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How Mold Can Lower Your Libido

Low libido, like every other health issue, has a cause. In fact, many causes. But I want you to be aware of something: the exposure to mold and bacteria in a home with water damage can potentially have a variety of health impacts, including, intriguingly, effects on libido. 

Your local MD might not understand this. They may blame your libido on low hormones or stress or, “you’re getting older”. 

You may deny that your home has water-damage. But you had better be sure. 100% sure. Your health and the health of every occupant in the home depends on the safety of the home. 

Understanding Mold and Bacteria in Water-Damaged Homes

First, it’s crucial to understand what happens in a water-damaged home. Water damage can create a damp environment conducive to the growth of mold and bacteria. Mold is a type of fungus that can release spores and toxic substances known as mycotoxins, while bacteria are microscopic organisms containing endotoxins and exotoxins, which can cause signs and symptoms of disease.

Hormonal Disruptions

Some studies have suggested that certain mycotoxins can disrupt endocrine function. The endocrine system, which includes glands that regulate hormones like testosterone, plays a vital role in regulating libido. If mold exposure leads to hormonal imbalances, it could directly impact sexual drive. 

Physical Health Impacts

Exposure to mold and certain types of bacteria can lead to a range of health issues. These include respiratory problems, allergic reactions, and in some cases, toxic effects due to mycotoxins. For men and women, these physical health issues can indirectly affect libido. For example, chronic respiratory conditions or allergic reactions can lead to fatigue, sleep disturbances, and a general decrease in physical well-being, all of which can lower sexual desire.

Psychological Aspect

The psychological impact of living in a water-damaged home should not be underestimated. Chronic health concerns and the stress of living in an unhealthy environment can contribute to anxiety and depression. These mental health conditions are well-documented for their potential to decrease libido. The stress and anxiety might lead to a decreased interest in sexual activity, as psychological well-being is closely linked to sexual health.

Immune System Interactions

The immune response to mold and bacterial exposure is another area of interest. Chronic activation of the immune system, as seen in some allergic reactions to mold, can lead to systemic inflammation. This chronic inflammatory state has been linked to a decrease in libido, as the body focuses its resources on fighting the perceived threat, rather than on non-essential functions like sexual activity.

The Role of Environmental Toxins

Environmental toxins produced by mold and certain bacteria can also play a role. These toxins can have various effects on the body, including neurological effects that could potentially impact libido. Neurological health is closely tied to sexual function, and any disruption in this delicate balance can affect sexual desire and performance.

Test, Don’t Guess

At Natural Heart Doctor, there are a couple ways that we test for mold in your home and in your body. If purchased from us, you receive a free review call with one of our certified health coaches. 

To test your home, we recommend the #8 swiffer test. It is very simple to do the collection, and is much more sensitive than the cheap testing plates you can buy at the hardware store or even the ones the mold inspectors use. Trust me, you don’t want to miss this one. 

Buy your home test kit here.

To test yourself, we have three options for you. One is a standalone urine kit for mold mycotoxins. Do this in the comfort of your home and get tested for 30 different mold mycotoxins from water-damage and food. 

Buy the urine mycotoxin kit here

You can also buy the urine mycotoxin kit as part of a bigger urine total toxin kit. This is 3 tests in one, including 20 metals and 40 other environmental toxins. This is a great value. We call it the Triple Toxin Test 

Buy the Triple Toxin Test kit here (including the mold, metals, glyphosate, atrazine, plastics  etc.)

Finally, you can get the Comprehensive Health Assessment Test panel which includes 6 tests. The above Triple Toxin Test and the 3 blood tests for micronutrients, intestinal hyperpermeability and the advanced cardiovascular panel. This is the standard panel for all new patients at Natural Heart Doctor. 

Buy the Comprehensive Health Assessment Test panel here

Addressing the Problem

Mitigating the effects of mold and bacteria in a water-damaged home is essential. This includes not only cleaning and removing the mold but also addressing the source of the water damage. Ensuring a dry, clean living environment is crucial for physical and mental health, and by extension, for maintaining a healthy libido. We can help you find the local company to get it done right. 

