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Mold Illness – What It Is And 17 Signs You Have It

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There are numerous ways that a building can come to host a variety of fungi, bacteria, mycobacteria and actinomycetes. Inappropriate ventilation, faulty construction of crawl spaces, incomplete basements exposed to ground water and not correcting water intrusion are just some of the construction defects that can make a building water-damaged. If you have water-damaged buildings then in all likelihood you have mold spores in the air. [1]

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in its June 2006 report that excessive exposure to mold-contaminated materials can cause adverse health effects to susceptible individuals regardless of the type of mold or the extent of contamination. [2]

Back in 2002, a consensus panel tried to tell the public that mold illness didn’t exist; yet the Institute of Medicine recently acknowledged that exposure to molds can cause respiratory problems. More recently, data presented by Dr. Shoemaker and other practitioners shows that mold illness can cause chronic fatigue, joint problems and adverse neurologic and cognitive effects. [3]

25% of the population is considered to be sensitive to mold illness. These sensitive individuals need to be extra careful to avoid mold exposure. [5] However, unlike typical viral or bacterial infections, there is currently no test that will confirm if you are ill from mold toxin exposure.

Here are seventeen symptoms that you should be wary of: [4]

1. Memory problems and having trouble with focusing in doing tasks
2. Fatigue and weakness.
3. Muscle cramping and persistent nerve pain
4. Numbness and tingling
5. Headache
6. Light sensitivity, red eyes, and/or blurred vision
7. Sinus problems, cough, shortness of breath, air hunger, asthma-like symptoms
8. Tremors
9. Vertigo
10. Persistent nerve pain
11. Abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, appetite changes
12. Metallic taste
13. Weight gain despite sufficient effort
14. Night sweats or other problems with temperature regulation
15. Excessive thirst
16. Increased urination
17. Static shocks (I have to say, found this one very strange and can’t see how this is affected by mold).

You may not be able to test for symptoms; but you can test for mold. Professional inspectors will to air sampling tests for mold spores and we had this done recently.

Your best strategy is to simply get away from the mold and see if your symptoms get better. This is one thing you can pay attention to. Do the symptoms only appear when you are in one location? Note however that there may be other allergens causing your problems. Air purification is another valuable strategy and if you believe you have serious mold-related sickness – or allergy to other airborne pollutants – you might wish to investigate a “serious” air purifier such as the IQAir Healthpro.

Mold requires damp conditions in order to thrive – so the first step in mold remediation is to fix the cause of moisture that is creating the moldy conditions, whether it is faulty plumbing, appliance problems, roof or gutter issues, ground drainage issues etc. The second step is locating and remediating the mold itself. Mold can grow anywhere there is damp ; in the ceiling, basement, wall cavities, storage boxes, clothes, air ducts, insulation, furniture, windows, carpet, floor and anything else made of wood. If the mold is covering a large area then it needs professional treatment due to the toxic hazards presented.

See also:

How To Remove Mold With Tea Tree Oil


[1] Shoemaker, Ritchie C. (2010) Surviving Mold: Life in the Era of Dangerous Buildings. http://www.amazon.com/dp/0966553551/?tag=wwwsaragottfr-20
[2] Weinhold, B. (2007) A Spreading Concern: Inhalational Health Effects of Mold. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1892134/
[3] Shoemaker, Ritchie C. (2005) Mold Warriors: Fighting America’s Hidden Health Threat. http://www.amazon.com/Mold-Warriors-Fighting-Americas-Hidden/dp/0966553535
[4] Gottfried, Sara. Mold Illness: 17 Signs You Have It And How To Get Better. http://wisemindhealthybody.com/dr-gottfried/mold-illness/
[5] Schaller, James (2006) When Traditional Medicine Fails, Your Guide to Mold Toxins. http://www.amazon.com/Traditional-Medicine-Fails-Guide-Toxins/dp/0977397165

How To Make SUPER Healthy Additive Free Salad Dressing

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Salad is supposed to be one of the quintessential healthy meals. Low in calories, bursting with freshness and full of nutrition.

