Last Modified on Jun 29, 2014
Treatments of mold exposure are numerous and include lifestyle remedies as well as natural supplements and cleanses. Effective treatment regimens involve specific treatment to eradicate the mold as well as supplementation for returning health. Natural cleaners are effective for eliminating mold much like supplements treat mold allergies.
What Is Mold Exposure?
The term mold is used to describe a variety of types of fungi that grow in filaments and reproduce via spores. Mold can occur almost anywhere and thrives in warm, damp, humid environments.
Exposure to mold can lead to a variety of adverse health effects including skin rash, itching, runny nose, eye irritation, cough, congestion and asthma. Additionally, excessive exposure to mold may lead to immune suppression and progressive lung conditions.
Natural Treatments for Mold and Mold Allergies
Effective mold treatment involves eliminating the mold at the source as well as treating allergies and other symptoms caused by mold exposure. Natural options safely eradicate the issues without causing additional harm. Borax is an effective mold cleaning agent while apple cider vinegar and colloidal silver are powerful supplemental health agents.
Borax is a natural cleaning agent composed of minerals. When diluted in water and sprayed or wiped on mold, borax eliminates the spores and prevents further development. Cleansing the affected area prevents further irritation.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a natural detoxifying agent complete with a variety of vitamins and minerals. When used as a tonic, diluted with water, apple cider vinegar flushes the system of mold spores and other irritants. Additionally, apple cider vinegar supports overall health by delivering several key nutrients to the system.
A known antibiotic used for centuries, colloidal silver is antimicrobial and eliminates toxins from the body. As such, when taken in appropriate amounts, colloidal silver eliminates mold spores from the body as well as any associated irritants or toxins. Silver is also particularly effective as it does not create resistance or immunity in pathogens it kills.
Mold exposure is common and has detrimental health effects. When treated appropriately, however, mold can be eliminated as can the debilitating symptoms.
Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Ammonia Chloride
- Anti-Fungal Herbs and Foods
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Avoid Citric Acid
- Black Mold Remedies
- Colloidal Silver
- Deny Air and Water
- Essential Oils
- General Feedback
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Oil Pulling
- Menthol, Thymol, Camphor, Ecualyptus, Tea Tree, DMSO
- Mold Exposure Recovery Remedies
- Mold in Your Building
- Multiple Remedies
- Oregano Oil
- Oregano Oil, Garlic
- Oxine in a Humidifier
- Ozone Treatment
- Pine Needle Tea
- Red Pine Oil
- Remedies Needed
- Rid Mold in Home
- Vitamin C
02/27/2013: Robertn from Ann Arbor, Mi, Usa: "Hey Ted, I have lived in a house that has had been infested with mold for about ten years and I have started to see more and more hard as a result. I just had a question about Ammonia chloride. I am currently using ammonia chloride 99% and I was wondering if this is safe to use? and if not what % of ammonia should I be using? where could I buy it? Thanks"Replies
01/31/2014: Eric from Ann Arbor, United States, United States replies: "I live in Ann Arbor too and there are serious mold problems all over this city! Here's just one example: http://www.annarbor.com/news/police-chief-says-he-was-ashamed-of-conditions-ann-arbor-police-officers-endured-inside-city-hall/"
04/16/2014: Littlecat from Sd replies: "Mold is a biotoxin, it is the equivalent of being exposed to agent orange, mold will eventually wear down your immune system because your body is fighting its invasion, You may became very ill, and it is seriuos t you can die from mold it can give you a heart attack I'm not trying to scare you but it is serious health hazard why do you think when the clean up team showns up to clean up mold they wear the hazmat suits an respirators. I kid you not get out of the house mold are found to be carcinagenic Find a doctor that trained with Dr Shoemaker and get treatment"
06/14/2014: Lynn from Michigan replies: "An environmental doctor in Ann Arbor says to add a cup of 3% ammonia to your bath. And to bathe a few times per day. This along with a strict anti-candida diet and cleaning up your environment is supposed to do the trick. I am just embarking on this process so I can't testify to its effectiveness."
06/17/2014: Faith from Seattle, US replies: "Once you're exposed to black mold and your body has a reaction to mold/mycotoxins then it is best to avoid it forever! I have read about taking a bath in like a 1/4 cup of ammonia I would wear protection Eye goggles if I was to do that, but I think it is too risky to me. The best thing to do to save your health is move out. It is suggested strongly to avoid re-exposure since the may cause permanent problems. My doctor suggested we move out of our house which we did. I washed all my clothes in ammonia, wiped all the furniture down and threw away tons of cloth furniture. Take Choleystramine four times a day; it is the most effective mold binder in the states."
09/19/2013: Juliana from New Zealand: "I have recently discovered a website by an Italian Oncologist, Dr Simoncini, who has discovered that cancer is actually a fungal growth from candida and he has had great success curing people from all forms of cancer using baking soda mixed with molasses. I am thinking that as mould is a fungus, that this same procedure may work for those people infected with mould in their bodies. This is his website http://www.curenaturalicancro.com/
He really needs the support of people who believe in other cures other than just pharmaceuticals!"
11/05/2011: Arlene from Boulder, Co: "I just read the comment entitled "ANTIFUNGAL HERBS AND FOODS" under "Mold and Fungus Remedies."
While there is some valuable information there, one underlying error exists-- the writer Sorrokine states:
"Ammonia kills the mycotoxins as well as the mold itself."
Because mycotoxins are non-viable (i.e., not living), they cannot be killed, only removed.
My family has been in recovery from Stachybotrys, Chaetomium, Aspergillus and others for just over 5 years now; I almost died in 2007 from extremely complicated symptoms. We have used a combination of scores of herbal, homeopathic, energetic, and pharmaceutical treatments in the process.
Wishing all mold patients healing~
11/26/2011: Nia from Miami, Usa replies: "I am suffering with symptoms of mold. Would you mind sharing the remedies you used please?"
12/12/2011: Bean Town from Boston, Ma replies: "I am suffering from mold/fungus exposure.. could you tell me what remedies and protocols you used to get better? please email with this info...nf622(at)aol.com"
12/13/2011: Karen from New York replies: "Same!!! Would really appreciate ANY kind of help in recovering from toxic mold exposure - pls pls pls email me karens.jane(at)gmail.com"
12/24/2011: Faith from Forest Park, Ohio replies: "MOLD RECOVERY PROTOCOL...
I suffered from mold poisoning and the problem is that the mold settles in the body so you have to detoxify it. The best method that I found was The Gut and Psychology Diet while also including coconut oil on a regular basis. As far as antifungals coconut oil is a great one. I also used olive leaf and organic apple cider vinegar. The ACV should be taken before each meal, a few tablespoons in about an ounce of warm water. Cooking in all of the healthy fats helps you to detoxify the fungus... And making the fermented foods also helps to restore the good bacteria. There is HOPE, the body can repair itself.
In addition to this, it is best to flush the liver every few weeks. If your symptoms worsen, do a Apple Cider Vinegar enema to flush out the toxins, detox baths, or you can also take activated charcoal with plenty of water. Repeat the enema until you get clear fluids, take KELP and other SEAWEEDS to replenish minerals that you are missing AND drink plenty of homemade juices before and after a flush, or plenty of fresh JUICY fruits to replace minerals. Also take unsulphured black strap molasses to replenish minerals as well.
Diet should be based on Weston A. Price and GAP, these foods will heal you and plenty of bone broth will heal. I get my meat through a coop, best bones out there.... The broths alone did amazing things for us!"
12/24/2011: Karen from New York, Ny replies: "Faith - thanks so much for responding!!! I feel like I've tried everything and a year later I just don't feel any different at all.. And it's so frustrating. I will absolutely try your suggestions. was just wondering, what were your symptoms? and how long did you suffer from them? Really appreciate your help.
merry christmas! :)"
12/25/2011: Peppinstepp from Massachusetts, Usa replies: "Drinking juices and fruit may NOT be a good thing!!! Many people who have mold issues also have yeast issues, and all the sugar from the juices and fruit (and these have tons of sugar, ) may be encouraging and promoting the yeast overgrowth, symptoms of which can be just as devastating as those from mold. The best diet for ANY detox is the candida diet (or even the lyme diet which is similar. ) It is very limited but very poweful and it WORKS. You can google it.
I have lyme, mold and yeast issues and I've been on the first stage of the candida diet for a month and I can't believe how fast my body is detoxing. I've never had rashes or pimples and for the past two weeks I've been covered in them. So I can see all the toxins coming out! I also take ammonia baths and have done a couple of colonics. Both of these have helped tremendously, but in my opinion, the MOST important thing in dealing with mold and yeast, is the DIET. No sugar though!"
12/25/2011: Karen from New York, Ny replies: "I'm definitely a little nervous about drinking juices as well w/ my yeast issues.. But I've heard that ammonia baths are highly recommended.. I'm just concerned about if they're actually safe or not??
peppinstepp - what symptoms of yours have gotten better? I've been dealing w/ rashes lately also but I'm not sure if it's my body detoxing or just another symptom.. my worst issue is brain fog and feeling disoriented/dizzy. just hoping something out there will actually help. Thanx so much."
