Toxic Mold Exposure Might Be Associated With Multiple Sclerosis, Warns Environmental Hygienist Fry
Posted Apr 20 2014 5:32am
Certified Environmental Hygienist Phillip Fry recommends annual mold inspection and testing of homes and workplaces to uncover toxic mold infestations, which are linked to multiple sclerosis and other neurologically-oriented diseases if there are elevated levels of indoor mold exposure.
Montrose, MI, April 19, 2014 -- “Mold victims should know that there are possible links between multiple sclerosis (MS) and exposure to elevated levels of indoor toxic mold,” warns Phillip Fry, Certified Environmental Hygienist, author of Mold Health Guide, and webmaster since 1999 of the 300 page mold health information website www.moldinspector.com.
Environmental physicians believe that environmental influences (such as exposure to elevated levels of indoor toxic mold) might possibly be associated with several neurologically-oriented diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), autoimmune diseases, autism, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
The debilitating disease multiple sclerosis is caused by the degeneration of the myelin sheath (that protects the body’s nerves), and it is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune affliction of the central nervous system that affects the brain, spinal cord and the eyes’ optic nerves.
In this degenerative process, the immune system attacks the covering of the nerves, called the myelin sheath. Consequently, the sheaths are damaged, and the damaged areas develop scarring that leads to either distorted communication or lack of communication between the nerve endings, as reported on the health website www.evenbetterhealth.com.
There are several possible links between multiple sclerosis and toxic mold exposure, although medical research into these possible relationships is still ongoing and in its beginning stage.
1. Exposure to Chaetomium Mold Linked to MS & Other Neurological Diseases
Mold victims who have been exposed to elevated levels of the Chaetomium toxic mold are at risk for permanent neurological damage of the myelin sheath. Autoimmune diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis and Lupus have been associated with exposure to Chaetomium.
2. Similarity with Toxic Mold Health Problems
Myelin sheath degeneration (demyelization) causes many of the same health problems as the ones caused by indoor toxic mold exposure-
- Problems with thinking, concentration, memory and judgment - Difficulty speaking and slurred speech - Eye problems - Extreme and chronic fatigue - Dizziness and loss of balance and coordination - Feelings of tingling or numbness in legs and arms - Muscle tremors - Loss of arm, hand or leg strength
3. A Furniture Mold Preventative Has Been FDA Approved To Treat Multiple Sclerosis
Dimethyl fumarate, in its reformulation as the pharmaceutical drug named Tecfidera, which was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in March, 2013, to treat multiple sclerosis, is similar to the same dimethyl fumarate used to protect wood furniture from mold growth during ocean shipment from Chinese furniture factories.
The fact that dimethyl fumarate is both a treatment for multiple sclerosis and a mold preventative for wood suggests a possible causal connection between human exposure to elevated levels of toxic mold and the onset and progression of multiple sclerosis.
The Journal of Food Science reported in 2006 that a concentration of dimethyl fumarate inhibited mold from growing on bread.
4. FDA Also Approved a Multiple Sclerosis Drug Derived From a Mold
The pharmaceutical drug Fingolimod is a synthetic compound based on the fungal secondary metabolite myriocin, and it is a potent immunosuppressant that was approved on September 2010 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a treatment for multiple sclerosis.
Mold Inspection and Testing Recommended
To protect home residents and workplace employees from disease-causing toxic mold growth, Mr. Fry recommends annual, in depth mold inspection and mold testing of homes and places of employment by a Certified Environmental Hygienist, Professional Industrial Hygienist, or Certified Industrial Hygienist.
Mr. Fry’s international, environmental and professional industrial hygienists firm EnviroFry provides expert mold inspection, testing, and remediation services in most US states, Ontario Province in Canada, China, and Southeast Asia.