Mold is a highly dangerous organism as it releases mycotoxins that can cause severe health complications.
Here are symptoms of mold illness:
- Brain fog, memory problems, focus disorder
- Persistent nerve pain
- Weakness, fatigue and post-exercise malaise
- Metallic taste in mouth
- Tingling and numbness
- Aches and pains, muscle cramping, “ice pick” pain, joint pain without inflammatory arthritis and persistent nerve pain
- Static “shocks”
- Weight gain
- Red eyes, light sensitivity, and/or blurred vision
- Night sweats or issues with temperature regulation
- Nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, appetite changes
- Increased urination
- Excessive thirst
- Shortness of breath, Sinus issues, cough and air hunger
So What Exactly Are Molds?
Molds are essentially a type of fungi which grow in filaments and they reproduce by dispersing spores which cannot be seen with the naked eye once they sprout.
Mold like a dark, damp environment which can be inside and outside the home.
This makes your bathroom and kitchen an ideal location for molds, they can also grow on furniture especially in rooms that are not well ventilated.
If your building is water damaged then it will more often than not be a viable habitat for molds, that’s why after hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, buildings that were water damaged had to be demolished.
How Dangerous Are Molds?
Molds are responsible for a high number of cases of;
- Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS)
This according to a medical director by name of Ritchie Shoemaker the CIRS is a chronic and acute systematic inflammatory response which can be protracted when one is exposed to toxigenic organisms like bacteria, fungi, inflammagens, mycobacterium and actinomycetes particularly in a water damaged environment.
Dr. Shoemaker also stated that some people are more susceptible to mold illness than others.
He said that people could be more susceptible than others due to the following reasons;
- Immune system degeneration caused by ailments such as AIDS.
- Genetically predisposition vulnerability
- People with tuberculosis
- Those with respiratory conditions like asthma and bronchitis
What Is CIRS?
There are basically five criteria that mist be satisfied before a person can be classified as having CIRS.
These include the following;
- A history and symptoms of biotoxin exposure.
- A genetically predisposition to biotoxin-related sickness.
- After a Visual Contrast Sensitivity (VCS) test.
- If there are biomarkers which are consistent with vascular, endocrine abnormalities and neuroimmune that suggest CIRS.
- If you have a vulnerable genotype or a history of biotoxin exposure which will show that CIRS is present.
If You Have Mold Illness Do The Following;
- Learn more about mold illness so you can know if you are experiencing symptoms.
- You can test your home for mold using an ERMI test, hire a professional for this purpose.
- You can meet and work with a clinician that has been trained in the fashion of Dr. Shoemaker’s Protocol.