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How Common Mold Toxins Hurt the Brain

A Sample List of the Exact Symptoms, Signs &
Various Brain Studies Affected by Indoor Mold

Parents may wonder if their family's emotional or health troubles come from mold toxins. We have reviewed over two hundred articles on mold symptoms, and below we list the most common effects of mold on the mind and body. No one has all of these and some are only present in very severe exposures. Even if an exposure is modest, it can still have significant effects on school, work or relationships. These mold chemicals can enter the air from hidden mold sources with the mere vibration of a stereo or merely opening a door. The toxic mold chemicals then disperse all over a school or home. Once they enter your lungs or are swallowed in your nasal fluids or saliva, then they will travel all over the body.

Please realize that if you spend any time in a musty location or a location with visible indoor mold, you will have mold toxin exposure. High levels of exposure overwhelm everyone. Mild mold toxin exposure still bothers approximately 1 in 4 who are poor at removing biologically active mold toxins. These sensitive people need to be extra careful with mold, because they do not remove the toxins from their systems as well as the non-sensitive people. They have to be sure to live in a home that has no hidden indoor mold. They cannot work or go to school in a moldy structure. They need clean low dust environments with air scrubbed with disposable MERV 11 air filters. They also need to take mold toxin binding agents such as Cholestyramine. (Dr. Rosen believes the fat binder Chitosan and pharmaceutical charcoal may also have some mold toxin binding effects).

Mold toxins can produce hundreds of different body problems. This list below is just some key Neurology and Psychiatry sample findings. In an upcoming book on the effects of indoor mold on youth, I go through all the major organs of the body. Again, some patients with mild exposure or who are not extremely sensitive to mold toxins may just have a couple symptoms.

Brain

  • Headaches
  • Poor memory
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Trouble learning
  • Trouble finding words
  • Disorientation
  • Seizures
  • Trouble speaking fast
  • Trouble with understanding fast
  • Trembling
  • Vocal or Motor Tics
  • Serotonin changes
  • Abnormal reflexes
  • Strokes
  • Edema or swelling in the brain
  • Scarring of Brain seen on MRI's
  • PET and SPECT scans show hypoperfusion
  • EEG abnormalities

Brain and Psychiatric Struggles

  • Mood swings
  • Mania
  • Irritability
  • Impulsivity
  • Increased risk taking
  • Decreased speak smoothness
  • Poor stress coping
  • Increased verbal fighting
  • New lateness
  • Poor empathy
  • Poor boundary awareness
  • Immaturity
  • Spacey
  • Rigidity
  • Poor insight
  • Poor insight into illness
  • Decreased productivity
  • Unable to process trauma or interpersonal pain
  • Increased narcissism
  • Forgetfulness
  • Poorly organized or obsessively organized
  • Dead creativity
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks
  • Decreased attention
  • Eccentric personality
  • A delay in a Child's developmental milestones
  • Increased alcohol consumption or increased drug use
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