Mycotoxins (Mold) and Anxiety

Recently, it seems that most of the people with chronic wellness issues who are working with me have been exposed to mould, and the exposure to mould toxins has more and more severe effects on their health today than ever before. I myself have been exposed to mould and have personal experience with its negative effects, so I greatly empathise with those of you dealing with mould toxins and their horrible effects.

I realised that dealing with gut issues, autoimmune diseases, in fact, most chronic wellness issues is for nought if mould toxins, one of the most common  drivers of inflammation isn’t addressed. Unfortunately, there really aren’t many people adequately trained to deal with helping people dealing with mould and most toxins, and it’s something that I’ve become very passionate about helping people overcome, so much so that I underwent further training to become a Certified Toxicity & Detox Specialist.

This article by Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., DACBN, MS, CFMP, has very nicely summarised the effects mould toxins have on our health, and the starting points to start detoxing mould.

Emerging evidence between depression, anxiety,  and exposure to mold has surfaced. It is thought to be associated with many complex health problems. Black mold species such as Aspergillus, Fusarium and Stachybotrys produce mycotoxins that are toxic to central parts of the body, including the brain.

Many mycotoxins are neurotoxins causing lesions in the brain in the grey matter and the white matter. This directly affects the frontal cortex, cause dopamine dysfunction which can create psychological disorders like anxiety or depression. These disorders occurs when the nerve cells in the brain that make dopamine are slowly destroyed. Without dopamine, the nerve cells in that part of the brain cannot properly send messages.

Mold is a biotoxin, and it releases toxic gas and spores into the air. When the toxins enter your body, via skin or air, the toxic gases cause a disturbance in many organs, including your brain.

Brown University conducted a series of cases linking mold, anxiety, and depression back in 2007. This was a large study, analyzing data from 5,882 adults in 2,982 households. Molds are toxins, and some research has indicated that these toxins can affect the nervous system or the immune system or impede the function of the frontal cortex.

Mold spores act as irritants, which can trigger the body to mount an immune response. This can lead to inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation in the brain can impair cognitive function, and in the case of chronic inflammation, this can lead to long-lasting cognitive impairment.

Mold is a sometimes silent and yet formidable trigger of symptoms. It is lurking in our homes, offices, cars, washing machines, and bathrooms without notice. It is quite literally a silent but deadly killer of our immune system and trigger of brain-related issues. If you have been exposed, you must detox mold from your body as soon as possible.

One of the best test to detect mycotoxins is from Great Plains Laboratory (https://www.greatplainslaboratory.com/gpl-tox)

Here is a sample report from Great Plains Laboratory–https://www.functionalmedicineuniversity.com/GPLTOXReport.pdf

If you find you have mold (mycotoxin) exposure it is recommended to consult with your physician for the best treatment.

It is also imperative to do a deep dive into your home or work environment to identify where the mold is coming from. If mold is discovered the next step is to hire a professional company do a mold remediation.

If you have mould toxins, or suspect that you’ve been exposed, then this is something that I can help you with either in person or virtually. You can reach out to us at support@tokibirch.com or to me personally at toki@tokibirch.com to find out how I can start your journey back to health.

References:

https://news.brown.edu/articles/2007/08/depression-and-household-mold

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3179161

https://www.clinicaltherapeutics.com/article/S0149-2918(18)30229-7/pdf (Copy and paste this link)

Compliments Functional Medicine University

 

 

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