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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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