How can Functional Lab testing help with mold diagnosis and treatment?
What is Functional Medicine?
According to the Institute of Functional Medicine, FunctionalMedicineis a systems biology-based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease. Each symptom or differential diagnosis may be one of many contributing to an individual's illness. Diagnosis can be the result of more than one cause.
What function does Funtional Medicine play for a person who is exposed to toxic mold?
It means that Functional Medicine is going to offer you a more detailed look at confirming or denying that fungus may or may not be an issue...but it more importantly will bring out the possible downstream effects that mold or other pathogens are having on the body as a result of a mold exposure OR infection or exposure to something else.
Functional Medicine is "NOT" mold specific: This means that in Functional Medicine there is not a specific lab that can 100% identify or diagnose toxic mold exposure...however, you have to keep in mind that (where we are in history right now - 2021), we still do not have a reliable lab testing process that could offer a "black or white" answer to "Have I been exposed to toxic mold, and is it causing all of my symptoms". I know how vague this sounds, however...hiring a knowledgeable team of professionals CAN help them gather all of the baseline data they need to make a proper diagnosis such as:
Conventional Medical Labs
Functional Medicine Labs
Patient history of possible environmental exposures
Patient history of health issues
Environmental lab tests
Keep in mind that only by collecting ALL of the data above can a professional make an informed diagnosis. Also, don't be surprised that you may have several diagnosis based on the findings above. When you combine traditional and conventional methods you will reveal the most data possible to help your overall health and possibility of healing.
What are some of the most common Functional Lab Tests that can be beneficial for those who are exposed to mold and why?
Gi Map - One of the first Functional Tests I ever ran was a Gi-map test. In Functional Medicine most of the findings revolve around the condition of the gut.
When you are exposed to toxic mold, one of the first processes in the body to become affected is the gut. Mold spores are inhaled through the mouth and nose and mycotoxin enters the digestive system via the mouth and esophagus. Once these dangerous spores and toxins enter the biome, other pathogens begin to "retreat" OR "fight back and overgrow". When the Gi-map test is done it can reveal some of this imbalance which can be called "Dysbiosis".
What is the Gi-map test?
Gastrointestinal Microbial Assay Plus (GI-MAP) is an innovative clinical tool that measures gastrointestinal microbiota DNA from a single stool sample with state of the art, quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) technology to detect parasites, bacteria, fungi and more!
You'll need a qualified Functional MD, Chiropractor or Naturopath Physician to order a Gi-Map test. You can also work with Health Coaches and FDN practitioners who are contracted with qualified doctors that CAN run the test for them. Just make sure that whoever is running the tests can ALSO INTERPRET & TREAT! (This is so important). Wasting throusands of dollars on Functional Testing is useless unless you have someone that can interpret or treat it.
If you are a "health geek" yourself, like me...you can try to find other practitioners who are offering opportunities to learn how to interpret the tests yourself. Just make sure that you ask someone more knowledegable than yourself first before you try to treat.
If there's one thing I learned, it's that biofilms have a huge part to play in the role of eradicating "ANY" pathogen. With that being said, I didn't learn this concept until years after my initial mold exposure. Unfortunately it was a hard lesson learned because I spent many years suffering from fungal infections, viral infections and bacterial infections.
BREAK UP THE BIOFILMS!!!
After you have faithfully opened up detox pathways every day for a month your body should be ready to go after the biofilms created by fungi, bacteria and parasites.
WHAT ARE BIOFILMS?
A biofilm is produced by certain microorganisms. They are extracellular polymers that act like a glue and create a physical barrier around colonizing bacteria, fungi and parasites. Biofilm-producing microorganisms are involved in 80% of all GI infections in humans.
Once a pathogen (Bacteria/Mold/Parasite) colonizes and begins to form biofilm, it becomes harder to detect and remove; especially the longer it is present. Biofilms shield the pathogens from your immune system, and they accelerate the growth and dispersion of the pathogen throughout the GI tract while providing an environment for new pathogens to attach and grow.
You can see now why it is VERY VERY important to attack these Biofilms, daily "RIGHT BEFORE" (I take my biofilm busters 30 minutes before either my "antifungal, antibacterial, antiparasitic, antiviral", whichever pathogen I am targeting), you take an anti-microbial to go after Fungi/Mycotoxin, Bacteria or Parasites. If these barriers are still there and still protecting these pathogens ALL of your efforts to kill, neutralize and disable them will be useless. I'd like to say that I can save you and thousands of others the hardship I went through of years and years of taking "this antifungal / that microbial/ this parasite cleanse" only to find out that I NEVER addressed the biofilms that were protecting these pathogens and helping them thrive.
So now that you know you need to "BUST THE BIOFILMS" first, you want to know "How to do it right"...good news!! After more learning and research, I finally found tons of ways to do it. My best recommendations based on scientific data for BIOFILM DESTROYERS are below:
EDTA  – EDTA likely exerts antimicrobial activity by chelating magnesium and calcium – minerals necessary for growth and membrane stability and may also display anti-biofilm activity by reducing biofilm material (EPS) production and/or enhancing the detachment of bacterial cells from the biofilm. Magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, and manganese appear to stabilize the biofilm matrix of a variety of organisms by enhancing structural integrity through electrostatic interactions that serve to cross-link the matrix .
What can cause a UTI? (Urinary Tract Infection/Bladder Infection)
A urinary tract infection is usually caused by the presence of E. coli (approximately 80% of all of these infections) The other 20% of bacteria can be from klebsiella, enterobacter, staphylococcus, and other bacteria. These bacteria have protective properties that allow the bacterium to /stick/adhere to the lining of the bladder and the mucosal wall of the entire urinary tract. Their presence causes inflammation, cloudy urine with an unpleasant odor, and bladder and pelvic pain.
Without going into extreme detail, there are several factors that can increase the likelihood of developing a UTI in people who are exposed to toxic mold.
Being female - Women are more prone to UTI’s than men because of the close proximity of the urethra’s to the anus. The bacteria have a shorter distance to travel in order to colonize in the lining of the urethra and the bladder. Estrogen and progesterone shifts during menopause alter the pH of the urine and cause changes in tissue structure. Women over 65 have the highest rates of UTI’s.
