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Toxic Mold Exposure and Glutathione Depletion = Chronic Illness

I really enjoyed watching this video on how mycotoxins deplete our glutathione (GSH). This is one of the reasons why many of us mold injured people go on to develop chemical intolerances, mast cell issues, autoimmune and neuroimmune conditions. The video discusses how microphage function is compromised by low glutathione, how glutathione is responsible for protecting cell membranes, removing toxins and so much more. “The … Continue reading Toxic Mold Exposure and Glutathione Depletion = Chronic Illness

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Sunday Thoughts on the Losses We Experience Due to Mold Illness & Chemical Injury

The loss and constant suffering of mold illness and chemical injury can feel like you are constantly in and out of funerals. You bury one loss only to find that there is yet another one that you have to bury. Month after month, year after year, these losses can leave you feeling heartbroken, angry, and lonely. The loss of not being able to have children.The … Continue reading Sunday Thoughts on the Losses We Experience Due to Mold Illness & Chemical Injury

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Random Thoughts on Marriage, Mold Toxicity & Faith

I can’t pretend that I have a perfect marriage, nor can I say that we have always handled everything thrown at us with grace and patience. We’ve tried, but we’ve failed and started over so many times.Truth be told, we have fallen flat on our faces. We have quit, screamed, cried, walked away, and felt broken. With my husband and me, our health journey started … Continue reading Random Thoughts on Marriage, Mold Toxicity & Faith

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What Does It Mean To Be Masked & Unmasked in Regards to Fragrances & Toxic Mold

Hi friends. How often do you find that it is hard to express just how strong a friend or family member’s perfume is or how awful their fabric softener makes you feel? What does it mean when someone says that you are masked and unmasked? I dive into these topics and more my latest YouTube video.  I’m discussing: – How is a person masked and … Continue reading What Does It Mean To Be Masked & Unmasked in Regards to Fragrances & Toxic Mold

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Mold Testing Isn’t Enough, Mold Misinformation & More

If you’re suffering from mold toxicity and are wondering if doing a mold test in your home will be enough, this video is for you. I’m chatting about the following things: ➡️Beware of mold assessors and remediation companies that say mold cannot make you sick or that it can ONLY affect those with compromised immune systems. ➡️Mold Testing isn’t enough and will never be enough. … Continue reading Mold Testing Isn’t Enough, Mold Misinformation & More

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Mold, Mycotoxins & Mitochondrial Dysfunction, PANS & Mold Exposure, Autism & Antifungals + More.

I’m growing really tired of hearing that exposure to toxic mold cannot affect you. In today’s video, I share a bit of my frustration with people who don’t believe the truth about toxic mold exposure. I share a few studies that discuss how mold and mycotoxins can cause certain conditions. Links to those studies are provided below. I share some of the symptoms we had … Continue reading Mold, Mycotoxins & Mitochondrial Dysfunction, PANS & Mold Exposure, Autism & Antifungals + More.

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The Connection Between Toxic Mold and MCS

I created a video to share the connection between my toxic mold exposure and going on to develop chemical sensitivities and intolerances. Please note that toxic mold exposure is NOT the only cause of MCS but it does seem to play a big part in many women I know and have interviewed. In this, video I talk about the importance of sleeping in a clean … Continue reading The Connection Between Toxic Mold and MCS

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Tight Homes, Encapsulated Mold and Faulty Air Sampling

Like people, homes, and walls breath, a structure may have no visible signs of mold growth but could still have high levels of encapsulated toxic mold. Because all walls breathe, anything within the wall cavity can be released into the ambient air. Dust, mold, and even dust mite feces are just a few of the things that can come through the walls in any dwelling. … Continue reading Tight Homes, Encapsulated Mold and Faulty Air Sampling

How to manage moldy packages, library books, thrifting, your safe space and more.

I made a quick video where I’m chatting about: -Contaminated mail and opening packages outside. -Are library books safe? -Can one contaminated item cause disabling symptoms? -Some people may think you’re crazy. -Can friends and family gift you things from their moldy and or fragranced home? -We must have a detective mentality. -Is thrifting safe? -Most homes in my area have toxic mold issues, not … Continue reading How to manage moldy packages, library books, thrifting, your safe space and more.

Mold Exposure, Leaky Gut & Food Intolerances Oh My!

Yesterday evening after work I was chatting with a few Instagram friends. I was asked a few questions on leaky gut, food intolerances, and toxic mold. Since I can’t always answer direct messages I decided to answer everyone’s questions via a video. If you’ve been exposed to toxic mold or you know someone who has been exposed to toxic mold, this is a video you’ll … Continue reading Mold Exposure, Leaky Gut & Food Intolerances Oh My!