Seeking Professional Help

If you are experiencing a noticeable decrease in libido after exposure to mold or bacteria, it is important to consult healthcare professionals. We can help with the physical, emotional, and mental effects of exposure to water damage toxins. 

Conclusion

The relationship between exposure to mold and bacteria in water-damaged homes and libido is complex and influenced by a variety of factors. These include direct physical effects, psychological impacts, hormonal disruptions, immune responses, and the presence of environmental toxins. While more research is needed to fully understand these connections, it’s clear that maintaining a healthy living environment is crucial for overall well-being and sexual health. 

We are here to help. Schedule a free discovery call to find out how. 

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About Dr. Keith Smigiel NP, DC

Dr. Keith Smigiel

Dr. Keith Smigiel is a regenerative medicine physician and pain management specialist. He takes an integrative approach to medicine, focusing on customized solutions tailored to individual needs. Using advanced, non-surgical treatments, Dr. Smigiel stimulates your body’s ability to naturally heal itself.

Dr. Smigiel helps people suffering from conditions such as chronic pain and erectile dysfunction, to hair loss and weight gain. Combining treatments such as PRP Therapy, Ozone, Neural Prolotherapy, and IV Infusions with functional rehabilitation, he helps you look and feel better.

He heals the body, instead of just treating the symptoms!

With his professional qualifications as a certified family nurse practitioner, a doctor of chiropractic, and a fellow of the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture, Dr. Smigiel offers patients comprehensive care from a broad perspective of conventional and alternative medicine. He also has extensive experience in functional rehabilitation and chronic pain management.

Dr. Smigiel is married to Angela and has two children, Sophia and Larz. When he’s not busy helping patients, he enjoys hiking, mountain biking, motocross, and boating.

About Dr. James Kneller, M.D., Ph.D., FHRS

Dr. James Kneller, M.D., Ph.D., FHRS

Dr. James Kneller is one of the nation’s leading heart rhythm specialists. Dr. Kneller is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiovascular Disease, and Internal Medicine.

As a Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society (FHRS) and Certified Cardiac Device Specialist (CCDS), Kneller provides comprehensive patient care, combining best medical practice with invasive procedures using state-of-the-art technologies to treat heart rhythm disorders.

Beyond guideline-directed therapies, Kneller is passionate about optimized personal health. With a deep interest in complimentary alternative medicine (CAM), he strives to reduce the need for pharmaceuticals, invasive procedures, and exposure to harmful radiation. With Natural Heart Doctor, he strives to help each and every client to Live Well, Eat Well, and Think Well to attain their 100-year heart!

About Dr. Lauren Lattanza NMD, FACC

Dr. Lattanza Office Visit with Patient

As a Naturopathic Physician, I am trained to treat the whole person and get to the root cause of disease.

I went to Arizona State University where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a depth in physiology and minor in Spanish. After my undergraduate degree I was working on prerequisite classes towards medical school, which is when I came to learn that my values identified best with the principles of naturopathic medicine. I knew that I wanted to help patients identify the causes of disease and be able to offer treatments which would improve their health rather than simply treating symptoms.

I dedicated the next 4 years to the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona where I attained my Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine. I served as Class President all 4 years, Board of Trustees – Student Trustee, spoke as the Club President for our branch of Toastmasters, and was voted by my peers and attending physicians to earn the Outstanding Leadership Award for the Class of 2020. Throughout medical school I took it upon myself to work alongside MDs, DOs, chiropractors, and functional medicine practitioners in addition to naturopathic physicians.

As a Spanish speaking student, I was able to volunteer with community clinics around Phoenix and provide free healthcare to low-income families. Due to this combined exposure, I came to find my passion in treating cardiometabolic and digestive disorders that are all too common, yet largely preventable. I took the opportunity to learn the broad spectrum of healthcare so I can ensure that I am able to provide my patients with the best options.

About Dr. Jack Wolfson DO, FACC

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Dr. Jack Wolfson is a board-certified cardiologist, Amazon best-selling author, husband, father, and the nation’s #1 Natural Heart Doctor.

For more than two decades, more than one million people have enjoyed the warmth, compassion, and transformational power of his natural heart health courses and events.

