Mycotoxins

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Mycotoxins

Like any other organism, Mold must adapt to survive. This is where Mycotoxins come into play. Mold expels Mycotoxins as a defense mechanism fight off foreign invaders. However, Mycotoxins don’t just protect the growth area of the mold, these toxins are wrapped around the spores and can very easily cross-contaminate buildings, vehicles, and households. 


Mold is a living thing and its purpose in the world is basically as our natural recycling system. Mold eats and breaks down organic materials. Part of that process allows mold to release what are called spores. These spores and work their way up into the air and they can float around. The purpose of this is to kill other molds that are basically infringing on their territory releasing mycotoxins.


Mycotoxin particles are so small, they're called ultra-fine particulates. Their molecular weight is not heavy enough for gravity to actually allow them to fall down to the surfaces. All these little particles could be floating just forever suspended in your breathing zone as you're walking around. 


Exposure to Mold and Mycotoxins can have serious health implications. Diseases and health symptoms linked to Mycotoxins include fever, pneumonia-like symptoms, heart disease, rheumatic disease, asthma, sinusitis, cancer, memory loss, vision loss, chronic fatigue, skin rashes, depression, ADHD, anxiety, liver damage, and more.



If you suspect you have mold in your home please connect with us today.

The information contained on this site is for informational and educational purposes only. It does not represent a health diagnosis, therapeutic recommendation or prescription for treatment. We urge you to consult and obtain medical advice from a licensed, trained, and competent medical provider for concerns with health issues.


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Walls Can Talk

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Walls Can Talk

The importance of knowing exactly what your biggest purchases history is- is almost just as important as the sale price. Your home is your sanctuary. Committing to those walls is a make or break to not just your wallet, but your health.


You get an ownership history report when buying a used car. Why wouldn’t you do the same thing when shopping for a home? There are many typical variables when making any home purchase like the location, school districts, size, yard, and so on. It’s never on the top of the list to ask for the history of the home or even worry too much about it after it passes inspection.


However, what if your home inspection missed something big? Like a well-hidden toxin? The most commonly overlooked element when looking at a home is water. Water damage can occur from a number of sources inside and outside the home. Typical water damage inside the home can happen when dishwashers or washing machine hoses rupture, causing living areas to fill with water. More serious water damage can occur from floods, severe storms, and natural disasters. 


There are plenty of resources out there to help your walls talk. A great tool to start with is an ERMI test. The ERMI is readily available for purchase and is more telling than a real state agent. Also, home inspectors don’t raise alarm at the sight of mold and typically don’t know what to look for in case there is mold. It’s much better to do your homework much like test driving a car. 


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From Desolate To Ambient

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From Desolate To Ambient

Picture this, it’s Sunday morning, you and the family have begun your weekly routine of cleaning your home. With all bedrooms vacuumed, floors mopped, all surfaces wiped, and linens washed you can relax knowing you’ve done a spotless job, right? Well, not exactly.  

Your home is just as alive as you. Sounds strange, doesn’t it? The reality is bacteria, viruses, and toxins are living and thriving in our homes. Unfortunately, no matter how much cleaning products you use to prevent organic materials from growing, it continues to, from the top to the very bottom of your house. Which includes your attic, basement, or crawl space. 

Basements and crawl spaces are notoriously wet and damp due to groundwater seepage from the foundation walls. Any area of the home can influence any other area of the home based upon air convection movement such as the stack house effect, where warm moist air raises and permeates through the home. The attic is the area where all the warm moist air should expel out through air handler vents. However, many times, depending on the design of the attic, whether it is over insulated, or poorly ventilated, moisture can get trapped in the attic, causing mold growth. 

Depending on where the main HVAC system is located, (basement or attic) it can take the air from those areas draw the air into the air handler units and in turn distribute throughout the entire home. If the area where the HVAC system is located is contaminated with mold, mold spores can be drawn into the HVAC system and distributed throughout the home and impact the indoor air quality. 

