We are thrilled to share our new Sanctuary Mold Guide: A Primer with those who are suffering from mold toxicity. While the full guide is available on its own website or to our patients (extended version), you can read a portion here. We hope this work contributes to your living a healthier more abundant life.
Co-conspirators work alongside mold to amplify its harmful effects. These are basically additional stressors which either sneak in through the door left open by mold or simply invade life coincidentally.
Given mold’s weakening of the immune system, no one should be surprised that enterprising infections take advantage of the opening and invade. On this list are chronic bacterial infections like Lyme, chronic viral infections like EBV and HHV6, opportunistic fungi like candida, and parasites of all sorts. Each of these could take up chapters to describe, so for now, just be aware they you should be tested for these co-morbid infections if the symptoms line up.
While mold toxins are enough to cause disease and suffering, the presence of other toxins in the individual amplifies or modifies the suffering. Such toxins include heavy metals, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s), Persistent Pollutants (POPS), and other microbial toxins. Heavy metals like mercury, lead, arsenic, aluminum, and tin may further hinder the immune system, cause hormonal imbalance, trigger inflammation, and more. VOC’s in new construction and new furniture, often lead to headaches, brain fog, insomnia, and other weird symptoms even without mold toxins. Persistent organic pollutants like plastics also imbalance hormones and are difficult to eradicate. In the same water damaged building settings, other microbes besides mold reside, also producing chemicals that harm us.
Go see the full guide here or stay tuned next week for another excerpt from the Mold Guide!
Sanctuary Functional Medicine, under the direction of Dr Eric Potter, IFMCP MD, provides functional medicine services to Nashville, Middle Tennessee and beyond. We frequently treat patients from Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Ohio, Indiana, and more... offering the hope of healthier more abundant lives to those with chronic illness.