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Understanding Mould Illness

If you are experiencing a variety of symptoms that are baffling you and your usually  reliable and informed GP, this article may prompt you to look a little deeper into finding the cause.

If you are struggling with lethargy and fatigue, memory focus and brain function, aches and pains, numbness and tingling, abdominal pain and asthma type symptoms plus some sinus pain and headaches, then you may be suffering from mould illness. And the mould illness symptoms don’t stop there. In some cases people with mould illness often complain about muscle cramping, vertigo, sensitivity to light, tremors and night sweats and even static shocks.

Where is this mould. Why can’t I see it ?

Mould is not something that you can necessarily see or smell but the spores are multiplying and circulating through your air vents and air conditioning units, especially if you don’t regularly clean the filters. You may inadvertently be transporting the spores into your home via your shoes and clothes. Once it’s inside it is most likely living and multiplying in your carpet and furniture.

Of course, mould illness won’t affect all of us. In fact, most of us won’t be troubled by it at all except if there is excessive moisture in the home which isn’t good for anybody. But for those of you who are susceptible then it will be making you very sick. The symptoms are often compounded by the many medical practitioners who are either ignorant to the dangers of mould or they dismiss mould illness as a implausible explanation for being unwell.

The cause and the source

So you are probably wondering why mould makes you sick? Well simply put, mould produces some toxic chemicals called mycotoxins which are attached to the invisible spores that are multiplying and circulating in the affected environment. When you absorb the spores they cause ‘an acute and chronic, systemic inflammatory response’ which is why mould illness is otherwise known as Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS).

So the source of the problem is water damaged buildings. There may not be any existing signs of water damage but the contaminants and toxicity remains in the form of mould and that’s what makes a susceptible individual sick. The cause is transferred from the environment to the sufferer and illness persists until that person is treated.

Why it affects some people and not others?

As to why some people are affected and others aren’t is down to a genetic predisposition to biotoxin-related illness. That’s the individual’s capability to fight of toxicity through the bodies immune system. A proportion of people – in the US it’s 24 percent – cannot make appropriate antibody responses to the type of toxicity that mould represents.


There are a number of factors that inform and either aid or impede recovery. You need to consider the duration of the exposure, your overall health, genetics and the types of medicines that are available and appropriate. A doctor with a sophisticated understanding and very keen interest in the debilitating nature of mould illness, such as Dr Peter Dobie, is essential. Doctors who lack the sufficient knowledge will be inclined towards treating the individual symptoms but not the cause. Because the symptoms are in many ways insidious in their variance, treating symptoms will not prevent further illness. Only a comprehensive, holistic CIRS treatment will.

Find a doctor who understands mould illness

Dr Peter Dobie makes a diagnosis based on the patient’s symptoms, their likely mould exposure and the duration of the exposure, as well as a range of laboratory and other tests. Once diagnosed, there is a proven 12-step protocol for the treatment of CIRS.

Generally speaking, patients who are suffering from CIRS often need to have a test known as an ERMI test to determine which moulds are present in their home or workplace.

Once the source has been located, some patients may need to have some remediation to reduce the amount of mould in their home. This isn’t a DIY job, that type of remediation work should be carried out by a remediator with a knowledge of mould and CIRS.

Dr Peter Dobie takes a holistic approach to treating chronic illness such as mould illness or CIRS. Dr Dobie has clinics in Bondi and Pymble and he treats a variety of complex and chronic illnesses. If you are suffering from any of the symptoms described in this article and you are not satisfied with the treatment you are receiving, then you should contact Dr Peter Dobie and make an appointment at either his Pymble or Bondi clinics.

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