How Your House Can Make You Weak

Share:Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookPin on PinterestShare on Google+Share on LinkedIn

A good friend emailed yesterday and said, “I don’t get it. My wife just got diagnosed with either Lyme or an unspecified inflammatory condition. What should I do?” I asked a few questions including, “Did you have a water leak in your house in the last year?” The answer was “yes.”

Without batting an eye, I bet my friend a huge grass-fed steak that an ERMI (Environmental Relative Moldiness Index) air test from John and Laura at American Air Testing would reveal that their house had developed toxic mold. John and Laura helped me find mold in my home years ago. That outbreak – which created toxic mold spore levels 800 times higher in my kitchen than they were outside in the back yard – ended up kicking off chronic inflammatory conditions and strongly sensitizing my wife and me to gluten and milk products. The mold also triggers aggressive environmental bacterial growth.

I’ve seen other people unexpectedly gain 20-40 pounds in a few months after being exposed to environmental mold. Others move into a new office or a new apartment and then just don’t feel well – frequent headaches, sinus infections, unexplained allergies, and even hormonal problems.

Another close friend moved in with her fiancé and was shocked when her memory started to fail – she started struggling to find words and felt like her energy was simply gone. She was worried. An air test showed stachybotyrs, and a blood test showed a common (but unregulated) toxin called ochratoxin in her blood. She used the Bulletproof protocols to remove the toxins in a couple months (to her physicians surprise), moved to a mold free house, and had a healthy pregnancy afterwards. The ochratoxin in her blood would have certainly interfered with a healthy pregnancy. She was lucky she figured it out – the alternative would have been a downward spiral in health and performance for no obvious reason.

28% of people have a genetically influenced innate immune response that gets turned on by environmental mold, but it doesn’t turn off. That data comes from Dr. Shoemaker, one of the most innovative experts in treating all forms of biotoxin illness. If you’re one of these people, you get exposed, you get sick, and you stay sick. Sometimes they call it Lyme (and it may indeed be lyme brought on by the innate immune response allowing the lyme to proliferate), sometimes they call it chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia or multiple chemical sensitivity. It’s not. It’s one form of mycotoxin illness. It causes subtle changes in your vision.

The other 72% of people just get inflamed and may come down with a cold or sore throat and love handles and retain water, or maybe they get a headache or migraine and just have an awful day. Some of them may have no symptoms at all, but since mycotoxins in the environment are linked to cancer and heart disease, it’s still not a good thing for these people. They are fortunate because their innate immunity turns itself off after the toxic threat is gone, and when things calm down biologically, they return to normal.

The Bulletproof Diet and lifestyle are designed in part to remove things that tend to trigger neurological inflammation. If you are eating a perfect Bulletproof Diet and still have strange symptoms after a few months, it’s time to look at your house and workplace or even car. Musty smells are simply not ok. This goes double for kids rooms, as they’re more sensitive. Toxic molds release very small chemical poisons to keep other molds and bacteria from competing with them for food. Those chemicals have a direct effect on the body that is different than a mold allergy, and they persist even after mold spores are destroyed.

You can learn a lot more about mycotoxins from my hour-long free video from SVHI.com on them or this post.

If your health changed after a roof leak or a broken pipe, it’s time to get your air tested. Three times in my life I’ve been exposed to these molds in my living space. I’ve been able to reverse many of the effects, but I’m still working on some others. Read on to learn what to look for.

As a child, I lived in a basement that had suffered a flood. It didn’t smell bad or have any visible damage or mold; it had just been wet once before my family bought the house. I had horrible asthma, rashes, and I was inflamed all the time, but the “smoking gun” symptoms for me were frequent nosebleeds – 10 per day sometimes – and easy bruising all over my body. These come from your body using all your vitamin C to protect the liver instead of using it to form collagen to make blood vessels that don’t leak. There was no visible mold anywhere.

