Can mold grow in your body?

Let me ask a few more questions so you can answer this for yourself:

  • Is your body warm?
  • Is your body damp?
  • Is your body humid?
  • Is it dark in your body cavities?

Clearly our bodies are ideal environments for growing mold! So, knowing that I have a strong allergy to mold, why did it take me 15 years or so to discover that mold was growing in my body? Maybe that’s because when it comes to fungi, everyone in alternative health circles wants to talk about Candida – which I don’t have.

Candida is a yeast, not a mold. Both yeast and mold are types of fungi but they are not the same. Both can cause serious health problems but mold is notorious for its toxicity and ability to destroy homes and lives. Why then is there so little recognition that mold is not just a toxic environmental danger that we get exposed to, but also a vicious internal colonizer?

One of the reasons mold is so harmful is that it produces volatile organic compounds known as VOCs. These are some of the most toxic chemicals known to man which require disclosure on the material safety data sheets (MSDS) that accompany dangerous products.

The toxic substances produced by molds are also called mycotoxins and the list of symptoms caused by mycotoxin poisoning is so long, it’s pointless for me to include here. Essentially, if you’re unhealthy, mold can cause that. This may be related to the fact that there are somewhere in the neighborhood of 10,000 to 300,000 species of molds in existence. Dr. Shoemaker explains how biotoxins wreak havoc on your body.

single-branchy-biofilm-700So how do I know my body became a mycotoxin factory? I only discovered it accidentally after doing oxidative therapy and a liver flush which involves flushing the bowels using magnesium sulfate and sodium ascorbate. Because there is no stool coming out in this process, it’s easy to see strange organisms floating in the toilet. I was shocked speechless when I saw what I can best describe as slime molds floating in the bowl. Since then, I’ve noticed that every time one of these puppies (no matter how small)  is on its way out, I get ill. Skeptical? Look at the similarity between my pictures and the slime mold in this video:

I should mention also that I had previously read about mycotoxin diagnosis and treatments online (the famous Dr. Shoemaker) and ruled the issue out using the visual contrast sensitivity test (explanation of the test here). What does it mean that my vision isn’t affected by mold? Maybe it means that internal mold is only 30% of my health problems and not 100%… who knows? With up to 300,000 species of mold, it’s hard to believe one vision test could diagnose everyone suffering from any mold exposure.

What’s supposed to prevent mold from growing in your body?

First, a healthy body produces hydrogen peroxide in a beautiful virtuous cycle, transforming bad stuff into good stuff. It starts in the mitochondria, your cell’s power plants, where toxic superoxide is produced as a byproduct of mitochondrial respiration (when oxygen is turned into ATP). If your SOD2 genetics are good and no heavy metals are interfering with your manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD2) levels, a healthy body uses SOD2 to convert the harmful free radical superoxide into hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) which is a powerful mold killer. Hydrogen peroxide is further broken down into oxygen and water and hypochlorite, another powerful antifungal and antimicrobial substance.

In my case, I’ve got some serious SOD2 genetic flaws and mercury toxicity which both diminish my SOD2 levels and thus natural hydrogen peroxide production.

Second, a healthy gut flora naturally also produces the same precious mold killing hydrogen peroxide. If you can believe it, the same story applies here too – I’ve got both genetic flaws that diminish the health and diversity of my gut flora (SHMT) and heavy metal toxicity also contributes to gut dysbiosis.

So how do we kill mold that’s growing internally?

There are many ways to fight internal mold in the human body and this could be the subject of a fat book. I’m just going to talk about the ones I’m more or less familiar with:

  • hydrogen peroxide – drinking diluted food grade hydrogen peroxide and using it in enemas or vaporizers (also known to cure cancer)
  • ozone – drinking ozone water and doing ear and rectal insufflations (also known to cure cancer)
  • chlorine dioxide (CD) – this is a kissing cousin of hydrogen peroxide and combines well with DMSO (also known to cure autism and cancer)
  • msm – a cousin of dmso, may reduce mold allergy
  • vitamin C bowel flushes – I use 16 g of ascorbic acid in 1 quart of water

Let’s also add to this list substances known to treat SOD deficiency:

How do we avoid ingesting mold spores?

popcorn-kernelsKilling mold is very hard work in my experience. Hydrogen peroxide is nasty when you get up above 10 drops of 35% FGHP and the poisons released make me ill (activated charcoal helps a lot). But, it would be absurd to fight so hard while ingesting mold spores every day. And guess what? I was doing that!

I love popcorn and got in the habit of popping my own every evening. Once, I had to return a bag of kernels because the popped corn had a strong mold taste to it. But recently while reading about mold, I read that all corn products contain mold. Sure enough, when I put my nose in the bag of kernels, no matter which brand, they smell of mold.

