How to Handle Mold/Mycotoxin Exposure at Home or at Work – Where To Get Help

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We are getting a lot of inquiries about where to go for testing and treatment after exposure to toxic levels of Mold from damp and sick environments.

Unfortunately, few doctors are experienced in testing or treating patients who 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. You may be able to find a doctor who treats mold related illnesses near you by clicking here. 

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 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 links below also offer a list of doctors for patients suffering from illnesses caused by mold and other environmental toxins:

http://www.floridamoldandtoxicology.com/

http://lisanagy.com/content.php?id=25

https://www.bockintegrative.com/

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 cannot afford to move.
If you are renting here are some important steps to follow:
Whenever there is an issue that poses an occupational safety risk, be it mold or asbestos or fiberglass, etc you have a right to demand that the landlord cure the problem. For mold in rental units you can follow these steps:
1. Take photos of all areas with water damage, mold stains and any visible leaks you find.
2. Hire a licensed Environmental Hygienist or Licensed Mold Assessor to take samples of the air and of visible mold. Know that they will also have to take a control sample of the outside air. They should conduct a thorough visual inspection of the property both inside and out. Request that they do infrared thermal imaging to detect moisture behind walls and in hard to reach areas.  A qualified and experienced hygienist will properly check all perimeter walls, flooring substrates, baseboards, AC systems including vents and ducts, window and door assemblies, ceilings, and if applicable – attics and basements.
3. Send results from your inspection and testing along with a 7-day notice to cure to your landlord via certified mail and via email.
4. Make a decision on whether you will terminate your lease or withhold rent. Once 7 days have passed you have the option of withholding rent until remediation is complete or you may terminate your lease and move out without penalty.
If they refuse to take action you can report them to your state’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation and also seek out the help from a seasoned mold attorney.  Be sure to keep records of all receipts and seek out a doctor if you believe that mold has made you sick.
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 testing to be done by a licensed Environmental Hygienist or Mold Assessor.
During this time it is also important to seek medical attention if you believe that you have been made sick by mold at your place of work.  If they refuse to do testing you can always conduct your own tests using kits like the ones mentioned in this post.
Make sure to document by taking pictures and video 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 along with a medical letter if you have been seen by a mold literate doctor.  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 mold, chemicals and other indoor air toxins, 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 MECFS, MCS/TILT and Biotoxin Illness.
However, any consumption of prescribed meds or complementary medicine should always be discussed with your 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:
Astragalus
Pau D’ Arco
Olive Leaf
Oregano Oil
Milk Thistle Seed
Tumeric
Garlic

Helpful Links

Scientific Study on Exposure to Water-Damaged Buildings, Mold, and Mycotoxins

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

More Info
Below are a few organizations with helpful information on the toxic effects of mold and other environmental toxins.