In 1999 I bought my first condo. I didn’t know the neighbor’s water heater was leaking and had soaked a wall in my bedroom. The back of the wall was covered in black slime mold, almost certainly stachybotrys. In the time I lived there, I gained 30 pounds in a month after I’d already lost them using Bulletproof techniques. My brain function started to decline and I got chronic sinusitis again. My wife at the time started having intense nightmares, the kind where you wake up screaming. On a hot, humid night, the kind that makes mold spores have a party in your bedroom, she started sleep walking. While sleep walking, she carried on a conversation, grabbed her car keys, and got behind the wheel of her car. I didn’t know she was asleep, but thankfully she re-entered normal sleep in the car and didn’t kill anyone by sleep-driving.

Looking back, now I know a big change in dreams, especially nightmares, can signal a mold problem. These are psychoactive substances – even LSD is derived from a toxic ergot mold. I didn’t know enough about mold then to suspect my first house was the cause. I also became allergic to dairy; that species of mold cross-reacts with casein, the protein in milk. My subsequent brain scans showed toxic brain damage, and my immune system *really* didn’t like mold.

The final time I experienced mold was in 2006 when I was already very Bulletproof, eating 100% grass fed, and I’d been cooking a fertility variant of the Bulletproof Diet for my wife Lana for a couple years. Both of us had great health. Then, we replaced a dishwasher. The installer mentioned the past one had been leaking and it was damp under the counter, but “no big deal.” He was wrong.

Within 24 hours, my digestive function basically went away, and I went from normal digestion to developing room-clearing gas, the kind that was bad even with the top down in my Audi TT Quattro convertible (the one that I sold because it doesn’t fit car seats, damnit…). Brain fog came on with a vengeance for both my wife and me, and we’d sleep 12 hours but wake up hung over. Our young dachshunds stopped eating and became rail thin. This time, it took 2 weeks for me to figure out what was causing it.
John and Laura from American Air Testing came over and ran an EMRI test which discovered toxic penicillium spores in our kitchen. My wife Lana and I ran an immune testing company at the time, so we used our technology (with radioactive white blood cell counting) and found that the species of mold in our home caused a dramatic increase in white blood cell growth, but other molds didn’t. We were sensitized to the one growing in our kitchen, and it turned on our immune system in an awful way.
So we did what any sane people should do: we went on vacation to Scotland while astronaut-suited mold remediation people tore out our kitchen, down to the studs. They wet-wiped the entire house, dry cleaned every porous item they could (all our clothes), and steam-cleaned the rest. Then they sealed the house and scrubbed the air for a day, and tested again. They found no spores, so they put in a new kitchen. Then we came home and spent another 3 months regaining our health, which involved lots of liposomal glutathione – 500-1,000 mg/day – as well as toxin binding protocols. We were lucky to get our health back. Resilience comes down to technique, and I’m thankful that the Bulletproof Diet is all about building mental and physical resilience.
Even so, this event strongly sensitized my wife and me to gluten and casein; I’m far more sensitive than I was before it. I believe that one contributor to the dramatic increase in gluten intolerance is environmental mold. Mold is also linked to cases of autism, as my friend Dana Gorman, founder of the autism non-profit Thriiive, proved for the first time in a court of law, as explained in this story. Her brand-new luxury house was made from moldy lumber that ultimately caused her son’s autism.
In fact, it’s my experience that about 1/3 of available rental units in the Bay Area have mold problems. It helps that I’m a canary; I can feel my immune system respond – sometimes dramatically – when I go into a moldy building.
The point of all this is that you are an integral part of your surroundings and they are a part of the ongoing process that is your body. You are constantly making new cells and shedding old ones; your eyes that began reading this sentence are not the same eyes that finish reading it. Countless things that happen in your body are influenced by your environment, which is why optimizing your environment can make you more resilient and more Bulletproof. Making sure you are not swimming in toxic mold is  a part of that.

Share:Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookPin on PinterestShare on Google+Share on LinkedIn

By Dave Asprey

  • Rob

    Dave,

    What are some steps that regular people can take to reduce mold in the home? I do not have the income to support a total remodeling or relocation at the moment.