Using too many anti-bacterial chemicals in your environment like: anti-bacterial body washes, hand soaps, kitchen dish soaps and toxic anti-bacterial cleaners. This can kill off beneficial bacteria from your hands-to-mouth or on your skin that directly affect your gut health and urinary tract health. I highly recommend ditching the "anti-bacterial" labeled products from your home and using "Purebiotics" which you can find on my website.
Being exposed to toxic mold and mycotoxin in your environment directly affects the balance of good and bad bacteria in the gut, kidneys and urinary tracts. Toxic mold directly affects the endocrine system of the body and changes the production of stress hormones in the body. These stress hormones change the tone of the kidneys and cause the kidneys to empty slower which in-turn keep bad bacteria in the kidneys longer usual. Being exposed to mold directly cause estrogen dominance and progesterone deficiency in both men and women which will alter the pH of the urine and cause "ideal bacterial-growth conditions" inside the bladder. It's important NOT to simply treat UTI's with temporary band aids but to address the "causes" of UTI from an exposure perspective. Visit my "step-by-step guide" on the website to help you navigate HOW to remove yourself from toxic mold exposures first...then go after the UTI infections. (but don't wait!!)
EDTA  – EDTA likely exerts antimicrobial activity by chelating magnesium and calcium – minerals necessary for growth and membrane stability and may also display anti-biofilm activity by reducing biofilm material (EPS) production and/or enhancing the detachment of bacterial cells from the biofilm. Magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, and manganese appear to stabilize the biofilm matrix of a variety of organisms by enhancing structural integrity through electrostatic interactions that serve to cross-link the matrix .
Goldenseal is one of the 5 best-selling herbal products in the United States. Goldenseal is a potent natural antibiotic, which like Cranberries contains the active ingredient (berberine) that prevents bacteria from adhering to your cell walls.
Uva Ursi Leaf - (tea or tincture)
Uva Ursi contains several chemicals. The main chemicals are hydroquinone and hydroquinones that make it useful for urinary problems. Uva Ursi is used to treat infections such as cystitis, urethritis and nephritis as well. The hydroquinone derivative, arbutin, is the chief active compound in uva ursi. This compound is absorbed in the stomach and then is converted into a substance that contains antimicrobial, astringent, and disinfectant properties. During the urination process, as it leaves the body it works on the mucus membranes of the urinary tract and soothes irritation, reduces inflammation, and fights infection. Reasearch has found that arbutin taken alone is not as effective as the whole Uva Ursi plant in controlling urinary tract infections. The reason for this is because intestinal bacteria breaks down arbutin, but they are not always able to do so in the presence of other Uva Ursi compounds.
Uva Ursi contains diuretic chemicals, including ursolic acid, powerful astringents, and a chemical that helps promote the growth of healthy new cells called allatoin. In addition to its antiseptic and *astringent actions, uva ursi may also help to flush out bacteria by promoting urination. (*An astringent shrinks and tightens the top layers of mucous membranes, thereby reducing secretions, relieving irritation, and improving tissue firmness.) Uva Ursi is also used to reduce the accumulation of uric acid and relieve pain of bladder stones. The diuretic action may relieve the bloating feeling associated with menstruation as well.
Uva Ursi has been approved for treating inflammation of the lower urinary tract by Commission E of the German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices, which is the German governmental agency that evaluates the safety and effectiveness of herbal products
Uva Ursi References: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/uva-ursi
In Chemistry, Quaternary ammonium compounds are cationic detergents and antiseptics (viral/bacterial) added to various solutions. Ammonia itself is a gas and is the active chemical gas that denatures mycotoxin (Which is found in both the quat and hydroxide forms of ammonium)
What is Household Ammonia?
When ammonia is mixed with H20 or water it is called Ammonium Hydroxide (household liquid ammonia).
When Quats (detergents) are added to Ammonium Hydroxide you get Quaternary Ammonium. Quats "by themselves" do not denature mycotoxin. Their purpose are to “lift” organic matter from surfaces or are added as bacterial or virus killers. An example would be how dish soap contains quat. Without the quat in the dishsoap it would not lift the food (organic substance) from the food and you’d have to use the power of water alone to wash your dishes. (which doesn’t work too well).
Quaternary ammonium has a different (pH) than Ammonium Hydroxide which means it is “NOT” as strong as Ammonium Hydroxide (common household ammonia). Ammonium Hydroxide is stronger than Quaternary Ammonium as it applies to “mycotoxin degradation” only.
Both Quaternary Ammonium & Ammonium Hydroxide (common household liquid ammonia) kill mold spores AND denature mycotoxin only because they contain “Ammonia”. But Quaternary is weaker because it is an additional added ingredient which lessens the overall total amount of the ammonia in Ammonium Hydroxide. Less ammonia = weaker ability to neutralize.
Quaternary Ammonium is most often used in situations where floods and cleanups require a detergent to lift dirt, scum and/or indoor water damage bacteria or viruses are more dominant than an overall mold issue because ammonia by itself is a weak antibacterial. But for toxic mold situations it is not required to have an antibacterial only something to kill mold and neutralize and break up the molecular structure of mycotoxin.
Ammonium Hydroxide (Household Ammonia of 3% concentrations or less) is much safer and does not cause long term health effects but Quaternary Ammonium causes more severe lung damage and also attacks the reproductive system and endocrine systems. (NOT GOOD). Ammonia Gas is natural…whereas Quats are synthetic man made and dangerous for use
What role does Zeolite play in removing toxic mold
from the body and do we really need it?
Our indoor and outdoor environments have become so polluted with daily contact to toxic molds in indoor buildings, chemicals in our food, drinking water, air, cleaning products and cosmetics, and heavy metals such as mercury from our dental fillings that our body’s toxic load has become critical in many cases. It’s been discovered that zeolite can very effectively pull out of our bodies the harmful toxicity that has accumulated over the years, including toxic molds that put off mycotoxins, heavy metals such as mercury and lead, bacteria, viruses and even other minor mold allergens (non mycotoxigenic molds).
So many diseases and health conditions are caused by toxicity, (up to 75% of ALL CANCERS may be due to toxins) along with chronic fatigue, inflammatory responses, neurological disorders, the list goes on. Check out this long list of symptoms that just "Mold/Mycotoxins" can cause. Thousands of people around the world have been taking zeolite daily and have had their long term health conditions, chronic mold illnesses, even serious diseases, reversed. It proves that when the toxicity is taken out of the body, the body can heal itself so much better. Zeolite is not just good at binding to toxic mold spores and mycotoxins or heavy metals such as mercury from the body, but, also cadmium, nickel, arsenic and a whole host of toxic substances.
