TOXIC MOLD SYNDROME DIAGNOSIS

Once you have determined you have:

1. Many of the symptoms of toxic mold syndrome

2. And you have done air quality testing on your home and office and they show high levels of toxic mold spores

3. Then you should get a toxic mold syndrome diagnosis from your doctor or healthcare worker. Blood and/or urine testing is thus, the third step in the diagnosis of toxic black mold syndrome.

The problem is that it is very hard to find a doctor that is familiar with this syndrome to order the diagnostic testing.

Many times, in the past, I have just made a diagnosis of toxic mold syndrome based on a patient's symptoms and demonstration of toxic mold in the patient's environment. And I still do this clinical diagnosis quite a bit, mostly due to the costliness of diagnostic testing.

But, I now feel that diagnostic testing might be worth the extra cost.

I used to believe this step of diagnostic testing to be not really essential, mainly because the diagnostic testing was new and many were not really sure of it's accuracy.

I now feel that the tests out there are accurate enough to be used with confidence.

It is often hard to find a doctor that will do these tests and then it is sometimes difficult to get your insurance to cover them.

But, testing does have its advantages, one being a sense of closure. Testing gives you confidence that this is really what you are dealing with and psychologically this can be a huge help for the patient as well as family members struggling to believe that their loved one is not crazy.

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One way of determining if exposure to toxic mold is likely, involves testing of certain blood parameters listed above. These blood parameters indicate exposure to a biotoxin if positive.

The Comprehensive Biotoxic Mold Illness Panel is designed to look at the chronic inflammatory response set in motion when a person is exposed to toxic mold.

Biotoxic illness refers to the cause of a person’s illness. All biotoxic illnesses have one common denominator…toxins produced by living things.  The tests contained in this panel look at the complex cascade of events throughout multiple inflammatory pathways produced by biotoxic mold exposure

Also, these blood parameters can be used to monitor progress in detoxification of mold toxins.

In the past, I have found these tests to be difficult to use in that they have to be done by certain labs, and many are unavailable in most labs and they are very expensive.

But I recently discovered that Life Extension offers this same panel of blood tests at a discount rate. This blood test panel also takes out the hassle of trying to get the tests done right and you don't need a doctor to order it. But you may need a doctor to interpret it.


Stage 1: The Biotoxic Effect

You are exposed to biotoxic mold and your immune system does not respond appropriately to remove the foreign invader. Why you do not respond probably has a genetic cause. Get an HLA DR DQ test to determine if you are genetically susceptible to toxic mold.

Stage 2: Cytokine Effects

Cytokines are cell signaling molecules that aid in communication during immune responses and stimulate the movement of cells toward sites of inflammation. Symptoms in this stage might include– headaches muscle aches, flu-like symptoms, fatigue, unstable temperature and difficulty concentrating. Tests included for stage two include:

Matrix Metalloproteinase-9 (MMP9)

Tumor Necrosis Factor alpha (TNFα)

Stage 3: Reduced VEGF

Reduction in VEGF may lead to fatigue, muscle cramps and shortness of breath.

Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF)

Stage 4: Immune Effects

This stage triggers autoimmunity and activation of the complement pathway. Complement C4a is an inflammatory marker of great significance. Since these short lived products are re-manufactured rapidly, an initial rise can be seen in the blood within 12 hours of exposure to biotoxins. Levels remain elevated until effective therapy is initiated.

Complement C4a

Stage 5: Low MSH

MSH is a potent anti-inflammatory compound. Reduced MSH is at the heart of the “Biotoxic pathway” with many negative downstream effects. VIP plays a similar role to MSH in regulating inflammatory response. Symptoms may include sleep disturbances, chronic pain, leaky gut syndrome, shortness of breath during exercise, hormone abnormalities and mood swings.

Melanocyte-Stimulating hormone (MSH)

Vasoactive Intestinal Polypeptide (VIP)

Stage 6: Antibiotic Resistant Staph bacteria

People exposed to biotoxins frequently come down with staph colonization, caused by biofilm-forming microorganisms that live deep in the nose without causing nasal symptoms. This step would require a nasal culture to be performed by your doctor and is not included in the panel.

 Stage 7: Pituitary hormone effects

Symptoms may include frequent thirst, susceptibility to shocks from static electricity, lower production of sex hormones loss of libido, and abnormal cortisol production. This panel looks at the following test for stage 7 effects.

Antidiuretic Hormone (ADH)

Fasting is not required. Take all medications as prescribed.


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Stage 3: Reduced VEGF

Reduction in VEGF may lead to fatigue, muscle cramps and shortness of breath.

Stage 4: Immune Effects:

Complement C4a

Stage 5: Low MSH

MSH is a potent anti-inflammatory compound. Reduced MSH is at the heart of the “Biotoxic pathway” with many negative downstream effects. VIP plays a similar role to MSH in regulating inflammatory response. Symptoms may include sleep disturbances, chronic pain, leaky gut syndrome, shortness of breath during exercise, hormone abnormalities and mood swings.

Stage 7: Pituitary hormone effects

ADH

Symptoms may include frequent thirst, susceptibility to shocks from static electricity, lower production of sex hormones loss of libido, and abnormal cortisol production. This panel looks at the following test for stage 7 effects.



STACHYBOTRYS IGA

Stachybotrys IgA is one test for determining exposure to toxic mold however there is a high false negative rate. It is easy to obtain but I have found that in too many cases it come back negative.

I had a patient come back with a positive stachybotrys IgA level. My patient was greatly relieved to have these results as they helped her grasp that mold toxicity was the cause of her symptoms. It also helped her with her relationship, as her condition being caused by toxic mold, now had more credibility in her boyfriend's eyes.

Keep in mind that according to studies, IgA levels are not usually a reliable method of determining toxic mold exposure and they do not hold up in a court of law. So do not be disheartened if your level comes back normal even though you think you were exposed to toxic mold. It could have been another toxic mold besides stachybotrys or it could just be that you are one of the negative responders.



URINE MYCOTOXIN TESTING

 I would recommend testing your urine for mycotoxins by contacting either of the two labs listed below that offer the urine mycotoxin test and have them send you a kit to bring to your doctor. This test checks for 3 mycotoxins in the urine:

Tricothecenes -which most often is produced by stachybotrys

Aflatoxin - which is most often produced by penicillium/aspergillus group

Ochratoxin - most often produced by pen/asp group

More insurances are paying for this test including some medicare plans.

According to several sources, I have heard that urine mycotoxin levels do hold up in a court of law.


REAL TIME LABORATORIES

BIOSIGN LABS


VISUAL CONTRAST SENSITIVITY TEST

Another diagnostic test used for toxic mold syndrome is called the Visual Contrast Sensitivity test (VCS). This test can be done online for a minimal fee of 8 dollars per test and I highly recommend it. Follow the link below:

www.chronicneurotoxins.com

FIND A DOCTOR

You may find a doctor in your area that treats this syndrome by clicking on the following links:

www.schoolmoldhelp.com

www.AAEM.com

BODYBIO.COM

 (For doctors that use the PK protocol)

SURVIVING MOLD

For doctors that are certified in the Shoemaker Protocol

ALLERGEN MOLD PROFILE BLOOD TEST

This test will help determine if you allergies to mold as well as mold toxicity.

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