    -Rob

    • Tom

      Rob – what I did was put a department store HEPA filter ($100-200) in each room to remove 99.9% of airborne particles. This fixed the symptoms. To fix the source, I read that mold does not grow under 40% humidity – try a dehumidifier. I was renting so I moved, however I seem to be permanently sensitized to food sources of mold, in particular bad coffee.

      Tom

      • Jurgen

        One way that i know of that actually kills mold is to buy an air ozone unit and turn it on in your room. Flooding the room with O3 will kill most if not all (haven’t verified that) types of mold. (example: http://www.ozone.ca/)
        Please make sure you follow the guidelines, a room flooded with O3 can be dangerous to your respiratory system (lungs).

      • Anonymous

        Rob, I agree with the dehumidifier. I had horrible allergies. I got a $200 Dylos air quality monitor and found significant amounts of particles in the air so then I bought a $500 HEPA air filter; the best on the market. It made a slight improvement but not enough. Then I bought a top of the line $2,000 dehumidifier. Problem solved!

        Sometimes I unplug the dehumidifier (watching a movie, etc.) and if I forget to plug it back in all the symptoms come back. I will probably never be without a dehumidifier again.

        • anon

          What kind of dehumidifier did you get? Would love a link!

    • mick

      I agree dave we know how bad it is but what can we do to get rid of these molds. I feel the article is a little incomplete with out this info. Thank you in advance and sorry if this came off as rude i enjoy all your articles just trying to help with some feedback

  • Sean

    Apartment living: Can air filters, on 24/7, remedy this problem?

    • Anthony

      yeah, like trying to dry yourself off while standing in the rain 😉

  • Morgan Huff

    I for one would be interested in hearing more about the mold & mycotoxin conundrum on the podcast. Your SVHI talk is excellent. Although it has freaked me out. But, then again, I live in a pre-Civil War house with a crawl space that could be a set from the movie Ratatouille. (Any recommended books for us bibliophiles?)

  • Uros

    sh*t, I am crying. I’ve got all the same symptoms like nosebleeding, brain fog, I don’t sleep well, itchy skin… And now I remember that we changed our dishwasher when it was leaking water. And then, we had another problem in my parents bedroom where our radiator leaked water. Damn, the whole laminate floor was wet. Oh, God, what can I do. I have found a company that tests your house for the presence of mycotoxins, but my parents wouldn’t allow anyone to nearly destroy our house to get us rid of these damn mycotoxins. Dave any suggestions, plase :(?

    • Uros, can you get them to read this post? Dave also tells this story in one of the videos posted on this blog.

      • Dave Asprey

        Hi there, just landed from 22 hours of flying back from Singapore 1 min ago. Get the house tested. Know what you’re dealing with. What species what toxins. Then bring that to a doctor and request a blood test to show the toxins are in your blood. Remediation may not require major renovation. And read “Surviving Mold” by Shoemaker. Watch my video. Start charcoal. And if the data doesn’t convince your parents, it’s time to move out.
        Sent from my nobile phone. You understand…
        -Dave

  • Adam Fiddler

    Have you thought about having John and Laura from American Air Testing on your podcast? I’ll bet you wouldn’t have to ask them twice!

    -Adam

  • Natalie

    Dave,

    Would a standard air test & inspection by a mold inspection team uncover environmental mold that I should know about? Does it have to be ERMI?

    I found a local (Austin, TX) mold inspection company that recommended against the ERMI due to cost (also, the word “quaky” was used, but ignored).

    I would love to rule out my house as a source of environmental mold before my husband and I plan a family. We also suffer from Austin allergies, headaches, sleep etc. On our way to becoming bullet proof.

    By the way, I’m excited for the Better Baby Book this December.

    Thanks,
    Natalie

    • anon

      Hi Natalie, also living in Austin. Would love to hear the answer to this!

    • M. Ratcha

      You can collect samples in your own home for a comprehensive ERMI test, or a cheaper, less extensive HERTSMI test. The company recommended to me by a mold patient and expert I trust is called Mycometrics and they are based in New Jersey. They test the dust in your home genetically, not by culturing in a petri dish like a typical local mold company would do. Your results will show you exactly which species of molds are growing in your house. We had a local air mold tester say, “Yeah, you have a little cladosporium and some aspergillus in this corner of your basement.” Our results from Mycometrics specified multiple Aspergillus species, and their lab tech told us which ones are known to be toxic to humans.

