When you have a bunch of symptoms
and you can't seem to identify any cause, you might consider something that so tiny it's almost impossible to see,
and that something is mold. An incredible variety of health problems - some of them seemingly unrelated - can have
mucky mold at their root.
So you can better understand what you're dealing with and what to do about it, here's a short review for you -
common questions and important things to know.
Molds, (sometimes spelled "moulds") are fungi that grow many-celled threads, or strands
or filaments called hyphae. There are well over 100,00 types that have been identified. Luckily only a few cause
problems for people, but those few can cause big problems, while another few, penicillin, for example, have been of
What does mold get from our bodies that allows it to
Mold loves environments rich in water, oxygen and nutrients along with a favorable temperatures, going dormant in
temperatures below 40F or above 100F, and waiting until the temperature returns to their liking. They like dead
organic material like paper, wood and fabrics, but they can also extract what they need to grow from some
synthetics like adhesives or paints. Some molds can get enough moisture to grow from humid air (relative humidity
above 70%). Of course, our human bodies have all of these qualities.
How does mold get into your body?
Mold can enter your body through a wound or be inhaled into your lungs.
How does mold cause us bodily harm?
Once inside it starts growing by branching out from its tips (called ' ''hyphal growth'). See the
image at the right and you can imagine how
a mold entering yourlungs can cause major problems with breathing
once it starts branching out. ( This image is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0
Then as it grows it invades blood vessels causing hemorrhages and death
of tissue cells. If it continues growing, it can spread to other sites.
Some molds also cause illness by producing toxins that damage cell
tissues (called a mycotoxin). And some stimulate the immune
system, causing an allergic reaction.
How would I know if I have a mold problem?
One way is to suspect a mold problem by the symptoms harmful molds can produce. For
Short term mold symptoms can include:
Shortness of breath, labored breathing
Unexplained bodily irritation, including rashes, itchy skin.
Sensitivity to light.
Runny nose, congestion, sinusitis.
Coughing, throat congestion.
Vision problems (eyes red, sore, dry, blurry or watery.
Long term symptoms can include:
Achiness, pains or fever (including in ears, sinuses, joints and muscles, swollen glands) or other symptoms
Breathing problems, including wheezing, shortness of breath, asthma attacks, chronic bronchitis.
Neurological symptoms such as loss of short or long term memory, speech problems, unexplained changes in
personality and mood.
Coughing up blood or blackish debris.
Loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, weight loss, diarrhea.
Skin rashes, open skin sores.
How bodily mold problems might be addressed:
Many practitioners have used mold's hyphal growth process against the little buggers. When hypal growth occurs, the
mold also secretes an enzyme inside its cell that works outside its cell (called exoenzymes).
Here's how it works: the person experiencing the mold problem takes digestive enzymes, only instead of taking them
with meals, which would aid the digestion of food, the enzymes are taken on an empty stomach, where they can
circulate through the body, apparently coming in contact with the growing ends of the strands or filaments and
A strategy for dealing with allergic symptoms caused by mold involves various homeopathic remedies such as Allium
Cepa , butterbur and biminne.
After the mold seems to be cleaned up, the next task at hand is to repair the tissue involved. For this a
combination of herbs and nutrients can be used. For example, to support lung tissue repair, one combination
(designed by MediHerb of Australia for that specific purpose), includes herbs such as fennel, Chinese skullcap,
Malabar nut tree leaf, Grindelia herb and Turmeric rhizome.
Health practitioners have employed some or all of these strategies with good results, so even though you might have
a mold problem in your body, you don't have to keep having it!
Pamela Levin, R.N.
February 27, 2012
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