Black mold syndrome? If you’re experiencing unexplained health symptoms it’s important to look to your environment for potential causes, including the presence of toxic black mold.
To be clear, black mold (or Stachybotrys chartarum) isn’t inherently toxic, but it can produce mycotoxins (and other biologically active metabolites), which are.
The first cases of mycotoxin poisoning caused by black mold (known as stachybotryotoxicosis) occurred in horses that had eaten contaminated feed or encountered it in their bedding. This was during the 1920s in Russia, and reports continued in other countries over the next several decades.
While the ability for toxic mold metabolites to cause illness via inhalation remains controversial, there are plentiful anecdotal reports of people who have become ill after mold exposures. As reported by The American Phytopathological Society (APS):[i]
“Numerous studies have demonstrated the toxicity of toxins from S. chartarum on animals and animal and human cells … In addition, the fungus produces nine phenylspirodrimanes (spirolactones and spirolactams) and cyclosporin, which are potent immunosuppressive agents.
Jarvis et al. suggested that the combination of trichothecenes [a type of mycotoxin] and these immunosuppressive agents may be responsible for the observed high toxicity of this fungus.”
One of the most concerning toxic links was reported in the early 1990s when an outbreak of pulmonary hemorrhage occurred in infants living in Cleveland, Ohio. S. chartarum was found in the homes of the sick infants, and although a conclusive link has not been found, the potential association made the once-unknown black mold a household name.
Black mold has further been implicated in illness caused by “sick building syndrome,” which admittedly likely has multiple toxic exposures at its root. However, as mentioned, if you are experiencing unexplained health symptoms, it’s important to determine if mycotoxins from mold could be to blame.
What Are the Symptoms of Mold-Related Illness?
The symptoms can be incredibly varied and are dependent upon the type of mycotoxins and other metabolites produced as well as an individual’s sensitivity. Not everyone is affected by mold, and there is some evidence that those who are may have a mold allergy.
For instance, research published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology revealed that mold-exposed patients can experience a variety of IgE- and non-IgE-mediated symptoms. In other words, some symptoms may be caused by an immune-system mounted allergic response while others are not. They noted:[ii]
“Mycotoxins, irritation by spores, or metabolites may be culprits in non-IgE presentations … Allergic, rather than toxic, responses seemed to be the major cause of symptoms in the studied group.”
So what, exactly, are the symptoms? Some of the most common include:
- Muscle pains
- Flu-like symptoms
- Chronic sinusitis or sore throat
- Brain fog or memory loss
- Numbness and tingling
- Increased infections
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Night sweats
Less commonly, black mold syndrome may also lead to symptoms such as panic attacks, nose bleeds, ringing in your ears, anxiety, vision problems, muscle twitching, mood swings, anxiety and much more. As I said, the symptoms can be incredibly varied. APS reported one case study that occurred in 1986, which shows how poisoning via black mold mycotoxins may present itself:[iii][iv]
“In 1986, Croft et al. reported an outbreak of trichothecene toxicosis in a Chicago home. Over a 5-year period, the family complained of headaches, sore throats, flu symptoms, recurring colds, diarrhea, fatigue, dermatitis, and general malaise. Air sampling of this home revealed spores of S. chartarum.
The fungus was found growing on moist organic debris in an uninsulated cold air duct and on some wood fiber ceiling material. The home had a chronic moisture problem that favored mold growth.
Extracts from the duct debris and contaminated building materials were toxic to test animals and several macrocyclic trichothecenes were identified in the extracts. When the mold problem was corrected, these symptoms associated with trichothecene toxicosis disappeared.”
Moisture Is Necessary for Mold Growth
It should be noted that constant moisture is required for mold growth. Areas with water damage, excessive humidity, water leaks, condensation, water infiltration or flooding are prime “hot spots” for mold, but keep in mind that you won’t always see these spots.
If the mold infestation is severe, you will be able to see it or smell it. However, mold growth can occur in areas of your home where you don’t realize there’s a problem, such as a basement or even behind drywall.
If you have a mold problem, the first step is to stop the source of the moisture so the area can dry out. Next you’ll need to remove any contaminated items (including carpeting, insulation or wallboard). While it’s possible to clean hard surfaces to remove mold that’s on the surface, APS notes:
“ … mycelium within the substrate will often survive and grow again. Also, mycotoxins may accumulate in contaminated material. Removing contaminated materials is the best option.”
In severe cases, you may need to contact a professional mold remediation company. Removing the mold is the first step in your recovery process.
Herbal Options for Black Mold Syndrome
Herbal remedies can be useful for recovering from black mold syndrome. You’ll likely need a combination of herbs to address the mold toxicity from multiple angles; a natural health care provider can help you develop an individualized natural treatment plan that includes:[v]
- Anti-fungal herbs, such as garlic and ginger
- Immune-stimulating herbs, such as Echinacea and Goldenseal
- Detoxifying herbs, such as dandelion root and milk thistle
- Adaptogenic herbs, such as Siberian ginseng, which help your body cope with stressors
- Herbs for brain function, such as gingko (mold exposure may affect your nervous system)
If you’re sensitive to mold, also be sure to remove foods from your diet that might be contaminated with mold. This commonly includes corn, sugar, peanuts, wheat, alcoholic beverages and certain cheeses.
