The last several weeks have shown us the severe damage hurricanes and flooding bring to areas unfortunate to be in the path of Mother Nature.
Houses collapse, people wading in hip deep water and people dying are what we are seeing in Texas, the Caribbean and Florida.
This severe weather brings many other problems less obvious. The flood waters contain toxins and infectious microorganisms. The floods breed mosquitoes and causes sewers and septic systems to release raw sewage into the flood waters and to which people are exposed.
These floods disrupt the gastrointestinal systems and immune systems of those caught in the flooding. Victims of this damage which may take years to recover have high levels of depression and suffer from amazing levels of emotional stress which in turn causes many other chronic illnesses.
The reconstruction will last for years and financially ruins many people’s lives and businesses. Several diseases become epidemic including respiratory diseases (e.g. asthma), gastrointestinal disruptions (e.g. cholera) and immune system compromises leading to other chronic illnesses.
The biggest health problem long term- MOLD
Nevertheless after the hurricane and flooding subside the worst is just
beginning. The moisture from the flooding and the heat conspire to
allow mold to incubate and grow in the floors, walls, rugs and clothing. Mold will continue to grow in the buildings and jeopardize the health of all occupants and those exposed to this mold. Although we often talk about the dangers of Heavy Metals and chemical toxins the health challenges of mold exposure are much worse especially if there is chronic exposure where you live or work.
Any patient I see that lives or works in a building which has flooded and harbors ongoing mold exposure are very sick people with severely compromised lives. According to Dr. Dietrick Klinghardt as many as one third of houses in the US have health damaging mold growth.
Health Problems caused by mold
The following are conditions caused by mold. Health challenges from mold come from both mold spores and mold toxins.
- Liver and kidney damage
- Weakened immunity
- Depression and anxiety
- Muscle and joint pain
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Respiratory problems
- Upper Respiratory infections and sinus infections
- Headaches and decreased memory
- Skin problems
- Many other health compromises
One solution to mold growing in a building is to demolish and rebuild the building or to totally remediate the areas where mold is growing. In other words it is critical to totally remove any structure(s) harboring mold.
If moving or rebuilding due to the presence of mold is not an option if you live with mold there are several ways to minimize health challenges in addition to attempting to eliminate the areas growing mold. First are ionizers which take mold and toxins out of the ambient inside air. Ionizers are not only effective at neutralizing mold toxins they actually clean and freshen the air from other toxins including bacteria and viruses. Ionizers are especially effective during flu season to minimize flu illness.
The strategies to help your body deal with mold infestations include:
- Decrease sugar, grain, white flour and milk product consumption as these provoke mold growth
- Pancreatic enzymes between meals to decrease body inflammation from mold and to increase immune strength
- Probiotics (in the gut, sinuses and brain) will compete with mold and mold toxins. Holding probiotics or fermented vegetables in the mouth before swallowing will help probiotics to migrate into sinuses and the brain
- Cholestyramine which assists the body to remove and deal with mold
- Herbs- garlic, berberine and oregano
- Chlorella to remove mold toxins as well as other toxins
Long term mold damage not only occurs with major hurricane flooding but with “run of the mill” water damage in buildings. These include water damage in cellars, leaky pipes, overflowing bath tubes and other incidents of leaking.
I strongly recommend an ionizer for all houses but especially where moisture and water damage has occurred. Don’t underestimate the long term health damage caused by flooding and water overflows.
Remember to always enjoy the journey as it is a short one.