In a previous blog post, the answer to the question “you might have a mold problem if” was answered by visual evidence: mold and mushrooms growing in water damaged buildings that had not been dried and sanitized properly.
Mushrooms and mold growing in this Burlington, NJ basement after heavy rains caused flooding.
But, for many people diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, it may be the mold they can’t see that’s causing their health issues.
What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
As discussed on the Mayo Clinic Website, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or CFS is characterized by these 8 symptoms:
Loss of memory or concentration
Enlarged lymph nodes in your neck or armpits
Unexplained muscle pain
Pain that moves from one joint to another without swelling or redness
Headache of a new type, pattern or severity
Extreme exhaustion lasting more than 24 hours after physical or mental exercise
Many times, these symptoms have been misdiagnosed as depression. As a result, most often the symptoms have been treated with antidepressant medication, sleeping pills, and psychotherapy. According to Wikipedia, national health organizations have estimated more than one million Americans and approximately a quarter of a million people in the UK have CFS. However, because the symptoms look like many other illnesses, the actual number of CFS cases may be under-reported.
What is exciting is that there is a new body of medical research emerging in both the United States and in England that suggests a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome may be due to mold exposure.
Research suggests Mycotoxin exposure after mold growth in water damaged buildings may be one of the causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
A recent journal article in Toxins (2013, 5, 605-617) “Detection of Mycotoxins in Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome” authors Brewer, Thrasher, Straus, Madison, and Hooper revealed the results of their research into the possible cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). The authors tested the urine of 112 patients who had been diagnosed with CFS. 104 of the patients, or 93% of the group, tested positive for mycotoxin exposure. What is even more interesting, is that in this group of individuals who tested positive for mycotoxin exposure, 90% of these patients had been exposed to water damaged buildings prior to their onset of symptoms and diagnosis of CFS.
In research, there is a cautionary phrase: “correlation does not prove causation.” What this means is that not everyone with CFS will be shown to have mycotoxin metabolites in their urine samples. And, not everyone who has lived or worked in a water damaged building will be diagnosed with CFS. However, if you have been recently diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and you have a history of exposure to a water damaged building, either at home or at work, take heart. There are now medical and environmental tests that can point the way to effective treatment – for both you and the home or office environment that may be making you sick.
For the medical testing to determine if you have been exposed to mycotoxins from mold, contact the Mold Treatment Centers of America at 678-943-2111.
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Mold Treatment Centers of America is comprised of a team of medical professionals who understand multiple disciplines of science and medicine regarding mold sickness and environmental mycotoxin exposure. They have both a testing and treatment protocol designed to identify and ameliorate CFS arising from mold exposure.
But remember: if the source of the mycotoxin exposure is not removed from the home or work environment, medical treatment alone may not be enough. In that case, mold remediation of the water damaged building is necessary to prevent the symptoms of mold sickness from returning after medical treatment has been completed. The complete process for remediation of mold in water damaged buildings is described on this page: How to deal with toxic mold
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If you, or someone you know in the Greater Philadelphia area lives or works in a building that suffered water damage that may not have not been dried and sanitized correctly, please give us a call at 877-750-7876.
PuroClean Emergency Recovery Services teams are fully trained in mold removal and remediation, and we follow the IICRC ethical and professional guidelines for the proper remediation of mold.