What is the Link Between Mold and Cystic Fibrosis?

What is the Link Between Mold and Cystic Fibrosis?
Recently there was a news report that found approximately 50 percent of cystic fibrosis patients were also infected by Aspergillus fungus, caused by exposure to mold.
Cystic Fibrosis (CF), first described by Dorothy Hansine Andersen, is a genetic disorder that affects the lungs, pancreas, liver, and intestine. The name cystic fibrosis refers to the characteristic scarring (fibrosis) and cyst formation within the pancreas. Difficulty breathing is the most serious symptom and results from frequent lung infections that are treated with antibiotics and other medications. Other symptoms, include sinus infections, poor growth, and infertility.
Research, conducted by Jo Armstead, a medical student at Manchester University, found that there are over 75,000 people, both afflicted with CF and who also suffer from an aspergillus fungal infection.
This research highlights the dangers of mold. Aspergillosis causes airway infections, bronchitis, and the allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) allergy, which starts in childhood and reaches a peak in late teenage years. Treatment involves anti fungal therapy or oral steroids, however, neither treatment has been shown to be very effective, as anti fungal resistance to these treatment types continues to be an issue for clinicians.
According to Professor Denning, Director of the NHS National Aspergillosis Center:
“The life expectancy of people with CF has been increasing, but aspergillosis has a major negative impact on many.”
Aspergillus is a common mold and readily found outdoors. CF patients need to be aware that their condition can worsen if they are living, working, or going to school in a building that has suffered moisture damage because this could expose them to high levels of aspergillus spores.
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    Cancer Tumors Caused by Mold?

    Cancer Tumors Caused by Mold?
    Science has proven that asbestos causes cancer…there is no doubt.
    Last year, we explored the link between mold and cancer and found some evidence linking mycotoxins produced by mold with cancers of the liver, breast, and lungs. There is even some evidence that “black mold”, stachybotrys, may cause cancer as well.
    However, is there evidence that the actual cancer tumor is caused by mold?
    An Italian Oncologist, Dr. T Simoncini believes that most cancers are caused by mold, specifically, the fungus, Candida Albicans.
    In his book, “Cancer is a Fungus”, Dr. Simoncini concludes:
    “A fungus infection always forms the basis of every abnormal growth of tissue, i.e. tumor, and this formation tries to spread within the whole organism, unimpeded. The growth of fungus colonies, together with the reaction of the tissue that tries to defend itself against the invasion, causes the tumor….This is a simple and solely extracellular phenomenon. Therefore, there must be only one cause of cancer: fungal infection – specifically Candida Albicans, which, according to the anatomical branch concerned causes different tissue-related reactions. This is the reason why there are so many different types of tumors.”
    The video below provides more detail on Dr. Simoncini’s hypothesis:

    To learn more about Dr. Simoncini and his controversial treatment with Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), click here.

    Got Mold? President Giving Back to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

    Got Mold? President Giving Back to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
    On January 6, 2011, Got Mold? decided to give back to our community. We are particularly concerned about Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and launched our facebook fan page giving $1 for every LIKE. On January 15th of that year, we wrote a check for $1,500 because we got 1500 LIKES in a span of nine days.
    This year, Got Mold? wants to support this worthy cause again. As stated by our founder, James C. Watson:
    “In January of 2011 one of my friends who I grew up with, Michelle Walker-Langford, began raising awareness for DMD; I was curious to know what DMD was so I asked Michelle and also began my own research. I learned that this was horrible muscle degenerating disease that affects young boys, crippling them at a very young age and putting them in wheel chairs. At an early age it would start to attack their vital organs and soon kill them by affecting their lungs and/or heart. The saddest thing I learned, the more they used their muscles the more they deteriorated.
    I then received an e-mail from Michelle stating that her son, Owen, has DMD and I realized that I had to do something to help. In January of 2011, Charles Dumont, our former Marketing Directer, and I started a campaign and donated $1 per LIKE on our facebook fan pages. Now that our fan base has grown substantially and so has the DMD community we have scaled down to 50 cents per LIKE and this time I want to personally donate the money. My goal is to donate $5,000″
    Starting this week, our founder, Watson, will personally donate $0.50 per new LIKE we receive on our fan pages. We encourage you to visit our fan pages and give us a LIKE so that we can donate as much as we can to this worthy cause.
    Here are the particulars of the DMD event we are planning to support:
    Hinton Safeway Walk for Muscular Dystrophy and Firefighter Car Wash
    Where: Hinton Fire Department, 184 Eaton Rd, Hinton, AB T7V 1Y5
    When: June 9th, 2012
    What: This year’s Ambassador is Owen Langford. He is a 13 year old resident of Hinton with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. You can find info on Muscular Dystrophy at www.muscle.ca. Please help give people like Owen hope and join us or donate for the walk. Donate to Owen’s Team or you can create your own fundraising page–individual or team page–and challenge others. There will be a car wash fund raiser, lunch and walk. T-shirts will be provided. Any assistance would be appreciated.
    Please help us and support this worthy cause, all it takes is for you to visit our fan pages and give us a LIKE, that’s it.