I can assure you the doctors and places I list here are in your best interest. Certainly remember that when you're starting your quest back onto the road to health. Some people are not to be trusted off the bat. Always research anyone you take on to help you. I leaned this from experience, so I am passing it on to you to avoid the same horror realizing their not working for you.
The Environmental Solution: Highly recommended and trusted; natural ways to kill and clean up mold. Good Doctors, and Natural healing, as well on here.
MOLD - The War Within - by Kurt and Ann Billings
MOLD: The War Within will enlighten every homeowner, renter, and employee, who is or could become sick from mold or chemical exposures from floods, hurricanes, sick buildings, and the ever present environmental pollution that affects us all. Revealing interviews with prominent experts on mold and chemical related issues bring to life such topics as the: Effects of mold & chemical exposures on human health; Methods of mold testing; Dangers of anti-fungal; antibiotic, & steroid pharmaceuticals; Legal loopholes of mold cases, Healing through natural means. Authors Kurt and Lee Ann Billings began researching mold and chemical exposures after their family became gravely ill from toxic Katrina exposures. The Billings expose the prevalence of fungal misdiagnoses and medical mis-treatments while chronicling their family's frustrating, but ultimately successful, quest for effective treatment of mold and chemical exposures from Hurricane Katrina. They detail their months of research and trials and errors and share their inspirational journey of healing, what worked medically and nutritionally for them what didn't and why.
In my other Chapters on this site, I've provided links that explain the legal difficulty in opening cases on mold, and why its such a touchy situation. Feel free to read and educate yourself as to why we are always fighting a loosing battle. Remember one main thing. Never give up. Never loose faith, and always speak out and act against this terrible negligence we suffer with Mycotoxicosis.
Linda May in this following article is perfect example of people who prey on those who are weak from this illness. These kinds of people show be avoided at all costs. Always ask and do research before jumping into anything.
Remember to shop around. Don't feel obligated to keep one if you feel it doesn't work for you and your home. This is why we all have 30 day trials and return policies. Never feel you need to tell these people you have mold in your house, or you might not be able to return the item. They know you might need it for something like that already. I do have word the the honeywell isn't a preferred product. A friend who is dealing with the illness has not liked it's performance. These opinions might be different depending on the contaminants, and spaciousness of your dwelling. Also, a reader recently recommend the NQ Air Filter Model. It's a hospital clean room filter used in the SARS epidemic. Get the one w/o UV lites, as my doctor says UV breaks up the mold spores so filters can't catch them. The NQ is about $700.
Costco places sells large bags of baking soda for quite cheap and I always make sure to have it in the house. Is a base, which changes the Ph level in mold, absorbs odors and moisture and just is a natural way to keep things clean and fresh. Baking soda is also a replacement for ammonia in the wash, as it kills mold in the machines. I use them both in my washer and my laundry never smelt better. I still haven't researched enough to see if Baking Soda can Kill the Mycotoxins. More research is needed.
Wash all loads of laundry with one eight ounce of ammonia there on after yet again unless you've developed Chemical Sensitivity. With the complications of Chemical Sensitivity, all common house hold products, detergent, and perfumes can give you a large migraine, or possibly even pass out, all very painful. if you have this try as best as you can to avoid them at all costs. (For those who suffer with MCS, Baking Soda instruction are applied to the same treatment with Ammonia. It's basically used like comet w/o water. In house can be left on moldy areas, then later scrubbed off. Also used in a lawn feeder pusher to take care of stubborn mold on patios, driveways and decking. Great outdoor treatment.)
Pressurized Spray Bottle with Ammonia and Water:
(If you do suffer with MCS, then use baking soda dry (as mentioned above) as a replacement in all the same areas ammonia can be used I.E. washing machine and killing live mold growing on organic substances including plants. (It can be used on the actual mold)
It's important to be careful when cleaning with ammonia. Keep windows open and ventilate the room properly. This is also a good way to air out the dust that might be in the room as well. Recommended to use in bathrooms, basements, and any room where its growing.
Ammonia is the best way to KILL living mold, and remove its toxins that are left behind. Common misnomer is that bleach kills mold. Clorox has for many years now dropped that statement from all their products. They realized that it cannot kill mold at all and they're products were faulty and incorrect. This is the reason why.
When I was in later stage two this was offered to me since I was so terribly sick. You can even take a single eight ounce cup to a full warm bath for about twenty minutes. Sometimes it pays to wear thin line swimming goggles so the fumes do not effect your eyes as much. Try this only after you have been officially diagnosed with the illness, for it does take some of the regular cells in the body as well as killing the yeast, mycotoxins, and mold. Its a bit of sacrifice for a better quality of living. Like said earlier you can look into hyperbaric treatments which has been known to regrow lost cells.
Why Are Biocides Not Recommended for Mold Remediation?
JUNE 19, 2012 BY MBL - Mold and Bacterai Labratories
The economic importance of biocides cannot be overemphasized. The world demand for these chemicals is projected to increase by 5.6% annually to $5.9 billion in 2006. Questions always arise as to whether biocides should be used or not in indoor mold remediation projects. This article is an attempt to explain why biocides may not be recommended for indoor mold control.
What are biocides? Why Are Biocides Not Recommended for Mold Remediation? - Because Biocides are Toxic
Biocides are a broad class of inorganic chemicals and sometimes of biological origin intended for control of pests, insects, bacteria, fungi (molds) and other micro organisms in non agricultural sectors. They are similar to plant protection products (commonly known as pesticides).
