As I watch the horrible aftermath
of the victims of Hurricane Sandy, I know from my own personal experience that
flooding leaves behind an enemy so dark and treacherous that few people
understand the far reaching devastating effects.
My husband and I have personally
have been affected by black mold, a condition I was unaware of when I moved
into a leased house after my home burned to the ground several years ago. It was a beautiful home that we leased;
glass, spectacular views, space.
Luxurious… is how you would describe it, so beautiful it helped ease the
pain of losing all our belongings to the fire.
A year after we moved in, both my
husband and I began to have health problems. At one point a fungus attack put
me in the hospital for six days, horribly misdiagnosed as cancer, until it was
discovered to be mold fungus. I did not connect mold with my home. Around the
same time my very healthy husband started experiencing hair loss, red irritated
eyes, and a sinus and fungal nose infection that wouldn’t go away. We both
started having GI tract problems; bloating, yeast, candida, and cramping.
It wasn’t until I was interviewing
Dr. Rick Sponaugle of the Florida Detox & Wellness Institute that I started
piecing together the puzzle that had been eluding both of us.
We had mold. A professional remediator came to our home to
test and found standing water all over a lower floor that had never been
finished. Black mold was crawling everywhere, including into the
air-conditioning and heating vents so it wasblowing into all the rooms.
We had to move. And detox…
In walks Dr. Rick Sponaugle of the
Florida Detox &Wellness Institute who has successfully treated over 2000
patients who, unknowingly, were suffering from Mold Toxicity.
This week on The SUZANNE Show, we
discussed the dangers of mold and I wanted to get more detailed information to
pass along to you in my blog from the preeminent expert in the field, Dr.
SS: Thank you, Dr. Sponaugle. Can you explainmold and the affects that you
can predict the victims of Hurricane Sandy might experience?
RS: Well, I worry for all of them. Mold toxins are toxic gases produced by
indoor molds. From what I see of the houses devastated by Hurricane Sandy, it
will be difficult to dry out those houses, especially now as the weather is
wet, cold, damp, and snow is coming. It
is my experience that hidden mold is always present in water-damaged buildings. Most of these people will be unaware that
they are suffering from gases produced by mold infestations hidden behind
water-damaged walls,shower tile, and above wet ceilings. These harmful toxins
go unnoticed when mold is hidden because we cannot see or smell them.
SS: I see… like the silent enemy. You and I have talked before about the gene
we both happen to carry, the HLA-DRBQ gene, making us more susceptible to mold
and allergies of all kinds. Will
Hurricane Sandy victims be spared if they don’t happen to carry that same gene?
RS: This is the irony: three out of four Americans who naturally
produce antibodies to mold toxins can live and work in water-damaged buildings
without suffering significant demise in their health. But patients who carry
the HLA gene have no antibodies to deactivate and remove mold toxins. They develop excessive accumulation of these
harmful toxins. Mold toxins are lipophilic, meaning their molecular structure
consists of fatty acid molecules. For
this reason, mold toxins migrate to and deposit in the brain because the brain
is the ‘fattiest’ organ, consisting of 60% fat.
SS: What you are saying is that some of the
victims will not be able to handle the toxicexposure to the mold but they won’t
realize that this is the root of the problem?
Mold toxicity is the cause for many psychological and neurological
disorders, including but not limited to: addiction, anxiety, bipolar II,
chronic fatigue, depression, fibromyalgia, insomnia, multiple sclerosis (MS),
Neuropathy, OCD, panic disorder, paranoia and schizoid syndrome.
SS: How about your everyday conditions, like the
ones my husband and I are experiencing: sinus, red watery eyes, fatigue,
inflamed GI tract, unexplained weight gain?
RS: Yes, mold causes all those symptoms and also
other odd effects including slurred speech, disorientation, feeling irritable
or paranoid, insomnia, craving sweets, itching nose at night, static shocks,
muscle aches, food allergies, antibiotic allergies, blurred vision, confusion,
very high blood pressure, Mono-like symptoms, skin rash, cystic acne, joint
pain, swollen gums, tongue swelling, odd periods, stuttering, and throat
SS: It’s shocking to know that mold is that
damaging. So little is understood about
mold by most doctors, but your clinic is one of the only in the country that gets it. And I know we all benefit
because you, too, suffered severe mold toxicity yourself, so you are able to
grasp the enormity when apatient is sitting in front of you. Certainly no one
would ever connect severe depression to mold toxicity.
RS: There are three different mold toxins
associated with depression, panic disorder and bipolar symptoms - aflatoxins,
ochratoxin and trichothecene. The government set toxic level for
trichothecenes, the family of mold toxins produced by Stachy Botrus (known as
black mold) is 0.2 parts per billion. I routinely have patients with levels as
high as 3.2, which is 16 times the government set toxic threshold.