Mold isn’t something you can just add to your Sunday chore list though. Once your home is contaminated, you will need to find a professional to test the extent of the damage. Because this living organism grows over time, a top to bottom inspection is absolutely necessary.

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Your Remediation Finder Guide

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Your Remediation Finder Guide

ALL remediation projects big or small should be performed by a licensed & certified to mold remediation company. Companies should be using botanical products, proper engineering controls, and building science to ensure that the sources of contaminations are being removed in a manner that will not cause additional damage and cross-contamination to the building. Additionally, it is important to work with a mold remediation company that truly understands working with all clients, especially individuals that are hypersensitive to their built environment.
Finding a company that understands the technical nuances needed to perform remediation for individuals with CIRS, Lyme Disease, Mycotoxin Exposure, etc is very difficult.

Here are the top 7 questions to ask when speaking with
remediation contractors:

  • Does your company perform mold testing and remediation?
    The answer should only be remediation. It is a conflict of interest to do both and illegal
    in some states to perform the inspection and remediation on the same project.

  • Can you explain an ERMI and Mycotoxin samples to me?
    It is important to work with a company who understands the types of testing performed.
    You want them to at least have a general knowledge of the testing type.

  • Have you ever performed remediation for someone with CIRS, LYME, MCS or
    Auto Immune disorder?
    Understanding the homeowner’s needs is so important. Working with this clientele type
    requires a different degree of remediation.

  • Can you please send me a list of your certifications and licenses?
    At a minimum, you want to make sure they have Certified Mold Remediation Managers
    on staff that oversee the project day by day and are onsite with the workers making sure
    the work is getting done properly.

  • Do you require a mold inspection and testing prior to your remediation and
    after remediation is completed? Do you guarantee your work?
    The company should require a remediation plan from a separate company, this should
    always be provided by the assessment company who performed the inspection and
    testing. Additionally, post-testing should always be performed by the initial inspector and
    be used to guarantee the remediation performed. If the work is failed by the inspector,
    there should be no added cost to the homeowner for the remediation company to come
    back and do work needed to finish the job, as long as the work falls within the original
    remediation plan provided.

  • Side note, post inspections should include both a visual inspection, moisture mapping,
    and testing. The testing protocols should mirror the samples collected during the initial
    inspection. A visual post inspection only is not acceptable!

  • Are you familiar with fine particular remediation?
    This is a very thorough cleaning procedure performed after the remediation of the
    source areas that involves a full home wipe down and cleaning.

  • Will you be willing to go thru the report with the mold assessment company
    that performed the assessment?
    Should be yes, it’s important there is a collaboration between all parties involved. They
    should have an all hands on deck approach.
    Remember ultimately you want to make sure they can get through these
    questions and direct technical questions to the assessor who performed the
    inspection and testing

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Ticks, Lyme, and Mold

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Ticks, Lyme, and Mold

“The CDC estimates there are more than 300,000 cases of Lyme infection in the U.S. each year – which is roughly 10 times as many as what is reported. That group of undiagnosed Lyme Disease victims can suffer for years with the disease. You or someone you care about could be one of those victims.”

Those are some shocking statistics. It seems strange that something as seemingly innocuous as a tick, often close in size to a pinhead, could damage someone's health. The increase of Lyme disease in North America has paralleled the explosive growth of deer populations on that continent over several decades. 

Ticks can be very difficult to notice if you are not actively looking for them. In addition to being quite small, ticks can also secrete saliva with anesthetic properties, numbing the area where the tick is feeding and preventing the host from feeling that the tick has attached itself.

The major discussion concerning mold and mycotoxins is that when a Lyme compromised patient is exposed to them, the mold symptoms that occurred can prevent and neutralize the benefit the of the Lyme protocol prescribed. In other words, any prescribed protocol either for mold or Lyme compromised patients is only effective if the home or workplace where the patient is exposed is remediated and cleaned appropriately of all mold and mycotoxins. 

