Did Mold or Fungus Cause My Heart Problems?
In other posts I have shared my experiences and knowledge about worm parasites. My focus in this blog post is a chronology of when I became infected by mold/fungus and in a follow-up post I’ll share some insights on what you can do to lessen the effects. If you’re interested in my parasite stories please feel free to access the following links:
My mold nightmare begun several years ago with a leaky pipe from a heater. I had cleaned up the visual mold as best as I could with little success, because it took sometime for the leaky pipe to get completely fixed; unfortunately, mold or fungus sprang up in another room that caused further problems. Dealing with a parasite health concern was a separate issue – mold or fungus infection on a continual basis made my health worse. I was ill-prepared for the series of events that sent my health spiraling further out of control.
In my experience, symptoms were revealed slowly in various ways over several months and it wasn’t until later that things snowballed rapidly into an obvious health crisis. Within that year, I started to notice some peculiar symptoms that were not normal for me. Aside from a very slight wheeze on occasion, I was aware that my cognitive abilities became impaired by the end of the year with extreme fatigue; this was different from what I had experienced briefly after a car accident a few years prior. For example, I had developed brain fog and extra effort was needed to concentrate; I became very slow; easily overwhelmed with doing simple tasks; confusion; irritation; fear; unable to calculate numbers; forgetfulness; and irregular sleep patterns.
A greater crisis began in the following new year with me experiencing severe heart and lung pains. One of my biggest frustrations were that symptoms would strike unpredictably. I would feel perfectly fine and within 5-10 minutes without suspecting a problem, I’d be stricken with severe heart and lung pains, or extreme fatigue would set in to the point that I wasn’t able to function properly. Additionally, I had experienced occasional involuntary jerky arm movements or spasms; uncoordinated with losing my balance which caused me to fall; unable to walk more than a block on my bad days; a small arthritic condition developed; horrendous bone pain; hair loss; unusual seizure-like headaches; dizziness; red itchy eyes; eyesight problems; fatigue; black ear wax; and coughing.
In order to give you a better idea, here’s a perfect scenario of what I would encounter on most days. I would wake up feeling fine. Since I didn’t detect any onset of a problem, I decided to take advantage of my energy level with taking a morning or afternoon walk. There were times that I could walk a block or more, and sometimes I could barely make it. On very bad days (almost a daily occurrence) things would strike rapidly without notice; I would reach the end of my block with severe pains striking the lungs and heart, out of breath, and I couldn’t get my legs to move properly. I’d stand for a while in agony, and pray my way back home to deal with the problem.
On my good days or within hours I felt no pains, I appeared perfectly “normal". In fact, during those rare times I could walk for a long distance without too much problem but I took it easy. Each day was different and I could never be sure when I would have a good or bad day, or whether problems would last several hours or into a 24-hour cycle of pains. The recovery of acute pain cycles and fatigue would take me several days to a week to regain my strength. If a person conversed with me, on the surface, I appeared normal with no impairments. Anyone who knew me well could detect that “something” was wrong. I was told by my friends that I would instantly lose the color in my face and turn pale.
There were times that I had embarrassing moments. I remember one incident where a friend invited me to dinner at a restaurant. I got up to go the restroom; without warning, while in mid-stride I couldn’t get one of my legs to move and I fell on the floor in front of everyone. The manager and a staff person helped me up. They were as shocked as I was – what could I really say? The worst was when I read aloud sounding like a child who was learning how to read. When I discovered this it was a complete shock to me. If someone wrote me an email or a forum notice, I would hide my disability by taking a full day or more to respond; I usually waited the next day or I managed a brief reply. Coordinating my thoughts and writing at the same time was a very big challenge for me. I was determined that this wasn’t going to impair me by forcing myself to work harder.
In the beginning stages a close friend who had observed me, suggested that I may have had small strokes over a period of time because she too noticed a change. It started out with asking me a simple question – my mind would go blank, or forget how to say a word, or I couldn’t remember the answer to something that I knew. This frightened me, because if I had a stroke it could cause permanent damage to areas of the brain. I knew that if the problem was temporary or maybe minor, a person needed to stimulate the left and right brain faculties to lessen any damage. I started an artwork project to help keep my brain active and did this for more than a year. My brain had a workout in a fun way that helped keep my eyes and hands active, and coordinated without stress or force.
When I became infected by mold/fungus, I was in the midst of coordinating two new small businesses; one was to generate income by using my alternative health knowledge, and the other was to help people with starting a lab. At first, I was in denial that anything serious was wrong or tried to convince myself that it was “temporary” – if I tried harder, things would turn around shortly. The truth was that my situation went from bad to worse without exaggeration. Perhaps, I didn’t realize how bad it really was because I had always been an independent person who could overcome anything. My health plummeted so bad that I didn’t think that I was going to make it at times; I was living day-by-day not knowing what the day would bring throughout the year. Whenever the pains subsided I took advantage of the time. Any “free” time that I had, I was grateful for the reprieve.
