Mold Toxicity is becoming more and more prevalent + spoken about in the wellness space, but it’s still a new topic that the general population isn’t familiar with.
According to “Mold Medic” Michael Rubino, “Over 50 percent of the population suffers from mold sensitivity. In extreme cases, mold can leave people bedridden and incapacitated.”
Mold Toxicity is different than a mold allergy. A mold allergy typically stays within the respiratory tract, eyes and skin creating symptoms like a runny nose, itchy eyes, wheezing, coughing, etc. A mold toxicity is when someone gets a build up of mycotoxins over time that can overburden their nervous system, brain function, detoxification pathways and more – creating a chronic issue.
Common Symptoms of Mold Toxicity:
How To Test For Mold At Home
Testing your home for mold isn’t something most people are thinking about unless they’re currently seeing it growing on their walls/floors/etc and are dealing with flooding/humidity/etc in a humid environment, OR are someone who recently tested positive for mycotoxins and has their fingers crossed their current home isn’t contributing to the chronic symptoms they’re experiencing. BUT- even if you don’t live in a damp climate, mold growth is still possible and its worth testing.
Stu and I live in Denver, Colorado (as most of you know) so it may seem odd that we’ve tested our home in such a dry climate. BUT- after completing a Great Plains Lab Mycotoxin urine test and finding out that I currently have high levels of 3 different types of mold spores (mycotoxins) in my body, I was eager to get our current home tested to see if we were still being exposed.
A Brilliant colleague of mine, Megan Gump, introduced me to the company Immunolytics– an easy and affordable way to test your own home for mold.
Immunolytics provides test kits that start at just $33 with options to test entire rooms, pets, cars, and visible mold.
We chose to test 5 rooms in our home and were provided with 5 agar plates. The instructions provided were easy to understand:
- label each agar plate
- place each plate in your desired room to be tested
- leave the plate out for 60 minutes
- put the lid on, place provided stickers to seal the plates
- Drop the kit off with the shipping label (included) at your local UPS
- Wait for results!
We received our results in 5 business days and they looked like this:
There were also 3 pages worth of explanations and information about the types of mold found with research citations, as well as a free consultation with one of their lab experts about our particular exposures.
The results are interpreted with this key from Immunolytics:
Because we ended up with low levels of mold/candida species, my colleague suggested purchasing candles + air purifiers from Citrisafe to clear the air in our bedroom and office (the two rooms with the highest lab results).
We’ve since purchased two candles and laundry detergent from Citrisafe to 1. get rid of spores/yeast in the air that may be contributing to health challenges and 2. getting rid of potential spores/yeast in our clothes.