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Your Guide to Healing Mold Sickness

By Pattie Rose 27 Jun, 2017

Multiple names have been given for this illness over the years, including “Mold illness,Biotoxin Illness , or “ Mold Sickness.” This illness is not an allergy or allergic reaction; however, many people confuse that with what is really going on and call the symptoms “allergies.” The common complaints seen are frequent bouts of sinus congestion, pressure, sore throat, cough, or runny nose.

Additional Mold Illness Symptom can also include:
  • Migraine headaches
  • Ice-pick pains
  • Red eyes
  • Fevers
  • Numbness in hands/legs/arms
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Joint pain/stiffness
  • Urinary frequency
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Weight gain/loss
  • Static shocks
  • Irritability
  • Memory loss
  • Skin rashes
  • Stomach problems
  • Food sensitivities
  • Chemical sensitivities
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation

Mold Illness is a cluster of health problems stemming from an inflammatory response in the body. The inflammatory response starts when the body is exposure to something foreign like mold, fungi, candida, volatile organic compounds (VOC), or biotoxins and the exposure causes the body’s immune system to go on the defense. When the immune system has gone haywire from chronic exposure, inflammatory cytokines are released causing a multitude of symptoms which can affect any tissue or organ in the body causing many health problems.

Learn more about mold illness and how to recover on our website:  http://healingmoldsickness.com .

By Pattie Rose 31 May, 2017

                                                                        

If you’ve been on Pinterest or FaceBook recently you no doubt have seen this topic floating around or being talked about. But what does it mean exactly? Inside your intestinal tract is a protective lining with openings that allow nutrients from foods to be passed into the blood stream after being digested properly. This lining works as a barrier to prevent large, undigested particles of food getting into the blood stream causing damage to the body.

What is Leaky Gut?

Leaky gut is when someone has a malfunction in the ability of the tight junctions of the protective lining in the gut to open and close appropriately and thereby allowing large, undigested particles of food to enter the blood stream instead of only the nutrients from the properly digested food. When this happens proteins like gluten, harmful bacteria, toxins, and toxic waste byproducts from bacteria enter the system causing an immune reaction in the body.

Leaky gut can cause food sensitivities, rashes, hives or itching, and eventually lead to autoimmune conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn’s disease, Hashimotto’s thyroiditis, Lupus, and more. The immune reaction by the body to Leaky gut causes an inflammatory response that can also cause symptoms like bloating, depression and anxiety, irritable bowel, chronic fatigue, joint pain, headaches, weight gain, or skin disorders like psoriasis, acne, rosacea, and eczema. Leaky gut can also cause vitamins like zinc, iron, and vitamin B12 to not be absorbed properly.

Causes of Leaky Gut

The main causes of Leaky Gut include chronic stress, toxin overload, bacterial imbalances, and poor nutrition. Consuming sugar, conventional cow’s milk, gluten, and genetically modified foods cause confusion in the body as it does not recognize these as real foods for human benefit. Once your body has healed from Leaky Gut adding back these foods from time to time may not be harmful or cause problems.

How to Heal from Leaky Gut

To heal from Leaky gut you will need to eliminate damaging foods, replace them with real foods as close to the original state that they come in instead of from a box, packaged, processed, frozen, or canned source. Repair the gut lining with specific supplements known to repair the gut, and repopulate with probiotics to rebalance the ratio of good bacteria to harmful ones.

Important foods to stay away from to heal Leaky Gut: Sugar, grains, GMO foods, hormone laden meats, and conventional dairy products. Also, eliminate tap water, pesticides, over the counter anti-inflammatory medicines like Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, and use antibiotics judiciously.

 

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By Pattie Rose 29 May, 2017

Probably the second most common complaint I hear from people dealing with Mold Sickness is Brain Fog. You know the feeling when you are thinking in “Slow Motion.” Like you are trying to walk through mud in your brain and cannot get to where you want to go mentally and get lost in the process. You get distracted easily, jumping from one thought to another because you cannot follow through long enough on one thought to get anything done. That’s Brain Fog and it’s no fun!

Sometimes Brain Fog can be caused by Mold byproducts called mycotoxins. The mycotoxins have been known to cause symptoms like being in a stupor, drunk, or high type feeling. These same symptoms can be caused from alcohol type byproducts of Candida. In Mold Sickness, the body can get run down trying to kill of mycotoxins and diverse types of infections can occur from this run-down state. Candida normally occurs in the gastrointestinal tract but in small amounts manageable by the body. When the gut becomes overgrown with Candida, symptoms like frequent vaginal infections, thick which coating on the tongue, irritability, sugar cravings, or that drunk type feeling associated with brain fog can happen. High sugary diets can worsen Brain Fog by causing an overgrowth of Candida.

High sugary diets aren’t just about eating desserts like most people think. Fruit, vegetables, and dairy are also high in sugar. Yes, fruit, veggies, and yogurt are healthier choices than that cookie or donut but at the end of the day, it’s all about the carbs. We need some carbohydrates in our diet to make the neurotransmitters responsible for feeling good, being calm, being motivated, and the ability to sleep. The better choices in carbs are going to be low glycemic (sugar/carbs) foods like green leafy vegetables and fruits from the berry groups.

