Mold toxicity is a HUGE health concern negatively impacting multiple systems. Mold can develop wherever there is moisture. It is estimated that 25% of building in the US have some sort of water damage. Even in San Diego, a “so-called desert,” we have patients flocking to our office with devastating mold-induced sickness. The tricky thing about mold is that 1) Different molds have different effects 2) We all have individual susceptibility to the effects and mold, meaning that YOU may be reacting but your husband may be fine 3) There are a number of different clinical presentations 4) It requires an intensive approach to heal from mold toxicity.
One of the less recognized effects of mold toxicity is hormone imbalances, specifically estrogen dominance. Often times, we don’t actually react to the mold itself, rather we react to the toxins (aka mycotoxins) released by the mold. Several of the mycotoxins are known to be extremely potent xenoestrogens. Xenoestrogens are compounds that bind to our estrogen receptors, signaling a very strong estrogenic response within the body, creating an estrogen dominant environment. Estrogen dominance can lead to symptoms and conditions such as painful cramping and heavy bleeding during the menstrual cycle, fibrocystic breasts, fibroids, infertility, and endometriosis.
Other symptoms you may be experiencing if exposed to mold include the following: fatigue, headaches, light sensitivity, brain fog, difficulty concentrating, poor memory or word loss, morning stiffness and joint pain, unusual skin sensations (tingling/numbness) or rashes, shortness of breath, sinus congestion, chronic cough, increased urination, vertigo, red eyes or blurred vision, mood swings, static shocks or sharp pains, tearing, metallic taste in mouth, and SO MUCH MORE!
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