Eventually, I had to submit that making commitments couldn’t be relied upon which caused me to stay near home or indoors. Prior to the mold invasion, if I told someone that I was going to do something, my word was good and they could count on me with trust. My world turned upside-down within a short span that prevented me from keeping my promises. This caused me a great deal of stress and I felt helpless.
In the midst of basic survival I had to contend the mold problem with clean-ups from time-to-time. During the periods of mold overgrowth I noticed that my breathing became labored, heart pains increased, plus severe joint stiffness and dizziness were most noticeable.
After dealing with this problem for nearly two years, the doctors that I consulted with had agreed that a heart problem was discovered. The unofficial confirmation on the time-line does coordinate with my initial complaint of heart/lung pains. When I think back on that time period, I can’t believe that I survived it – I thank God, because it is a miracle to me!
I’m sure, someone reading this must be wondering how can I be certain that mold was responsible for my heart condition or any of the other symptoms? I can’t state this emphatically or cannot be 100% sure – who could make such claims? There are some facts, however, to consider. After being infected by mold there was a marked difference in my health within a very short period of time; aside from the parasite issue, mold became a co-infection that weakened me further. Could it be coincidence or ’stress’ that caused the problem? Maybe.
What about the medical facts performed by doctors? My cholesterol levels are low and have never been high; no diabetes; and no high blood pressure. For twenty plus years, I’ve eaten healthy and organic foods as much as possible; I don’t smoke; I’m neither an alcoholic nor drug abuser. I’m not stating that mold was the actual cause for heart problems, but I wouldn’t rule it out as a contributing factor. The rapid decline in health with multi-symptoms is without question something was going on that I didn’t have control over. I don’t believe that it is too far-fetched to believe that a heart condition can be triggered by mold or fungus. Basic anatomy would suggest the lungs are usually one of the organs attacked first by these microbes – the heart and lungs are together.
In dealing with all of my symptoms with continual problems, I found out that overly critical individuals who were not in my situation didn’t have a clue what I was going through. It is amazing to me how the average person wanted to become an instant “expert” to assess my problem. Unfortunately, they insisted that the real problem was “depression", or worse negate all that I had experienced that it was all in my head including those who observed me closely. Naturally, those scathing opinions were extremely hurtful and unwelcomed by me. Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, Dr. James Schiller, and Doug Kaufmann (all noted for their fight against molds/fungi toxins) have investigated many cases where patients were wrongly misdiagnosed with so-called depression or psychological problems. They discovered that patient claims of mold infections were overlooked forcing doctors to re-evaluate their diagnosis of “depression” including the multi-symptoms that affect the body.
When I became infected, I was clueless and naive in realizing that a so-called “small” amount of mold (according to property owners or family) could cause very serious health damage. I had heard a news report of an entire house being infected as the culprit for medical problems, but my situation was considered “not a problem” or I was “over-reacting". People assume that if mold isn’t visible after a clean-up, the toxic organism is gone. They are wrong and don’t know what they are talking about.
The problem with most mold cases is that the microorganism is hidden within floorboards, walls or carpeting which is discovered far too late. Health claims caused by infection are controversial for various reasons that are lengthy or political. Acquiring a diagnosis is difficult because mold is a microorganism that can be dismissed or mistaken for another ailment. If you think that seeing a little bit of mold should be taken lightly, perhaps, you should reconsider after pondering over my story and the below information.
The dangerous effects of mold in your home can cause a bevy of heath issues including chronic bronchitis, learning disabilities, mental deficiencies, heart problems, cancer, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue, lupus, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple chemical sensitivity, bleeding lungs and much more.
Mold toxins can suppress the immune system. Also mold toxins are neurotoxins. That means they affect nerves and cause pain. In some people they can affect the brain and induce multiple sclerosis like symptoms. Some mold toxins can cause tremors. Some mold toxins can cause kidney damage. Mold toxins in high enough concentrations can even cause death. There have been accounts of black mold toxins causing death. This sounds a little worse than just plain old allergies doesn’t it?
Source: Toxic Black Mold Syndrome
After black mold begins to grow, microscopic mold spores quickly become airborne and travel throughout air conditioning and heating systems. You can inhale over a half million spores per minute without knowing it.
Source: Monhiet Law
About 1,000,000,000 (1 billion) spores can fit comfortably into one square inch.
Source: Got Mold
Damage to an immune compromised person:
Within 24 hours, a handful of spores have colonized in a patient’s room. A week later, a child about to receive a bone marrow transplant develops a fever, chest pains and shortness of breath. After a while, someone diagnoses the child with invasive aspergillosis, caused by Aspergillus or a similarly toxic mold species. The disease is fatal 85 percent of the time.
….a mold spot the size of a dime can contain 500,000 spores.
Source: HCO+ News Good article worth reading.
