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Toxic Mold Destroys Both Your Home and Your Health!
 

"Most homeowners believe that as long as they do not see visible signs of mold, that is, patches of green, blue, or black discoloration on surfaces, their environment is free of contamination. What they don't realize, however, is that large accumulations of [hidden or concealed] mold may be growing in areas that they cannot see, like air ducts, remote attic or basement spaces, or wall cavities. Left to multiply, these infestations may produce enough organic compounds to cause allergic reactions, sickness and, in extreme cases, death (a possibility with infants)," Edward R. Lipinski, "HOME CLINIC: The Battle Against Mold and Mildew," N.Y. TIMES, 9/12/99.
 

"Fifty percent [50%] of homes contain problem molds. A new medical study attributes nearly 100% of chronic sinus infections to mold. A 300% increase in the asthma rate over the past 20 years has been linked to molds," as reported in USA WEEKEND, December 3-5, 1999.

"Exposure to certain types of fungi, known as toxic mold, can cause a serious [allergic] reaction. If you're unlucky, this is the kind of mold you have. If you're really unlucky, your toxic mold will gird for battle and go to war, secreting chemicals called mycotoxins, which can find their way into your body, entering through your nose, mouth, and skin, lodging perhaps in your digestive tract, your lungs, or your brain. Among these toxins are trichothecenes, which were rumored to have been used as a biological weapon during the wars in Afghanistan and Vietnam," warned Lisa Belkin, "Haunted by Mold," NEW YORK TIMES, August 13, 2001.

"All molds have the potential to cause health effects. Molds can produce allergens that can trigger allergic reactions or even asthma attacks in people allergic to mold. Others are known to produce potent toxins and/or irritants. Potential health concerns are an important reason." The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, March, 2001.

"Even if mold in your house doesn't cause you any medical problems, if it becomes established in the wood in your home, 'dry rot' may form. Dry rot can result in a homeowner's nightmare. When the mold dies, the wood dries and then shrinks, breaking up into irregular chunks. Cracks in the wood fiber then act like straws, siphoning up moisture and carrying it to undamaged portions of the wood. Left unchecked, this process keeps recurring, continually rotting more wood, and can cause severe structural damage to your home," warned Vicki Lankarge, on the website insure.com.

"Mold problems have become more prevalent because of increased use of cheaper building materials like plasterboard and plywood, which are more prone to growing mold when wet...Mold, as always, is spreading. But so is mold litigation, to the consternation of the insurance industry. Last week a state court in Austin, Texas, awarded Melinda Ballard and her family $32.1 million in a case involving allegedly extensive mold damage to their Dripping Springs, Texas, house. The jury ruled that Farmers Insurance Group had failed to properly address Ms. Ballard's original water-damage and mold claim and committed fraud in its handling of her claim," noted Christopher Oster, "Insurers Blanch At Proliferation of Mold Claims," Wall Street Journal, June 6, '01.

The top mold health symptoms are the following (You may experience one or more simultaneously)
 

 Memory loss or memory difficulties/Alzheimer-like symptoms

 Learning difficulties or mental functioning problems

 Feeling lost or "disconnected" from what's happening around you

 Headaches

 Seizures

 Runny nose (rhinitis)

 Clear, thin, watery mucus from your nose may appear suddenly

 Sinus congestion and sinus problems

 Thick, green slime coming out of nose (from sinus cavities)

 Coughing and resulting sore lungs/chest from excessive coughing

 Coughing up blood

 Bleeding lungs

 Difficulty breathing

 Hives

 Itching of the nose, mouth, eyes, throat, skin, or any area

 Redness of the sclera (white of your eyes)

 Skin rashes

 Skin redness

 Open skin sores and lacerations

 Sneezing

 Sneezing fits (more than three sneezes in a row, happening often)

 Vomiting

 Diarrhea

 Chronic, excessive, or continued fatigue

 Chronic dandruff problems that don't go away despite use of shampoo

 

 

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