1. Basement mold exposure may cause Parkinson’s

    Is your basement rotting your brain?

    If you've got a leak in the basement, get it fixed before you start growing your own mushroom forest down there -- because any amount of fungal growth or mold exposure could wreck your health.

    I'm sure you've already heard what mold and funguses can do to your allergies, especially if these growths are hidden in and around your home (and maybe you've experienced it firsthand).

    (You'll be shocked to learn what one of the most common sources of fungal and mold exposure in your home is. Click here for the disturbing answer.)

    But new research finds a risk that's worse -- much worse, because fungal growths and mold exposure in your home may have the power to shut down the genes responsible for the release of dopamine in the brain.

    And that, in turn, could lead to one of the most devastating degenerative conditions of all: Parkinson's disease.

    The new study was on fruit flies, and when exposed to the mushroom alcohol vapors released by mold they showed the movement problems that are a hallmark of Parkinson's.

    Of course, an experiment on fruit flies doesn't mean the same thing would happen to humans -- and we don't know if it's even possible to inhale enough mushroom vapors to damage genes in the larger and more complex human brain.

    But mildew, fungus and mold exposure can hurt you in so many other ways. In fact, I've found that fungal infections are a major source of illness, especially chronic illness.

    And it's one your own doctor almost certainly never looks for.

    Don't be too hard on him; he doesn't even know how or where to look. They don't exactly spend much time on fungal infections in medical schools these days. Even many natural health doctors don't know enough about diagnosing and treating these infections.

    But if you're battling an illness your doctor is having a hard time treating -- one he can't even identify with any degree of certainty -- then seek the help of a holistic physician experienced in detecting and treating fungal infections.

    If you're in Southern California, treatment for fungal infections is one of my specialties. Contact my clinic for more information or to make an appointment.

    Not in the area? I can still help -- I'm available for telephone consultations, and I can tell you what questions you should ask your own doctor and what tests you should demand.

    Call 855-DOC-MARK for more information or to schedule a call.

  2. How to beat allergy season

    The 'other' allergy season

    Forget "spring fever." So-called seasonal allergies can strike all year long -- and for many people, autumn allergy season can bring as much sneezy, wheezy misery as spring, if not more.

    The problem this time of year in many parts of the country is ragweed, and I'm already seeing reports that it's out in force -- especially in the Southeast and even parts of the Midwest.

    And if ragweed hasn't hit your part of the country yet... just wait. Ragweed is common in all 50 states -- and if that's not enough to get your nose running, there are other threats in the air.

    If you had a wet summer, expect mold -- and even mold you can't see can find its way to your sinuses and make you sick.

    Many people buy club-size packages of antihistamines and other medications to make it through allergy season, but that's a habit that can get expensive fast. It can also be frustrating, as the drugs can lose effectiveness over time.

    And many people battle side effects such as dry mouth and drowsiness.

    There are much better ways to breathe easy no matter where you live, what allergy season it is or what you're allergic to. Start with butterbur supplements, which have been proven to be as effective as one of the best-selling allergy meds.

    But I consider that a short-term solution, or a solution for people with only mild allergies.

    For long-term relief, homeopathic remedies can desensitize you to the very allergens that are making you sick.

    I recommend allium cepa and/or nux vomica for classic hay fever symptoms such as sneezing and runny nose, and euphrasia -- made from the eyebright plant -- for symptoms more in the eyes. And for ragweed, try homeopathic ambrosia.

    A holistic medical doctor can test you for common allergens and help desensitize you to them naturally, so you can make it through allergy season without any worries.

  3. Dog-gone asthma!

    But the best trick of all comes naturally: Pets can chase away asthma and allergies the way a guard dog can scare off burglars -- and it doesn't take a loud bark or a lot of teeth.

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