Zearalenone, an anabolic and uterotrophic metabolite, is frequently
found in commercial cereal grains and in processed
foods and feeds, and is often reported as causative agent of
naturally occurring hyperestrogenism and infertility in swine,
poultry and cattle.18
What this means is, in animals, “zear” looks likes extra estrogen
to the body. Does it affect humans the same way? Are high
estrogen levels a problem for us? I find nearly every breast
cancer case shows a too-high estrogen level for years before the
cancer is found! It starts females maturing too early, too. It could
cause PMS, ovarian cysts and infertility. Not everybody gets all
of these effects. And what is the effect on men and boys of eating
an estrogen-like mycotoxin in their daily diet? This female
hormone could have a drastic effect on the maturing process even
in small amounts.
Zearalenone ("zear") and aflatoxin both have immune lowering
effects. Zearalenone can induce thymic atrophy and
macrophage activation.19 If you have low immunity (low T
18 Bottalico, A., Lerario, P., and Visconti, A., Production of
Zearalenone, Trichothecenes and Moniliformin By Fusarium Species
From Cereals, In Italy. From Toxigenic Fungi, Vol 7, edited by H.
Kurata and Y. Ueno, copublished by Kodansha Ltd, Tokyo and Elsevier
Science Publishers B.V., Amsterdam, 1984, page 199.
19 Luster, M.I., Boorman, GA., Korach, K.S., Dieter, M.P., and
Hong, L. 1984. Myelotoxicity toxicity resulting from exogenous estrogens
evidence for bimodal mechanism of action. Int. J. Immunopharmacol.
6:287-297. cells, low white blood cell count, and so forth), immediately go
off moldy food suspects.
“Zear” is the mycotoxin that prevents you from detoxifying
benzene. Every AIDS sufferer I see has a crippled ability to detoxify
benzene; they also have zear!
The main zear sources I have found so far are popcorn, corn
chips, and brown rice. But it was absent in fresh corn, canned
corn, corn tortillas, and white rice, making me wonder how it
gets in our processed corn products.