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How are relationships affected by Mold Illness & EI/TILT Podcast Episode 4

I hope you’ll listen to today’s podcast. This is a great episode to share with family and friends. Below are just a few of the things I touch on during today’s episode:-Friends being resentful because of your illness.-Spouses not believing a condition is real.-Friends and family getting offended because of your illness and your need for accommodation.-Losing friendships is a sad reality.-Loved ones should first … Continue reading How are relationships affected by Mold Illness & EI/TILT Podcast Episode 4

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Searching for a Mold Free Home – Mold Chronicles

I’m going to get real for a little because I know so many families going through similar struggles and I want to share a little about what we’ve gone through these past 19 months. Although my mold saga started 14 years ago (click here and here to read about my story) we were doing well and avoiding mold and chemicals as best as we could. … Continue reading Searching for a Mold Free Home – Mold Chronicles

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A Struggle Endured By Many Yet Understood By Few – Mold Chronicles

Many families won’t have gifts or decorations or special treats during the holidays. Some won’t even have a home to live in. Instead of searching for Black Friday deals on toys or gadgets they’ll be searching for a place to pitch up a tent or a vacant room in someone’s home if they can tolerate it. Some families will be forced to camp outdoors in … Continue reading A Struggle Endured By Many Yet Understood By Few – Mold Chronicles

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What Does It Feel Like To Get Sick From Mold/Chemicals and How Can Friends and Family Offer Support

In this post, I would like to talk about some of the things that people go through after they are injured by chemicals, toxic mold, and other toxins inside of water-damaged buildings. I also want to share helpful tips for friends and family members of those who are suffering through a series of impossible illnesses. I say impossible because it seems almost impossible that hidden toxins can destroy … Continue reading What Does It Feel Like To Get Sick From Mold/Chemicals and How Can Friends and Family Offer Support

Mold Facts You Need To Know by Dr. Jill Crista

Today I wanted to share a short and concise video created by Dr. Jill Crista where she discusses 16 mold facts that you need to know if you’ve been exposed to a water-damaged building. “Dr. Jill Crista is the author of international bestseller Break The Mold, an invaluable resource book for people affected by exposure to mold. Dr. Jill earned her Naturopathic Doctor Degree with … Continue reading Mold Facts You Need To Know by Dr. Jill Crista

Moldy Air Conditioning Ducts – Do You Know What To Do?

Fungal and bacterial growth inside ductwork is a common problem, especially in high humidity areas. AC ductwork that is incorrectly installed can also cause mold growth issues. Over the years I have spoken to quite a few HVAC contractors, hygienists, and remediators and I’ve learned that mold in ductwork is a standard problem. It’s important to note that any issue in your home that will … Continue reading Moldy Air Conditioning Ducts – Do You Know What To Do?

Better Detection/Treatment for Mold Exposure (Oct 2018) Townsend Letter, Alternative Medicine Magazine

“One of the hallmarks of integrative medicine is to focus on determining the underlying causes of chronic illnesses for patients, not just to treat symptoms. This has led many practitioners of integrative medicine to use testing that helps provide more personalized care protocols to their patients. It is the duty of diagnostic laboratories to deliver the most accurate test results possible and provide interpretations of … Continue reading Better Detection/Treatment for Mold Exposure (Oct 2018) Townsend Letter, Alternative Medicine Magazine

Hurricane Flooding Will Cause Major Mold Issues in Water Damaged Buildings and Homes – How Do You Clean Up? – Is Mold Dangerous?

What is happening in Texas with Hurricane Harvey is so sad and concerning. My prayers are with them during this difficult time. In the back of my mind I cant stop thinking about all of the fungal and bacterial growth that is going to take over the flooded areas. This is a huge concern for Texas right now. It is not something to be taken … Continue reading Hurricane Flooding Will Cause Major Mold Issues in Water Damaged Buildings and Homes – How Do You Clean Up? – Is Mold Dangerous?

