(Story) How Mold Sickness Gets Misdiagnosed by Doctors

A Personal Story: Why Mold Sickness Commonly Gets Misdiagnosed by Doctors?
When toxic mold exposure gets misdiagnosed by ignorant doctors.

Mold is a serious problem that grows in homes worldwide. And every day people are being exposed to the toxins that mold can emit. The problem is, so many people are blind to the fact that they
have a mold problem in the first place. They might go to a doctor but your average doctor knows very little about mold exposure. And they certainly won’t recommend you call a remediation company.

Here’s a perfect example of how mold sickness gets misdiagnosed.

I’ll tell you the story of a patient I met years back. This man was in the marine industry working on boats. He use to weld and paint underwater. So for roughly 20 years he worked around all these fumes and chemicals.

Later in his life he moved to New Jersey. 

Right onto a piece of land outside a munitions plant that was build before World War 2. There was a lake by this new home that was prohibited to swim in. This was because the toxic level of chemical waste was dangerously high. So one week, he decides to dredge the front of the lake. Which was a few hundred feet of water. And pretty soon after this was done he developed explosive diarrhea. He couldn’t eat a bit of any food without immediately going to the bathroom. He had awful stomach pain. His doctor didn’t blink to put him on schedule II pain killers (synthetic heroin).

Long story short, he was believed (by me) to have been exposed to lots of of toxins, waste and chemicals.

When your immune system is effected as badly as this man, the first thing you feel is overwhelming fatigue. You’re too tired to cash a lotto check, too tired to go on vacation, you’re too tired to wake up from 10 hours of sleep. But eventually, like most, you will wind up going to a doctor.

But inevitably, most doctors will diagnose you with 1 of 3 problems:

  1. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
  2. Fibromyalgia
  3. Hypoglycemia

It doesn’t matter if you’re exposed to toxic mold or chemicals, those are the top 3 diagnoses doctors make.

But here’s the interesting part. The pattern is always the same. It’s always the same 5 things being affected. The immune system shuts down, the nervous system weakens, the respiratory and gastrointestinal systems weaken, then finally your skin is effected.

This same pattern is exactly what you see with toxic mold exposure. The overall effect is best described as a “demolitating disorder”. You get MS like symptoms. You get numbness, tingling, muscle weakness, headaches of a different intensity and length, memory loss, confusion, you get lost easily, the symptoms are widespread. Problem is, this man wasn’t diagnosed with toxin exposure. Instead, doctors told him he has chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia!

Here’s where this moldy story get’s very interesting.

This mans 3 kids were also sick. One day he brought in his 6 year old daughter to see me. Now get this, she was fully developed. By that, I mean she already had pubic hair like an adult and had gone through 2 menstrual periods.

From experience, I know that fusarium mold is an estrogenic mycotoxin. Meaning it mimics estrogen. On a hunch I recommended for him to call a mold removal company in New Jersey. This company came out, collected samples and sent them to a lab. The following day the remediation company called me back. Turns out the spore count of fusarium mold was over 140,000 PPM! The mold company went back to his home with an infrared gun. They got to kitchen, pointed the gun at the floor and found a “hot spot”.

With the permission of the homeowner they tore out the floor. And what to do they see? A thriving, black, 4 inch thick colony of mold.

We decided to run specific blood tests on all 4 family members. Which finally confirmed it wasn’t the welding, it wasn’t the lake, it was the *mold* growing in his kitchen subfloors that his entire family was being exposed to. For further assurance, the remediation company tested the lake and found extremely low, non-toxic levels of arsenic, lead and palladium.

Finally, the home was remediated for mold and diagnosis changed!

The mold removal company did a great job killing off all the mold. Three months afterwards, a post verification test showed fusarium mold still existed. But only at levels of 880 PPM. Well under the 10,000 PPM threshold. Most importantly, after almost 2 years of changing doctors, medicines and diagnoses, the health of all 4 family members returned to normal.

Last time I saw the man he thanked me for “saving his life”. Which I did not. I simply chose not to be willfully ignorant to the decades of research showing how toxic mold really is. If only more doctors could realize this, the world would be a much healthier place.

The Art of Waterproofing

How to Keep Water Sports from Damaging Your Luxuries

Most trips to the beach, the wake park, the river or the open ocean often involve a lot of remembering where certain gear items are and a few mistakes on packing lists.

Mother nature makes sure there will be a lot of guess work about conditions, and my years spent at the mercy of the elements has taught me that she might have a cruel sense of humor – bring your sun stuff and it’ll rain; bring your rain stuff and you get sunburned!

