Mold Illness Recovery



Especially when sufferers start off as severely ill, accomplishing a total recovery from mold-related illness can be a challenging endeavor.

In particular, mold hyperreactivity symptoms tend to linger long after sufferers remove themselves from substantial exposures and engage in therapeutic treatments.

Nonetheless, large numbers of individuals with this sort of illness have made substantial enough recoveries to reclaim productive and enjoyable lives with relatively few other residual symptoms.

In many cases, this has included activities such as resuming work, having children or exercising vigorously.

Individuals suffering from mold-related illness often appear to respond well to a few basic therapeutic approaches, including the following:

* Environmental avoidance (including avoidance of moldy buildings, toxic locations, problematic cross-contamination and triggering chemicals)

* Healthful eating  (including avoidance of chemicals, mycotoxins, reactive foods and processed foods; often with an emphasis on quality animal protein and produce and away from sugars and grains)

* Detoxification (including prescription and non-prescription binders; sweating therapies; methylation-related supplements; glutathione; juicing; coffee enemas; Epsom salt or mineral baths; ionic foot baths; chelation)

* Treatment of sinus infections and systemic infections (including usage of botanicals, prescription drugs or oxidative therapies)

* Nutrients administered intravenously or orally (including activated folate; vitamin B12; vitamin B6; viamin C; vitamin D; coenzyme Q10; magnesium; selenium; zinc; various trace minerals; alpha lipoic acid)

* Bioidentical hormones (including vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP); T3 or other thyroid hormone; testosterone; DHEA; low-dose cortisol; melatonin)

* Other supplements (including probiotics; omega 3 oils; MCT or coconut oil; digestive enzymes; systemic enzymes; HCl acid; biofilm busters; ox bile; fiber; herbs; essential oils)

* Structural therapies to encourage lymphatic flow (including exercise; chiropractor treatment; massage)

* Stress reduction

* A very few other prescription medications (including desmopressin; low-dose naltrexone; marijuana)


Those who start off as more severely ill (such as bedridden or housebound) very often require a higher level of mold avoidance (including the acquisition through a mold avoidance sabbatical of the ability to be able to tell for themselves when they are being exposed to even small amounts of toxins) before they can benefit very much from other therapies.

The issue of which therapies appear to be most helpful for mold illness sufferers is discussed in an in-depth way in a research-based Paradigm Change blog post, called “Which Therapies Do Improved Mold Avoiders Believe Helped Them?”

The Paradigm Change website page Clinical Treatment of Mold Illness provides more information on this topic.

In addition, Dave Asprey, Suzanne Somers and Chris Kresser have produced substantial amounts of information relevant to the topic of recovering from mold-related illness.

A number of other mold websites and media articles also have dealt with this topic.

An article from several years ago focusing on therapies (including mold avoidance) that appeared to be helpful for those hoping to make improvements in their ME/CFS also is available.

Extensive discussion of mold avoidance topics (including the mold avoidance sabbatical) as well as of other healing therapies is included in the book A Beginner’s Guide to Mold Avoidance, written by Lisa Petrison and Erik Johnson.

Recovering from mold-related illness using a variety of therapies is the focus of the Mold Avoiders Facebook group, which is run by Paradigm Change.

Information on therapies that members of the Mold Avoiders found to be helpful in recovering are summarized in articles in the Poll Results section of the Living Clean in a Dirty World Blog.

Other Facebook groups also may provide useful information on this topic.

-Lisa Petrison


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