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Tuesday, September 01 2015
The world of Fungi is like a school playground. (Your body is the park and your organs are the different toys on the playground. The teachers are the doctors and allergenists and the Principle is the "Cure")
 
 
On every playground there are two kinds of fungi: Allergenic and Toxigenic
 
Allergenics like to play on the equipment, some like to mind their own business and most of the time they just have a lot of fun causing the rides to spin really fast. They don't fight with other fungi on the playground they are more concerned with having a good time. But when recess is over they go back to the classroom and take their nap. There are many more Allergenics in the world than there are bullying toxigenics. These guys have common names like Suzie and Johnny or Papulospora, Pithomyces and Wallemia.
 
Toxigenics have only ONE mission on the playground and that is to dominate!! They'll do anything they can to be "King of the Hill" Instead of putting more wear and tear on the playground equipment they are more focused on bullying the Allergenics. They want everyone in that playground to know "THEY ARE THE BOSS". So these guys don't just threaten...they are bullies. They knock down other Allergenics and send a message to the whole world of fungi that they are in charge here. They don't play on the equipment they destroy it. They don't want Allergenics to have any fun on the playground because their only mission is to dominate the playground.
 
Their parents always give them a unique name at birth like Butch or Snoozer, Stachybotrys, Aspergillus, Penicillium, Chaetomium. Most of the time these fungi have no other friends. They don't play nice with anyone other than themselves.
 
When a new "Toxigenic" with a "NEW NAME" enters the playground you better believe there is going to be a school-wide fight on the playground.  Now all the other Allergenics are scared and cheering and the teachers are called in.  The two toxigenics by (different names) are fighting for dominance over the playground and they won't stop until they ruin the playground and kill each other.  The only way for them to do this is to become BIGGER and BADDER than they were before so they call in for backup.  They call in other toxigenics who originally were not their friends but have the same name (Stachybotrys etc.) and they rally for more and more Stachy soldiers to fight off the Aspergillus bullies so they can be the ONLY bully left on the playground.
 
The teachers are called in and have NO IDEA WHAT TO DO to stop the fighting so they do their best and try to "inject" Allergenics (allergy shots, antigenic therapies) into the crowd...maybe that will quiet down the bunch...but no, all it does is aggravate the Toxigenics even more.

Teachers that were supposed to protect the playground are still letting in more Toxigenic bullies into the playground like Penicillium and now Chaetomium and the fight gets so out of control that the playground is nearly destroyed. 
 
So what can the teachers (or doctors) do?  They come up with another idea...maybe if they create a distraction like (say it's all in your head, give you supplements, tell you to just avoid the bullies (mold) maybe this will work.  But to no avail.  Nothing is working. 
 
It's not until someone goes for help who KNOWS how to break up a real fight between the playground and a Toxigenic bully do things heal, disperse and begin to have balance again.  The principle shows up with the right amount of authority to lead the teachers and explain to them just how to control the toxigenic bullies.  The Toxigenics see the principle and now get scared.  They stop fighting, are sent back to the principles office and are put in their place.  The principle sets them straight and they get counseling and eventually end up adapting back into the real world and stop trying to go to playgrounds and wreak more havoc. 
 
 
The playground (or your body) is now at peace.  Yes, there will always be alllergenics...the world is filled with lots of molds and fungi and our bodies (if taken care of) will keep the peace but we should always prevent bullies from coming into the playground.  They are never welcome.
 
 
Posted by: Jennifer Cannon AT 08:52 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Thursday, July 30 2015

Some people have asked me what I use or used during detox in place of milk.  Now some may not drink milk but for those who always "like me" believed the fluff about milk being good for me :)  I used milk all the time for cereal, baking, frostings, scrambled eggs, creamer etc.  Before mold I used to be a sucker for a bag of oreos and a tall glass of milk or my famous homemade chocolate chip cookies and that same milk.  

Those days have passed, "thank goodness" but some people still struggle with how to replace bad habits of using milk for everything.  I was on a mold diet for over 9 months so in those 9 months I didn't have much milk or dairy.  Now that I'm way past the mold detox diet phase of being strict on glucose consumption I am on a more steady Whole foods diet and basically now eat what is healthy for my body.

