My Toxic Mold Illness Story
I'm excited to announce that I am now a Mold Literate Certified ND! Here's why. . .
Years ago I suffered from mold illness. It wasn't until I took the certification course that I even realized that was what had happened to me 7 years ago. I realized I had actually suffered from mold and didn't know it because I never smelled spores or that musky smell. But there is another chemical compound given off by mold, called mycotoxins, and I didn't realize that they could go through walls and they do not smell.
Looking back I remember my landlords told me I couldn't keep my bike in the basement because it flooded all the time. I never put 2 and 2 together back then because I didn't smell it.
I suffered for 2 years with full body hives, vision changes, tachycardia, exercise intolerance, fatigue and GI issues. I did a 4 day water fast because I thought that it was food causing the hives. My ND mentor put me on a candida cleanse and things got drastically worse. When I told him he thought it may be the garlic capsules.
I did some research and learned that the issue was probably a sulfur intolerance. So I stopped eating foods with sulfur. This included all my Naturopathic staples, garlic, onion, eggs, kale, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower etc. I could only eat grains, dairy and meat. I gained 50lbs. I went to so many ND's, chiropractors and acupuncturists and nothing helped. I did energy work and NAET but they still didn't go away.
Things started to change after I moved out of the apartment that had the mold. (If you own your home you MUST remediate) The hives got more manageable. Then the interventions I was doing started to make a change. I was meditating daily to decrease stress, taking Chinese Herbs, healing my gut and working on detox.
Eventually I had an acute illness (healing crisis) for 2 days where my hives got worse and I had 102 fever and severe fatigue. But I used my Naturopathic "Tips for Acute Illness" and got through it and was able to finally heal.
After my healing crisis, it took about 1 month, but the hives started to disappear from the top down as my other symptoms got better. My healing followed Herring's Law of Cure. True healing follows specific patterns:
From the inside out
From the oldest to the newest
From the most important to the least important
From the top down.
So many people suffer and don't know this is affecting them. Mold symptoms can be varied and found in every organ system. But some common ones may include:
Chronic sinus congestion
Vision changes & Floaters
Unexplained weight gain
Now my skin is clear and and I feel much better than I did before. I'm thankful I was able to get out of that home and use my Naturopathic and Chinese Medicine know how to help myself.
If you have been sick and the doctors can't explain it, you may have toxic mold illness. Doctors and loved ones may think it is in your head because others in your household aren't as sick as you. If you think you may have unexplained symptoms that won't go away with natural interventions then it may be time to get a mycotoxin test. I offer a great one through Vibrant America Labs.
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Dr. Sparks ND, LAc
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