Scientific Study on Exposure to Water-Damaged Buildings, Mold, and Mycotoxins

The Scientific World Journal Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 767482, 20 pages http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/767482 Review Article A Review of the Mechanism of Injury and Treatment Approaches for Illness Resulting from Exposure to Water-Damaged Buildings, Mold, and Mycotoxins Janette Hope Environmental Medicine, 304 W. Los Olivos Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, USA Received 15 January 2013; Accepted 10 February 2013 Academic Editors: O. Aruoma, P. Maček, and J. B.T. Rocha Copyright © 2013 … Continue reading Scientific Study on Exposure to Water-Damaged Buildings, Mold, and Mycotoxins

Mold, Mycotoxins, and CIRS with Dr. Jill Carnahan

I had to share a podcast I heard this week. Dr. Ruscio a Functional Medicine doctor out of CA had a very informative conversation about mold, mycotoxins, and CIRS (chronic immune response syndrome) with Dr. Jill Carnahan who specializes is treating patients injured by Biotoxins. If you have a moment to listen to this interview please do. A transcript is also included. Below is a brief summary of … Continue reading Mold, Mycotoxins, and CIRS with Dr. Jill Carnahan

Do You Know what Mold Toxicity Is?

Mold Toxicity – A Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome from Keith Berndtson Peer Reviewed Studies on Mold Toxicity, Mycotoxins and Biotoxin Illness I wanted to share the slide presentation above along with a link to various peer-reviewed studies concerning mold toxicity so you can share with any clinicians you know. This is an area that is misunderstood and patients often have an extremely hard time finding qualified … Continue reading Do You Know what Mold Toxicity Is?

How to Handle Mold/Mycotoxin Exposure at Home or at Work – Where To Get Help

We are getting a lot of inquiries about where to go for testing and treatment after exposure to toxic levels of Mold from damp and sick environments. Unfortunately, few doctors are experienced in testing or treating patients who are suffering from Biotoxin Illness and other health issues that arise after living or working inside of a home/office/school with poor indoor air. You may be able to … Continue reading How to Handle Mold/Mycotoxin Exposure at Home or at Work – Where To Get Help

Documentary Reveals the Hazards of Toxic Mold and Mold-Related Illnesses

This is a fantastic article written by Dr. Mercola about the dangers of toxic mold. The video posted along with this article is a documentary about mold related illness. The documentary shares interviews from patients whose lives were changed from toxic mold exposure. Various mold experts and Functional Medicine doctors are also interviewed in this documentary, a worthwhile watch. “Probably every doctor in the United … Continue reading Documentary Reveals the Hazards of Toxic Mold and Mold-Related Illnesses

How Mold Spores and Mycotoxins Affect the Body

Written by Susan Lillard – Source: http://www.urthpro.com Mold spores are in the air everywhere looking for the moisture required to grow. Water from a shower, a leaky faucet or toilet provides all the moisture needed for them to grow and multiply. If dampened wood or sheetrock is not dried out within 24-48 hours, mold will grow! Usually by the time mold becomes visible, it has … Continue reading How Mold Spores and Mycotoxins Affect the Body

Is Hidden Mold at Home Making You Sick? ABC News

I always get excited when I see or hear about mold being talked about in the news. There is so much that mainstream medicine does not know and it is time to wake up. Over the years a growing body of evidence has evolved that agrees to the dangers and health issues related to environmental toxins such as those produced by certain species of mold. Regardless of what people may … Continue reading Is Hidden Mold at Home Making You Sick? ABC News

Dick’s Sporting Goods employees sue over alleged exposure to toxic mold

November 19, 2014 10:27 AM By Kyle Barnett Source: louisianarecord.com GRETNA – Two former employees of a local sporting goods store claim they were sickened after being exposed to toxic mold for a prolonged period of time. Michelle C. Wilcox and Kokenia M. Sam filed suit against Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc., General Growth Properties Inc. and their insurers in the 24th Judicial District Court on … Continue reading Dick’s Sporting Goods employees sue over alleged exposure to toxic mold

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My Experience & Using Diet to Combat the Health Effects of Mold Exposure

Because I know so many people who are dealing with this malady I am going to share just a bit of my story and what has helped me with health issues associated with toxic mold exposure. I hope you are encouraged. Please feel free to share this post with others on your FB pages and other social media accounts. The more we get the word … Continue reading My Experience & Using Diet to Combat the Health Effects of Mold Exposure

What Every Pediatrician & Parent Should Know about the Health Issues Associated with Mold/Mycotoxins

This is a “must read”. Every pediatrician and parent should review this report to learn about the health issues associated with exposures to mycotoxins. Children can be exposed to mycotoxins at home or at school and effects from exposure can be devastating and can lead to Neuroimmune and Autoimmune conditions like PANS. Because my health was severely affected by mold and mycotoxins,  I am extremely passionate … Continue reading What Every Pediatrician & Parent Should Know about the Health Issues Associated with Mold/Mycotoxins

