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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.

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

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

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

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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

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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

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

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Could Your Environment Be Making You Sick? Podcast Episode 3

Hi there! Episode three of Chemical Free Gal’s Podcast is now live. I didn’t know that mold was the cause of my health problems until it was too late. No one told me when I was young, healthy, and vibrant, that mold could annihilate me and leave me sick for years. I wish I would have known then what I know now. If you or … Continue reading Could Your Environment Be Making You Sick? Podcast Episode 3

PANS/PANDAS Resources

PANS and PANDAS are neuroimmune illnesses that are near and dear to my heart because we have seen firsthand the devastating effects they can have on children and their families. I became interested in these conditions years ago, after learning that children exposed to toxic mold in water-damaged buildings can go on to develop PANS and other neurological and neuroimmune conditions.  What many fail to … Continue reading PANS/PANDAS Resources

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Look For The Helpers – Reflections Amidst The Coronavirus Pandemic

I just wanted to take a moment to encourage you during these crazy times that we’re going through. I’ve been trying to write this post for the last two weeks but haven’t been feeling well enough to do so. I had a bad chemical and mold exposure that pushed me over the edge and the myalgia and nerve pain were extremely overwhelming. Thankfully this week … Continue reading Look For The Helpers – Reflections Amidst The Coronavirus Pandemic

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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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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

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?

Chemical Sensitivity – Frequently Asked Questions

Questions from friends, family, and people in the community **Please note that MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity) is sometimes referred to as Toxic Injury, Environmental Illness and Toxicant Induced Loss of Tolerance TILT**  What is MCS? I have never heard of it, is it a real thing? The American Academy of Environmental Medicine says that MCS is a very real chronic medical condition which is often quite … Continue reading Chemical Sensitivity – Frequently Asked Questions

Chemical Free Housing

So many people with chemical sensitivities and conditions like CIRS and TILT are looking for safe housing. Housing that is free from mold, cigarette smoke and chemicals is hard to come by these days. Many families have opted for tiny homes or converted trailers and they live isolated from buildings and contaminated spaces. So what can you do if you are chemically sensitive and you need to find … Continue reading Chemical Free Housing

MCS Research published from 2000 to June 2016

Selected Bibliography of Studies and Articles on Chemical Sensitivity Published in Peer-Reviewed Journals If the study you want to read does not have a link copy and paste the title of the study into google where you will most likely be taken to the study. Research published from 2000 to June 2016 Allergy Asthma Immunol Res. 2014 Sep Allergic diseases and multiple chemical sensitivity in … Continue reading MCS Research published from 2000 to June 2016

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?

What is Toxic Injury Awareness Month?

May is Toxic Injury Awareness Month, it is the month to share, speak awareness and make your voice heard concerning Environmental Illnesses and Invisible Disabilities like TILT (Toxicant Induced Loss of Tolerance), MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity) and ME (Myalgic encephalomyelitis). Please share these short videos and links below with friends, family, coworkers, churchgoers and everyone in between so they can hear some facts on what MCS is … Continue reading What is Toxic Injury Awareness Month?

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

Chemical Free Housing

So many people with chemical sensitivities and conditions like CIRS and TILT are looking for safe housing. Housing that is free from mold, cigarette smoke and chemicals is hard to come by these days. Many families have opted for tiny homes or converted trailers and they live isolated from buildings and contaminated spaces. So what can you do if you are chemically sensitive and you need to find safe materials … Continue reading Chemical Free Housing

Water-Damaged Home Causes Serious Health Issues in Occupants – Case Study

Journal of Environmental and Public Health Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 312836, 10 pages http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/312836 Research Article A Water-Damaged Home and Health of Occupants: A Case Study Jack Dwayne Thrasher,1 Michael R. Gray,2 Kaye H. Kilburn,3,4 Donald P. Dennis,5 and Archie Yu6 1Citrus Heights, CA, USA 2Progressive Healthcare Group, Benson, AZ 85602, USA 3Neurotest, Inc., Pasadena, CA 91107, USA 4USC Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA 90089, USA 5Center for ENT … Continue reading Water-Damaged Home Causes Serious Health Issues in Occupants – Case Study

Dr. WILLIAM J. REA LIBRARY

Additional Observations Of Eye Response With Chemical Sensitivities 1989 Basis for EMF Sensitivity Clinical Responses 1997 Biological Mechanisms of Chemical Sensitivity 1994 Breast Implants, Solvents, and Neurotoxic Exposure Can Be Related to Scintigraphic Abnormalities 1993 Clearing Of Volatile Hydrocarbons From The Human Body 1988 Cardiovascular Disease in Response to Chemicals and Foods Chemical Hypersensitivity and the Allergic Response 1988 Chemical Sensitivity Chemical Sensitivity and the … Continue reading Dr. WILLIAM J. REA LIBRARY

