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Rapid response to:


Investigating infant deaths

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 27 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:206

Rapid Response:

The Richardson Hypothesis

My search to determine the mycotoxin connection to Chronic Fatigue
Syndrome led me to the Richardson Hypothesis and Dr Sprott's spectacular
demonstration of SIDS/Cot Death reduction by use of an impermeable
membrane to cover mattresses which contain molds that produce potentiated
mycotoxins from fire retardants.
These neurotoxic mycotoxins are a modulator of immune response which
allows an otherwise tolerable infection to induce a cytokine inflammatory
Potentiated mycotoxins are complicit in the exacerbation of many illnesses
but Dr Sprott's application of the principle to SIDS reduction is the most
compelling confirmation of the concept to date.
It seems likely that repeated Cot Deaths will found to be from repeated
mold contamination from mold spore plumes producing potentiated mycotoxins
to which an infant lying face down is has high exposure.
Dr Sprotts work merits high priority.

-Erik Johnson

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

31 January 2005
Erik R Johnson
Incline Village NV 89450