doctor holding chalkboard with CIRS written on it.


CIRS and Mold Illness

We often run into customers who talk of Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS). CIRS occurs when there is widespread inflammation caused by a bio-toxin (often mold) in the body that leads to immune system dysfunction.

“Mold illness” is a subcategory of CIRS. This inflammatory process can also be caused by exposure to other bio-toxins, including Lyme disease.

I once had a healthcare practitioner tell me that if you have Lyme Disease, you likely have been in a water-damaged home or building for an extended period. He said millions of people have Lyme Disease with no symptoms until their body has been subjected to mold toxins. This creates an overload on the immune system, and symptoms manifest themselves.


People Are Often Sick For Years

The complex nature of mold illness has caused many patients to go from doctor to doctor, wondering what’s wrong with them. People are often sick for years before ever receiving a diagnosis.

For a long time, there weren’t many answers for people with CIRS. However, recent developments, including studies and improved testing, have offered thousands of people relief.

We now know mold and mycotoxins from water-damaged buildings or homes can cause various health-related issues. A gene encodes a specific protein that gives the body and immune system information about toxins.


25% of the Population, More Likely to Get CIRS

Recent studies have concluded that 25% of the population is more likely to get chronic inflammatory response syndrome because they have inappropriate immune responses and don’t recognize mold toxins as harmful.

Upon entering the body, the toxin is not “tagged” as an enemy. Therefore, instead of the body ridding itself of these harmful toxins, they remain and cause inflammation.

This inflammation manifests itself in all sorts of symptoms. This “inflammatory” umbrella includes fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue syndrome, MS symptoms, brain fog, depression, etc.


Difficult to Diagnose

It’s often difficult for people, including healthcare practitioners, to get to the bottom of their health issues when it is associated with mold. Oftentimes, a traditional family doctor will not even think of the possibility of it being an environmental issue.

It is also further complicated because it is typical for most family members to feel fine. For example, if there is water damage in a house, often only one family member with one of these gene types may become sick, while the rest of the family is unaffected.

This has led to a lot of confusion. Sometimes, the person with CIRS has been accused of making it up or told the symptoms are in their head.


Modern Home Building Techniques

Home-building techniques in the U.S. have dramatically changed in the past 40 years. We have transitioned from plaster walls to sheetrock, with paper as a food source for mold.

We have also introduced more porous building materials to our homes, i.e., particle board, which soaks up the water and creates an ideal breeding ground for mold. Not only that, but we have also decided to be more energy efficient, to wrap our homes tightly.

This may improve the heating and air conditioning costs, but the homes can no longer breathe. This helps mold gain a stronghold in the home. These subtle changes have created widespread elevated mold spore counts in our homes. This can happen even if you have not experienced a flood or leak.

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