12/26/2011: Emi from Sarajevo, Bosnia replies: "Hi! I am also a mold victim, and have got allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis that has no cure. I have found remedy for my brain fog though, and I feel ok regarding that nowadays. You are lucky if that is all u feel ;-) I take B12, grapefruit seed extract, vco, kelp, B complex, vitamine c, oxygen, neem, nettle (GREAT FOR ALLERGIES!) d3, quarcetine, lysine, larix, probiotics, magnesium citrate and dandelion for liver to cope w/ the toxins. I actually take much more stuff but this I took in the beggining and it helped w/ brainfog along with the moving out of the hell hole as well as the air purifier! Good luck and HNY!"
12/26/2011: Emi from Sarajevo, Bosnia replies: "OMG, I forgot NIACINAMIDE!!!! Supergood for brainfog!!!"
12/27/2011: Faith from Forest Park, Ohio replies: "My symptoms were too many to list, and I don't want to scare you, but seizures, hallucinations, mood swings, rashes, chronic fatigue, hair loss, weight gain, fungus on body, yeast, hearing loss right side, tumors, moles, etc. It's been really tough detoxifying my body while in the house. I got much better, and I thought leaving was the answer, but I'm not where I would like to be. I developed MCS as a result of the mold toxicity.
Good bacteria in the body is the key if you can get past the detox... That is all the fermented foods that you can stand on a daily basis... Do the enemas and baths to help with detox. Try painting iodine on the body during the morning to help with detox as well, and eating various kinds of kelp. I cook with help in all my bone broths and stews... But again detox is horrible. I would be interested to hear who is still in their home, I'm considering going back and trying to clean up my home because RENTING is worse... You CANNOT control mold in rental units... You will GET WORSE! Plus, if you take your THINGS with you, you are TAKING THE PROBLEM WITH YOU... It gets in your belongings!"
12/28/2011: Faith from Forest Park, Ohio replies: "Regarding FRESH JUICES, I am referring to blending FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES, those will feed the body the NUTRITION that the MOLD HAS ROBBED US OF... Yes, CANDIDA, mold is a fungus, but you need MINERALS and you have to get it from fresh fruits and vegetables.
Also, you have to COLON CLEANSE and you have to TAKE A DIGESTIVE AID (the undigested proteins cause MCS). The digestive aid should be taken PRIOR to each meal. Try to find an ALL PLANT BASED digestive aid. The digestive aid will digest the mold and parasites that are feeding on the mold in the body... You may have to double your dosage of the digestive aid, I take two prior to each meal. My meals, again, consist of lots of plant based fruits and vegetables, especially GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES because they are full of calcium. Lots of fatty protein based broths, soups and stews. Lots of bacon and egggs, hormone free because the HORMONES WILL FEED THE FUNGUS, and lots of coconut oil and olive oil because they are both ANTIBACTERIAL AND ANTIFUNGAL and they help to rebuild the body...
Good luck, we CAN HEAL, I'm much much better than I was... Trust me when I tell you that I was dying."
12/28/2011: Karen from New York, Ny replies: "Faith thanks so much for your help!!! I have also suffered from many of these scary symptoms - and some have resolved itself but still dealing w the rashes, fatigue, brain fog, etc. How long did it take for you to feel a difference or any improvements though?? I moved out of my moldy house and am now currently somewhere which I believe is very clean, we were VERY careful with our belongings and for the most part didn't take ANY furniture (if we did we thoroughly cleaned it with thieves oils) and same goes for our clothes. It's been two months now and I'm not feeling much better, but hoping to start on a diet like you suggested and am hoping that will help out as well. I also just started on something called cholestepure (the alternative to CSM that Dr. Richie Shoemaker uses) to help w/ the mold toxins. I'm nervous about doing the ammonia baths like many others have suggested because I don't know how safe they are but people claim that they're super effective - appreciate everyone's help though, and hoping that this will eventually pass so I can feel like a normal person again :("
01/31/2012: Faith from Forest Park, Ohio replies: "Baths, detox with epsom salts, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide then alternate the baking soda with the acv. You also have to COLON CLEANSE the mold gets in the colon, do psyllium and bsm, one T. Psyllium and 1 tsp. Bsm. Do it regularly and sometimes substitue activated charcoal for the bsm. Also do GOOD BACTERIA, LOTS AND LOTS, bananas, homemade yogurt, homemade kefir, homemade kombucha, these helped me turn the corner... And prebiotics like oat bran, rice bran, HIGH FIBERS... AND LOTS OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF SEAWEED in your diet daily... It took a year before I was feeling well.... but all this is key to move the mold out of the body..."
02/08/2012: Shatsi from Maskinonge, QuÃ©bec,canada replies: "Hello, all your reading and diets are interesting. I thought I was alone in the world. We had to abandon our home and ALL our belongings in 2010 due to the presence of serpula lacrymans, a very rare mold (mushroom) with toxic spores. But we had been living with it, unknown, for several months. Needless to say, I am extremely ill since fall 2009. The experts found 5different types of mold in my blood, at very high levels. I have gained a lot of weight, severe skin eruptions, etc......... Too much health problems to name. BUT, the one thing I have trouble with since day one is being able to eat...... Anything with proteins.... I get very ill and cannot keep it down. I still crave some stuff and eat anyways but pay the price. I'm down to white rice, toast, oranges and a fewother things.
Our home was demolished and along with all our stuff, was buried in a contamination dump site. So now we are in a new home that we built from scratch with no help but the health side is not improving. Please let me know what I can do..... I would like to find myself again..... And not be this ill for good. I must mention that before all this, I was already disabled and have a very weak immune system so........ now, all the preexisting conditions have worsen also. Please help......"
02/09/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Shatsi, check the E. C. page for Mold & Fungus here http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/mold.html and I posted some info on Grapefruitseed Extract here: "BHT SUBSTITUTE? UNAVAILABLE IN PAKISTAN"(sorry no hyperlink). As an opportunity to correct a big oversight, Oscar went into some detail on Grapefruitseed Extract and I hadn't read the entire post missing this until later as I spoke of GSE as if it hadn't been mentioned. But Oscar's theme was GSE as an anti-viral while mine was anti-fungal.
There are some great links on the Fungus & Mold page w/ one in particular a doctor using all natural products for the removal of the fungus from the body. I think her site is http://www.toxic-black-mold-syndrome.com/index.html. One nutrient in particular is Brown Seaweed Extract. Dr. Shoemaker prescribes Cholestramine® for removal. Both Dr's have websites and books in print that detail the problem of black mold.
Hope this helps and good luck. Please report results, update."
02/09/2012: Louwrencel from Rustenburg, North West South Africa replies: "Hi Shatsi, If all else fails try IV vit c & if that is too expensive try liposomal vit c which is much cheaper & you can make it at home, on the net you can get info on how to make it. What I also do know is that vit c about the only thing that can kill mold in your body, but it is a problem to take high doses of vit c as it causes an upset stomach but with IV vit c you can tolerate doses of 100- 200 gr & with liposomal vit c 5 gr is equivalent to 50 gr of IV vit c. So try it you have nothing to lose."
04/27/2012: Yoli from Ruidoso, Nm replies: "Hello my name is Yolanda and yesterday I was unpacking some inventory at a shop I work at and a package of tops had a strong smell. And a powder on top. It was really damp and my boss said it was mold. Well immediately after I started coughing and had a scratching throat. Some sneezing too. Today I realized I may be the victim of mold inhalation. The cough has persisted and progressed slightly. What can I do? Do I need to be tested by my physician? I need help. Email yoligraves27(at)yahoo. Com"
10/02/2012: Lynda from Folsom, Ca, Usa replies: "We lived in a rental home infested with 7 different molds that were airbourne as well as in the heating/air ducts, because of a leaky roof that was never fixed. My son has many symptoms and is very ill. We have been to MANY doctors and specialists and each one has no answer for us. If fact just today an allergist told us that there is no way that there are any mycotoxins in my sons body if we have been out of the house for 9 months, that it leaves the body as soon as you leave the home that is infected. He said this even though I had results with me from EHAP Labs where we had my sons urine tested and it showed all three major mycotoxins in alarmingly high levels.
This allergist along with other doctors have told us that my sons illnesses are all in his head, that he is a hypochondriac. This is very upsetting to us as we feel like everywhere we turn we hit a wall. Do any of you know of any Doctors in California who work with people who have been exposed to toxic mold?"
10/02/2012: Airzone from Hernando, Mississippi, Usa replies: "The best thing is Oxygen hydrogen Peroxide food grade it works. I also have been told the same thing- this is the reason I do not like Doctors and don't trust them if they give drugs it like they are throwing darts at the dart board at all the deferent drugs that the side effects are very harmful. hydrogen peroxide is natural it is in Honey the little bubbles you can see in the store shelves."
10/23/2012: Jb from Phoenix, Az replies: "There are some good docs in scripts medical area out by SanDiego Ca... also Stanford Medical up in the bay area but it's hard to be seen by them...."
