The Diagnosis and Cure Doctors Frequently Get Wrong - How to Get Well Anyway...
This was the title of the following article written by Dr. Mercola just this past week (http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2099/12/31/recovery-from-toxic-mold-exposure.aspx
). This is a topic I have not written about in awhile and is something we treat every day in our office. Let’s see what Dr. Mercola has to say on the subject…
Illnesses caused by mold exposure are a growing problem that few people are aware of, including most primary care physicians. Environmental health experts are seeing increasing numbers of individuals with a complex myriad of symptoms directly related to mold exposure. This has resulted in the proposal of a new term to describe this multi-faceted syndrome: Mixed Mold Toxicosis.
Because mold-related disorders are so often unrecognized and misdiagnosed, I have been posting a series of articles about mold and its potential dangers, as well as approaches to treatment.
In the first article
, (http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2099/12/31/fungus-hiding-in-your-house-and-making-you-ill.aspx) I gave you an overview of the types of mold and the numerous mycotoxins molds can produce, as well as a few tips about how to go about mold remediation if you find yourself in the unfortunate position of having a mold-infested home. In the second article
) I outlined the range of health problems that can be directly caused by mold exposure and recommendations about how to find a knowledgeable physician.
In this third article, my focus will be on how you can regain your health after being poisoned by mold, what your best options are for treatment, as well as what to avoid…
…As an example, consider four of the common drug approaches to treating fungal infections (of which mold is just one type): Nasal corticosteroids, antibiotics, antidepressants, and antifungal medications…
…The steroid may temporarily decrease inflammation, which may make you feel a bit better for a short period of time. However, steroids suppress your immune response. If your immune response is compromised, then the infection is actually encouraged, which perpetuates the underlying problem. It's like pouring gasoline on a fire…
…Asthma, like sinusitis, often has a fungal origin that is missed in children and adults, so is often inappropriately treated by medical practitioners. Physicians usually prescribe cortisone and steroid inhalers if you or your child has asthma. In fact, cortisone has been one of the "preferred" methods of treating asthma in the U.S. since 1976. And since that time, the mortality from asthma has TRIPLED in the U.S.
The last thing you want to do if you have a fungal infection is suppress your body's ability to fight it! Yet, that's precisely what these steroid medications are doing…
… research suggests more than 90 percent of sinus infections are fungal in origin. Yet more than 90 percent of physicians continue to believe that the vast majority of sinus infections are bacterial—so they prescribe antibiotics
that target bacteria, not fungi. Antibiotics create a fungus-friendly intestinal environment. Along with killing the bad bacteria, they kill off your good bacteria and yeast that would naturally keep the pathological fungi at bay. Without these good bacteria, fungi like mold are allowed to spread, unchecked. Antibiotics (the kind that target bacteria) will not kill mold in sinus cavities. So, if more than 90 percent of upper respiratory infections are fungal, and physicians are throwing antibiotics at them, this points to an enormous number of infections that are being grossly mistreated…
…Fungal toxins can affect your brain, and if so, alter your emotional state. Neurological symptoms are commonly seen with mold toxicity. This phenomenon, combined with the fact that mold exposure is often associated with psychologically traumatic environmental disasters such as hurricanes and floods, makes for a complex clinical picture that can superficially appear to the uneducated clinician as depression, anxiety, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Therefore, it's not uncommon for people suffering from chronic mold-related health problems to be prescribed antidepressant drugs, as if to say the problem is all "in their heads" and lacks any physiological cause. If your psychological symptoms are caused by fungal or chemical exposure, an antidepressant will DO NOTHING to neutralize the toxins causing your psychological symptoms, much less your physical symptoms! Antidepressants can do more damage than good and come with a slew of potentially serious side effects
, to say nothing of failing to address the underlying cause.
As a group, antifungal drugs are quite toxic, especially to your liver. For example, the drug Lamisil (terbinafine), used to treat toenail fungus, is so toxic that its manufacturer Novartis warns you in their product insert
that Lamisil has resulted in liver failure, the need for liver transplants, and death. Lamisil can also cause loss of taste or smell, depression, suppressed blood cell counts, skin reactions and development of lupus erythematosus (an autoimmune disease). Yet, it is commonly prescribed for toenail fungus because it concentrates in nail tissue. Nystatin is another antifungal that is used both orally and topically for Candida
overgrowth. However, nystatin is poorly absorbed by your gastrointestinal tract and is not intended to treat mold infections or systemic fungal disease. There are several other oral antifungals, in addition to a number of intravenous antifungals
with even scarier side effect profiles.
The reason most antifungal drugs are so toxic has to do with the similarity between your body's cell membranes and fungal cell membranes. Fungal antibiotics attack the cell membranes of the fungus, and when they do, they also damage human cell membranes. These are some of the most dangerous drugs on the market and are best avoided. Clearly, drugs are not the answer if you've been poisoned by mold…
The most effective way to treat this systemic infection is to starve it and kill it with natural anti-fungals. I have been successfully treating these types of infections for over 20 years. My oldest daughter developed severe eczema right after she was born and I had to find a way to treat it naturally. She has not had any eczema for nearly 2 decades now since we figured out the mold/fungus connection to her problem. Dr. Mercola has done a good job of bringing this problem to light in the three articles he recently wrote. We can help resolve these problems in you and your loved ones.
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