Mold-Related Illnesses and CIRS

Mold spore sensitivity is biologically predetermined in the majority of people. If exposed to mold spores over an extended period of time, a person is very likely to become ill. Mold-related infections can be difficult to spot and diagnosed because their symptoms are similar to those of other acute bronchial illnesses. While it is easier to treat irritation of the eyes, skin, and nose, all of our patients should be aware of a disease known as CIRS.

What It Is Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS)?

One in every four Americans is thought to be genetically predisposed to this disease, which is frequently misdiagnosed and consequently, incorrectly treated. Dr. Khan and his team of Holistic and Functional Medicine doctors have been diagnosing and treating residents of The Woodlands and Greater Houston for a period of time. Throughout their research and studies, our doctors specializing in mold-related diseases noticed a rise in the number of people suffering from Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS).

CIRS is a disease that can affect several bodily functions and can cause a wide range of symptoms. This condition happens when mold biotoxins attach to the immune system cells, causing the health of these cells to deteriorate. This process not only aggravates and weakens the body’s immune response, it also targets healthy cells and tissues. When someone is affected by this disease, it is very important to start a treatment such as a mold detox.

CIRS is a multi-system and multi-symptom illness, the symptoms are so diverse, they have been divided into 12 groups:

What It Is Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS)?

Abdominal pain, Diarrhea:

The most common cause of abdominal pain is CIRS-related aggravation. This can trigger discomfort in the gastrointestinal tract, leaky gut syndrome and diarrhea.

Excessive Tears, Lightheadedness, and a Metallic Taste in the Mouth:

Many CIRS patients report a metallic taste in their mouth and an inability to stop crying, as well as a general fogginess.

Breathing problems, Congested Sinuses:

Congested sinuses and shortness of breath are typical CIRS symptoms, as expected from a mold-related sickness.

Cognitive disabilities and Difficulties processing information:

CIRS can impair your memory, can cause language disabilities, and can affect the capacity to process knowledge.

Sensitivity to light, Muscle Aches, Fatigue, Brain fog:

People with CIRS can experience fatigue, headaches, sensitivity to light, and random muscle pains.

Tingling/GERD/Skin Hypersensitivity:

Many CIRS patients experience a "pins and needles" sensation, which is often followed by an epidermal rash.

Blurred Vision, Red Eyes, Mood Swings, Sweats:

Despite the fact that these symptom clusters are fairly broad, they are commonly seen in CIRS patients.

Leg pain, stiffness in the morning, and cramps:

Cramping, chronic stiffness, and muscle spasms are all symptoms of the body's inflammation.


Heavy and intense lethargy is a common sign among people suffering from CIRS.

Dizziness, Static Shocks:

The way CIRS attacks your immune system manifests itself as vertigo and static shocks.

Disparities in Concentration Span:

When inflammation affects your brain cells, it can have a significant impact on your ability to focus. Unfortunately, many people who struggle with CIRS are often misdiagnosed as having ADHD.

Extreme thirst, coughing, and disorientation:

Mold illnesses can cause a dry mouth, persistent coughing, and a general sense of disorientation.

Urinary frequency, Body temperature problems, and loss of appetite:

A fluctuation in body temperature, and an increase in the frequency of urination are two signs of CIRS.

The Recovery Process

As you can see, CIRS has a wide spectrum of abnormalities that could make it difficult to diagnose. Unfortunately, many patients rarely figure out what's causing their symptoms in the first place. At Internal Healing and Wellness MD in The Woodlands, Texas, we have a team of Doctors specializing in mold-related diseases. Their primary focus is on finding critical CIRS indicators in clinical specimen tests while utilizing Functional Medicine. Consider the following example:

VEGF is a protein that a large number of people with CIRS are unable to produce. We can generally establish a fairly good prognosis if we identify any of the symptoms mentioned above plus a VEGF deficiency.

During mold infections, MSH (melanocyte-stimulating hormone) level usually decreases, allowing the anti-inflammatory syndrome to persist causing damage to the body.

Visual Contact Sensitivity Testing could help analyze nerve function and detect markers of CIRS infection with great precision.

To treat CIRS, a variety of nutritional supplements, dietary adjustments, and – in rare cases – medication is used. However, the majority of contaminants can usually be removed from the system by subjecting the patient to a mold detox using binders and antioxidants. We also recommend using bentonite clay and activated charcoal, as well as specific medicinal inhalers, when possible. It is sometimes recommended that patients adopt a gluten-free or reduced diet, that excludes processed foods, sweets, bananas, grains, and produce cultivated in the ground.

The Recovery Process

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The medical staff at Internal Healing and Wellness MD, that specializes in mold-related sickness and mold detox treatments, along with Functional Medicine practices, have treated thousands of patients in The Woodlands and Houston. With a team of experienced Functional Medicine doctors and Mold Doctors who specialize in CIRS, and a commitment to doing things the natural way whenever possible, we are your source for complete mold treatments in Southeastern Texas.


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