We are getting a lot of inquiries about where to go for testing and treatment after exposure to toxic levels of Mycotoxins from damp and moldy environments.
Unfortunately, few doctors are experienced in testing or treating patients that are suffering from Biotoxin Illness and other health issues that arise after living or working inside of a home/office/school with poor indoor air.
My best advice is to try to find an Environmental Medicine Specialist either in the US or abroad. Surprisingly Spain has a high incidence of people affected by chemicals who require treatment for MSC (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity) so there seems to be more Environmental Medicine doctors available there.
In the US I have been able to make contact with several doctors and centers who have treated people I have met along my journey. I found out that the Mayo Clinic has several good Environmental Medicine doctors you can read about here.
The places below also see patients suffering from illnesses caused by mold and other environmental toxins:
The most important thing is to take action. If the home you own is making you sick because of chemicals or mold get out or pitch a tent outside if you can’t afford to move. If you are renting you can always contact your landlord. If they refuse to take action you can report them to your state’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
For more information on the law and Mold in rentals click here.
If your office or place of work is making you sick ask for an inspection and for adequate testing of chemicals and mold to be done. If they refuse you can always conduct your own tests using kits like the ones mentioned in this post.
Make sure to document by taking pictures of any tested areas with a daily newspaper next to you to prove the date. You can also use a Polaroid camera instead of a digital one to remove any suspicions of fabricated pictures.
Once you have your results back, email them to your HR specialist or manager and express your concerns. Emailing pictures and results is important because it documents your findings in case your employer decides to respond unfairly to your concerns.
If your employer refuses to take action or they threaten you with eliminating your position, or worse yet, they fire you; be sure to call OSHA and DOL to file a complaint and provide them with all of your emails, research and testing results. There are also many attorneys all over the USA who take on these types of cases with great success.
This is not an easy road to travel and often it is like walking in the dark. But don’t lose hope.
Start by eliminating the main cause of your illness. Then continue by avoiding contact with places that can potentially make you sick.
Next, begin to eliminate unhealthy foods from your diet and eliminate all things containing yeast. During the time of healing from illnesses caused by Mycotoxins and Chemicals, many people have success by eating a grain and sugar-free diet and adding probiotics and digestive enzymes.
When choosing foods, be sure to choose organic only as to avoid herbicides, pesticides and fungicides and the harmful substances in foods made with GMO’s and artificial additives.
Over the years we have also found that certain herbs and food-based supplements are a great way to complement treatment for various illnesses and diseases including MCS and Biotoxin Illnesses.
However, any consumption of prescribed meds or complementary medicine should always be discussed with a practitioner.
When purchasing herbs choose a reputable company and if possible choose organic or wildcrafted herbs.
We love Gaia Herbs and HerbPharm. Both of these companies have supplements for a discounted price on Vitacost.com or you can purchase them at your local health food store.
A few of our favorites are:
Pau D’ Arco
Milk Thistle Seed
You can receive a $10 coupon off your first purchase on Vitacost by clicking here.
If you would like some online resources on diet and Mold/Mycotoxin exposure visit any of the links below:
Know The Cause – Doug Kaufmann, the host of the popular TV show, Know The Cause, he became interested in the subject of fungus as it pertains to disease while working in the area of food allergy.
Mold Recovery Blog – a Documented journey of a family who suffered from Mold. Lots of great stories and articles to help those going through the same journey
Mold Symptoms – Offering info on symptoms
Dr. Mercola – Excellent article on combating exposure via diet, meds, and supplements