Believe me when I say I’m an expert on smelling mold. We lost all our savings when we moved from Florida to Colorado at the peak of the real estate crash in 2007 to get away from mold. When my relatives visit from Central America, I can smell the mold on them, their suitcases and clothing from a dozen feet away. It takes three weeks in the dry Colorado air for the mold smell to leave their bodies.

So last night was my first night without fresh popped popcorn. A quick spin on Google shows that people are searching for “mold-free popcorn” but no one is selling it.

There are lots of other foods on the “avoid list” like sauerkraut, but I don’t believe that personally. I think those are good bacteria. I think popcorn was my only real moldy vice. My rule of thumb is going to be this — if I can smell mold, I won’t eat it. Otherwise, I’m not going to go crazy avoiding all corn.

Popcorn in a bag doesn’t smell of mold and neither does fresh sweet corn. So I will continue to treat myself every once in a while to a bag of popcorn and concentrate on making my gut as inhospitable as I can for mold growth!

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  • avatar

    Connie Hanson October 7, 2016, 4:52 pm

    Thank you for your article. It’s encouraging in the detox process to hear of others detoxing from heavy metals. The variety of things that others have to share on this site. One thing I have found, is the use of a steam room, sweating till your hair is completely wet, hydrating of course.

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    carole October 4, 2016, 9:36 am

    How can mold from corn be active when the corn is cooked at high temperatures?

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      Eric October 4, 2016, 3:01 pm

      I’m guessing it isn’t active but may still trigger an allergic reaction for people who are sensitive to mold…

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    Beatriz Saavedra September 17, 2016, 4:51 pm

    I also found mold in my toilet bowel and was grossed out by the thought I has mold growing in my body. I’ve never quite recovered from all the poisons given to me during chemotherapy and beyond. I’ve spent the last 13 years trying to find my way to good health. Can you recommend a place to get my hair tested for toxins?

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      Eric October 4, 2016, 12:05 am

      Ask your doctor to set up an account with http://www.traceelements.com or Doctors Data. You can also order the test direct from https://www.directlabs.com – just make sure you get essential and toxic elements.

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        Dee. October 5, 2016, 8:06 pm

        Two trees fell on my house during a bad rainstorm in 7/2015 and standing water seeped into my garage, and living room. I unknowingly inhaled mold and mildew and it was in my body, and the smell came out through my pores, and it was in my clothes, and all throughout my house. Finally, it became so bad that I had move out of my house, toss everything except my important papers and sentimental items, and I wiped these items down first with hydrogen peroxide, and later cinnamon. When I moved to my new house, i ate a teaspoon of cinnamon for two weeks in a row, and the cinnamon killed the mold and mildew inside of my body. So, I suggest that anyone who has been exposed to mold and/or mildew give cinnamon a try. It worked for me. This is the only comment I have, and I hope it helps somebody.

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          Eric October 9, 2016, 8:43 pm

          Hi Dee, I did eat loads of cinnamon for a while and it didn’t help much but I’m glad it’s working for you. If I remember correctly it’s high in boron which might have some connection to mold mitigation…

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    Brian August 25, 2016, 2:45 am

    Great help here

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    Justin May 11, 2016, 12:23 am

    I had nearly a decade of ‘pretty intense’ mold exposure. Ultimately I employ/ed a wide medley of things to help ‘solve’ it… but the 55555 that really ‘did it for me’ were…

    1) becoming iodine sufficient (predominately via Lugol’s, though used Iodoral and, temporarily, potassium iodide pills)

    – iodine kills all single celled organisms, like silver, h2o2, etc.. …with the one really big caveat that every human cell in the body needs iodine and, as such, the body has a really advanced and exceptional set of evolutionary tools that it uses to control what’s killed and what isn’t.. ..such that, unlike the others, the microbiome is not only less-negatively effected, but also very positively effected.

    2) Boron (via, initially, boron supplements, then via the much cheaper borax)

    – boron, and esp borax, is crazy anti-fungal! …and, like iodine, every human cell in the body needs it. The body has an excellent ability to remove excess w/out causing negatives, and it is to the parathyroid what iodine is to the thyroid. ultimately, both are needed to keep things in balance. Majorly under-‘respected’ & talked about element!

    3) H2O2 (via nebulizer)

    – ultimately, i find that nebulizing iodine works best for me too.. ..more potent, more gets in me, and more gets into the circulatory system and overall body .. ..vs ingestion. Nebulizing H2O2 (and iodine) also has the added benefit of helping to kill mold in the lungs, sinuses, and respiratory tract in general.. ..one of the main ways mold gets into the body!

