M.M. VAN BENSCHOTEN ASSOCIATES
Over the past several years, we have seen many patients whose chronic health complaints could be linked to indoor mold exposure. Water damage from leaking roofs, plumbing, sprinklers, or sewage lines can cause mold growth inside walls and ceilings with serious health consequences including respiratory illness, neurological disorders from mold toxins, and autoimmune problems including fibromyalgia and arthritis. We have successfully diagnosed and treated mold related illness in patients where conventional testing failed to find a causative factor. Chronic sinusitis, asthma, fatigue, and pain problems that improve when away from home and worsen on returning to the contaminated building often indicate mold related illness. Certain persons are highly susceptible to mold exposure, where other people living in the same home may not have any symptoms. Chinese herbal formulas with antifungal, anti-allergy, anti-inflammatory, and immune regulating effects are custom formulated for the individual patient.
Carpet, Mattress, Pillow: Toxic Chemical and Mold Exposure
We have also examined several patients with intractable medical conditions caused by exposures to toxic chemicals and mold in their bedrooms. Indoor carpeting over five years may double its weight in dust and toxic environmental chemicals. Most carpeting contains a long list of toxic materials that outgas and degrade over time. Mattresses and pillows made with polyurethane or memory foams are sources of toxins that can damage the immune, respiratory, and nervous systems. Chronic or continuous headaches, severe asthma with nighttime aggravations, recurrent infections and allergic reactions have all been linked in our experience to these sources. Mattresses should be replaced after 8 years, pillows every six months, carpet should be removed from the bedroom and other nontoxic flooring installed.
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