Mold mycotoxins, heavy metal toxicity, genetic factors, underlying respiratory ailments, antibiotic use, a weakened immune system, increased chemical sensitivities, hormonal imbalances, and viral infections are all interconnected.

Mold spores make their way onto your clothes and your belongings, allowing for contamination wherever you go. These mold spores can cause illness, with symptoms similar to those caused by Lyme infections. Many people do not know that these mold spores are what’s keeping them ill. They often assume that it’s just the Lyme infection.

It is important to understand that mold is only part of the problem. If your immune system is weakened by the Lyme infections, you are more susceptible to fungal overgrowth in the body. You will also be more affected by mold in your environment. Symptoms can mimic Lyme, and Lyme can mimic mold illness.


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The Importance of Samples

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The Importance of Samples

Here are the different sampling methodologies we can perform. Specific samples and quantitates depend on the inspection performed and condition of the environment.

Air Sampling ; The Air Sampling cassette is a sampling device designed for the rapid collection and analysis of a wide range of airborne aerosols. These include fungal spores, pollen, insect parts, skin cell fragments, fibers, and inorganic particulates. Air enters the cassette, the particles become impacted on the sampling substrate, and the air leaves through the exit orifice. The airflow and patented cassette housing is designed in such a way that the particles are distributed and deposited equally on a special glass slide contained in the cassette housing called the “trace.”

Benefits

  1. Useful for initial site testing, especially if fungal growth is not visible.

  2. Quick and simple procedure.

  3. Fast turnaround times available.

  4. Low chance of sample contamination.

Surface Samples ;  Tape lift, bulk and swab sampling, are techniques used for direct examination. A direct exam allows for the immediate determination of the presence of fungal spores as well as what types of fungi are present. Direct examinations should only be used to sample visible mold growth in a contaminated area since most. Most surfaces collect a mixture of fungal spores that are normally present in the environment.

Benefits

  1. The direct exam is inexpensive, and can be performed quickly.

  2. A useful test for initial site sampling.

  3. Direct examination of a surface indicates all mold present in a given area.

  4. Direct sampling may reveal indoor reservoirs of spores that have not yet become airborne.

ERMI ; This is a methodology developed by the EPA that defines the population of mold species in the settled dust and or dust reservoirs.

Benefits

  1. The results of the EPA 36 outlines the 36 different mold types down to the species level.

  2. This is helpful in identifying potential toxic molds and or mycotoxin activity.

Mycotoxin Sampling;  Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by certain mold species as a toxic defense to protect their food source and territory. This sampling will detect the presence of three types of Mycotoxins that are produced by . These toxins include Tricothecenes, Gliotoxins, Aflatoxins and Ochratoxin A

Benefits

  1. To understand the potential toxic load in the indoor environment.

Endotoxin Testing : Endotoxins are derived from the cell walls of Gram Negative bacteria (GNB). Gram-negative bacteria is found almost anywhere in nature. Their toxins are found within the outer layer membrane of the GNB cell wall. They do not have to be living, therefore both viable and non-viable gram-negative bacteria contribute endotoxins. The most common routes of endotoxin exposure are through inhalation, or through intestinal tract absorption through food or water. The health effect of endotoxins varies depending on the individual, dosage and route of exposure. 

Water Testing ; Testing the water allows a knowledgeable approach to address the specific problems of a water supply. This helps ensure that the water source is being properly protected from potential contamination, and that an appropriate treatment system is selected and is operating properly. Testing types include: Heavy Metals, Turbidity, Bacteria, Mold.

Full Particulate Dust Sample Identification ; Incorporates physical testing with Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) to identify nearly all particles from cotton fibers, dander and dust mites to unusual materials such as carbon black, metal oxides and minerals. This method is the perfect procedure for initial site surveys where Indoor Air Quality is in question.

