The Mold Autoimmune Connection

In part 1 of this special 4 part series on mold and autoimmunity, I break down the scientific connection between mold as a cause of autoimmunity.

Mold Can Cause Autoimmune Disease

Approximately 5% of people are allergic to mold.  Beyond being allergic, many are sensitive to mold without evidence of an acute immune reaction.  Some common early onset symptoms linked to mold exposure are headaches, chronic coughing, frequent infections, nausea, elevated blood pressure.  These immune reactions can contribute to chronic nerve damage and other inflammatory problems.  Aside from the reaction to mold, many also react to the toxins that mold produces.  These compounds are commonly referred to as mycotoxins.  Mycotoxin exposure is also linked to kidney damage and cancer.

The Medical Community Ignores the Mold Problem

It is common for doctors to claim that mold does not play a major role in creating chronic autoimmune disease or inflammatory illnesses.  It is important to understand that not only can mold contribute to autoimmune problems, autoimmune problems that are medicated using immune suppressing medications can contribute to mold illness.  Mold often overcomes a person’s immune system when it is suppressed.  So if you have been taking steroids like prednisone or corticosteroids for chronic pain, you should be aware that long term use of these drugs suppresses the immune system making it more susceptible to the mold issue.  It is a common practice for doctors to prescribe medications that inhibit the immune system when treating autoimmune disease.  So be aware that the longer your immune system is being suppressed, the greater the risk of developing a mold related problem.

What Does Mold Have to Do With Gluten and Grains?

Many grains are cross contaminated with both mold and mycotoxins.  So for those of you with gluten sensitivity issues, chronic mold related illness can start initially with gluten damaging your immune system and causing it to become weaker and more susceptible to mold.  You can learn more about this connection in a previous article I wrote called Mold Toxicity Vs. Gluten Sensitivity

Stay tuned for part 2 of the 4 part series on mold toxicity and autoimmune disease.

15 thoughts on “Does Mold Cause Autoimmune Disease?

  1. Mama says:

    I was exposed to the mold after we had leakage from the pipe, and my asthma condition worsened. I was forced to move out, I was not able to sleep at night.

  2. Ellen Caldwe says:

    Thanks foe writing this. It is very timely. I’m looking forward to learning more as I was recently diagnosed with mold toxicity I suppose many people in the Houston area have this issue.

  3. Katie says:

    Thank you this is something I have lived with for years. For those with a mold allergy be very careful of the mulch you use. It is full of mold, I was turn my mulch last spring and ended up in urgent care unable t9 breathe properly. This incident has made the sensitivity to this allergy so much worse.

  4. Randy Labrecque says:

    I am sensitive to mold. After treatment for macrons, I doo daily netti pot nasal washes. Looking forward to getting an ERMI test done on my house. Installing rain gutters and building up the foundation grades on all my houses as well as inspecting attics & dehumidifying basements. Getting tested and then doing these things may be a good place to start.

  5. Patricia Fitzpatrick says:

    I have been sick for over 10 years. We just found out our home has mold. A remediation company is coming this week to remove the walls in my master bedroom to treat and also in my dining room. Five days to complete this. I knew my home was making me sick. So happy we found this out.

  6. Rich says:

    Your validation of this illness is heartening, and even life saving. Having been to so many practitioners both conventional and holistic/integrative who are completely ignorant of the many effects of mold/mycotoxins and living/working in a contaminated environment, and having spent the majority of my life’s savings on trying to find a way out of the living death that is the existence for those of us suffering from this, your message is a breath of fresh, hopeful and life-sustaining air. Your spirit is that of a true healer. Thank you for all you do!

  7. Christine says:

    Omg I dealing with chronic migraines and I found out I had been exposed to mold and sewer gases for 5 years. I’m from Canada and most medical doctors don’t believe in naturopath doctors and vis versa. I had lab tests done in the states cause Canada doesn’t have any. It came back 3 harmful mycotoxins. I’m detoxing but my migraines have not stopped. Today I seen a new doctor and he thinks lupus or fibromyalgia?

  8. Regina says:

    I have had lost of issues and attacks over the years. Recently I have had a lot of testing trying to pinpoint what was causing my gallbladder attack like symptoms. I took a zyto scan which showed very high amounts of Mycotoxins (we used to live in a house with water issues but had testing that showed no black mold) and recently I had a positive autoimmune blood test. I haven’t seen a rheumatologist yet because of insurance issues and I’m not sure if I should mention the Zyto scan or not.

  9. Erin says:

    But how can it be proven? Are there labs that can be done? I’m dealing with immune issue as well as a known mold problem in my apartment that my landlord refuses toaddress. I have been getting progressively sicker year after year that I’m finally thinking that it is this home that is making me sick. How does one pursue it and have the evidence to back it up? I seriously need help. Ki

  10. Monique Lee says:

    My son is sick with autoimmune encephalitis and my family lived in a home full of black mold for 4 years. I begged doctors to address the mold in his system and they chose to focus on how his autoimmune attack rendered him a diabetic it was always about the diabetes. Now he just got off life support and just started after 24 days to have any reaction period. Hyperbarics is the last thing they will try although the doctor who knew mycotoxins were in my sons system recommended it now. They are doing his last plasma phresesis treatment tomorrow then IvIg and last hyperbarics so I know the medical community cares nothing about what mold can do. I’m living the nightmare NOW!

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