Top 11 Ways to Beat Toxic Mold In Your Home And Life
By: Dave Asprey
June 29, 2015
Toxic mold grows in buildings and has a profound impact on how you think and feel, and it can seriously destroy your brain. That’s why Bulletproof produced MOLDY, the first ever documentary about toxic mold exposure: watch it here now.
Toxic mold also is a food contaminant linked to all sorts of chronic problems. This article is about avoiding environmental toxic mold, not food mold (read more about moldy food here).
When people avoid mold toxins, they perform better. Many of the most toxic mold metabolites cause damage to DNA – there is no “optimal” level of them other than zero, so we work to get the levels down as far as possible. Mold forms in homes, schools, and businesses because we build tightly sealed energy efficient houses out of wood and paper, natural foods for mold and fungus.
At the same time, we’ve created more aggressive forms of fungi with our agricultural chemicals. The result is that toxic mold makes more people weak, fat, and tired than ever before. It is largely invisible and can have a huge impact on your energy and stress levels, not to mention how long you’ll live.
- Avoid Water-Damaged Buildings
Water soaked building materials are the perfect breeding ground for toxic mold. Avoid living, working or attending school in any building that has been damaged by water whether from a flood, broken pipes, condensation, or water leaks of any kind. If a licensed mold specialist has remediated the building, it may be safe. If it was fully flooded, it’s really hard to fully restore. Water stains on walls and ceilings, or a funky smell should be enough to tell you not to spend time in a building.
- Prevent, Identify & Repair Water Leaks
Keep drains, toilets and pipes in good working order to prevent flooding. Have pipes in your home professionally inspected for leaks – they are often behind walls or cabinets, so you can’t tell by looking. Repair water leaks immediately. Check baseboards, ceilings, and walls in your home, office, and school frequently looking for soft spots, stains, or other signs of water damage. A well-maintained roof not only keeps you dry, it can prevent a very expensive mold remediation.
- Consider Safer Building Conditions and Materials
Many homes that have been vacant for a long period contain toxic mold from humid air. Choose a well-maintained home and have it inspected for an intact moisture barrier in the walls. Building materials in construction use since the 1970s are especially susceptible to toxic mold growth.
- Ensure You Have Proper Ventilation
Make sure there is good ventilation in your home, office, and school. Toxic mold grows in moist environments that lack proper airflow, which you would probably call “stuffy.” Poorly installed AC units and HVAC systems in hot humid climates are a definite red flag to check out. Cool AC ducts will cause condensation when they come in contact with moist air, and mold grows on the condensation.
- Have your Home Professionally Inspected
If you are about to lease, rent, or buy real estate, find a mold testing professional in your area to perform an ERMI (Environmental Relative Moldiness Index) Air Test. This test has been developed as a tool to evaluate the potential risk of indoor mold growth and associated health effects. Mold testing companies can also perform a complete test of the interior and exterior of your home. If you have unexplained symptoms like those in the movie Moldy, you will want to have a home inspection.
- Avoid Mold 100% Through Removal and Remediation
If testing reveals you have toxic mold in your environment, remove yourself from the environment & work with a remediation specialist to develop a cleanup plan. Improperly removing toxic mold can be even more dangerous to your health than asbestos or lead paint. There is no better remedy than mold avoidance! If you are experiencing the symptoms of mold illness due to exposure, contact a healthcare practitioner who is trained treating mold illness. As you saw in the movie, is possible that only one person in a home will have symptoms. If that is the case, it is important that everyone leave the home. Mold causes damage to everyone – it is just that some of us feel it sooner than others.
- Identify Symptoms & Seek Professional Treatment
Exposure to toxic mold can trigger dozens of symptoms [see full infographic below] that you may not at first realize all relate to each other. The symptoms are different for different people.
Check out the Mold Risk Awareness Report here.
The toxins from these molds cause cumulative damage and research links them to cancer and other degenerative diseases, especially autoimmune conditions. If you think toxic mold exposure is causing your symptoms, find a doctor who specializes in the treatment of mold illness and get tested.
- Avoid High Mold Toxin (Mycotoxin) Foods and Beverages
Foods that contain gluten, yeast, wheat, corn, grain other than white rice, barley, peanuts, cottonseed, grain-fed meat and dairy, mushrooms and commonly available chocolate can contain high mold mycotoxin levels.
Likewise, unfiltered tap water, unfiltered alcoholic beverages (especially beer and wine!) and commonly available coffee can contain high mold mycotoxin levels.
- Follow the Bulletproof Diet To Mold-Detox Yourself
The Bulletproof Diet naturally steers you away from moldy foods towards foods that help you detox. Your diet should be low in sugar, organic, rich in antioxidants, and contain high-quality fats, grass-fed protein and responsibly sourced foods.
The Bulletproof Diet (get the roadmap here free) is specifically designed to be a low mold, low inflammation diet that works well for people in need of a mold detox. It makes the rest of us feel amazing and full of energy too.
- Take High Quality Supplements
Take high quality, bioavailable supplements that promote detoxification in your body. The top choices are Glutathione Force, Upgraded Coconut Charcoal, and antioxidants like Selenium and Vitamin C. Your goal is to get the toxins out of your system as quickly as possible. You must avoid reentering a mold-infested space for as long as possible – hopefully forever.
- Get Rid Of Any Candida In Your Body
Mold makes a kind of yeast called candida grow in your body. Antifungal medications and herbs can do wonders as you detox. Talk with your doctor about nystatin and fluconazole, and consider grape seed extract, berberine, and regular use of C8 MCT (Brain Octane). A good probiotic will help too.
You can watch Moldy online now. Know a friend you think might be suffering from mold poisoning? Let them know about these resources.