Is mold making you sick

If you suffer from any of these symptoms:

  • Headaches, Light Sensitivity
  • Chronic Fatigue & Weakness
  • Poor Memory, Brain Fog
  • Fever
  • Eye Irritation
  • Sneezing
  • Rashes, Skin Irritations
  • Chronic Coughing, Sinus Congestion
  • Depression

over a period of time and your doctor can’t find the cause, it could be mold!

Mold is everywhere, from the unsightly spores that dot your shower tiles to the tasty blue veins of your favorite cheese. And while mold is one of the earth’s oldest life forms, there is a growing awareness that it can trigger debilitating health symptoms in some people.

Healthcare providers have long considered mold a fringe health complaint, but they are beginning to recognize that as many as one out of every four people are susceptible to mold-related illnesses, as well as a condition called chronic inflammatory response syndrome (CIRS).

Black mold is the best-known offender in this category, and it is dangerous, but toxic mold can be any color and can grow anywhere with enough water and humidity. These molds can produce mycotoxins, metabolites that are part of the fungi’s growth and can produce an immune-system response that triggers CIRS.

How do I Treat Mold/mycotoxin Exposure?

  1. Remove yourself from the contaminated environment first. (don’t even think about going on to other treatments until you get out of the contaminated environment)
  2. Avoid exposure to porous items (paper, clothing, etc) from the moldy environment.
  3. Use clay, charcoal, cholestyramine or other binders to bind internal mycotoxins
    1. The Shoemaker protocol has proven effectiveness for cholestyramine powder or prescription Welchol as off-label bile sequestering agents to decrease total toxic load of mold and other toxins from water damaged buildings.
    2. I also recommend Upgraded Coconut Charcoal or GI Detox to bind toxins in the gastrointestinal tract and Glutathione Force to support glutathione, which is often depleted in toxin-related illness.
  4. While you are using binders, you must maintain normal bowel function and avoid constipation.  You can add magnesium citrate, buffered C powder, or even gentle laxatives if needed but constipation is the enemy of detoxification!
  5. Treat colonizing molds/fungal or bacterial infections in the body
    • Common locations of colonization include sinuses, gut, bladder, vagina, lungs
    • Test and treat for candida overgrowth – living in an environment with mold leads to immune dysregulation that allows candida to overgrow in the body in some immunocompromised patients
  6. Enhance detoxification support
    • Some common supplements used to aid detox are liposomal glutathione, milk thistle, n-acetylcysteine, alpha lipoid acid, glycine, glutamine, and taurine.  Methylation support is also key and involves optimal levels of methylcobalamin (B12), methyl-folate, B6, riboflavin, and minerals
  7. Invest in a high-quality air filter for home and at work.
  8. Avoid common mycotoxin containing foods:
    • Corn, wheat, barley, rye, peanuts, sorghum, cottonseed, some cheeses, and alcoholic beverages such as wine and beer.  Others include oats, rice, tree nuts*, pistachios, brazil nuts, chiles, oil seeds, spices, black pepper, dried fruits*, figs, coffee, cocoa, beans, bread.
      *ProperSnacks tree nuts and dried fruit are dried and stored in carefully controlled conditions to avoid mold contamination.

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