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Mycotoxins (Mold) and Anxiety

By Tucson Functional Medicine on December 5, 2022 0 Comments

Emerging evidence between depression, anxiety, and mold exposure has surfaced. It is thought to be associated with many complex health problems. Black mold species such as Aspergillus, Fusarium, and Stachybotrys produce mycotoxins that are toxic to central parts of the body, including the brain.

Many mycotoxins are neurotoxins causing lesions in the brain in the grey matter and the white matter. This directly affects the frontal cortex and causes dopamine dysfunction, creating psychological disorders like anxiety or depression. These disorders occur when the nerve cells in the brain that make dopamine are slowly destroyed. Without dopamine, the nerve cells in that part of the brain cannot properly send messages.

Mold is a biotoxin that releases toxic gas and spores into the air. When the toxins enter your body via skin or air, the toxic gases cause a disturbance in many organs, including your brain.

Brown University conducted a series of cases linking mold, anxiety, and depression back in 2007. This large study analyzed data from 5,882 adults in 2,982 households. Molds are toxins, and some research has indicated that these toxins can affect the nervous system or the immune system or impede the function of the frontal cortex.

Mold spores act as irritants, triggering the body to mount an immune response. This can lead to inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation in the brain can impair cognitive function, and in the case of chronic inflammation, this can lead to long-lasting cognitive impairment.

Mold is a sometimes silent and yet formidable trigger of symptoms. It is lurking in our homes, offices, cars, washing machines, and bathrooms without notice. It is a silent but deadly killer of our immune system and triggers brain-related issues. If exposed, you must detox mold from your body as soon as possible. 

One of the best tests to detect mycotoxins is from Great Plains Laboratory (https://www.greatplainslaboratory.com/gpl-tox)

Here is a sample report from Great Plains Laboratory–https://www.functionalmedicineuniversity.com/GPLTOXReport.pdf

If you would like to run this test just call the office 520-445-6784 or send a text 520-331-7759.

If you find you have mold (mycotoxin) exposure, it is recommended to consult with your physician for the best treatment.

Diving deeply into your home or work environment is also imperative to identify where the mold is coming from. If mold is discovered, the next step is to hire a professional company to do mold remediation.

References:

https://news.brown.edu/articles/2007/08/depression-and-household-mold

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3179161

https://www.clinicaltherapeutics.com/article/S0149-2918(18)30229-7/pdf (Copy and paste this link)

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