A QUICK WORD BEFORE:
Mummies Really Are Deathly?
In recent years some "mold experts" who read nothing but their own narcissistic narrow-minded work, and who do not read or know nothing solid on remediation, have received serious attention. Others seem to know zero besides spore illness, but the chemicals on the spores are the poisons. We have known this at least 30 years. Does anyone read English?
If you actually read a few thousand articles instead of your own egotistical science, you would know this material. In court, they seem just like boring folks because they just quote themselves. Ever meet someone who only talks about himself or herself forever? Right. That is what the jury and judge think also. They are boring and arrogant fools.
One self-proclaimed "mold expert" is running a mill and his style nationally is simply to insult everyone else. He has vast numbers that wonder if he is impaired and he defames everyone. He speaks to find patients and then insults other much more gifted and published experts, and defames them, which is a bad witness and bad law. However, an egomaniac who is neurologically suspect, just cannot help himself or herself. He or she has limited published materials and his theories and chemistry are so limited and biased as to be sad.
Here is one of thousands of articles real experts have read that actually make some sense. Alone, this report is not good enough for court. But at least it is not horrifically boring. I could offer some biochemistry mind vomit as others do, but who cares?
Mummies Really Are Deathly?
Most of us have heard the term "Beware the Mummy's Curse." Many individuals working in archeology or tomb robbery have died soon after opening and entering tombs or handling their contents.
Perhaps the caution began when Lord Carnarvon, an elderly and medically frail expert in Egyptian archeology, was involved in the excavation of King Tut's tomb in 1922. After 5 years, 11 who had entered the tomb were dead.
Since such tombs typically had fruits, vegetables, meats, clothing and furniture, molds would naturally form in these dark places and form spores and their surface toxins that could last thousands of years. The first to enter these tombs, before they were aired out, would get a huge dose of mold toxins.
This seems to be the general belief of scholars from all over the Middle East, Europe and America.
This was further supported by the examination of the mummy of Ramesses II of ancient Egypt, which was examined in a research Museum in Paris in 1976, and over 89 different species of molds were found in or on the mummy. The researchers were fortunately careful enough to be wearing special masks.
One of the most serious recent mold toxin Archeology disaster occurred when the tomb of a famous 15th century Polish leader, King Casimir, was opened in 1973 by 12 researchers. The wooden coffin was heavily rotted inside the tomb. In a few days, four of the 12 were dead. Soon six more died. One of the two survivors was Dr. Smyk who was an expert microbiologist and suffered 5 years with new neurological balance trouble. He studied some tomb artifacts in great detail and found clear Aspergillus and Penicillin species that make dangerous mycotoxins, such as aflatoxins mentioned later in this book.
Is it any wonder that experts on this topic, like Dr. Barbara Janinka from the Polish Institute of Engineering and Dr.'s Poirier and Feder, in their book Dangerous Places: Health, Safety, and Archaeology, remind us of an old observation about archaeology—when you go home after a hard day in the field and blow your nose, you blow out dirt," Feder said. "Clearly you have been breathing it in, and if you have been exposed to molds, spores, or fungi that lay dormant in the earth, there is at least a possibility of being exposed to some nasty stuff."
However, if the reader does not follow the required home, school, office, church or synagogue mold prevention hygiene steps, the same molds that have killed archeologists in the past, can become part of your world. And in many cases, in ways much more than a runny nose or red eyes!
Examples of scholars who believe toxic molds like Aspergillus and Penicillium species make poisons like Ochratoxins, and have been responsible for Archeologist deaths include: Dr. Ezzeddin Taha of Cairo University, the Italian physician Dr. Nicola Di Paolo, French physician Dr. Caroline Stenger-Phillip, physician Dr. Hans Merk and microbiologist Dr. G. Kramer--both from Germany.
B. Janinska. Historical buildings and mould fungi. Not only vaults are menacing with "Tutankhamen's Curse." Foundations of Civil and Environmental Engineering. (2002): 43-54.