Mold is a fungus that grows in places where there is chronic moisture. Roof leaks, condensation on pipes, cracks in walls or pipe leaks within walls can soak wood which can then lead to mold spore growth. There are more than 100,000 strains of mold of which many are quite toxic to humans. Unfortunately, we have small exposures to mold in every home, school, church or office building. Most physicians do not realize the impact of mold on the health of their patients. Patients are often tested for mold allergies, but it is the toxins released by mold that are the most disruptive to our health. These mold toxins (mycotoxins) can cause an immune overreaction that leads to excessive inflammation and can even trigger an autoimmune response. Mold toxins are released from mold spores when they sense danger. We then absorb these toxins into our bodies through our lungs by breathing or across our skin, and these toxins then trigger an immune response. This immune overactivity leads to a multitude of symptoms and can even cause significant health conditions such as kidney disease, mood disorders, unexplained weight gain, reactivation of old viruses (like Epstein-Barr and shingles), dementia, and even cancer.
12 Month Mold Toxicity Customized Services Summary
- Comprehensive health history and physical examination
- Visual Contrast Sensitivity (VCS) test* on “survivingmold.com”
- Urine mycotoxin test*
- Genetics testing*
- Dietary restrictions review
- Fasting labs
- Begin binders after urine mycotoxin testing
- Possible IV therapy as indicated
- Consider EMDR, DNRS or the Gupta Program if PTSD from early childhood trauma
- Cranial chiropractic therapy if indicated
- Vagal nerve support
- Possible antifungals if symptoms not improved after 3-4 months
- Establish a long-term plan of care for subsequent minor exposures
*Insurance will not cover these tests.
Mold toxicity issues are commonly overlooked in conventional medicine. Why? Because mold toxicity can cause a wide range of symptoms that can be hard to describe if you have them and hard to piece together for your doctor, especially if they don’t have experience and training in mold issues.
Mold Toxicity symptoms might include:
- Brain fog
- Poor focus
- Poor memory
- Word searches
- Fatigue that can be debilitating
- Poor sleep
- Unexplained weight gain
- Low libido
- Numbness sensations anywhere on the body
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Feeling “pins and needles” under your skin
- Pain that is disproportionate to what would normally be expected
- Tachycardia (rapid heart rate)
Mold is very toxic to the human immune system. It can lead to the development of autoimmune diseases and can even precipitate cancer. Patients with mold toxicity may develop super-infections due to immune suppression which in some cases could lead to hospitalization or even death. If you or your family members have these symptoms/conditions, call Customized Relief for a consultation.