Mold Menaces

Each type of mold has a particular origin, family, and pathology. Each mold also is know to produce specific symptoms and cause specific harms.

Profiles of the Mold Menaces: Part 1

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Penelope Penicillium

Name: Penelope Penicillium

Aliases Used: See below, however researchers have given up

Wanted For: Attaching herself onto and in many of the foods we eat, buildings we occupy and suspected to cause damage to human organs. Basically, she is known to cause mass destruction to the immune system and organs.

Background: You must understand that Penelope is NOT a stable mold. Physicians and scientists have not been able to identify effective treatments and have considered her a medical mystery. This is a happy circumstance for many official medical organizations (some of which do not wish to recognize the danger she presents to human health).

Penelope is the youngest member of the Trich-oco-maceae family, growing up in the shadow of her siblings. Hearing their nightly recitals of their daily invasions of and devastation to human health, she became quite angry by the time she was a toddler. She only rarely received attention from her daddy, Tirch-oco-maceae, despite all of her efforts.

At the age of five, she decided that she would be the single member of the family to identify a new, novel invasion and deadly route of entry. As a result of her childhood trauma, Penelope developed a mental condition known as multiple personality disorder. She developed fragmented aspects of herself. Sadly, none of these personalities were nice. One of her acquired personalities publicly presents as nice in the form of a misperceived medical mystery known as penicillium.

The total number of her personalities is as yet unknown. However, four distinct personalities emerge under duress:

  1. Cloe cosum (aka: Olivia ochratoxin A). This personality mimics her sister Amber in several ways. Cloe produces a particularly harmful gas when she sneezes or performs other bodily functions. These nasty and unappealing gases are nephrotoxic ad are reported to cause damage to the kidneys and are suspected to be carcinogenic (cancer causing). This personality emerged at the age of five, when she experimented with placing herself inside her favorite cereal, fruit loops. Now she is in cereal grains in cold climates ad buildings contaminated with Penicillium.
  2. Paula Patulin. This personality is “plum not nice.” She is strongly suspected to be a carcinogen, and she imposes her toxicity on mammals. In high doses, she can cause gastrointestinal lesions, distension and hemorrhage in the stomach and small intestine.
  3. Carlita Citrinin behaves much like a slightly less virulent variety of Cloe (ochratoxin A). She prefers to hide in and create contaminated grain. She has high rates of success invading kidneys AND there are suspicions that she could affect other major organs.
  4. Connie Citreoviridin is known to have strongly neurotoxic effects at high doses and has been demonstrated to cause paralysis in the extremities, followed by convulsions and respiratory arrest. This is the most disturbed of Penelope’s personality fragments. She is directly implicated in “paralysis of limbs, vomiting, convulsions, cardiovascular damage, and respiratory arrest in mice and cats.

Penelope has additional personality fragments, but over the last decade, these four are the most prevalent in her daily destructive travels.

Additional background information and psychological history indicate that Penelope began her mission by attaching herself to her brother’s food. Initially, Sammy got sick; however, she developed a rare immune response that absorbed the poison that made him –yes – even nastier. In anger, and in an effort to avoid defeat, Penelope began to attach herself to human food products. She even brainwashed a scientist into believing she could help people if transplanted into a medical pill! (chrysogenum)

FBI agents have been unsuccessful in apprehending her to date and the medical community has chosen to try to ignore her and to underreport her presence. They hope that this lack of attention will decrease her desire to be recognized and deflate her sense of self. This does not appear to be working.

Wanted For:

Height: Varies

Weight: Varies

Last Seen: in 62 percent of the foods and buildings humans occupy. Penelope has accomplished her goal to stand out in the Trich-oco-maceae family. Her inflated ego had to take the lead and cause the most destruction (in her mind). She has been arrested once at the age of 16. Since that time, she has morphed herself and become unrecognizable. Among the millions of deaths, crimes and violent acts she has committed, the following are the most notable:

  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Headache, light sensitivity
  • Poor memory, difficulty finding words
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Morning stiffness, joint pain
  • Unusual skin sensations, tingling and numbness
  • Shortness of breath, sinus congestion or chronic cough
  • Appetite swings, body temperature regulation difficulty
  • Increased urinary frequency or increased thirst
  • Red eyes, blurred vision, sweats, mood swings, sharp pains
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea, bloating
  • Tearing, disorientation, metallic taste in mouth
  • Static shocks

Detailed Information:

Penicillium is a genus (group) of molds found throughout the world. It saved millions of lives when it became the basis of the first ever modern antibiotic, penicillin. The discovery of penicillin from the fungus penicillium chrysogenum (then known as Penicillium notatum) by Sir Alexander Fleming in 1928, perfected the treatment of bacterial infections.

The name is derived from the appearance of the spore-producing structures (conidiophores), which resemble a paintbrush (penicillus, Latin for paintbrush). These structures are found in vegetation, air and are common contaminants on various substances. Penicillium causes food spoilage, colonizes leather objects and is an indicator organism for dampness indoors. Some species are known to produce toxic compounds (mycotoxins). The spores can trigger allergic reactions in individuals sensitive to mold. Therefore, the health of occupants of buildings may be adversely affected in an environment that has an amplification of Penicillium.

Approximately 200 species of Penicillium have been described. They are commonly called the blue or green molds because they produce enormous quantities of greenish, bluish or yellowish spores which give them their characteristic colors. Spores from this species of mold are found everywhere in the air and soil. They are one of the most common causes of spoilage of fruits and vegetables. For example, P. italicum and P. digitatum are common causes of rot of citrus fruits and vegetables. P expansum is known to spoil apples.

Penicillium chrysogenum is the most common species in indoor environments. It is widespread and has a wide range of habitats. In an indoor environment, it is extremely common on damp building materials, walls and wallpaper, floor, carpet, mattress, and upholstered furniture dust. It produces a number of toxins of moderate toxicity. It is allergenic (it can trigger allergic reactions).

Some species of Penicillium can also infect immunocompromised individuals. For example, P. marneffei is pathogenic particularly in patients with AIDS and its isolation from blood is considered as an HIV market in endemic areas. It has emerged as the third most common opportunistic pathogen among HIV-positive individuals in Southeast Asia where it is endemic and infests bamboo rats which serve as reservoirs for human infections.