SS: What does this do to the body?
RS: It can cause severe anxiety, insomnia,
panic-disorder or bipolar. I’ve treated
(successfully) hundreds of toxic patients who were simply diagnosed with
generalized anxiety disorder or misdiagnosed bi-polar by psychiatrists who
remain naive regarding the effect of mold toxicity on the brain. Most doctors will give these patients drugs
like Klonopin or Xanax to calm theiranxious brains.
SS: But when they have these anxious or
over-electrified brains from mold toxins, it’s clear to me that the mold needs
to be detoxified from the body, rather than medicating it with a Band-Aid.
RS: Mold toxic brains produce excessive levels of
two powerful electrifying brain chemicals;
glutamate and PEA. It is the increased activation of glutamate and PEA
nerve receptors throughout the body that produces an over-electrified nervous
system producing symptoms of anxiety, insomnia, panic disorder, bi-polar and fibromyalgia.
Mold toxic patients experience a gradual progression as they slowly accumulate
more mold toxins. Their symptoms usually
begin with insomnia, then as they spend more time living and working in mold
toxic buildings or houses, their symptoms progress from insomnia to anxiety
which can then progress to full blown panic disorder, and in the most severe
cases, bipolar symptoms of rage and paranoia.
Probably most patients who come to
my clinic have been to 20 different doctors before me and not found an
answer. Many of these mold toxic
patients have traveled to multiple states and various medical centers in their
failed attempt to discover the underlying cause of their severe depression,
anxiety, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia syndromes. Many developed addiction
issues because of their undiagnosed mold toxicity.
SS: It’s sad.
I presume the addiction is a result of the over-electrified brains and
the patients need to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol to calm themselves
down? It’s very understandable.
RS: Yes, it is.
Depression and chronic fatigue can be a result of mold toxicity
suppressing the production of nor-epinephrine output from the A5 Nucleus.
That’s the part of the brain that produces 90% of our nor-epinephrine. This is
one of the primary mechanisms by which mold toxicity causes severe depression
and severe chronic fatigue. When you have a mold toxic brain, specifically the
hypothalamus, it can’t properly stimulate the brain’s primary hormonal factory,
the pituitary gland. Pituitary insufficiency results in hormonal deficiencies,
such as the downstream hormone factories - the thyroid, adrenals, and the sex
organs. Mold toxin induced deficiencies of these hormones cause inactivation of
the three adrenaline chemicals causing symptoms of severe depression, lethargy,
and chronic fatigue.
SS: Can mold toxicity cause
RS: Yes, mold toxicity is the primary cause of
fibromyalgia in many middle-aged women.
It causes total body pain
because of the excessive production of the electrifying neurotransmitters,
glutamate and PEA. The excessive inflammation is derived from the toxic load
and deficiencies of the calming neurotransmitters; taurine and serotonin. This
causes mold toxin induced destruction of the intestinallining, which leads to
poor absorption of the essential amino acids, tryptophan and taurine. The resulting up-regulating of electrical
voltage in the body’s nervous system can be dramatic, and it directly
correlates with the measured level of mold toxins. When these women go to their doctors, they
are usually misdiagnosed and prescribed addicting pain medication and drugs
like Lyrica, which treats the symptoms but not the true cause of fibromyalgia -
SS: What about MS? I once saw two side-by-side slides. One slide
was a healthy person; the other was a person with MS. The healthy cells were
moving around and in constant motion, all clumped together. The MS slides
showed cells that werelumbering, moving very slowly. They were not clumped
together, but moving slowly, slowly, and the strange thing was the MS cells all
had a white filmsurrounding them. I asked what the film was and the scientist
told me it was toxins. So can MS also be
caused by mold toxins?
RS: Mold toxins destroy the myelin sheath on
brain neurons, causing the classic white spotsseen in MS. That’s why I have created the Brain Wellness
Program combined with intravenous mold toxin removal protocol to reverse damage
caused by MS.
SS: Anyone reading this blog who
has any of these symptoms now has something new to consider. Maybe their diagnosis has been wrong. Maybe they are not truly suffering from
autoimmune diseases or addictions. Maybe
the cause isthat musty smell in your house or the black fuzz in between your
tiles. Up until I was affected, these
signs were annoyances I thought could be handled by deep cleaning. But now I know mold lurks deep in the roots
of the house and anyone who has water damage, in particular those affected by
Hurricane Sandy or those devastated by Katrina, now know that there is likely a
hidden enemy in the home. There is an answer to this problem. You, Dr.
Sponaugle, seem to be one of the few in this country who understands mold, its
effects, and how to treat and detoxify it from the body at The Florida Detox &
Wellness Institute. I know you have
already helped so many people and many more are going to be helped by this
interview and the important work you are doing. I thank you for your great
RS: My pleasure, Suzanne.
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