Mold Avoiders Poll Results: “Mystery Toxin” Symptoms

 

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February 20, 2020

This poll was conducted in the Mold Avoiders Facebook group in February 2020. A total of 41 members participated.

The poll focused on the topic of “Mystery Toxin,” which is discussed in the 2014 blog article Outdoor Toxins of Particular Relevance to Mold Illness Patients.

“Mystery Toxin” is also discussed in a chapter of the book A Beginner’s Guide to Mold Avoidance.

 

The poll question and most frequent responses follow:

Only those individuals who are certain that they are able to identify the outdoor sewer and crawl space toxin that has been referred to as “Mystery Toxin” in this group may participate in this poll.

What symptoms have you found to be triggered or caused by exposures to Mystery Toxin? Please mark all that you have experienced. 

These may be symptoms that you experienced right away upon exposure or delayed symptoms. 

If you would like to add symptoms to this poll, please write them in the comments and I will add them.

Thank you for your participation in this poll. 

 

68% – Brain fog (28 respondents)

63% – Stuck thinking (e.g. spend all day clicking on a few websites or mindless Facebook games) (26 respondents)

61% – Strong feelings of empty, hopeless depression (25 respondents)

59% – Loss of sense of direction (24 respondents)

51% – Unusual memory losses (e.g. unable to remember name of hometown) (21 respondents)

51% – Strong feelings of anger (21 respondents)

51% – Erratic heartbeat (high heart rate variability) (21 respondents)

49% – Sudden onset depression and hopelessness (20 respondents)

44% – Strongly increased MCS (18 respondents)

44% – Increased sleepiness (18 respondents)

44% – Feel unstable, unsteady or woozy (18 respondents)

41% – Increased light sensitivity (17 respondents)

39% – Increased sound sensitivity (16 respondents)

39% – Lack of inhibition about expressing angry feelings (16 respondents)

39% – Feelings of fear or panic (16 respondents)

37% – Extreme irritability (15 respondents)

37% – Heart palpitations (15 respondents)

34% – Migraine-like headaches (not one-sided) (14 respondents)

34% – Cognitive problems that go beyond brain fog (e.g. inability to recognize words or perform simple math) (14 respondents)

34% – Feelings of paranoia (like friends have become enemies) (14 respondents)

34% – Feeling of heaviness in the air (14 respondents)

32% – Seizures or “white-outs” (where brain goes blank) (13 respondents)

32% – Marked gait problems (13 respondents)

32% – Decreased ability to sit or stand up (13 respondents)

32% – Increased skin dents (e.g. from socks) (13 respondents)

32% – Rapid heartbeat (13 respondents)

27% – Severe trembling (11 respondents)

27% – Strong suicidal feelings (11 respondents)

27% – Increased urination (11 respondents)

24% – Feelings of chest pressure (10 respondents)

24% – Increased POTS (10 respondents)

22% – Feelings of paralysis (but able to move with effort) (9 respondents)

22% – Feeling of skin being burned (9 respondents)

22% – Fluid retention and swelling (9 respondents)

22% – Desire to leave or escape (9 respondents)

20% – Increased hunger (8 respondents)

20% – Veins bulge out of skin (e.g. look “ropey”) (8 respondents)

20% – Increased blood sugar instability (8 respondents)

20% – Ice pick pain on head or neck (8 respondents)

20% – Aches and pains in joints (8 respondents)

17% – Swollen/tender nodes at sternum or down abdomen meridian (7 respondents)

17% – Kidney pain (7 respondents)

17% – Nausea (7 respondents)

15% – Soreness in shoulders (6 respondents)

12% – Feeling of needle or dagger through heart (5 respondents)

12% – Convulsions (5 respondents)

12% – Metal taste in mouth (5 respondents)

12% – Swollen or puffy face (5 respondents)

12% – Internal tremors (5 respondents)

10% – Increased indentations under eyes (4 respondents)

10% – Increased body odor (4 respondents)

10% – Vomiting (4 respondents)

10% – Feeling that the place is evil, has bad chi or is not somewhere that is pleasant to be (4 respondents)

10% – Difficulty with sleep onset (4 respondents)

10% – TMJ jaw pain (4 respondents)

7% – Feeling of needle or dagger in sternum (3 respondents)

7% – Migraine-like headaches (one-sided) (3 respondents)

7% – Skin issues (e.g. psoriasis, eczema) (3 respondents)

7% – Infections flare up (3 respondents)

5% – Burning nostrils (2 respondents)

5% – Sickly sweet smell (2 respondents)

5% – Tingly or prickly feeling along jawline (2 respondents)

5% – Air hunger (2 respondents)

5% – Vision darkens (2 respondents)

5% – Feeling like do after a long cry (2 respondents)

2% – Squeezing or tension headache (1 respondent)

2% – Feeling of blood or lymph stagnation (1 respondent)

2% – Thyroid nodule pain (1 respondent)

2% – Pleasant feelings (1 respondent)

 

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