Updated: Apr 3
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:
Fevers, Chills, & Night Sweats
Low Blood Pressure
Shortness of breath
Disruptions in concentration
Nerve pain, shocks, or tingling
Muscle aching or cramping
Changes in stool frequency
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.