Healthy Beginnings

Toxic Mold and Flooding: Mold Toxicity is Many Faceted


Mold mycotoxins are fat-soluble toxins that never leave the body on their own. They circulate in the body then are removed by the liver, flow down the bile ducts into the bowel and are reabsorbed in the blood stream and keep recirculating. Symptoms of toxicity include psychiatric symptoms (LSD is rye mold), arthritis, fatigue, rapid heart rate, dizziness, headaches, anxiety, high blood pressure, brain fog, cirrhosis and many others.

After the heavy rains in northern Nevada and California this winter, many basements and crawl spaces were flooded. Mold loves wet areas. Even water damage around bathrooms and leaky roofs can cause mold accumulation. Ductwork in our homes is another habitat for mold. Mold is one of the great masqueraders that plague the chronically fatigued patients. To complicate matters, some people have a genetic weakness that impairs their ability to fight mold toxins.

Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, M.D., has led the charge against mold and bacterial neurotoxins. His book, “Desperation Medicine,” chronicles his patients’ fights against neurotoxins, which stemmed from a bacterial overgrowth in Chesapeake Bay in the 1990s. This caused a host of neurological symptoms in children that played in the water or people who ate the fish from the Bay Area. He developed a test called the visual contrast test. This test measures the brain’s ability to detect color changes on arrays of bars of different degrees of darkness. This test is available online and can test one’s neurotoxicity levels via vision testing.

The treatment that he espouses involves 11 steps. We employ the first step, which involves cholestyramine, a drug traditionally used to reduce cholesterol levels. It is a binding agent that reduces mold neurotoxins by binding them in the intestines. Some mold patients have been significantly impaired and require a more in-depth intervention. Mold detox can cause die o reactions such as brain fog, aches and pains, and mood changes. Drainage remedies, such as Burbur and glutathione, can diminish these reactions.

Our friend and teacher Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, M.D., Ph.D., finds that chlorella, a fresh water vegetable, can also bind neurotoxins from the mold. Another friend, Dr. Bradford Weeks, M.D., feels that propolis from the beehive, which protects the hive from mold, fungus and bacterial assault, is also a good binder for mold toxins in the intestines. I love the definition for propolis which is, “for the city,” i.e. the beehive.

We had a young person who grew up in a moldy farmhouse that caused him to experience hallucinations. He was treated with psychiatric drugs for years. He had numerous encounters with law enforcement and difficulties integrating into society. After mold therapy, his life improved dramatically.

Another 40-year-old patient was having very paranoid symptoms and waving a gun around threatening passersby on his front porch. He mentioned that his air conditioner had lots of mold. After treating with cholestyramine and living in another house, he was much improved and went back to work with no more paranoid symptoms.

Homeopathic mold drops, which are 30x and 60x dilutions of the top 20 molds, are very helpful. This is anti-mold treatment. When we see patients with di cult-to-understand symptoms, testing for basic molds such as Aspergillus niger, Candida albicans, Mucor racemosus, Penicillium notatum and Stachybotrys atra turn up frequently. Remediation of the toxic home or work environments, removing patients from toxic mold sources and binding mold toxins in the bowel can be life changing.

For more information, call Gerber Medical Clinic at 775-826-1900 or visit