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Mold is a Cold Blooded Killer  (series)
Part IV of IV

Mold's Impact on Your Health, Wealth, and Life

Mold and Your Health

We've explored that mold's only purpose is to exist and that all natural forces and most man-made forces tend to help it live, and in fact thrive, around us. Mold colonies are what you can see and often wipe up with a sponge. Those are 1000's of mold cells. The act of wiping it up has released mold spores into your air, they will eventually relocate and thrive again.

Your home is essentially a sealed container, that doesn't let much air in and lets the same amount out. The mold growing within your living area is then allowed to produce higher and higher quantities of mold and mold spores. All are living around you now.

Mold has been around since the beginning of time and will last until the end of time because it is designed to do so. It has an important job in our ecosystem, that job is the breaking down or decaying process of organic matter. If old trees and other organic things died and didn't decay, we would be in a big mess. So mold's purpose is essential. It isn't essential within our living or working spaces.

Explore house mold symptoms to find out if maybe that mold is beginning to have a population explosion in your home, or in your office. Then if any of those mold symptoms are a fact, take action.

You won't have any doctors telling you that your problem is mold, mold infestation, house mold, or anything to do with mold. Those doctors are addressing the acute (severe) sickness or disease that you have. That is what they are trained to do. They are also trained to medicate with drugs so that the acute problem is "solved" quickly. They usually don't look much farther than that for you.

Think about it, doctors have had their billable fees reduced through aggressive insurance, the government (largest health care payor), and patients who are slow pay or no pay. They need to move you "through the system" as efficiently as possible. In fact the amount of money paid to a hospital is based on your diagnosisl. If you cost more than the diagnosis calls for the hospital takes a loss. Same with the physician. So, the system becomes a little troublesome with regard to this fact.

With all of this said, you need to step up and take responsibility for your health. Keep a journal. It doesn't have to be fancy. Just keep track of all your medical problems. Including the smallest things like a headache. Watch to see if there are patterns. If you believe your illnesses seem too frequent or too extreme, consult the journal. Have your doctor consult your journal.

The human system is designed to withstand a lot of stress, a lot of abuse, and a lot of different types of attacks. But after a while, your immune system slips and sometimes even fails. That's usually when people begin looking into issues such as mold. But if you have the basic knowledge of mold and how to prevent problems, you'll be saving time, money, and anguish with very inexpensive solutions.

The old saying "an once of prevention is worth a pound of cure" is definitely adequate in this case. Take responsibility for your own health. Prevent long term exposure to mold and the other diseases that could take hold of you or your family.

Mold and Your Wealth

I have a British friend that has often scolded me by saying, " Americans sure have a habit of spelling every detail out..." and he's right. What he means is we beat a dead horse, and here it is. Mold costs you money in many ways.

If you get frequent headaches, you're buying aspirin, allergy medication, sinus pills, etc. Those headaches that come on frequently for no apparent reason, now have a reason - MOLD. It will cost you only a little time and a little money to find out if mold is your trouble. The cost of pills and splitting headaches add up to a far higher price.

If you're selling or buying real estate, mold becomes a problem. Some inspections run about $400. Are they worth it? That's for you to judge. It will only cost you a little time and money to learn about mold and what to do about it. You can also find ways to automatically take care of mold problems.

Mold litigation is scary especially if you're the defendant. I know the plaintiff is the one who has been harmed, but it all can be avoided. If you're a land lord find out how to prevent mold and mold infestation in your buildings, homes, and apartments.

It would be very difficult to put a real price tag on what mold costs the USA on an annual basis. Mold cost being inclusive of cleaning, litigation, ailments, diseases, and destruction of property, but if you've ever noticed, business follows the money. There are grocery shelves overflowing with cleaners for mold. There are counters spilling over with medications needed to ward off headaches, itchy eyes, sore throat, cough, respiratory distress, etc.

There are holistic physicians who have a credo of pumping up the immune system. Vitamins are marketed to help you stay healthy. Humidifiers, de-humidifiers, air filters, air conditioners, fans, and so on, and so on are all marketed toward symptoms that mold can produce or aggravate.

Why are there so many goods and services marketed towards human problems that are so prevelant, so common, and look so much like mold symptoms? I can't answer that, I don't know exactly how to answer that except maybe the old saying, "Where there's smoke there's fire." may be true here. Not everyone experiencing these symptoms has a mold problem, but wouldn't you like to rule it out. It costs less than a dinner to rule it out and everyone needs to lose weight according to the media!

Mold and Your Life

We're about ready to wrap up this series. I'll point out that in medicine, you are subjected to many tests to "rule out" a certain problem. It makes sense that you invest your time and money in ruling out mold as having any type of issue in your life.

Legionaire's Disease is similar to mold. It is a growth within a building that got so severe that people got sick. Those folks with already low immune systems were either taken ill or even died. I don't think you're going to die if you don't take your research one step further, but to "rule out" mold would be prudent and would make sense to your doctor.

Maybe congress should be made aware of this series. Maybe they should look further into the problem. Use the government's assets (OUR TAX MONEY) to find out more. Possibly using a few of the remedies outlined in "How to Get Rid of Black Mold", could save millions of dollars all across the board. Lower overall healthcare costs, lower costs for real estate transactions, reduce pressure on the courts and legal system, and create a healthier, wealthier, and happier constituency.

The responsibility is squarely on your shoulders now. Take appropriate actions to make sure mold isn't or will be a problem for you and your family. Take the preventive steps outlined in the book above. You are reading this page because somewhere along the line you thought that maybe, just maybe mold is my problem. Take the next step, research deeper, implement prevention, and live well.

Howard Doughman
Former Director Environmental Services
St. Francis Hospital of Evanston
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