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Does Mold Affect Your Brain?

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We’ve all heard of mildew, and some of us know about black mold, but do you know what mold can do to your health? Mold is actually a toxin, and it releases toxic gas and spores into the air. When the toxins enter your body, via skin or air, the toxic gases cause a disturbance in many organs, including your brain.

Often confused as just allergies, or “just being out of it,” mold infections can affect cognitive function, especially in the frontal cortical area.

Is it Mold Toxicity or Stress?

When mold toxicity occurs, many dysfunctions can occur, and add psychological distress, or feelings of “craziness.”

Since the 1950’s when drywall began replacing plaster, high-efficiency, energy-saving appliances are smaller and more airtight for many houses. This has increased the reports of mold infections and their drastic indicators.

Scary Symptoms of Mold Infection or Mold Toxicity

  • Psychological distress
  • Exhaustion
  • Changes in touch or sensation
  • Muscle weakness
  • Vertigo
  • Coordination problems
  • Mental fog
  • Breathing problems
  • Digestive issues

Is it TBI, Lyme Disease or a Mold Infection?

Traumatic brain injuries, Lyme disease, and mold infections have very similar symptoms. These conditions are often associated with brain fog, memory loss, insomnia, and even nausea. Because TBIs are often painful and frightening, people tend to seek help more immediately.

Symptoms of a TBI appear suddenly and can last for years, which is why many of these illnesses are misdiagnosed as something else.

When a mold infection isn’t misdiagnosed as Lyme or a TBI, it’s often diagnosed as other brain conditions because of the symptoms. The sudden “brain fog” and memory loss allows for people to simply write it off as getting older, while depression and anxiety symptoms seem to signal mental illness.

How Can You Treat a Mold Infection?

Because of the long-term effects of mold, it is often misdiagnosed, and therefore mistreated, leaving the person even more frustrated, and still suffering from the distressing side effects of mold toxicity.

If you even think your symptoms are similar to a mold infection, it’s important to get a comprehensive evaluation. The first three things we’d do to help are:

  • Contain or stop the exposure
  • Boost your detoxification pathways
  • Increase your levels of vitamin D

An Amen Clinics full evaluation uses SPECT brain imaging to assess the brain’s function and brain flow, while other tests confirm and help to find other conditions. Because there are often other concurrent conditions, it’s even more vital to find out everything, and not just treat the side effects.

Many people have found hope and help at Amen Clinics, just like Kimberlyn. She went from an active, organized person, to feeling exhausted and out of sorts. When she went to her doctor, he did a series of tests and found that she was suffering from mold illness. She began treatments, and after her full evaluation, Kimberlyn was finally diagnosed, treated, and her symptoms gradually improved.

If you or a loved one has symptoms that sound a lot like Kimberlyn’s contact Amen Clinics today, or call 888-288-9834 and find the hope you’ve been looking for.

 

  • lihtgvr

    I wish I could print out this article.

  • Joanne

    So, plaster doesn’t get moldy like drywall can?

    • David Willhite

      Drywall has a paper coating the mold can use as food. However, plaster is usually over wooden slats, which if wet, could be similar to paper and house mold.

      • Joanne

        Thank you. It seem like buildings could be purposefully constructed with little for mold to feed on.

  • Cindy Carista

    Just moved out of a house full of black mold and had a ct scan of my brain today,and the idiot land lord is just going to paint over it and rent it again.

    • suemenow

      Can you call the county health department or some dept that might actually care, about the condition of his house?

  • mothermary112009

    I am sick from head to toe with Mycotoxin Poisoning. I have been to Dr Libbermans clinic in Charleston SC for biodetoxification. I know its a long battle as my IGG Mold blood levels are HIGH. It causes FUNGAL disease and cancer throughout the body. CT SCAN will not show MOLD DISEASE… You need all types of blood work reach out to an Environmental Specialist.

  • Ana Saldana

    Does this article pertain to all molds, or just toxic black mold?

    I evacuated Houston before Hurricane Harvey and won’t go back until the trash is collected, toxic waste sites and chemical companies are inspected. I live near Brays Bayou and my business is in Meyerland. In these two areas the front yards were full of moldy, hot sheetrock. I don’t know if it’s been cleaned up.

    How do we know if these piles of hurricane debris have black mold?

    • Hi Ana,

      We are very sorry to hear that you were affected by Hurricane Harvey and it is very smart of you to not return until everything is picked up. These areas should be assessed by professionals in the area and all should be picked up or cleared. Your business should also be checked by a professional if it was affected by any flooding or water damage.

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