When there is chronic dampness and limited air circulation in your home or work environment, certain types of mold, like “black mold,” can develop and produce naturally occurring poisons called mycotoxins. Exposure to mycotoxins in the home is mostly by inhalation, but it can also occur from ingestion or physical contact.

Exposure to high concentrations of mold spores over an extended period, which results in the accumulation of these toxins in the body, can lead to conditions known as “biotoxicity” and/or “neurotoxicity.”

At The Kaplan Center, our physicians have years of experience treating patients with mold toxicity which has allowed us to develop a highly successful treatment protocol.

Symptoms of toxicity

The painful symptoms of biotoxicity and neurotoxicity are similar to the symptoms of and can manifest as a variety of disease conditions, including fibromyalgiamigraine or chronic headachesdepression, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)Chronic Fatigue SyndromeChronic Lyme Disease, recurrent sinus infections or chronic sinusitis, asthma that is unresponsive to conventional therapy, or autoimmune diseases such as psoriatic arthritis, celiac diseaseirritable bowel syndrome, and rheumatoid arthritis.

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Symptoms may include any of the following:

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Genetics can also influence whether or not a person will suffer ill effects, some people are genetically able to metabolize toxins, while others are not. Additionally, it is possible to be affected years after exposure.

Diagnosis & Treatment

At your first visit, your Kaplan physician will take time exploring the onset of your condition, the specific nature of your symptoms, and the overall status of your health. You’ll be assessed for signs of toxin overload or the inability to release toxins from your liver and body. You’ll also be asked about the medications and therapies you’ve tried in the past, and what has and hasn’t worked for you. Specialized diagnostic laboratory testing may also be necessary.

Your physician will then create a customized and multi-dimensional treatment plan that is geared at identifying and reducing mold/mycotoxin exposure while optimizing detoxification and supporting the immune system.

Success relies on a treatment plan that is individually tailored to your unique medical condition. Many patients find that addressing the toxicity disorder has alleviated or resolved their longstanding medical problems.

Our Functional Medicine approach utilizes several modes of treatment, including:

Our evolving understanding of the disease process involved in mold toxicity, combined with your symptoms, genetic make-up, history of exposure, and health status will determine the treatment path most suitable for you.

If the underlying cause of your pain or illness is mold toxicity and your treatment plan does not include a detoxification regimen, your overall recovery is very likely to be incomplete and far slower than it needs to be.

We are here for you, and we want to help.

Our goal is to return you to optimal health as soon as possible. To schedule an appointment please call: 703-532-4892 x2

Additional Resources

Living with Chronic Pain and Illness? You May Be Suffering from a Toxicity Disorder by Dr. Gary Kaplan
Mycotoxin Illness: Could the air you breathe be making you sick? by Dr. Lisa Lilienfield
8 Commonly Overlooked Causes Of Anxiety And Depression by Dr. Gary Kaplan
Is Mold Making You Sick? by Dr. Lisa Lilienfield