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12 Conditions That You Can Have Due To Household Mold

Here are 12 conditions caused by mold exposure.  There are actually more but for today we will talk about some common reactions and some more serious reactions. Do you have any of these conditions?

  1. Allergies:  Some folks realize that allergies can be triggered and made worse by mold exposure. This includes mold allergies.  Zyrtec acknowledges that mold triggers allergies.  Allergies can be a nuisance.  Allergies will tell you how to minimize allergens like dirt mites in your home.  They tell you to run allergy air purifiers in your bedroom.  However, you really need to run them in your whole house.  Cover the square footage and clean all the triggers of mold, pollen and more.
  2. Breathing Problems:  Emphysema can be caused by mold.  Doctors give medicine to those that have emphysema but the do not go into the environmental factors of what causes the condition.  Airway restrictive disease can be caused by mold and exposure to cigarette smoke.  Multiple chemical sensitivity is a condition where you cannot breathe due to strong odors and can be caused by mold exposure.
  3. Asthma :  While asthma is a breathing condition, it deserves special attention.  75% of all U.S. households have at least one asthmatic in their homes.  That is a scary statistic.  What environmental factors are at the root.  While allergies and asthma seem to go together, mold makes both conditions worse.  Mold is known to cause asthma.  There are children with very serious life threatening asthma conditions.  These children need clean air.  Clean the air by placing allergy air purifiers throughout the house.  A basement dehumidifier must be running in the basement.  Mold grow in basements.
  4. Cognitive Impairment:  This category actually covers a multitude of impairment.  Memory problems; hard times finishing sentences, concentration problems, studying problems, and just a hard time thinking in general.  Since Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker believes that 25% of the population have a biotoxic reaction to mold, how many children have trouble in school?  This may lead to an improper diagnosis of Attention deficit syndrome with the root cause being ignored.  Moldy schools can make it worse.  If your child is feeling bad at school, go to a mold doctor so that can be ruled out as a cause.
  5. Chronic Fatigue:  You feel lousy every morning.  After sleeping, there is no rejuvenating affect that you slept.  Tired all the time.  This is a common symptom of a biotoxic reaction to mold.  Some folks rely on caffeine to get going but it really does not help.  Nothing seems to help.
  6. Fibromyalgia:  Your whole body is full of pain. Your arms, shoulders, neck, legs, and just about everywhere hurts and you do not get a day off.  Sounds lousy because it is.  Seeing a rheumatologist will bring this diagnosis; yet no meds help.
  7. Headaches:  The headaches can be constant especially if your house has mold.  Some folks have migraine like symptoms and will be treated by a neurologist to try to stop the headaches.  These headaches can be very severe.
  8. Sensitivity to Light:  This can occur especially outside requiring Polaroid lenses.
  9. Abdominal Pain:  This is often labeled as Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Usually has diarrhea and can be secretory:  leaks out.  How embarrassing.
  10. Excessive Thirst:  Usually accompanied by frequent trips to the bathroom.
  11. Vertigo:  There are known cases where it gets quite excessive.  How Black Mold Destroyed This Family’s Health & Home
  12. Death:  Excessive black mold caused this man’s death.  The irony is where the man worked.  Nevada Heath Inspector Dies of Mold Exposure: His Story

Mold allergies get worse when surrounded by constant mold in the home.  Most of the conditions above are associated with a biotoxic reaction to mold. This is where there is no immune response to mold toxins.  Dr. Shoemaker refers to the mold toxins as biotoxins; however, for simplicity it will be referred to as mold toxins.  According to Dr Shoemaker in his book “Mold Warriors”:  “The genes responsible for the steps involved in antibody formation known collectively as HLA DR are found on chromosome 6 and are associated with failure to clear the illness following exposure”.  Essentially this condition means no antibodies are formed to kill the mold toxins and they spread through the body affect every system in the body.  These toxins can even clear the blood brain barrier.  It is my belief that the susceptibility to disease is affected as there is tremendous stress on the body because of the toxins.  Hence if there is a genetic possibility of developing diabetes, the person will due to the affects and constant attack of these mold toxins.  It is also my personal story.  The endocrinologist treating my 3 diabetic pregnancies emphasized that if a stress-or occurred, I would become a diabetic and did.  In closing, mold exposure is something to be taken seriously.  It affects everyone in the family, and it is certainly not healthy to have mold and other biological contaminants in the air. Advice;  Use allergy air purifiers to clean the air and the follow the step outlined here: 4 Steps To Kill Mold

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10 Reasons Why indoor Air Pollution Can Destroy your Health

1. The air inside our homes is anywhere from 2 to 5 times more polluted that outdoors.  (the exception being in large cities).  Considering we spend over 90% of our time indoors, this is a major health threat. This is also an argument for why folks need to go outside.  Sitting out for a bit seems to be something we do not do anymore.  This article will cover many of the sources and causes of indoor air pollution.

