Time outdoors, plenty of vitamin D, and a never-ending supply of lemonade is a checklist that has balmy summer days written all over it.
Do you know what else screams summer? Full points if you guessed mold.
Yes! The immensely toxic and oh-so-ugly black mold can make its way into bathrooms, refrigerators, and other highly humid nooks of your house. Mold toxicity is more common than you may think. An estimated 50% of all buildings in the US are reported to have some form of water damage that can lead to mold growth.
Exposure to black mold can lead to a slew of health issues. If you have reason to believe that you’ve encountered black mold, pay attention to the symptoms of mold toxicity.
But here is some good news. We at Innovative Medicine have put together a list of 9 practical steps to help you successfully combat mold and reclaim your health.
9 Effective Ways To Combat Mold Toxicity
1. Mold Inspection is a Must
First things first. Get a full house mold inspection done. While it might be tempting to fix the mold issue as a DIY project, getting a thorough inspection is highly recommended. A professional mold inspection will help identify the presence of fungal spores on surfaces like drywall that are beyond your reach. Ideally, a home inspector will conduct an air quality analysis, collect floating mold spores, and use mycotoxin-specific ELISA testing to identify the types of toxic mold inside your home.
2. Professional Cleaners Need to Step In
Mold is hard to remove. Unfortunately, there are many myths surrounding its elimination. Quick-fix solutions like drying out the area and surface cleaning with bleach do not remove fungal spores, which is what makes mold such a deadly pathogen.
Unlike DIY methods which are both temporary and ineffective, professional mold remediation services will fix the source of humidity first, and then remove fungal spores in a systematic manner.
3. Improve Indoor Air Quality
Did you know? Nearly nine out of every ten people in the world breathe polluted air. Air quality within the house is an often ignored but vital aspect of healthy indoor living.
When it comes to mold toxicity, air quality can be a crucial indicator of mycotoxin presence. Indoor plants have an enormous ability to act as natural air purifiers. To this end, a green thumb is a handy skill to have.
Additionally, using air purifiers with UV filters can significantly reduce fungal spores and improve air quality.
Breathing clean air is a good practice to cultivate. Your lungs and body will thank you for it.
4. Eliminate Mold With Essential Oils
Essential oils are a vital part of plant medicine and have many health benefits. Anti-fungal properties are noteworthy in this context. Mold hates essential oils, particularly eucalyptus and peppermint. A study from 2017 testing the anti-fungal properties of essential oils found a significant reduction in fungal spore colonies. The medical team at NYCIM recommends spraying essential oils into air vents to prevent mold formation during high humidity months. Here’s a mold-busting recipe from REVIVE Essential Oils.:
½ cup White vinegar
½ cup Distilled water
Few drops of the following essential oils
Tea tree, Cinnamon, Clove
Therapies for Mold Toxicity
5. Test Yourself for Mycotoxins
Black mold poisoning often mirrors other systemic illnesses. This presents a challenge for accurate diagnosis immediately after mycotoxin exposure. How can you confirm if your symptoms are indeed from mold exposure?
Recent research in functional and integrative medicine has made mold toxicity identification less of an uphill battle.
Typically, urine and blood serum analysis can help identify inflammatory markers due to mycotoxin exposure.
The Great Plains Laboratory is an excellent place to get initial testing done for the presence of mycotoxin within your body.
6. Intravenous Detoxification
Glutathione is a crucial component of the liver detoxification pathways which reduce oxidative stress and the overall toxic burden of the body. A research report recently provided evidence that mycotoxin exposure depletes glutathione levels, making the liver work overtime to push out accumulated toxins.
When faced with mold toxicity, supplementation with intravenous or liposomal oral glutathione is a great way to support liver function.
At Innovative Medicine, we believe that gently supporting the body, be it with supplements or therapies, is the best way to promote the body’s inherent self-healing capabilities.
Read our comprehensive guide to detoxification to learn more about the dos and don’ts of detoxification.
7. Matrix Regeneration Therapy
One of the key aspects of mold toxicity is elevated toxic burden, which often shows up as fatigue, shortness of breath, joint aches, brain fog, mood swings, among other symptoms. The absence of a gold standard for mold testing in conventional healthcare clinics often leads to mold toxicity being misdiagnosed as an autoimmune condition.
Matrix regeneration therapy (MRT) is a non-invasive procedure that aims to reduce the toxic burden from organs of elimination, improve lymphatic drainage, improve muscle recovery, and promote overall well-being. The Innovative Medicine medical team believes that using MRT for mold toxicity can yield beneficial results for detoxification.
8. Neural Therapy for Mold Toxicity
Chronic mold symptoms in humans can show up as inflammation and pain. Neural therapy is a form of local anesthesia that helps to stabilize nerve membranes and reduce chronic pain. Injecting this anesthesia into crucial acupuncture points, scar tissues, and peripheral nerves have been highly beneficial for a number of conditions, including chronic pain and soft tissue injuries. In the case of mold toxicity, it helps prevent edema associated with inflammation and promotes healing by increasing vascular regeneration.
9. Which Supplements?
When dealing with mold toxicity, the primary goal is to restore health by detoxification and reduction of toxic burden on the body. Chlorella and spirulina are algae superfoods that are great for drawing out heavy metals and other toxins from the liver. Additionally, Thieves Oil and diatomaceous earth are immensely beneficial for your mold detox. Given that your gut is a vital organ of elimination, we recommend that you add probiotics to help strengthen it from the inside.
Bottom Line – Live Mold-Free
Extra diligence is required when it comes to handling mold. We hope reading this article helps you eliminate mold toxicity and regain your health. Read our article “Mold Toxicity and What To Do About It” to get a comprehensive understanding of what to look for when considering exposure to mycotoxins.
Innovative Medicine is a leader in advanced integrative medicine. Our world renowned clinic, NYCIM treats patients from all parts of the globe with chronic, said to be ‘intractable’ illnesses and sees extraordinary results. Careful curation of all medicines, products and supplements used at, and recommended by IM in an integral part of their processes. As they say “high quality products = high quality health.” – Click here to learn more about IM’s curation process and quality standards.
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