      Dr. Shoemaker has recommended them; however, they don’t do any referrals or recommendations out to any remediators, doctors, etc. They do not stand to make a dime from telling people they’ve got problem mold if they don’t, unlike some local testers who have deals with remediation companies.

  • Jacob

    Could a moldy environment contribute to acne and other skin issues?

  • Pingback: Weekly Roundup #32()

  • Erik

    I’ve encountered these same symptoms in a later-confirmed moldy environment, and now seem permanently sensitized to mold, but I do need to put a word in before reading over more carefully: mold or not, Lyme should be taken VERY seriously! Anyone with the confirmed presence of lyme should be avoiding all immune suppressants, not just mold, and looking at therapeutic herb options. Knotweed in particular has growing evidence behind it. Antibiotics are not reliable in treating lyme. Immune support can be.

  • anon

    Dave, would love to hear about other options besides tearing out an entire part of the house. What about dehumidifiers, ozone generators, air filters, etc? Will those at least help?

    • Xin

      Ozone can aggravate or cause sensitivities (which you will be much more likely to have if you’ve been mold exposed) like asthma, chemical sensitivities, etc. if you’re exposed to too high a concentration or aren’t careful about it.

      It can also damage certain possessions at high concentrations, because it will oxidize them and cause whatever chemical reactions happen with those matierials.

      That said, others use constant low-concentration ozone for air filtration, and there are some other applications like ozonated olive oil salves for healing skin. I don’t know enough about them to comment and am not meaning to scare anyone away from ozone at all. 🙂

      Just – be careful.

      I’ve been investigating using Thieves’ oil for killing mold in combination with a dehumidifier to make the environment unideal for it to proliferate.

      As far as I understand so far, dehumidifying & keeping the humidity below certain levels is very important for reducing mold.

      The cellulose-based structures (wood frame, etc.) we use for our houses, and the vapor barriers used nowadays contribute to very likely mold issues as compared to, say, clay/cob-based (or some others) structures of old.

      What this means is that if you’re living in a typical modern, wood-framed, vapor-barrier’d (traps moisture that’s inside IN as well as keeping it OUT.) home, you have to watch out for mold issues.

      Regarding the Thieves’ oil, Jaqui Close’s website (google Young Living) claims that it’s a nontoxic mold killing option that’s very effective.

      I’m looking into it because I’m a “canary” — someone with “multiple chemical sensitivities,” which means it’s fairly likely that I won’t be able to tolerate traditional, chemically mildewcides.

      I believe that HEPA grade air filters (look for ones specifically stating that they help catch mold spores) will help with airborne mold.

      What I don’t understand properly is, with an ongoing humidity level vigilance (dehumidifying, or whatever) + hopefully killing what mold there is, what’s the effectiveness of these on removing the actual -mycotoxins-?

      Well, I’m still researching, but this is what I’ve found on my journeys so far.

      I’m also curious as to how many mycotoxins diffuse through, say, floor and walls, and whether there would be a way to prevent their diffusing (I don’t know how many microns, etc. they are across).

      Either way, good air filtration will probably help with your indoor air quality quite a lot anyway. Most homes are chock full of VOCs and other chemicals from the paint on the walls, the things the cabinets are treated with.. that nice varnish on the wood… etc. etc.

      Homes are very much more toxic inside than they were a few centuries ago. Virtually everything’s treated with some chemical. I mention this mostly because, as a “canary,” I’ve -had- to come across this info and restructure my living environment. 🙂

      My personal long-term solution to interior mold issues will be to:

      – move somewhere much less naturally humid (I currently live somewhere where humidity levels regularly hover between 67-80%, which is very, very high. “Black mold” (stachy) is very common here, and having “multiple chemical sensitivities is, too)
      – Design/build own place out of mildew-resistant, hygroscopic (allows water vapor to diffuse through easily, so no trapping of humidity like current vapor barrier methods) materials like adobe or MgO

      A builder I spoke with, who deals with those who have often been mold-injured from their homes and are now very sensitive to all the chemicals in modern life, related that in his experience, all modern houses will see mold in their lifetime.

