Does Killing Candida Release Mercury?

Although candida is obviously a significant problem for many people and mercury poisoning can be deadly, the association between the two is different than what some people think. Unfortunately, the two issues do share some symptoms and therefore, it is especially important to understand that the killing of candida is only a good thing. There is no actual evidence that establishes a link between doing so and the release of mercury.

Understanding The Truth About Mercury

With that being said, there is evidence to suggest that one trigger for the development of candida could be the existence of mercury in your system. It is often shocking to learn that as of 2015, there are many countries where the use of mercury for dental fillings is illegal and many others where it will become illegal in the near future, due to the variety of health problems that mercury is associated with. Given that information, it is not surprising that the presence of mercury filling in your body, especially if you have had them for a while, is a major health concern for many individuals. Sadly, mercury fillings are legal and common in the United States.

As a result, it is not the killing of the candida that causes a problem with the mercury. Instead, it is much more likely to simply be the presence of the mercury in your body for any reason, in the first place. In addition, there is some evidence that provides a clear link between mercury and candida, as it is thought that candida may be able to gain nourishment from the mercury, allowing candida to grow and spread. In that instance, you would need to have the fillings you already have removed and replaced with safer ones, in addition to the cleanse, diet plan and supplements that are needed to completely destroy the candida.

Dispelling the Myths

By now, you probably know that when your body is overrun with candida, you will usually notice symptoms like a lack of energy, problems getting to and staying asleep, chronic infections, skin irritation, memory problems and even mood changes. It is terrifying to note that chronic mercury poisoning symptoms can be very similar and include fatigue, insomnia and difficulty remembering things.

It is also important to note that one prevalent theory about how mercury impacts your immune system focuses on the fact that mercury steals nutrients and other important aspects that your immune system needs to function. Specifically, it is thought that once heavy metals, including mercury, are present in your body and not safely contained within uncontaminated and intact fillings, your immune system can quickly become impaired.

When significant amounts of heavy metal are present, your immune cells no longer function es they should, since the mercury will use the nutrients and oxygen that the immune cells need to be healthy. Soon after, your immune system falters and candida finds a home.

Regardless of why mercury causes the problem, the link between the two has been well-documented. Removing the candida does not trigger mercury poisoning, but the presence of mercury can cause candida to multiply. As a result, it is crucial to remove the mercury before beginning your plan to destroy the candida.

Black mold and other molds

First of all, it is important to define exactly what molds are. Molds are filamentous fungi usually growing in damp areas. To put that in image, molds are the whitish or greenish fast growing stuff that you can sometimes observed on old fruit. It is interesting to note that wet grains can also be contaminated by mold. These microorganisms are also susceptible to grow indoors in homes or buildings, especially following water damage or leakage, flooding, or in case of an excessive level of moisture in the air. They are commonly observed in small quantities in homes, especially around windows and in the bathroom. However, in severe and rare cases, the indoor contamination may be more important. It is the case for example when drywall, wallpaper or carpet are contaminated by molds. In these cases, the contamination is usually visible by eyes on the walls for example and can be smelled. If the contamination is visible on walls and has a rotting smell, it is highly possible that the materials inside the wall are also contaminated and required extensive cleaning process (see Controlling molds).

It is interesting to note that molds are present everywhere at different levels. They propagate themselves by spore, a small structure resistant to unfavorable growing conditions and able to float freely in the air. Spores are susceptible to pass from outdoors to indoors by any place where air is susceptible to enter, such as doors, windows, ventilation systems, etc. Moreover, spores can also attach themselves to people or pet in order to get inside a house or any other building. Once inside, they can resume their growth if the right conditions are reunited, especially if there is enough moisture or dampness, as water availability is the main requirement for the growth of molds.

The most common molds observed indoors are composed of species from the genus Cladosporium, Penicillium, Aspergillus, and Alternaria. Stachybotrys chartarum, commonly known as black mold, is also observed in indoor contamination, although less common than the other ones. Even though this particular type of mold is called black mold, it is interesting to note that it has actually a bright greenish black color. The difficulties experienced by its spores to travel successfully within the air, as well as the relative difficulty to grow compared to the other types of mold explain why it is less commonly seen indoors. Stachybotrys chartarum is known to grow on high cellulose and low nitrogen substrates. Indoors, it means that it is more susceptible to grow on drywall, wallpaper and wood structures, as well as common objects such as papers and cardboard boxes. However, in contradiction with other fast-growing molds, Stachybotrys chartarum required that the materials are soaked in water for many days or even weeks before starting to grow. This particular mold is also associated with major construction defects, especially if it allows the building to have a high level of moisture in the air or if the building has water leakage. As Stachybotrys chartarum required water to be present for a long period before growing, it is very important to remediate quickly and effectively to any water damage or leakage in order to prevent its apparition (see Preventing molds).

