8 Things You Can Do (Outside Medical Treatment) That Will Improve your Mold Situation
By Cesar Collado
Because the impact of mold is so significant on the mind, body, and one’s emotional health, I’m focusing this article on some real actions anyone can employ. It is common for a person to make a decision to take action, but do nothing, because the stars are not aligned for an optimal solution. Whether you have a small mold problem or your home has a massive, costly issue, doing something is often better than doing nothing. Everything I’m presenting is something worth trying. While all of these things have costs associated with them, they are manageable expenses, if prioritized as part of your entire spending and minimal in the grand scheme of healthcare spending, wellness, and a productive livelihood.
While there are other recommended protocols to optimally maintain mold hygiene, the goal with this article is to demonstrate that actions can create results vs. inaction. Performing any of these actions can provide significant improvement by simply lowering mold counts in your body, clothes, and home. My hope is to inspire action when hopelessness lethargy may have paralyzed someone suffering from mold sensitivity.
Action 1: Educate Yourself About Mold
Since mold illness is not on the radar for traditional western medicine, mold-sick patients often go without an accurate diagnosis after numerous physician visits and referrals. Mold sensitivity is often a diagnosis of exclusion and your environment requires personal vigilance and investigation. Simply performing some internet research on your symptoms and on mold-ignited illness has an enormous return on the time investment.
Action 2: Treat Your Sinuses for Mold
Since the vast majority of mold enters the body through the nose, regular removal of mold from your sinuses is the single most important thing you can do to significantly decrease mold’s impact on your health. The longer the mold spores have to colonize inside your nasal cavities, the more suitable the environment becomes for mold to grow. Once inside the body, mold triggers inflammation which creates mucous that feeds mold in the dark, moist environment.
Rinse your sinuses daily with a nasal rinse system. These can be purchased at a local drug store or online for $10-15 dollars and come with salt packages to eliminate irritation and neutralize the pH of your nasal cavity. Ideally, a twice daily rinse with an additive with antifungal properties will maintain a significantly lower mold count in your sinuses. Blocking mold’s entry to your body gives it a better chance of leveraging its natural healing properties to limit inflammatory responses and to allow the immune system to clear out the mold on its own.
Action 3: Test Your Home for Mold
Identifying mold in your environment is the first and most important step in making your home a place to heal and recharge vs. a place that will make symptoms worse. Mold test plates are very accurate and inexpensive. They can be picked up at your local hardware store (Home Depot or Lowe’s) or purchased from Amazon or Microbalance Health Products at a discounted rate. Regardless, they can be purchased for single digit dollars and used immediately, as they require little more than the plates themselves and aluminum foil. These test plates can provide significant information to allow you and your healthcare provider the factual evidence of mold counts in your indoor environments.
Action 4: Clean Mold From Your Home
While Microbalance Health Products produces several products to lower mold counts in your home, there are several less expensive options to remove mold. Each of these have their limitations in effectiveness and ease of use. Nonetheless, they are commodity products. Natural household cleaning items such as vinegar, baking soda, Borax, hydrogen peroxide, etc., can be substituted. Regularly cleaning your home specifically for mold will help keep mold counts down.
In addition, a quality HEPA vacuum can become your best friend. These appliances, used regularly, will keep dust levels down and remove the microscopic particles from your floors, furniture, curtains, and other furnishings. Carpets are notorious for harboring mold as they provide shielding, retain moisture, and provide food (padding and adhesives) to maintain mold levels that can then be released into the air when disrupted (stepped on). A HEPA vacuum is required to remove mold from this fertile environment.
Action 5: Eliminate Mold Hitchhikers From Clothing and Bedding
Cleaning mold from your clothing and bedding can provide significant relief throughout your day. Mold can and will follow you around on your clothing and can then find a home in your moist bedding. When we sleep, our bodies shed skin cells (food) and perspires (moisture). A made or unmade bed can become a place where mold stays close to you while you sleep. EC3 Laundry Additive is optimal for cleaning washable items but vinegar and baking soda will eliminate as much as 80% plus of mold species.
Action 6: Keep the Air in Your Environment Safe to Breathe
A HEPA air purifier can filter the air in your immediate vicinity to give your body a chance to employ its remarkable healing ability. The constant assault on your body by mold keeps your immune system overactive and prevents healing. These devices are not inexpensive; however, they can contribute to your productivity each day and help prevent full debilitation from mold. Microbalance Health Products offers EC3 Air Purification Candles that will also remove mold and mycotoxins in the air around you when burned for a period of time.
Action 7: Avoid Fungal Growth Promoting Foods
Without drastically changing your diet, you can avoid foods that promote fungal growth throughout the body.
Sugar, starchy foods, refined grains, and fermented alcohol all feed fungi in the body. Fungi, including Candida, have a sugar receptor that, when bound to, changes the
structure of the microbe making it resistant and promoting thegrowth of hyphae, or “root like” growths that can penetrate gut and other tissues. A Candida infection can also penetrate the blood brain barrier and impact mood disorders.
Action 8: Spray or Fog Your Indoor Environment With EC3 Mold Solution Concentrate (Optional for severe mold sufferers with conclusive evidence of significant mold growth)
Whether you have a mold problem at home or live in some type of rental situation, fixing the problem may be the out of your control, either financially or practically. In these situations, moving to a safe environment is the only surefire way to address the issue immediately.
There are many people for whom this is not an option. For those, this action is only a suggestion: Distribute EC3 Mold Solution Concentrate mixed with distilled water over the entire home and furnishings to provide a short-term mold solution that will last days or longer. You can use a gallon pump sprayer from the garden section of the hardware store or purchase a SANI+TIZER cold fogger and EC3 Mold Solution Concentrate. The fogger will aerosolize the EC3 into tiny particles that can evenly settle on items to eliminate mold spores before evaporation. The fogger will pay for itself over time, because of its efficiency and ease of use in distribution of product. The sprayer will also work. However, the mist is less refined and larger particles may leave items damp and use more of the product. Either way, many patients have told me of the effectiveness.
These suggestions can all be considered “Mold Hygiene” for people sensitive to mold. Not everyone requires mold hygiene; however, it is common for one person in a household to suffer greatly while others are symptom free. This can be the cause of significant misunderstandings about mold sensitivity. Human genetics can explain why some people are and others are not sensitive. Previous exposure to mold is another. Exposure can occur slowly over a long period of time or in a single massive exposure. Either way, filling your mold-exposure threshold can make one sensitive for a lifetime. I will discuss this next week.
Obviously, these suggestions should not replace seeking medical help for symptoms and illness. They also should not take the place of removing yourself from a sick environment as the first critical step until the problem is fixed.
The main message is action. Doing something is always better than nothing. These actions can have a real impact on the mold issues that are making you sick. Your body’s immunity and defenses with a Doctor to facilitate detoxification and healing will be the real solution.
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Cesar Collado is a former pharmaceutical R&D executive, venture capitalist, and seasoned strategy consultant in biotechnology and technology in general. He currently works as an advisor to multiple technology start-ups and advises several companies that provide healthcare and other services for environmental illness.