Daniel Amen, MD, is a psychiatrist and New York Times bestseller, who frequently has programs on PBS. He is a pioneer in the use of a special brain scan, called a SPECT scan. It is able to detect abnormal changes in blood flow to the brain.
Just this past week, Terry Thompson Horn and I attended a seminar with Dr. Amen. I was fascinated to learn that a SPECT scan is able to detect damage to the brain from mold toxins.
The following is a picture of a normal brain:
The following is a picture of a brain exposed to mold toxins:
You’ll notice that in the second picture, there are many holes near the edges and scalloping of the edges. These holes represent lack of blood flow to those areas of the brain. A similar picture can be seen in those with brain damage from carbon monoxide, alcohol, illegal drugs, Lyme Disease, and heavy metals.
The lack of blood flow can explain a variety of symptoms that many with mold toxicity experience such as:
-poor concentration and memory
The good news is that when a person is no longer exposed to mold toxins, the blood flow to the brain returns to normal. This is why mold remediation is a crucial component of recovery in those with mycotoxicity.