Do you have mold in your home? Maybe you notice it near your faucets, or on your window sill. Maybe you don’t physically see it because it’s in your attic, behind your wall, or in the crevices of your basement. Mold loves to grow quickly in damp, dark, warm, non-ventilated environments. Most indoor environments will have some mold, but the mold species and spore counts will vary. While I’m not a mold expert, I have firsthand experience with it’s devastation, so it’s something I don’t take lightly.
My heart goes out to those recently impacted my the hurricanes and floods in Texas and Florida. After a flood, it is especially important to remove water covered items and remediate the area thoroughly. However, you don’t have to be in the midst of a flood to encounter mold. It can happen to anyone.
Believe Me, You Don’t Want Toxic Mold Illness
One quarter of the population is genetically susceptible to develop health issues from repeated exposure to mold and another trigger to their immune system. Two to four percent can develop health issues just from repeated exposure to mold alone. That’s why multiple people living in the same moldy environment may react to it differently. Some people, like myself, are unable to handle mold and the mycotoxins that molds release.
Living with mold can be extremely challenging. Symptoms of toxic mold illness can be wide ranging and difficult to diagnose as mold illness not only challenges your immune system by creating a chronic inflammatory response, but it also impacts the other systems in your body as well.
Diagnosing and treating mold can be difficult since many doctors don’t understand it. However, I have found that functional medicine doctors and doctors I list further below are typically more able to assist in treatment.
Following are websites of information which I have found to be beneficial as I have researched toxic mold in my own case. If you have mold in your home, please address the situation and have it professionally remediated. If you are someone who experiences symptoms that doctors are unable to diagnose, I would recommend looking into mold toxicity.
Without further ado…
The Ultimate Resource Guide for Overcoming Toxic Mold
First off, if you don’t go to any other websites that I recommend below, I suggest reading through these two. I wish I would have had these resources when I started dealing with mold.
- Surviving Toxic Mold. It has been a tremendous resource for me as I have dealt with my personal mold challenges.
- My Flood Story and What to Do About Mold by Dave Asprey
Articles About My Experience With Mold
Books and Documentaries About Mold
Do You Have Mold in Your Indoor Environment?
Take an indoor air quality test to find out if you are dealing with a mold problem.
Honestly, I have found that cleaning mold can be difficult. I believe it probably depends on the different species. If you actually can see mold growing on your wall, don’t try to clean it yourself. You risk making the situation worse and potentially harming your health. I recommend hiring a reputable mold remediator who follows proper removal protocols. You also need to find someone who can help you get to the root cause of why the mold started to grow in the first place. Where is the water coming in?
Depending on how bad the mold is and how much it has spread throughout your house, you might not be able to “clean” your items. These websites list various items in your home which might need to be tossed.
- A Guide on Saving only “SOME” of Your Possessions
- Bulletproof: My Flood Story and What to Do About Mold
- The Mold Avoider’s Dilemma: What Should I Do About My Stuff?
Natural Cleaning Remedies for Mold
Here are suggestions for natural remedies you can try on smaller areas which might have a little mold, such as around your tub, faucet, or window sill. Also, for sanitizing your clothes.
- Ammonia (for clothing)
- Black Mold Symptoms + 12 Natural Remedies, Dr. Josh Axe
- Benefect Botanical Broad Spectrum Disinfectant
- CitriSafe Laundry Liquid (for clothing)
- Concrobium Mold Control
- DIY Citrus Splash All–Purpose Cleaner
Essential Oils which Might Be Effective for Removing Mold
- Tea Tree
I tend to agree with Jennifer’s article about essential oils and mold. I recommend reading this before trying oils.
Are you Genetically Susceptible to Being Impacted By Mold?
“In genetically susceptible individuals, these toxins [mold] are excreted by the gallbladder and then almost entirely reabsorbed by the remainder of the digestive system. They continue to circulate in the body with no mechanism for removal and can continue to recirculate for years….In the event that a person has a susceptible genotype, the body does not recognize the toxins as a foreign invader and thus, they are allowed to remain in the body. This causes long-term and perpetual ill-health.”
Taking the following tests will let you know if you have a genetic weakness to toxins from mold.
Doctors and Professionals Who Know Mold
Most traditional doctors do not recognize mold toxicity. Following are doctors and professionals who understand it. Many of them have even had their own personal experience with mold.
Dr. Jill Carnahan
- Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome: What is It? Why Should We Care? What’s Does It Have to Do with Our Brain Function? – An Interview with Jill Carnahan, MD
- Is Toxic Mold Exposure the Cause of Your Symptoms? (Many more resources are provided at the bottom of this article)
- Mold, Mycotoxins, and CIRS with Dr. Michael Ruscio
- Molds, Mycotoxins, and Sick Building Syndrome
- The Low Mold Diet
Bridgit Danner with Women’s Wellness Collaboration
Dr. Amy Myers
- The Myers Way Episode 5: Mycotoxins
- Toxic Mold Exposure, Dr. Amy Myers
- Understanding the True Cause of Autoimmune Disease
Dr. Daniel Pompa
Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker
This is a page on the Paradigm Change website which summarizes links to information sources relevant to understanding and treating toxic mold illness, provided by physicians.
Mold Tests for Mold Toxicity
- Lab tests that Dr. Shoemaker Suggests
- Biotoxin Mold Illness Panel
- Great Plains Mycotox Profile
- Real Time Lab
- VCS Test
- Air Oasis Air Sanitizer – This has been a life saver for me!
- Austin Air Purifier – I have heard good things about this brand
- Humidity Monitor
Do You Have Additional Mold Resources for Overcoming Toxic Mold?
Do you know of other helpful websites and resources when it comes to mold? If so, please feel free to share them in the comments below. You just might save someone from the heartache of what mold can do.