Introduction to Mold Illness and How to Identify
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Mold. Many people are not aware that mold may have grown in their home. Mold poisonous is bad for your health. It might be the reason of your sickness that you’re not aware of. So how to identify if you’re at risk of mold illness. This article cover about mold illness to help you with this issue.
Since conventional medicine has yet to determine mold exposure as a problem, consult with your doctor may not help you with this problem. Also, mold toxicity have a nonspecific symptoms and could mimic many other condition, so it’s not easy to diagnose someone suffer from this problem.
Here are some common symptoms of Mold Illness:
- Excessive thirst
- Weakness, Fatigue , post-exercise malaise and fatigue
- Numbness and tingling
- Persistent nerve pain
- Night sweats or other problems with temperature regulation
- Cough, Shortness of breath, Sinus problems, air hunger, asthma-like symptoms
- Memory problems, brain fog, trouble with focus and executive function
- Muscle cramping, aches and pains, joint pain without inflammatory arthritis, persistent nerve pain, “ice pick” pain
- Static “shocks”
- Light sensitivity, red eyes, and/or blurred vision
- Abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, appetite changes
- Metallic taste
- Weight gain despite sufficient effort (weight loss resistance)
- Increased urination
Now, you may have notice my mold poison could be hard to diagnose or even mistake for some other conditions. However, there are some scientific evidence that show how mold can lead to a serious health problem.
The Fact about Mold
Before we go any further, let us first get an understanding about mold. Molds are multiple types of fungi. It grow in the filaments and reproduce by forming a very small spore that sprout and fly away. It cannot be seen with naked eyes. Mold grows in a warm, damp and humid place, inside and outside. Mold can be a problem even in a dry location such as Nevada and Arizona as long as there are poor ventilated bathrooms, water leaks, or floods.
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The place where mold usually grow are in the showerhead in your bathroom or in the corner near your shower. When the room is not well ventilated, they will grow even more. It can also attach to you pets, shoes, carpets, clothes, furniture, papers and book. If you rarely change your filter, mold can be the part of your air system (It is advisable to change HVAC filter once every one to three months).
Complicated mixture of contaminants present in the dust and air that created in the water-damaged building can cause a toxic chemical stew. Besides, mycotoxins, a toxic chemical produce by mold present on spore and fragment of mold release into the air. The toxin that responsible for all mold illness is 1No.
Do you know that at least half of buildings in United Stated are water damaged? This condition without a doubt lead to the growth of mold which cause potential mold illness in susceptible person. Most of use spend most of our time inside a building. So there’s a big possibility that you’ve been exposed to mold.
Now the question is, why actually mold is a problem? Toxicity cause by mold falls under a huge category of bio toxin illness or also known as Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS). Ritchie Shoemaker, MD,is the author of eight book related to mold, including Surviving Mold: Life in the Era of Dangerous Buildings. This guy surely knows a lot about mold. He defines CRIS as an acute and chronic, systemic inflammatory response acquired following exposure to the interior environment of a water-damaged building with resident toxigenic organisms, including, but not limited to bacteria fungi, actinomycetes, and mycobacterium as well as inflammagens .
Dr Shoemaker made a comment saying that 24% of people don’t have enough antibody response. 95% of those people suffer illness from water-damaged buildings. This will lead to the next topic, “Does DNA has the role in making you more or less susceptible to mold illness?”
How DNA Play The Role In Mold Illness
Dr. Shoemaker has mentioned it that 24% of the population is more susceptible to mold toxicity because of genetic factor. Those people have a certain immune response gene (HLA-DR). People with mold susceptibility genes have a higher possibility to suffer from mold expose. 95% of mold illness comes from those people. There’s also 2% who are susceptible to a “sicker quicker” genes variation. If you’re not one of those people who have the genes that are susceptible to mold, then you are less likely to suffer from the condition, but it’s not impossible.
People who are genes susceptible to mold are unable to identify specific toxins as toxins, such as mold and the toxins get recirculated in the body. The toxins will then trigger a persistent inflammatory response. Most of them don’t even know that they are susceptible genetically.
Mold illness that cause by water-damaged building can cause bad health condition. It’s a state of chronic inflammation as a result of disruption in the immune system. The CRIS needs to be treated to heal. Since the illness is built into the DNA, a trigger of the condition can make the symptoms last for a long time.
Experts have agreed that CRIS can only be diagnosed if it meet the following criteria:
- Symptoms, sign and history consistent with biotoxin exposure. To diagnose a case as mold toxicity, history should include exposure to to toxin-producing molds as documented by the EPA-approved ERMI test. In other cases (microcystin, ciguatera, etc.), there should be a history related to exposure or laboratory evidence of exposure.
- A genetic tendency to biotoxin-related illness based on identification of an HLA susceptible haplotype.
- Visual Contrast Sensitivity (VCS) testing that documented Abnormalities.
- Biomarkers consistent with the endocrine, neuroimmune, and vascular abnormalities, and that characterize CIRS. Someone with a history consistent with biotoxin exposure, a susceptible genotype, and an abnormal VCS test are more likely to show the laboratory abnormalities seen in CRIS.
So what to do now?
Here are a few steps you need to do if you suspect you have a problem with mold:
Step 1: Gather as much information as you could about mold illness. You can visit Dr. Shoemaker’s website and book, surviving mold.
Step 2: Screen your home for mold. There’s a test called ERMI which is very effective to check your home of mold. You can do an ERMI test on your own at a lower price, but it will be much better of you hire an environmental professional to perform the visual inspection of your home.