Beat the War Against Mold

Learn how to avoid health risks from mold exposure. By Kurt and Lee Ann Billings The Battle Plan; Prevention of a particular illness is often learned after a person has become a bona fide, card-carrying member of the disease’s survivors club. Lesser-known conditions, the ones without hefty public awareness campaigns, take people by surprise. This is all too often the case with illness caused by … Continue reading Beat the War Against Mold

Curious case of toxic mold pits Chamber of Commerce employees against City of Madison

MADISON, Alabama — Four women work together in a small building in Madison. They begin to behave strangely, developing nosebleeds and coughs, complaining of constant exhaustion. They appear to forget words, at times seeming to lose track mid-sentence. They begin to blanket doctors’ offices. Three of the women have gall bladder surgery the same year. One of them, Sandra Payne, says she went to the … Continue reading Curious case of toxic mold pits Chamber of Commerce employees against City of Madison

Mold Pandemic Sweeping Across America

Written by Dr. Mercola – Source  Jack Thrasher, PhD, is extremely knowledgeable on the topic of mold and how it impacts your health. Interestingly, from a toxicity point of view, some mycotoxins that molds produce are actually far more toxic than heavy metals, in terms of concentration. Mold mycotoxins also tend to affect more biological systems in your body than pesticides or heavy metals do. … Continue reading Mold Pandemic Sweeping Across America

Dr. Mercola Speaks About – Healing from Toxic Mold Exposure

By Dr. Mercola Illnesses caused by mold exposure are a growing problem that few people are aware of, including most primary care physicians. Environmental health experts are seeing increasing numbers of individuals with a complex myriad of symptoms directly related to mold exposure. This has resulted in the proposal of a new term to describe this multi-faceted syndrome: Mixed Mold Toxicosis. Because mold-related disorders are … Continue reading Dr. Mercola Speaks About – Healing from Toxic Mold Exposure

Lab Tests to Help Doctors Diagnose Mold Illness

Its bad enough to feel sick and visit doctor after doctor and have them turn around and say:  “Well you have depression, anxiety, IBS and Fibromyalgia.  Let’s get you started on these prescription drugs to help aid your symptoms”. This type of thinking frustrates me beyond repair.  When a person is a victim of any life-altering illness they cannot simply be medicated for symptoms.  The … Continue reading Lab Tests to Help Doctors Diagnose Mold Illness

What is Mold Illness – Dr. Shoemaker Explains

Yesterday a FB fan asked an important question.  His question? He asked: “Just what is mold illness?”. I could not find a better explanation then the one available on Dr Shoemakers site SurvivingMold.com.   Please see the article below written by Dr. Shoemaker. Overview of Mold Illness Diagnosis Mold Illness begins insidiously, as it quietly and silently takes away energy, cognition, and easy breathing; it leaves … Continue reading What is Mold Illness – Dr. Shoemaker Explains

Click Here For Toxic Mold Resources

Below is a list of websites, physicians who treat MSC, Mold Illness, and other Illnesses caused by toxins in the environment. You will also find scientific publications, information for clinicians, recommended reading, and free downloads we have collected from various sites over the years. There is valuable information for families and medical professionals alike. If you run into people who do not believe that toxic … Continue reading Click Here For Toxic Mold Resources

The Severity of Mold Exposure

There is a mold pandemic sweeping across America and affecting millions. Sadly, many people don’t realize that the fungi incorrectly referred to as ‘black mold’ (Stachybotrys chartarum) is a serious problem and it can severely compromise your immune system after a simple exposure.  Another unknown fact is that each type of mold has different effects on the body but the most dangerous types or species of … Continue reading The Severity of Mold Exposure

Mold-The Silent Health threat & the Sicknesses it Can Cause

  Report below is by Dr. Mercola Mold in your home, school or workplace can pose a number of serious health problems that you may not realize are related to mold exposure. This article is part of a series of articles I’m writing about this silent health threat. The focus of this particular article will be on some of the more serious medical conditions—some deadly—with … Continue reading Mold-The Silent Health threat & the Sicknesses it Can Cause

Mold 101 & Testing Info

If you work or live in a building with water damage and mold issues and are sick please read the posts on this blog. Staying can make you very sick and cause lifelong disabling conditions like ME/CFS.For helpful information on finding a mold-free home click here.  If you suspect that your home or place of business has toxic mold and you plan on getting coverage … Continue reading Mold 101 & Testing Info

The Common Toxin that Can Be FAR More Damaging than Pesticides and Heavy Metals =MOLD