Formaldehyde Testing ;  Formaldehyde is a chemical commonly used in the manufacture of building materials and numerous household products. At room temperature, formaldehyde vaporizes into the air, potentially causing serious health problems. It is also a by-product of combustion processes. When you burn things like natural gas, wood, gasoline, or tobacco, formaldehyde gas is released into the air. The most significant sources of formaldehyde in homes are: pressed wood products like particle board, plywood paneling, and MDF (medium density fiberboard); foam insulation; carpets; drapery fabrics; resins; glues; cigarettes; and un-vented, fuel-burning appliances like gas stoves or kerosene heaters.

VOC Testing ;It monitors for hundreds of chemicals in the air (called VOCs or Volatile Organic Compounds) and active mold growth with a single air sample. It not only reports on the total levels of VOCs and mold present in the property, but it also identifies the potential sources of air pollutants (e.g., paint, adhesives, flooring, cabinets, heating fuel, dead animals and hundreds of other products and materials that emit gases into the air) giving you actionable information on the steps necessary to improve the air quality in your property.

Benefits;   

  1. Unusual and noticeable odors, stale or stuffy air

  2. Noticeable lack of air movement

  3. Dirty or faulty central heating or air conditioning equipment

  4. Damaged flue pipes or chimneys

  5. Unvented combustion air sources for natural gas or propane appliances

  6. Excessive humidity

  7. Air-tight building

  8. Presence of molds and mildew

  9. Health reaction after remodeling, weatherizing, using new furniture, using household or hobby products, or moving into a new building

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Neuropsychiatric Disorders Triggered By Mold

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Neuropsychiatric Disorders Triggered By Mold

Neuropsychiatry are disorders that affect cognition and behaviour that arise from overt disorder in cerebral function, or from indirect effects of the environment. Some of the most misdiagnosed Neuropsychiatry disorder PANS and PANDAS.

PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections) might be analyzed when a child all of a sudden creates over the top impulsive issue and additionally tics, following a streptococcal, strep contamination, for example, strep throat or red fever.

PANS (Pediatric Acute-beginning Neuropsychiatric Syndrome) is a more up to date term identified with PANDAS, as per NIMH, however incorporates all instances of intense beginning OCD, not simply those related with strep contaminations.

Shockingly, most children with PANS/PANDAS are misdiagnosed as having mental sickness, conduct issues, or child rearing/relational peculiarity concerns. Many experience various mental drugs and treatments with insignificant improvement, and numerous dynamically deteriorate. A finding of PANS or PANDAS ought to be considered at whatever point side effects of OCD, tics, and eating limitations begin abruptly and are joined by other emotional changes.

Mold illness is related with hypersensitive responses that copy regular sensitivities. Respiratory side effects, for example, wheezing, hacking, watery eyes, and skin disturbance are the transcendent indications. Mold is likewise known to cause asthma and dangerous essential and auxiliary contaminations in resistant traded off patients that have been uncovered.

Harmful mold exposure has been connected to increasingly genuine, long haul impacts like memory loss, sleeping disorder, tension, dejection, inconvenience concentrating, and disarray.

In a recent report by the Environmental Health Center-Dallas, 100 members were analyzed with an end goal to reveal how dangerous mold exposure can influence the mind and lead to psychological and emotional illnesses. After the mold exposure, sensory system difficulties were seen in every one of the 100 patients. Brain imaging examines likewise distinguished anomalies in a critical segment of the patients considered.

What does that have to do with Pans/ Pandas? Some of the infections and toxins that we know are associated with Neuropsychiatric Disorders are molds. Lyme Disease is also well known for creating Neuropsychiatric complications. There is good evidence that infections not treated properly can lead to PANS/ PANDAS.


Symptoms can include, but are not limited to:

  • Obsessive Compulsions

  • Excessive anxiety, especially separation anxiety

  • Depression

  • Tics such as:

    • Hair pulling

    • Eyelash pulling

    • Motor tics

    • Repetitive or compulsive coughing or throat-clearing when not sick

  • Excessive temper tantrums

  • Mood swings

  • Behavioral regression

  • Developmental regression

  • Sensory processing difficulties

  • Sleep problems

  • Gastrointestinal pain

  • Bedwetting

  • Severe food restriction

  • Anorexia

  • Decline in handwriting skills

  • Decline in math skills

  • Hyperactivity

  • Inability to concentrate

  • Head banging

  • Aggression

  • Refusal to go to school

  • Increased desire to be left alone

  • Seizures


Patients diagnosed with PANS PANDAS are typically between 1 and 13 years old.