Recognizing Neurotoxicity – A Fantastic Medical Review

This is great write up by Dr. Raymond Singer and Dana Darby Johnson. A must read for anyone suffering with chemical sensitivities, mold illness and neurotoxicity. —————————————————————————————————————————– The symptoms of brain injury from exposure to hazards like lead paint and toxic chemicals vary widely. But there are ways you and your experts can pinpoint the damage and its cause. Neurotoxicity—poisoning of the brain and nervous system—is a … Continue reading Recognizing Neurotoxicity – A Fantastic Medical Review

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

Children & Environmental Toxins – Must Read Info for Pediatricians and Parents

Adults are not the only ones affected by Mycotoxins, chemicals, and other environmental contaminants. From my research and interviews with medical professionals, mold remediators, and affected families I can tell you that children especially young children are just as vulnerable as adults to illnesses caused by environmental toxins. One of my favorite people who covers this topic exceptionally well is Ruth Etzel, MD. I purchased … Continue reading Children & Environmental Toxins – Must Read Info for Pediatricians and Parents

Children & Environmental Toxins

Adults are not the only ones affected by Mycotoxins, chemicals, and other environmental contaminants. From my research and interviews with medical professionals, mold remediators, and affected families I can tell you that children especially young children are just as vulnerable as adults to illnesses caused by environmental toxins. One of my favorite people who covers this topic exceptionally well is Ruth Etzel, MD. I purchased … Continue reading Children & Environmental Toxins

Extreme Chemical Sensitivity Makes Sufferers Allergic to Life

I wanted to share this article since some people who have been affected by mold/mycotoxins later develop extreme sensitivities to chemicals. These sensitivities if severe, dramatically affect the patient’s quality of life and although the patient knows the symptoms are real, people may dismiss their sensitivities as craziness. Souce: Discover Magazine Written By: Jill Neimark Its sufferers were once dismissed as hypochondriacs, but there’s growing biological … Continue reading Extreme Chemical Sensitivity Makes Sufferers Allergic to Life

Ebola in the US – Important Preparation Info & Thoughts on Hospital Personnel

So according to the CDC,  MORE THAN 80 PEOPLE HAD CONTACT WITH THE TEXAS EBOLA PATIENT who was let go after checking into the ER and complaining of a fever and other symptoms. The man was sent home the same day with an antibiotic rather than being kept for further observation. Source This mind you, after he specifically said to the attending nurse that he … Continue reading Ebola in the US – Important Preparation Info & Thoughts on Hospital Personnel

Peanuts, Rice, Soybeans, Corn, and Wheat Can Cause Serious Health Effects due to Mycotoxin Contamination

I’ve met so many children and adults who are unable to eat peanuts and wheat. After many years of researching this topic I realized that in addition to allergies and food sensitivities people may also be reacting to toxic compounds on the food. Both mycotoxins and herbicides may be behind some of these allergies.  As it turns out, some people fall violently ill after consuming … Continue reading Peanuts, Rice, Soybeans, Corn, and Wheat Can Cause Serious Health Effects due to Mycotoxin Contamination

Water-Damaged Buildings, Environmental Toxins and Your Health – Video Interview

Over the last few years without warning I found myself diving deep into the world of Neuroimmune Illnesses & environmental toxins.  Because these issues have affected me personally and many around me, I have become a passionate speaker and advocate for exposing the dangers of environmental toxins and the adverse effects on human health. The harm to my health was mainly due to working in an office with … Continue reading Water-Damaged Buildings, Environmental Toxins and Your Health – Video Interview

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

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

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

Videos on MCS & Biotoxin Illness

Mold expert, Keith Berndtson, MD shares tips about treating and preventing mold toxicity. The Connection Between Toxic Mold and MCS Chemical Sensitivity in the Average Person – Chronic Health Effects of Mold and Chemicals A presentation and Q&A by Dr. Lisa Nagy, M.D.. Dr. Nagy presented her compelling evidence and recommendations for a healthier world at Creating Safe Havens in a Toxic, Electromagnetic World, a … Continue reading Videos on MCS & Biotoxin Illness

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

Do You Know what Masks to Use for Disasters, Pandemics, Allergies & Occupational Safety?

I know the title of this article may seem a bit odd but I spent many hours researching because this is not a topic that is spoken about regularly and unfortunately people have been misinformed about the proper use of masks, correctly known as respirators. Recent issues with mold and mycotoxins in the workplace and stories from friends whose husbands work in commercial contracting urged … Continue reading Do You Know what Masks to Use for Disasters, Pandemics, Allergies & Occupational Safety?

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

Help – I’m sick and I’m Miserable!

“Honey, why don’t you run to the drugstore and buy me some of that nighttime stuff the doctor told us about.  I need something to clear up this congestion and sore throat I got” As Ace Ventura would say “alrighty then”. But its really not alright, you know. Most drugstore meds don’t fix your illness, they just mask symptoms. Let’s just analyze the typical scenario … Continue reading Help – I’m sick and I’m Miserable!