Almost everyone knows the reasons for weight gain and poor overall health: Lack of exercise, too many processed foods and a sedentary lifestyle.
But would you believe that there is now solid scientific evidence linking a common household toxin to many health problems, including weight gain? Yes, you could be suffering from this no matter how healthy your diet is or how much you work out. This toxin is mold, and according to the Environmental Protection Agency, it is present in 30 percent of structures in America.
Mold and its role in chronic disease
Mold is a bio-toxin that creates an inflammatory response once it enters the body. Inflammation is the body’s natural defense against invaders, such as mold spores and their related mycotoxins that derive from them. However, in roughly 28 percent of people, this immune response activates and never gets turned off, making the inflammation chronic and severe. Many times this causes the person to become sick and then stay that way, to the bewilderment of doctors and experts.
Take the case of 46-year-old mother and wife Kimberlyn, who in 2010 became sick for no apparent reason. Kimberlyn was a highly-educated woman with a keen and analytical mind. Within 90 days of becoming sick, she lost 25 pounds, became confused and disoriented to the point that she had difficulty in even dressing. She couldn’t function or make basic decisions and had to give up her career. Diagnoses ranged from depression and anxiety to bipolar disorder. “It was like I lost my personality” she later said.
After two different cycles of this mystery illness, she was finally diagnosed with toxic mold syndrome. Her house was tested and found to contain three strains of toxic mold, one of which was Stachybotrys, more commonly known as black mold.