2.  Newer construction especially during the time of the energy crisis and on has created air tight homes.  Older houses “breathe” because they are certainly not airtight.  The air leaking in helps to bring cleaner air from the outside. Opening windows and using fans promote the flow of clean air.  Opening windows in the bathroom lets moisture escape.  In more consisitntly humid area, air conditioning is necessary to cool off and lower humidity.

3.  Radon gas escaping through the basement is a major health threat.  Keeping up with the modern house is rather challenging as kids are busy today.  Yet a radon test and remediation is necessary.

4.  Consider the delicate development of children’s and infant’s lungs.  It is very difficult to handle second hand smoke let alone indoor air pollution.  Second hand smoke can lead to and exacerbate conditions like asthma in children.  Mold is also known as a cause and trigger to allergic responses in children.  Children’s Asthma

5.  How many chemicals are in your house?  There are more than your realized.  Here are some sources:  household cleaners, carpeting, furniture, cabinetry, beauty products, new construction, paints, sealants, hobby supplies, and… you get the picture.  Other sources of indoor air pollution include:  combustion pollutants which is anything that burns in your house and leaves off gas.  For instance a gas stove, coal stove, propane heater.  Gases are releases in proportion to proper maintenance and installation of devices used.  Throw in smoking which contains 4,000 chemicals, there can be many pollutants from these type of sources.  Having carbon monoxide detectors ensure that invisible gases emitted from combustible pollutants are monitored to be safe.  Opening the windows even in the winter invites the fresh air in.Fresh Air In You Home

6.  Chemical off-gassing can occur at variable times.  For example, when carpeting is installed a great deal of chemicals are released into the air following installation.  it is recommended to open windows and use fans to vent out.  Notice the overwhelming odors of new construction?  Another time when many chemicals are immediately released into the air.  Asthmatics have a very difficult time with these chemicals.  Chemical off gassing occurs when humidity rises.  Practically everything you own emits gases into the air.  This includes the formaldehyde in your cabinetry, the 69 identified carcinogens chemicals in carpeting, and all the cleaning products, construction materials stored in your home.  You get the picture.

7.  Most Americans are unaware of the threat of indoor air pollution on health. If it is something you do not know about, why would you take action? Most do nothing to clean the air and take precautionary steps to limit indoor air pollution.  Public awareness of this issue needs to occur.

8.  Biological contaminants ( germs, viruses, bacteria, fungi(mold)) are present in water damaged homes.  The NIOSH estimates that 50% of all homes have water damage.  Since mold loves water, expect it to be there along with the other contaminants.

9.  The rate of folks that have developed asthma has skyrocketed.  From 1980 on there has been a 75% increase.  That is a scary figure worth researching causes.  Professional are concerned.  What role does indoor air pollution play in this increase?  Consider the fact that we own more and more and more.  How much of what we own do we actually need.  Household cleaners come with no warnings as to possible side effects.  Maybe it is time to consider safer alternative such as green products or make you own.

10.  According to the EPA, indoor air pollution is linked to: asthma, breathing problems and more.  Below is a brief summary of their findings.

a.  asthma:  linked to mold, dirt mites, second hand cigarette smoke.

b.  Radon:  2nd leading cause of lung cancer.

c.  Mold:  leads to allergic reactions, asthma, exacerbation of other respiratory conditions, and I will add a biotoxic reaction to mold.  Biotoxic Reaction To Mold

d.  VOCs:  Volatile Organic Compounds  They sound nasty because they greatly affect your health.  Cause:  eye, nose, throat irritation, headaches, nausea, and can cause:  liver, kidney, and central nervous system damage.

e.  Combustion pollutants:  CO:  (carbon monoxide) a clear, odorless gas.   Cause:  headaches, dizziness, nausea, even death.

NO2 (nitrous dioxide)  irritates eyes, throat, nose; increased risk of respiratory infection.

Indoor air pollution is something to be addressed.  Use the least amount of chemicals in your house.

1 .Consider no carpeting or using area rugs.  Open the windows on nice days.

