Quiz Results

Yes, mold may be affecting your health.

Mold can affect many areas of your body, but your reactions seem to be primarily from the toxins that mold emits, called mycotoxins.

Mold and mycotoxins cause:

They can also cause problems with your vision, and make you react negatively to the chemicals of daily living.


Have you been exposed to indoor toxic mold?

Did you know that past exposures can be affecting your health today?
Take a closer look to see if mold is affecting you. Get your mold score. Fill out the questionnaire used by mold specialists.


What you can do:

I’ve put together some items from my book, Break The Mold, that address your particular health challenges.


The first solution is to AVOID mold!

This picture best describes the steps to recover your health after a toxic mold exposure.

AVOIDANCE means getting away from the mold.

FUNDAMENTALS involve specific foods and lifestyle factors that can greatly improve your ability to conquer mold.

PROTECT and REPAIR is accomplished with targeted nutrients to manage the toxic damage from mycotoxin exposure.


Protect your brain, nervous system, heart, eyes, digestion, and vital organs.

EAT THE RAINBOW

The colorful pigments in vegetables and fruits are called bioflavonoids. I refer to bioflavonoids as your “Color Guard.” Each color band assists your body in its own special way.

To defend against the harmful effects of mold and mold toxins, eat every color band of the rainbow every day – aiming for 5-7 servings of vegetables and only one serving of fruit daily. Too much fruit can encourage fungal overgrowth.

Not great about eating your veggies? One work around is to take a specially formulated supplement that includes bioflavonoids from each color band, called Color Guard.


GO PURPLE

One particular color band that’s helpful for combatting mold that’s deep blue-purple is called Resveratrol. Resveratrol works through the cardiovascular system to nourish the brain, heart, lungs, and our organs of detoxification.

This is found in foods such as cranberries, blueberries, red grapes, plums, beet roots, red cabbage, eggplant, purple potatoes, and dark chocolate, as well as herbs like Japanese Knotweed. These plants make this compound to resist fungal infections and heal injury.


NONTOXIC CLEANING

One of the ways we can add to our toxic burden is through home cleaning products. Many of these products contain the same chemicals that mold off-gases into the indoor air. Here’s a handy DIY recipe to make your own all natural, non-toxic, mold-killing cleaning solution.


POLLUTION DILUTION

“The solution to pollution is dilution.” In this case, mold toxins (mycotoxins) are the pollutant making you sick. A unique thing about mycotoxins is that they’re oil-soluble rather than water-soluble. So the way to dilute them is with good oils and fats, such as olive oil, avocados, walnuts, and wild-caught fish.

DHA (or decosahexanoic acid), one of the components of fish oil, is particularly good for the eyes and forms the building blocks of the brain. But mold makes it hard to absorb this beneficial fat. Many with mold sickness feel better adding this as a supplement, and do best with those in the triglyceride state, which is how it naturally occurs in fish.


MOVE BILE

The way the body technically dilutes these oil-soluble toxins is through bile. Bile acts as a detergent in our bodies, cleaning up gunky oils by thinning them out. Mold and mycotoxins gum up the bile, making bile less efficient at its job, and making it harder for the body to make more.

Bile movers are often needed to keep the detoxification system moving. Things that move bile are foods and herbs that taste bitter. You may not realize it, but you may drink a bitter every morning – that’s right – coffee. Or maybe you’re a fan of bitter chocolate. While these are effective bitters, they aren’t the most health promoting. Aim to eat bitters every day in the form of bitter greens such as arugula, watercress, broccoli rabe, or kale. Or as herbs such as turmeric used in curry.


BINDERS

Diets high in insoluble fibers are extremely protective against mold toxins. Insoluble fibers such as those in flax seed, oat bran, psyllium husk, and steamed kale bind up toxin-laden bile that’s sent from the liver to be excreted by the colon.

Mold is hard on the gut, causing all kinds of digestive problems. It takes whatever your “tricky digestion” tendency is, and makes it worse. Many people end up with sluggish bowels – not the optimum 3 bowel movements a day. For others, adding fiber may not agree with them.

Aloe is a gentle binder alternative. It’s the digestive system’s best soothing friend. The polysaccharides in aloe soothe and heal the digestive lining, help with bowel regularity, AND – perfect for mold-exposed people – binds mycotoxins.


DETOXIFICATION

Mold mycotoxins are hard on our organs of detoxification – the liver, kidneys, digestion, and skin. If you’ve been significantly exposed, you may need special nutrients to assist your body’s natural detoxification.

We’ve learned which nutrients safely support mycotoxin detoxification from animal studies. Certain nutrients and herbs were found to be so helpful in fact, that most animal feed is now supplemented with them.

For instance, a common household cooking spice, called turmeric, is an effective detoxifier. It also reduces inflammation of many tissues that mold affects, including the brain and nervous system, digestion, and the organs of detoxification. And there are many more.

I rely on products like MycoDetox that’s specially formulated with a blend of these effective, researched nutrients.


MITOCHONDRIAL RECOVERY

It’s been shown that all mold toxins cause a reduction in energy production of the mitochondria, the powerhouses of each and every one of our cells. This is one of the main causes of mold-related fatigue. These energy factories can be re-commissioned if certain nutrients are available to light the fires again.

One such nutrient is CoQ10, or Co-enzyme Q10. This dietary fat is one of the most powerful antioxidants for the heart, muscles, and kidneys.


For more ideas and to tailor your recovery plan, check out my book.

Break The Mold covers everything you need to know to recover your health after exposure to toxic mold.

Conquer mold, take back your HEALTH!