Treating Toxic Mold Exposure and Mold Allergy
Recent Boulder 100 Year Flood and Mold Problems
From Sept. 11 through Sept. 15, the City of Boulder experienced substantial flooding that will have lasting effects on our community. As a result of the flooding, Boulder County has been designated a Federal Disaster Area.The recent flooding in Boulder may present problems for those with mold allergies and environmental sensitivities. Mold can make you extremely sick, or even kill you. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), all molds have the potential to cause health problems. The type and severity of your symptoms depend, in part, on the types of mold present, the extent of your exposure, your genetics, your age, current state of health and your existing sensitivities or allergies. NatureMed Integrative Medicine is located in Boulder, Colorado. We have an MD on staff and treatment may be covered by insurance. We specialize in helping sick people feel better.
Signs and Symptoms of Mold Allergy and Mold Toxin Exposure
Mold toxicity causes the following psychological and neurological disorders: Anxiety, Brain Fog, Joint pain, Bipolar symptoms, Chronic Fatigue, Depression, Insomnia, Irritability, Memory Loss, Multiple Sclerosis, Neuropathy, OCD, Panic Disorder and Seizure Disorders. It may also worsen asthma.
Mold is Not Always Visible
Its needs a high humidity environment and can live under and behind things.
Mold is a Type of Fungus
There are thousands of types, and of these, scientists have identified more than 1,000 types of mold that can grow inside a Colorado home. Molds are classified into three groups according to human responses:
Allergenic Molds: These don't usually produce life-threatening effects and are most problematic if you are allergic or asthmatic. The challenge is in figuring out what you are sensitive to. Children are particularly susceptible to mold allergies.
Pathogenic Molds: These produce some sort of infection, which is of particular concern if your immune system is suppressed. They can cause hypersensitivity pneumonitis, an acute response resembling bacterial pneumonia. An example is Aspergillus fumigatus, which can grow in the lungs of immune-compromised individuals.
Toxic Molds: These dangerous molds produce mycotoxins, which can have serious health effects on almost anyone. The most serious danger comes from highly poisonous agents called mycotoxins. Possible reactions include suppression of the immune system and cancer. Mycotoxins are chemicals present within or on the surface of the mold spore, which may be inhaled, ingested, or touched. An example of this is aflatoxin, one of the most potent carcinogens known to mankind. Aflatoxin grows on peanuts and grains, and on some other foods. More than 200 mycotoxins have been identified from common molds. Mycotoxins interfere with RNA synthesis and may cause DNA damage.
The five most common indoor mold varieties are:
Alternaria: Commonly found in your nose, mouth and upper respiratory tract; can cause allergic responses.
Aspergillus: Serious breathing difficulties and bleeding of the lungs, among other health problems; thankfully, less common in homes than the other four, found on wood or paper products, but NOT on concrete, linoleum or tile: Usually found in warm, extremely damp climates, and a common occupant of house dust; produces mycotoxins; can cause lung infections (aspergillosis).
Cladosporium: This very common outdoor fungus can find its way indoors to grow on textiles, wood and other damp, porous materials; triggers hay fever and asthma symptoms
Penicillium: Very common species found on wallpaper, decaying fabrics, carpet, and fiberglass duct insulation; known for causing allergies and asthma; some species produce mycotoxins, one being the common antibiotic penicillin.
Stachybotrys: Extremely toxic "black mold" that produces mycotoxins that can cause
Treatment: Get your home or work space professionally remediated. A fungicidal spray should be used in the basement or crawlspace area and anywhere else inside the home that got wet. Mold spore counts can be taken from an air sample. We can tell you about this.
Treatment of the person exposed to mold: While there a lot of information about how to rid your Boulder area home of mold since the flood information on how to treat the person in harder to find. This is where we come in. We have been treating mold related problems in patients for over ten years! If you are feeling ill we have some very effective treatments for the mold toxin exposure. We have perfected an intravenous mold detoxification protocol. Two infusions are done per week for four weeks along with a treatment that ramps up phase one and phase two liver detox. This is the most effective, quickest and easiest treatment. We use a proprietary formula (or cocktail) of intravenous prescription grade glutathione with high dose Vitamin C and other nutrients.
Mold allergies can also be addressed through something called sublingual immunotherapy, a non toxic prescription mold desensitization treatment.
Blood tests can be done to deterimine mold allergy.
Tests can also be done to determine level of mycotoxin exposure from the mold.
Interesting STUDY on treating mold exposed patients to read from my colleage Dr. Rea.
Call our Boulder, Colorado offive at 303.884.7557 for an appointment. Free 15 minute "meet and greet" consults are availible.