    4) Silver (also via nebulizer) and ‘a few others’

    – silver is great! silver helps kill mold like crazy! Silver *funks* up gut flora! Silver via nebulizer doesn’t! But, unlike iodine & boron, the body doesn’t ‘need’ silver, so it’s mode of function doesn’t ‘last as long’, and levels of silver building up in the body can potentially be a ‘bad thing’, and isn’t really desired either way. Nebulizing small particle size silver works awesome! … ..iodine & boron (which I’ve also nebulized many times) build up in the body (a good thing!) and are much more persistent. … …. but they also tend to ‘wake the brain’ so, unlike silver & h2o2, are better kept to morning and afternoon hours such as to not keep you awake at night.. …and since nebulizing silver doesn’t create the same oxidative stress that H2O2 can, as well, is much faster and w/out the ‘bubbles’, it’s much easier at night than h2o2, with much less ‘violence’ in coughing.

    5) Diatomaceous Earth (via ingestion)

    – D.E. (food grade!) is great! …it helps to kill mold, bind-to & remove mold toxins, and is mildly alkaline and, thus, helps to create an environment that mold doesn’t really like, as well, neutralize the more-acidic environment created by mold (due to its waste! mold ‘urine’, like human urine, is largely acidic!… d.e. helps to neutralize this as well kill the mold back that causes it to return).

    D.E. (again, food grade!) also helps to kill many other parasites, or at least keep them at bay, remove lots of ‘junk’ in the system, scrub the system clean, etc. But, another thing it’s great at is helping to chelate toxins in general… not just mold-created, but heavy metals and ‘others’ as well.

    – the prob with d.e. is it is a binder (as well) and needs to be taken before meals, and remineralization needs to be undertaken in order to ensure any minerals we *wanted* are restored just in case it bound-to and pulled-out some that we may have needed.

    6) glutathione (ingested and/or nebulized)

    – glutathione rox! it’s what helps keep the body safe from toxins while they’re being removed from the system. A definite must ‘anyway’, esp if dealing with toxins and mold problems.

    – the one ‘problem’ with glutathione is supplementing with too much too soon… …the individual cells will ‘load up’ with glutathione and, in turn, start dumping their individual intracellular toxins out into the system at a rate faster than we can then remove them *from* the system. so, low & slow, steady as she goes, is the best approach for it. I like 100mg/day and step it up by ~100mg/month for 5-6 months. As the toxins get removed, less and less will ‘flood the system’ at one time so not a worry, as well, more and more glutathione will be needed to *really* ‘flood the system’ to ensure it works into the deep dark areas of the body and gets ’em out. … kinda like letting off the clutch at a nice slow rate while giving the system plenty of gas (nutrients & binders) such as to not ‘stall out’ … or, in this case, do too much at once and back up detox pathways.

    7) herbs & ‘others’ (ingested usually)

    – these help to kill mold, deal-with/remove toxins, reduce inflammation, repair the system, etc

    8) Diet!

    – mold not only needs to be actively killed, but passively starved out as well. and a diet that is low in sugars, high in nutrients (of the right kind!), and high in compounds (like those in herbs) that help to kill mold is a must! and, as importantly, high in the nutrients the system needs to repair itself from the damage, to make it strong, and to create a healthy environment that makes the mold have a more difficult time getting to it

    9) sunshine!

    This includes both nbUVb as well as red light therapy. narrow band UV-b kills mold esp. UVb in general, but esp the higher frequencies or the ‘narrower bands’. UVa ‘feeds mold’, UVb kills it.

    Red light therapy (red frequencies across the board… from the narrower ones to the infrared) helps to stimulate the healing process, ‘cook’ the mold, and otherwise bring on a much greater sense of health & well-being.

    10) positive attitude!

    – mold sucks! Like most parasites, mold feeds off the system, and the system is easier to feed off of if in a weaker state. Mold is, ultimately, a fungus. and most fungi feed off ‘the dead or dying’.. ..this goes for a dead or dying tree or log to a living host (us!). Fungi produce all SORTS of compounds, and many of these drive us batty! Like GI Joe said, ‘knowing is half the battle’, and knowing that mold specifically will funk with your way of thinking, bring down your spirits, and otherwise get you to *stop* killing it… ..as well, *start* feeding it (what it wants and needs) .. …can go a very long way towards killing it. and, well, thus, keeping a positive attitude is a must!

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      Eric May 18, 2016, 11:03 pm

      Hi Justin, this is phenomenal! Your experience should be a post not a comment… would you consider doing a recovery story like these?:
      http://howirecovered.wpengine.com/category/success-stories/

      thank you!
      Eric

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      Bruce Massey July 24, 2016, 2:01 am

      Justin , will you please explain how much , how many times a day and what way you used each of the things you listed . Thank you very much

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    Jason March 5, 2016, 3:31 am

    Corn besides being 95% GMO and Moldy, is also extremely acidic and thus not healthy at all especially for people who are suffering health issues, who are more often than not, too acidic (which causes chronic inflammation, which causes 100’s of issues)

    Some foods really are better kicked to the curb, like Wheat/Gluten, and Dairy Milk. Also Peanuts are high in Mycotoxins aka Mold. The Bullet proof guy did a good video on Mycotoxins IIRC, not sure it “Moldy” was his but that is one such video on the topic you may want to watch if you have not already. I too have a Mold allergy.

