Unexplained Neurological Symptoms Can Be Caused by Mold

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Unexplained Neurological Symptoms Can Be Caused by Mold

By | 2017-12-22T18:45:35+00:00 September 5th, 2017|Chronic Sinusitis, Fungal Sinusitis, Mold Health Issues|5 Comments

By: Cesar Collado

While it is obvious that inhalation of mold can lead to sinusitis, the location and sensitivity of our smelling system provide direct access to our blood stream and brain causing systemic disease that oftentimes not considered or even recognized by traditional medical practice.  Yes, mold spores can enter through our noses to our sinuses. There they can find moisture and food to reproduce or colonize, causing a fungal or bacterial infection (Sinusitis). In some cases, mycotoxins, secondary metabolites of some molds, can also reach the brain.  If the fungus is not removed and the sinuses are not cleaned regularly, susceptible people can then develop chronic sinusitis (>12 weeks or multiple times per year), a troubling disease state that affects up to 50 million people in the US alone.

As a direct result, sinusitis can often present neurological symptoms such as headache, dizziness, brain fog, memory loss, depression, anxiety, and others.  Physical symptoms that may not appear obvious to the condition including pain and tingling in extremities.  Consequently, other systemic chronic diseases can be misdiagnosed as these symptoms often overlap. This often leads to unnecessary diagnostics, medical treatment, side effects, and extended human and financial costs.

Here’s what is really happening.

The Nasal Mechanism

The nose is a complex, multifunctional organ.  The nasal cavity and nasal hairs provide a barrier to shield our bodies from microscopic particles in the air we breathe. The nasal mucosa acts as a sticky blanket that prevents foreign particles from reaching our respiratory system. It is the mucosa where mold stores can settle and colonize in the food and moisture rich environment. The sinuses also filter and humidify inhaled air, prior to its reaching the lower parts of the airway.  Thus, the nasal mucosa is one of our body’s first lines of defense, filtering more than 500 liters of air per hour.

Innervation of the Nasal-Septum-Olfactory Nerves

Due to rich vascularization, the olfactory and respiratory systems may serve as efficient delivery mechanisms of medications as well as foreign particles.  The prime location of our nasal openings on our bodies also provides direct access to cerebrospinal fluid, which, in turn provides direct access to the brain. In addition, foreign particles and other molecules inhaled through the nose can reach our blood systems directly, without having to be digested or metabolized (broken down) by the liver, prior to being pumped to the rest of our body by the heart.

In fact, there are numerous pharmaceuticals that utilize intranasal delivery to take advantage of the fast absorption and bioavailability of this delivery method.  In addition to the obvious (nasal decongestants), there are other nasal delivery drugs to treat migraines, pain, and epileptic attacks.  More recently, hormone medications and other proteins like human growth hormone, insulin, and calcitonin have been designed to deliver their effects via nasal delivery.

Mold Spores in Our Noses: Infections

Airborne mold spores have direct access to the sinuses, where they can find a home with moisture and food (mucous) to reproduce and colonize.  When this happens, a sinus infection can develop.  The body’s immune system then responds, creating localized inflammation, which manifests as mucous production and pressure. This sinus inflammation exacerbates the Sinusitis condition. The presence of fungi in the sinuses also creates an environment conducive to bacterial infections.  The back and forth bacterial and fungal infections create a chronic sinusitis cycle.

Systemic Mycotoxin Poisoning

There are numerous molds that produce mycotoxins.  These sticky chemical substances are secondary metabolites that are extremely toxic to humans.  Common mycotoxin-producing molds that are found in homes include aspergillus, penicillium, cladosporum, fumarium, etc.  When these mycotoxins enter the sinuses, they can find themselves just a few microns away from cerebral spinal fluid and thus can cause serious neurological symptoms.  This is why many mold sufferers exhibit numerous debilitating neurological symptoms, such as brain fog, memory problems, headaches, pain, light sensitivity, and tingling of the extremities.  These symptoms are alarming and difficult to diagnose.

            Proximity To Brain

Unfortunately, patients with these symptoms are often referred to neurologists that are likely to perform expensive diagnostics (MRI, CT scans, ect.) as part of a trial and error method of prescribing medications to see what works.  This is because the symptoms can partly mimic or be similar to classic neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders, including pain syndromes, movement disorders, delirium, dementia, and disorders of balance and coordination.  This sometimes takes a patient’s path to wellness off-line for months or even years.

In my article, Systemic Mycotoxicosis: A Layman’s (Plain English) Discussion and Review of Dr. Thrasher’s Final Publication with Dr. Dennis MD, (https://sinusitiswellness.com/must-read-article-on-mycotoxin-poisoning/), I describe the methods these two physicians utilized to identify mycotoxin poisoning in the sinuses of patients with neurological symptoms.  Ultimately, irrigation with a potent antifungal, Amphotericin B, in a topical fashion was the key to remediating the mycotoxins.  Continued usage of Amphotericin B nasal drops (taken upside down) and nebulization then had to continue post-surgery for the patients to finally get well.

Why is this information Important?

Many patients and physicians “overlook the obvious” when treating sinusitis and mold sickness:

1) Mold and Mycotoxins primarily enter our bodies via inhalation
2) Mold spores that take up residence in our sinuses make us sick
3) Our sinuses provide a direct path for mold and mycotoxins to reach our bloodstreams and brains.

