is a Cold Blooded Killer (series)
Part IV of IV
Mold's Impact on Your Health,
Wealth, and Life
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.
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.
and Your Wealth
I have a British friend that has often scolded me by saying, "...you
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!
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
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.
Director Environmental Services
Hospital of Evanston
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