Stealth Mold - Mold Spores
Most of us have heard about the damage a bad mold attack can cause. Houses so infested with mold they can't be restored. People with life-threatening lung diseases.
Anybody living in hurricane territory has stories to tell. About how mold devastated a relative, perhaps even themselves.
But few of us know the rest of the story. It's not just the big events, the black, creepy-crawly stuff that hurt us. Mold is everywhere, all the time, and we're breathing it right now.
Natural mold spores
Mold spores are a natural part of the soil. All soil.
When I moved from the verdant East Coast to arid Arizona, I was shouting "Hallelujah!" all the way, believing my mold allergy would find relief in the dry air. But, no.
It is a menace everywhere-and perhaps especially in dry areas like Arizona. Back East, plants cover the soil. Sure, they're weeds, and some are really ugly ones at that, but at least they keep the dirt in place so fewer mold spores get blown into the air we breathe.
In Arizona, though, it's a different story. Here, scarce rain means fewer volunteer plants. As a result, it's not just the answer that's blowing in the wind, as the song says, but the mold.
And it brings enormous health consequences, but because not so many of us realize we have a problem with it, we may not make the connection. Oh, sure, we can spot trouble if it's big, black mold crawling up the wall, but when invisible-to-the-naked-eye mold spores fill the air we breathe, no.
Perhaps you saw reports of the dust storms-or haboobs-in Phoenix in the summer of 2011. Television broadcasts showed the huge billows of dust, several stories high, in story after story after story. Not one of which mentioned mold-which was my first thought.
You can vacuum up dust or wash it away, but toxic mold spores aren't so easy to deal with.
Especially for those of us who have trouble with it, which appears to be most of us.
Mold and hypothyroidism
It looks like hypothyroidism, especially Hashimoto's, is related to a mold allergy. We don't know if a mold allergy causes the thyroid problem or vice versa, but some kind of connection exists. And it includes the food sensitivities that plague endocrine people. And the antibody creation.
I haven't found what's considered real research-controlled circumstances looking for an outcome-but mountains of anecdotal evidence-that is, stories of patients' and doctors' experiences-are everywhere.
Poobahs disdain anecdotal evidence and dismiss it without a second thought. Even when, like the mold-allergy/thyroid connection, it stacks up higher than the haboobs.
So, once again, we're on our own. We need to talk about this
What hints do we get about the possibility of a mold allergy?
• You smell it when nobody else does. Worse, you react to it.
I checked into a hotel. The room smelled vaguely moldy, but I thought I could handle it. Well, an hour later, my eyes were in permanent-leak mode, and my voice sounded like a basso profundo on a bad day. A staff member showed me two other rooms, which smelled moldier than the first. The guy who showed me the rooms smelled nothing. If it hadn't been for my streaming eyes and frog-like voice, he might have been even more skeptical.
Basements and mold
Basements can offer a splendid example of varying mold sensitivities.
• Grapes don't make nice with your digestive system. Or maybe they give you a headache. One way or another, you realize that grapes, with their mold-coated skins, aren't your friends.
• Mushrooms are mold. Even the ones touted for their medicinal talents.
• You have a problem with peanuts. While peanuts aren't naturally moldy, they sure do attract mold.
• It often accompanies wheat, too. Could it be the difference between those who react to gluten and those who don't? Dunno. Could be, though.
• Living, even vacationing, in a river valley or near a lake-both big-time mold traps-brings you down.
• Evergreen trees fill your head with bad stuff. And perhaps your lungs. You see, teeny-weeny blankets of mold cover evergreen needles. The mold protects them from the cold-but makes your congestion an evergreen affair.
Well, I could go on. Mold is everywhere. You should probably think about whether or not a mold allergy might lie behind your health problems.
God is good,
Copyright by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved
P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She's a patient who's been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, "Moving to Health" about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don't, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.