It is interesting to note that Stachybotrys chartarum is kind of famous now, as many scientific studies and news articles have been written about it. However, this particular species is only one in the big family comprising 87 known species of Stachybotrys. In some profane reports, many symptoms and illnesses have been attributed to this particular mold, including the sick building syndrome, but no strong scientific evidences support these claims at the moment. The reason why this particular type of molds is so popular right now is because it is able to produce strong mycotoxins. However, the actual effects on health of these mycotoxins, especially in the context of indoor contamination, are still a matter of controversy and debates (see Mold effects on health).

Mold effects on health

Molds are contaminating homes and buildings, but are non-toxic in themselves for humans, meaning that they are not usually susceptible to cause by themselves an infection in human. However, it is interesting to note that people with weakened immune systems, mainly people suffering from AIDS, are susceptible to develop an opportunistic infection while inhaling spores of common molds. Opportunistic infections are defined as infections occurring in people with weakened immune systems with microorganisms that are not known to cause any infection in healthy people. Furthermore, people suffering from chronic lung diseases are also more susceptible to develop an opportunistic fungal infection in their lungs while exposed to indoor mold contamination. However, there is actually no report in the medical literature of any infection, opportunistic or not, caused by Stachybotrys chartarum or any other types of Stachybotrys in humans or in animals.

It is interesting to note that some molds, such as Stachybotrys chartarum, are nevertheless considered as toxigenic. Stachybotrys chartarum, for example, is able to produce around 30 different mycotoxins with proven toxic effects at different levels on humans and animals in laboratory studies. Clinical evidences also suggest that the ingestion of food contaminated with Stachybotrys chartarum mycotoxins, mainly grains stored in high moisture environment, is susceptible to provoke many symptoms, such as vomiting, diarrhea, hemorrhage, seizure, and even death. However, remember that the mold in itself is still considered as non-toxic. Furthermore, it is important to mention that only some strains (and not all) of Stachybotrys chartarum are able to produce dangerous mycotoxins.

Nevertheless, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the World Health Organization consider that indoors contamination with toxigenic molds is no more hazardous to the human health than the one with common non-toxigenic molds. In fact, even tough the ingestion of mycotoxins have been proven to cause many adverse health effects in humans and animals, there are actually not enough evidences linking inhalation of mycotoxins from Stachybotrys chartarum with any symptoms caused by indoor contamination. One of the hypotheses explaining this fact is that spores of Stachybotrys chartarum, containing mycotoxins or not, are not travelling well within the air. As such, more evidences are still needed in order to establish an actual link of causality between mycotoxins and potential adverse health effects experienced indoors. Consequently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mention only rare exceptional reports of unique condition in humans potentially caused by these mycotoxins, such as memory loss and pulmonary hemorrhage, but the actual causal link between these and the presence of toxigenic molds have not been scientifically proven yet. As such, because of the lack of evidences suggesting otherwise, symptoms caused by the presence of the different types of mold indoors are thought to be the same regardless of the production or not of mycotoxins.

As mentioned earlier, a great number of different symptoms have been attributed to indoor contamination with molds. However, the links between many of these alleged symptoms and indoor contamination by molds have not been scientifically proven yet. Consequently, in the following paragraphs, I will talk about the symptoms that have been actually attributed to indoor contamination with molds following thorough scientific evidences.

The vast majority of the scientifically proven symptoms caused by indoor mold contamination affect the upper respiratory tract. However, these molds are not causing health problems in all the individuals. In fact, as the reaction to the presence of indoor molds contamination is mainly viewed as an allergic reaction, some people are considered as more sensitive to this exposure than others. The most common symptoms are often like the ones experienced by people suffering from hay fever and include nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, coughing and wheezing. According to some scientific evidences, exposed people are also more susceptible to acquire some respiratory infections than other people, mainly because of the state of chronic irritation experienced by their upper respiratory tract. Furthermore, some studies suggest that indoor mold contamination increase the risk of developing allergic rhinitis or asthma. Finally, skin irritation is also susceptible to occur when exposed to molds.

Evidences suggest that exposure to indoor mold contamination might also aggravate pre-existing conditions. For example, it is thought to increase asthma symptoms in people suffering from this disease. It is also thought to cause hypersensitivity pneumonitis, allergic alveolitis, chronic rhinosinusitis and allergic fungal sinusitis in people already susceptible to these conditions. However, there are no clinical evidences linking indoor mold contamination with the development of one of these conditions in otherwise healthy people.

The good news here is that these symptoms are usually reversible, meaning that the suppression of the indoor mold contamination is susceptible to greatly reduce or eliminate the symptoms. This is the reason why it is very important to control the propagation of mold in a house or in a building and to get the help of mold control professionals if the contamination level is too high (see Controlling molds).

Controlling molds

Molds, even in small quantities, should be removed from the house or the building in order to prevent any adverse health effects or further propagation of the contamination. It is also important to clean and dry properly the affected area, as dead molds still have the potential to cause an allergic reaction in susceptible people. Furthermore, if the cleaned area remains wet, the molds are able to come back very quickly.

