Dr. Jay Davidson wrote a blog article called “Mold Illness: Mold Toxins Impair Immune Function, Trigger Chronic Disease, and Impair Healing.”
From the article:
Mold illness is a dangerous, and possibly deadly, adversary. Mold toxins can alter the defense system of their host. Mold is especially problematic for people who are suffering from other chronic illnesses such as Lyme disease and other pathogen-borne illnesses. People with chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, immune disorders, and other health conditions are also at risk from the adverse effects of molds. Children, pregnant women and the elderly are also particularly vulnerable to mold exposure.
Molds are fungi that can grow on almost any surface. They thrive in moist, warm, and humid conditions, indoors and outdoors. Molds are invasive and versatile. As they reproduce, they release tiny, microscopic spores that are carried in the air. Spores can travel on people and animals as well. Spores germinate and form new mold colonies.
Mold illness often results from chronic exposure to mold in water-damaged buildings. This condition, associated with damp indoor environments, has become known as “sick building syndrome.” The World Health Organization acknowledges “diverse and inflammatory toxic responses after exposure to microorganisms isolated from damp buildings, including their spores, metabolites, and components.”
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