How to Identify Mold Toxicity In Your Building and Body
(and What to Do About It)
Dr. Darren Schmidt
Nutrition Expert, Doctor of Chiropractic
Mold and the Various Diagnoses
Welcome to day two. We’re going to talk about mold and the various diagnoses that you might get that do not give you the cause. Then we will talk about a whole bunch of symptoms that can be related to mold. Your body’s so overwhelmed with the toxicity of mold that the immune system doesn’t work very well and your organs don’t work very well and you start to fall apart.
Here are some diagnoses that may be related:
- The first one is called multiple chemical sensitivity, MCS, so people react to a whole bunch of different chemicals, such as perfumes etc…
- The next one’s called chronic immune response syndrome. So your immune system is chronically hyper responsive, CIRS.
- The next one’s called occupational asthma. Your lungs are affected by your occupation, maybe you’re working in a moldy warehouse or building.
- The next diagnosis is called environmental illness. What’s could the most predominant organism in your environment? It could be mold and it’s making you sick.
- The next diagnosis is called sick building syndrome. What’s wrong with the building? It’s sick because there’s water that’s intruded and now you have mold growing in it. It could be mold in the ventilation system. Then it could be some other toxicity factors like chemical storage in a closet.
- The next one’s called toxicant induced loss of tolerance, TILT. So you’ve lost your tolerance to toxicants so you can’t be around cleaning supplies.
- And then another one’s called multiple system exposure related illness. So, multiple systems in your body, organs, nervous system, hormonal system, they’ve been exposed and you get illness to other exposures. It’s like your whole body’s breaking down.
I remember one time I met a woman and she was diagnosed with multiple organ failure and I just started asking her a whole bunch of questions and this was back in the ’90s. I was still in school, I wasn’t even practicing yet, and it turns out she had mold in her basement, I said, “Well, maybe that’s a factor that you need to look at.” Her husband would go down in the basement and paint the wall because the moisture would turn the paint of the drywall to a different color and about once a month or every other month he had to paint that wall.
Now those diagnoses are basically just related to environmental awareness that there’s something out there causing problems in your body but there are other conditions that are very well known that could be very well caused by mold for example high blood pressure. When I had black mold back in 2016 my blood pressure got up to 155/95.
Here are some typical symptoms:
- Chronic Fatigue
- Runny Nose or Nasal Congestion.
Most people know about allergies such as sinus problems, itchy eyes, blurry vision, coughing, lung-respiratory problems, sinus infections, chronic sinusitis, asthma, skin irritations, and rashes. These can all be caused by mold.
And then there are a couple of species of mold that are very dangerous to the whole body, not just the lungs and sinuses and eyes but also getting into your heart, affecting your bloodstream, affecting your nervous system, and affecting your brain.
So here are other symptoms that you can get from those more deadly molds:
- Circulatory Problems
- High blood pressure
- Low blood pressure
- Irregular heartbeat
- Heart inflammation
- Searing pain
- Hemorrhaging like easily bleeding
- Bruising too easily
- Digestive problems
- Inability to digest food very well
I personally could not eat red meat for six months when I had my worst exposures in the summer of 2016. And it can be different from one person to the next. So other people may have low back pain, or other people may have severe psychiatric issues. I know of people that got exposed to mold and they got really, really, really angry in a matter of six months and it destroyed their life.
And hopefully, for you, maybe it’s just only a skin irritation or maybe you only have a runny nose. There’s people that have normal blood cholesterol but yet they still have heart problems or they have angina which is the heart pain. These symptoms can be from mold, candida, yeast, fungus.
Mold can also cause problems with the thyroid and problems with heat regulation and temperature regulation. I also had swollen feet and my temperature would drop two degrees. This can go on for years in your body and when you go to a hospital or go to a medical clinic, they’re only treating your symptoms.
They’re giving you a drug to erase your symptom. And if you told them, “Hey, I live in a moldy house,” they might not care and they might not think anything of it but it’s a major problem. And if your house smells a little bit musty, that’s a major problem and you got to do something about that. So I conclude that there are an unlimited amount of symptoms caused by mold.
Mold exposure can't be ignored
So I conclude that when you look at all the symptoms that the body can give you, the majority of them can be caused by mold. Now there’s other causes of chronic illness, for example, diet, other pathogens, toxicities like heavy metals for example, but mold should always be considered when it comes to any chronic illness condition.
Tomorrow is video number three.
We’re gonna go over options that you have concerning any sort of mold situation. We’re going to talk about what to do with your body and what to do with your environment. So see you tomorrow at the next video.