It is estimated that 25 million people have allergic reactions to molds and fungi. Reiterating the above-mention, people have lost organs or have had severe damage [i.e., lungs and brain], limb loss, cancer related, and even death can occur from exposure. Molds and fungi are in our environment as a basic life form everywhere and we breathe in the spores daily. The problem is when these organisms become pathogenic by releasing deadly biotoxins – this is where the danger lurks causing damage to your health. When infected many people don’t realize is that another co-infective organism is also present, bacteria; these organisms have a symbiotic relationship. In my opinion, it is a mistake to focus on treating a mold or fungus infection because the co-infection remains that will eventually cause a problem sooner or later. Reclaiming your health can be very expensive by eating healthy foods, supplements, and special protocols designed for you. There are simply no quick fixes or cheap ways when dealing with microorganisms that have invaded your body.
Look for my upcoming post on how you can minimize toxins in your environment plus suggesting possible remedies that can help your body heal.
I am amazed you made it through...and with parasitic infections on top of that! I am so happy that you recovered from the mold problem and ensuing heart issue.
It's astounding how many things around us in our environment can cause us harm.
You're right, our environment is very toxic.... chemically as well as microbially.
Oh, so sorry... I know the symptoms that you speak of too well. I'm glad that my post was able to help you out. A friend told me last week that she found a huge deposit of black mold within her roof. What a nightmare because she has so many symptoms that are frightening! I came across this book to help her out and you may find it helpful for mold remediation. Within the links, I noticed a comment below that a guy had mold problems in his car; he followed the suggestions and after giving it a try, the symptoms and mold have alleviated. Here's are links for you or anyone else who may need them.
Dr. Close's protocol and his wife have done research on this; he did scientific studies to back-up his observations. Worth a try. [I have done my own formulas with experimenting using essential oils and have noticed a difference. Certainly, there is something to this.]
If you try this, keep us posted. Many thanks.
I can relate to your symptoms. It sounds like there is a very serious problem of pathogenic mold. As discovered bleach does absolutely nothing because it doesn't deal with the problem at the root; also, using the wrong chemicals can make the problem worse by releasing pathogens in the air. Simply put, they need to hire a professional mediator. Companies or building managers are very slow to act. For instance, where I use to live there is a terrible mold problem and absolutely nothing was done to seriously deal with the problem. I have since moved, but for years, I did whatever I could on my own. My neighbor has developed a fungal ball in her eye that is being 'monitored' for a year, and she complains about her eye hurting. I also recall many years ago when I worked at a hospital many people were getting ill and it took them about 3 years to be aggressive in dealing the with problem of a threatened law suit by employees. These are prime examples on how slow people act on getting rid of the pathogens.
Best advice, find another job. If you continue to have health problems, keep searching for the right doctor who will work with you (it is often a challenge).
Did your heart problems and other symptoms clear up when you removed the mold (or removed yourself from the mold)? Are you doing better?
At the time that I wrote that post which was two years ago, I have since moved and doing remarkably well. Thank you for the kind inquiry.
You're welcome and I'm glad that the site has helped you. I did contact someone who might a have direction regarding your situation. If they get back to me, I'll be happy to email with information on what you can do.
Have a good day.
The pain is a difficult thing to deal with. To be sure nothing else is going on, you should try to get your heart evaluated. Proper testing in this area is something that medical science can help with. My best to you.
P.S. Doctors have thought it was crazy for me to have chest pain and symptoms of a heart attack because I am only 23.
She sent me to Dr. Johnson in Richardson, TX and half the levels of mold were gone in 7 days of treatments. Go to him if you're sick. My Dr. told me there are only 6 Drs in the US that treat this. There were people at the clinic sent there from the Mayo Clinic.
Sorry about your troubles. This can happen to anyone. I recently spoke to a microbiologist who informed me that this is REAL and all the symptoms that I described are on point. There are tests for this, although few doctors will perform them. An antigen blood sample, sputum and urine specifically for mold findings will determine that mold does exists and the levels within your body.
Sampling your environment will also determine what you're infected with.
Thank you for this information. I will pass this onto someone who can use this reference.
Thank you for that link. I found it educational and passed it onto someone. The only reason that this has been ruled out for me is that a massive amount of mold was found in my place and neighbors; and gluten ataxia doesn't attack the heart like mold. There is a systemic problem in the building. After writing my post, I have spoken to a microbiologist about this; in his opinion and expertise, everything that I wrote about corresponds to my experience and "on point". Mold does damage lives.
For those who don't have mold expose gluten ataxia might be something to look into.
Again, Tiffany, thank you for this vital information.
My brother just passed away Sept, 2, 2013.
The mold and mildew in his home is the cause of heart and kidney. He was my best friend and my favorite brother. He will be missed but not forgotten. Rest in peace my Dearest brother.
I'm so sorry to hear this. I know what it is like to loose a beloved brother.
It is unfortunate that mold and mildew were overlooked, and the cause of his death. A couple of years ago I came across an interesting article about the actress Britney Murphy who had died and her husband had died earlier from 'unknown' causes with it being a mystery. It was discovered (far too late) that their mansion had a hidden mold problem; the corner re-investigated their case and concluded that they had died from those pathogens in their home. If I can dig out that article, I'll post it because I thought it was a good information.
Again, sorry and my heart goes out to you.
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