Body detoxification has become popular as many realize the need to detoxify the body from these harmful substances. Many people do detoxification procedures, such as oxygen therapy, mold detox diets, chelation diets, fasts, liver and gall bladder flushes, colonic irrigation, saunas, light and even glutathione therapies and so on. The detoxification process in itself can make you feel very unwell as the toxicity becomes mobilized and moves around your body. Sometimes the body cannot eject the toxins quick enough, and, so very unpleasant “die-off” occurs, with headaches, fevers, fatigue and possible skin rashes often accompanying a body detox. But, can these procedures remove mycotoxins, heavy metals and chemicals that are deep in the tissues and organs? It’s still possible that these detox methods are not as effective as they could be.
When it comes to zeolite, the detox is far different.
These unpleasant detox symptoms are not generally felt, because, the zeolite cage structure holds the toxins and then is passed out in the urine or sweat.
Many health conditions have improved dramatically when zeolite has been introduced to the body.
Here are some of the many benefits of Zeolite
1. Helps support a healthy immune system
2. Helps remove heavy metals, polar and non-polar mold/mycotoxins such as aflatoxin, ochratoxin, fumanism, T-2 toxins (trichothecenes) as well as other airborne toxins and chemicals.
3. Helps balance pH levels in the body
4. 100% natural and non toxic
5. Safe for long term use
6. Simple to take and highly effective
7. Helps reduce discomfort in joints/other parts of the body
8. Helps stabilize energy levels
9. Helps reduce inflammation on skin
10. Affordable! Giving anyone access to taking charge of their health
11. Extremely safe and EASY to take
12. By reducing the toxic load to the liver allows the liver to remove mycotoxins, metals pesticides, herbicides & dioxins, which have been linked to triggering cancer.
13. Reduces viral load
14. Helps to buffer blood sugar
15. Improves nutrient absorption
16. Helps prevent premature aging
17. Acts as a powerful antioxidant
18. Reduces symptoms of heavy metal poisoning, CIRS/Mycotoxicosis/Mold Illness/Toxic Mold Exposure.
19. Can help improve the health of your family & friends
20. The easiest way to Detox your body
Do you think you are really toxic?
Have you ever spent one hour or more a day in a home, school, office or car that had visible mold?
Have you lived in a home with a leaky roof or basement?
Do you consume beverages or foods like peanuts, cashews, corn, wine, aged cheeses, pork or coffee? If so, 80% of these food and drink items contain higher than normal levels of aflatoxins and ochratoxins which are dangerous mycotoxins that lead to disease and even cancer or death.
If you were "EVER" vaccinated, mercury was commonly used in the vaccine as a carrier.
Have you ever taken antibiotics? Did you know antibiotics are made from toxic molds...and leave toxic residues in the body for a long time?
If you have amalgam fillings in your teeth, then you have mercury in your body.
Do you use everyday cleaning products from the store like Lysol, clorox, johnson and johnson? Yep, you got it...toxic chemicals and you are using those chemicals to wipe down every suface of your home breathing it in and ingesting it daily.
Do you live near a train station, bus depot or airport? Fumes from petrole
If you smoke, or have smoked, then you may already know that cigarettes do not only contain tobacco, but also heavy metals along with arsenic and other poisonous chemicals.
Do you ever eat out of or store your food in plastic containers? They contain BPA a highly toxic ingredient.
If you live or work in a city, every breath you take contains heavy metals.
Unless you only ever eat organic food, it is highly likely that the food you eat has been sprayed or grown in poor soil, and is full of pesticides and pollution.
If you use cosmetics/shampoos/conditioners, these too are full of chemicals which, when absorbed by the body, are toxic.
If you eat fish (especially tuna) the lead and mercury in them will be absorbed into your body.
When you drink water, unless it is carefully filtered and purified, you will be drinking chemicals and heavy metals.
We live in an environment far removed from how our ancestors lived, and our bodies are now subjected to an increasing array of man made chemicals. Our bodies simply weren’t designed to have to process such toxic substances….in a natural environment, we would never come into contact with such things.
But, now we do, and it’s the accumulative effect on these toxins that can be so devastating. A wealth of research has been, and is being done the world over, demonstrating the detrimental effects of just one of these toxins…mercury. MS, Cancer, Heart Disease, CFS/M.E., Fibromyalgia, ALS, Parkinsons, autoimmune diseases, autism, dementia, the list goes on, have all shown strong links to mold, chemical and mercury toxicity.
Zeolite (clinoptilolite) incorporated into the diet may be effective in fighting mycotoxins by direct absorption. Affinity toward aflatoxins, zearalenone, ochratoxin, and the T2 toxin was proven in vitro in the presence of aminoacids and vitamins, where the latter were not absorbed by the clinoptilolite material (Tomasevic-Canovic et al., 1996). The specificity for aflatoxin M1 was also shown in vivo, and the dietary administration of clinoptilolite, especially of the material with the smallest particle size at the rate of 200 g per cow per a day, effectively reduced milk aflatoxin M1 concentration in dairy cattle (Katsoulos et al., 2016).
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Questions people ask about Zeolite:
Is Zeolite safe for humans?
Zeolite has been found to be remarkably non-toxic, even at very high doses, and safe for children, nursing mothers, and pets.
Is There Lead and Aluminum in Zeolite?
Zeolite is a volcanic mineral, and is made up of an array of elements because it essentially comes from the core of the Earth. All of these elements are bound within the structure of zeolite. When taken as a supplement, the extremely strong structure of zeolite cannot be broken down by the body. The only circumstances that can breakdown the zeolite structure are intense volcanic heat and pure hydrochloric acid; neither of these harsh conditions exists within the human body.
The structure of zeolite is aluminosilicate. Hearing this often scares people because they automatically assume there is aluminum in it that could cause harm by taking it. There are also endless rumors on the Internet claiming zeolite supplements are dangerous and contain lead which can poison the body. THESE ARE MARKETING TACTICS USED BY COMPETITORS TO SCARE POTENTIAL CUSTOMERS INTO BUYING THEIR ALTERNATIVE PRODUCTS. There is absolutely NO TRUTH to these claims. As stated above, any elements that might be in zeolite are bound within the structure and zeolite is never broken down within the body. Zeolite does the opposite of these rumors, and actually absorbs dangerous lead and aluminum, among numerous other heavy metals, that may be clogging up cells and disrupting normal functions.
