Written by Anja 2. september 2017
The last couple of weeks I have been reading on several facebook- groups about how mold is evil and how it makes people unkind, selfish and unable to make the right decisions.
As a person that has experienced «mold rage» on more than a few occasions since I got ill, and with a few family-members living in mold, who to me, seem to have lost all sense of empathy for anyone but themselves, yes I can get on board with that. Yes mold affects the brain, especially the amygdalae and hippocampus, wich happen to control hormones and emotions. And yes I believe it challenges both the people who get sick from it, and the people who claim not to get sick by it, but living in it, on our very souls and who we are as people.
I believe it makes businesses worse, as people working in moldy environments are proven to be less efficient, and I believe living or working in bad environments, with mold and damp makes people less able to be clear-minded and make the right decisions both as professionals and as a personal self. In fact, we know this to be true, through research.
But this is scary, because this means that mold affects our whole society, and how it works. After all, we who are sick from CIRS already know that waterdamaged buildings are over 50% of the buildings we enter on a daily basis, and have to keep away from. The coffee-shop on the corner, the grocery store, the train station etc. are all places people who claim “not” to be affected by mold, enter on a daily basis. Other than their houses and workplaces, that may also be affected!
Now with storms in the world like Harvey, Kathrina etc. I dare say it has become more than 50% in some areas. And surely mold will thrive both in New york and in Houston, and it may not be possible to rid of all the affected houses, even within a century.
But is it the mold that is EVIL? Is it the mold we should be angry with?
We know that the mold that grew in the 1960`s is not the same as the one we see today. It has changed, it has mutated, and it is forever more toxic. The actual DNA of the mold has changed.
Mold has and always will have a place in nature. It exists to break down biological waste, so that there will be room for new to grow. It is surely a fantastic job it does for us, IN NATURE.
In nature, the mold is said to not produce the same toxins or the same amounts of toxins as it does in our homes, or in a farmers crops. How can this be?
It is very simple if you think abut it. Mold produces toxins to defend itself against intruders. Both other molds and from others that disturb it from doing the job it was allways intended to do. Mycotoxins are the molds immunesystem, and when it is attacked or disturbed, it lets out spores and toxins in to the air. It is fighting for it`s life with every means it has been given.
It is then with a sense of irony, that when the toxins from mold enters the sytem of a person with CIRS, we experience having to fight for OUR lives. The mold that should be living in a perfect symbiosis with us, in and outside our bodies, produce toxins that are so toxic it affects our whole being, who we are, and several systems in our bodies. It gives us many symptoms and to the extent that it is a danger to our very survival. Our immune system does what the molds immune system does, it drives havoc and tries to defend itself against an invisible enemy, it does not know how to fight off.
A bit of a strange thought: It is said that the DNA of the mold is very similar to that of humans. Is it not then possible that what we experience when we get sick from mold, is what the mold itself is experiencing when it is sprayed with fungicides? Fungicides are often made in a way that that they break down the cell-structures of the mold. It is also said that because the DNA of mold is so very similar to that of humans, that, that which is poisonous to mold, is also poisonous to humans. As an example, many of us experience being more sensitive to elctromagnetic fields. Well as is the mold. It produces more toxins the more electromagnetism exposure it gets. In other words, it`s immune system defends itself against the elctromagnetic field.
The use of chemicals challenges the mold
On our crops and in or houses today we use extensive amounts of chemicals to fight off mold. We use fungicides in glue, paints, silicone, detergents, house cleaners, on our food, in the builduing materials, in pillows, mattresses and so on. Moreover, many of these chemicals and enzymes are often made from molds, like citric acid, protease and amylase that are in our foods or detergents either as a perservatives or to break down fat or protein. All of this is a threat to the mold that lives outside our doorstep, and as soon as water or damp occurs, wants to make a living in our homes. There it meets resistance from all the chemicals we have in our houses and use on a daily basis. And as a result it fights for it`s place in our biological circle, and the natural place it has a right to have in our environment and in our bodies. After all humans are buildt up by cells, bacterias, viruses and molds. They are a natural part of our bodily environments as well as our surroundings. And as we fight it off, it fights for it`s survival and natural place in the world.
After reading Dr. Shoemakers book “surviving mold”, I must say my view is that the mold is not evil. It is us humans that are evil. If mold was alowed to do it`s natural job in us and in our environments, it would never have mutated, and it would not produce these toxins.
So who do we get angry at for making the world a worse place to live in, and keeps people from acting as their best selves on a daily basis?
I for one am angry with peoples unwillingness to accept these facts. And with people I mean companies, governments and “the general man” that keeps on accepting the developments that have been happening, that makes us ill, and that try to deny the very truth about these matters. If they accepted the science, we would have to change our whole society. Chemicals and fungicides would be forbidden, as I belive they will be, as the molds have already become resistant to many of them. Instead of finding new ways to KILL mold, and alow it to mutate even further, I believe we need to figure out natural ways to live with it.
I am angry with our governments that keep making building codes that allow more and more people to become sick, as the walls of our new homes are made so dense that it would be impossible for damp to get out. And with chemicals in new houses, so high in VOC`s, that people should not be alowed to live in them, until it has offgassed. That would in many cases take up to 15 years.
If there were more information about CIRS and other consequences of mold, we would surely see changes in all areas of society.
Our buildings would have to be built without the use of chemicals, and in a way that hinders damp to reside. Which means less energy-effective, as we would have to use more heat and at the same time have enough ventilation througout the buildings. Ventilation systems and aircondition systems, that alow condensation and dust to form inside their ducts, would not be allowed, and as a result we would go back to natural ventilation in our homes. To save energy I believe we will have to build smaller and with other building materials, like brick or stone that either withstands damp, or breathes it out, without forming toxins.
We would care about where our clothes and furniture were made, and what from. As they are often produced or kept in warehouses that contain mycotoxins and mold, and afterwards sprayed with fungicides and chemicals to remove the smell of mold. But, as we know, the mycotoxins stay forever, and the VOC`s stay for years.
Killing mold would be forbidden, and all remediation of houses would include removing the materials the mold grows on, carefully, as to not disturb it in its prosess of breaking down the material.
On a more extreme note, if we didn`t use fungicides on crop, there would be less food going out to people, as some of it would be lost to mold. But the mold would be left alone to do it`s job, and it would be less toxic to us. Maybe we would then go back to needing more farmers so as to meet the food-demands of the people? Or maybe Monsanto has the solution to this problem, patenting seeds that are genetically altered to withstand mold and the changing weather?
Either way. I pity the mold as I pity us that are sick from it. It is after all doing what we all are doing; Fighting for it`s survival in a world that is ever more cruel to the natural balance of how things were meant to be, and more than what our immune systems can tolerate.
If we live more in tune with nature, maybe we will all be able to survive.