2.  Lower humidity in your house; start with using a basement dehumidifier to prevent mold and other biological contaminants.

3.  Clean the air with air purifiers.   Air Purifiers

4.  Move construction materials to the garage.  Make sure that gas oven, dryers, wood stoves, propane heaters are properly installed.

5. Give away or donate items you do not need like an old couch or furniture, etc.  Throw away chemicals that you are not using.  Consider using cleaners that do not affect your health.

6.  If installing carpeting, ask the manufacture to open carpeting and let it air out for a few weeks.  This is the period of the most intense chemical off-gassing.  It really is not a good idea to have babies and young children playing on the rug.

7.  Consider the rapid rise in asthma and all the cases of cancer.  Take aaction to have a healthy home.  Visit http://www.stopmoldcold.com/behealthy  for more information.  Stopping mold can take care of many indoor air pollution issues.  To adsorb chemicals from the air it is important to have activated charcoal as a component of air purifier. also include hepa filtration which clean the air of 99.97% of contaminants.

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Check Out This Video: A great explanation of Indoor Air Pollution in the home:

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It’s the Air Inside That Will Kill You!

Did you know that you are exposed to over 70,000 chemicals in your house? And when the humidity kick up, something called “chemical off-gassing” occurs and now many of the chemicals are released into the air.  Just read somewhere that there is over 120 chemicals just in the carpeting!   In fact the air outside is cleaner than in most homes.

Every time you bring some product home be it shampoo or laundry detergent,you just introduced more chemicals into your house. In fact you have to travel pretty far to breathe in fresh air.  Sit in a meadow but away from the city and highway.  By ocean waves or a  the bottom of a water fall.  Nature supplies us with negative ions which give us this fresh air.  However, I hate to tell you that there is no fresh air in your house because we are surrounded by asphalt.

It’s no wonder that there are so many people with allergies, asthma, breathing problems. How about when you kick on the heating system just to blow dirt and probably mold through the house.  How much of this has been manufactured?  Lot’s of questions.

A few suggestions for you:  live away from all of the hub-bub.  It’s better to be away from traffic and all of the pollution of city loving.  Leave your windows open.  Fresher air from outside is better so is the sun shining in.

Another suggestion is simple:  clean the air in your house.   Research into bio toxic reaction to mold has shown that there is much more in your house than mold.  We all should clean the air in our houses.  This would certainly help the health of your spouse and children.  Buy HEPA Filtration Air Cleaners.  HEPA Filtration Air Cleaners remove 99.97% of pollutants in the air.

Modern technology has added other types of features that can be added to air cleaners.  Ultraviolet light hurts the cell walls of contaminants killing them.  UV Light is often used to treat water.  All the more reason to include it in your air purifier.  UV Light kills fungi (mold), germs, viruses and bacteria.  Negative Ion Generators imitate natures ability to produce fresh air.  Simply put, negative ions bond with positively charged contaminants and fall to the ground. Nature produces 2,ooo negative ions in an area where fresh air exists like the bottom of a waterfall.  Electrostatic Air Purifiers use the”corona” discharge.  An electromagnetic field is created where atoms pass through and gain a charge, positive or negative.  Essentially, opposites attract and either cling to oppositely charged plates on the Electrostatic Air Purifier or cling to each other and fall harmlessly to the ground.

Come to our website http://www.stopmoldcold.com/behealthy  to learn more about the wonderful Allergy  Air Purifiers that will provide a more healthy home for you and your loved ones.  In addition to stopping mold, you will have the added benefit of breathing fresh air.

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Hey Folks Hope I Can Inspire You to Stay Healthy!

How did you grow up?  I remember my dad dying so early I cannot remember him.  I belonged to a family of 7.  Mom was uneducated and never home because she worked night shift.  Our diet was the fried high carbohydrate kind.  Having 6 kids to feed meant  that we did not see fresh fruit or vegetables unless they came out of a can.  We were poor.  I had no idea how poor.   I loved to play sports in the neighborhood.  Not something you see much of today.  Somewhere along the line I knew it was important to stay fit. Eventually I got married to a more than wonderful man, Greg.  We raised our kids in a very different way:  we promoted physical activity and taking risks.  My son,Gregory, could chop wood at the age of five ( with a dull axe).  My kids would do the most amazing flips on the trampoline. We did not act like the over-protective parents I see all the time.