01/04/2013: Andrea C from Cardiff, Wales replies: "Collodial silver xx it is anti -fugal- antibacterial and anti mould xxxxxxxxxxx go to bob beck you tube xxxxxx he tell's you how to make a battery operated machine to do this xxxxxxxxx spray the collodial silver all round your home xxxxxxxx and drink or nebulize it xxxxxxx i am doing this at the moment, for the same reason's xxxxxxxxxxxx I had to but the machine as my health wouldn't allow me to make it xxxxx...... BUT IT CAN BE DONE Ireally hopes this helps xxxxxxxxx I know what its like..... no sleep, pain, weired thought's xxx YOU ARE NOT ALONE XXXXXX Love andrea c"
06/01/2013: Steenie from Salt Lake City, Utah replies: "Faith, Please help tell me how you helped your tumors, because I believe this could be an added symptom of mine... I have some kind of weird lymphatic issues going on inside... As one of my symptoms, I believe... As well as headaches, nausea... I also want to do this as a lactovegetarian... (haven't been doing any dairy due to the fibro and other autoimmune) Any recommendations?"
06/03/2013: Andrea C from Cardiff, Wales replies: "Hi, Pesticides on food will do a number on you xx If you can't afford 'ORGANIC', or better still, grow your own. Wash your veggies in 'VINERGAR' then rinse them off after. You can also use 'LEMON' to do it, and have a sleep if you get tired. Time does not matter, if you can, lay down. The human body dips and swings from being 'HYPER" to worn out, this is "NATURAL LAW" IT WILL MAKE YOU LAY DOWN WHEN YOU PUSH YOUR SELF TOO HARD......... Allergies.. I think, is your body telling you to rest. I am 'CHEMICALLY SENSITIVE" It's a pain in the butt!!! But I know certain triggers that kick off, and try to avoid them. Even certain people!!! Lol!! Stress will also beat you up, some people can carry it, some of us can't xxxxxxx I do not know what is happening in your life, but a good measure is, try and back track to your episodes and see if some one, or some thing, trigged it off. I hope this is of some help to you XXXXX Love Andrea C <3"
08/21/2013: Misty from Usa replies: "I too have a mould virus, it's the worse case scenario, I have learned much & hope to learn much more. This mould has made me crippled to no return, of course I followed the diet the mould wanted/it consisted of bags & bags of candy, all & any thing that consisted of sugar weather it be real or not//fresh fruits how-ever do have natural sugars & will add insult to injury in my case, by eliminating all sugars is starving the mould altogether, but I'm sure there is a need for a little bit of sugar, also no starches such as potatoes, breads, white wheat(?) not sure on that one. I found where there is mould there are parasites, I found one of the best remedies for parasites, Is pine needle tea, I thought twice about this but then why not? I have been more then willing to try most any thing & that I did, I did much searching on pine needle tea, what I found was very interesting, if any one ever noticed the pine tree's never decay/rot/ hence no mold again you will never see any type of parasites residing in or on a pine tree, I was on my last leg feeling weaker & worse with this illness getting worse, Drs. continued to give me anti-biotics for an assumed infections where as penicillin is a derivative of mould(mold) where it adds insult to injury. I do ammonia baths, I use coconut oil which is less fatty, I also was told that any sea greens are not good for mould because as one Dr. Mentioned my system has foreign matter(?) that matter was called algae... This algae is one of many raising cane with my body/ here is some very interesting info. on any thing from the sea/ while my body had mould:great living quarters for both//
I would assume this algae grows longer than me, such as a weed growing under sea. It's always good to find out what the questions are before hand. I went to a neurologist where he wrote every single thing wrong with me, in return I did a web search on every single word written concerning my illness, while all Drs. were sending me out to PT etc. I was doing my own foot work, I feel I am also closer to being better than depending on a Dr. My last bout with a Dr. gave me anti-biotic and I almost had a heart attack. Now I say no to prescription meds. Or throw them away when I get home. Thanks to this pine needle tea which has spiked up my energy 100% this is by no means any promotion because no one sells this remedy, I read this on a search engine and went out to my back yard & cleaned the pine needles good I steamed them in a pan, then strained them into containers. Wouldn't it be great if there was ever a real miracle? I just hope every one does huge amounts of web searches(?) I find that taking certain greens such a kelp or any thing from the bottom of the sea is not mold but adds insult to injury/mold feeds on it. My house is rather damp & cold I am hoping to get an air purifier. Please be sure to do a search on all or any greens especially from the sea which is kelp. Good Luck."
10/14/2013: Mesem from France replies: "At last someone who knows how to write 'mould'."
01/19/2014: Gillian from Andalusa, Spain replies: "Hi, I think a lot of my health problems are from mould. I smell an overpowering smell of mold in my bathroom coming from the drain- does not go away with vinegar and baking soda or even bleach which I do not like to use. will have the management clean out the pipe.
I am extremely tired, have trouble sleeping, lots of pain in neck-gravelly
under the skin and also near hip and some what in foot, I also have neuropathy in legs, not from diabetis, very poor digestion, brain fog, deep resentment, deep fear, anxiety, neck is kind of jerking, bad breath, smelly poop, big dumps hemmeroids, very itchy scalp, reflux, mcs, probably candida, cant seem to learn new things, slight tremor in hand etc
I take traozodone 100 mg, and gabpentin 300 mg for mood swings. I would like to get off of them, but must do it slowly and carefully
I was told I have a lesion in my uterus, am having some pain there, bloating etc.
I wonder if the person with the protocol, could say how much of the herbs etc to take and is plain garlic and onions ok as it is less expensive.
Is there a safe alternative to ammonia as I have mcs.
I feel overwhelmed by the array of options-one says take kelp another says don't etc. I do not eat any sugar flour or junk food. It seems to get worse if I eat fruit. It is very hard for me to focus and I get overwhelmed trying to figure out what to do. It feel hard to get motivated due to tiredness, brainfog etc.
Are there other options besides herbs because I have tried all kinds of supplements -altho not for long periods and consistently -and they do not seem to make a difference.
I know I need to detox, and is there a way to do it that is not too overwhelming and that does not weaken one further.
I know this is long. I am intending to get my initiative back and I must find a way to release the level of resentment I have. Thanks and feel free to email me at joysongoflove(at)aol (dot)com"
01/19/2014: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Gillian, my favorite way to detox is thru diet. It's a slow but sure process once you figure out the best way to eat for YOU. You might take pointers from the SCD diet, GAPS, FODMAPS and many others out there."
01/19/2014: Jenny from Cary replies: "Research diatomaceous earth.. I am on it and feeling great."
01/20/2014: Timh from Ky, Usa replies: "Gillian: Use ammonia for the drain pipes prior to leaving the house and then rinse w/ water upon return to reduce the mcs symptoms.
From the info you provided, your body is not properly turning glucose or fructose into energy and is therefore feeding the fungal organisms. The first step to correct this is to take a very good multivitamin/mineral/whole food supplement w/ every meal. Also take extra Chromium Picolinate and Cinnamon capsules if you can find them. This will help much but you will also need to follow the candida protocol from Bill of Philippines. Begin slow by avoiding the bad foods and also slowly introducing the natural substances and supplements.
Lastly, you will need to make major improvements in your indoor air quality as low oxygen air suppresses immune function as well as detoxification."
03/09/2014: Arcticmoon from Anchorage replies: "Hi, I personally would not recommend taking Ammonia baths, particularly if you have Lyme. Ammonia is a neurotoxin left behind after killing Lyme along with Quinolinic Acid. I am very sensitive to Ammonia and when I get near an Ammonia bottle, I have head tremors. Most of us with Mycotoxin illness have faulty methylation due to mutations in our genes. Many of us already have too much Ammonia in our bodies because we have a faulty Ammonia and Sulphur detox ability. I would only use it to clean up mold on window sills or around the house, but remember our skin is one of the biggest organs and absorbs what we put on it."
06/29/2014: Forwardmarch from La, US replies: "If your are seeing a general medicine medical doctor for mold poisoning forget it, you need to see a specialized mold literate doctor, one that has studied with some like Dr Shoemaker. Most doctor know nothing about mold poisoning, how to assess or treat it so please go to a specialist if your are suffering. My mycotoxins test came back normal but I have cell meditation which means you have it but the body isn't reacting the way it should to the test"
11/23/2010: Sorrokine from Vs, Ny, Usa: "I was diagnosed by a Toxicologist in 10/09 with Late Stage Two Mycotoxicosis from a biopsy and a urine analysis. Doctors, Allergist and almost every doctor for an entire year could not do this. They told me it was allergies and such. I started to work in the basement office building May of 2008. The symptoms started in as little as three months there. Inside the mold contaminated building, I developed narcolepsy, boils, skin redness, yellow spots on my skin, white hair, vision disorders, depression, digestion issues, vomiting, jitters, shaking, mood swings, almost like a bi-polar disorder, lack of normal bowel movements, burning urine, really, the list goes on forever. Now before this building, and this job, I was a healthy 28 year old, with not one sign of any health issues. In fact I was fit, sound, and happy. Eventually these doctors I had visited each time told me that this is something they cannot investigate or they will loose their license as per the FDA. Found out normal studies in medical school do not include training on any type of mold sickness. What a Load of bull____.