Dr. Wolfson is the founder of Natural Heart Doctor Scottsdale, his heart health practice in Arizona, and Natural Heart Doctor, an online resource center with natural health information. Doctors from across the globe reach out to Dr. Wolfson for training and education in holistic health practices.

He has been named one of America’s Top Functional Medicine Doctors and is a five-time winner of the Natural Choice Awards as a holistic M.D. Dr. Wolfson’s work has been covered by more than 100 media outlets, including NBC, CNN, and the Washington Post. His book “The Paleo Cardiologist: The Natural Way to Heart Health” was an Amazon #1 best-seller.

Dr. Wolfson and his wife Heather have four children and are committed to making the world a better place to live. They provide for those in need (including animals) and support natural health causes through their philanthropic efforts.

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Our health coaches use evidence based skillful conversation, clinical interventions, and strategies to engage you actively and safely in health behavior changes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

I’d like to receive an online second opinion from Natural Heart Doctor. What do I do next?

You can initiate a second opinion online through our website at any time. To begin, select the team member you’d like to speak with and open an account.

Click here for cardiologist Dr. Jack Wolfson.

Naturopathic Medical Doctor Dr. Lauren Lattanza. Get details.

Naturopathic Medical Doctor Dr. Tonia Rainier. Get details.

Click here for  Natural Heart Doctor Health Coach.

Alternatively, you can email health@naturalheartdoctor.com. A member of our care team will help guide you through the process of starting a second opinion.

What is the cost of a Natural Heart Doctor Online Second Opinion?

The cost for most second opinions varies by team member. This fee includes information collection, a phone or video consultation, a second opinion from a Natural Heart Doctor specialist and guidance throughout the process from your personal Care Team at Natural Heart Doctor.

Cardiologist Dr. Jack Wolfson’s Second Opinion Fee is $1500.

Holistic Physician’s Dr. Lauren Lattanza’s Second Opinion Fee is $250.

Naturopathic Physician Dr. Tonia Rainier’s Second Opinion Fee is $250.

Note: We apply the Online Second Opinion Call fee as a credit to any future consultations with Natural Heart Doctor, should you choose them.

Will my insurance cover the cost of a Natural Heart Doctor Online Second Opinion?

Most likely, no. Most health plans do not cover online second opinions or consultations. You are responsible for the cost of our second opinion. Natural Heart Doctor cannot file a claim with your insurance carrier, nor can we provide a procedure (CPT) code for this service.

What is the timeline to receive an online second opinion?

We do our best to schedule your second opinion as quickly as possible. Typically, it takes 5 to 7 business days after your information has been collected to receive your phone or video online second opinion.

What information do you need in advance of our call?

Our office will send you a short questionnaire to complete and return. We DO NOT need your complete medical records.

How many questions can I ask the expert during our call?

You may ask a maximum of five questions. This is to ensure that the expert has sufficient time to devote to each question. All questions must be finalized before your online meeting.

What should I expect to receive once my second opinion is complete?

You will receive a summary of our discussion along with our second opinion. The second opinion will be in written form. After you have reviewed the second opinion, a Natural Heart Doctor clinician will follow up with you by phone to address general medical questions about the information provided in the second opinion.

What if I have follow-up questions for the expert after I have reviewed my second opinion?

If you have a clarifying question about an expert’s response to one of the questions in your second opinion, and the Natural Heart Doctor clinician is unable to address it, then you may request a follow up session for an additional fee. 

Is my medical and payment information secure?

Natural Heart Doctor is strongly committed to protecting the privacy and security of all our patients. Our website meets all federal requirements for protecting personal health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). All financial transactions are processed by Natural Heart Doctor securely using industry standard payment processing tools.

I would rather visit Natural Heart Doctor for an in-person appointment. What should I do next?

If you would prefer an in-person appointment at Natural Heart Doctor instead of an online second opinion, please call (480) 535-6844 for details and scheduling.

Can I schedule a follow up appointment with the specialist who provided my online second opinion?

Yes, we’re happy to help you on an extended basis. Our clinician can discuss options with you when presenting our second opinion summary.