In the end, when you’re dealing with any mold situation in your home, no matter what type of mold, mycotoxin or not, you and your family should not have to live with it.

The information contained on this site is for informational and educational purposes only. It does not represent a health diagnosis, therapeutic recommendation or prescription for treatment. We urge you to consult and obtain medical advice from a licensed, trained, and competent medical provider for concerns with health issues.



Sources:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIyaL9kOChU


https://www.amyjoysmithnp.com/physicians


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Irreversible HVAC Contamination

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Irreversible HVAC Contamination

Background

The homeowner is a 64-year-old man who complains of chronic sinus and respiratory issues while in his home. The symptoms subside when he leaves the home for an extended period of time. His children, who are adult age and do not live with him, noticed that every time they visit they leave the home with a musty smell on their clothes. Concerned about the potential of an unusual mold condition within his home.


Initial Inspection & Testing

We performs a comprehensive assessment of the entire home. Mold contamination is detected in the basement, ambient living areas, and the attic. The basement is unfinished and the foundation walls and wood framing members are exposed. The contamination within the basement was observed on exposed ceiling sheathing, joists, and contents throughout the entire basement.


The HVAC unit is located in the basement area. It was replaced by the homeowner approximately 4 years prior to the inspection. However, its original and installed when the home was built about 30 years ago. Within the ambient living areas, mold was detected on most of the contents throughout the entire first-floor living area. Within the attic, mold contamination was detected on the attic roof decking and rafters.



This case study will demonstrate the following points:


1. Spore count concentration used in clearance does not necessarily mean the environment is cleaned of mycotoxins.


2. The presence of certain populations of mold spores is important to identify and is a relevant indicator of the potential presence of mycotoxins.


3. Low spore count concentrations, or what is perceived to be a comparable concentration to outside controls, does not mean the environment is clean of mycotoxins.


4. Due to the difficulty in reaching interstitial areas within the HVAC system and associated ducts and returns, it is improbable to thoroughly clean the HVAC system and associated ducts and returns once they have contaminated with mold and mycotoxins.

Due to the severity of the health issues with the homeowner, the population of molds detected in the HVAC system/associated ducts and returns, it was advised to remove the HVAC system and ductwork. However, the homeowner did not want to replace the system and had a cleaning of the system and ducts performed instead.


Post Remediation Verification Sampling of the HVAC system was declined by the client saying he felt because it was cleaned and should suffice. A month after everything was cleaned the homeowner was still experiencing adverse health issues while in the home. He felt more symptoms when the HVAC system was running. As a result, further testing was performed in the HVAC system.

Based on traditional accepted Post  Remediation Results, PRV air and results would be considered and suggest that the home was within a normal fungal ecology and or condition one state.  The HVAC system was not replaced as suggested.

However,  according to the homeowner, the HVAC system and associated ducts and returns were cleaned. Post Remediation Verification Sampling of the HVAC system was declined by the client saying he felt because it was cleaned and should suffice.

A month after everything was cleaned the homeowner was still experiencing adverse health issues while in the home.   He felt more symptoms when the HVAC system was running. As a result, In May of 2014 further testing was performed in the HVAC  system. A spore trap was placed in the main supply duct line to measure potential mold spore concentrations coming out of the system.      


Additionally,  both composite regular  Microscopy (swab sample)  and MsQPCR based on the ERMI panel of mold species were  collected from the HVAC filter, inside the main duct line, supplies, and returns;

It was suggested again to the homeowner to replace the HVAC system and associated ducts and returns. Nothing was done for several months, However, the homeowner decided to have the system cleaned again by a different company. This time the company employed removed the fiberglass insulation and removed the motor to clean and sanitize. The coils were not removed. The ducts and returns were cleaned again.