I wanted to recommend what I used to replace my "Milk habit" with.  I tried all of the milk sub's out there that everyone normally recommends like "Almond Milk", "Rice Milk" but I was never satisfied with the taste or some of the ingredients they used.  It wasn't until about January of this year that I recently saw a new type in my local health food store and decided to try it.  

It was "Hemp Milk": by Pacific 

They have 3 flavors

  1. Original - No flavoring (No Carrageenan, Non GMO)
  2. *Chocolate (Contains *Carrageenan, but Non GMO)
  3. Vanilla - (No Carrageenan, Non GMO)

Not only did it taste good enough to drink right out of the bottle (which normally I NEVER do because things don't taste that great) but I was shocked to look at the nutritional information for Hemp Milk.

Here was what I found:

  • It had a perfect balance of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids
  • It was sweetened with brown rice syrup (which isn't that sugary)
  • It has tons of vitamins and minerals like 190mg of potassium...almost as much a a banana.
  • It had over 10 essential amino acids (crazy)
  • Contains 3 grams of protein
  • and I couldn't believe it has 50% of the RDA of calcium in just one serving
  • It contains an excellent source of Vitamins D, B12 and riboflavin which most people argue about in saying that only Milk can provide this....well I found out that that was false information.

WHERE TO BUY IT

After recommending to a few friends I found out that it was not that readily available in most stores so I found an easy way to show others where to get it by buying it online.  What I found was that most of the sellers were offering FREE SHIPPING so it made it worth it to get it delivered to your home.  You can buy it HERE...make sure you bookmark this link so you can go back to it month after month and re-order like I now do. :)

Another alternative is a "SAFE" coconut milk option

You can make your own coconut milk by blending unsweetened organic coconut flakes with filtered water and strain it but when you are feeling sick most of the time it's just not an option.  This "ONE" coconut milk product is my coconut milk choice.  It's a safely canned BPA free option that does not contain any other harmful inredients that almost all of the other coconut milks have.  The brand is from Natural Grocers.

This producct is only coconut and water.  This means there are no thickeners or emulsifiers like guar gum, carrageenan, or gellan gum, which can cause digestive problems, alter healthy levels of intestinal bacteria, cause diarrhea, cause inflammation and bloating, lower immune function, and cause glucose intolerance/insulin sensitivity - just to name a few.  These are the last things you want to add to your detox and mold diet because your gut needs to heal. 

These thickeners/emulsifiers are in many products, including "natural" or "healthy" ones. Some of the most common ones are plant-based milks, ice cream, yogurt, and baby formulas...but they can also be found in all kinds of foods, cosmetics, body care products, toothpaste, and medications.

Including the topic of coconut milk in my blog post is simply bringing awareness to an ingredient I feel can really mess up your mold detox efforts and is most often in many of the things you consume daily, and if you have been exposed to toxic mold most likely you are going to be dealing with other symptoms of mold exposure like IBS, inflammatory bowel disorders, digestive issues, or unexplained food sensitivities, so this is definitely something you want to start looking at and eliminating.

If someone hasn't been exposed to mold, small doses probably won't hurt them...but since these things are in many products you're likely consuming - a "small dose" may not actually exist for many people.  If you have small children or babies that have been exposed to mold and they consume plant-based milks regularly these harmful ingredients can be really harmful to their guts. 

Taking the time to read food labels and learn what common ingredients are is really an important skill set to learn - especially if you have been exposed to mold or have any kind of chronic illness. Taking a little extra time to prepare your own food is beneficial for your health both physically and financially but when exposed to mold it can make someone so extremely weak and sick that they cannot physically prepare these foods.  However in saying that, you can buy a pound of organic coconut flakes for about $4 and easily make 10x (or more) the amount of coconut milk found in one can for the same price.

I have only found a few name brands that DO NOT include these dangerous fillers in them and here they are below: 

 

Posted by: Jennifer AT 12:43 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Saturday, March 21 2015

What role does Zeolite play in removing toxic mold
from the body and do we really need it?

