Here we will go through the 7 warning signs you might have had mould exposure.
Are you constantly sick? Colds, flu, coughs, dry skin, itchiness, mood swings, memory loss, nose bleeds, headaches, sore throats, watery eyes. Sounds awful doesn’t it? Many workers, family members and pets are exposed to a toxic shadow known as black mold. Many office buildings, homes, rental homes and schools are filled with this. It is an insidious and toxic pathogen that cannot only cause illness but can kill.
How many times have you rented a house, bought a house or gone to work and instantly felt awful? Maybe you have a low-lying constant illness. You dismiss it as a sniffle. Maybe you wonder why you constantly have a cold. You tell the kids to wash their hands more, cough or sneeze into a tissue, you look for scapegoats. And yet, there it is, the shadow on the wall, the dank smell that you dismiss, the tinge of black around the edges of the room that are explained away by the property manager as ‘areas the vacuum won’t reach’.
Black mold is especially toxic if inhaled. It is 40 times more toxic as an inhaled substance than if you ingested it. In fact, even if the black mold is not actively releasing spores and is dormant in a building, it is still dangerous. Long term exposure can cause
- Respiratory infections
- Bronchitis (lung infection)
- Balkan nephropathy (disorder of the kidney)
- Reye’s syndrome (causes brain and liver swelling)
- Hepatocellular carcinoma (cancer in the cells of the liver)
- Kashin-Beck disease (disease of the joints and bones)
- Heart attack
Testing for Mould
There are a number of tests available to see if you are in an environment that has black mold in it. It is advisable to do this if you are one who needs to see for yourself the presence of the mold. Our advice is that you look at your symptomology. Yes, from the practitioners that treat systems rather than symptoms, we advise a thorough audit of symptoms you cannot understand the prevalence of. One of our practitioners did exactly that! Her family moved into a rental 2 years ago. She suspected mold and was dismissed by the agent. Her family have been constantly unwell with colds, coughs and skin irritations during the time of residence in this home. She treated all of her systems of the body and fined tuned to defeat stealth infections, and yet, some of the symptoms remained. After a business trip, she compared her symptoms in a diary that she kept. Each trip she took away from the house, she felt better lost weight and was happier. Upon return to the house, she caught a cold, her skin became inflamed and itchy, her breathing laboured. She blamed the kids and thought that they brought the ‘bug’ into the house after school. After they were in the house for a two-week period, she realised what she already knew but avoided- the house was full of black moud.
The practitioners at Wholistic Natural Health Australia can help you write a symptom diary if you suspect you live in a mold inhabited home or work in a building with mold exposure.
The CDC conducted a study into mold exposure and gathered data that suggests that 24% of children by the age of 7 have asthma due to mold exposure in infancy (J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2012). They also concluded that SIDS (in infants), autoimmune disease, pulmonary haemorrhage and emphysema were also attributed to long term mold exposure in children and adults.
At Wholistic Natural Health Australia, we can provide you a complimentary Health Strategy Session to discuss with you a mold exposure diary. Our guarantee to you is that we can find the root cause of your illness, be it viral, bacterial or fungal. We also have an extensive network and can help put you in touch with mold exposure experts to determine your exposure. Get in contact with us by clicking here and write MOLD in the subject field to claim your Health Strategy Session and bonus mold exposure diary.
Ignoring the possibility of mold exposure will only lead to more serious health consequences. Your family, your co-workers and you deserve to know what you are facing day to day and what you can do to resolve it.