An interesting note from the research of Dr. Dale Bredesen from the Buck Institute in California has shown that high sugary diets are one thing contributing to memory decline and Alzheimer Disease. By changing the diets of patients with mild to moderate cognitive decline they have shown significant improvement in their memory. This is a big step in prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease.

This week I will be in California for more training with Dr. Bredesen on how to reverse memory decline. Ridding the body of mycotoxins is another step in the process to having healthier brain function. First step to remember, is being more mindful of those carbohydrate choices. Notice what foods you are eating that have the highest number of carbs and make a goal to reduce carbohydrate intake using a Mediterranean style nutrition plan incorporating some berries, more lean protein, lots of green leafy veggies and veggies that grow above the ground, and the good fats like coconut oil, olive oil, Ghee, and grass fed butter into your daily food choices. And, skip the desserts! Try to make at least one meal a day with these perfect food choices and you’ll be on your way to getting rid of Brain Fog!

 

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By Pattie Rose 16 May, 2017

Why do some people get sick when they encounter a moldy environment and others don’t? Some people can walk into a building and “smell” mold growing and start to feel bad where other can’t. The reason is we are all primed genetically to breakdown and detoxify differently. Some people have bodies that are very efficient at detoxifying while others are compromised in this area; partly due to the uniqueness of our genetic makeups. The older we get, the less efficient we are at detoxifying. Remember being 20 and able to party hard several nights in a row? Now, I hear from clients “one glass of wine and it takes me a week to cooperate.”

Twenty-five percent of the population are genetically susceptible to mold toxicity. These are the “canary in the coal mine” folks that are likely to get sick when coming in contact with mold. They are unable to break down the mold byproducts. Compound that with other genetic markers making it harder for them to detoxify, leaky gut, chronic yeast, bacterial or viral infections, and you have a perfect storm for developing mold sickness.

Mold Sickness causes the immune system to malfunction. This causes and array of symptoms ranging from chronic sinus problems, unexplained rashes, hives, watery red eyes, fatigue, trouble sleeping, aches and pains, shortness of breath, newly diagnosed asthma, ice pick headaches, memory problems, word finding trouble, abdominal pain, diarrhea, urinary frequency, night sweats, static shocks, or temperature regulation problems. The key to eliminating these symptoms is to get to the root cause: mold exposure and treat it.

Healing is possible through a step by step process. It does not happen overnight, but it is possible. Symptoms will start to disappear usually within the first month of treatment granted the individual is not constantly being exposed to mold daily. The first step to healing is making sure your environment is safe.

 

 


By Pattie Rose 06 May, 2017
According to Dr. Richie Shoemaker, for at least the first four to six months of your treatment for mold sickness it is recommended that you completely avoid the following foods:

1.   Roots and tubers including white and sweet potatoes, beets, peanuts, carrots, and other vegetables that grow underground. The exception here is onions and garlic.
2.   Bananas (the only forbidden fruit).
     3.  Wheat and wheat-based products including bread, pasta, cakes, and cookies.
4.   Rice.
     5.  Oats.
6.  Barley.
     7. Rye.
     8.  Foods with added sugar, sucrose, corn syrup, or maltodextrin.

You are advised to avoid these foods because of the amount of sugar in them. The No Amylose diet will help to bring down elevated MMP9 levels which are seen in Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) and to help prevent chronic diseases as a result of obesity. Diets high in these foods can also contribute to Candida overgrowth in the gut causing many of the same symptoms of mold sickness like irritability, anxiety, skin rashes, brain fog, and difficulty losing weight.

By Pattie Rose 29 Apr, 2017
10 Things You Should Know About Mold Sickness

1.   Being exposed to any type of mold can make you sick.

2. Just because you can’t see mold growing in your home does not mean it is not growing behind walls, in the attic, HVAC system, basement, or crawl space. Any area that is dark and moist can grow mold.

3. 25% of the population are genetically sensitive to mold and can’t clear it from their body as well as the other 75% can. This means it can build up causing major health problems.

4. Most people will not be able to completely “self-heal” from mold exposure without treatment. Getting out of a moldy environment will help, but you will need specific treatment to clear the toxins from your body.

5. Most doctors are not familiar with Mold Sickness and not aware that it causes health problems. Find a medical provider experienced in the treatment of Mold Illness and follow their instructions for healing.

6. If your doctor is not trained in diagnosing and treating Mold Sickness they may misdiagnose you with another disorder or disease. They may even tell you it’s “all in your head” and nothing is wrong with you.

7. Being exposed to mold causes your immune system to malfunction. This makes you more susceptible to getting sick, having “allergic” responses, or being hyper-sensitive to foods, chemicals, or environments containing mold.

8. Toxins from Mold byproducts can affect every organ in your body.

9. Mold Sickness can contribute to Autoimmune Disorders, Alzheimer Disease, and Cancer.

10. Healing from Mold Sickness is possible!

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