Since being infected with mycotoxins and mold from a terribly poor quality office environment for roughly 18 months, which was covered with several different types of mold, (oozing with mycotoxins to the point they dripped from the walls to the floor - yellow color - they are the result of competing molds in their vicinity. ) I Finally began to look into some sort of cure. Prior to me meeting this amazing toxicologist, who is a leader in Mold sickness around the world, he was also the first to explain to me that the only way to kill mold and their toxins, is AMMONIA. (his info is on my site listed below) That's it. Ammonia kills the mycotoxins as well as the mold itself. TO MAKE THIS CLEAR - Bleach and peroxide cannot kill mold - they will just eat it as food. So He carefully instructed me to pour a 8 ounce cup of 3% clear ammonia into a warm bath and soak for 20 minutes. This saved my lungs which were coated in mold and mycotoxins, as well as killed some of the yeast in my skin and body from absorption and contact. I highly recommend that if you know you're sick from mold, and near death, honestly, this is the first step. Ammonia baths. It saved my life. Also clean your house with it as well if you are not MCS (Multi-chemical sensitive - which is a result of chemical treatments for mold, and the mold itself causes this disorder - Baking soda kills mold on contact, however cannot kill the mycotoxins)
Also it is important to remember a few things on this subject. Washing all your clothing, sheets, towels and such in a cup of 3% clear ammonia is highly important since you release mycotoxins from your skin. They must be removed. Ammonia is the only way. Finally after two years of suffering, almost dying in December of 09, I had to quit the job and leave the premises that contained these terrible molds. My boss, my landlord all could care less. Great people. OSHA, cared little as well. I went to a homeopathic doctor who put me on an anti-candida diet, which is the main reason those who suffer with mold poisoning die so horribly. No carbs, no sugar, no yeast, nothing fermented. Candidas Albicanis is a yeast in our gut that can take over everything in our body when our immune system is compromised. It was eating away at my skin, my muscles, my organs, the toxin invaded my brain, and I lost sight partially in my left eye, and hearing in my left ear. It feeds off of all the sugar and carbs you ingest, starving your cells from the nutrients they desperately need. This diet didn't do much, but it did help with the nausea and vomiting issues. I also had a herbal tea mixture my friend and I researched. Bayberry root bark, Pleurisy root, gotu kola, nettles, Cinnamon and cloves. I was on this on and off in a two day cycle for about two months. Helped drastically, but not so much all the symptoms. Also catnip tea helped with the sleeping disorder and insomnia late at night. Teaspoon of each in a 32 ounce pot. Drank whole pot in one day, repeated next, then gave myself two days to recover.
So only as of about 3 months ago, I started a strict regimen of Supplements I heavily research to aid me in my recovery since all doctors said I was just going to die from this. The amazing realization is that what I had researched, is a cure to mold poisoning as well as candida infections. Yeasts, fungi and mold are not based on chlorophyll, they are single cell life forms based on a bacterial way of existence. Living off a host to gain nutrients. From Studying different anti-fungal herbs and foods, I created a regimen of supplements that has saved my life. They are:
Chlorophyll Supplements - (liquid gel caps, or liquid)
Alfalfa Extract - (for digestive and lack of appetite also lifts mood. )
Grape Seed Extract(breaks thru the brain blood bond barrier to clean out fluid inside)
Grapefruit Seed Extract - anti fungal
Milk Thistle - (Liver Function)
Oil of Oregano - Strong anti-fungal(only 3 wks on then 3 wks off)
Burdock (Liver function)
Dandelion (liver function)
Garlic - (Anti-fungal and heart help)
Onion - (anti-fungal)
Neem seed Oil (Exterior and interior treatment)
Rose hip Tincture
These I take in the morning when I wake up, and then again ever six hours. So far in as little as 3 months, All the skin abrasions, yellow spots, red boils, vision disorder, mood disorders, mood swings, bi-polar disorder, depression, hearing disorders, jitters, narcolepsy, brain fog, digestion issues, weakness of muscles, acidic body Ph, yellow nails, odor, omitted toxins after bathing left on towels, (Yes I smelled like mold, and after I bathed, the towel smelt the same way. It is a smell you can never forget. ) all of these symptoms - DISAPPEARING!! COMPLETELY FADING EACH DAY! I am so thankful I never gave up, and I am forever thankful for these wonderful aids in finding my recovery. I wanted to share this with as many people as possible since there are over 500, 000 diagnosed deaths from mold sickness each year, and thousands more that go on undiagnosed until autopsy.
Thank you and Here's to everyone learning we may have to live in a polluted world, but we don't have to live with polluted bodies!"Replies
12/14/2010: Celia from Arcata, Cn replies: "Hi. Is there any way of getting in touch with the author who wrote this note entitled "Anti-Fungal Herbs and Food?" She mentioned a toxicologist and I would love to get his name and website. My name's Celia and my email is springsnakes(at)gmail(dot)com. Thank you!"
12/23/2010: Babyk902 from Huntington, Ny, Usa replies: "Wow, thank you so much for this. I was exposed to toxic mold in my office as well, and have been dealing with ongoing symptoms for the past 6 months. It has honestly been the worst thing that has ever happened to me, and I have tried so many different things but haven't felt like anything has truly helped. I honestly feel like I'm drunk all the time, have been really dizzy, moody just not myself, vision changes (was wondering what kind of vision issues you have had also?), hearing issues, hair loss. It's been terrible! But I did go to a doctor recently who put me on an anti-candida diet as well, and am hoping it will make a big difference. I'm drinking milk thistle, burdock and dandelion tea everyday about 4x a day... Is there anything else you'd recommend? I'm feeling more decent lately, but not close to being ok, and I'm just so upset and having such a hard time getting over this. Thanks so much for ur help, feel free to email me at kayjs902(at)yahoo(dot)com ANYTIME, thanks!!!"
01/09/2011: Deanna from Augusta , Ga replies: "please help me someone, finally it is blastomycosis dermatitidis, in my lungs, kidneys, bones and all my sores thats what it was. How do I get it out internally? The weight loss, lesion in my lung, urinary tract and wherever. How did over 50 doctors miss this ??? What will kill the fungus internally. God Bless you all, Deanna"
03/12/2011: Judy from Reidsville, North Carolina, Usa replies: "I'm confussed. Isn't Ammonia toxic to us? I've tried looking up ammonia for a treatment but couldn't find it anywhere but here. You didn't state if you only soaked in a tub with ammonia once or did you do it more than once??
I have very high mold inside me , (moved) and several high and very high heavy metals. I'm going to die from this soon if I can't find some real natural treatments.
Thanks for your help. ~ Judy ~"
03/12/2011: Tom from Regina, Sk replies: "Judy:
Regardless whether it was a hair test or other that determined you have too much heavy metals, here is an interesting tie-in to niacinamide you can start immediately to help with that part of your problems.
It's from the post on Alzheimers just sent in today.
You can buy a big bottle of niacinamide form of B3 (not niacin! ) for about $5 anywhere.
Article is from late 2009, high dose niacinamide in lab mice bred for brain amyloid plaques:
The tubules are like highways inside cells. Dr. Green said that niacinamide is "making a wider more stable highway. " Alzheimer's disease breaks down the highway (tubules). But niacinamide prevents this from happening.
I've previously told you how the toxic metal mercury also destroys these microtubules, potentially causing Alzheimer's disease. So anything that can prevent the damage or reverse it is a huge discovery.
You could also directly bind loose mercury, easily the worst offender of all heavy metals in the body, into the completely inert HgSe which will be excreted using a good selenium supplement, meaning preferably the organic form found right in plants and nuts, selenomethionine:
Selenium is a potent chelator of mercury (it binds to it and removes it from the body). Mercury exposure can therefore lead to a selenium deficiency.
Selenium at 250 mcg per day should be used in any mercury chelation program. Selenium has an unusually high "binding affinity" for mercury, making it a vital part of the support protocol when detoxifying mercury from the body."
03/13/2011: Diamond from Salisbury, Mass. replies: "Tom; I do not care to buy or deal with any sales pitch especially those that promote information about using mice/rats for their experiments. I go against any one that uses any living/breathing human, animal or even a mammal.
07/14/2011: Mike from Regina, Sask replies: "You are exactly correct. Your account is 100% accurate. Having worked in the supplement industry, I learned much about different supplements that were on the market (mostly for bodybuilding). Then my boss and I decided that we should bring in natural products as it is a growing market and it's important. Seeing all of the things that you listed is great. Oil of Oregano is one of the strongest natural anti-fungal products out there; an excellent choice.
What prompts me to write this reply is that I am just discovering that my current sickness is due to black mold (Stachybotrys). It is a mycotoxin which gives of potentially deadly spores. I moved into my parents basement in a transition from moving from one city to another. It was an easy way to move and have somewhere for all of my stuff :) This winter destroyed the past records for snowfall which means, a LOT of snowmelt. Basements everywhere were being flooded. Luckily, my parent's house, built in 1987, withstood any water from penetrating into the basement. BUT, black mold can still thrive as the ground is saturated with moisture.