Our indoor and outdoor environments have become so polluted with daily contact to toxic molds in indoor buildings, chemicals in our food, drinking water, air, cleaning products and cosmetics, and heavy metals such as mercury from our dental fillings that our body’s toxic load has become critical in many cases. It’s been discovered that zeolite can very effectively pull out of our bodies the harmful toxicity that has accumulated over the years, including toxic molds that put off mycotoxins, heavy metals such as mercury and lead, bacteria, viruses and even other minor mold allergens (non mycotoxigenic molds).

So many diseases and health conditions are caused by toxicity, (up to 75% of ALL CANCERS may be due to toxins) along with chronic fatigue, inflammatory responses, neurological disorders, the list goes on. Check out this long list of symptoms that just "Mold/Mycotoxins" can cause. Thousands of people around the world have been taking zeolite daily and have had their long term health conditions, chronic mold illnesses, even serious diseases, reversed. It proves that when the toxicity is taken out of the body, the body can heal itself so much better. Zeolite is not just good at binding to toxic mold spores and mycotoxins or heavy metals such as mercury from the body, but, also cadmium, nickel, arsenic and a whole host of toxic substances.

Body detoxification has become popular as many realize the need to detoxify the body from these harmful substances. Many people do detoxification procedures, such as oxygen therapy, mold detox diets, chelation diets, fasts, liver and gall bladder flushes, colonic irrigation, saunas, light and even glutathione therapies and so on. The detoxification process in itself can make you feel very unwell as the toxicity becomes mobilized and moves around your body. Sometimes the body cannot eject the toxins quick enough, and, so very unpleasant “die-off” occurs, with headaches, fevers, fatigue and possible skin rashes often accompanying a body detox. But, can these procedures remove mycotoxins, heavy metals and chemicals that are deep in the tissues and organs? It’s still possible that these detox methods are not as effective as they could be.

When it comes to zeolite, the detox is far different.
These unpleasant detox symptoms are not generally felt, because, the zeolite cage structure holds the toxins and then is passed out in the urine or sweat.

Many health conditions have improved dramatically when zeolite has been introduced to the body.

Here are some of the many benefits of Zeolite

1. Helps support a healthy immune system
2. Helps remove heavy metals, polar and non-polar mold/mycotoxins such as aflatoxin, ochratoxin, fumanism, T-2 toxins (trichothecenes) as well as other airborne toxins and chemicals.
3. Helps balance pH levels in the body
4. 100% natural and non toxic
5. Safe for long term use
6. Simple to take and highly effective
7. Helps reduce discomfort in joints/other parts of the body
8. Helps stabilize energy levels
9. Helps reduce inflammation on skin
10. Affordable! Giving anyone access to taking charge of their health
11. Extremely safe and EASY to take
12. By reducing the toxic load to the liver allows the liver to remove mycotoxins, metals pesticides, herbicides & dioxins, which have been linked to triggering cancer.
13. Reduces viral load
14. Helps to buffer blood sugar
15. Improves nutrient absorption
16. Helps prevent premature aging
17. Acts as a powerful antioxidant
18. Reduces symptoms of heavy metal poisoning, CIRS/Mycotoxicosis/Mold Illness/Toxic Mold Exposure.
19. Can help improve the health of your family & friends
20. The easiest way to Detox your body

Do you think you are really toxic?

Consider……………..

  • Have you ever spent one hour or more a day in a home, school, office or car that had visible mold?
  • Have you lived in a home with a leaky roof or basement?
  • Do you consume beverages or foods like peanuts, cashews, corn, wine, aged cheeses, pork or coffee?  If so, 80% of these food and drink items contain higher than normal levels of aflatoxins and ochratoxins which are dangerous mycotoxins that lead to disease and even cancer or death.
  • If you were "EVER" vaccinated, mercury was commonly used in the vaccine as a carrier.
  • Have you ever taken antibiotics?  Did you know antibiotics are made from toxic molds...and leave toxic residues in the body for a long time?
  • If you have amalgam fillings in your teeth, then you have mercury in your body.
  • Do you use everyday cleaning products from the store like Lysol, clorox, johnson and johnson?  Yep, you got it...toxic chemicals and you are using those chemicals to wipe down every suface of your home breathing it in and ingesting it daily.
  • Do you live near a train station, bus depot or airport?  Fumes from petrole
  • If you smoke, or have smoked, then you may already know that cigarettes do not only contain tobacco, but also heavy metals along with arsenic and other poisonous chemicals.
  • Do you ever eat out of or store your food in plastic containers?  They contain BPA a highly toxic ingredient.
  • If you live or work in a city, every breath you take contains heavy metals.
  • Unless you only ever eat organic food, it is highly likely that the food you eat has been sprayed or grown in poor soil, and is full of pesticides and  pollution.
  • If you use cosmetics/shampoos/conditioners, these too are full of chemicals which, when absorbed by the body, are toxic.
  • If you eat fish (especially tuna) the lead and mercury in them will be absorbed into your body.
  • When you drink water, unless it is carefully filtered and purified, you will be drinking chemicals and heavy metals.

