Now we will return to the cellular dysfunction that we discussed in the section on the nervous system. The mitochondria are the parts of inside each cell that produce energy for functioning. Besides the effects on the brain, poorly functioning mitochondria also affect other systems. Obviously, a loss in cellular energy greatly affects the muscles. When mycotoxins disrupt the conversion of food calories into energy forms necessary for muscles, muscular dysfunction ensues. Primarily, muscular endurance is reduced. Beyond that, muscles are sometimes unable to maintain electrolyte balance, triggering spasms or twitches.
Mitochondrial dysfunction also means that the body does not have the energy necessary for optimal detoxification processes. This may be a reason that other toxins accumulate in the body suffering from mold toxicity syndrome. All body systems ultimately require energy from mitochondrial processing of calories, and therefore many other symptoms may be traced back to mold toxins and their effects on the cell’s mitochondria.