My gf, who is very healthy and has a great diet like myself, has become oddly sick. Not just regular flu or cold symtoms, but odd uni-lateral pains throughout her arms and legs. Very odd. After doctors just gave her prescription strength drugs (which did nothing), she went to a naturopathic doctor. They figured something else was up, something viral. They gave her many natural products to take and said to stay away from a high-arginine diet. Since we both have a high protein diet for our gym lifestyle, arginine is a very abundant and common amino acid. Her blood work also showed that she had high amounts of creatinine in her blood and another test that was supposed to be between 20-120, she was at 300. I can't remember the test.... Something like C/K, looks for broken down protein in the blood. Hers was high, which is odd because she supplements with branched chain amino acids everyday. When I had this ephiphany tonight about black mold, I researched it. Sore throat and respiratory problems is a major part of black mold sickness. Both her and I have had this nagging sore throat for about a month, and nothing can cure it. ALSO I read that black mold can prevent protein synthesis, which means, it prevents her body from chaining amino acids together to make muscle protein! This could explain the reason for the high amounts of this broken down protein in her blood which could relate to the uni-lateral pains in her extremities.
So I guess my message is, if you have these symtoms for longer than 2 weeks and there seems to be no cure or you aren't getting better, look at your environment. Colds caused by a virus tend to be fought off by your body in 12-14 days, as the affected cells in the nose, nasal cavity, and throat get replaced every two weeks(ish). Colds caused by a bacteria, like strep throat, can be treated with an anti-biotic and can be greatly minimized within hours of taking the first does. However, fungi are a different breed, especially when it comes to black mold. You are constantly being bombarded by spores which continually weakens or suppresses your immune system, not allowing you to get better. LOOK INTO IT.
Thanks for reading, hopefully this can help other so they don't have to go through something like my girlfriend did!"
09/28/2011: Tom from Plainview, Ny replies: "It is very important to remove mold from your home as soon as possible. Breathing in mold spores can be very dangerous to your health. Mold has been linked to asthma, respiratory issues, skin rashes, headaches, dizziness, SIDS and even cancer.We had mold in our home for years and didn't even know it. It does not always give off that typical "moldy" smell. Call in a mold professional to look over your home, they usually give a free evaluation and price quote for a cleanup. Then you will have a better idea of exactly what you are up against."
10/18/2011: Jal from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Re... "So He carefully instructed me to pour a 8 ounce cup of 3% clear ammonia into a warm bath and soak for 20 minutes. This saved my lungs which were coated in mold and mycotoxins, as well as .."
Can anyone else corroborate the safety of this treatment and or its effectiveness. Obviously this is bad for MCS but would it be suitable if I wore a face shield? I am wishing to treat a 5 year old tinea (?) type rash on one buttock :( and I have previous history of reactions to molds and recent treatment with Nystatin that was reduced in the faecal test but did not alter the rash."
12/12/2011: Fellowmoldsufferer from Minneapolis, Mn replies: "To Mike from Regina, Sask: Some of your girlfriend's symptoms, like the odd persistent sore throat, sound like they can be radiation-related. We are getting radiation from Fukushima since March of this year. It can cause sore throat, especially. The problem is mold sickness will be aggravated by radiation, so those unfortunate people may get sicker faster from radiation. The mold might also become more aggressive, from radiation. The symptoms of one can look like symptoms of the other, so be careful figuring out which one it is - it may be both, as well. I would think one way to tell is if the symptoms were there before March 11, 2011. If they were, and they are worse, it could be mold worsened by radiation. If they weren't, and suddenly came on after that date, especially after a few months so the radioactive particles had time to settle internally in your body from the food, water, and air, then maybe it's radiation (or radiation combined with some new mold exposure). Good luck to all of us getting either of these conditions properly diagnosed by doctors."
12/26/2011: Ladyjustice from Fayetteville, Arkansas replies: "I have a resistant skin fungus that has gotten much worse starting in late March/early April of this year. At the same time my hair started falling out. I am really interested in the connection between radiation and fungi... It seems like this year was a full on assault for my skin. After taking terbinafine it got so much worse..."
01/21/2012: Jcchilliwack from Abbotsford, Bc, Canada replies: "If your hair is falling out; skin on the arms dry, your forearms without any hair on them it could be a number of things. Radiation, flouride and menopause affect the thyroid adversely... Get that checked or put a drop of iodine on your arm and if it's still there the next day.. You have enough. If not get your thyroid checked."
01/24/2012: Diane from Island Pk, New York replies: "HI, I AM LOOKING FOR THE AMMONIA BATH INFO, 3% AMMONIA. IS THIS THE REGULAR HOUSEHOLD ONE PURCHASED OFF THE SUPERMARKET SHELF? THERE IS NO INFO ON THE BOTTLE OR FROM ANYONE, OR ANY ARTICLE FOUND. PLEASE REPLY TO:LADYDI02(at)OPTONLINE.NET, THANKS!"
09/13/2012: Shamay from Seattle, Washington replies: "I am suffering from Toxic Mold Exposure and am severely ill. However, I have done a lot of research and contacted a lot of people over the last year and this is what I have found.
There is a toxicologist by the name of Dr. Thrasher. You can find them on the net for mold.
Also, for the the Ammonia, it works for some and not others. Remember it is a harsh chemical that will be soaked up by the skin, and if you have MCS it's just adds to your bodies toxic load. (you can use the non scented kind from the grocery store). Once a day for no more than 5 days. It's a hard thing to weigh. I personally won't do it.
As for losing hair, fungus on skin, etc. This can also be indicative of mold/fungus in the body. Detox may be required.
The most renouned mold doctors today are: Dr. Lisa Nagy, Janette Hope, Shoemaker, William Rae. They are the best in the field and have excellent protocals for detoxing the body.
There are specific Genetic defects that can cause a person to react so badly to mold, one of which is a gene MTHF genetic defect which does not allow the body to detox Environmental Toxins. Which can lead to mold poisoning susceptibility and MCS and other illnesses because you reach a "Toxic Load". Genetic testing can be done by Mold doctors to find out what genetic defects (if any) you are dealing with and how to work around them.
Do not remediate mold on your own, it will make you sick! It happened to me! Also, dont hire a cheap remediator, hire someone like This. http://www.moldremedy.biz/. Most local and cheap remeditors are horrible and dangerous. Go to FaceBook mold support forums and ask who is best.
Just thought I'd try to help."
12/25/2012: Jimmy from Panama City, Fl replies: "Find an ortho molecular doctor or an integrated medicine doctor that will give you high dose (30 to 100g) of IV-vitamin C or H2O2. My son had toxic levels of mold VOCs, ochratoxin and trichothencenes. Must use C or HP because they will break up the biofilms that toxins (and microbes) are sequestered in... kinda like chelation treatments but C and HP is better than EDTA."
12/26/2012: Robert Henry from Ten Mile, Tn Usa replies: "HI U JIMMY, , , , , , , , Glad your son is doing well with the Vit C I. V. , but your post is misleading as each one of the IV's you mentioned are for different situtations. I have been doing the three that you mentioned and others for the last 5 years. The mold infection will just come back if you do not kill it at the source. I have been down that trail when my truck's A/C had a mold colony in it. I've had over 60 EDTA Chelations to clean out my blood vessels and heavy metals. We do HP I.V. to avoid the flu and colds. Vit C I.V. we do for just general good health and my current cancer situtation. =====RH========"
02/23/2014: Helps from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "Some of the known doctors who treat mold sickness in the U.S. are:
Dr. Michael Gray in Benson, AZ; Dr. Irene Grant in Tarrytown, NY; Dr. William Rea, an environmental doctor in Dallas, Texas; Dr. Janette Hope in Santa Barbara, CA; Dr. Mary Short-Ray, D.O. in Jacksonville, FL.
There is a website for Dr Mary Short-Ray called Toxic-Black-Mold-Syndrome. She also wrote a book called Surviving Toxic Black Mold Syndrome.
There is a website for Dr. Lisa Levine Nagy M.D. who recovered from a severe case of toxic mold syndrome called environmentalmedicineinfo.
Website for Dr. Irene Grant irenegrantmd.
Also a test we found to be helpful besides the Mycotoxin test from Realtime Labs was a Dark Field Microscopy test."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 06/23/2010: M from Galveston, Tx: "Thanks to everyone for the info, and mostly for the good humor. When I get days as bad as today, I stay home from work, as I lose all sense of humor and feel like I want to belt somebody. My mother used to drink ACV (straight!) for various infections, and after reading all your testimonials, I decided maybe I'd try some for my respiratory problem. I am getting desperate, as no OTC or prescribed medications are helping. I've had a chronic, violent cough which sometimes results in vomiting, and almost always in loss of urinary control, caused from living in a toxic mold-infested apartment after Hurricane Ike (and this was one I moved to in order to get out of one that flooded). In short, I have been coughing since January of 2009. The doctors don't seem to want to think of my problem in terms of the mold exposure - not sure why they are resistant to that - so they've tried (unsuccessfully, but expensively) treating me with asthma and allergy medications. Today I got some N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) from the health food store, and am hoping that will give me some relief. Sleep would be nice, too. After reading many of your comments, I thought I should report that drinking ACV immediately caused me to BECOME congested, where I hadn't been before. It could be that it's not the thing to take for a mold infection (some hint of that on the mold forum, which I read AFTER I drank the ACV!). Thanks, better breathing, and best wishes to all."Replies
11/23/2010: Sorrokine from Vs, Ny, Usa replies: "Mold poisoning is serious and possibly will end in death. I have late stage two Mycotoxicosis which was from a contaminated building no outside ventilation. I had 18 months exposure. I was only 28. I was healthy before this. Started working there 05/08 3 months started the symptoms.
