Chronic Sinusitis and Mold Exposure can Cause Fatigue due to Hormone System Imbalance
By Cesar Collado
Almost all patients with chronic illnesses suffer from some form of extreme fatigue. In fact, severe fatigue is one of the most common symptoms mentioned by patients who suffer from a history of mold exposure and chronic sinusitis. A group of these patients was studied by Dr. Dennis and colleagues to determine if there was a direct, causal relationship between mold exposure and deficiency in growth hormone. In addition to the chronic fatigue, their study observed more than half of the patients studied had a growth hormone deficiency measured by an insulin tolerance test (“ITT”). Insulin and growth hormone play antagonist roles against one another. When one is elevated, the other will be low. Extrapolating from the results of these tests, one can estimate that 4-5 million patients in the US could be suffering from chronic fatigue due to growth hormone deficiency from mold exposure.
A definitive diagnosis of Growth Hormone Deficiency (“GHD”) was not made in these cases. A Growth Hormone Deficiency diagnosis (“Pituitary Dwarfism”) is a rare disorder, mostly in children, characterized by the inadequate secretion of growth hormone from the pituitary gland. Replacement treatment can cost $14-30,000 per year, and it is regulated and reimbursed tightly. The diagnostics used here determined the drop and depletion/disruption of normal secretions and levels of growth hormone. These patients that were tested were not previously diagnosed with GHD. It is assumed that normal production of growth hormone stopped or decreased, due to toxic disruption. These patients have a hormone disruption, where their body has told growth hormone to “turn off” as a protective mechanism. There have been similar findings with patients that are not typical patients for human growth hormone replacement such as in chronic fibromyalgia and pain; however, treatment and costs remain the same as for ‘rare diseases’ and may not be reimbursed or covered by many insurances.
Drs. Dennis and Robertson’s findings showed that chronic sinusitis patients suffering from extreme fatigue as measured by a subjective energy scale of less than 5 out of 10 (10 meaning the ability to walk 5 miles), 53% of these patients suffered from growth hormone deficiency. The research found that almost all patients studied had normal resting levels of IGF1. It is for this reason that the physicians performed an ITT for confirmation of growth hormone deficiency. These findings were published in a Toxicology Journal, entitled “Fungal Exposure Endocrinopathy in Sinusitis with Growth Hormone Deficiency. Dennis-Roberson Syndrome”.1
Below is an overview of the patients studied:
The researchers concluded that fungal exposure is directly related to hormone deficiency. This finding likely represents a major cause of growth hormone deficiency, potentially affecting 4.8 M, resulting in chronic fatigue. This figure is overwhelming, given the comparison to the approximately 60,000 patients treated with HGH of all other causes of GHD. These GHD patients are mostly children with few adult-onset GHD patients, due to serious pituitary issues. Again, treatment for these patients with Human Growth Hormone replacement therapy is not common or practical and overly expensive at a cost of costs $14-30,000 per year. HGH is tightly regulated due to and challenging to get reimbursed without a definitive diagnosis.
The Impact of Pituitary Damage
The pituitary gland is called the “Master Gland” as it is responsible for numerous hormone systems in the body. It is located adjacent to the sphenoid sinuses. It controls numerous hormonal systems.
- Growth hormone, which regulates growth, metabolism and body composition
- Adrenocorticotropic hormone, which stimulates the adrenal glands to secrete steroid hormones, principally cortisol
- Gonadotrophins also known as luteinising hormone and follicle stimulating hormone, They act on the ovaries or testes to stimulate sex hormone production, and egg and sperm maturity
- Prolactin, which stimulates milk production
- Thyroid stimulating hormone, which stimulates the thyroid gland to secrete thyroid hormones.
- Anti-diuretic hormone, which controls water balance and blood pressure
- Oxytocin, which stimulates uterine contractions during labor and milk secretion during breastfeeding.
- Melanocyte-stimulating hormone, which acts on cells in the skin to stimulate the production of melanin.
One of the reasons for growth hormone deficiency due to mold exposure is that there is a fungal receptor on the cell wall in the anterior pituitary that bind to fungal cells and activate the immune system. The macrophages sent to remove the antigen can destroy the fungus and tissues of the pituitary.
Inflammatory responses due to sinusitis fungal infection can have an impact on the adjacent pituitary tissue and function. In addition, mycotoxins reaching the inner sinuses adjacent to the same sphenoid sinuses and the brain can permanently damage nerves and cause neurological symptoms if they reach the blood-brain barrier.
Fungal Treatment is Essential
Fungal sinusitis is the result of fungal infection and exposure to a source of mold. In addition to following the doctor’s treatment plan and prescribed medicine, the patient must address the source of physical mold in their homes and sinuses or they may not be able to get better:
- Removal from the source of mold or fungus. This includes moving to a safe environment and identifying and remediating the source of moisture and mold in the living environment.
- Rinsing of the sinuses with a nasal wash system with saline with antifungal properties such as CitriDrops Dietary Supplement to remove mold spores and infected mucous.
- Removal of sugars and refined carbohydrates from the diet. Mold and Candida have a sugar receptor on the cell wall. When sugar binds to it, it morphs the physical shape of the cell organism into an invasive hyphae form. These resilient hyphae are like microscopic roots that can grow up to 3 feet long and can penetrate tissues causing inflammation, tissue destruction, and is more difficult to eradicate.
Addressing the Growth Hormone Deficiency and Cellular Healing:
In addition to addressing the fungal source in the body and the air, the body’s natural healing system needs to repair the body itself. Celltropin is a homeopathic remedy that promotes cellular healing and reproduction. Administration of 3-4 sublingual sprays taken 2-3 times a day to promote pituitary healing, cellular production, and will naturally increase growth hormone levels. Patients have reported increased energy and improved sleep.
Celltropin Ingredients include:
- Pituitary Extract is used to supplement individuals who wish to boost hormonal functions. It is taken to promote cellular growth. In fact, it is commonly used in laboratories to culture and grow human cells for medical research.
- Astragalus Root has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. The antioxidant effects inhibit free radical production. It impacts Telomeres, regions on the end of chromosomes that play a role in cellular senescence or biological aging. As you get older, they shorten. Astragalus decreases the shortening of the Telomeres.
- Arginine is an essential amino acid that plays an important role in cell division, wound healing, removing ammonia from the body, immune function, and the release of hormones. It is also a precursor for the synthesis of nitric oxide, which is important in the regulation of blood pressure.
Boosting Your Immune System
Sinus Defense is a sublingual spray formulation of transfer factor.
Transfer factor is the immune mechanism of transferring a mother’s immunity to her child. It has been demonstrated to be effective in transferring immunity between species as well. Sinus defense is programmed to identify and biologically adhere to mold antigens. This allows the bodies immediate cell-mediated immunity system to destroy the tagged antigens using our natural T cells.
If chronic and extreme fatigue is one of your primary symptoms due to mold exposure, Drs. Dennis and Roberson’s findings suggest growth hormone deficiency may be a consideration. If this is the case, it is likely that your immune system is reacting, and inflammation can impact both the duration and severity of your illness. Utilizing transfer factor and supporting the pituitary utilizing these homeopathic remedies is a cost-effective way to determine if your condition could improve sooner. It is likely to be more cost effective than going to multiple physicians using laboratory diagnostics.
1 Dennis, Robertson, et.al, Toxicology and Industrial Health 25 (9-10) 669-680, 2009