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Updated: Apr 3, 2023

According to Dr. Andrew Heyman, an internationally recognized integrative medicine expert, approximately 50% of buildings in the US have a problem with toxic mold. Because mold secretes toxins, known as mycotoxins, this presents enormous potential for health problems. Living in a building with mold is the foremost source of exposure, although ingestion of moldy foods (common in nuts, legumes, coffee, and grains) can worsen pre-existing symptoms of mold illness. One of the most common conditions I see in my practice is health conditions associated with mold. The symptoms mold can create are extensive and include:

General Symptoms:




Fevers, Chills, & Night Sweats

Temperature Sensitivity

Weight Gain

Low Blood Pressure

Frequent Urination

Histamine Intolerance

Respiratory Symptoms:

Shortness of breath


Sinus Problems

Blurred vision

Red Eyes


Neurological Symptoms:


Disruptions in concentration

Nerve pain, shocks, or tingling

Mood Swings



Integumentary Symptoms:

Muscle aching or cramping

Skin Pain


Gastrointestinal Symptoms:

Abdominal Pain

Changes in stool frequency

Other Effects:

Severe mold exposures have also been linked to kidney damage and liver cancer.


Because mold has such extensive effects on the body, treatment is complex and takes time. The treatment approach to mold is different for each individual and is dependent on the types of mold most elevated for you and whether a chronic inflammatory immune response is present. However, here are some key components that are foundational to any mold protocol.

Mold Mycotoxins

Remove environmental sources of mold. Recovery does not happen until the trigger is removed. Identifying the source of mold in your living environment is essential. This can be accomplished with an ERMI test here. Some doctors also recommend a plate test from with code CHELSEA10.

Once you have identitied the mold, professional remediation is essential. (Learn what to look for in mold remediation by downloading your guide to choosing a mold remediator.) Mold spores are capable of infiltrating fabrics in clothing, furniture, and mattresses as well as other soft materials such as the paper in books. Spores are difficult to remove with cleaning products. Depending on the severity of your illness, assessing these as sources of potential illness may be important.

Finally, removing food sources that are high in mycotoxins such as grains, legumes, and coffee and replacing them with mycotoxin free options is an important step to recovery.

Identify & Bind the Toxin

When healing from mold, binding mycotoxins is essential but different types of mycotoxins respond best to different types of binders. Urine testing helps identify your personal elevated mycotoxins so that an appropriate binder can be selected. Often, I use multiple binders. Common mold binders are:

Prescription Cholestyramine

*Activated Carbon

*Humic & Fulvic Acids

Activated Charcoal


*Shop blends here and here.

Support Detox Systems - Binding in killing mold is just the beginning. Because mold interferes with many systems of detoxification including liver, gastrointestinal, and respiratory function it is essential to support these systems using herbs and natural products.

Correct mold induced inflammation - The inflammation produced by mold is one of its most destructive features. In every single mold protocol I give, I used anti-inflammatories and anti-oxidants to turn down the inflammatory conditions mold creates on a cellular level. My favorite products for addressing mold-induced inflammation are CurcuMax and Nrf2 Activator.

Address Compromised Body Systems - To adequately heal from mold, you need to heal the body systems which it has damaged. This may include balancing hormones, detoxifying the brain, and supporting mitochondria or the immune system. Working with a doctor will help you prioritize which to address first and create a personalized treatment protocol.

Optimize Cell & Mitochondrial Membranes - Dysfunctional cell and mitochondrial membranes help promote dysfunctional signaling that leads to activation of genetics associated with mold illness. Renewing cell membranes with phosphatidylcholine is key to reversing illness associated with mold.

For step by step instructions on healing from mold, download my Comprehensive Guide to Mold Recovery.

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