I recently read a book that deeply resonated with me, The Comfort Crisis. This book made me think more about the factors that have been imperative in my recovery process from Lyme disease and other EAI (environmentally acquired illnesses). This brief article shares a few of my thoughts on how leaning into discomfort can help us heal from chronic illness, coming out on “the other side” stronger, healthier, and happier than before.

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Recently, I came across a scientific article written from an ancestral health perspective that piqued my interest, and that I thought might interest my readers who have dealt with mold illness as well. The article, published in Frontiers in Immunology and titled An Evolutionary-Based Framework for Analyzing Mold and Dampness-Associated Symptoms in DMHS, discusses why exposure to harmful environmental molds, such as those that might be encountered in a water-damaged home, causes illness from an ancestral health perspective. I’ll then go on to explain why I believe that an ancestral health framework is the ideal approach for treating mold illness.

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Chronic illnesses such as Lyme disease and mold illness are often accompanied by decrements in the body’s natural detoxification capabilities. In such illnesses, the continual circulation of toxins and inflammatory signaling molecules overwhelms our innate detox pathways, creating a vicious cycle of toxicity and illness. Bile is a digestive fluid that plays a critical role in facilitating the excretion of toxins from your body and in maintaining a healthy gut microbial balance. Read on to learn how foods and nutrients can be used to support bile flow, enhancing your detoxification pathways and gut health.

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The process of recovering from toxic mold exposure requires body-wide detoxification. While supplements can certainly come in handy, there is much you can do with food and probiotics to support your endogenous detoxification pathways. Read on to discover how probiotics and functional foods can support your natural detoxification systems and enhance your recovery from toxic mold exposure.

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Embarking on a low-mold diet can be intimidating since many of the mainstay foods in the Standard American Diet (grains, coffee, chocolate) contain mold and mycotoxins. Over the years, I’ve curated a list of food brands that I’ve personally found to be compliant with a low-mold diet. I intend to update this list regularly as I discover more foods that are low-mold friendly.

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