Did you know that mold, especially from water-damaged buildings, can make you sick? From the more common mold allergies to the more serious Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS), there are many ways that mold can have a negative impact on your health. If you are suffering from a multi-system, multi-symptom illness and have a history of exposure to water-damaged buildings (think wet basements, a leaky roof, burst pipes, musty crawlspaces, etc.), talk to a doctor that specializes in environmental illness about how you can get tested and reclaim your health.
If you’re new to mold illness, and have questions like: What are the symptoms? How do I get tested? What does treatment look like? Check out this infographic for a quick overview.
Mold Illness & CIRS Resources
When you’re ready to dig in and learn more, here are six awesome resources to get you started:
- Article: 5 Things You Should Know About Toxic Mold Illness. Great article by Chris Kresser that defines Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS), and covers how to test your environment for mold and protect against water damage. He also discusses the free online screening tests for biotoxin illness that evaluate your visual contrast sensitivity.
- Book: Dr Neil Nathan’s latest book: Toxic: Heal Your Body from Mold Toxicity, Lyme Disease, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, and Chronic Environmental Illness. Dr Nathan provides excellent information about how biotoxin and environmental illnesses occur, and very comprehensive information about treatment protocols. If you or anyone you know is dealing with mold, Lyme disease, or Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS), or Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS), I highly recommend this book!
- Website: Dr Ritchie Shoemaker’s site – www.SurvivingMold.com. Learn more about symptoms, tests, and treatments for mold illness, and find practitioners trained in the Shoemaker protocol.
- Podcast: How to Test Your Home for Mold with Mike Schrantz. Episode of Chris Kresser’s Revolution Health Radio podcast focused on how to test and remediate mold in your home. For even more information about testing, remediating, and maintaining a healthy home, check out Mike’s podcast, I.E.P. Radio.
- Website: International Society for Environmentally Acquired Illness. Great resource for finding Indoor Environmental Professionals (IEPs) that can help you test your home, school, or car for mold, as well as medical professionals that are educated about, and specialize in environmentally acquired illnesses.
- Documentary: Moldy the Toxic Mold Movie, produced by Dave Asprey and his team at Bulletproof.