In December, the client was still experiencing adverse health issues after the system was cleaned. The client requested to sample in the Ambient living area – Family room and an EPA 36 surface and Mycotoxin samples within the HVAC system that was cleaned for the 2nd time.


After the system was cleaned twice.  The first time was a basic cleaning of the ducts and the second was a complete cleaning where the motor was removed and cleaned.   The coils were not removed. What is evident is that the second cleaning actually disturbed the spores harbored throughout the system and actually caused more distribution of both mold and mycotoxins through the duct system.  Below is what the Ductwork looks like after cleaning.


The results of the air sample detected elevated mold spore counts of Pencillium / Aspergillus.   Additionally a somewhat important indicated was the background debris was a 2 vs. 1 compared to outdoors.   Background debris is dirt and dust in the air. The results of the EPA 36 show several mold genera. Also, the Mycotoxin sample detected the Presence Of Trichothecenes. The results indicate that there is still mold contamination within the HVAC System and associated ducts and returns.  

Once the system was cleaned again, both an EPA  36 and Mycotoxin was collected from the HVAC system and associated ducts and returns. The  results of the EPA 36 and Mycotoxin were as follows:


The population of molds detected in the HVAC system- associated ducts and returns, with the EPA 36, it was advised to ensure the removal of all potential distribution sources the HVAC system and ductwork be replaced. The final EPA 36 and Mycotoxin still detected the presence of several mold general in the EPA 36. Stachybotrys was still detected. Additionally, mycotoxins were still detected in the system. Although lower concentrations, it is probable that both the spores and mycotoxins are still harboring within interstitial areas within the system that cannot be reached. It is improbable to thoroughly clean the HVAC system and associated ducts and returns once they have contaminated with mold and mycotoxins.



1. Spore count concentration used in clearance does not necessarily mean the environment is cleaned of mycotoxins.


2. The presence of certain populations of mold spores is important to identify and is a relevant indicator of the potential presence of mycotoxins.


3. Low spore count concentrations, or what is perceived to be a comparable concentration to outside controls, does not mean the environment is clean of mycotoxins.


4. Due to the difficulty in reaching interstitial areas within the HVAC system and associated ducts and returns, it is improbable to thoroughly clean the HVAC system and associated ducts and returns once they have contaminated with mold and mycotoxins.

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Mold Influenced Tragedy

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Mold Influenced Tragedy

Living away from home comes with its own set of responsibilities. Making sure you’re on top of your schooling, finances, and looking towards a bright future. One thing that is commonly overlooked is our health.

It's so important to stay in touch with your body and stay alert to your environment. For most, the day to day environment around you seems like a blur. We have just recently grown more aware of our global impact and have started taking action by increasing more earth-friendly ways of living. However, we are skipping an important step- and you don’t have to step very far.

Mold is ubiquitous. Mold is a type of microscopic fungi that can be found anywhere. Mold creates tiny spores that reproduce and spread. When these spores are inhaled, it can bring more harm than commonly known. The toxicity of certain molds can be amplified as time goes by. The longer your environment’s mold goes untreated, the more harm done to your lungs, your sinuses, and your overall body. Unbeknownst to many, the home environment can be a harmful host of these hidden dangers that are making residents sick in their very own home.

It’s your first year of independence as you unpack your stuff into your newly acquainted dorm room. You hurry to classes you’ve enrolled for, you tackle new opportunities and you have choices in what feels like the beginning of your life.

All of those dreams were tragically taken from an understudy of the University of Maryland last November. Terrifying claims that mold might be at fault may make you consider your own health and how the environment can influence you.

Olivia had been sick most of her first semester living in her dorm that was infested with mold. Mold exposure is known to cause respiratory issues, even trigger conditions such as thrombophlebitis, vasculitis, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, and sinusitis.

