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Mold Exposure and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Sunday, May 29th 2022 10:00am 12 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome related to mold exposure? Although researchers have sought to identify the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome, they have yet to make that discovery.

However, recent studies point to a relationship between mold exposure and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Research on mold exposure remains scant. But it is an environmental trigger that causes symptoms and needs to be removed from your home.

Understanding the latest research involving the relationship between CFS and mold exposure is important to identify a potential diagnosis and treatment. Let’s take a deeper look at what we know.

Chronic fatigue syndrome

Fatigue is a continual state of exhaustion that negatively impacts your mental health, concentration, and motivation. Many of us suffer some fatigue due to our busy modern lives. However, when the condition does not resolve with rest, then it can become chronic fatigue syndrome.

CFS, or Myalgic encephalomyelitis, is defined as fatigue that “worsens with physical or mental activity, but doesn’t improve with rest.” The effects of exhaustion are so severe that simple daily tasks seem impossible to accomplish. With CFS, rest never helps. Internal energy levels remain depleted. Eventually, chronic exhaustion can lead to overall burnout in life, work, and relationships. A significant number of people suffering from CFS become housebound and/or bedridden.

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