We live in an environment far removed from how our ancestors lived, and our bodies are now subjected to an increasing array of man made chemicals. Our bodies simply weren’t designed to have to process such toxic substances….in a natural environment, we would never come into contact with such things.
But, now we do, and it’s the accumulative effect on these toxins that can be so devastating. A wealth of research has been, and is being done the world over, demonstrating the detrimental effects of just one of these toxins…mercury. MS, Cancer, Heart Disease, CFS/M.E., Fibromyalgia, ALS, Parkinsons, autoimmune diseases, autism, dementia, the list goes on, have all shown strong links to mold, chemical and mercury toxicity.

Here is the ZEOlite I used in my recovery. 
You can start your body's detox right now!


Questions people ask about Zeolite:

Is Zeolite safe for humans?

Zeolite has been found to be remarkably non-toxic, even at very high doses, and safe for children, nursing mothers, and pets.

What is better: zeolite powder or liquid zeolite?

Good question, the answer in detail is found in Zeolite liquid or Zeolite Powder?

Can I still take my usual supplements while taking Zeolite?

Yes, zeolites don’t absorb nutrients, only toxins with a positive charge. But make sure to take zeolite 2 hours "BEFORE" medications in the morning is best.

Are there any side effects in taking Zeolite?

Probably not, there are no known interactions between drugs and zeolite. If you have any concerns always consult a health professional

How long will it take to feel the benefits of taking Zeolite?

Everyone is different, some people feel a difference within a few days, but, for others, it may take several weeks or months.

My doctor has never heard of Zeolite.

Chances are, he hasn’t. Remember, mainstream medicine relys mainly on patented pharmaceutical drugs. Anything alternative, most doctors will have no knowledge.

Posted by: Jennifer AT 07:51 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Saturday, December 27 2014

In a previous post I had made a few months back,  "  I talked about the connection between a mycotoxin called patulin and the symptoms of low potassium. 

In this post I had found a powerful discovery linking mycotoxins to a potassium deficiency.  Mind you, I am not a scientist nor did I make the scientific discovery but I did make the research study finding that applies to us "moldies" as a whole that I think could be of significant value to our healing processes.

If you are not sure what potassium is or does in the body, potassium is an essential nutrient used to maintain fluid and electrolyte balance in the body. When you have a deficiency in potassium it causes:

  • muscle spasms
  • muscle weakness,
  • muscle aches,
  • muscle cramps
  • Heart Palpitations (irregular heartbeats).
  • fatigue
  • irritability
  • hypertension (increased blood pressure).

Unless you are on dialysis, or have a special condition involving potassium, overdose of potassium from natural sources is nearly impossible; however, it is possible to consume too much potassium via potassium salts which can lead to nausea, vomiting, and even cardiac arrest. Potassium from natural food sources is the best possible way to deliver potassium to the body.

Being exposed to mold and mycotoxins can interupt the body's natural mineral absorption.  Many people exposed to mold are NOT aware of this.  This is why it essential to supplement vitamins and minerals while detoxing from mold exposure. 

Diet:
Another problem with detoxing from mold is that most of the foods that are higher in potassium content are not supposed to be consumed while on a mold detox diet. This means foods like beans, potatoes and bananas are off your list for a while until you can get rid of the mold problem in your body.  This can be a huge problem if you are not prepared ahead of time for the symptoms.  This is also VERY DANGEROUS if you do not do it correctly.  Remember, a potassium deficiency is a "Life-Threatening" thing.  If you suspect a potassium deficiency please see your local ER or get a doctors appt the next morning to have your doctor check your potassium levels.  They can give you a "Temporary" potassium chloride injection or pill that can get you out of "trouble" temporarily until you can increase your potassium in your diet.
 
