Could Toxic Mold in Homes be the Cause of the ADHD Epidemic?

Holy Hormones Journal:

We have been looking at so many factors for ADHD and for children on the autism spectrum disorder… did we leave out one that could be the most insidious?

6.4 million children is a heartbreak – that the numbers continue to rise is alarming. But then again, let’s look at the reality – remember the heavy snowfall in the east coast and in Boston in particular during the 2014 – 2015 winter season? All of that moisture set up against homes for months… and the warmth of the homes melted the snow closest to the wall – and then that moisture seeped into the cracks in foundations and the exterior of the home.

How about the flooding in Kentucky, Texas, Colorado – in recent years – as well as elsewhere around the country? Are we looking at the mold issue at all?

The toxic mold environmental risk may be one of the next major real estate due diligence concerns, especially in property development areas where major flooding has occurred. The problem is that the existence of toxic molds not only includes residential and commercial area flood incidents, but also numerous minor water releases due to plumbing failures, conductive condensation, house water leaks and accidents. Source

 How does toxic mold affect the brain?

Read this article published by Dr. Amen a couple of years ago. Is this you?

Toxic Mold Syndrome: “It was like I lost my personality”

Out of nowhere, and for no apparent reason, Kimberlyn suddenly went from a highly-effective, busy, working mother, to a disorganized, uninvolved, confused individual who couldn’t focus long enough to put together cohesive, coherent thoughts. She was no longer able to make decisions for herself and struggled to even get dressed in the morning. Insomnia, anxiety, and a loss of appetite accompanied the confusion. “It was like I lost my personality,” says Kimberlyn.

Toxic mold exposure has also been linked to more serious, long-term effects like memory loss, insomnia, anxiety, depression, trouble concentrating, and confusion. Source

6.4 Million Children Nationwide Now Diagnosed with ADHD and the Numbers Continue to Rise!

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July 13, 2015
07.16.15 NTCEDThe National Treatment Centers for Environmental Disease, also so known as the “NTCED”, stated today that ADHD is on the rise and growing at a rate of 5% per year. That means an additional 320,000 children will be diagnosed with ADHD in 2016, the medical community remains dumbfounded by the sudden explosion and has no idea as to the cause of it.

NTCED Spokesperson, Anita Hill, announced today that the culprit causing this exponential growth in ADHD diagnosis may be closer to home than anyone can imagine, as a matter of fact, it may just be that, your home! Neurotoxins emitted by toxic mold growing inside of homes having water leaks can become toxic to the brain, causing not only a diagnosis of ADHD, but also misdiagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, Lupus, MS, depression, anxiety, autonomic nervous system dysfunction, leaky gut syndrome, celiac disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and a host of other misdiagnoses.

Hill further stated that the majority of doctors are puzzled why these syndromes are growing at such an alarming rate with seemingly no medical explanation or understandable cause. The fact remains a cause such as environmental toxins are commonly overlooked, and the patients are simply placed into a category of diagnosis which seems to best fit their symptoms. The patients symptoms are then treated with bandaid treatments for years even though the doctors have never been able to isolate the cause of the condition or symptoms, leading to routine misdiagnosis and never being able to provide the patient effective and corrective treatment.

Hill further said that once these toxins involve the brain, they also engage the HPA Axis, or the hypothalamus, pituitary and adrenal glands, forcing unregulated hormone and protein production. The results of these complex chemicals being produced may result in numerous conditions and diagnosis including ADHD, Dementia, and other neurological dysfunction.

Hill reports that The National Treatment Centers for Environmental Disease has had tremendous results in the battle with ADHD, and that there is a simple urine test that can be taken to determine if there may be an underlying medical cause not previously detected that may mimic the symptoms of ADHD. This test can be the difference between a child getting off medication, or taking medication for life.

When a person is diagnosed with a syndrome, or condition that requires maintenance based medication, they are making the decision to just give up and resign to the fact that this will be a lifelong condition, one they will have to live with. Sadly enough in many cases this is not true and with a little research and persistence many have found out what they had previously believed to be a lifelong condition is actually a treatable and curable condition.

Those who have been diagnosed with any chronic illness should look at their present and past environmental conditions whether at home or work, or school, and if indoor water damage was present at the time of their diagnosis, or shortly thereafter, they may be wise to seek a second opinion.

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Here are 7 ways to detect if your home has dangerous molds :

1.  Launch a search operation

Check whether there is a visible signs of mold growth in your home. Molds are characterized by its cotton-like features that may appear in colors such as gray, white, black, or green. Black mold can be especially dangerous so be sure to watch for any signs of this type of growth.

They also bear a resemblance to furry materials that give the impression of stains or yellowing stuff. Usually they can be found from the outside of construction materials or home furniture.

2.  Use your sense of smell

Whenever you smell some mold odors, begin your search immediately. But you also have to remember that even if your home has no moldy smell it doesn’t mean that you’re already free from its threat.

Be sharp-eyed because some fragrance-free molds are still toxic. Most of these species types grow in canals and in-between panels or dividing walls.

3.  Is basement flooding one of your indoor problems?

If yes, then there is a large probability that your house is filled with some dangerous molds. Rummage around for some indications of extra mustiness or water damage.

Also check if there are water discolorations on walls and ceilings. Remember excess amount of moisture is the major culprit for mold exposure.

4.  Windows mist over during winter

Winter season is characterized by coldness and generally when it’s cold, there is an excess in moisture. This excess amount of humidity in the environment can cause fungal growth which culminates the most in damp areas.

If this so happen, it is best to take precautionary measures to identify if there is really the presence of mold in the area. A house that is contaminated with fungi is more susceptible to further health issues.

5.  Use home mold test kits

Mold testing is seldom used to find out any dangerous threats of molds. These do-it-yourself test kits are designed to track down the presence of harmful molds that can trigger serious health problems.

Most of these testing devices are user-friendly and can provide reliable results in that instant. However, most health experts do not recommend testing for mold.

They believe it is more reliable and practical to have visual inspections of molds in your homes.

6.  Molds that are hidden

Most experts agree that the most perilous mold is the one that is unseen such as in air conditioning units, duct-work, or with in walls. These molds can swell up rapidly while undetected. In most cases, hidden molds can be discerned not by eye but by the stale odor or the frequent need to clear your throat. Proper care and maintenance will typically prevent these.

7.  Ask a Certified Mold Inspector

In instances wherein you cannot really detect if there are molds inside your house, you can ask the assistance of licensed mold inspectors. They have the proper know-how in pinpointing the exact location of undetected mold problems.

All in all, the key to total prevention of the threats caused by mold problems is utmost awareness of the problem. Be vigilant with your surroundings for any sign of mold growth. Early prevention is the best solution to all the hazards set off by this microorganism.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.