Is Toxic Mold Harming Your Health?
It may be hard to believe, but our everyday lives are under threat from dangerous toxins ranging from chemicals, to heavy metals, EMF, 5G, to toxic molds known as mycotoxins.
Mycotoxins produced by mold can cause major damage in the body and brain – leading to serious diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Autism, Depression, Anxiety, Autoimmune disease, and even cancer.
These invisible assailants make life miserable for countless people every year, leading them to suffer serious chronic illnesses and diseases. That’s why understanding how to detect, prevent and address exposure to mold toxins is essential if you are looking for the root causes of why you may be chronically ill or not able to heal, despite everything else you have tried.
What are mycotoxins and why are they dangerous?
Are you living with the unwelcome presence of mold in your home? Mycotoxins, also known as toxic mold, come in all shapes and sizes – from pink to green or yellow, to black fuzzy growths. They are often lurking unseen behind walls, under flooring and carpet, as well as harder places to see like behind painted walls and sheetrock. Mold loves damp areas, so it’s common for it to grow in attics, basements, and crawl spaces too but even dry areas can become a breeding ground for mycotoxins.
We once had a client who was living in Colorado who had just built a large custom home he had been living in for a year when he came to us very sick with symptoms of severe fatigue, memory loss, brain fog, depression, and gut issues, just to name a few.
Initially, he refused to spend the money on mold testing for his home, but after seeing his follow-up testing several months later which showed he was still being exposed, he finally tested his new home. He discovered a large section of his house completely infested with mold behind the walls.
It turns out the issue was because of some faulty plumbing. So even if you are living in the high desert or in other very dry climates, toxic mold can still be an issue, and testing your home is an important step to ensure you take the right steps to address why you got sick so you can have success in your healing.
What are the most common toxic molds?
While not all mold is toxic, the ones commonly found in our contaminated food supply and in our homes, offices, or schools can be deadly and cause massive illness.
Some of the more common toxic molds include:
Stachybotrys, also known as “black mold” is a dangerous greenish-black mold that can grow on different materials like paper, ceiling tiles, gypsum board, and more.
What’s even worse about it are the highly toxic mycotoxins produced by this fungus – including roridin E and verrucarin. These two poisonous substances, along with nine phenyl spirodrimanes, as well as cyclosporine make Stachybotrys extremely hazardous to your health. These strains of toxic mold are extremely powerful suppressors to your immune system and highly toxic to your brain.
Aspergillus, the super-prevalent mold group with hundreds of species, is wreaking havoc around the globe. It has caused billions in damage to crops and livestock due to its powerful mycotoxins – aflatoxin, ochratoxin, sterigmatocystin gliotoxin, and citrinin – which target our livers specifically.
From cereals like peanuts and wheat to eggs or milk from animals that feed on contaminated food, Aspergillus can be found everywhere. But Aspergillus doesn’t just damage food supplies, its spores may also cause severe asthma or lead to serious fungal infections known as “aspergillosis” – a major but often overlooked root cause of severe asthma symptoms that could potentially lead to death.
Fusarium fungi may be small, but their effects can have a major impact! Found worldwide on grains such as corn and wheat, Fusarium’s two main mycotoxins, zearalenone (ZEN) and fumonisin, are highly dangerous.
Exposure to them comes with serious risks: from short-term discomforts like abdominal distress or malaise all the way to severe brain-related conditions and even deaths. To make matters worse, ZEN also has estrogenic (estrogen-mimicking) properties which could cause reproductive disorders in individuals exposed to toxic levels of this highly toxic mold.
With over two hundred species, Penicillium is far from rare. The incredible genus of Penicillium is home to over 200 unique species, yet it’s the notorious P. chrysogenum that has become a household name thanks to its prolific nature and potential risks in indoor environments – from annoying allergic reactions to more serious nephrotoxic (kidney toxin) effects via ochratoxin production.
This resilient microbe can survive even low humidity conditions, expanding its territories beyond fruit rinds into wallpaper, carpeting, and furniture fabrics! Grains and seeds pose no challenge for this dangerous fungal invader due to their ease of invasion by tiny airborne spores. Like the other toxic molds listed here, it can severely affect brain health, leading to mental health conditions and neurodegenerative disease, and it is also known to cause cancer.
Virtually every neurological disease has been associated with mycotoxin exposure, including autism, Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease.
There is a strong association between mycotoxin exposure and cancers too, especially liver and kidney cancers. Other common conditions, diseases, and symptoms linked to mycotoxin exposure include fever, pneumonia-like symptoms, heart disease, rheumatic disease, asthma, sinusitis, nose bleeding, cancer, memory loss, vision loss, chronic fatigue, skin rashes, depression, ADHD, anxiety, and liver damage. A study of patients with chronic fatigue found that all the patients had high levels of mycotoxins in their urine. Our own collection of data shows that more than 70% of our chronically sick clients have at least one toxic mold in their bodies.
While there are over 100 symptoms, conditions, and diseases that could be rooted in toxic mold exposure, I’ve listed 13 common symptoms, conditions, and diseases we see the most with our clients that have been associated with toxic mold exposure:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Anxiety and depression or mood swings
- Morning stiffness and joint pain
- Headaches or blurred vision
- Poor word retrieval, difficulty in constructing speech patterns
- Difficulty in concentration
- Increased sweating or night sweats
- Diarrhea, bloating, or abdominal pain
- Static shocks
- Increased thirst or increased urination
- Shortness of breath, sinus congestion, or chronic cough
- Appetite swings
- Tingling and numbness of the skin.
- Metallic taste in the mouth.
- Fatigue and weakness
The good news is that these mold toxins can be identified in your living space and your body, AND they can be properly eliminated. Fortunately, there are protocols known to effectively rid your body of these toxins.
To ensure a safe environment and prevent future contamination, be sure to identify possible sources like your home or workplace – then take measures for complete elimination. Being proactive about testing is key in order to keep yourself healthy and free from these dangerous toxins.
Remember that if you are struggling with unresolved mental health conditions, neurodegenerative disease, autoimmune disease, or any type of chronic symptom or illness, you have a 70% chance or higher that mold is just one of your root causes.
Testing for other environmental toxins like environmental chemical toxins is also important. Our studies show that if you have been chronically sick for more than 3 years, you have a 90% chance that you have at least 3 or more highly toxic levels of chemical toxins in your body.
While detoxing your body from mold and chemical toxins is relatively simple, it DOES take time. In fact, our studies show that it takes an average of 9 months to completely eliminate mold and chemical toxins from your body, so don’t fall for the 30, 60, or 90-day programs that supposedly detox your body from mold and environmental chemical toxins!
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If you’d like to learn more, schedule a call with Mark or Ann to learn more about how we can help you. We are a virtual health education and coaching practice and can order labs and see clients from anywhere in the world from the comfort of your home.