Mold and Biotoxin Illness

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Mold is everywhere. In nature it serves as "recycling manager" in our ecosystems.  There are small amounts of mold present in most homes as wash-over from the ambient mold in the environment.  The molds that occur in water damaged buildings are different from the molds in the outdoor environment. These molds can cause health issues that go far beyond allergies.  For an unfortunate 25% or so of the population exposure to these indoor molds and the tiny chemicals they release (mycotoxins) can  

initiate a dramatic cascade of immune and inflammatory badness.

Common symptoms:

  • Fatigue

  • Brain fog

  • Insomnia

  • Anxiety and/or depression

  • Headaches

  • Muscle weakness, frequent muscle cramps

  • Digestive issues that mimic IBS (cramping, bloating, diarrhea)

  • Joint pain

  • Mysterious skin issues (rashes, tingling, burning, crawling)

  • Chronic respiratory or sinus issues

  • Sudden weight gain

Coming from Seattle and now living in Austin, I am well acquainted with mold and mold illness.  Water damaged buildings are very, very common in general, and exceptionally common here in Austin.  

Identifying the presence of mold, what species, and where it is located are the first critical steps to healing.  Knowing what kinds of mold are present can also help guide the healing process, as can various types of laboratory testing for the patient.  

If you have become ill from mold exposure you MUST get away from the mold!  

I draw on my training and experience in environmental medicine, some of Dr. Shoemaker's approach, as well as the work of many others. 

Please check out the Resources section (Air, Mold, Health Buildings) of my website for lots more information on testing, treatment and remediation.

I also want to recommend this excellent course created by my friend Brian Karr, an expert mold inspector with a specialty in inspecting homes for the 25% of people who are immuno-sensitive to water damaged buildings.  

The Mold Master Class