Suspect Mold Poisoning?
The Natural Remedy You MUST Try Now…
Finally, if you have symptoms related to black mold syndrome, a high-quality, systemic proteolytic enzyme supplement like Heal-n-Soothe® is a MUST. Proteolytic enzymes are, literally, protein-digesting enzymes.
All living things, including mold and viruses, have a protein on their outer shell, and that protein can be viewed by proteolytic enzymes as not belonging to your body — and thus the enzymes will attack it. As noted by nutraceutical researcher Jon Barron, director of Baseline of Health Foundation:
“Bacteria, viruses, molds, and fungi are protein/amino acid based. Proteolytic enzymes taken between meals literally go into the bloodstream and digest these invaders.”
In your body, systemic enzymes are known for stimulating your immune system, which is also crucial for fighting black mold syndrome. It’s important to include raw foods in your diet to help replenish some of your body’s enzyme stores naturally, however for fighting black mold syndrome you’re going to want Heal-n-Soothe®, the best systemic enzyme formula to replenish your body’s supply of vital enzymes (with double the enzymes of our previous formula).
Remember that systemic enzymes must be consumed on an empty stomach. If you take them with food, your body may use them for digestion before they have a chance to enter your bloodstream where the real “magic” happens.
[i] The American Phytopathological Society, APSnet Features, 2001
[ii] Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2005 Feb;94(2):234-9.
[iii] The American Phytopathological Society, APSnet Features, 2001
[iv] Atmospheric Environment 1986, Volume 20, Issue 3, Pages 549-552
[v] LiveStrong August 16, 2013
Written By: Updated: March 14,2016
8 thoughts on “Little-Known Treatment to Attack Black Mold Syndrome (and Mold Allergies)”
I lived in a house with black mold. I didn’t know what happened to me at the time but I became deathly ill. I could not walk across a 10×10 room. I was on oxygen. My lungs felt to be tightening up on me as though spasmatic. I was suffering from asthma.
Also where I lived, there were eight huge maple trees that outlined the house. I’d become ill again after raking leaves in the fall; the mold was heavy in the air from wet leaves being raked up.
It was not until moving out of that house that I figured out what my illness was from and gradually started getting better.
hi my name is debbie when i was 21 i lived in a apartment that had mould and i ended up getting a lot of lung infections one was so bad that it ate into my lung and now they say that a tiny bit is dead i have cronic cough and fibromilga amongst other things i am always sick could all my symptions be from the mould or is it fibromilga as most of the things you get with both are almost the same i am 52 now and i am very sick can not work any more dont go out only once a week to collect my money dont see any one i have been sick so long nobody bothers with me any more and i dont want to see any body any way my life is over for me i used to be the life and soul of the party now i cant even drink i take lots of meds always have and the lining on my stomach is gone so i dont know what to think deborah
Debbie, don’t lose hope! These enzymes have helped me tremendously. Research the side effects of your medicines. Research natural cures for your symptoms. I know that God created natural solutions for cures, which are much healthier. Pray and find healing scriptures. Don’t lose faith! God loves you!
Oh Deborah, So sorry to hear about your health problems. As Pat said, please don’t give up. Just keep trying. Please check out John McDougall and his food plan. I totally changed my eating and I am so much healthier. And I only had terrible, terrible migraines for years. After changing what I ate, they all went away. AND I love all the food I eat. He’s got great cookbooks & easy. Also this weekend for free you can watch The Truth about Cancer, Which also is about turning your health around the healthy way.by Ty Bollinger. Hear about terrible health problems people had and healed themselves by eating right, not by taking drugs prescribed to them. I also know of someone who healed their fibromilga from following The Ultra Mind Solution, another well known book about eating the right foods.
You will be find pray and ask god to heal you he loves you and so i bless you
Hello and good day Jessie, Good thing my home was built in 1950 and even though I have lived here since 2002, There is no mold of Any kind within this House and Yes, I have Completely Insulated it right throughout, Like laying a Double layer of insulation in the Ceiling, Had Airfoam installed within the Walls and even Wollen Underfloor Insulation, I have even installed Solar Hot water Panels on the Roof to heat my Hot water after changing the Old Water heating systme that was a complete failure when I firt bought my House when I also installed an 80 Litre cylinder and attatched the solar Panel to it as well so I could capture The Heat from the Sun on our Sunny days, Not that We have had many sunny days so far this Summer and Yes, it is still supposed to be Summer down here and we are heading fast towards our Autumn ( What you Guys call your Fall season,) Ok. Meanwhile, Today our Temperatures were hanging up around 30 % Celcius, (86 F, ) with the Humidity up around 40 percent, Whew, That was muggy as, Ok, Meanwhile, Thank you for the Information I get from you Guys everyday, much Appreciated, Thank you, 🙂
Wow I’ve been living like death warmed over for 4 months.. my symptoms are similar to those expressed for mold. How do I find the mold ? I don’t see anything obvious .. I did have a problem with bed bugs 1 yr ago but paid to have my condo heated to 120 degrees got kill them. I’m wondering if the toxins in the bedbug sprays
May have affected me
How do you know if you have this mold in your home? I have concerns?