Unfortunately, these individuals with compromised immune systems or existing respiratory illnesses are at an expanded risk. Autoimmune disorders occur when someone’s immune system spins out of control and targets their body instead of fighting foreign invaders like viruses, toxins, or bacteria.

It is estimated that 25% of Americans immune system can’t fight these intruders. They can even overwhelm the immune system leading to the individual to suffer infections that may become fatal. This makes identifying the cause a real challenge, and when mold is hidden, it is extremely easy to miss the link between toxic mold exposure and a worsening health problem.

In the case of Olivia Paregol, she had suffered from Crohn’s Disease (an autoimmune disease) before contracting Adenovirus from the University’s campus.

What is Adenovirus? Symptoms, such as a sore throat, sneezing, runny nose, cough, headache, fever, and chills. Adenoviruses can infect the respiratory system, eyes, gastrointestinal tract, and bladder. In some cases, adenoviruses can affect the brain and spinal cord. When infections are more severe, symptoms can last much longer and if treated improperly, could be life-threatening.

The 18-year-old student lived in one of the 4,600 dorms that were later evacuated for cleaning. This Adenovirus 7 outbreak was accelerated and sustained by mold.

Olivia’s condition crumbled after more than a week of relentless coughing, a severe sore throat, fever, and chest congestion. Her lungs began to fill up with fluid.

After a short hospitalization, Olivia continued to fight for her life until her Kidneys and Liver failed. She passed away on November 18, 2018.

These cases of aggressive mold and the pathogens related to exposure to them are becoming more common. Illness from mold are one of the biggest health issues impacting us today that is not addressed effectively in the mainstream medical system. It’s so important to be in touch with your surroundings, and link your environment with your health.

If you’re unsure the safety about your environment- please see out free quick guide below. For a more in-depth inspection contact (a certified professional.)


Source:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/national/wp/2019/05/16/feature/university-of-maryland-mold-adenovirus/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.cbdcb5430838

https://www.baltimoresun.com/politics/bs-md-adenovirus-cdc-umd-congress-20190605-story.html

https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2019/06/04/3-maryland-lawmakers-call-on-cdc-to-review-guidelines-for-adenovirus-outbreaks/


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Mold Knowledge Bomb & Guest Mark Levy | Heal Thy Self w/ Dr. G

Mold is the hottest topic in medicine right now...why? Because we are just now beginning to understand the extent of its implications. It is as debilitating as it is insidious.

Christian Gonzalez N.D, who specializes in Naturopathic & Functional Medicine and Oncology interviews with Mark Levy, the Founder of The Mold Guy Inc.

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Our Process To a Healthy Home

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Our Process To a Healthy Home


They say home is where the heart is. A home should be one’s sanctuary. A place to be for safety, comfort and if necessary, healing. As safe and secure many feel their home is, hidden perils can find there way into peoples homes that can impact human health and make one’s home hazardous. Whether it be mold, harmful VOC’s from paints and household cleaner chemicals, an invisible gas that can cause lung cancer called radon, to lead, asbestos, and other silent and unseen hazards. Unbeknownst to many, the home can be a harmful host of these hidden dangers that are making residents sick in their very own home.

Beyond visibly seeing mold in your home, there are other signs that can suggest a mold problem. Whether you have had recent water damage, noticed a musty odor, or developed allergies from being inside your home, these could all be signs that there is mold growing indoors.


Our Learning Process

Understanding the history of the building such as floods, leaks, etc. Understand the occupant's health, if they're hypersensitive, certain types of testing may need to be done to provide species in the environment based on our their needs.

Our Investigation Process

We do a  full top to bottom inspection of the home. From the crawl space and basement to the attic, opening the air handler units, looking inside the ductwork, and inspecting the exterior of the building. We use an infrared camera to see the temperature in the wall and floor-ceiling cavities moisture meters to check all running water sources.

Our Testing Process

MOLD TESTING

We are an industry leader in mold testing and black mold testing in commercial, residential, schools, hospitals and hotels. We send all samples to a third party accredited lab to provide you with the most accurate and fast results possible.