Can I still take my usual supplements while taking Zeolite?
Yes, zeolites don’t absorb nutrients, only toxins with a positive charge. But make sure to take zeolite 2 hours "BEFORE" medications in the morning is best.
Are there any side effects in taking Zeolite?
Probably not, there are no known interactions between drugs and zeolite. If you have any concerns always consult a health professional. Just keep in mind that taking zeolite within 2 hours of taking any medication can reduce it's effectiveness.
How long will it take to feel the benefits of taking Zeolite?
Everyone is different, some people feel a difference within a few days, but, for others, it may take several weeks or months.
My doctor has never heard of Zeolite.
Chances are, they haven't. Remember, mainstream medicine relys mainly on patented pharmaceutical drugs. Anything alternative, most doctors will have no knowledge.
In agreement with the scientific evidence presented in the literature so far, it can be generally stated that clinoptilolite-based materials, including the so-called activated materials, may be regarded as safe for in vivo consumption. A variety of highly positive effects on animal and human health were documented thus far for clinoptilolite-based materials. Due to clinoptilolite’s remarkable ion-exchange and adsorption properties and consequent detoxifying effects, it has proven useful in the elimination of a variety of contaminants from the body or in amelioration of the intestinal status. An indirect systemic detoxification effect attributed to clinoptilolite-based material supplementation in the diet of both animals and humans was documented in other organs as well, e.g., liver. However, the observed positive systemic mechanisms are still not completely understood. We hypothesize that they may be at least partially attributed to the restoration of the human homeostasis due to local detoxification properties within the intestine, the release of dissolved silica forms from the clinoptilolite tuff that enter from the intestine into the blood, as well as to clinoptilolite’s immunomodulatory effects. The observed local immunomodulatory effects of clinoptilolite involve the induction of immune responses through Peyer’s patches and/or possible positive effects on microbial intestinal populations through still unknown mechanisms. These local effects may have a systemic ‘echo’ on the whole immune status as well, as observed in some studies.
Finally, clinoptilolite’s antioxidant effects and restoration of antioxidant defense mechanisms may also be linked to the positive general systemic impact. However, conclusive statements on the exact applications and benefits of clinoptilolite-based materials in humans should be carefully investigated and analyzed for each specific clinoptilolite material as the mechanisms of action may have correlations with the specific material’s physical and chemical properties. Currently, different clinoptilolite-containing materials are used in medical applications worldwide. These materials contain different percentages of clinoptilolite and different compositions. Also, clinoptilolite-containing natural tuffs come with small quantities of other trace elements, and clinoptilolite is always pre-loaded with various cations. Some of the alkaline ions contained in the crystal lattice, mainly Na+, Ca2+, Mg2, and K+, may be readily released during the ion-exchange process. While these parameters may not be that relevant for agricultural or industrial applications, veterinary and human applications would require a higher level of control via a quality control system in the production, both of the raw material and the final products. For example, a proper mining process with adequate cleaning, sieving, de-hydrating, and pre-milling processes, along with elemental and microbiological examination of the clinoptilolite materials, might be considered among essential requirements for ensuring purity and quality (in relation to the high clinoptilolite content in the tuff) of the final materials for in vivo consumption.
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What is MARCoNS? MARCoNS (Multiple Antibiotic Resistant Coagulase Negative Staphylococci) is an antibiotic resistant bacterial staph colonization that resides deep in the nasal passage of 80% of people with low MSH (Melanocyte-Stimulating Hormone), those suffering from Biotoxin Illness and other chronic inflammatory illnesses like Toxic Mold Exposure, Chemical Exposure, CIRS (Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome) and CFIDS (Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome). This percentage increases when a person has also been on an antibiotic for a month or more.
Once the bacteria has taken up residence, MARCoNS will further lower MSH (MARCoNS make hemolysin that cleave MSH rendering it inactive), increases cytokines, and lower T-reg cells resulting in Chronic Fatigue symptoms of body aches and debilitating exhaustion. MARCoNS is not an infection but a commensal colonization that can become an infection. These bacteria send chemicals into the blood (exotoxins A and B) that increase inflammation and by cleaving MSH causes a further decrease of MSH levels, which in turn creates more inflammation.
MARCoNS live in deep nasal passages and is a common occurrence in all biotoxin illness. MARCoNS is not commonly found in the deep sinuses of normal individuals with intact immune systems. MARCoNS is found in many patients with mold exposure, chronic lyme disease and biotoxin illnesses.
As MSH is further lowered by MARCoNS, fatigue and chronic pain due to reduced endorphins and increased cytokines will ensue. In addition, hormone imbalances, mood swings, leaky gut, alternating constipation and diarrhea (SIBO), lower melatonin (poor sleep), and low ADH (Antidiuretic Hormone) are all the result of low MSH. When MSH falls too low, the body initially raises ACTH (Adrenocorticotropic Hormone) and Cortisol in response to the increased stress thereby keeping the person functional. However, over time, the body loses the ability to compensate resulting in ACTH and Cortisol values that fall below normal levels and adrenal fatigue sets in.
Related to ADH, an imbalance between lowered ADH and Plasma Osmolality (a measure of body hydration) results in the person being unable to hold water (frequent urination), and may lead to frequent static shocks due to the higher than normal salt levels on the skin, along with lower back pain, fungal overgrowth, depression, allergies, obesity and other symptoms associated with chronic dehydration.
The Inflammatory markers C4A and TGF-beta 1 are typically quite high in people with biotoxin illness, also called CIRS or (Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome). MSH protects the mucous membranes in the nose from colonization of MARCoNS. Fungal exposure, chronic lyme disease and biotoxin illnesses deplete MSH, therefore leading to colonization of these bacteria. Staph Coagulase Negative becomes multiple antibiotic resistant due to the formation of a biofilm which protects the bacteria from the penetration of the antibiotics.
In summary, reduced MSH is a co-factor which can lead to MARCoNS becoming a nasal staph infection. MARCoNS activates inflammation and produces biofilm and biotoxins. HLA-DR genetic testing can also be helpful to see if there is an immune defect caused by environmental exposure that can cause the lack of detoxification of lyme, bacterial or mold toxins.
How is MARCoNS diagnosed?
