You think you're healthy. You do all those things you should. Suddenly you begin to feel a little too laxed. Without motivation, sluggish and depressed at times. Your health fails off and on and our emotional range isn't what it used to be.
Thought keeping becomes a challenge and headaches start to become a frequent occurrence. You're tired and have trouble sleeping. Your moods are up and down and oh, how you body aches.
This was me last October before we moved from a mold infested rental home. I thought moving and a couple of cleanses fixed it. But toxic mold exposure doesn't just go away, or play nice and allow you comfort and rest. No it begins to fester within your body and then starts messing with your head.
I'm not a doctor but I am a healer unto myself. What I am and have been sharing is after years of reading, learning, practicing, and being taught by many different people, from all over this world, the different ways that we may and must take advantage of healing ourselves.
We've lived in 2 mold infested rental homes this last, almost 2 years. One we didn't know about until it started bleeding through the walls 6 months into our tenancy and the other we also had no idea about until we were a few months in and we were promised...well let's just say, a lot of things, from a Yuppy landlord in York Region who thought Botox injections were more important than the Health Board sending notices of toxic mold growth in her home. Yup, we went that far.
I've been doing everything in my power to heal my family and it's been working very well......for them.
Unfortunately, with the way I've worked, somehow I have been neglecting 'me'. There have been reasons why I've let my health fall to the wayside but none of them are acceptable to be honest. When one is hurting, the last thing they should be doing is causing themselves more harm...lesson learned.....again.
I have toxic mold poisoning.
I had toyed with the idea that this was an issue before we moved in November. The problem is that here we are in January, and I am tired all the time. I've been eating better and still, I'm tired, I look drained, my body hurts in places I'd never expect it to. I'm cranky or excited or just 'blah'. My brain is fuzzy sometimes and my eyes go blurry, although usually when I'm tired, before bed. See, what I did right there? This is what I've been doing. Making excuses for everything I have been felling. From outside stressors, to the weather, to not sleeping well, or someone else bringing a bug into the house. I've been looking everywhere except for where I need to be looking. At myself and what I already know and refused to fully face.
This is effecting me in ways I had no idea were possible. Headaches, exhaustion, loss of appetite, bloating, blurred vision, lack of strength, dizziness, memory issues, depressions (that's definitely been helped along by circumstances), moody nature, shaking, skin rash (salve helps but still not fun), There's probably more that I am missing.
I[m going to share where I'm at, what I've been looking into and reading and my journey so far. It's going to be on going. This doesn't begin and end with one blog post. This is a little bigger than that.
One of the papers I was forwarded from a dear friend with the same interests in researching about your health, became a very interesting read. There are doctors who understand what's going on with mold and it's harmful effects on the body. As I read through there was a lot I didn't understand but the overall purpose of the paper just further reinforced the fact that I know what I am dealing with and what I need to do to help support my body in healing itself. That's what we're supposed to do. It's how we support our bodies that is the key. Whatever we are doing, we need to ensure it's not harmfully affecting another part of our body. Everything is sacred within our vessel, every last organ, vein and cell is crucial to our health and we have the ability and means to properly support it.
Here in this PDF, you will find a case study done by Keith Berndtson, of MD Park Ridge MultiMed. As well, I have included small excerpts below.
CIRS (CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY RESPONSE SYNDROME) occurs when genetically susceptible people are exposed to certain biotoxins. This research dates back to 1997, when Ritchie Shoemaker, a family physician based in the rural coastal town of Pocomoke, Maryland, linked an illness to a toxin produced by a fish-killing dinoflagellate known as Pfiesteria.1 Since then, Shoemaker and others have linked the same kind of illness to toxins from molds commonly found in water-damaged buildings—species of Stachybotris, Aspergillus, Penicillium, Chaetomium, Wallemia, and others2—and perhaps to toxins associated with tick-borne microbes (Borrelia, Babesia, Bartonella, Anaplasma, and Ehrlichia), though here the toxins involved have yet to be established by scientific consensus
When toxic molds encounter man-made chemicals like those found in building materials such as particleboard, paneling, stained-wood surfaces, glues and other adhesives, the encounter triggers toxin release as a defensive response. The spores that contain these toxins also contain elements of such man-made chemicals. When such chemicals are able to trigger inflammatory response, they are viewed as inflammagens. In CIRS, the illness is related to the inflammatory response to both inflammagens and mold toxins.
