Sometimes, the reason you are experiencing certain health issues might lie in the exposure to mold at home. Mold poisoning is detrimental to your health, so you need to learn its symptoms in order to solve the problem.
The conventional medicine does not regard mold as a serious issue, and mold poisoning can also mimic numerous health conditions.
Mold is actually fungi types which grow in filaments in humid, damp, and warm areas and reproduce by forming small, invisible spores that sprout and fly away.
Mold often occurs in areas where water leaks, poorly ventilated bathrooms, and due to floods.
Mold attaches on the showerhead, on the furniture, on papers, carpets, shoes, pets, books, and even in the air system, if you do not change its filters often.
In water-damaged buildings, the air and dust are rich in a combination of contaminants, which causes a toxic chemical stew.
Also, mold produces mycotoxins, which are toxins present on fragments and spores of mold released into the air. Unfortunately, half of the buildings we live in are water-damages, so mold is a common issue, and people are often exposed to it.
Mold toxicity belongs to the category of Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS).
According to Ritchie Shoemaker, MD, and an author of several books, CIRS is a chronic and acute systematic inflammatory response, which occurs as a consequence of the exposure to resident toxigenic organisms in water-damaged areas, some of them inflammagens, actinomycetes, bacteria, and fungi.
He maintains that 24% of people cannot create adequate antibody responses. They actually have a genetic predisposition to mold toxicity, due to the presence of HLA-DR, an immune response gene.
In fact, 95% of mold toxicity occurs in this group. These individuals cannot recognize specific toxins as such, so they enter the body and cause a persistent inflammatory response.
Therefore, mold exposure is a serious health issue, which benefits when the immune system is weakened and causes serious illnesses if not treated. CIRS cannot cure on its own, and its symptoms might for years.
Hence, experts need the following information in order to diagnose CIRS:
- A genetic predisposition to an illness linked to biotoxin exposure which is based on HLA susceptible haplotype identification.
- Symptoms, signs, and history which are consistent with biotoxin exposure.
- Biomarkers consistent with endocrine, vascular, and neuroimmune abnormalities which are characteristic for CIRS.
- Certain abnormalities documented by VCS testing.
In most cases, people with a history consistent with biotoxins exposure, a susceptible genotype, and an abnormal VCS test, probably have the CIRS abnormalities.
These are the most common signs of mold illness:
- Appetite changes, diarrhea, nausea and abdominal pain
- Increased urge to urinate
- Blurred vision, red eyes, and light sensitivity
- Trouble with executive function and focus, brain fog and memory problems
- Fatigue, post exercise fatigue, and malaise and weakness
- Asthma-like symptoms, air hunger, shortness of breath, cough and sinus problems
- Excessive thirst
- Ice pick pain, persistent nerve pain, joint pain sans inflammatory arthritis, pains and aches and muscle cramping
- Tingling and numbness
- Static shocks
- Weight gain and resistance to weight loss
- Night sweats and similar issues with regulation of the temperature
- Metallic taste in the mouth
As you can see, these symptoms are similar to the symptoms of numerous other health issues, so you can easily leave them untreated.
Yet, studies have shown that mold might cause numerous severe health issues, so you need to learn about mold illness and try to prevent its occurrence.
First of all, you need to test your home for mold, and if present, find a clinician trained to save you and your family from its negative effects.