Mold poisoning may have a negative impact on your overall health. Unfortunately, conventional medicine does not consider mold exposure to be a problem. That’s not all, mold toxicity is quite difficult to diagnose since it is characterized by non-specific symptoms and symptoms of many other conditions.
What Is Actually Mold?
Molds are several kinds of fungi, which grow in filaments and multiply by creating tiny spores. In addition, mold typically grows in humid, warm, and damp places, inside and outside. Believe it or not, even in case you live in a dry location like Nevada or Arizona, mold can be a huge problem in case there are floods, water leaks, or poorly ventilated rooms.
Moreover, mold usually grows in a bathroom, in the corner near a shower, or in a showerhead, in case the room is poorly ventilated. What’s more, mold can also attach to your clothes, furniture, carpets, books, papers, pets, and shoes. It could also circulate in your air system, particularly in case you do not change your filters too often.
Namely, water-damaged buildings can form a mixture of contaminants present in the dust and air, thus contributing to a toxic chemical stew. Keep in mind that one toxin cannot lead to mold illness; but the building or water-damaged area itself can be the cause.
The Negative Effects of Mold on Your Health:
Mold toxicity is part of a larger group of biotoxin illness called Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome. In addition, Ritchie Shoemaker has been studying mold toxicity for years. Shoemaker explains that Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome is a systemic inflammatory response that occurs due to exposure to the interior environment of a water-damaged building with resident toxic organisms, inflammagens, mycobacterium, actinomycetes, fungi, bacteria, etc.
In fact, about 24% of people do not have an ability to make proper antibody responses, and they comprise about 95% of people that suffer from such illness.
Some People Are More Prone to Mold Illness
As stated above, around 24% of people are genetically prone to mold toxicity because they have a specific immune response gene. In case you have mold susceptibility genes, then you are at a higher risk to experience an adverse reaction to mold once exposed to a large quantity.
The toxins actually get recirculated in the bodies of these people, thus resulting in a constant inflammatory response. However, the majority of these people are not aware of their genetic susceptibility to mold toxicity.
Furthermore, mold illness is considered to be a serious health issue. It is actually a state of chronic inflammation triggered by the compromised immune system. The Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome does not disappear on its own. But, it can keep provoking illness unless it is fully treated. The illness can be built into your DNA. This means that once caused, the symptoms and the inflammatory response could last for years.
You Have to Meet These Criteria to Make a Diagnosis of Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome:
– History, symptoms and signs consistent with biotoxin exposure. As documented by the EPA-approved ERMI test, in case of mold toxicity, history needs to involve exposure to toxin-creating molds. In cases of ciguatera, or microcystin, history should involve potential exposure or lab evidence of exposure.
– Biomarkers consistent with the endocrine, neuroimmune, and vascular abnormalities, which characterize Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome.
– Abnormalities documented by Visual Contrast Sensitivity testing.
– A genetic susceptibility to biotoxin illness based on HLA susceptible haplotype identification.
In case you have a history of a susceptible genotype, biotoxin exposure, as well as an abnormal VCS test, then you are at a higher risk of developing Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome.
Here Are the Main Signs and Symptoms of Mold Illness:
- Weakness, fatigue, post-exercise fatigue and malaise
- Brain fog, memory problems, trouble with executive function and focus
- Tingling and numbness
- “Ice pick” pain; muscle aches, cramps and pains; persistent nerve pain; and joint pain that is not caused by inflammatory arthritis
- Persistent nerve pain
- Shortness of breath, cough, sinus problems, asthma-like symptoms, and air hunger
- Blurred vision, red eyes, and light sensitivity
- Increased urination
- Metallic taste in the mouth
- Appetite changes, diarrhea, nausea, and abdominal pain
- Excessive thirst
- Weight loss resistance and weight gain
- Static “shocks”
- Temperature regulation problems and night sweats
In Case You Think You May Suffer from Mold Illness, Follow These Recommendations:
- First of all, learn more about mold toxicity and mold illness. For instance, start with Dr. Shoemaker’s incredible book and website.
- Find an environmental professional to do a visual inspection of your home. You can also test your home for mold by performing an ERMI. This test is only useful if it is positive, which means you will have to find an environmental professional to do the inspection.
- Fabry, Andrea. ˮIs Your House Making You Sick? A Beginner’s Guide to Toxic Moldˮ;
- Shoemaker, Ritchie. ˮSurviving Mold: Life in the Era of Dangerous Buildingsˮ;