Facts About Mold Illness and CIRS
24% of people of the gene that makes them susceptible to mold illness. A similar gene makes us more likely to have chronic fatigue and post-Lyme Syndrome. Mold Illness makes up part of the cause of CIRS (chronic inflammatory response syndrome).
Because Mold Illness is a genetic condition, some members of the household may be fine in a moldy condition while others are not.
Mold Illness is not an allergy. It is a genetic variant that causes the immune system to be unable to identify the toxin that mold secretes. When the immune system is unable to identify the toxin, it cannot remove it. This causes build up of the toxin and the conditions below.
Mold Illness Symptoms
- Joint Pain (any joint, but especially smaller joints such as finger, wrists and ankles)
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Brain Fog/Memory Changes/Cognitive Dysfunction
- Post Nasal Drip and Sore Throat
- Peripheral Neuropathy (numbness/tingling)
- Nausea and digestive disturbances
- Neck pain
- Vision Changes especially at night
- Chronic Infections
- Neurological dysfunction
- Hormonal Alterations
Body and Mind Root Cause Influences
True and lasting relief from mold illness happens when we address all the root causes of both body and mind.
Are All Molds Bad?
Certainly not! There are many species in the fungal family that are good. Take the medicinal mushroom family for example. A component in the cell wall of mushrooms such as shiitake, lion's mane, cordyceps and other mushrooms, known as beta glucans, have been shown to help fight cancer as well as chronic viral infections such as epstein-barr (mono). In addition, the genetic makeup that predisposes someone to mold, is most problematic towards indoor molds. Outdoor molds do not affect these individuals in the same way.
Why Have I Not Been Told About Mold Illness Before?
Mycotoxin illness has not been studied as much as many other diseases. There has been recent research that has correlated mycotoxin illness with diseases such as multiple sclerosis and parkinson's disease. As there is more research showing that there is a link between mycotoxins and these diseases, there will likely be more money invested in research. Most physicians are not trained in mycotoxin illness, therefore, they are likely not aware of the recent research that shows the many symptoms that are caused by this illness.
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