Imperative to your enjoyment, of course, is that the stuff you need to stay dry actually does.

Waterproofing your gear depends on the sport of course. Wakeboarding at the park, or merely sitting in front of the hotel room on the beach might have an easier time dodging the wet bullet. Not so for kayakers, whitewater rafters, beach goers and banca-riders whose gear may be under wet assault from all sides for long periods of time. Nothing ruins the joyful anticipation of a dry sleeping bag after a long day of sailing on a Hobie cat only to discover that you’ll have to sleep on a soggy dish sponge after all.

In cases of severe water exposure, make sure you double-bag your stuff, with a sturdy garbage bag inside a dry bag.

In many cases, dry bags still can leak a little bit, either from improper fastening of the open end, or by seam blowouts and pinprick holes caused by abrasive salt, grit and bag abuse from throwing it around.

Separate and seal up your lotions, shampoo, sunscreen and other leaky things, as they have a tendency to blow up and turn whole stacks of dry clothes into damp and sticky washrags.

For both dryness and organization, use zip lock bags of various sizes for sealing up items earlier mentioned, as well as books, papers, wallets and the like. With dry bags, make sure you properly maintain them, washing off sea or river water from them after trips. To double check the sturdiness of well-traveled bags, take a dry bag into the shower from time to time, and fill the bag with water, to see if you’ve got any leaks. Repairs can be made with super glue, resins or plain old duct tape.

Sea kayaks are often equipped with bulkhead storage compartments, that is, those big black lids that screw into the lids of the boat. These are great places to store your stuff unobtrusively, but do not forget that even these compartments can leak a bit of water, so make sure your stuff in there is properly packed. Or, as the saying goes, “waterproof hatches aren’t.”

Even beyond water sports, traveling around the Asian countries can involve riding on board a lot of jeeps, buses and boats of all kinds, all exposed to the elements, and a little waterproofing can go a long way.
Put your cell phone and other delicate, hydrophobic devices in a small dry bag in your pack, or, better yet, crush-proof water-resistant dry boxes and you won’t have to even spend one calorie of worry when your bag dips into the water while getting on a banca. How many people do you know have lost cell phones that way?

Dry boxes, which come in a myriad of shapes and sizes nowadays, are perfect for having boxes superb accessibility and the ability to take a fall from 20 feet onto hard ground. You can even buy sizes just for your lunch, smokes or petty cash, in addition to camera and other electronic equipment, safely nestled in cradling mini-cel foam that you can customize to your rig. Having a simple rain fly for your pack (they come with many packs in a bottom zippered pouch, or you can buy these separately for your size pack), is a lifesaver and stress reliever, even when you are just on a light hike into the forest. Having a small towel or chamois in the bag helps too, as a little leaked water can be swiped up in a jiffy.

When contemplating your dry bag/box needs, think about which sports you will be doing, how much and what type of gear you will have.

Small bags and boxes are applicable even for two-hour raft trips or lunch hikes (nothing less fun than realizing you packed your food or other immediate essentials too far away to dig out), but campers and overnighters will want at least one big one in their arsenal, for clothes, sleeping bag and those “must stay dry” items like first aid kits.

As dry bags/boxes aren’t cheap, don’t overdo it – some things like tents can make do with just a sturdy garbage bag, and sleeping pads don’t need any cover at all, as they tend to dry out quickly. Foods like dried food, bread and rice need to stay dry, whereas veggies and canned foods don’t. When packing out trash, be mindful as well about what goes where – trash needs to be stored so it doesn’t scatter around, but some trash, like an open can poke holes in the dry bag material, so pack accordingly.

If you’re bringing booze or other drinks, bring plastic instead of breakable glass, or even collapsible wine boxes.

Last but not least, don’t forget to waterproof that which waterproofs you your hat, your rain jacket, pants and tent can all be given a boost in its hydrophobic abilities with a can of water proofer spray like 3M, which are available at most hardware stores. It also works for tents, and even umbrellas. Clean and dry your gear before spraying, and give it several light coats of spray from about a foot away, giving a bit of time between coatings.

Building Permits for Home Improvement Projects

Building Permits for Home Improvement Projects

Don’t Get Caught Without Yours!

