Mold. When you think of mold, I am sure you instantly think of what grows on your fruits and vegetables if you don't eat them quick enough. If you think a little more, than you may have found some mold under the tiles of your bathroom from a small leak you had fixed, or somewhere else in the house where you did some remodeling.
What we don't hear a whole lot about is the damage mold can do to our health. Breathing in mold spores can be very damaging to the body, and many times we don't even know we are breathing it in!
Mold toxicity can secretly be weakening the immune system of your body, and you don't even know it. Then one day everything about your health seems to collapse, and you fall down a rabbit hole of trying to discover what is causing your health issues.
Why is Mold Toxicity So Dangerous?
The problem with mold toxicity is that it can take on many symptoms of other illnesses, which can make it difficult to diagnose. We talked about this a little bit with Dr. Darin Ingels in our episode about Lyme Disease, how Lyme and mold are very good at tricking us to think other illnesses are what is causing the decline in our health.
Mold releases mycotoxins which is what causes the most damage to the body. These toxins cause the body to react in a severe inflammatory response, which can lead to what is known as Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS).
The level of toxic molds can be 10x more potent inside our living spaces compared to outside. This is because the species of fungi are battling for a small amount of space, and we are much more susceptible to these spores within the air inside.
In this episode, Dr, Kelly McCann and I discuss:
»Why mold exposure can be so dangerous to our health
»What are some symptoms of mold toxicity
»Ways to test your environment to determine if it is unsafe
»How to detox your own body from mold toxicity
[2:45] You have a very extensive background in the medical field, what made you so interested in studying medicine
[4:30] Her interest in mold occurred when she was exposed to mold herself
[5:30] Why is mold exposure so dangerous to our health
[6:20] Is it the mold itself that is dangerous, or the mycotoxins released from mold that is detrimental to our health
[7:30] What are some symptoms of mold toxicity
[8:55] Does mold exposure impact the microbiome as well
[9:45] Do we typically find mold problems in places with a lot of moisture, water damage, or humidity
[11:25] Living in Washington where it rains almost all year, construction continues even during the wet months. Is this causing houses to be more susceptible to mold
[12:30] Is there a way to test the environment of the house to see if there are mold spores in there
[15:30] If the test comes back positive, then what are the next steps
[17:40] Does mold spread quickly throughout the house, or is it a slow process
[18:40] How do you know if some of your belongings are not salvageable
[20:40] What are you looking for when you check your containers that are in storage
[22:30] Some practitioners believe mold is feeding on glucose or heavy metals, do you remove this from the diet when treating someone
[25:30] Trying to chelate heavy metals while trying to recover from mold can be too much for the body to handle at one time
[26:00] Many foods are full of mold as well
[31:00] What are the most common nuts and seeds that are contaminated with mold
[32:00] Coffee is also very high in mold
[33:50] Mold can hide as symptoms for many other diseases, how can we figure out whether it is mold or something else
[36:15] Can dehumidifiers and ozone help with removing mold (this is the dehumidifier I use and it works really well!)
[42:15] How do you treat the patients with mold exposure
[46:40] What form of phosphatidylcholine do you prefer to use
[48:15] How are people taking the betonite clay
[51:00] Are there specific tests people can do to see their level of mold toxicity
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