It is interesting to note that the same process is used to remove any mold regardless of the species involved. As such, formal identification of the contaminating species is not required and usually more time and resource consuming than helpful, as mold formal identification is considered to be complex. Furthermore, it is important to mention that there are no additional precautions to take while dealing with toxigenic molds, such as Stachybotrys chartarum.

Contaminated and at-risk hard surfaces, such as windows and bathroom, may be washed using water and soap. It is interesting to note that many commercial cleaning products are also specifically designed to fight mold contamination. Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also suggest using a solution made of no more than one cup of bleach diluted in one gallon of water. It is important to respect these actual proportions, as they are the most effective ones to fight against molds. The organization also stresses the fact that this bleach solution should be used according to manufacturer’s specifications in well-ventilated areas (by opening windows and doors for example) and with protective gloves and goggles in order to ensure the safety of the users and inhabitants.

It is important to note that important contamination might require the help of experienced mold cleaning professionals in order to get rid effectively of the contamination. Furthermore, when the molds are growing on materials such as insulation, wallboard, as well as in or under a carpet, the only way to get rid successfully of the contamination is to get rid of them. As such, contaminated materials, such as drywall, tiles and carpets, might have to be thrown away and replace in case of mold contamination. In some very extreme and rare cases, the house might be so contaminated that the only solution to get rid of the contamination is to demolish it completely.

Preventing molds

The best way to prevent the apparition of mold is to control the moisture inside the house or the building. In fact, the humidity level indoors should be below 50% at all times. To achieve this level, air conditioning or dehumidifier systems should be used. However, it is important to strictly follow the cleaning specifications for these systems according to the manufacturer’s specifications, as they accumulate water and are then susceptible to become contaminated by molds themselves. Furthermore, it is also recommended to make sure that the house is well ventilated, especially with exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchen. Paints with mold-inhibitors and mold-killing cleaning products, especially intended for bathrooms, can also be used to reduce the occurrence of molds indoors.

Finally, as molds are growing rapidly in wet environment, it is very important to take care quickly and professionally of any damaged caused by water in a house or any other building. As such, professionals usually open the damaged walls and dry them completely using industrial fans. They also remove and replace water-soaked materials, such as carpets. Furthermore, it is very important to find and remediate to any water leakage in the building in order to prevent permanent wetness allowing the apparition of molds. These precautions are extremely important in case of damages caused by water because they can prevent the subsequent contamination by molds that are susceptible to cause many problems later, including the possible need to do major repairing to the house or building.

Can Candida Be the Cause of Nose Pain?

Candida is sneaky and appears in different ways. Depending on the severity of your overgrowth and your symptoms, you may be able to attribute your nose pain to the candida. The pain may occur as the result of chronic sinus infections and congestion, dry skin in and outside the nose or even middle ear-infections. Since your sinuses, nose and ears are so close to one another, it is easy to think that you feel pain in one area is actually in another. Similarly, you may also note that chronic pain, such as that experienced from a sinus infection, can spread over time.

What Kind Of Nose Pain Does Candida Cause?

Since the reaction that you have to Candida may not be as bad as that of another person and since there are variables that can impact the severity of your symptoms, there may be an enormous difference between your pain and that of another person. Your discomfort could also be mild and worsen after temperature changes or increased allergens in the air.

It could also be throbbing pain or present as itching within the ear, nose or sinus cavity that you cannot seem to get rid of. In many cases, that is literally the Candida making its presence known or an allergic reaction to the yeast. One of the most important factors about your nose pain to consider is that as the candida infestation gets worse, your pain may be felt more often and as discussed below, may get worse over time.

Will The Pain Get Worse—And Why?

Logically, when the candida has spent more time in your body, your symptoms, including nose pain, will get worse. Unfortunately, the pain is not necessarily due only to the candida.
The problem is likely to be the result of your candida overgrowth, since chronic sinus infections are so common for candida sufferers. Due to the fact that most physicians will prescribe antibiotics to treat a sinus infection and sinus infections are known to be difficult to treat for many people, it is not uncommon for people to try numerous medications before realizing that what they are doing is not helping.

When you understand that the antibiotics can further throw off your system and create an even better environment for candida to flourish, your nose pain suddenly makes a lot more sense.

So, Evict The Candida From Your System

Instead of living with your pain and knowing that it will only continue to worsen, plan for a cleanse, diet and supplement plan to restore your health. In the future, when someone gives you antibiotics, be sure that you need it. Some physicians are still providing antibiotics when there is no evidence of a bacterial infection, which results in your body being a great environment for candida to return to.

Finally, recovering from candida may not be easy to recover, but it will certainly be easier than spending the rest of your life never feeling truly well, and without candida treatment, that is probable.

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