Surviving my almost death, I left job in 01/10 to try to live. Through careful studies I found this. I cured myself by finding that ammonia is the only known agent to kill mold and mycotoxins they leave behind including Candidas Albicanus. That's the worst part of Mold poisoning is when this yeast takes over from your digestive track. I have posted a remedy on this website explaining all the needed info, however, to give a short answer, and a website with my journey to healing, I will provide you with this.
Grapefruit seed extract, grape seed extract, Chlorophyll liquid or gelcap, Alfalfa Extract, Garlic and onion extract, Oregano, or oil of oregano (if oil 3 wks on 3 wks off harmful to liver if not done so), Milk Thistle, Dandelion, and Burdock root extracts. These combined together in a six hour regiment will cure you. I am living proof. Also if you are really overwhelmed with the sickness, taking a bath with an 8 ounce cup of ammonia will aid in removing the yeast and toxins from your body. Also ALWAYS wash all your clothing, sheets, towels and such in a cup of clear 3% ammonia (only use this kind of ammonia for all said treatments) in your cycle and spray out dryer with it as well. This will kill the toxins you ooze out from this sickness. If you continue to recontaminate your body you will never recover. I wish you well!"
12/19/2010: Zee from Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia replies: "I live in South East Asia. It rains almost everyday. The walls of my house are always damp. Sometimes, our wardrobes would be covered with molds too. I would just wipe them away with dry cloth. But thank God none of us suffered from mold or fungal infections. I attribute this to our diet. I use onions, garlics, chillies, tumeric powder, tamarind juice and all other spices if necessary. I think these are the reasons why we are still healthy till today. Tumeric or tumeric powder is always used on skin rashes. Eucalyptus oil is also good on rashes and burns too, cos of its cooling and soothing effects on the skin which is immediate."
01/26/2011: Shelly from Fayetteville, Tn, Usa replies: "I NEED AN EXACT REGIMEN TO GO BY PLEASE, FOR TOXIC MOLD, I NEED TO START NOW! Please, Shelly"
01/26/2011: Tom from Regina, Sk replies: "Shelly: Unfortunately, with mold illness/toxicity/exposure, the medical treatment regimen is very individualized depending on gender, genetics, exposure time and levels and mold type, and you haven't said anything about these.
Here is a generic reply given a month ago here. Look for my 12/31/2010 post 1/4 down the page:
The key site you want to visit is Dr. Shoemaker's newest one at the root URL www.survivingmold.com
The specific area you want is under the "TREATMENT" tab, at:
His FIRST STEP is the most important by far! You will have to leave your moldy workplace or domicile immediately and permanently, since he claims that once exposure time reaches a certain length (again, highly individually specific), the mold toxin damage may be irreversible, even with the best current medical science.
If the patient feels fine with simple removal from exposure, no more steps are needed. There are a few people who are fixed with this step alone.
He uses cholestyramine, a Rx "old school" cholesterol-lowering drug that comes in a gritty powder, as the base of his treatment. It binds and holds, in the gut, the mold toxins that flood down into the gut with the bile after a meal! But for those so badly damaged that even the blood test markers are skewed, he uses all manner of other science, like Epogen the Amgen RBC regenerating drug (hormone), plus now many others.
IF you can print out some pages there, & IF you show some of his work to your PCP who sees the match in symptoms with yours, then perhaps you can get an "off-label" Rx for the cholestyramine right there without consulting with Dr. Shoemaker in the interim to get started on pulling out those mold toxins. The longer they circulate when unable to breakdown & excrete them, the more damage they do."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 05/08/2010: Michele from Sebewaing, Mi: "I have been using a 1/2 tsp. daily of _____'s ACV in my neti bottle to irrigate my sinuses for the last 6 months. I have known allergies to mold. Since nothing on your site cautioned people with this allergy NOT to use it, I thought it was safe. I am now dealing with the worst sinus infection/reaction I have EVER had in my life. My nose has completely shut down and I cannot breathe. It is scary and I cannot sleep. I cannot breathe out of my mouth for any length of time because when I swallow or it gets too dry I wake up. I have not slept for weeks and finally called the allergy doctor. The first thing they said was to STOP USING VINEGAR. I am very angry that there were no cautions about this either on your website or _____s'. I have also written to them. This ruins things for me every looking for alternative ways of dealing with chronic problems and doesn't say much for your information."Replies
05/09/2010: Bessie from Calgary, Alberta, Canada replies: "Michele, I'm sorry that you had such a bad reaction to the ACV in your neti pot - although it seemed a long time coming if you did if for six months before having problems. Maybe using 1/2 teaspoon of ACV daily as a sinus wash was too much - did you try a few drops first? Unfortunately, not every remedy works for everyone all of the time - just like anything else in life. Anything you do (or eat, for that matter, in the case of allergies) is your own responsibility. Please don't blame Earth Clinic or _____s - that's why companies have disclaimers . . . use at your own risk. I hope your problems resolve."
[YEA] 10/12/2011: Njhairguru from Closter, Nj replies: "I too am allergic to mold; I NEVER had ANY adverse reactions to using ACV. Maybe its just the mold "die off"... Just use sea salt, and "DRINK" the ACV instead. It will cure your rhinitis, allergies, etc. you"ll see..."
07/28/2012: Katherine from Atlanta, Ga replies: "I have been treated per Dr. Shoemaker's protocol by a local integrative medicine physician. The mold is not in my current, house, I am relieved to say. I started cholestyramine and even a few doses eased my pain and fatigue. It is tough to take. I am now researching chlorella per my doc's instructions."
02/03/2012: Emi from Sarajevo, Bosnia: "After so, so many supplements, some helpful, some not, I still had critical allergy attacks every now and then, although cutting down on so, so much.. Then I read something about citric acid and how it is made from mold.. After starting to avoid it (IT IS HARD SINCE IT IS EVERYWHERE) I do feel better.. So if you are exposed to mold, look out for citric acid!"
03/06/2013: Johnelle from Dallas, Texas: "Can someone please help me ASAP.. I have Black Mold & Aspergillosis poisoning..... Thank you Johnelle"Replies
03/06/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "I read about this and they said don't remove the mold yourself, hire professionals. Since it is in your body you can use activated charcoal, from a health food store or pharmacy to help bind it. Hospitals use charcoal for poison and overdose cases. You can also desensitize your body with baking soda, follow directions on the box."
03/07/2013: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Johnelle: Lots of good info and testimonies here on E.C.
Begin incorporating some of these remedies and give us an update so we can help you break thru this."
03/20/2013: Kbam from Frisco, Texas replies: "Johnelle: I live in the Dallas area too, and nearly died 5 times because of the toxic black/Aspergillosis/Pennicillian mold in the rental house about 15 months ago. For the past 8 months I have been obsessed with looking into the natural way to help myself and my family. I have had too many doctors not believe anything we tell them, 2 doctors tried to put me in the psych hospital, one doctor put me on Keppra that caused suicide and homicide issues, and it was the landlord's fault and no lawyers would help us, now I am disabled, epileptic, asthma, allergies etc... The most important thing I have found is liquid chlorophyll. I also take the basic vitamins abcdek, started sulfur, zeolite, selenium, and some mercola multi vitamins (just testing that one) I test every single month trying to find the right stuff to help my body. Each person behaves different, but I just keep trying. We had to move to an apartment, lost everything, lost 2 cats, and now I have learned how to never use chemicals in the house, eat organic/local foods. We are vegetarians now and try to stay away from process foods as much as we can. My kids got sick and my husband got sick, but they have been slowly getting better. Now if I am around any kind of mold (even small non toxic mold from food) my body will not stop shaking till I take kava kava. It is a nightmare to go through, please keep in touch with me I am always wanting to help or find out more information. I wish you luck."
03/21/2013: Louwrence from Rustenburg, North West, South Africa replies: "Hi everybody willing to read further. I had black mold where I stay which I tried to rid with spraying h2o2 on it, it just made a white foam but did not get rid of the mold, then I remembered Jim Humble claiming that sodium chlorite can kill any harmful organisms. What I did was sprinkle sodium chlorite then with a damp scotchbrite scrubbed it & so far so good & has not come back & I am so pleased."
03/21/2013: Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx, Usa replies: "Does anyone know the difference between sodium chlorite, and the sodium hypochlorite that is in average bleach? Thanks in advance."
05/30/2013: Yuri from Los Angeles, California, Usa replies: "It is important that you fix the mildew in your home as quickly as possible when you find it. Get someone to come out and assess the issue. It could just be a small patch of mold, but it might be growing in your wall and under the carpet too. Having somebody check it out will cost a personal loan, but you will get peace of mind knowing there aren't any problems."
