Biotoxin mold

biotoxin mold
biotoxin mold

The awareness of toxic mold’s effect on human health has increased dramatically over the past few years. Mold is only one of the many biotoxins found in our environment, and the illness caused by exposure to these toxins is much more complex than most clinicians and patients assume.
Toxic burden is determined by two factors: the levels of toxic chemicals and microorganisms that we’re exposed to, and the function of our innate detoxification system. If toxic burden is higher than our bodies ability for detoxification,( which is determined by our genetic predisposition, epigenetic effects on gene expression, physiologic state of our body and nutrition among other factors) toxins will have adverse effect on our health.
Toxins that affect our health adversely include –Heavy metals like mercury, lead, arsenic cadmium, –Chemicals such as pesticides BPA, endocrine disruptors, fire retardants etc.,
—Biotoxins and biotoxin producing organic organisms are
• Fungi
• Bacteria (possibly including Borrelia, Babesia, and other organisms transmitted by tick bites)
• Actinomycetes (gram-positive bacteria from the order Actinomycetales)
• Mold
• Mold spores
• Endotoxins (aka lipopolysaccharides, or LPS; cell wall components of gram-negative bacteria)
Nearly everyone will become ill when exposed to sufficient levels of these biotoxins, but most people recover once they are removed from exposure. Their detoxification system is able to recognize the biotoxins in their bodies as toxins and eliminate them via the normal mechanisms.
As Dr Shoemaker, who is actively involved in raising the awareness about Mold illness, correctly describes Mold illness as chronic inflammatory response syndrome-CIRS.
Some of the symptoms are:
• Fatigue, weakness
• Post-exertional malaise
• Memory problems, difficulties with concentration and executive function
• Disorientation and confusion
• Headaches
• Vertigo, lightheadedness
• Muscle aches, cramping, joint pains without inflammatory arthritis
• Hypersensitivity to bright light, blurred vision, burning or red eyes, tearing
• Cough, asthma-like illness, shortness of breath, chronic sinus congestion
• Air hunger or unusual shortness of breath at rest
• Chronic abdominal problems including nausea, cramping, secretory diarrhea
• A propensity to experience static shocks
As you can see, these symptoms are “non-specific,” which means that they don’t conclusively identify CIRS (or any other disease) by their mere presence. That is the reason these symptoms are frequently misdiagnosed.
There is HOPE!. Functional medicine way of approaching and evaluating these symptoms has helped patient to come back to vitality and health.

Author: Rekha Shah

Dr Shah practices Functional & Integrative medicine. She is Board certified by American Board of Medical Specialists in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. She is also a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner.

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