Mold toxicity is a condition caused by toxic compounds called mycotoxins that are given off by certain types of mold. Molds are all around us, and the vast majority of them are not dangerous to us, but occasionally we come into contact with harmful molds that release mycotoxins, and in the perfect storm, our bodies are unable to detox or process out the mycotoxins. This allows them to build up in the body and take a serious toll on our health.
The symptomatology of mold illness can vary wildly and that is due to its chemical structure. Mold is both hydrophobic and hydrophilic able to get into both fat-loving tissue likes nerves and water-loving tissue like blood. This leads to a wide array of symptoms. No two presentations are ever alike.
Most of the time, a general diagnosis of mycotoxin toxicity can be made based on symptoms and history living in a humid or water-damaged environment, but we also encourage the following tests:
The most important thing for us to do when we are working with mycotoxins is to optimize your body’s detoxification processes to do what it does best and to process out the toxins (even if you have a genetic variation in how well you do so!) We do this in a few different ways including:
Often times, mold illness is concurrent with Lyme and other tickborne illnesses and can lead to treatment resistance if the mold has not been treated first.
Treatment will always depend on you, your symptoms, and what feels manageable to you. If you have struggled with mold illness or have been suspicious of it, do not be discouraged. We have lots of tools in our medicine bag and we will stay the course with you.
Call or request an appointment to speak with one of our Functional Medicine providers and we will get the ball rolling towards renewing your health.
Medically reviewed by Dr. Stephen Matta, DO, MBA CAQSM and Mary Anne Matta, MS, MA, LAC
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