MARCoNS can easily be diagnosed with just two tests:
MSH (Melanocyte-Stimulating Hormone): Your doctor can order this test for you
Other helpful tests (as explained in this article, but not required for a diagnosis of MARCoNS) are:
Cortisol (Saliva only)
What is the best treatment plan for MARCoNS?
The conventional approach to eradicating MARCoNS involves working closely with your practitioner. Usually in this case the proper testing methods are ordered and performed such as MARCoNS tests, MSH levels and more.
After testing has confirmed that you do have MARCoNS, your doctor will view the list of "resistant bacteria" that are listed on your lab report. This will allow your doctor to be able to prescribe the proper antibiotics that "your body" is NOT resistant to plus rounds of what is called BEG spray.
*WARNING: Taking the conventional approach to MARCoNS is NOT the best recommended way to eradicate MARCoNS safely. Ingesting antibiotics "FURTHER LOWERS" your MSH and also disrupts the gut bacteria. This could ultimately lead to another case of MARCoNS, Candida Overgrowth, SIBO, Leaky Gut, Allergies and more. For safer and effective options please see the holistic approach below.
MARCoNS Holistic Approach #1 (Level 1 -easiest to do but takes the longest to eradicate the bacteria. Patients report up to 6 months on this easy protocol)
I used 2 specific all natural sprays: "Xlear" which contains Grapefruit Seed Extract and Xylitol which are excellent biofilm busting agents in getting straight to the MARCoNS. Xlear is completely "all natural" and completely safe for adults and children so there are no chemicals or drugs involved in the sinuses. In addition, I use "Argentyn 23" nasal spray to eradicate fungus and bacteria from my nose and sinuses. It completely eliminates the use for antibiotics (which as you read above, aren't always effective on MARCoNS) Argentyn is 100% natural and safe for adults and children. It is made of silver hydrosol.
The 2 sprays are used in rotation. It doesn't matter which spray you start with. Each spray is used "twice a day" in each nostril (rotating) Ex: I used my sprays, Xlear (two sprays each nostril) at 9am, Argentyn 23 (two sprays each nostril) at 2pm, Xlear (two sprays each nostril) at 6pm and then Argentyn 23 (two sprays each nostril) before bed.
If test still shows a positive MARCoNS diagnosis and low levels of MSH you'll need to keep repeating the protocol for another month or so. OR, you can try the Holistic Protocol for Megasporebiotics below.
Megasporebiotic protocol - *NOTE: Megasporebiotic is NOT available unless you have an authorized Health Professional who has access to the product. If you do not have an authorized health professional you are working with you can see the substitutes below that can be purchased through amazon.
Megasporebiotic Capsules - Only available from your authorized practitioner or these alternative spore based probiotics:
Just Thrive (100% spore based probiotic) - BUY HERE
CodeAge (SBO Spore based Organism probiotic) - BUY HERE
Dr. Mercola Complete Spore-Restore (3 strains of SBO probiotic) - BUY HERE
How to make a MegaSporeBiotic (or other spore-based probiotic) nasal Spray: Open 1-2 capsules in a nasal spray bottle. Add saline.
Leave out on counter at room temperature for a day. This will allow the probiotic to sporinate.
HOW TO USE IT:
This protocol is slightly different in that you are not rotating sprays on a daily basis. For 3 days, spray ONLY the Megasporebiotic twice in each nostril, twice a day. (These spore-based probiotics only have on-average, a 3 day lifespan so you'll need to make another new solution every 4 days to start your 4-day protocol over and over again.
On Day 4 - spray with Argentyn 23. Colloidal Silver and repeat this process exactly how it is mentioned. So basically your rotation is every 4 days: 3 days of BRAND NEWLY-MADE spore biotic solution followed by one full day of the Argentyn two sprays in each nostril twice that day.
Repeat the rotation until MARCoNS is resolved.
MARCoNS Holistic Approach #3 - (LEVEL 3 more difficult but highly effective)
Iodine, Xlear, Sovereign Silver "IRRIGATION" approach. This protocol is a little more complicated and requires a strategic approach. This protocol includes using Iodine. Some people react to iodine in a negative way so it's wise to make sure you are not one of those who reacts first before trying the protocol. I would say that buying a small amount of iodine and doing a skin test. Apply a small amount or one drop of iodine to your skin to see if there is a reaction before using it in your nasal cavity. Many practitioners I've spoken to advise patients who are going to try the iodine method that they must consider supplementing with Selenium 200-400mcg daily. I buy the Soloray brand HERE because it is "citric acid & yeast free" for moldies. Selenium increases thyroid production and protects you against Hashimotos. Obviously this made me understand that too, if you have Hashimotos this protocol is NOT for you.
In the Navage irrigation system mix a dash of the “Celtic Sea salt” (should taste like your tears) AND one to six drops of Lugols Iodine. Change how many drops you put in each time so the MARCoNS do not become resistant. Follow the directions on the Navage system and flush out your nasal and sinus cavities acording to the detailed instructions on the box.
HOW LONG DOES MARCoNS therapy last?
There is no set timing for this, unfortunately. It's based on how effective your treatment is. This is why it can be very beneficial to have your doctor guide you through this process. They can better help you keep an eye on what's working and what's NOT working. They can also re-order tests for you to make sure that the staph is completely gone. I don't recommend trying this on your own without at least a minimal amount of help. However, if you are strapped and cannot find a doctor to help you, there are ways you can order the labs on your own but be prepared to pay full price online for MSH lab testing. So to answer your question....It took me 3 months of treatment to eradicate my MARCoNS after exposure. NOTE: Getting re-exposed to another mold or water damaged building can have you starting all over again from step 1...so always practice mold avoidance if all possible and also be aware of lyme disease and tick prevention as well.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IT"S GONE?
The only way to know that your MARCoNS has been eradicated is to repeat the testing method of:
There's no doubt that our world is over-burdened with toxins in general, from car exhaust, cleaning chemicals, perfumes, heavy metals and so many toxins in our food supply but our focus here on the blog is to discuss Toxic Mold and it's effect on humans and animals.
Detoxifying from mold can be difficult for some and in my blog I focus on "Nature's Solutions" that can help assist people in healing and "Natrual" binders can help facilitate that process along more successfully.
What are Binders?
Binders are used to bind the toxins and get them prepared to exit from your body
Binders are defined as solid, insoluble particles that pass through the gut unabsorbed. They are meant to attract and bind toxins to facilitate their passage out of the body through the gastrointestinal tract.
