Neurologic Illness Triggered By Mold Toxicity – Assessment, Treatment and Hope! (33:19 min) Kirk’s video overview of his interview with Neil Hirschenbein, MD, PhD (4:59 min)
Mold exposure in genetically susceptible individuals who cannot detoxify mold toxins well (25% of the population) can lead to a cascade of biochemical and hormonal changes that cause inflammation in many body system leading to a constellation of physical complaints (fatigue, pain, muscle weakness, gut disorders, sleep problems, inflammation, immune dysregulation, etc.) some of which are neurologic manifestations such as “foggy brainness”, confusion and memory loss. Some research shows that mold illness may be a component of a type of Alzheimer’s disease known as “Inhalation” or “Type 3” Alzheimer’s. (See also “Reversal of Cognitive Decline in Alzheimer’s Disease“; Alzheimer’s Disease and Cognitive Decline Helped by a Personalized, Integrative Approach; MPI Cognition – Bredesen Protocol).
Dr. Hirschenbein is seeing more and more individuals with a history of mold exposure, a constellation of complaints, including cognitive issues, with subsequent improvement by following a step-wise approach of reducing/eliminating the exposure to the mold source; enhancing the removal of the mold toxins from the body; and providing the body with supportive therapies such as biochemical and hormonal optimization and treating the sinuses for MARCoNS.
Along with a good medical history for mold symptoms, Visual Contrast Sensitivity Testing, a series of blood and genetic tests and mold assessment of the home/work environment Dr. Hirschenbein frequently does a 3D MRI of the brain without contrast, then has the pictures run through the Neuroquant program that measures the volumes of different brain structures because there is a specific pattern that appears to be exclusively found in mold exposed neurotoxic patients.The forebrain parenchyma and cortical grey matter areas are enlarged (“brain swelling”) and the caudate nucleus deep in the brain near the basal ganglia is reduced in size. With appropriate treatment of these mold toxic individuals, not only have symptoms of cognition improved, but also these brain structures have gone back to their normal sizes. Much of this protocol of mold assessment and treatment can be found on SurvivingMold.com. Parts of this program of assessment and treatment have been incorporated into the Bredesen Protocol for treating “Inhalational” or “Type 3” Alzheimer’s disease.
Dr. Hirschenbein concludes by stating that he is seeing more of mold toxin related neurologic illness, but there is significant hope for these individuals if diagnosed, since by following this step-by-step proven mold treatment protocol, neurologic symptoms can improve in a consistent fashion in an illness which doesn’t have much hope from conventional medical approaches.
Neil Hirschenbein, MD PhD attended medical school at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and completed his residency and fellowship at the University of California, San Diego. He earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Boston University. Dr. Hirschenbein is Board Certified in internal medicine, gastroenterology and Anti-Aging Medicine and has been prescribing bio-identical hormone replacement therapy since 1993. He is also certified as a specialist in treating mold related illness.
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