Report below is by Dr. Mercola Mold in your home, school or workplace can pose a number of serious health problems that you may not realize are related to mold exposure. This article is part of a series of articles I’m writing about this silent health threat. The focus of this particular article will be on some of the more serious medical conditions—some deadly—with which … Continue reading The Common Toxin that Can Be FAR More Damaging than Pesticides and Heavy Metals =MOLD

Health News: More Johnson & Johnson’s recalls for Tylenol and other over-the-counter medicines linked to a musty or moldy odor

You know I can’t understand why these big companies keep making poor quality products and endangering the public, but they still are open for business. If you recall I did 2 articles a while back about J & J that you can read here, I suggest you check them out: Health News: Another Tylenol Recall, your Children are at Risk Tylenol Recall – Take Action J&J’s McNeil … Continue reading Health News: More Johnson & Johnson’s recalls for Tylenol and other over-the-counter medicines linked to a musty or moldy odor

I almost Died – Sunday Ramblings & Reflections

Hi friends. I hope and pray that you are well. I’ve missed you. Lately, I’ve been hiding as we navigate through some crazy terrain. I’m sorry I haven’t been very active on my social media pages or blog these past few weeks. Life has been slapping me in the face, and I’m still a bit red and bruised, so I’ve chosen to hide as I … Continue reading I almost Died – Sunday Ramblings & Reflections

Why should you care about oxidative stress? Do Mycotoxins affect glutathione levels?

Have you lived or worked in a water damaged building? Did you know that mycotoxins and other contaminants can decrease the formation of glutathione? In this short video I’m discussing the following things: 1.How do low levels of glutathione impact our health? 2. Life begins in the cell. 3.What happens when we are exposed to toxic mold, pesticides, pollution and other toxins? 4.Why is glutathione … Continue reading Why should you care about oxidative stress? Do Mycotoxins affect glutathione levels?

New paper provides a link between common chemicals and ‘unexplained’ chronic illnesses

The press release below is shared with the permission of Dr. Claudia Miller. SAN ANTONIO – Could your new home with its fresh paint, carpet and cabinets, as well as pesticides used around the place, cause a range of illness due to chemical intolerance?A new paper provides a long-awaited link between exposures to common chemicals and so-called unexplained illnesses. It also for the first time … Continue reading New paper provides a link between common chemicals and ‘unexplained’ chronic illnesses

We Haven’t Felt This Energetic In Years – A Sweet Testimony & A Bit About Glutathione

I’m so happy when I can share good news and give hope. Today is one of those days. Many of you know that I’ve been struggling with my health ever since my prolonged toxic mold exposure in a sick building where I worked for eight years. Leaving that building and working on mold and chemical avoidance was and still is the most important thing that … Continue reading We Haven’t Felt This Energetic In Years – A Sweet Testimony & A Bit About Glutathione

Recommended Books

Below I will share some of the many books that have adorned my bookshelves at home over the years. I’ve read a few of these several times over the years. I know it is an exhaustive list but I believe that knowledge, the right kind is priceless and powerful!Please check back often as I have about two dozen more books that I need to add … Continue reading Recommended Books

Educational Consultations

Hi there – Are you looking for a little encouragement and guidance on your journey?  A simple phone call and supporting emails can be all you need to get going. New for Summer 2021 – I’m offering five free, twenty-minute email and/or phone consultations each month about glutathione and its role in healing. I’ll also be sharing about what we started doing in May of … Continue reading Educational Consultations

Videos

Washing Moldy Clothing, Mycotoxins & Losing EverythingHave you been affected by toxic mold and are wondering about your clothing and other cloth items? In this video, I’m covering the following topics: -What do I do with my moldy clothing, bedding, and other cloth items? -Does Ammonia and EC3 work to clean moldy clothing? -Are all black molds toxic? -What is a toxic mold and how … Continue reading Videos

Testimonials

Check out some of my reviews and testimonials from the past 14 years. Christa U, USA“Chemical Free Gal is so sweet, compassionate, and kind, and she is ready with tons of information on mold illness and MCS.” Dr. Colon, board-certified pediatrician, USA“Her passion for health and quality really shines through in all that she does e.g. products. I have truly enjoyed witnessing how her love for providing … Continue reading Testimonials

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New Tee Shirt for Chronical Illness Warriors – “I Don’t Feel as Good as I look.”

  The other night I was in a group chat with a few of my sweet friends. These are moms who have been affected by toxic mold and chemicals. We were discussing how frustrating it is when people make snarky comments because you look good but all the while they are trying to downplay your illness.So as a joke, I said I would make us … Continue reading New Tee Shirt for Chronical Illness Warriors – “I Don’t Feel as Good as I look.”