The body’s most important detox organ, the liver, expels toxins into the bile, which is a digestive fluid that flows from the liver down into the small intestines. Ideally, the toxins move through the intestines and leave the body in the feces. But the lining of the gut has many veins and nerves that can pick up toxins and re-circulate them back into the body. This is where binders come in. Binders attach to toxic metals, chemicals, bio-toxins, etc, and shuttle them out of the digestive tract, preventing reabsorption.
TALK CLOSELY WITH YOUR DOCTOR ON "DOSAGE and TIMING": MOLD DOCTOR OR MD THAT WILL HELP. You must use a binder to get the mold spores and the mycotoxins out that they produce. (These DO NOT come out of your body naturally as they must be moved out and neutralized).
Here are the top "binders" you can use. (Not all binders work the same for each person so you can try each one for three to six months at a time each to see which one works. You will know it worked by how you feel...the symptoms will all start going away.) I'd start with the top of the list and work down:
clinoptilolite (AKA Zeolite), incorporated into the diet may be effective in fighting mycotoxins by direct absorption. Affinity toward aflatoxins, zearalenone, ochratoxin, and the T2 toxin was proven in vitro in the presence of aminoacids and vitamins, where the latter were not absorbed by the clinoptilolite material (Tomasevic-Canovic et al., 1996). The specificity for aflatoxin M1 was also shown in vivo, and the dietary administration of clinoptilolite, especially of the material with the smallest particle size at the rate of 200 g per cow per a day, effectively reduced milk aflatoxin M1 concentration in dairy cattle (Katsoulos et al., 2016).
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DO NOT take any of the binders above unless you are drinking plenty of water, keeping detox pathways and taking some type of a kidney, liver, lymph support herb. Talk to an herbalist and tell them you are detoxing and that you need to make sure these organs are open and not blocked. (When you use a binder it will bind the toxins and push them into the bloodstream and your organs which can poison you...so you want to make sure you are using herbs that "open" the doors to let the toxins out.
The love relationship when toxic mold becomes an issue can be one of the most challenging and sometimes upsetting and tragic dynamics we've seen. When you first met your significant other or first said "I do" maybe that person was healthy physically and mentally. You never in a million years thought that something like "mold" would be a cause of strife in your relationship or to some of you who think it isn't real: In your thought process you just can't understand that your partner supposedly thinks they are really sick from something so miniscule as some "MOLD".
I mean, this is a nightmare right?
The Fairy Tale isn't supposed to be like this!!
I think she's nuts!
Does He really think Mold makes him sick?
I'm done with this relationship!!
Although your thoughts and questions are legitimate, please know that what your partner is facing is a real life changing shift in their DNA, cellular structure, brain biochemistry, hormones and emotional and mental health. They are not at fault and the research on my website proves that:
"Science PROVES IT and Medicine is BEHIND".
Most often the female body are the majority of cases with toxic mold but it can effect both sexes in different ways.
This can be attributed to the fact that the mycotoxin that toxic mold mimics and
Increases ESTROGEN hormones in both men and women
From our experience the ratio seems to be 90/10 with women bearing the brunt of chronic illness from toxic mold exposure.
Researchers found that higher levels or normal levels of Testosterone play a protective role against certain species of toxic mold strains and mycotoxin. With this discovery we can assume that men with an adequate supply and/or production of Testosterone are NOT going to get sick when exposed.
However, if males are experiencing even an unnoticeable decline in testosterone they might fall victim to symptomatic toxic mold exposure from water damaged buildings. Note: Symptoms for men and women are NOT the same and this could spark negative thought processes between relationship partners. If you are a "one size fits all" type of personality this could be harmful in your thinking.
In this example we refer to ZEN mycotoxin which is "zearalanone" that is produced by Fusarium Toxic Mold varieties. The observation is that 90% of men are being protected somehow by their level of Testosterone when living in a water damaged building. The other 10% account for the men who fall ill to toxic mold exposure. This would also explain why elevated levels of Testosterone in men would help them heal and recover quickly just by removing themselves from the environment.
Since my journey began back in 2010, this has been my observation that when a home is contaminated with toxic mold and couples or families leave the moldy home as well as get rid of all of their possession, most often the males seem to recover quickly and detox just from removing themselves from the point of exposure whereas women, elderly and children seem to get worse or carry on the symptoms even in a new clean home. This obvious theory led me to research the possibility of differences in cause and effect between males and females. Quickly into my research I did indeed find scientific studies and evidence that my theories were correct.
Mycotoxin can lower testosterone even futher in testosterone-compromised males.
"Estrogenic effects of ZEN mycotoxin differ from males and females. In males, major effects of this mycotoxin are immunosuppression, reduction in testosterone level, lower testes weight, reduced spermatogenesis, feminization and reduction of libido.2, 3, 5, 7 In females ZEN causes immunosuppression, reduced survival of embryos, reduced fetal weight, vulvar dilatation and redness, vulvovaginitis, retention or absence of milk, rectal prolapse.2, 3, 5, 7
Furthermore ZEN is capable of inducing cancer, genotoxic and endocrine effects." 5, 7
(3) Krska R., Nährer K., Richard J. L., Rodrigues I., Schuhmacher R., Slate A. B., Whitaker T. B., (2012). Guide to Mycotoxins featuring Mycotoxin Risk Management in Animal Production. BIOMIN edition 2012.
(5) Marin S., Ramos A.J., Cano-Sancho G., Sanchis V., (2013). Mycotoxins: Occurrence, toxicology, and exposure assessment. Food and Chemical Toxicology (60) 218-237.
(7) Zinedine A., Soriano J.M., Molto J.C., Man J., (2007). Review on the toxicity, occurrence, metabolism, detoxification, regulations and intake of zearalenone: An estrogenic mycotoxin. Food and Chemical Toxicology (25) 1-18.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4854098/
What happens to the male mind and body when it is deprived of Testosterone?
In order to understand why relationships get stressed we must first go through the process like falling dominos. We have to start with learning about Mold, what it is and how it produces a very dangerous substance called Mycotoxin. You can READ MORE about mold and mycotoxin HERE. After we have identified a specific mycotoxin called "zearalanone" that is found in everything from fermented drinks, food and water damaged buildings, we discover that real scientific studies and "OVERWHELMING" evidence to prove that "zearalanone" and most all other mycotoxins increase estrogen in the human body and that increase depletes and lowers male testosterone levels. Now from there we will take on the next progression of what happens to the male body under these stressful circumstances of not having an adequate supply of testosterone.
