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MOLD TOXINS -- HALF PRESENT OR HALF ABSENT?
CURIOUS REPORTING IN ONE STUDY

A recent study mentions that many patient symptoms from mold were related to allergies to mold. OK. So what? They go on to mention that many diverse illnesses of some of these illnesses were not related to allergies.

Amazingly, many media writers focused on the allergy patients and reported the study debunked the idea of toxic mold.

Really? Even assuming that the study was not flawed in any way, they report some patients did not present or respond as allergy patients and had serious symptoms. Specifically they reported that, "Twenty-five percent of the patients had symptoms not compatible with [allergy]," Edmondson and colleagues write. "[Mold]-mediated mechanisms may account for these symptoms. ...The [cause] of these symptoms ... remains unclear...[italics mine]."

Indeed, many patients with mold-linked illness can't be explained by allergic reactions. The report, by allergists David A. Edmondson, DO, Jordan N. Fink, MD, et al is published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

Some patients had more than a runny nose or a cough. Some had headaches, breathing problems (including shortness of breath, wheezing, and chest tightness), itchy eyes, and nervous system problems (including dizziness, anxiety, weakness, restless legs, memory loss, and shaking), intestinal problems (including nausea, vomiting, and gut pain), nosebleed, and urinary problems. [Italics and bold mine].

Some wish mold toxin illness could be called "damp building effect," since it is certain damp buildings make folks sick, but some are still agnostic on indoor mold toxins.

SOURCES: Edmondson, D.A. Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, 2005; 94: pp 234-239. Horner, W.E. Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, February 2005; vol 94: pp 213-215.



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