Florida Mold: Neurology & Psychological Symptoms
One of the delusions in much of current medicine is that mold is merely fixed by general cleaning. Some forget that in ancient times indoor mold was seen as very dangerous and not merely to be ignored, trivialized or painted over (Book of Leviticus). It is stunning to see so many neurologists, family doctors, internists, and psychiatrists, unaware of how serious indoor mold can be. It is a profound source of diverse types of illness that can effect every organ.
Peer Reviewed Published Scientific Information on Mold (2003): 18 Original Studies
For a scientific view, this 2003 compilation of 18 original research reports on mold is available, adding much to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report (see below).Archives of Environmental Health: Monograph on Molds and Mycotoxins
Kaye H. Kilburn, M.D., Editor
Are illnesses associated with exposures to indoor mold growth real, or the results of a conspiracy fueled by media hype and greedy lawyers? This book is a compilation of 18 current, scientific, peer reviewed papers presented in 2003 -- a veritable mountain of evidence that many mold-exposed people are indeed sick, with significant brain function impairment. The published investigations collected here are based on measurements of single patients and groups, studied systematically. Physiological functions and brain scans (single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and quantitative electroencephalograms) were abnormal. Mechanisms of mold damage to brain cells resemble those for Gulf War Syndrome, chemical intolerance, and exposure to chlorine, ammonia, or hydrogen sulfide ("rotten egg") gases.
Clear evidence of brain impairment in several hundred people controverts questions and charges of malingering and secondary gain.
Exposures are invariably to mixtures of molds. Attempts to define exposure in terms of specific molds and toxins, or by searching for biomarkers in body fluids are inconclusive. Often homes and other buildings are poorly designed, so that rather than "breathing" they collect moisture. Cold temperatures and air conditioning condense this moisture on indoor surfaces, between walls, and in ductwork. Molds grow opportunistically on wet paper, such as the cellulose present in drywall, on wooden studs and floors, carpets and pads, wallpaper, and other organic materials. Because much of the physiological damage suffered by victims of mold-related illnesses is irreversible, avoidance of mold is the key. Buildings must be designed to prevent mold growth.
These papers summarize the preliminary conclusions from studies of several hundred patients. Evidence is presented for severe neurobehavioral impairment, nasal sinus and lung dysfunctions, and immunological disturbance. Integrating these findings and developing treatments are works in progress as are identifying the molds toxic chemicals.
This Text Adds to the Work Dr. Shoemaker has published. But his is superior in terms of treatment, legal fighting and getting better.