Here are some "Mold Diet Approved" food sources for keeping your levels of potassium at a healthy level:
  • Spinach (16% DV)
  • Swiss Chard (27% DV)
  • Kale (8% DV)
  • Collards (6% DV)
  • Baked Acorn Squash (12% DV)
  • Brussel Sprouts (11% DV)
  • Hubbard (21%)
  • Butternut (17% DV)
  • Zucchini (14% DV)
  • Winter Squash (10% DV)
  • Salmon (18% DV)
  • Clams (18% DV)
  • Pompano (15% DV)
  • Lingcod Fish (14% DV)
  • Halibut (13% DV)
  • Yellowfin Tuna (13% DV)
  • Anchovies (12% DV)
  • Mackerel (10% DV)
  • Herring (10% DV)
  • All other fish has an average of 10% DV.
  • Avocados (14% DV)
  • Almonds (20% DV)
  • Walnuts (13% DV)
  • Squash Seeds (26% DV)
  • Pumpkin Seeds (26% DV)
  • Coconut Water (7% DV) not the fruit of coconut
 
Posted by: Jennifer AT 11:15 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, November 12 2014

Hidden grains (that contain mycotoxins and fuel mold/yeast growth in the body) in your eggs that can slow down detox

Eggs are loaded with high-quality proteins, vitamins, minerals, good fats and various trace nutrients.

A large egg contains:

  • Only 77 calories, with 5 grams of fat and 6 grams of protein with all 9 essential amino acids.
  • Rich in iron, phosphorous, selenium and vitamins A, B12, B2 and B5 (among others).
  • One egg contains 113 mg of Choline – a very important nutrient for the brain, among other things.

It is a wise choice to include eggs in your mold detox diet, however

Eating store-bought eggs could be "feeding your mold problem" and here's how:

YOU ARE WHAT YOUR CHICKEN EATS

What do "HEALTHY" chickens naturally eat?

Chickens, if left on their own naturally feed primarily on insects.  Science has proven through "laboratory dissection and testing" that half or more of their diet are insects and other invertebrates (especially termites.)  The other half or less is made up of various plant matter like fruits, berries, bamboo seeds, nuts, and young leaves.

So what is this telling us?  Basically it's telling us that if chickens are eating corn, wheat and soy their diets are being manipulated by man.  Why would we manipulate the diets of chickens?

It's pretty simple.  A chicken that is naturally healthy and left to feed on it's own will weigh a lot less than a chicken that is fed fatty, carbohydrate corn, wheat or soy.  Farmers, meat and egg producers know this so in order for them to make as much money as possible (because chicken meat is sold by the pound), they want their chickens fattened up for maximum profits.  DID YOU HEAR THAT?   This is all about making money.....NOT raising healthy chickens...and NOT looking out for the health of humans who will be eating it.

Store bought eggs contain grains and grains have carbohydrates and mycotoxins

The main purpose of the mold detox diet is to eliminate sources of fuel for mold, yeast and mycotoxins in the body.  As we already know, removing sugars, grains and yeasts is our number one priority while maintaining a balanced nutritional diet.

To do this we MUST recognize and be aware of where the hidden sugars, grains and carbohydrates are so that we can speed up the "Mold dying" process within our bodies.

Ok so I hear this all time.  "I eat healthy eggs".  Or do you?  Most people, (I'd say 95%) do not understand what the heck it is they are eating when they eat their eggs.  I've put together this little blog post to explain the truth and pitfalls about what is in your eggs

Myth: Cheap eggs are fine..eggs are eggs.

NO way!!
First let's start with the worst kind you can buy: Conventional/Store-bought/No healthy labeling

All I can say here is stay as far away from these as you possibly can. 

The birds that lay these eggs are sickly, abused, starving, don't eat what they should naturally eat to produce a healthy egg for you and I and especially for someone who has a health concern like those suffering from mold exposure.

