: A Mold Avoidance Success Story From Giles Meehan http://www.cortjohnson.org/blog/2014/04/11/different-world-mold-story-giles-meehan/

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  4. this is the same fever as they were having in Ca. and increasing over the last few years, inmates in prisons were getting it and many dyeing, to Courts told the prison system to move the prisoners !

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    It is thought that workers from the Philippines could have carried the disease to Mozambique

    Bananas generate $8billion (£4.7billion) and millions of people rely on them as their main source of calories

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    • What clogs up the kidneys,…what blocks the ‘common bile duct’? Any guesses?

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      Candida fungus.

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    (Photo : Youtube / Scientists say the Candida, the fungus known to cause the development of Kawasaki disease, travels by air from the farmlands of China.
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  10. was given some corn but a few days later when went to cook, mold was present on the corn to the point could not be eaten, this is the same corn mold that will kill cattle if they eat ~

  11. You ought to do more research on rizomorphic growth. More specifically what it does and does not look like.

    Not criticizing.

  12. Boy, 9, beat leukaemia but died after lung infection caused by building work at Birmingham Children’s Hospital

    There is evidence that suggests that building works in the area of a hospital is associated with an increase in the numbers of Aspergillus infections. Many hospitals have specific policies on dealing with the consequences of building works.

    In the case in this report it was found that the hospital and its staff failed to take adequate notice of the threat imposed by local building works with tragic consequences.

    http://www.aspergillusblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/boy-9-beat-leukaemia-but-died-after.html

  13. Aspergillus fumigatus is a ubiquitous fungus that all humans are exposed to on a daily basis, but it rarely causes disease in healthy people. Ordinarily, when people breathe in Aspergillus spores (or conidia), the immune system kicks in and clears the fungus rapidly. In immunocompromised hosts, however—such as those with AIDS or undergoing transplantation—it can take hold and cause a variety of diseases, not least of which is an invasive form that is fatal in up to 40% of cases in the Western World…

    It is estimated that humans breathe over 100 A. fumigatus spores per day, and it uses sialic acid to bind to the respiratory systems of humans. When immune mechanisms are lacking to sufficiently clear these conidia, they rapidly germinate at body temperature and allow for extensive growth. By utilising a number of gene expression techniques, A. fumigatus reduces its need for iron, nitrogen and glucose, and learns to evade pH and oxidative stresses imposed upon it. Furthermore, it produces certain metabolites—such as gliotoxin—which are known to suppress immune mechanisms and even hurt immune cells.

    These defensive and offensive mechanisms allow for rapid growth, and subsequent deterioration of human hosts, in immunocompromised individuals. In healthier hosts, such as those with allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA), it is less an out-right infection but more allergic in nature. Here the fungus rarely evades the immune system effectively enough to outright spread throughout the lungs and body, though it is able to penetrate the immediate alveolar environment in the lungs. Over time, metabolic production can damage the linings of the lungs, but the disease is far less severe than in immunocompromised equivalent cases.

    http://www.aspergillusblog.blogspot.com/2014/01/virulence-of-aspergillus-fumigatus.html

    • With rare exceptions, acute invasive fungal sinusitis is found only in immunocompromised individuals, such as those with AIDS,
      leukemia, uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, and those receiving immunosuppressive therapy
      -Symptoms include fever, facial pain or numbness, nasal congestion, serosanguinous nasal discharge, and epistaxis
      -In cases of zygomycosis, the oral palate, nasal turbinates, and nasal septum may have a musty appearance or a black eschar and may be anesthetic
      -Symptoms also include proptosis, visual disturbances, headache, lethargy, mental status changes, seizures, neurologic deficits, coma, and maxillofacial soft tissue swelling as intraorbital, intracranial, and maxillofacial extension is common

      http://radiology.uthscsa.edu/CME/ELTXT/FS/acuteinvasive.htm

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