Navigating mycotoxicity or mold illness is a committed process that can take many months or years. The plan will vary from one person to another, but here are key components of healing from toxic mold.
If you haven’t already read this post, check it out for symptom lists and more on mold.
● Remove yourself from the environment and properly remediate environment.
● Mindful eating. Load your body with nutrient-dense foods, from vegetables and fruits to pasture-raised or wild animals, legumes, beans and whole grains (like fresh-milled sorghum, buckwheat, einkorn, quinoa, etc) if your body can tolerate grains. Minimize or avoid processed foods with added ingredients and preservatives. Limit or avoid foods that tend to cause inflammatory responses, like gluten (wheat, barley, rye), pasteurized dairy, and processed sugar (opt for honey, maple syrup, dates or stevia instead). Notice your personal responses to these foods and how they affect your symptoms; not all will affect all. Be mindful of foods that tend to be contaminated with mold, like peanuts (I once opened a peanut shell that was filled with mold!), pistachios, coffee beans, chocolate and even some grains.
● Manage stress. This is key to rebalancing adrenals (the glands that secrete stress hormones like cortisol, adrenaline, norepinephrine, and sex hormone precursors to androgens and estrogens), managing mast cell activation and sensitivities. Because the body stores memory at a cellular level, using techniques that help to repattern these autopilot responses beneath the conscious mind are an essential piece of the puzzle. Furthermore, when our bodies are in a perpetual state of stress response (whether induced by the pathogen, worry over health, or otherwise), it cannot efficiently move into the parasympathetic nervous system, which is essential for cellular healing.
● Supplementation. Using various supplemental nutrients help the body create and assimilate nutrients that are impacted by mycotoxins. For instance, glutathione is depleted in mold illness, so N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC), a precursor to glutathione production, can be a helpful supplement for some. Quercetin can be helpful for managing the histamine response of mast cell activation. Supplements that help increase oxygenation can also be helpful. Ensuring proper electrolyte balance can be key for some; I like using Hyland’s homeopathic cell salts Kali Phos (potassium and phosphorous) and Nat Mur (sodium and chlorine) or ConcenTrace Trace Minerals Drops. Magnesium is also helpful for aiding in detoxification, calming nerves and muscles and many more physiological functions.
● Herbs. Herbal medicine can help manage the symptoms while working to detoxify mold from the body. For instance, horsetail herb is high in silica, a mineral that supports the musculoskeletal system and can help with accompanying muscle weakness. Silica also helps to pull things out. Other herbs, like turmeric or marshmallow root, can help with inflammation that contributes to pain symptoms, like sore throats or joint pain. Herbs that support the lungs can be quite helpful when lower respiratory symptoms are present, like New England Aster and bee propolis, or manuka honey Neti pot rinses for upper respiratory issues.
● Detox. Getting mold out of the body is essential. Using binders, like activated charcoal, bentonite clay, Saccharomyces boulardii or chlorella target different molds and move them out through the channels of elimination. In some cases, you’ll need all, and in others just one or two. Some people can handle only tiny introductions of these binders at a time. Mold-ridden environments make it easier for other pathogens to take up space in the body, like parasites, candida or heavy metals, and often these will need to be detoxified using a specific approach, as well.
● Limit EMF exposure. Many people dealing with mold symptoms may notice their symptoms are aggravated with excess exposure to electromagnetic frequency radiation through cell phones, tablets, computers, bluetooth, airpods, Apple watches, FitBits, WiFi towers, TVs, etc. Limit your exposure to these devices. Turn your phone and other devices onto airplane mode at night, and do not sleep with it near your body. Better yet, turn your home WiFi off at night or when not in use. Invest in an EMF blocker for your cell phone. Avoid putting a laptop computer in your lap. Try to not sit near WiFi towers or electrical areas, and try to position your WiFi tower in a space that isn’t frequently used or is at least six feet away from where you commonly sit. I have orgonite and shungite in my home to help offset EMFs.
● Trauma release. PTSD is a very real thing for those who’ve suffered mold illness. An essential part of the healing process is to use modalities that help to retrain your brain from the physiological patterns your body learned from the mycotoxin exposure and the mental patterning in response to these reactions and even just the awareness of mold. A drop of water anywhere hurled my body into immediate tension for a while! There are a few programs that are touted in the mold community: Annie Hopper’s DNRS and the Gupta program. I use other modalities to help retrain the brain, including holistic counseling, EFT, somatic therapies, flower essences and homeopathy.
In working with clients, we use non-invasive assessment techniques to get a comprehensive understanding of what’s at the root. Aside from understanding your symptoms, muscle response testing (also known as applied kinesiology) helps to hone in on affected body systems, pathogenic factors and root cause. Sclerology and iridology offer a view into internal body system imbalance. In some cases, a specific pattern shows up in the eye’s sclera to indicate mold. Tongue, skin and fingernail assessments also help to assess what’s out of balance.
You might opt for additional testing to pinpoint specific mycotoxins using a blood antibodies test (my preference) or a urine test, which can be ordered from some companies as an individual, and in some cases, covered by health insurance if prescribed by a physician. Great Plains, Real Time Labs and MyMycoLabs are labs that you can order your own tests in most cases. These are generally about $400. Other lab tests can be ordered to assess for mycotoxin indicators, as well. A visual contrast sensitivity test is another good place to start for $15. These additional tests are not required to work with me.
Once we know what we’re dealing with and what organs and glands are most impacted, we muscle test a plan that is tailored specifically to you. This helps to cut through the clutter of the many, many supplements, herbs and other natural remedies that can help in mycotoxin illness. Whether that’s breathwork or a supplement, neural repatterning, energy work or meditation, mineralization or cell salts or which binder to use, we work to formulate and adjust plans that will help you reclaim your health.
Kara McNabb is a naturopathic practitioner and somatic therapist. She works with clients of all ages to help them get to the root of mental, emotional and physical health problems using a holistic approach and natural medicine, ranging from herbalism, homeopathy, flower essences, nutrition, energy medicine, a holistic counseling process and more. Kara guides her clients in an exploration of subconscious limitations affecting their life to help them find freedom, health and a presence practice.