      All houses he’d helped tear down had mold issues with the concrete slab (where there’s usually a vapor barrier layer).

      For now, sans mildew-resistant home construction, it looks like mitigation strategies — and knowing how toxic & how much mycotoxin is in the air is crucial.

      Good luck to everyone out there dealing with mold exposure issues.

      • Xin

        Oh, n.b. for anyone who didn’t watch Dave’s …video? …podcast? (don’t remember where it was from):

        I believe he mentions that…

        …bleach is actually rather ineffective against mold; the water it dissociates into contributes to much more growth.

    • creepyTexan

      Ozone generators are very bad! We recently had my husband get MCS. He left the house and I came back half each week to try and fix the issues. I bought an air purifier a cheaper one without doing research. I did not tern on the ionizer switch but noticed a badish smell from the purifier. I told myself that is what clean air must smell like. I moved the purifier room to room. I moved it to my bedroom and ran it 24 hours and felt a bit ill. I did some on-line research and found that bad air purifiers with the ionizers can increase formaldehyde in a home by 50%!!! I unplugged that SOB and felt better and the home started smelling better. It was making our problem worse. Who knows it being cheap maybe the inonizer was on when the switch was set to off.

      You have to pay several hundred to get the good purifiers for MCS. You want to purchase an Austin Air or an E L Foust air purifier. They have both charcoal to remove chemicals from the air and a HEPA filter to remove particulates.

  • Mlmetkit

    Dave,

    They just discovered three mycotoxins in my home. I got my urine analysis results back yesterday and all three of those same mycotoxins were found in my body at substantial levels. I randomly began having seizures 7 months ago at age 39. The mold producing leak was found in my bathroom 9 months ago. Possible connection? You mention your brain scan showed toxic mold damage. What kind of test does one ask for to determine this? Can aflatoxin, trichothecene and ochratoxin produce seizures? Thanks!!

    • Xin

      I believe it’s possible (and even likely?) – yes.

      Any neurological functioning issues – you name it – could be from mold, and living with mold has a very high likelihood of causing, or contributing to existing/already aggravated responses.

      Removing mold is not going to fix everything, likely. But it will likely fix a lot of health issues.

      Continue to look into aggravating things like gluten, casein, grains, legumes, mycotoxins in food, chemicals in your house and indoor environments you frequent, and.. lots of other things.

      If you’ve been exposed to high levels of mold, you’re very likely to develop sensitivities that will leave you more susceptible to these and other things, even after you’ve mostly healed back to functionality, if you manage to do so.

    • Isa

      how did you get these tests done? What is the name of the test?

  • Timothy Fong

    David, do you have suggestions on how to select a good mold testing company? What to ask and what to expect? I am in san Francisco and purchased several of your products, and called and emailed American Air Testing and, a week later, haven’t heard back from them….so I’m looking for another option…..

    • M. Ratcha

      See my post above – try Mycometrics.

  • Lucy M.

    Good article, there are plenty of household toxins that many people are unaware of. If anybody is looking for any more information, I also found this article helpful: http://www.hotstraw.com/blogs/news/8726357-hidden-toxins-in-the-household

  • Robin

    I’m being told by folks in the no grain diet world that fiber based binders are not a good idea, nor is including csm which will mess badly with your thyroid and charcoal because it sequesters nutrients. What kind of binders did-do you use? I had a mycotoxin panel while in my house and none were detected. I had one after out of the house and while on liposomal glutathione and I was 6 times baseline positive for trichothecenes. Tested 18 months later with glutathione provocation and the same measure for trichothecenes. I had not been using glutathione in between the testing due to reactivity it seems to moving toxins and also because I was warned by folks seeing mold literate mds not to use glutathione without a binder in place (and I am completely confused on binders). I also had the same kind of reactions when using csm alone. I’ve addressed the hyper reactivity (I hope) with mast cell medications and am ready to try again, but would love to hear your thoughts on binders and need for them.

