By Ann Gapasin
Did You Know Toxic Mold Can Be Fatal?
Do you experience persistent allergies, headaches, and depressive episodes?
Have you noticed black stains on your walls, floors, or ceilings? You may be suffering from black mold toxicity!
Toxic black mold is one of the deadliest microorganisms on Earth, and it could be hiding in your home. Read on to learn the symptoms of mold toxicity and the long-term effects of black mold exposure. And yes…Toxic Mold Can Be Fatal!
What is Toxic Black Mold?
Toxic black mold is unlike ordinary black mold because it can cause debilitating diseases that can lead to permanent damage to one’s body.
Toxic black mold or Stachybotrys chart arum is a group of micro-fungus that produces conidia in slime heads. It is often present in cellulose-rich component of water-damaged structures and can only be found in grains and soil. A mycologist from Czech Republic named August Carl Joseph Corda discovered it in 1837, in a house in Prague.
What does it look like?
It appears as a greenish-black slimy stain, a characteristic that is similar with other molds. The only way to determine if it really is Stachybotrys chartarum is through a laboratory test. Black molds need significant amounts of moisture; a reason why it is common in wet wallpaper and gypsum material.
Health problems related to this mold species have been documented since the 1930s. It was later discovered that toxic black mold produces potent mycotoxins, and one of them is Trichothecene.
How Toxic Mold Can Be Fatal
They use mycotoxins
The toxins produced by molds are called “mycotoxins”. These mycotoxins are compounds naturally produced by fungi for a reason that scientists are still uncertain. Although they hypothesize that these are used to weaken the host and the competitors.
How do humans get mycotoxins?
The mycotoxins of toxic black mold extremely small and are not aerosolized because they are contained within the slimy heads. But once the mold dries up and is disturbed, these mycotoxins are released in the air. Inhalation of these compounds can lead to allergies, neuropsychiatric problems, infant lung bleeding, and cognitive impairment.
How does that happen?
Studies have found that toxic black mold contributes to the development of asthma in young children, and can worsen asthma for those who already have it. This is because mycotoxins are foreign bodies, and your body knows that these shouldn’t be in your system. In order to get rid of them, your body will trigger sneezing, coughing, and inflammation.
Some of the most common black mold symptoms in adults is brain fog, depression, and anxiety.
It’s because they’re fatty!
Black mold toxins, just like every cell in the human body, have fatty layers. This trait allows them to move throughout your body and cross the blood-brain barrier with ease. When toxins accumulate in the brain, that is when you start to experience neuropsychiatric symptoms.
The brain is 60% fat and it needs certain healthy fatty acids to maintain its structure and function. Because mold toxins are also fatty, they can displace the components of fatty acid chains. This leads to their degradation, and consequently of the brain tissues.
Fatty acid as real bricks and mold toxins as plastic boxes coated in a clay-like material. Then, imagine yourself as a mason building a wall.
You’re not aware that some of them are actually just plastic boxes pretending to be bricks, so you also used them to build the wall. After a while, the wall that you build crumbled.
Why? Because you included the wrong material.
Where should you find treatment?
Mold-induced neuropsychiatric problems are incredibly difficult to treat. An affected individual must be treated by a mold specialist doctor like Dr. Sponaugle. He is not only a doctor; he also conducted intensive research on mold toxicity and formulated an effective treatment.
Mold Toxins, Depression and Anxiety
The brain houses factories where our “happy hormones” are produced and where out memories are stored. Therefore, if brain tissues are damaged, you will likely to experience memory loss and paralyzing sadness. Excessive production of hormones that stimulate excitement may also happen, leading to anxiety symptoms.
As mentioned earlier, mold toxins can cause brain tissue damage which may impair cognitive development in children. The exact pathway is still being studied but this claim is supported by this study. Cognitive impairment is one of the long-term effects of black mold exposure that are irreversible.
Infant Lung Bleeding
In 1998, the deaths of 117 infants in Cleveland were linked to mold exposure. How mold toxins do this is still a subject of research. However, there is a strong statistical data that links mold exposure to respiratory problems.
How to Eliminate Toxic Black Mold
It’s fairly easy to remove toxic black mold from your home. All that you need is a brush, spray bottle, chlorine-based bleach, and clean water.
- Dilute bleach in water. 2 cups of water per 1 tablespoon of bleach.
- Put the solution in a spray bottle.
- Shake the bottle gently and spray the solution on the affected surface.
- Brush the surface to loosen the black toxic molds.
- Rinse the area with clean water.
Note: Make sure to wear gloves and mask when removing black molds (or any type of mold).
This technique is only applicable for mild cases of mold infestation. If the infestation is severe, you must call a professional mold exterminator. It is also advised to consult a mold specialist doctor immediately to be aware of developing mold-induced problems.
Mold toxicity is a serious condition. Unfortunately, it triggers symptoms that are similar to other diseases and infections, making it difficult to diagnose. Many also do not put mold toxicity into account during diagnosis. If you have already tried conventional treatments to no avail, maybe it is time to suspect toxic black mold.
Faster Treatment Reduce Long-term Effects
Treatment must be sought immediately to avert the long-term effects of black mold exposure, which are more complicated to resolve. It is also important to approach someone who has extensive experience with mold problems because you are fighting against time. Sponaugle Wellness Institute ensures time and cost-efficient treatment through its state-of-the-art equipment, well-trained staff, and customized treatment plans.
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