Physical Symptoms Include: Decreased Sex Drive, Difficulty with erection, Low Semen Volume, Hair Loss, Fatigue, Diabetes, Thyroid Problems, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Loss of Muscle Mass, Increased Body Fat, Decreased Bone Mass,
Mental Symptoms Include: Depression, Anxiety, Irritability, Anger, Rage, Loss of daily mental drive, lower mental clarity, lack of focus, denial of change or symptoms and diagnosis.
If males have adequate or an over-abundance of Testosterone they will NOT feel the catastrophic effects of toxic mold on the body, endocrine system, immune system or mental symptoms.
If males have inadequate or low-testosterone(any age), or not fully developed levels yet of testosterone (babies, young boys) they can exhibit some of the symptoms of low testosterone: Physical Symptoms Include: Decreased Sex Drive, Difficulty with erection, Low Semen Volume, Hair Loss, Fatigue, Diabetes, Thyroid Problems, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Loss of Muscle Mass, Increased Body Fat, Decreased Bone Mass, Mental Symptoms Include: Depression, Anxiety, Irritability, Rage, Agression, Combative, Anger, Denial, Frustration, Loss of daily mental drive, lower mental clarity, lack of focus. PLUS: Any and all of the other symptoms of toxic mold exposure that women experience. For this reason Males who are low in testosterone will become combative, argumenative, aggressive, fight with women who are feeling devastated with other symptoms, deny they are being exposed because they are NOT feeling the same symptoms others are, reject children, reject authority, reject scientific studies or professional advice. They cannot think clearly and are and will be in a combative state of mind.
If you are a male and you are reading this....you need to understand and reflect on the fact that your lack of physical symptoms that you think are associated with mold are actually "Male-specific toxic mold symptoms" and this might help save your relationship or your marriage. If you understand that your symptoms are "denial" and "disbelief" this is the first step to recovering a bad relationship and recovering "together" as a couple and as a family.
WOMEN, CHILDREN and ELDERLY
Without the protective effects of testosterone for women, children and elderly they are going to be "poisoned" more severely.
Children seem to be vulnerable to respiratory, skin issues, new onset learning or growth disabilities, mental illnesses such as ADD/ADHD or depression/anxiety, gut issues and food allergies. Young boys could exhibit some of the symptoms above that we mentioned in males with lower T.
Elderly, for obvious reasons are going to be very vulnerable to toxic mold exposure because their immune systems are compromised. (R1, R2)
Women seem to be affected the most severely withh toxic mold exposures. Because most toxic mold has an estrogenic effect on the body women go through the worst part of hell. When we simply research common symptoms of just elevated estrogen alone the results are alarming and disturbing.
Breast tenderness or breast fullness
Decreased libido or reduced sex drive
Weight gain (especially in the hips/thigh/butt region)
Changes to your menstrual cycle (menstrual irregularity, heavy menstrual flow or cramps/mood changes/migraines with your cycle)
Hair loss such as brittle hair, hair thinning or change in the color of your hair
Problems with fertility (usually difficulty with conception compared to high risk of miscarriage with low progesterone)
Changes to your mood including depression, anxiety or not feeling like yourself
Bloating in the stomach
Water retention, especially in the hands/feet and face
Changes to your bowel movements
Reduced energy or fatigue
Changes to your sleeping patterns, including insomnia or a reduction in the quality of your sleep
Reduced or damaged metabolism - gaining weight even though you haven't changed your diet
Other hormone imbalances such as low testosterone and thyroid disease
For Females, when you combine these elevated estrogenic symptoms with many of the other common symptoms of mold, you can only imagine what females are facing on a day-to-day basis.
The toxic soup of Male and Female exposure
According to Psychology Today, when either partner is faced with a chronic illness it puts an extraordinary strain on the relationship. With this additional strain on the relationship you need to take additional precautionary steps if you want to keep and maintain a healthy bond.
In the next few points we explore some possible positive steps you and your partner can take to adapt to this toxic mold crisis that has entered your lives.
Strive to put yourself in their shoes
Read, Research and understand what your partner might be going through from a (Male/Female) perspective as outlined in this article.
Learn what the symptoms are and how to identify them in your partner
Choose to respond calmly and positively when you spot "classic" symptoms of this exposure
Strive to learn about your own gender-specific symptoms
Read, Research and Understand how just because you are not feeling the same symptoms as your partner, that you could still be feeling the toxic effects of toxic mold from a different Male/Female perspective.
Learn both what your gender-specific symptoms are as well as the entire list of common symtoms that both males and females could experience.
Choose to respond to your own symptoms in a calmer and positive way.
Strive to accept that your partner MAY NOT accept their own symptoms
I have probably been asked a million times by so many people: "I'm cleaning up after my toxic mold situation, can I keep plastic toys, plastic bins or plastic this or that". I really do wish that for every time someone has brought up the topic I could be paid a $1.00 because I'd be a millionaire.
I have come to realize that there are a million kinds of plastic in this world and it all depends on how the manufacturer made it. Some plastics are very porous and can literally grow black spots of mold on them while others never grow mold nor do they make anyone react after they are washed in ammonia. Because manufacturers won't reveal the ingredients in their plastic molds it's a real crap shoot. I truly think some manufacturers use natural organic materials in some of their mixes and this might explain why mold is attracted to some of them.
Breaking down the process of how plastic is made
Plastics are made from natural materials such as *cellulose, coal, natural gas, salt and crude oil through a polymerisation or polycondensation process. ... Crude oil is a complex mixture of thousands of compounds and needs to be processed before it can be used.
Cellulose is a favorite nourishment for mold growth. Cellulose is the primary cellular makeup of any wood product and can be found in: cardboard, ceiling tiles, drywall, dust, the kraft-facing on fiberglass insulation, etc..
The dictionary definition of cellulose is:
"A polysaccharide (C6H10O5)n,of glucose units that constitutes the chief part of the cell walls of plants, occurs naturally in such fibrous products as cotton and kapok, and is the raw material of many manufactured goods (as paper, rayon, and cellophane)"3
This is where the controversy lies. From research, we know that Cellulose feeds mold and that most plastic processes contain Cellulose. We also know that Cellulose contains "GLUCOSE" which is the main fuel for toxic molds. (This is why after a mold exposure you should avoid sugars in your diet because they feed mold in your body - a little off subject but yes, it's related).