Kristen broke her arm doing cheer leading stunts in the backyard with a friend.  The pediatrician gave me a hard time.  I told him that I would rather have a broken arm and an active physically fit child than an obese child sitting in front  of the tv or computer with no coordination. We hold a belief that childhood forges your reflexes, bone strength, and confidence in your athletic abilities.

We hiked, biked and camped as a family.  A weekend trip was exhausting because it meant non-stop action. Because my gardening passion, the fresh veggies were always available.  Love my salads.  After 2 diabetic pregnancies, I went on a low carb diet to try off what was inevitable:  diabetes.  For 14 years my strategy of low cards, exercise, good diet and supplements worked.  But it all came crashing down.  A coughing virus left me quite ill.  Couldn’t put my finger on it.  There was something violently wrong with me.  The weight started to fly off with horrible headaches leaving me up all night. Seven neurologists could not tell me why I was having constant migraines and tension headaches.

Now I am not totally sure if the Mold Man, Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, is right.  He told me that I had a genetic flaw that let the mold toxins build up and attack every system in my body.  In essence;  mold gave me Type 1 diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Barret’s Esophagus, osteoporosis, asthma, airway restrictive disease, autonomic neuropathy, fibromyalgia. Holy cow now give me a break! There’s more but you get the point.  I did everything right and still ended up with every dreaded disease imaginable.  Parkinson’s is left in the genetic pool.

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Now be nice about my writing.  I cannot see.  My cataract surgery is on Monday and just maybe I will catch more of my typos!  Stay healthy.  Kill mold.  Dehumidify your basement.  Use a HEPA Filtration vacuum. Take mold ruining health seriously; I wish someone would have told me that 30 years ago.

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Warning: Mold Can Make You Sick

The Insidious Mold Hid Behind the Baseboard Heater!

When you open the basement door are you hit by a musty smell?  If you are life the average person, you just don’t smell it anymore. That really should bother you because the smell is nature’s alarm.  Warning!  Warning! Your basement has been taken over by mold!

It’s a known fact that mold makes people sick; but not known enough.  I am a professional mold patient.  I have lost count of the doctors that treated me.  My primary care physician told me that he did not have a clue as to how to treat me.  To sum up my health:  I have every serious old person disease and some complications to go with it.  Type 1 Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Autonomic Neuropathy, Osteoporosis, Asthma and more. At the ripe old age of 50 I sit with people 20 years older than me waiting to see the doc who is going to remove my cataracts. I have trouble concentrating because of constant headaches.  A mold doctor show my genetic defect.:  I cannot clear toxins when exposed to mold.  They go on to attack every major system in my body.  I am living proof of the destruction of  insidious hidden mold.

I’ll share what I learned.  It is my passion to help people not end up like me.  I live in constant pain.  Dehumidify you basement!  That’s really big because all basements are naturally humid.  But how many people actually do this?  I have been studying people.  They will only turn on the dehumidifier when the basement floods.  While that helps, humidity is always there.  Mold loves warm and dark and damp places.  If you know you have mold, in addition to dehumidify your basement, run Allergy Air Purifiers that have HEPA Filtration.  HEPA filtration means that 99.97% of pollutants are removed form the air.The 3rd step is to actively kill mold through cleaning everything in sight.  use a HEPA Filtration Vacuum Cleaner to sweep every surface.  You see a black wall, serious mold, clean it with bleach or hydrogen peroxide solution.  1 part bleach to 4 parts water.  Peroxide is easier on the lungs but will kill mold..  You can also use a U.V. Light.  hold it 2 inches away from mold stain for a 2 hour period or leave on in a dark room over-nite.

While Philipsburg, PA is a nice small town; it is has lots of old moldy buildings.  I can no longer go to church because they are all moldy.  Sorry Pastor!  I have friends that I cannot visit.  One friend has a cat.    Kitty litter is a wonderful place for mold to thrive.    It was changing the kitty litter that did me in.  It is quite the sensitive subject:  why i cannot visit you; your house makes me sick! I avoid the topic and call people. Obviously, I  became a hermit out of necessity.

Where do I stand now?  We have not been able to successfully remove all the mold in my 111 year old house. Looking for new doctors. We are constantly researching and re mediating. I know that we still have mold because my symptoms have not let up.  My husband is finishing an R.N. program and my youngest graduates from high school this year.   When this is done, we move !

I would like to hear your mold story.  What are you doing to get better?  Who treated you?  Are you in pain every day?  I am quite sure that you found some strange places where mold existed. Stay healthy!

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