Join us for our interview with Dr. Jill Crista, a pioneering naturopathic doctor, best-selling author, devoted educator, and creative innovator. Her superpower truly is making complex medical concepts simple and digestible for everyone.

In this episode, we discuss a wide variety of topics, ranging from what types of toxins occur in a water-damaged environment and how they can affect your health, to common misconceptions and treatment for mold-related illnesses.

This is a must-watch interview with so many gold nuggets of information. Be sure to watch this episode and share it with family and friends who are wanting to learn more! You won’t be disappointed!

  • The ecosystem created by a water-damaged building or home is complex. There are mold spores, fragments, mycotoxins, bacteria etc. What are those things that make up a water-damaged environment and how can they make us sick? (1:25)
  • Why does a moldy and a water-damaged environment impact people in the same home differently? (6:42)
  • The “cooking the frog” analogy has been used to explain what happens when someone lives in a mold and water-damaged home. Can you elaborate on that? (8:24)
  • When treating mold-related illness, it seems people often uncover other infections and problems like Lyme, EBV, and a host of other things. Why does it feel like when mold is involved that so many other issues come to light? (10:00)
  • You’ve said that mold-related illness needs a definition upgrade. What do you mean by that? (13:55)
  • People sometimes say, “Mold is everywhere and has been around forever so it can’t be that big of deal.” What do you say to that? (15:57)
  • Can previous mold exposure still impact your health today? (18:05)
  • What are some basic tests a practitioner can run? (19:50)
  • Visual contrast sensitivity testing (19:53)
  • Mycotoxin testing, mold allergy testing, serum or blood mycotoxin antibody testing (21:10)
  • What are some basic components to treatment? (23:32)
  • Dr. Jill Crista’s mold questionnaire (23:55)
  • 5 Steps: Avoidance, Fundamentals, Protect, Repair, and Fight. (26:12)
  • Why is mold-related illness so often misdiagnosed? (29:35)
  • You have said “Healing from chronic illness is different than healing from an acute illness like a cold.” Can you elaborate? How long does it take to recover from mold-related illnesses? (33:41)
  • Can you heal in a home with mold growth? (37:53)
  • What are some things people can do while stuck in mold while they make a plan to either remediate correctly or move? (38:48)
  • What do you personally do to keep you and your family healthy and safe? (44:03)
  • If people want to connect with you to learn more, how can they find you? (45:34)

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Some people assume that if mold and water damage were a problem in their home or building, that everyone would have the same symptoms or be affected in the same way. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple or clear-cut. Mold-related illness comes with a wide range of symptoms. If and how someone feels the effects from these unhealthy environments depends on several factors including:

  • Genetics
  • Age
  • Nutritional status
  • Pre-existing conditions
  • Dose, Duration, and type of mold
  • Individual susceptibility

“We see it’s more the rule than the exception, that everyone in the family reacts differently. That’s why it’s getting missed.” – Dr. Jill Crista

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