Another thing to consider is that because crude oil contains some nasty chemicals that "off gas" it's probably a good idea NOT to have plastic items around your home. The chemicals in plastic leach into the air and you breath the chemicals as well as soak them into your skin. Because you've been exposed to toxic mold your liver is already at it's maximum capacity for toxin control and you are putting you and your family at a higher risk by just "having" plastics around. If you need to keep plastic containers it's best to keep them in a storage facility or separate garage away from living areas so that you can give you and your family the best shot at recovering from toxic mold. (Please consider this when making decisions about what to keep).
Take away from this article is: "You do what is best for your family." If you see mold growing on your plastic items...please throw them out for the sake of your family members and pets. If you are "reacting at all" to anything that is plastic THROW IT OUT. If you don't see mold growing on the plastic and you are not reacting then give it a good soak in a 50/50 solution of ammonia for about 30 seconds. Remember, ammonia can break down plastics if you let it sit too long so make sure it's just a quick dunk and then it's out.
Another substance that can neutralize mycotoxin are Essential Oils, but essential oils break down plastics so this is probably not going to be your best option. Although I have had some success using "Tea Tree Oil". TTO, doesn't seem to be an oil that breaks down plastic plus it kills toxic mold spore species AND is proven in scientific studies to neutralize mycotoxin.
My favorite brand to use is from Edens Garden. They carry 100% pure essential oils and their prices are awesome because you don't have to pay inflated pricing to pay a company representative who sells it. Edens Garden doesn't have any sales reps. You can get it HERE straight from the company's Amazon account directly.
Deciding whether to remediate mold or abandon the premises is one of the toughest decisions our clients make. Molds and the mycotoxins they create are nature’s equivalent of chemical weapons. That said, if you own your home, walking away isn’t always an option. This article covers mold testing, mold remediation basics, and the ugly truths of the remediation industry.
Most mold issues are invisible to the human eye and only show themselves with a thorough inspection coupled with proper mold testing.
So maybe you’ve been suffering from various physical symptoms such as stuffy nose, wheezing, red or itchy eyes, headaches, brain-fog, and fatigue; in doing your research you determine mold to be a likely culprit. The next step is to get accurate mold testing.
Not all tests are equal, and the over-the-counter petri-dish tests you get at Lowes are not going to cut it. That’s because mold spores are everywhere in small quantities, and swabbing a surface will of course confirm the presence of mold spores, healthy home or not.
These over-the-counter tests are great for confirming the species of visible mold growth, but Mold Badger’s favorite tests are ERMI testing with a dust cloth, air testing because it shows what you are breathing in and swabs to cover large areas that will give you an estimate of the “moldiness” of a structure. You can learn everything about mold testing here.
A good air test should answer:
How many spores are in the air? How does the indoor air compare to that outside?
What are the species of mold and in what quantities per unit of air?
Professional mold testing is almost always required to quantify the problem and unfortunately to prove to other parties that a problem exists and that you aren’t a hypochondriac. We hear this doubt cast all the time by landlords, friends, and family .
It’s sad, but true. To confront the problem you will need evidence that only proper testing provides.
Furthermore, if you are renting, professional testing is required to break the lease. Mold Badger is not an attorney. The Surviving Toxic Mold website has started a page for attorneys who specialize in mold cases.
A landlord is required to provide a safe and habitable property and, although you may have to go to court to present evidence, the presence of significant mold can be cause to break a lease.
If you own the property, you still need to leave while you figure out how to deal with the problem. Stay with friends, family, or at a hotel or short-term rental if you can afford it. The important thing is to remove yourself from the toxic environment. You will see your symptoms improving almost immediately, although the road to full health is a long one.
The mold remediation industry is still fairly young and filled with professionals of varying degrees of competence. The trick is to know what makes a professional competent and to get multiple quotes to try to get a common assessment of what needs to be remediated and what it will cost .
Indicators of contractor competency:
Make sure they are using PPE (Personal protective equipment) such tyvek suits, full-face respirators, and latex gloves. If they aren’t concerned enough to protect themselves properly, they are not going to protect you and your family.
Proper containment: If you think you have a problem now, wait until you have a remediator remove mold-infested drywall and carry it through your house or until the air from the disturbed area carries spores through your HVAC system into the rest of your house. Any areas where remediation work is going on need to be sealed off from the rest of the house.All materials should be double-bagged and wiped down before being removed. Better yet, remove material via an exterior window if possible. In larger work areas, a negative pressure system is required. That means the air flows into the work space (where it is then vented out) and not the other way around, so you don’t have to worry about spores and mycotoxins wafting into the rest of your home.
Make sure any porous surfaces in affected areas such as carpet, fabrics, and furniture are removed and properly disposed of. It can be tempting to try to clean or shampoo, but given the nature of spores and mycotoxins, these surfaces will never truly be clean. Depending on the scale of the problem, this could be only one room, but we have had clients leave everything they own to try to get away from the mycotoxins. In the end, your body and health are your most important assets.
Chemicals used: The irony of using harsh, poisonous chemicals to deal with toxic molds is not lost on us, but it is the norm. Do not hesitate to ask the contractor for a full list of all chemicals used in their process. We could write a book about all of the various options, but do your research and ask if there is a way to use greener alternatives. The Mold Badger loves Borax-based solutions to treat mold spores and ozonating the environment. Ozone is essentially the oxygen we breathe with an extra oxygen atom, making it highly reactive. It is one of the few treatments that has no known long-term residue and is potent enough to deal with mycotoxins.
Source of the moisture: Mold is all about the moisture. Whether it is from a roof leak, plumbing leak, improper ventilation, or one of the many ways water can enter a home, you must deal with the cause. There is nothing worse than going through a remediation, only to have the moisture return and the problem repeat itself.
Just remember, your health is more important than a house. If you suspect a mold issue, get it tested immediately and stay elsewhere if possible. Be careful that any belongings you bring with you aren’t covered in mold. Once you have the issue dealt with professionally, you can sell your house or move back in if you are comfortable with the remediation. If you are renting, consider finding a new place.
Best of luck and check out moldbadger.com for more information on the pitfalls of mold testing and remediation.
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