07/22/2013: Janet from Dunn Loring, Virginia replies: "Johnelle, I have heard about a very good doctor that in right in Dallas TX.... Dr William Rea, who is is supposed to be excellent at helping folks detox from toxic mold. If you don't feel better at this point, I would contact Dr Rea."
06/07/2014: Faith from Pdx replies: "I we had hidden black mold in our new new house and I began to get ill slowy first itchy eyes, tiredness, sinus issues, rash, nausea, dry heaves, dizziness , weight loss, stiff neck, tremors, heart palpitations, shortness of breath , blurred vision my brain was misfiring like it was on fire brain fog memory loss, and flu like feeling at this point I was totally home bound. It seemed like I saw a hundred doctors they had no idea of the cause. Two years later the wall cracked from water leak and the reason of my illness was made clear. I had black mold/mycotoxin exposure and inhalation illness. Most doctors do not know how to assess , test, or treat myctoxoins / black mold illness so if you suspect that you have this illness find a specialist . I have an MD that is an enviromental specialist. and another MD that knows how to treat mold illness. First thing both doctors told me was to MOVE OUT of the house we did. One MD subscribes to Dr Shoemaker's method of taking cholestyramine (3- 4x a day) which binds to the mold /mycotoxins and gathers it and takes it out of your body. I believe there is an alternative to Cholestyramine . Dr Shoemaker mentions some other things that are very effective being used in other countries but it is not used in the states, of course big pharma got the market cornered here
This is what I gathered from both of these medical doctors. One is get on a fungal free diet which I felt was pretty close to the SCD diet. Stop all sugar, grains, dairy, vinegars, cotton seed oils, hard cheeses, coffee, alcohol, peanuts and anything made from DRIED coconut oil. The list is longer you can look it up on the web. Nuts have mycotoxins on them and need to be treated before eating I just avoided them altogether. Take a high quality best probiotics take on an empty stomach for greater efficacy. The SCD diet has the method of making yogurt that was recommended that I use . This diet was imperative in healing the body. This diet is literally starving the mycotoxins of their food source so they die.
The was also given Gamma Detox FX the MD gave this to me is a very powerful detox formula with 50% zeolite laumontie, 50% calcium bentonite. A rare form of calcium based zeolites called laumonite, a form of zeolite for gentle and full body detox. Medi-Clay is a quantum-state, rare desert clay (calcium bentonite benonite clay zeolites) binding agent that carries all the toxins out of the body.
I was also given a few other natural things by my MD ZeoForce ( zeolite) , Mycotoxin inhibitor x20 , and ACZ nano extra strength this is activated cellular zeolite spray
Interesting when I got sick I had super low ferritin/iron and I was taking supplementS but iron was not building up. Ted on Earthclinic, nailed it he said fungus eats iron. When I started iron IV'S I had been on a fungal free diet so I know that I was getting the iron not feeding the mycotoxins.
Now here is the catch apparently cholestryamine has sugar in it. Please be aware of this fact , a good compounding he pharmacy can make it sugarfree.
The efficacy for Cholestyramine seems superior , to many other binding agents .
A couple other things is taking charcoal pills, and drinking 1/2 tsp baking soda in a glass of water daily helps kills fungus so does a couple drops of oregano oil in water kills fungus , Grapefruit seed extract is also great antifungal. Borax 1/8 tsp in a liter of water is helpful , you can also get the pellets in homepathic dept of the store
In order to not cross contaminate our new enviroment . We put everything in storage. Moved into all wood floor home. Since ammonia kills mycotoxins before moving I wore glove and eye goggles and we washed all of our clothes with ammonia and wiped out the dryer and washer with ammonia. That kills the myctoxins, I wiped down all our leather furniture, wood tables chair with ammonia and water and we tossed all fabric covered furniture pillow blankets
Mold/ mycotoxin poisoning disrupts many of the body processes /pathways. It can become very complicated , very quickly I think it is important to find a someone that is specialist that can slowly bring you entire body back into balance."
06/07/2014: Kathy from Las Vegas, US replies: "I just read an article about essential oils and how they kill mold in homes...the brand is Young Living and the oil is Thieves."
06/08/2014: Timh from KY replies: "Be careful if you have pets in the home if you do some herbal bombs. It may be advised to mix w/ water in a spray bottle for topical application, but then again, household Ammonia cleaner would be best. And if the home or vehicle has been flood damaged, it would be almost necessary to do several days of Ozone shock while the place is vacated."
06/10/2014: Robyn from Melbourne, AU replies: "Because I've been homeless for 5 yrs because of severe chemical sensitivity & other extreme symptoms I had to consider mould. It is also one of my big allergants, amongst many many others. I tried cholestraymine for 2 mths. Mine had saccharine in it. But constipation was an even bigger problem than normal. So I thought I'd try charcoal. I've tried many enviro doctors but they are at a loss. Hope you are doing better. Vinegars - does this include acv? I have severe copper toxicity so coconut oil is a no go. But I can't find what can relieve the pain. I've known people wheel chair bound from mould. And someone who got better from cancidas IV daily - very expensive but she is now normal. No more living in a tent or in a car because you're allergic to all building materials. We can't get it in this country."
11/15/2011: Zack from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia: "Ok so Ted got back to me with an awesome reply on mold exposure chlorinated water causing hairloss, which I am greatful for... but I feel this is an important question that hasn't been asked on this site... I am about to be desensitized to mold via injections/drops under the tongue, but I am wondering if I start washing my hair with borax, and or injesting borax/clove oil/manganese/sodium ascorbate etc.. If it will have any effect on the desensitisation process?
Any reply would be greatly appreciated!"
[YEA] 01/10/2010: Angela from Cheltenham, England: "My daughter is a student and the house she shares is damp and full of fungus on the walls. Her room is the worst. When I went to pick her up for the Christmas holidays I took a plastic spray bottle of Borax and water (just put enough Borax in so that no more will dissolve). I sprayed the walls with it when I arrived and then wiped all the fungus off. After helping her pack I sprayed the walls again and just left them to dry. This was a last ditch attempt to make things better because the landlord would not do anything.
When I took her back after Christmas I didn't know what we would find but imagine my delight when we walked into her room to find not a trace of mould.
Thanks to all on this website who have written about Borax and how it kills fungus.
I hope this helps others in the same situation.
By the way, I live in the UK and it is impossible to buy Borax in any shop (even Boots). They are now selling something called 'Borax substitute' and no-one will give me a straight answer as to why they won't sell Borax. One assistant in Boots said that it was because old people used to put it in their eyes. Anyway, I eventually ordered a tiny amount from Amazon and to be honest you don't need a huge amount. Though one chemical company said they would sell it to my by the ton at a very good price."
EC: More about Borax here: http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/borax.html
04/04/2010: Bev from Cheltenham, Glos. Uk replies: "Hi Angela - I spend a great deal of time trying to remember everything I read on this fab site. I too live in a building in Cheltenham (gound floor) which suffers from damp. I run a de-humidifier which soon soaks up 6-7 pints of water in about two or three days. I always suspect my clothes may pong of damp (although nobody else confirms it!). Another posting has suggested that inhaling the spores can cause all sorts of health problems, so Im really interested in your Borax suggestion.... so can you tell me where I can get some in the Cheltenham area. Thanks. Bev"
[YEA] 07/29/2008: Nicole from Chicago, IL: "Mold Toxicity and Chlorella: Once you no longer live or work in a moldy building, you will still have the neurotoxoins circulating in your body. The best way to remove them is to take a dose of chlorella (algae) 30 min before each meal, and the timing matters."Replies
[NAY] 12/04/2009: Yvonne from Tempe, Az replies: "I've survived mold and done much research, I would disagree with chlorella and green juices in general, since these usually produce cooling and/or dampening conditions in the body which would only make the situation worsen. Avoid mushrooms too except chinese reishi mushroom."
12/10/2009: Anne Dublin from Dublin, Ireland replies: "Hi,
According to Paul Pitchford's 'healing with whole foods' the energy of Chorella is warming and doesn't cause or contribute to damp energetically speaking.
I'm on the colder side and don't find it cooling at all. I'm an acupuncturist and I've also suggested my clients who are on the energetically 'cold' side use it too and they have all found it helpful and not at all cooling."
[YEA] 01/14/2013: Bcnu147 from Anacortes, Wa, U. S. A. : "I had mold exposure a few years ago and a medical person recommended colloidal silver (10ppm). The problem cleared up in 2 days."Replies
05/07/2014: Gwen from Canada replies: "Hi! Just wondering how much C. Silver you used, how many times per day? Did you take it in water? I suffer from asthma and think it was caused by mould exposure - do you mind me asking what your symptoms were? Thanks so much!"
05/07/2014: Dave from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "Hello Gwen from Canada,
I see you posted to "Bcnu" who posted a year ago, so may not see your question.
So I'll answer from my perspective in case Bcnu misses your post.
Bcnu said she/he took CS for two days and ended the mold infection. If me, I'd take three times daily two tablespoons per dose for a month (on empty stomach and away from mineral supplementation). But if symptoms are gone in two days...great. Stop after you are sure the infection is killed."
