This esteemed organization for environmental physicians has determined that molds and mycotoxins in indoor air "can lead to disease in otherwise healthy individuals" and that "many physicians are not fully
aware of the scope of mold related health problems and are inadequately equipped to investigate and manage possible cases of mold exposure in a timely fashion". Anyone who has been harmed by indoor molds and has tried to get help from their regular physicians can testify to the truth of this statement.
American Academy of Environmental Medicine
6505 E Central • Ste 296 • Wichita, KS 67206
Tel: (316) 684-5500 • Fax: (316) 684-5709
Molds and Mycotoxins (Toxic Molds) in Human Health
It is commonly recognized that a large body of medical
literature and extensive clinical experience indicates that sufficiently
high exposures to indoor airborne mold can lead to disease in
otherwise healthy individuals. Since environmental health has not
been a focus of medical education, many physicians are not fully
aware of the scope of mold related health problems and are
inadequately equipped to investigate and manage possible cases of
mold exposure in a timely fashion.
Exposure to significant levels of indoor mold can cause acute or
chronic dysfunction or injury to all organ systems including the
respiratory, neurological, cardiovascular, genitourinary,
gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, immune (through both immediate
and non-IgE mechanisms) and hematological systems. In addition to
the resulting more commonly considered respiratory conditions such
as asthma and rhinosinusitis, exposure to mold proteins and
mycotoxins has been associated with fatigue, reduced concentration,
imbalance, poor memory and hemorrhagic disorders.
Mold contaminated buildings may well require prompt, serious
remediation since avoiding further exposure is the first step in
treatment as well as a major part of disease prevention.
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM)
recommends continuing research regarding mold related health
problems and suggests that experienced health authorities
disseminate knowledge about this public health issue in order to
achieve widespread clinical competence among health professionals in
the investigation and management of actual or alleged mold exposure.
Supporting medical and scientific literature on this issue, along with
opportunities for formal training in environmental health, are
available through the AAEM.
Approved by the Board of Directors of the American
Academy of Environmental Medicine on March 1, 2008.
Environmental physicians are usually far more aware of the problems that mold can cause, in part, through their membership in AAEM. Lists of these physicians may be found on their website, above (SMH). For more information on how to obtain medical assistance, go to https://www.schoolmoldhelp.org/content/category/12/118/63/.