You could say it started over 50 years ago, as I was born genetically predisposed to having a chronic inflammatory response when exposed to the interior of a water-damaged building (CIRS-WDB). I recently have come to realize the effects mold exposure has had on my health. I previously had thought that my nagging symptoms such as muscle aches, joint pains, insomnia, and anxiety were the normal effects of getting older. However, now I realize that all of these symptoms manifest when I am exposed to mold and other inflammagans found in the interiors of water-damaged buildings.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Lyme disease is the fastest growing vector-borne (infections transmitted by the bite of an infected arthropod species such as mosquitoes, ticks, triatomine bugs, sand flies, and black flies) infectious disease in the United States. In fact, Lyme disease is becoming such an epidemic, the CDC is estimating almost 300,000 people are infected annually and 40% of Lyme patients will end up with long term health problems.
As you drive along the Jersey Shore, Long Island, or surrounding areas, the residual effects of Hurricane Sandy are still abundant almost 4 years later. I remember reading an announcement posted by the New York Committee of Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) for any rehabilitation volunteers and workers warning them about the dangers and hazards that may befall them.
Are you suffering from anxiety? Maybe asthma, headaches, fatigue, leaky gut syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, or even psoriasis? Do you experience more than one of these health-sapping symptoms? You may have gone to your family doctor, an environmental specialist, a rheumatologist, a gastroenterologist or some alternative practitioners to seek treatment. Are you still suffering these symptoms despite seeing all these professionals? Unbelievably, you may be suffering from a chronic inflammatory immune system response to mold (and the contents of a water damaged building).
Dr Rothman discusses the genetic and immunologic causes of mold related illnesses. He then reviews the diagnosis and treatment of these chronic, health destroying conditions known as chronic inflammatory response syndrome (CIRS), following the Surviving Mold Protocol.
Let us compare skin aging to the deterioration of the paint on your car. Imagine you just bought a brand new car, the paint is smooth and beautiful, and unblemished, without any lumps or bumps or uneven areas of color. However, over time, bird poop, road debris, scratches, extreme weather conditions, and general wear and tear begin to affect your paintjob.
As I scrolled through this article written about ADD, I soon found the obligatory advertisement for the drug to treat this alleged disease. Will taking the recommended drug treat the symptoms of ADD? Possibly. Will ingesting this powerful, stimulant drug actually fix your underlying problem? Absolutely not.
High levels of Insulin, cortisol, and estrogen, are all prevalent substances in your body, which can increase your risk of cancer. All of these hormones are associated with your parasympathetic nervous system. On the other hand, low levels of thyroid hormone, progesterone, and testosterone will also contribute to cancer. It just so happens that these three hormones are associated with your sympathetic nervous system.
Most headaches are caused by excessive blood flow to your brain. These are the steps: inflammation in your body can stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system. This excess parasympathetic nervous system stimulation resulting from this inflammatory process can lead to vasodialation (dilated blood vessels) resulting in too much blood to flow to your brain.
If you suffer from dysautonomia then you may be experiencing a myriad of Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) related symptoms, one of them being digestive problems, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome(IBS). Below are some quick use facts about IBS, but if you would like a more comprehensive discussion, please feel free to read our IBS and IBD pages, or a recent blog entitled A Holistic Approach to Irritable Bowel Syndrome.