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Here are a few basic articles discussing the foundational knowledge of mold illness and contamination.

Toxic Mold: You Are Not Alone

Feeling Alone Toxic Mold

Those who have experienced ill health due to toxic mold exposure often feel isolated, and even crazy. This article is meant to assure you that you are not alone, that many are struggling.

The late Dr. Jack Thrasher, the leading toxicologist in the field of toxic mold for many years, often said that he would like to retire, but there were too many people suffering. (Dr. Thrasher shares this perspective in this interview with momsAWARE's Andrea Fabry, recorded eight months before his death.)

Since the founding of momsAWARE in 2009, emails have poured in by the hundreds. All share the same themes:

  • isolation
  • desperation
  • panic
  • devastation

The following are excerpts of emails received in a three-week period in 2018. Hopefully these will validate your own experience and lessen your feelings of isolation.

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In Memory of Dr. Thrasher

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Jack Thrasher on January 27, 2017. Dr. Thrasher will be remembered for his willingness to share his knowledge and wisdom readily with those who were suffering from illness due to toxic mold, chemicals, and other environmental issues. His personal motto as stated on his website was:

A clean environment and good health
are the most precious resources to leave our children.

You'll hear Dr. Thrasher's expertise and care in this interview with momsAWARE's Andrea Fabry at The Connecting Place.

Understanding Mold Growth

Mold Growth in Home

Mold growth occurs when conditions are favorable. These conditions include:

  • Moisture

    This can come in the form of humid air, dripping pipes, or water intrusion due to flooding. Mold will grow when the relative humidity is roughly 50 percent or higher.

  • Food

    Mold will feed on wood, paper, cotton, and leather. Drywall with its paper coating offers ideal food for mold spores. Mold can grow in dirt or dust if the conditions are right.

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Mycotoxins and Human Health

In the following video, Dr. Andrew Campbell provides a thorough explanation of the ways toxicogenic molds do harm to the human body. The full lecture is an hour and a half in length. Below is a summary of Dr. Campbell's main points and their respective locations in the video.

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"Our family has been out of our home for 9 months due to mold... I am so scared and weak from all of this. We have lost friends; family members don't understand."

– Anonymous

"I've been living in a mold-infested home for 13 months... I was going CRAZY! Finally figured it out... Just a few days of recovering in a mold-free home and I feel AMAZING!!!"

– Lauren

"We had some water leaks in our home... we never thought we needed to clean out and remove the floor, the ceiling, or the drywall... my two small children and I have remained constantly sick for years in this home."

– Mia

"My symptoms persisted and eventually turned into lethargy and depression. At the age of 26, I required a nap every evening after work."

– Jennifer

"I'm new at this, but today I cleaned my bathroom with baking soda and vinegar. It's much better not having those strong chemical smells afterwards."

– Anonymous

"Both of my sons went downhill quickly and coughed for months... They both lost their ability to read, had profound vision disturbances, and had phenomenal gastric issues."

– Lee

"I was skeptical at first that these (natural cleaning) products would work, but they work better than the stuff I buy at the store! We will soon be moving to the personal care products as well!"

– Jennifer

"The entire time we lived in our (mold-infested) house the kitchen sponge would get musty smelling within 3-4 days. It was so strange. I had to buy a pack of sponges nearly every week."

– Anonymous

"I started finding myself sitting on the floor in rooms of my house and not remembering how I got there, what I was doing before, or how long I had been there."

– Brenda

"In my moldy home if I left the wet clothes in the washer they would get musty very quickly and I'd have to re-wash... Sometimes I'd run a load, go to work, and they'd be musty when I returned that evening."

– Anonymous

"I knew it was mold, but doctors kept telling me I had anxiety. I was sitting in my office and could not remember who I was talking to, or what we were talking about."

– Brenda

"We all suffered from headaches, hormonal body temperature fluctuations, brain fog, fatigue, difficulty breathing, thrush, rashes, and yeast infections... we vacated our home two weeks ago."

– Anonymous

" age 35 or 36 I started to become allergic to everything, and I got asthma at age 36... I went to doctor after doctor after doctor and was desperate for help, but nobody could help me."

– Mia

"My daughter started having digestive problems... heart palpitations... coughing episodes... muscle/joint pain... asthma/allergies... Her doctor finally advised me to check for mold in our home."

– Anonymous

"The ERMI mold test as well as your helpful articles and Toxic Talk Tuesday programs have helped us avoid a terrible mistake in purchasing a new home."

– Angela

"My daughter has had many blood samples taken to test for everything imaginable and her doctor just seems puzzled. Everything comes back normal."

– Anonymous

"I have been sick for almost 6 months now and doctors were not able to figure out why. I finally put it all together after going away for vacation for a week and suddenly my symptoms were going away."

– Anonymous

"I had been struggling with headaches, head fog, breathing difficulties (unable to get a full breath), constant scalp tingling, migraines, nausea, feeling spacey/detached, and severe itchy skin."

– Anonymous

"We were having a lot of health problems and had been to the doctor countless times... we had large circles of slimy greenish-black mold on the bathroom ceiling, where it had caved in a few months before."

– C.

This site is dedicated to a true friend and mother — Barbara Dell Kessel (1929-2009)