How Mold Exposure Affects Our Health
Environmentally Acquired Illnesses
Illness Can Come from Your Environment
The term environmentally acquired illness (EAI) typically refers to environmental causes of inflammatory illness in exposed individuals. Some of the more common sources of EAI include mold exposure, biotoxin exposure, tick bites, exposure to volatile organic compounds (VOCs), exposure to pesticides and herbicides, and high levels of particulate matter in air (dust). These environmental exposures can produce illnesses such as mold toxicity, Lyme disease, multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), chronic inflammatory response syndrome (CIRS), chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia, mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS), etc. Additionally, non-environmentally acquired illnesses can worsen when exposed to environmental toxins.
Indoor Mold Exposure is Guilty
Although many different environmental triggers can lead to EAI, in our experience as a mycology laboratory, indoor mold exposure is the most common. Due to current building practices such as sealing building up tight to conserve energy and building with materials that are conducive to mold growth once wet (e.g. – drywall, paper backed insulation, wood framing), amplified mold growth can be found in the majority of commercial and residential buildings.
Is Your Environment Compromising Your Health?
The Peace of Mind Mold Test
Improving from EAI begins with the environment. You must determine the sources that are affecting your health through testing and remove the sources of this contamination. Once the exposures have ended, or at least reduced, healing can begin.
Personal Health Symptoms of Mold Exposure
There are no established regulatory standards indicating the level of contamination at which human health is adversely affected. However, ImmunoLytics has worked with a network of doctors to establish a heath scale to assess if the mold within a building could affect the health of those who are mold susceptible. These doctors have determined that 24% of the population is mold susceptible. When you consider that 30% of buildings have significant mold contamination, the necessity of testing for mold becomes clear.
Elevated concentrations of mold spores have been known to produce allergic reactions and many other health symptoms in those who have compromised or dysfunctional immune systems. These health symptoms may include:
• Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
• Allergic Fungal Sinusitis
• ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
• Chronic Rhinosinusitis
• Hearing Loss
• Restless Legs Syndrome
• Vertigo & Dizziness
• Meniener’s Disease
• Gastric Reflux Disease (GERD)
• Systemic Fungal Symptoms
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome
• Muscle Weakness
• Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
• Brain Fog
• Sleep Disorders
• Yeast Infection
• Chemical Sensitivities