MOLD

MOLD: THE LATEST RESEARCH, CAUSES, AND CURES

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When I was asked to talk about mold on a nationally syndicated television show along with celebrity advocate Bianca Jagger, I realized that one of the hottest topics in medicine today had reached consumer consciousness. Mold was becoming an everyday problem: infiltrating our homes, schools, and workplaces. It was literally

Mold and CAID

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Mold and Sinus ProblemI have always believed that sinus disease was caused by both bacteria and fungus. Now, the latest scientific research proves that mold is a major cause of chronic airway-digestive inflammatory disease (CAID). It not only leads to sinus disease, it can affect each of the limbs that are connected to this disease process. Mold

Increasing Fungus Sensitivity

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It is not really known why people develop sensitivity to fungi. Some researchers believe that it is a result of extensive use of antibiotics, which can cause an overgrowth of mold. Others believe that antibiotic use has
nothing to do with it. In my practice, I’ve seen firsthand that some people can be on antibiotics

The Next Culprit: Fungal Infections

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Scientists and doctors used to think that there were three variations of fungal infection. The first was labeled as topical, the second was locally invasive, and the third was systemically invasive. The newest research shows that they are really very similar. We now know that locally invasive fungus is simply fungus that has actually invaded the membranes and the bone. When the same fungus invades adjacent

Allergic to Mold

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Fungal allergies may be a result of extensive exposure to mold and fungi in the environment. This can be due to both wet surfaces and more energy-efficient homes with less air exchange. All molds can affect the breathing system by causing two distinct internal reactions, either an immunologic inflammatory reaction or an allergic reaction. Many patients suffer both simultaneously. The allergic reaction occurs in the same manner as it occurs when allergic people

MOLD

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Ask yourself the following to see if you are allergic to mold:

■ Do you sneeze or feel stuffy when you walk into a damp or musty house or basement or a damp barn or garage? Outdoor molds are a problem when raking or walking through or playing in the leaves in the autumn. Fallen leaves become moldy very quickly. If you enjoy camping or sleeping outdoors, mold allergies may be a problem, especially

MOLD AND GERD

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When you have fungal sinusitis, the toxins can cause enormous mucus production. As this mucus drips into the throat and into the stomach, the stomach will react by producing acid. Typically patients will complain that their noses get clogged up when they are around mold. This

THERE'S MOLD IN MY HOME

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Unfortunately, mold is everywhere. Thousands of single-cell fungi are found all over the world. Fungal spores (the reproductive part of the organism) become airborne like pollen. Mold tends to be more prevalent in warm, moist climates but can also be found in cold, dry environments.

Environmental molds are of great concern,

Avoidance May Be the Key

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The good news is that we can prevent mold from affecting your health. Avoidance is often the most important part of treatment. For example, my patient Louise, 61 years old, came in complaining of nasal congestion, bad sinus headaches, a persistent cough, and feeling run down. When I was taking her medical history, she mentioned

Treatments

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Whatever the cause, be it pervasive mold in your body or in your home, treatment may be necessary. Just as you can get rid of the mold in your home, you will need to rid your body of the fungus causing your immune response. The fungi breeds in the mucous lying on top of the mucous membrane, which can be removed through nasal irrigation with saline or nasal rinsing solutions. By applying an antifungal agent, such as amphotericin

TREATING CAID CAUSED BY MOLD

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If you believe that mold is causing your CAID symptoms to flare, you will need to follow the protocols outlined in the other categorys of the site for each specific limb. This may include medical and sometimes surgical therapy. For example, antibiotics are effective in the control of the bacterial infection

MAKE YOURSELF LESS ATTRACTIVE TO MOLD

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To prevent your body’s immune system reaction, you can make yourself less appealing to mold, so it will become more difficult for it to thrive. One important step can be through changing your diet. The foods discussed next are mold magnets: If you can cut down on these items, molds might need to find another more gracious host.

Avoid Sugars and Processed Grains

Fungus feeds on the white

This initial hit of inflammation would probably lead you to believe that you had come down with a simple cold.