    • Lia

      Hi Robin I was wondering how much glutathione did you take and for how long to produce the positive mycotoxin test?

      • Robin

        Hi Lia, I took about a week or two.. as long as I could tolerate before feeling like I would crash. I packet of Livon working up to 2 packets by the end of the 2 weeks. Last test showed I am still excreting without glutathione. I am working Yasko’s methylation protocol, but can’t say for sure that is why. The first test when still in my mold impacted house that showed none detected was also not a first am urine.

  • Beth

    Wow. I have been battling the exact same thing for a year and a half. I had a dream the other night about my dad trying to fix a moldy dishwasher. I search engined it too see what it meant, and that is how I found your page. Crazy, huh? It is so refreshing to find someone on the same level of health and fitness who can relate to this disease. Many people get sick, but how many are fitness obsessed like us? To have my body and athletic ability taken away was truly unbearable.

    My immune system has been inflamed so many times that I am only finding relief by eating raw and almost no carb. I will check out your work. Perhaps it will give me other options.

  • Pingback: Bulletproof Radio Q&A #130 – Podcast | The Bulletproof Executive()

  • Pingback: Bulletproof Radio Q&A – Podcast #130 | The Bulletproof Executive()

  • detts

    I know this is an old thread but I am in the process of moving house – I have been in one too many houses that has mold- I have tested high for levels of trichothenes in urine as well as high levels in all 14 molds on lab corps IgG mold test and am now following Dr Shoemaker protocol. Dave you mentioned that you had your clothes dry cleaned- is this enough to actually kill spores? I would love this to be so because otherwise I am looking at having to throw many possessions away. What about paperwork? My office is in this home and has all my business records etc etc. What about computers and other costly electrical equipment – can they be wiped clean? Can stachybotrys spores and the other nasty ones be cleaned away?
    It seems some people think not and leave all their possessions behind which would be a very hard thing for me to do .

    Thanks!

    • Dave Asprey

      If you had stachy, you want to toss
      anything porous. Dry cleaning clothes is supposed to be safe. Couches, bedding, artwork, and papers don’t clean well. Papers you should laminate or keep in sealed boxes outside your new living situation. Moldy papers will re-expose you. (sorry, this sucks, but that’s the nature of this beast…)

      • detts

        Thanks for reply Dave- OK in the trash many things go! Great tip about laminating papers.

      • Integrative Resources

        Just curious how moldy items (or those contimanted with spores) would re infect you if the moisture is not there to feed them? isn’t getting rid of water and drying things out enough? i’m confused about this.

  • piedmont

    Unbelievable story about mold….

    http://penniesfrmheaven.com/mailer/a…tion=View&id=3

  • creepyTexan

    Simple mold tests can be bought on-line for 40 dollars or so. It is best to buy about 3 and test different areas carefully following instructions and avoiding contaminating the tester. The purchase price pays for the analysis you just have to mail it in. It takes about 2 weeks turnaround.

    Professional testers of VOC’s, mold and Formaldehyde charge about 1000 plus to do these tests. I heard from one man that does this for a living that the home Formaldehyde tests are as accurate as he could tell me with his expensive tests. Getting the others done by a pro may be worth it in certain cases.

    Beware of people who create a company to buy the home testers and come to your home and test and mail them in for you. These creeps are basically charging you for the service. Plus since they are doing it-it takes longer than if you did it. I did not get taken in, not even entirely sure of this theory I have but looking at their smarmy faces on Yelp and talking to one on the phone I almost certainly verified their shysterishness. If they say they cannot come to do the tests for a week because they have to order it and get it in the mail this is a warning sign. A pro will not be ordering a test can getting it by mail and have to wait a week and a half.