Here's a link to a really great site that shares the many symptoms of toxic mold exposure:
Toxic Mold Exposure Symptoms
Some of the symptoms include:
I had it at bay for quite some time. A lot longer than I had originally thought. A dear friend of mine commented on how I got sick too often for my lifestyle. It didn't add up. I always chalked it up to stress becasue the illnesses always coincided with stressful events. That being said I had thought I had the growth of toxins in my body under control. You see I already knew that we were in a toxic environment and was being proactive about it, although not enough. Then again, back in October I knew that I was dealing with these symptoms but I believed that it would go away when we moved after a cleanse or two. That wasn't the cure for this at all.
It all started really began to become more severe when I took a hiatus from making kombucha for two months. That's when I first noticed the symptoms beginning to really show themselves and I was under the impressions that because of several life events, I was just going through a rough patch that was affecting me in all ways. That wasn't the case, I have toxic mold poisoning, not some type of mood issue or emotional problem.
My options medically are to be pumped full of steroids, antibiotics, and even meds for ADHD for the cognitive issues. The medical arena truly doesn't understand this poisoning or how to deal with it.
Two examples of what I am talking about are steroids and antifungal medicines. The steroid may temporarily decrease inflammation, which may make you feel a bit better for a short period of time. However, steroids suppress your immune response. If your immune response is compromised, then the infection is actually encouraged, which perpetuates the underlying problem.
Anti-fungal prescriptions, while seeming like the obvious answer do nothing but worsen the issues. 99% of the time prescription drugs come with a variety of side effects; some of those side effects can be very serious so always try the natural approach first before trying to take a drug for something. One of the most dangerous side effects of prescription antifungals is their negative effect on the liver. It seems that when dealing with prescription medication, there are almost always a harmful effect on our organs with little, to no monitoring of these organs or direction for ways to ensure they are properly supported during the time that the medication is being administered.
I'd been fighting landlords and boards, begging to health departments to get the ball truly rolling with irresponsible landlords and City Hall, well, let's just leave the bureaucracy to the bureaucrats and the healing to the healers. My only option for my health and the health of my family was for us to move to a mold-free environment.
Looking to people who have no clue about the human body, nutrition or effects of mold on the body were not going to be of help to me. When doctors catch up with true nutrition and understanding of healthy gut flora I might be more inclined to listen to them. When they begin to realize the harmful effects of their prescribed medications, and truly work with the body in a more respectful way I will be more inclined to work with them. But for now I simply watch in bewilderment as they throw a prescription book in the air and toss a dart at it to see upon which drug it lands. Off you go! Hope it works out for you! *wink*
What did I do to contribute to this mess?
After years of working to clean out my body from all the toxicity I had accumulated in my life, my family and I moved into a toxic environment. I kept them up on all of their healing fixins' but for myself I began to slack. I began to crave things I hadn't in a long time and gave into almost every craving. I started to eat white bread again in excess. Where I was eating more whole grains than anything and only occasionally, I suddenly had my old habits of 'bread with every meal' coming back to the helm. I'm not saying that I had cancelled bread or white bread out altogether, what I did was learn moderation. And somehow old kicked habits were rearing their ugly heads. Sugar became another issue and I was ignoring it. Pretending like it wasn't happening. During the holidays I was a sucker for every sweet thing I could find.
I also wasn't keeping up with my supplements in the last 3-5 months. I take macca, brown seaweed extract, selenium, and moringa leaf powder and Diatomatacious Earth. I was slacking in all of these areas and for no good reason at all.
