17 Signs of Mold Illness (And How to Tell If You’re At Risk)
Why Some People Are Susceptible?
24% of people are genetically vulnerable to mold poisoning according to Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker. People with mold susceptibility genes have higher chances to have an adverse reaction to mold, upon exposure to sufficient amounts.
95% of mold poisoning appears in this subgroup, and 2% are especially susceptible with the “quicker sicker” genes variation. The chances of those who aren’t susceptible are lower but not zero.
People who are genetically susceptible to mold, can’t recognize specific toxins as toxins like mold. The result is persistent inflammatory response triggered by the toxins/mold. Many people are not aware that they have a genetic mold susceptibility.
According to experts, one should meet the next criteria to be diagnosed with CIRS:
1. History, symptoms, and signs consistent to exposure to biotoxins. History should contain toxin-producing molds exposure as documented by the EPA-approved Environmental Relative Moldiness Index (ERMI) test. In different cases like ciguatera, microcystin, etc. history should contain laboratory evidence of exposure, or likely exposure.
2. A genetic predisposition to illness related to biotoxins, based on an HLA susceptible haplotype identification.
3. Documented abnormalities from Visual Contrast Sensitivity (VCS) testing.
4. Biomarkers consistent with the endocrine, vascular, and neuroimmune abnormalities which characterize the Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome. Those with a history consistent with an abnormal VCS test, a susceptible genotype, and biotoxin exposure, have higher chances to show the laboratory abnormalities seen in Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome. Further criteria are still being investigated.
The following steps are recommended to those who suspect to have a mold problem.
First step: start to learn more about mold, and you can try to read Dr. Shoemaker’s book.
Second step: you have to test the presence of mold in your home. Use the great ERMI test and call an environmental professional to do a visual inspection of your home and sample few rooms.
Third step: Find a clinical trained in Dr. Shoemaker’s Protocol You can take into consideration genetic mold susceptibility test done by Labcorp, panel # 167120.