    • M. Ratcha

      I posted this above — You can collect samples in your own home for a comprehensive ERMI test, or a cheaper, less extensive HERTSMI test. These are more expensive than the $30 Amazon throwaways, but the company was recommended to me by a mold patient and expert I trust. She recommended a lab called Mycometrics based in New Jersey. They test the dust in your home genetically — you gather the dust and ship it to them — not by culturing in a petri dish like a typical local mold company would do. Your results will show you exactly which species of molds are growing in your house. We had a local air mold tester say, “Yeah, you have a little cladosporium and some aspergillus in this corner of your basement.” Our results from Mycometrics specified multiple Aspergillus species, and their lab tech told us which ones are known to be toxic to humans.

      Dr. Shoemaker has recommended them; however, they don’t do any referrals or recommendations out to any remediators, doctors, etc. They do not stand to make a dime from telling people they’ve got problem mold if they don’t, unlike some local testers who have deals with remediation companies.

  • Pingback: MOLDY The Movie: Coming Soon!()

  • Lucretia

    If anyone is building a home be sure NOT to use Tyvek that traps moisture in the walls and is deadly to one’s lungs if it catches fire and be sure to build your home with magnacrete – not plywood. Learn more about MAGNACRETE by listening to this interview as it is amazing. It does dries in less than an hour, does NOTGET MOD, does not burn, and pests cannot get into it and eat it. If we built our roads with it they would last for 1,000 years. See: http://oneradionetwork.com/new-technologies/george-swanson-holistic-harmonious-environmentally-healthy-building-ideas-september-29-2014/

  • Pingback: MOLDY, The Toxic Mold Movie: Watch It Now()

  • Casey Jones

    Wow, I didn’t realize mold could be so harmful. Thanks Dave for bringing this to my attention. I will be sure to get a mold inspection done in my home.

    http://www.rockymountaininspection.ca/mold_inspection.html

  • ThinkingOnMyOwnTwoFeet

    This is awesome Valerie!!! Sooo happy for you!! Thanks for sharing such an interesting account about ozone! ????

  • Maggy

    Does anyone know of a good air testing company in Toronto?

  • Michelle

    Dave – With you on the Bay Area being insanely moldy. Lived in a beautiful SF victorian that looked perfect, smelled fine, took over a year of me going to a million doctors till I finally went to a Naturopathic Doctor who suggested it might be environmental issues. Bingo.

    I had to move 2 times till I found a place that I felt good in, and I finally started improving (along with all the supplements and whatnot to get rid of the mold and other fun stuff that came along with an impaired immune system).

    Unfortunately, that didn’t last since the owner moved back, so once again I moved to a house that passed inspections with flying colors. I too have the spidey sense for mold, and I can usually tell within a few minutes, hours max. Unfortunately, I never spent hours in it to know and my boyfriend bought it so I toughed it out till my health started deteriorating again like I promised myself I wouldn’t ever let happen again.

    I’ve been living at a friend’s house that I feel better in, but not perfect, so finally tried to find an Airbnb that was recently built. Still no dice. My eyes are insanely puffy, sinuses plugged, and I feel super spacey, especially in the bedroom. So much for that idea.

    I know moving is the most important thing, but I’m finding it near impossible to find a non-moldy place to live in the Bay Area (without going broke). Any chance your next business venture could be a safe, mold-free, toxin-free housing in the Bay Area for people dealing with this issue? My patience and health is running thin….

    (Oh yeah, not to mention the two condos I looked at in SF, the Dogpatch and SoMa, both build around 10 years ago, both also had mold, one even had Stachybotrys! Of course, the general inspections always turned out fine.)

  • Karen Clark

    In Sacramento region and been bedridden since the first of the year 2017 (7 weeks). At first thought it was the flu, but then starting getting head and leg tremors. Turns out I have a leaky garbage disposal and mold around my bedroom and kitchen windows. It has been disasterous to both my health and my finances.

  • MakeMeister (chip)

    ? I haven’t tested the air where I live, but I’m pretty sure there’s a problem —a couple years ago, we had the ducts professionally cleaned, and an abnormal amount of fluffy gunk was removed… it’s also worth noting that after a couple years into living here, I developed keratoconus (a corneal issue, triggered by an autoimmune issue)