To be fully honest this has been a critical time in my life, with my father passing late July, and a cousin, a few old wounds resurfaced I'd buried deeply, and I parted ways with some toxic people for my own health. To be honest it's all been leading to this. Now that all of the pain has been served and is being worked through, and the distractions filed under 'not my baggage' are gone, I can completely concentrate on my own health. The moment I did, it all just clicked.
What's the plan?
Now what is my course of action?
The key to recovery is my gut flora. I'm going to be taking a very high content fermented food supplement called LB17 from Osumex here in Oakville, Ont.
As well, my kombucha making is in full swing again. If it weren't for me taking a hiatus I might not ever have known just how bad my health was. The kombucha is great but doesn't carry enough of what my gut needs to clear out the toxins. That is where the LB17 comes in. I will be keeping a journal of my experience and keeping the blog updated on my progression.
Yet another great article coming from Mercola.com about starving the body of those things that allow the mold to fester within your body:
Forget Antibiotics, Steroids, and Medications - Starve Mold Out of Your Body
I recently purchased a nebulizer for colloidal silver to clear out my lungs from any toxic mold infection as well.
I'm understanding, more than ever, that I need to be more consistent with my health and well-being. I was so good at this before the mold. I'm not making excuses for myself but I surely stopped caring as much as I would usually care and as one of the side effects of toxic mold exposure surely is. This apathy began to over take me that I was in no way prepared for.
There was a time where I was drinking down my DE and moringa smoothies without a thought of ever having not done this. It was second nature for me and something changed. I became comfortable somehow and stopped respecting myself as much, in a series of events that began with moving into a moldy environment. Within six months of moving into that first moldy home, my body began creating an excess amount of mucous and I began feeling very run down, not doing as much as I normally would in a day but being the stubborn person that I am, pushing myself to do as much as I could muster. That effort is quite a lot actually and I would like to return to the days where it wasn't such an effort to do certain tasks that I once wouldn't give a second thought to.
Starting this week, I have been taking DE and moringa on a daily basis after having oil pulled and drank a large glass of lemon water. About 2 hours later I have a protein with something fatty and Brown Seaweed extract capsules. I am also taking a daily dose of frankincense oil and marjoram oil in a gel cap. I have to completely starve the mold in my system and kill the candida. No sugars, pastas, breads etc.
I have a cupboard full of fermented foods as well. The Fire Cider is helping and I take a shot or two a day. I also have a jar of honey fermented garlic and I've been eating a clove every other day and a tsp of the honey daily since the beginning of the week. As of the moment the LB17 comes in the mail though, I'm going to stop taking the garlic and let the fermented foods do their thing. I'm craving things I know I cannot have still so I'm substituting those things for raw veggies and Sauerkraut. The kraut is actually incredibly satisfying.
I was able to make an excellent trade over the holy-daze with our good friend Dave from Phoenix Farms in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. He'll be delivering us fresh organic sprouts and greens for the next 1o weeks. Thiss will be essential to healing my body. Food is surely medicine.
If you are in the Niagara Region and would like to get in on this CSA program please click on the picture below and contact Dave to get more information.
This is not going to be a 'quick fix' process. It's going to take some time and complete consistency. It took almost 2 years for the mold to do the damage and the last 5 months or so to aide it's progression. I'm hoping it will only take a quarter of the time to reverse it, but it will take a lifetime to maintain. These symptoms of mine and all I have learned shows me that if I don't take care of this, the only place the path will lead me to is cancer. That's just not an option.
I'm going to keep up with this particular blog throughout the next year. As I move along I'll report back my findings, what I experience and what's working. I invite others to send their thoughts and advice while I ask you to understand that I will not be partaking in conventional medicines I have so readily at my disposal. I truly and firmly believe I can do this without the poisons of the pharmaceutical industry. Just watch me.
While I tread upon my path maybe you might ask yourself some questions about your own health. How do you feel? What might be contributing to your own health issues?
Until next time, happy healing!
Author: Cari-Lee Miller
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