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Age Management of West Michigan

Integrative Medicine

Conventional, Functional, and Anti-Aging Regenerative Medicine located in Grand Rapids, MI.
Dr. Shahnaz Ali            Dr. Piyush Bhatnagar


Mold Toxicity

Exposure to toxic mold can lead to mold toxicity or mycotoxicosis. Mycotoxicosis is poisoning of the body caused by exposure to mycotoxins that are produced by certain species of mold. Most molds are harmless to the body, but certain species of mold are pathogenic and produce toxic substances called mycotoxins that cause disease in some individuals. Mold  toxicity is highly underdiagnosed and is often misdiagnosed  as other conditions such as Lyme disease, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome,  and SIBO.

Everyone is exposed to some form of mold in their environment daily and most people have the proper antibody and antigen production to address it. But about 25% of the population are reactive to mold and mycotoxins in our environment. So 1 out of 4 people are unable to produce the proper antibodies to mycotoxins. Most of these patients have genetic mutations of HLA and MTHFR (methylation) genes that prevent them from producing the proper antigens and antibodies to mycotoxins.


Mold Toxicity Symptoms:


GI issues

Visual Impairment

Allergy Symptoms

Weakened Immune System

Hair Loss

Chronic Fatigue

Mood Disorders (Anxiety & Depression)


Muscle weakness

Skin issues and rashes

Seizures and Tremors

Tight and Stiff Muscles

Brain Fog

Night Sweats

Hormone imbalances

Neurological Impairment

Temperature Dysregulation

Mold Exposure


  • Breathing in spores and mycotoxins from our environment is the most common exposure for most humans.

Eating / Ingestion

  • Estimated that 25% of the world’s food crops are contaminated with mycotoxins.   Grains, coffee, nuts, and spices are the most commonly contaminated sources.

Skin Contact

  • This is the least common exposure, but mycotoxins can enter body through the skin, especially if wounds or cuts are present.


Mold Testing

Age Management of West Michigan utilizes a combination of traditional body inflammatory markers and a MycoTox profile test to determine the presence of mycotoxins in the body.

A comprehensive Stool Analysis is usually recommended to determine intestinal damage and microbiome imbalances in the GI system caused by mold exposure.

  • Which phase of the program is best for me?
    All phases of the program can be implemented independently for individualized patient needs, but best results are achieved through participation in all 3 phases of the 10-week program.
  • Can I do only the Cleanse or HCG phases?
    Yes, some of people choose to only do the first 2 phases of the weight loss program that are the most aggressive and get the body to overcome weight loss plateaus or to achieve the greatest amount of weight loss in the shortest amount of time. A 5-week Cleanse and HCG package program is offered at a discounted rate.
  • How much should I expect to lose?
    5 to 8 lb during the 7-day cleanse phase 15 to 25 lb through completion of HCG phase 30 to 35 lb at the completion of the 10-week program Average of 4 to 6 inches lost in hips, 4 to 6 inches lost in the waist, and 2 to 4 inches lost in thighs after completion of the 10-week program.
  • How is weight loss progress monitored?
    Progress is strictly monitored throughout the program with weekly weigh-ins and nutritional consultations. Pre and Post circumference measurements are taken to monitor inches lost from weight loss in specific regions of the body. A Bio-Impedance Assessment is taken at the start and finish that tells the percentage of body fat, lean muscle, extracellular tissue, and total body water. This enables patients to see that they achieved successful weight loss by losing primarily body fat and maintaining lean muscle.
  • What types of foods can I eat?
    Whole & natural-based foods that can be found at any local supermarket or farmers market are recommended throughout the program and for long-term weight management. Processed foods, artificial dyes and sweeteners, high allergen-based foods (ex: gluten and dairy), and high glycemic simple carbohydrates are eliminated due to their negative impact on the health of the body.
  • What is HCG?
    Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) is a polypeptide hormone that in clinical use has shown a 3-fold effect on stimulating weight loss. First, we see an increase in fat mobilization and fat loss in the hormonally influenced areas in the abdomen, hips, and thigh regions of the body. This is monitored through pre and post RJL Bio-Impedance testing and circumference measurements. Secondly, patients see a resetting effect in appetite where they are able to reach satiety at meals and see a decrease in hunger tendencies. Lastly, we see a lean muscle preserving effect while seeing dramatic decreases in body fat. This is also monitored by pre and post RJL Bio-Impedance tests. These results are analytical data collected from thousands of patients seen at Age Management of West Michigan and have not been FDA approved or proven in double-blind placebo studies.
  • What are MIC Lipotropic injections?
    Methionine, Inositol, and Choline (MIC) injections are used to help release fat throughout the body by specifically targeting its primary fatty deposits. Lipotropic, or fat burning substances include; Inositol, which helps the liver remove fat: Choline, which distributes cholesterol and prevents it from getting deposited in one part of the body; Methionine, which is similar to Inositol, but also amplifies the combination. Injections are administered once weekly throughout all weight loss programs.
  • How Do I Get Started?
    Getting started is easy! Call Age Management of West Michigan at (616) 808-2695 or contact us by filling out an Online Contact form to schedule a FREE consultation.
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