[YEA] 05/07/2012: Grant from Huntsville, Ontario, Canada: "I'm so happy to find your site and know I'm not alone in my suffering of the past 10-15 years. During recovery from a past surgery, I was able to study more and found there were over 20,000 different mold types with no exact cure for them all. The World Health Organization says that mold health problems can only be cured by natural medicine methods. The many stories shared on this site will benefit so many sufferers.
There is the common recommendation of mold removal frequently using bleach related methods, but here's another fact. Mold is a plant. Plants will die without water or oxygen. Washing with bleach often kills the top of the plant, but not the root and it will grow back. Often repeated applications of bleach or some mold control sprays can go on for weeks or longer. If this "plant" could lose its water or air source, it has to die. In leaky basements, the mold grows on the concrete and wood. I tried sealing the moldy concrete floor with WD40. After two applications two weeks apart, the area has been mold free for years. Unfortunately the latest WD40 has changed its formula and no longer is effective.
BUT the idea works! The best substitute is Fluid Film. It's safe around food, etc., will not rot wood and has a pleasant smell. Simply clean off the mold, spray the area, scrub it lightly to work it into rough surfaces and re-apply. Touchup may be required in a few days. Because Fluid Film can be used as an automotive undercoating for rust, it sticks to vertical surfaces and seals from water exposure. With the roots sealed, the mold "plant" dies.
After posting this information on their website, the company sent me a huge thank you gift of promo goodies, and a local resort contacted me for more information.
Another suggestion along the same lines is aerosol auto paints to seal porous walls with surface mold. The paints are thin enough to seal rough surfaces, dry very quickly and are too smooth and hard for mold to grow on. I've also used engine oil on level cement surfaces. In my experience, I've never seen mold on old garage floors.
Hope this can be of help to those who cannot relocate."Replies
07/06/2012: Mater Magna from Cape Town, South Africa replies: "Hello Grant, I appreciated your posting on this matter and would like to discuss other possibilities of keeping moulds out of the house. If you are keen, please contact me on my email matermagna2010(at)gmail.com
To all other sufferers I would suggest the following:
1/ identify the type of mould in your habitat (house, appartment, office, etc)
2/ inform yourself, try find as much information as possible about that precise mould: where it comes from, how does it develop, what does it need to thrive like humidity % in the room, heat, cold etc and also what it doesnt like, for example extreme heat or extreme cold
3/ Remove the mould out of your house... Not only treat it but remove it (like that woman from England who washed ALL the walls with borax not just the piece where mould was present). Keep your house clean of dust and dirt and allow fresh air into your house at all times. Keep an eye especially on your bathroom under the sink, under and behind the toilet under the bathtub, the showercubicle. In your kitchen under the sink and definitely the fridge, more accurately the sealing plastic... Moulds looove hiding in the ridge, same for the washing machines
As to which ingredient to use... I was just browsing the internet and stumbled on information about something called 'active oxygen' which seems to be related to peroxide and ammonia (check wikipedia 'active oxygen')
4/as to how remove it from your bodies: WHAT you use and HOW MUCH you use , it will depend on each INDIVIDUAL. Also here I'd suggest to first have the organs checked which have to process any type of medication you choose to use. The liver, the pancreas, spleen, heart, ... All these organs as well as the immune system have to work hard to keep your body running swiftly under normal circumstances so imagine how much harder they have to work when your body is compromised by some illness. In consequence probably the first good advice would be to avoid further toxins (such as alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, drugs, frying oils etc) in order to allow your organs to do their job properly which is to keep your bodies clean of toxins. Second, try going for a walk or a bicycle ride somewhere where you can breathe in pure clean air at least 1/2 hour every day.
In reference to the ammonia bath: ammonia at 3% is used in swimmingpools to keep the water free of moulds. So probably also good ingredient to clean your kitchens, bathrooms, washing machines, fridges and also windows and windowsills.
Good luck to y'all! I'm going back to my research on 'active oxygen'"
[YEA] 09/14/2007: Debbie from Park Hills, MO: "M from Texas wrote about ailments possibly stemming from toxic mold. My young son and I are victims of toxic mold inhalation and exposure, so I have learned more about the subject than I ever wanted to know. The most important point I want to get to this person is, if you took things from that apartment, especially if mold was visible on them, you have just brought the problem with you. The mold is now growing in a new home, and you are still exposing yourself to it. My son and I had to leave everything behind and move from our home. Traditionally Western medical practioners do not even want to acknowledge the health problems associated with toxic mold; They have received no training for it in medical school, and there is pressure on them from numerous areas such as insurance companies, real estate management and developers, etc., to not acknowledge the affliction. I am treating my son with a number of natural remedies, although ACV hasn't been one of them, I intend to try it. But what I have found to be helpful is pure essential oils. Oregano is the best, but when mixed with Frankicense, and a special formulated blend of Clove, Cinnamon, Rosemary, Lemon, and Eucalytpus, the synergy of the Oregano is enhanced. I put these oils into a gelatin capsule and take them orally. I also get massages with oils over the spinal area which is where the fungi like to live, in the spinal fluid. These oils with the massage, called a Raindrop technique massage, will help drive the mold from your body. I do experience the mold ejecting from my body with skin bumps that spit out these nasty little white or brown crystal-like things, the size of a piece of salt or a little larger. They get easily infected, so it is important to keep the skin very clean, and to use Colloidial Silver or some other method the keep bacterial growth down. I am open for ideas to replace Colloidial Silver, because it is so very expensive. Any ideas?? Also, we now use a diffuser in our home which diffuses essential oils into the air we breathe. This has helped our conditions a lot, and it helps ensure that as molds are being tracked into our home, that we are killing them.
Just be sure that you are getting PURE ESSENTIAL OILS. They cannot be fragrance grade or be adulterated in any way. If anyone would like more information on where to get these oils, they can feel free to contact me at danngann@att,net. Love your site!!!!!!!! Ask all to pray for us, and for all victims of toxic mold."Replies
05/20/2008: Sarah from Key West, Florida replies: "For Debbie with fungal mold problems: please do not try ACV as it contains mold.Vinegar has many health benefits and most people can fight off the amounts of mold found in apple variety, but you sound like you have plenty in your system. I am fighting many mold issues and parasites since the hurricanes (Still!). Please try the Borax! Use bottled white vinegar if you wish, which does not contain the trace common vitamins that ACV does nor the mold. I'm still trying to figure this stuff out and appreciate your tips, I'm excited about the VCO, have tried caprylic acid but the spoonfuls of unrefined coconut oil seem more effective! Good luck to you and your son, God/dess bless."
08/15/2010: Laura from New York, Ny replies: "How long will it take to detox from exposure to mycotoxins? I've recently vacated my mold-infested apartment and have started taking essential oils, exercising regularly, and eating a low sugar, anti-yeast diet. My main symptoms are tingling, shaky arms and hands, muscle cramps, extreme fatigue, and chronic sinus infections. Over the last week symptoms have lessened slightly. I hope it will keep improving. Also, I left my apartment as soon as the mold was discovered (it was behind a wall and as soon as the area was exposed my symptoms kicked-in full force). I grabbed some clothes and ran. Is it safe to go back for my bed spread and sheets? Can they be salvaged by a hot wash? I don't want this to follow me."
08/15/2010: Tom from Regina, Sk replies: "Laura:
There is a little known G. P. Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker in Maryland on Chesapeake Bay who has been treating mold and other neurotoxin -exposed victims since the late 1990s! He runs several websites:
If you have one or more of these unexplainable symptoms, you may have been exposed to a biotoxin. Our research in biotoxins began almost 10 years ago, and during that time we have treated over 5, 000 patients with Biotoxin-related Illness. Our cutting-edge work has led to the development of an a brand new on-line screening test which can be completed in about 20 minutes. (Unfortunately, this test is NOT free. )
Since he's got several days' reading up on those sites, not including his several 300-500-page books, plus videos you can watch, maybe a snapshot of his work, his findings & the treatment protocol would be better first. It's CSM (cholestyramine, an Rx item):
The main first thing to do always is to get out of harm's way by vacating any known mold source. A 2nd clear warning given among all this info is any unwell person is to stay away from any "moldy" foods. This would include anything from small rot spots on fruits to blue cheese and even Apple Cider Vinegar.
Here is one site which mentions Shoemaker, and which claims some kind of peach tree extract works to pull out the mold neurotoxins:
Here's another one with what looks like a lot of real info, or a complicated protocol to follow:
As far as salvaging your bedding, I don't know if you also mean the bed, which until the place is thoroughly cleaned up and defogged for days with either MMS (chlorine dioxide) or ozone, means it'll be thoroughly tainted. To prevent a really long post here, there's got to be scores of pest removal/mold remediation companies either online or in the Yellow Pages. You could call them or e-mail and ask each how EXACTLY they gas a contaminated building once the moldy parts are removed and replaced. I believe they call it 'tenting', and it's similar to the way they gas out termites and cockroaches."
11/29/2011: Zack from Melb, Vic Australia: "Hi everyone, just want to know if selenium forte instead of selenium yeast, as well as chrome as amino acid chelate instead of chromium are worthy to use as substitutes in the battle againt mold exposure and hair loss?"