Did you know that adding on to your deck or turning your garage into a hobby room may require a home improvement building permit? Fall is the perfect time to complete home improvement projects. Find out if you’ll need a building permit to complete yours. What’s a building permit? Where do you get one? How long are you covered? Home improvement projects can easily be completed in the fall. In most parts of the country the weather is still warm enough, but not too warm, to complete most any home improvement project indoors or out. If you’re planning an extensive project, or even a small one, you may need a building permit.

Why Do You Need a Building Permit for a Home Improvement Project?

Building permits for home improvement projects may seem like a pain in the neck but they protect the home owner and any future home owners should you sell your home. The purpose of a building permit for a home improvement project is to ensure that safety standards are met and the public is protected from unsafe construction. If there is a fire or other accident, your insurance company may not cover the accident if you bypassed getting a building permit for your home improvement project.

Which Home Improvement Projects Need Building Permits?

The types of home improvement projects that require building permits vary from county to county. Minor projects may not require a building permit: blowing insulation into your attic and walls; building a fence that is lower than 6 feet tall; or replacing doors and windows if you aren’t cutting additional ones or making the existing ones larger are examples of home improvement projects that don’t require building permits.

New buildings and additions (bedrooms, bathrooms, family rooms, decks, storage buildings, fences and pools, for example) almost always require a permit. Specific permits may be required for electric, plumbing and HVAC systems. Renovations such as garage conversions, basement finishing, kitchen expansions, and some re-roofing will also require a permit.

Where and How Do I Get a Building Permit for a Home Improvement Project?

Trying to determine where and how to get a building permit for a home improvement project can be frustratingly complicated if you aren’t familiar with the process. The best thing to do is call the main telephone number for your city or county government and ask to speak to the office that handles building permits for home improvement projects. Be prepared to tell them the type of work you plan to do, the square feet affected, if it is heated, and if you or a contractor are going to do the work. A tip: if you are hiring someone to help you, name yourself as the contractor so you can avoid some licensing requirements.

A trip to the local building department of your county or city will probably be required since you will need to make a payment and pick up the building permit for your home improvement project. If you are lucky, your locality may allow you to apply on-line and maybe pay on-line. When you check the website, search for “building permit” or building department or community development to find the right spot. You may need to research zoning ordinances and your subdivision restrictions, too. If you’re lucky, you can find this online. If not, ask when you go to pick up your permit.

How Much Does a Building Permit Cost for Each Home Improvement Project?

Cost of the building permit is usually based on the type of work, the number of inspections required, and the square feet of the home improvement project. Building permit fees are designed to recover the cost of the building inspection process. You will have to see what you locality charges.

Building permits are normally good for 180 days. You will need an extension if you don’t complete the work during that time frame.

What If I Complete My Home Improvement Project Without a Building Permit?

In some municipalities, not getting a building permit for a home improvement project could land you in jail. In Atlanta, Georgia, for example, undertaking a home improvement project without a building permit could get you a fine of $1,000 or 30 days in jail. Not to mention that the unauthorized work (especially plumbing or electrical) may be torn out if it does not meet code.

It’s easier just to get the building permit.

Why Mold Remediation is Critical

When A Home Turns From a Home to a Toxic Mold Generator

Living With Mold: Why Remediation is Critical

 
Keep in mind that 95% of the air humans breath today is indoor air. Whether you’re in your home, your car, or work, the high majority of the time you’re breathing in recycled air.

Wet and confined spaces like basements, crawl spaces, attics and bathrooms are highly prone to mold growth. But here’s the thing, mold is not always visible. Mold, unlike plants loves to thrive in dark areas. It does not need light. In fact, the Sun emits UVA and UVB rays that kill off the most dangerous types of mold. This leads to a situation where many of the safer strains of mold tend to grow outdoors and many of the more toxic strains wind up growing behind wallboards or subfloors.

 

Everyone breaths in mold spores all day long.

 

This is a fact. But your home becomes a destructive living environment when you are breathing in high levels of mycotoxins for a long period of time.

Even very brief exposure to certain molds can cause disastrous effects. And everyone’s immune system behaves differently. However, the more it is exposed to these toxins the more your immune system begins to shut down. This is known as “immuno-suppression”.

It’s not just caused by mold but is cause by hundreds of other things like medicines, antibiotics, asbestos, radon, etc.

You may not be able to pin point exactly when your home has reached threatening levels. But what you can do is simply be aware. If you’ve had moisture problems for years, get a mold test done. They are very cheap.

The biological growth and exposure to mold is much more likely to affect predispositioned people. So if you have asthma, allergies, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, any type of illness or infection then you need to be much more vigilant in identifying and removing mold from your home.