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      Eric March 27, 2016, 4:03 am

      Thanks Jason, I’m very happy about quitting corn – have been losing extra weight steadily since then…

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        Jason March 27, 2016, 5:23 am

        I’m not so happy 🙂 It was one of my go-to snacks I “thought” was okay until I learned all the bad things about it, now there is almost nothing left for me to eat! Gone is Gluten, Dairy, Sugar, and many more things. Of course, I have more issues than most people, but it is a little frustrating the info that is surfacing on foods, I swear every food has negative impacts; Can’t eat nuts anymore because they’re high in Lectins which is terrible for Leaky Gut, Spinach, Broccoli, Kale have to limited due to Oxalates, Goitrogens, Sulfur and even Copper, etc you see what I mean. Of course the general idea is to heal ones self, and then everything in balance and moderation, much easier said than done though, eating is like stepping into a mine field especially when gut issues are at the core of your issues.

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    Chris Pfeiffer February 11, 2016, 9:20 pm

    Hi,

    As I am looking at having my house mold remediated, I found a company in Florida where the owner has been doing mold remdediation and study for the last 30 years and has very strong opinions on the validity of mold testing in urine as well as the ERMI and HERTSMI-2 test. However, he does agree that Shoemaker’s approach to Biotoxin illness is genius. So, I am providing links to some of his information as well. Hopefully, some people who see this will be able to avoid wasting the $1500 I have on these tests.

    http://www.mold-toxins.com/
    http://www.mold-free.org/Gary_Rosen_Ph_CV.pdf
    http://www.mold-free.org/index1.html

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      Eric February 11, 2016, 9:50 pm

      There’s a story on curezone written by a guy who ran an ozone generator (a cheap chinese model) 24/7 and cured his wife of 18 cancerous tumors that way. he lives in damp northwest and had black mold growing on the outside of the house before running the generator. A few months after having it on that mold was gone… Just an idea!

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        Janice D March 27, 2016, 4:24 pm

        I recommend going to a naturepath practioner in your area. Mold cannot be 100% reduced in body-only manage the symptoms such as extreme fatigue, sinus, congestion & weight gain. The list of symptoms is too long. The actual mold we injest is called slime mold and it’s in many foods and nature. There are about 30% of the population that have genetic predispostion to absorb this mold and stays toxic in body. I usually get reexposed from flight travel, hotels and food. My naturepath energy tests which type of mold I was exposed to and I start taking supplements to reduce fatigue etc.. Anything from Pau D’Arco to Graviola depending on what my body needs. My daughter has the same thing as well as my brothers. If you feel like crap-try this alternative method, it can only help not hurt.

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      Grace May 14, 2016, 12:59 am

      Popcorn has mold in it yikes!
      There is a pure coffee that has no mycotoxins in it , found it on Amazon. Also beware that coconut oil if has been made
      with dried coconut it has mycotoxins in it. I’m a vegetarian so cutting out dairy was okay, hard to find an substitute for cheese.
      I also think just going green for few months is very helpful it starves the mold out, and Shoemaker, suggest major detox at the
      same time.

      My thoughts on mold testing in the house and air was useless. We spent ten of thousands. remediating, it was big project. We had some experts come and fog our house.. We had two people come from reputable companies check the air for spores etc. We did our own tests we were told it was all in the clear. We moved in and within 30 days of staying there I was sick
      There is a big difference between getting your house checked for spores and molds and some guy telling your it is all in the clear. Than a mold expert doctor looking at your elevated levels of Human Trans Growth Fact Beta 1 and . Once your there sitting in the chair and the doctor begins to go over each and every test, and explain to you in simplest terms what mold has done to you at that point you realize how complex it really is.

      Thank God, for Shoemaker
      For me mold can make you so sick you will wish were dead. The list of symptoms go on and on
      My doctor suggested the people that are the experts in mold testing are companies the CDC would use or maybe an industrial hygienist .50% of homes new and old have mold.

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      Anna August 26, 2016, 9:03 am

      You can even save your money by cleaning the mold yourself if you have such strength to remove it. This is right that mold affect your body and even cause severe health issues like respiratory, skin infection, eye itching and even cancer. If you found any mold symptoms you have to take a quick action before it spreads more and cause health problems. You can easily clean the mold by following these do it yourself tips for mold removal. http://www.floodaz.com/how-to-remove-black-mold-without-killing-the-environment/

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