EPA Health and Mold
This page discusses how mold is produced and the associated risks to human health and property.
Institute of Medicine Damp Indoor Spaces and Health.
(U.S.). Committee on Damp Indoor Spaces and Health. Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, c2004.
The IOM findings conclusively support that damp buildings are unhealthy for humans - and that dampness produces molds and bacteria that can cause allergenic and non-allergenic responses, some of them initiating new (respiratory) disease and exacerbating other (respiratory) disease, without ruling out more extensive organ and neurological damage.
The Body Burden Community Monitoring Handbook
is an initiative of the Community Monitoring Working Group (CMWG) of the International Persistent Organic Pollutants Elimination Network. Chemical Body Load
Coming Clean NetworkWhat is Body Burden
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness
There is no training regarding MCS in medical schools. This petition calls for the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association to make good on their June 2000 agreement to prepare physicans to meet the challenges of the upcoming century.
American Environmental Health Foundation and American Academy of Environmental Medicine21st Annual International Symposium on Man and His Environment in Health and Disease Special Focus Innovative Aspects and Treatment of Molds, Mycotoxins and Chemical Sensitivity
"Once an individual develops HP, however, even small exposure to the antigen will provoke severe symptoms." "Repeated exposure cause the alveoli sacs of the lungs to become inflamed. Parts of the lung may then develop fibrous scar tissue which cease to function normally in breathing."
Confirming Fungal Exposure in the Body
Julia Kendall, Co-Chair, Citizens for a Toxic-Free Marin
Here are common daily products and their health effects. Shampoos, laundry detergents and lotions can be neurotoxic, especially for the growing organs in children. The site gives symptoms aligned with typical chemicals in product types. This is poisoning, not allergies.
The Dangers of Fragrance http://www.herc.org/news/perfume/
Telling someone they stink http://www.geocities.com/youstink1/
Chemical Injury Network
Founded in 1990, the Chemical Injury Information Network (CIIN) is a 501(c)3, tax-exempt, non-profit support and advocacy organization run by the chemically injured primarily for the benefit of the chemically injured.
Vitality Magazine Oct 2003
Government and Medical Science Finally Recognize Crippling Effects of MCS
A history of Multiple Chemical Sensitivites (also called Environmental Illness).
Mold-Help Symptoms of Fungal Exposure and Mycotoxicosis
Fungi, which include yeasts, moulds, smuts and mushrooms, are responsible for causing four types of mycotic (fungal) disease.
Health threats of Aspergillus exposures.
Dr. Nathan Yost, MD
Health Effects of Exposure To Mold Review of the Scientific Literature: 1998-2002
Harriet M. Ammann, Ph.D., D.A.B.T., Senior Toxicologist Washington State Department of Health
Is Indoor Mold Contamination a Threat to Health?
"In addition to mucous membrane irritation, fungal volatile compounds
may impact the 'common chemical sense' which senses pungency and responds
to it. This sense is primarily associated with the trigeminal nerve (and
to a lesser extent the vagus nerve). This mixed (sensory and motor) nerve
responds to pungency, not odor, by initiating avoidance reactions, including
breath holding, discomfort, or paresthesias, or odd sensations, such as
itching, burning, and skin crawling. Changes in sensation, swelling of
mucous membranes, constriction of respiratory smooth muscle, or dilation
of surface blood vessels may be part of fight or flight reactions in response
to trigeminal nerve stimulation. Decreased attention, disorientation, diminished
reflex time, dizziness and other effects can also result from such exposures."
(Otto et al., 1989)
Repeated Exposures to Toxins
"In the early stages of MCS, repeated exposure to the substance or substances
that caused the initial health effects provokes a reaction. After a time,
it takes less and less exposure to the related chemicals to cause symptoms.
As the body systems break down, an ever-increasing number of chemicals,
including some unrelated to the initial exposure, are found to trigger a reaction." - Dr. Gloria Gilbere
Congressional Testimony on Mold by Ritchie Shoemaker
International Researcher, Speaker and Author of Biotoxin Research
John Conyers, Member of Congress wrote this regarding testimony of Ritchie Shoemaker:
“I want to thank you for delivering expert testimony on toxic mold at the Capitol hearing and press conference. You were successful showing Members
the serious health impacts from toxic mold. . . Again, thank you for your
brilliant and cogent testimony in the Congress.”
Dr. Shoemaker: A Primer in Sick Building Syndrome
A Summary of Scientific Findings on Adverse Effects of Indoor Environments on Students’ Health, Academic Performance and Attendance.
US Department of Education.
Appendix 1 (pdf),
Appendix 2 (pdf),
Appendix 3 (pdf),
Appendix 4 (pdf)
PTA Position on Indoor Air and Health in Schools
Tired or Toxic?
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Environmental Toxicity
EPA: Connecticut Law Tribune Smart Kids in Sick Schools
"... as Connecticut's students are rated the smartest in the nation and more of them are diagnosed with respiratory problems, proponents of the measure are vowing to make sure indoor air quality legislation passes next session..."
cite: by Andy Thibault, Law Tribune Contributing Writer (October 2002)
School Nurses and Indoor Air Quality
American Academy of Pediatrics Toxic Effects of Indoor Molds
Helathy Schools Network
Some of the indoor molds have the potential to produce extremely toxic materials called mycotoxins. Dr. Strauss of Texas Tech explains.
EPA: Sick Building Syndrome