Mold Toxicity

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What is Mold Toxicity?

Having a flood or leak in a house can seem to be an inconvenience just when having to clean it up, or fix damages.  The long lasting effects of water damage, unfortunately is often not spoken about.  Toxic Mold is one cause of an environmental illness, which can result from a flood or leak within the home. Sometimes flooding or leaking is so minimal or hidden it leaves the homeowner unaware that there is a problem.  Not everyone is aware when they are exposed as it can be from a multitude of places such as their work, school, or a new exposure at home.

How Do I know If I Have Mold in My House?

Mold can sometimes be apparent by signs of a “musty” smell in the affected area, or yellow water marks on a ceiling or wall from a flood or leak.  If moisture is detected on windowsills or walls, or if black mold is visible, these are signs that there is a problem.   These areas should always be investigated by a professional mold remediation company.  It is not recommended to undertake mold removal yourself, as if done incorrectly, can leave you and your family more vulnerable.  “Black mold”, as it is often called, is caused by Stachybotrys chartarum (also known as Stachybotrys atra), and other fungi that can cause this problem are Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria, and Aspergillus.

Why is Mold Exposure a Health Concern?

Mold reproduces by forming tiny spores that are not visible to the naked eye, and creates a mycotoxin, which is a defense against the fungi’s enemies. Mycotoxins are toxic to humans and animals[1], and can cause a host of health problems.  It is not uncommon for those with Lyme Disease to be extremely sensitive to exposure, or to link their initial decline in health to mold exposure.  Those who have had mold exposure can often look back and see a decline in health after a flood in their house or office.  Exposure is not safe for anyone, although there are those who are more sensitive including those with Lyme Disease, asthma, children, the elderly as well as those who have a compromised immune system, and compromised genetics for detoxification. 

What are Symptoms of Mold Exposure?

Common symptoms of mold toxicity include:

Respiratory[2]: sinusitis[3], rhinitis[4], asthma[5], shortness of breath, cough, bleeding in lungs.

Immune System: sore throat, immune dysfunction[6], autoimmune diseases, swollen lymph nodes, skin rashes and hives, reddening of eyes, allergies (environmental and food), allergy to mold, flu-like symptoms, chronic granulomatous disease[7], osteomyelitis. 

Neurological: fatigue, lethargy, dizziness, light-headedness, seizures, sensitivity to sound and light, fibromyalgia, headaches, migraines, poor memory[8], neurological symptoms[9], edema, swelling or abscesses on the brain[10] [11] [12], abnormal PET and SPECT exams.

Pain: joint pain, muscle pain and tension, numbness and tingling, muscle cramps, burning unusual shooting (ice pick-like) pains, decreased speech speed or smoothness, decreased coordination, pain in liver and other internal organs.

Hormones: infertility, miscarriage, night sweats, changes in hormones, hair loss, PMS.

Mental Health: moodiness, personality changes, addictions, inappropriate speech content (verbal abuse, swearing), stress with transition or change, social deficits (making others uncomfortable), new aggressiveness, increased dependence in a child or adult, anxiety, Depression, difficulty learning, ADHD, disobedience.

Gastrointestinal: nausea, vomiting, food allergies, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, IBS.

Heart: blood pressure irregularities, palpitations

How is Mold Toxicity Treated?

At Ananta Health, our first step is to perform BioScan SRT testing to determine the overall inflammation and health picture. If you have been exposed to mold, the source must be identified. Sometimes the mold is still present, and sometimes the exposure was in the past. If the mold is present in the environment, then a mold remediation company should be contacted.  The next step would be to make an individual plan for the patient addressing inflammation and immunity by incorporating an anti-inflammatory diet, herbs and supplements needed to treat the infection.  If you feel you have been exposed to mold, then please contact our office.

Can Acupuncture Help with Mold Exposure?

Acupuncture can support the body's detox pathways including the liver, kidneys and the lungs.  Those with mold exposure usually have immune disfunction, which can be helped by acupuncture.  Other symptoms that come with mold exposure can be helped as well, including pain, insomnia, hormone imbalances, autoimmune disorders and anxiety and depression.  Acupuncture works well along with other treatment plans for mold exposure, and can speed up healing by supporting the body.