Mold is everywhere around us. It’s found in almost every household in the US. Scientists link it with the occurrence of numerous health problems and severe chronic conditions.
Mold grows in wet areas, like your sink, basement, shower curtains, corners, drywalls, cracks, etc.
According to researchers, mold can grow in Christmas trees as well. It develops over millions of spores that often trigger allergy symptoms and asthma attacks. The research showed that Christmas decorations lead to a dramatic drop in the indoor air quality.
There are over 1,000 types of mold, and scientists have classified them into several groups according to their effect on overall health:
It’s the least dangerous type, and affects mostly children. Allergenic molds worsen asthma symptoms, and cause severe problems in people predisposed to develop allergies.
These cause infections and may cause severe problems in people with weak immunity. Pathogenic molds cause an acute response that may be misdiagnosed for bacterial pneumonia.
This type of mold releases mycotoxins, and may cause immunosuppression and cancer. The body absorbs the toxins at the same moment they are inhaled, touched or ingested.
Dr. Mercola warns about the 5 most common indoor molds:
- Aspergillus is found in warm and damp climates. It releases mycotoxins and causes lung infections. Aspergillus is an “occupant of house dust.”
- Penicillium is found in carpets, wallpapers, decaying fabric, fiberglass duct insulation, etc. it causes asthma and allergy symptoms. The antibiotic penicillin releases mycotoxins.
- Cladosporium is an outdoor fungus found on wood, fabric, and damp/porous materials. It causes symptoms that resemble asthma and fever.
- Starchybotrys is the toxic “black mold” that releases mycotoxins. It causes breathing difficulties and bleeding in the lungs. It grows on paper and wood. You won’t see it on tiles, linoleum and concrete.
- Alternaria grows in the mouth, nose and upper respiratory tract. Alteraria causes allergy symptoms.
“Although a mold allergy is the most common problem caused by exposure to mold, mold can cause illness without an allergic reaction. Mold can also cause infections or irritant and toxic reactions.
Infections caused by mold can lead to a variety of problems from flu-like symptoms to skin infections and even pneumonia,” explain experts.
Mold toxicity is also known as a Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome. CIRS is a serious health condition.
CIRS is “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 fungi, bacteria, actinomycetes, and Mycobacterium as well as inflammagenns,” as explained by Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, MD, author of Surviving Mold: Life in the Era of Dangerous Buildings.
11 common symptoms of mold toxicity
- Red eyes, vision issues, sensitivity to light
- Vertigo, tremors
- Night sweats, temperature regulation problems
- Weakness, fatigue
- Thirst, increased urination
- Headache, brain fog, poor memory, trouble focusing
- Tingling and numbness
- Muscle cramps, pain, joint pain, Persistent Nerve Pain
- Cough, shortness of breath, and other asthma/sinus issues
- Diarrhea, nausea, appetite loss, abdominal pain and other digestive problems
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