Mold Hygiene and Prevention

Patients can empower themselves to prevent mold accumulation in the sinuses and infection using readily available products.  While all patients may not require this level of vigilance, if you are reading this article, it is likely that you may be a mold sufferer and could benefit from this type of Mold Hygiene. The regular cleaning of mold from our sinuses, clothes, and homes is likely the most impactful way we can help ourselves to treat and prevent mold infection.

Micro Balance Health Products has a suite of products to help battle mold at every source.  Sinus irrigation with saline and CitriDrops flushes the mold spores out of the sinus cavity.  Vigilant patients often take CitriDrops Nasal Spray with them to provide relief when encountering mold throughout their day.  In addition, the following infographic outlines steps that can be taken and products that can be used to diligently keep our homes, clothes, and bodies clear of dangerous levels of mold.

About the Author:

Cesar Collado is a former pharmaceutical R&D executive, venture capitalist, and seasoned strategy consultant in biotechnology and technology industries 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. Read More

5 Comments

  1. Tina Stubbs February 28, 2018 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    thank you sooo much I will make an appointment and show the doctors this important information and hope I can finally be healed!!!!!

    • Grace April 7, 2018 at 3:21 am - Reply

      Thank you, for the great information very helpful. I had from mold /mycotoxin poisoning the first symptoms was I felt like millions bugs were crawling all over my body, Then I had dry, red itchy eyes, and I felt tired I began making doctor rounds looking for answers doctors were stumped. I began working from home and then it really came it on I had dizziness, nausea, blurred vision, sinus issues, tremors, shortness of breath ,light, sound and smell sensitivity , heart palpitations, dry heaves. OMG … my weight slipped to 90lb I was getting scans, MRI nothing was showing up It was 71st doctor that I saw that told me he suspected mold poisoning and told me he thought maybe I had three weeks to live at the most if I did not get treated! I began getting full on treatment two months later sheetrock cracked in our house black mold lots of it. We moved out. I also had IV’S apparently fungus eats iron, and I had become anemic, I saw six ents they found nothing in my sinuses I went to a doctor trained by mold expert Shoemaker and he swabbed my sinuses and sent it to speciality lab. i had mold in my sinuses I was put on the BEGS spray. I had to wash all of our clothes in ammonia we remediated the house and sold it. Most of our belongs were put in a seperate garage until everything until I was well enough to deal with it Most of it was thrown away so we would not cross contaminate our new environment. My husband bless him went to the very edge with me and all the way back with me.

      • Cesar Collado April 7, 2018 at 4:48 pm - Reply

        Grace,

        Thank you for your story! It hits about every article I published in late February and March!

        You have gone through every obstacle I have seen and came through at the end. I assume the Shoemaker protocol worked. I would like to share some notable observations from your share:

        1) Patients have to take ownership of their symptoms and actions. Going through the traditional Dr. to Dr. referral is tiresome, expensive, and leaves you feeling hopeless. You have to take charge of your health and do some investigating.

        2) Water damaged homes is a terrible culprit for mycotoxin producing mold. The combination of gypsum, and paper provides nourishment and absorbs and maintain water to produce problem molds like stachybotrys, aspergillum, and penicillium. Even if it dries and fungus is dormant, disruption can spread mycotoxin laces dust into the air.

        3) Finding an ENT that addresses fungal sinusitis is difficult. Finding one who treats mycotoxicosis is even more of a challenge because of the efforts to get to the mycotoxins in the sinuses.

        I am glad the Shoemaker protocol worked. Keep us informed on how you are doing.

        Best, Cesar

  2. Tina Stubbs February 26, 2018 at 5:58 am - Reply

    Wow I am so happy for your information. I was splashed in the face with fluid from an indoor portable air conditioner and immediately my skin burned and was numb and tingling and like crawling sensation for months now. I am being treated by neurologist and given epilepsy meds. The first doctor said it was all in my head but said I had sinusitis. That water was filled with toxins and I still suffer to this day. I have had CT scans and MRI. I have headache and finger numbness because doctors said I have focal seizures. I never had these problems until I was splashed in the face from liquid from that a c unit. Thanks for the information will surely let doctors know.

    • Cesar Collado February 26, 2018 at 4:29 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the comment. I am not a physician so I cannot challenge your neurological diagnosis. However, it sure sounds like there was a causative effect from the splashing of the portable AC, which can harbor mold and mycotoxin producing molds. It would be great to test the water; but I’m sure that is not possible. My suggestion is to see a physician that treats mycotoxin poisoning. Real time Labs is the only CAP and CLIA certified lab that tests for mycotoxins. The test is expensive ($699) and you can purchase yourself in 26 states. In other states you need to see a doctor who treats environmental illness.

      I would also suggest an ENT that utilizes amphotericin B, a potent anti-fungal as a topical medicine in the sinuses. You can read this article to learn a little more about it. https://sinusitiswellness.com/must-read-article-on-mycotoxin-poisoning/.

      Google Drs that treat environmental illness to find one in your city. Finding an ENT who treats fungal infections is sometimes a challenge. Some do not use amphotericin B to clean sinuses or amphotericin B nebulization or drops. They may not know that using them topically at much lower doses vs the IV form which has toxicities. This use bypasses the digestive system and normal liver metabolization. You may have to check websites and call them.

      If you are in or near Atlanta, I would see Dr. Dennis. He is a unique ENT who has treated fungal sinusitis and mold sickness for several decades. Feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions.

      Cesar, cesarcollado@icloud.com

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