What kind of eggs should I buy that DON'T have grains or mycotoxins in them?

You should ONLY eat pastured eggs on the mold detox diet.   They are 3 times as nutritious and WILL NOT contain sugary grains that contain mold and mycotoxins like eggs from factory-raised chickens.

You are probably wondering where to get them or what they look like? 

What are pastured eggs?
Grass-fed/pastured hens are raised on pasture, as opposed to being kept in confinement and fed primarily grains. Eggs from pastured hens contain up to 20 times more healthy omega-3 fatty acids than confined/grain fed hens.

Pastured hens' diets are naturally fed with bugs, earthworms, and other bugs that give their eggs it's pureness and nutritional value. Pastured hens are much healthier and happier than their space-restricted and antibiotic-pumped counterparts.

Pasturing is the traditional method of raising egg-laying hens and other poultry. It is ecologically sustainable, humane, and produces the tastiest, most nutritious eggs.

Pastured eggs also have 10 percent less fat, 40 percent more vitamin A, and 34 percent less cholesterol than eggs obtained from factory farms. Most importantly for those exposed to mold and mycotoxins, pastured eggs contain NO traces of grains or beans which naturally feed mold, yeast and other fungi in the body.  This makes it a PERFECT CHOICE for the mold detox diet.

Dave Asprey explains why you should be eating "Pastured" eggs



Where can I get pastured eggs?

Our favorite site to locate pastured eggs is http://www.EatWild.com they have a directory for US and Canada of all suppliers providing pastured meat and eggs. 

Wily Blackmore, TakePart's Food editor over at http://www.takepart.com has created this nice little infographic that breaks down egg labeling even further.  This is a nice little chart that can be saved on your phone for the next time you go shopping for eggs.

SOURCE: http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/04/03/understanding-egg-labels
(CLICK THE LINK ABOVE to enlarge)
www.takepart.com
 

Links to Studies on the presence of mycotoxin in eggs fed a conventional diet of grains and other fillers. 

 

Posted by: Jennifer AT 09:34 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, October 27 2014

Speaking clean. 

Months and months went by before I learned the concept of speaking positively about my illness...now I don't just mean to others, I mean to myself as well.  I would tell myself that this was not easy, this wasn't fun, I am sick, I am ill, I'm never going to heal, I'm going to die, why me?, I'm too young for this....I didn't realize that by telling myself these things I was creating the "reality" and also creating a permanent state of "chronic illness" in my body.

I would get quite aggravated by others telling me not to be so negative.  I focused so much on battling others opinions of myself and my situation that I stayed in a negative state of mind...for 3 looooooooooong years. 

It wasn't until someone brought to my attention that "speaking clean" is actually a method of healing and can literally change the chemistry in your body to prepare itself to heal and the immune system can kick into overdrive.  WOW!  I had no idea these two were related. 

Negative thoughts and talking produce dangerous levels of "Cortisol" in the body
As I moved through my research and study I found out that thinking negative thoughts and saying negative things to myself and others actually increases the amount of cortisol production in the body. 

In case you don't know what cortisol is, it is hormone that is naturally produced by the body. Normal levels of Cortisol are supposed to convert proteins into energy, releasing glycogen and counteract inflammation.

On the other end of the spectrum having continuous high cortisol levels in the body destroy healthy muscle and bone, slow down healing and normal cell regeneration, biochemicals needed to make other vital hormones, impair digestion, metabolism and mental function, interfere with healthy endocrine function; and weaken your immune system. (Wow sounds like I am adding more fuel to my "toxic mold" fire? you think?).
 

Positive thoughts and talking produce high levels of "Oxytocin" in the body

After realizing that negative actions were a part of my illness I then decided to research what happens to the body when I say positive things, believe positive things and speak "clean" around me.

Thinking positively, speaking positively and speaking to ones self positively produce high levels of Oxytocin in the body.  If you are not sure what Oxytocin is, it is hormone that is naturally produced by the body. Normal levels of Cortisol are supposed to convert proteins into energy, releasing glycogen and counteract inflammation.