Biocides have a wide range of applications such as:
disinfectants or sanitizers used in hospitals, restaurants, homes, laundries, carpets and drinking water for infection control,
preservatives for materials/products sold in tins (e.g. paint); paper; textiles; leather, metal working fluids; timber and wood composites and other natural and man-made materials,
antifoulants for inhibiting growth of organisms on the hulls of ships, on fishing nets and lobster pots,
pesticides used to control/kill pests such as rodents, insects, etc.
How are biocides classified and how do they control mold growth?
We shall discuss biocides with respect to control of molds in indoor environments. Biocides differ in chemical class and general and specific modes of action. A biocide’s mode of action can be described in general or specific terms. A biocide with broad spectrum activity would be effective against a large variety of molds. Copper based biocides are examples of broad-spectrum biocides. Some biocides may have a very narrow spectrum of activity (i.e., they are effective against a single or a few moulds). Alternatively, a biocide may affect a broad range of molds but by only a specific mode of action. A biocide’s mode of action can also be described as protectant or as an eradicant. Protectant biocides may be applied to prevent mould spores from germinating or penetrating the material to be protected. They must be applied before the mold spores have a chance to germinate. Protectants generally are not effective once mold growth has occurred. Eradicant biocides can kill mold that has already infested the material. Lime sulfur is an example of eradicant biocide that acts by killing molds on contact. Biocides that kill mould are said to be fungicidal. Some biocides only inhibit mould growth rather than kill them and are said to be fungistatic. Fungistatic biocides must be applied repeatedly to suppress mold growth.
Biocides kill or prevent growth of micro-organisms in a number of ways. Broad spectrum biocides may act at several sites within the cell such as the cell wall, cell membrane or other cell contents. Their action may include disruption of cell membrane, inactivation of a broad range of enzymes, denaturing of cell proteins and coagulation of cell contents. Selective biocides have specific effects on cells such as inhibition of cell growth.
Are biocides recommended for indoor mold Control?
Biocides are generally not recommended for indoor mold control primarily due to health concerns. However, careful selection and use of these products may be needed in some situations, for example where immuno-compromised workers are involved or to eliminate infectious agents from grey/black water contamination. Current mold remediation guidelines such as those by the Canadian Construction Association, the Environmental Abatement Council of Ontario (EACO) and the New York City Department of Health also do not recommend use of biocides in mold remediation. Also, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not “approve” biocides for mold remediation applications and cautions against using disinfectants and sanitizers in ventilation systems.
Some reasons why biocides are not recommended for indoor mold control or remediation include: Allergenic spores and mycotoxins do not require the mold to be alive to be a health hazard. It is widely recognized that molds do not have to be alive to cause allergic, toxic, or inflammatory responses to individuals at risk. While application of biocides may stop further mold growth, there is additional health risk due to biocide application. The best approach to limit mold exposure is to reduce the level (amount) of mold by using other recommended methods and subsequently controlling factors that favor growth.
Biocides may not be completely effective against indoor moulds
Microbial growth on building materials may be controlled by using various biocides. However, different microbial genera have been shown to have considerable variation in their sensitivity to biocides. The variation in efficacy of biocides against different micro-organisms suggests that it may not be possible to completely prevent the microbial growth on building materials and thus their incorporation should be carefully considered and tested. Being an enclosed system, the indoor environment may not allow application of protectant biocides due to health concerns as discussed above. For most eradicant biocides to be effective against mold, they must get into contact with the mold. However, since mold is capable of growing deep inside their substrates (in this case building materials), it may be difficult to ensure the biocide has come into contact with the entire mold. Only the mold on the surface of the infested material would be killed. A recent study indicated that incomplete control of Stachybotrys chartarum resulted to production of spores of higher toxicity than those spores from untreated mold.
What Are The Effects of Biocides Exposure to Human Health and the Environment?
Most biocides that would be effective against mold are highly toxic and if used in indoor environments may pose serious health effects to the occupants. The risk to human health and the environment of continuous use of some biocides in indoor environment is not well documented and could be very high.
Why Are Biocides Not Recommended for Mold Remediation?
Biocides are a hazard to living things. Human exposure to biocides applied in indoor environments may occur through dermal, inhalation or ingestion routes. Symptoms of biocide poisoning may include headaches, vomiting, stomach aches and diarrhea Children, because of their particular physiological and developmental factors would be particularly vulnerable to biocides. Other population groups at risk include the elderly, the immuno compromised and the chronically ill.
Biocides are definitely useful in many areas but their use in indoor mold remediation is limited by their toxicity. In situations where one is dealing with pathogenic molds, use of biocides may be recommended. However, before using any biocide for indoor mold control one would need to consider several factors including:
• The occupants’ health status and risk of exposure.
• The short and long-term health effects to the occupants.
• Exposure control procedures and their effectiveness.
• The efficacy of the biocide to the target mold
• Potential for personnel and environmental harm.
About the Author
Dr. Jackson Kung’u is a Microbiologist who has specialized in the field of mycology (the study of molds and yeasts). He is a member of the Mycological Society of America. He graduated from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, with a Masters degree in Fungal Technology and a PhD in Microbiology. He has published several research papers in international scientific journals. Jackson has analysed thousands of mold samples from across Canada. Jackson provides how-to advice on mold and bacteria issues.
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