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Toxic Elimination


For the record, while I do not believe it is fair, I waived my right to make medical claims . . . because (1) I was unwilling to undergo the types of tests that I was told would be required: lumbar punctures and other dangerous and invasive procedures that the insurance company would have used to intimidate me, and (2) I was committed to getting well rather than subscribing to the conventional wisdom, which to the extent that there is any understanding at all of mold, holds the view that damage to the central nervous system is irreversible.  Therefore, I feel free to discuss my medical issues because I know my story will bring hope to many others.

If you started here rather than on the previous page, you should go back because it is there that the major issues affecting the central nervous were discussed.  Moreover, from what you will see there, you realize that this is the part of the mold illness that I have managed most successfully.  In fact, I am convinced that if I can either fix this house or move, I would eventually recover everything except my lost time and pets.

Toxicity and Odor

This symptom is not listed in very many references on mold, but to the extent that mold is toxic, the body uses a lot of resources for dealing with the mold metabolites and mycotoxins.  I believe there are basically three types of physiological conditions related to these toxins. 

  • There is the gas of the active spores.  These gases give rise to the familiar musty odors, but there is a chemical odor, sort of acrid, that is far less well understood.  This can be exceedingly dangerous.  It affects the nostrils, sinus passages, and lungs; but if the mold is inhaled and it lodges in the body, it can affect any tissue in the body.  It is broadly recognized that different molds have preferences for specific bodily systems, but since mold is essentially a composter, it eats what it can and then excretes into the body. The gases and metabolites of this process are toxic.
  • Secondly, there is the mold, actually both spores and their complex system of nutrient supply entailing the generation of hyphae (and mycelia.)  These are irritating and often also toxic.  The hyphae secretes enzymes and acids.  This also is a complex field of study, but since the body wages a battle for survival, there is some die off, not just of host tissue, but also enemy molds.  Getting rid of this debris taxes the eliminatory system, kidneys, and skin — because the skin is the largest organ of elimination the body has.
  • Lastly, because the body is burdened by all this extra work, it uses various back up mechanisms for self-defense.  These include fluid retention for the purpose of diluting toxins.  This can result in weight gain and lymphatic swelling.  Another is to use fat to buffer the toxins, meaning that weight loss could precipitate a toxic crisis. Of course, some mold is attacked by white blood cells.  These often perish in the battle so there is some congestion and toxicity stemming from sudden death of the body's most valiant defenders.

Because of the toxicity, I found an usual odor emitting from practically every pore in my body but most obnoxious under my arms.  However, it was coming out of my nostrils and skin, and it gave my waste products a strange odor.  I could almost use this odor as a measurement of the extent of environmental havoc and internal stress.

Quite by accident, I stumbled on the fact that this odor disappears almost completely after eating even a very small amount of asparagus.  Then, as fate would have it—and, I believe fate has played a significant role in bringing people into my life at critical times—I met a man who told me that mold does not really activate because of moisture but when it smells ammonia.  Of course, ammonia is a by-product of many metabolic processes.  I speculated that there is something in asparagus that converts ammonia to something less hostile to our sensitivities.  More importantly, I found that even very small amounts, like one or two pieces in a soup, are just as effective as a big meal of nothing but asparagus.  Moreover, I think the Ayurvedic rasayana herb, shatavari, has the same properties.  It is an herb famous for its benefits to the female reproductive system and it belongs to the asparagus family.  I was able to eliminate the pungent, chemical odor completely by relying on asparagus and shatavari.

Brown Patches

These patches began to appear rather late, I think because my body was so stressed that the normal eliminatory processes were unable to handle the burden.  These are often referred to as "liver spots" but in my case, they were appearing on my face, mainly near the temples where there is very delicate lymphatic circulation and obviously also overload.  I applied various antifungal extracts and N-tense Topical (because, at first, I thought these may be malignant.)  They disappear, but wherever the air quality is really bad, they come back.  Frankly, I did not expect to have decent looking skin ever again.  I thought I was heading for a devastating old age with countless complaints and an ugly complexion.

Skin Tags

While not perhaps as threatening as singeing vapors, these skin tags were super annoying because they appeared in all the nice moist places where skin contacts skin:  behind the knees, inside the elbow, under my arms, and on my eyelids.  All of the tags on my legs and arms vanished when I started using jatobá.  All but one disappeared under my arms, and the ones on my left eyelid shrank a lot, but the ones on my right eyelid are still annoying.  Because they responded to the use of jatobá and later Myco +, I am certain they are related to mold.

Weight Gain

I have had zero success thus far with weight loss.  I believe I will only be able to address this when the house is remediated properly and the stress is over or when I move.  Sorry, I wish I had better news.


Ingrid Naiman
23 November 2005


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