On the other end of the spectrum having continuous high cortisol levels in the body destroy healthy muscle and bone, slow down healing and normal cell regeneration, biochemicals needed to make other vital hormones, impair digestion, metabolism and mental function, interfere with healthy endocrine function; and weaken your immune system. (Wow sounds like I am adding more fuel to my "toxic mold" fire? you think?).

After realizing that negative actions were a part of my illness I decided to research what happens to the body when I say positive things, believe positive things and speak "clean" around me.

 

Speak healing and positive words to others about your illness and to yourself even when the symptoms seem unbearable. 

Here are some positive things you can say instead of the things above: 

  1. Today is a new day
  2. I love myself
  3. _____________ makes me happy
  4. This is going to get easier
  5. I can still have fun...let me go watch something funny so I can laugh
  6. I won't be ill for that long
  7. I'm going to heal very soon
  8. I still have my whole life ahead of me...I just need some downtime right now..it's good for me.
     
  • Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.   ~ Proverbs 12:18
  • A cheerful heart is good medicine…   ~ Proverbs 17:22
  • A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.  ~ Proverbs 15:30
  • Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.     ~ Ephesians 4:29

Jennifer is the founder of Surviving Toxic Mold and was exposed to toxic mold from 2010-2012 in a rental home.  You can read her story HERE

Sources: The Destructive Effects of High Cortisol Levels, by Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN NP, This Bliss Hormone Can Heal Your Body: The Many Benefits of Oxytocin. , What is Oxytocin?

Posted by: Jennifer AT 09:40 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, September 02 2014

Today's post is sponsored by Fix.com

Ever wondered how to grow a successful garden muchless grow one indoors?

Keeping mold and mycotoxins out of your body starts with eating a "clean" diet.  Many fruits and vegetables sold in stores today contain mold, mycotoxins, bacteria and worse: Pesticides.  Start taking control of your health and detox your body with your own homegrown vegetable garden, indoors.

Check out this awesome infographic from Fix.com  They've taken the guesswork out of how to make it successful by  creating this awesome chart you can print out and put in your garage or garden shed.

Happy Gardening!!


Source: Fix.com

Posted by: Fix.com AT 09:17 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, August 18 2014

When I was super sick for over a year it became difficult and almost impossible for me to go shopping and buy the very things I needed just to get well.

Although I had two teenagers that helped me tremendously I still felt that trying to get in a car and go to a store more than once a week became almost impossible.

As you know, running out of products or supplements don't always time perfectly and it seems that you need to leave your home on multiple occasions throughout the week.

Being very ill with mold, epstein-barr virus and Lyme Disease did not allow me to leave the home but once....to get my meat and vegetables for my MOLD DETOX DIET.  Because this put such a phycial strain on me I researched ways I could possibly get items to my house without me having to leave home.  The only problem I saw was I ended up spending SO MUCH money on shipping costs..........until I found "Amazon Prime". 

Here are some of the ways I used Prime in 2013 and 2014:

  • To buy my household cleaning supplies to keep my home "mold free" (baking soda, borax, vinegar, ammonia)
  • To buy my Vitamins
  • To buy detox supplements
  • To buy personal products (toilet paper, non toxic shampoos, non toxic soaps)
  • To buy birthday presents for my family and kids when I could not go shopping
  • To buy all of my Christmas gifts because during Christmas I could not leave the home
  • To buy more comfortable clothes while I was so sick
  • To buy things my kids needed when I was not able to take them shopping
  • and much more...................


With the cost of Prime I saved on 11 months of shipping.  Each month I was buying so many products and supplements that I was spending through various websites well over $100 in shipping fees.  I was releaved to pay Amazon a one time $99 fee so that for the rest of the year I could order "ANYTHING" at "ANYTIME" .........WITHOUT any shipping costs.

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  • FREE Prime music
  • FREE Prime Kindle owners lender library

Posted by: Jennifer Cannon AT 08:55 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, July 28 2014
Inflammation - A HUGE issue for toxic mold illness

I have struggled and am struggling more than ever with inflammation.  This can be inflammation of the brain, your gut and even your skin or muscles.  Since I started having issues with this I've been doing some research that can help me.

Obviously one of the biggest problems is with what we are putting into our bodies: Foods, drinks and even our environment.  First off, make sure you are eating a MOLD DETOX DIET in order to keep inflammatory foods away from your body. 

