Mold is a non-scientific term used to describe a fungus that consists of small organisms found almost everywhere. It comes in a variety of colors (grey, black, white, yellow, green, or purple) and can grow behind walls, below floors, and even makes a home in our food.
Most of us are unaware of the fact that mold can make us sick, and in some cases, it can even be deadly. What’s worse, millions of people throughout the world are exposed to toxic mold each day by touch, breathing, or ingestion without knowing it.
Also, many people who are suffering from mold toxicity can’t figure out the root cause of their illness due to their lack of knowledge about mold.
Mold Exposure Can Cause Serious Damage to Our Health!
Some molds release mycotoxins, toxic chemicals that are difficult, but not impossible to kill. These biotoxins can contaminate everything in your environment, from furniture and clothes, to floors and walls. Mycotoxins can enter your body and weaken your immunity, joints, nervous system, and more. These chemical change how you think, how you feel and even how long you live.
Besides mycotoxins, molds also produce irritants and allergens that trigger reactions often related to a person’s sensitivities. For example, some studies conducted in recent years have found that more than 25% of U.S citizens are genetically predisposed to have problems with water-damaged buildings.
The Symptoms of Mold Exposure:
Chronic mold toxicity is often misdiagnosed by health professionals because its symptoms resemble other diseases and syndromes, such as Lyme disease, Fibromyalgia, Celiac Disease, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Studies show that exposure to mold can cause:
- Mood Swings
- Sleep Problems
- Memory Loss
- Joint Pain
- Food Sensitivities
- Numbness and Tingling
- Blurred Vision
- Sensitivity to Light
- Weight Fluctuation
- Excessive Thirst
- Increased Urination
- Nausea and Diarrhea
When your immune system isn’t functioning at its optimal capacity, certain opportunistic infectious diseases from the mold can negatively affect your lungs, skin, eyes, and more.
Where Does Mold Hide?
More than 50 percent of the buildings in the USA have a water damage, so there’s a good chance that you and mold have been in the same room. Mold flourishes in damp places, such as bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, basements, and crawl spaces.
Sometimes it starts with a plumbing problem, a leak in your roof, or after a flood. Also, dirty HVAC systems collect dust and moisture, which makes them a perfect place for mold growth, even if you don’t have a leak.
Furthermore, mold growth can even occur in dry, arid climates under the right conditions.
In addition to molds in the environment, there are also molds in food. Grains, nuts, chocolate, coffee, and wine are the foods that are usually high in mycotoxins. If you are sensitive to mold in your environment, you’re more likely to be vulnerable to the mold or yeast in your food.
What Can You Do About Mold Exposure?
- Get Informed
You can learn a lot about mold toxicity from Dr. Shoemaker’s website, and his book, “Surviving Mold: Life in the Era of Dangerous Buildings”. We also recommend you to watch “Moldy”, a documentary that covers mold diagnosis, treatments, experiences and resources straight from patients, the world’s leading experts about mold, professional contractors, and doctors.
- Test For Mold Exposure In Your Surroundings
One of the most widely used tests nowadays is called ERMI (Environmental Relative Moldiness Index). Take samples from your home, office, and all the other places where you spend your time. Test your space before you do anything; disturbing mold spores can make the situation worse.
- Work With A Professional
If the test results confirm the presence of mold, hire a mold remediation professional to identify all the sources of mold in your surroundings. In addition to this, you will also need to use a contractor grade drying system. After repairing leaks, clearing air exchanges and mold removal, you will need to perform another test to make sure that all of the spores are absent before rebuilding or moving back in.
- Find the Right Doctor
Work with a physician certified in the Shoemaker Protocol or one familiar with mold illness. Your body will need to go through a detoxification process.
- Support Your Body
Stay away from foods that feed or contain yeast, mold, and fungus like carbohydrates and sugars. You should also start taking supplements that help remove toxins, such as Glutathione and Activated Charcoal.