ERMI AND MYCOTOXIN SAMPLING

Determining the presence and amounts of heavy metals, (such as Cadmium, Lead, Mercury, Arsenic, Aluminum), requires sophisticated equipment and training which we have the ability to provide.

INDOOR AIR QUALITY TESTING

Poor indoor air quality can be caused by many different pathogens. Our Certified Professionals have the training and background to investigate the source of the issue and understand proper testing methodologies to identify the pathogen.

ENVIRONMENTAL TESTING

Environmental Testing includes Dust Testing, VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) Testing, Indoor Allergen Testing, Bacteria Testing, and Chemical Testing to help provide a safe environment.

INFRARED INSPECTIONS

Infra-red inspection allows for a non-intrusive thermal assessment to determine potential hidden moisture and water problems in areas such as finished basements, wall and ceiling cavities, ceilings, high water table areas, flood-prone,  basements and rooms, pipe leaks, roof leaks and more.

Our Analyze Process

Being able to understand how the information gathered from the testing may impact the occupant of the home specifically those with health issues even low levels of any type of water damage molds such as Stachybotrys, Chaetomium or certain species of Aspergillus may be an indication of a mold issue.

Our Report Process

We report how to utilize the data to produce the remediation protocol specifically for individuals with health conditions. These protocols include source removal of contaminated building materials, removal of contents, and proper containment to protect the building during the source remediation find particular remediation after the source has been removed. We also suggest next steps for prevention of any future issues.

Our Education Process

It's important to relay this information to our client in a matter that is easy to follow. We create a road map to a healthy home.

In the end, when you’re dealing with any mold situation in your home, it’s best to leave the job to a professional. Removing mold yourself can be risky, as some types of mold can be bad for your health, including those pesky mycotoxins. No matter what type of mold, mycotoxin or not, you should have mold remediation done immediately.

The information contained on this site is for informational and educational purposes only. It does not represent a health diagnosis, therapeutic recommendation or prescription for treatment. We urge you to consult and obtain medical advice from a licensed, trained, and competent medical provider for concerns with health issues.


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“IF THE WATER ISSUE HAS BEEN FIXED, THEN THE MOLD IS DEAD, RIGHT?”

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“IF THE WATER ISSUE HAS BEEN FIXED, THEN THE MOLD IS DEAD, RIGHT?”

The short… NO.


Mold becomes dormant with no active water source. However, the colony will roll in and out of active stages with just humidity in the air. Mold is all about source removal. Removing water without removing the mold can make the problem worse.


Imagine a rose that hasn’t been watered. It’s dry, wilted, and flaky. If you try to pull off a pedal the entire rose would fall apart, and fragments would fall everywhere. Well, just like the rose dry mold fragments are particulate matter.


3 main categories of particulate matter

PM10 - A single human hair is 7 times thicker

PM2.5 (Mold Spores) - A single human hair is 28 times thicker

PM0.1 (Ultra Fine Particulates) - A single human hair is 700 times thicker



The particulates produced by mold have been medically labeled as more dangerous to human health than mold spores themselves. Once inhaled, particles can affect the heart and lungs and in some cases cause serious health effects. Many studies directly link the size of particles to their potential for causing health problems.


We recognize the source of mold, mycotoxins, and other indoor natural pathogens, and create a guide for remediation and proceeded with upkeep.


Our thorough and detail oriented inspection process is set to achieve two goals:

Identify the Source Areas: Are there current or previous conditions in the building that are allowing for mold and other indoor pathogens to grow?

Identify Cross Contamination: How are these source areas dispersing or cross-contaminating the general living spaces and/or heating and air conditioning systems?

Understanding these two components is extremely important. This gives us a picture of the whole home and allows us to set the necessary remediation strategy and next step action items.





The information contained on this site is for informational and educational purposes only. It does not represent a health diagnosis, therapeutic recommendation or prescription for treatment. We urge you to consult and obtain medical advice from a licensed, trained, and competent medical provider for concerns with health issues.


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