I am by no means an expert when it comes to healing my gut or keeping inflammation under control, but I do a lot of research so that I can better help myself and others at the same time.

In my research I've compiled a list of some great inflammatory foods that I have added to my diet:

  • Oily fish, like salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardines, are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to help reduce inflammation. To get the benefits, however, you need to eat fish several times a week, and it should be cooked in healthy ways.
  • Cherries (Caution: Do not eat fruit if you are detoxing on the strict one month or two month mold detox diet period)
  • Nuts like Almonds and Walnuts
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Collard greens
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Beets
  • Ginger (See our anti-inflammatory juicing recipe for mold illness)
  • Garlic (See our anti-inflammatory juicing recipe for mold illness)
  • Turmeric
  • Onions
  • Olive Oil
  • Raspberries (Caution: Do not eat fruit if you are detoxing on the strict one month or two month mold detox diet period)
  • Blueberries (Caution: Do not eat fruit if you are detoxing on the strict one month or two month mold detox diet period)
  • Strawberries (Caution: Do not eat fruit if you are detoxing on the strict one month or two month mold detox diet period)

Awesome Anti-Inflammatory plant: 

Aloe Vera


Here is where I order mine from
Because I'm not feeling well most days I like to order things online and have them sent to my home

Posted by: Jennifer AT 10:53 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Friday, June 06 2014

Carrots and their amazing "Anti-Fungal" properties

Are Carrots friend or foe for a person exposed to Mold?

When I first found out my symptoms were related to being exposed to Toxic Mold I knew that diet was going to be at the forefront of my recovery.

However, not everyone who is dealing with Candida was directly exposed to toxic mold in their home or environment.  But I encourage anyone who is interested in solving their Candida issues read this article as it was "life changing" for me.

I was given diets and protocols by many mold sufferers as well as even mold doctors.

One of the things that seemed to be a common debate was that of the "Carrot".  I was told by 50% of the sources that carrot was NOT something I should consume because it was considered a root vegetable.  After all root vegetables have a bad rap for harboring mold & fungus under the ground correct?  Then the other 50% were telling me that no it was actually quite the opposite...that carrots had a natural anti-fungal property that prevents mold from getting into the carrot.

So I decided to do my own research and here is what I found:

Doug Kaufmann of "Know the Cause" has an ever-popular book called "The Fungus Link".  Since then he's written a few other extensions of the book. He has been a pioneer in the field of relating molds and fungus to almost every known disease humans are currently facing.  One of the conditions he focuses on quite a bit is that of "Candida". In his books he even talks about the benefits of Carrots as anti-fungal.

I began to research the subject more in depth by applying it straight to mold exposure and to my surprise I found a book by Kurt & LeAnn Billings called "MOLD: The War Within".  In the book they referenced that they had used carrots in their juicing protocol to fight Candida. 

My next step was to find the real scientific data to back it up.  Being skeptical by nature I needed more proof as I didn't want to put something into my body that was going to keep me sick, Lord knows I had suffered enough already.

I ran across a surprisingly "AWESOME" research and laboratory test that gave me all the confidence I needed to move forward. 

Aren't Carrots High in Sugar? 

This might shock you and be something hard to wrap your head around, but carrots are NOT HIGH IN SUGAR.  What?? "But I've been told this my whole life!!"  Well, guess what...you've been told wrong.  One carrot only contains 2.9 grams of sugar.  This is slightly a tick above your average lemon.  Remember, lemons and limes are the lowest sugar content of any fruit.  One lemon contains approximately 1.5 grams of sugar.  


 

Aren't carrots considered moldy because they grow underground?

No.  Carrots have their own built-in antifungal protective chemical compounds.  Purified ethanolic extracts of peeled and shredded carrots have an antimicrobial effect against a range of food-borne micro-organisms as well as Candida.

AWESOME CANDIDA/ANTI-FUNGAL juicing recipe

Along with our Mold Detox Diet this Juicing this recipe twice a day can eradicate a toxic mold infection after 3-6 months

For more holistic ways to fight Candida see our page on ANTI-FUNGALS

Posted by: Jennifer AT 11:14 am   |  Permalink   |  Email

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