• Matthew Hemmerle DC

Healing Mold

Get the full mold guide: HERE

Mold is one of the quickest growing challenges to our health and it is getting worse every year. Development of modern building techniques, exacerbation by growing electrical signaling (EMF’s) and a general unawareness has created a perfect storm for mold.

If you are part of the 28% of people who have the genetics that make them highly sensitive to mold by reducing their ability to clear these toxins, chances are you are already suffering from health challenges. These genes are referred to as your HLA typing and looks like the image below. It can appear very confusing which makes it important to work with a practitioner who understands what this means for your specific case. We will get into common symptoms for those susceptible to severe mold illness but it is important to first note that no two people are alike when it comes to mold illness.

For the remaining 72%, mold and mycotoxins act as an additional burden in what we call your, “toxic load”. This is the cumulative total of all toxins that you are exposed to including herbicides, pesticides, plastics, toxic cosmetics, pollution in the air and water and of course, mold.

Current research estimates that most Americans spend 90% of their time indoors. This includes time spent at work and school in addition to time spent at home. Even the most outdoorsy of us still spend nearly half our day in the house to sleep and get ready for the day. Though we may believe that our homes are clean and benefit our health, The Environmental Protection Agency estimate that indoor air is up to 5 times more toxic than outdoor air.

Getting to know mold is important as it is much more than the green stuff on a loaf of bread or ominous looking black wall in an old abandoned house. It is more commonly the stuff that you never see or smell that is lurking behind the wall in your recently built home or the crawlspace that you were told is up to code. Mold only requires three things to grow: 1)Nutrient source

2)proper temperature


It does not require light and the nutrient source may surprise you. Mold can absorb nutrients from any organic material such as paper, adhesives, resins that make up fiberglass insulation, house dust and possibly the worst offenders, drywall and carpets. The Journal of Indoor Air found “that these three fungal species (Aspergillus, Chaetomium, Stachybotrys) are already embedded in the materials, presumably in the paper/carton layer surrounding the gypsum core, before the panels reach the retailers/building site”. Simply add in a temperature between 32-120 degrees farhenheit and a moisture level above 45% and mold can flourish.

Get the full mold guide: HERE


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