So it stands to reason that your salad dressing ought to consist also of only healthy ingredients and nothing else.

However there has been an alarming trend in recent years: Premade salad dressings with all manner of artificial additives and questionable ingredients. Here are some facts you should know:

1. Many store-bought salad dressings contain fairly significant amounts of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Unless you’re in a health food store, it’s almost impossible to find a salad dressing that doesn’t contain large amounts of HFCS.

2. Almost all store-bought salad dressings contain heavily refined soybean oil and/or refined canola oil… both of which are VERY unhealthy.

3. Many store-bought salad dressings contain numerous additional artificial additives – including monosodium glutamate, colors such as yellow 6 and yellow 5, propylene glycol alginate and more. More on artificial food coloring here.

Sorry to be blunt, but these products, marketed as “low fat” and therefore “healthy”, are in fact a chemical sh*t storm. As a general rule of thumb, if you see the words “low fat”, run. It’s also worth noting that scientists have now demonstrated that sugar is the main culprit in weight gain, not fat.

Here are two simple recipes for awesome all natural (genuinely) and super healthful salad dressings:

1. Garlic Ginger Lemon Salad Dressing

2 cloves of garlic
1 small thumb size piece of ginger
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup of olive oil

1. Mince the garlic and ginger as finely as possible
2. In a bowl combine all ingredients
3. Pour over salad

Additions and variations – can you think of more? :)
+ ADD honey if you want it sweet!
+ ADD cayenne pepper to make it spicy!
+ ADD turmeric for an extra cleanse!
+ ADD 1 avocado mashed for a CREAMY DRESSING!
+ ADD nutritional yeast for a ‘cheesy’ tasting salad!

2. Super Healthy Balsamic Vinaigrette

For the all-natural vinaigrette that we think is SUPER, please go here:

Geary’s Healthy-Fat Blend Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

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Everyone knows green smoothies are healthy, right? However…

Have you heard of a “red” smoothie? If not, check out this story…
The Red Smoothie Detox Factor
=> “Red” Smoothie Helps Alabama Girl Shed 80lbs!

Chef Loses 60 lbs While Working On Astonishing New Cookbook: Here's Where You Can Get The Recipes FREE

I have something very exciting to share with you today... Over the past year, my friends at PaleoHacks have been working on a super secret cookbook project with the world-renowned Peter Servold -- a Le Cordon Bleu (World's top culinary school!) trained Chef and owner of Pete's Paleo...

And today, this new incredible Paleo Cookbook is finally available to be shipped right to your door - for FREE!

That's right -- as a special launch promotion, they're offering their brand new Paleo fat loss cookbook to you for free (Chef Pete lost 60 lbs using these recipes!) All you have to do is just cover a small shipping cost.

The cookbook is called Paleo Eats, and it's filled with over 80 chef-created, insanely tasty Paleo recipes -- which means they are free from gluten, soy, dairy, and refined sugar.  But most importantly, they are EASY and FAST to make when you see how Pete simplifies gourmet cooking.

Pete has well over 10,000 hours of experience cooking these super healthy gourmet meals -- refining his recipes over the past 10+ years for the absolute perfect taste.

Inside, you'll find recipes like:
• Pan-Roasted Pork Chops w/ Rutabaga Puree & Roasted Beets
• Mongolian Red Pepper Beef w/ Roasted Spaghetti Squash & Chard
• Pear & Proscuitto Salad
• Braised Pulled Pork w/ Sauteed Kale & Roasted Baby Carrots
• (get this) - BACON BARS.

- And a LOT more!

Over 80 amazingly delicious recipes that will help you lose body fat, improve your digestion, boost your energy & immunity, get clearer skin, control blood sugar and help to slow the aging process.  You'll even see on this page how Chef Pete himself lost 60 lbs using these recipes!

Pete's meals are out of this world amazing -- you'll get to experience some of the tastiest versions of Paleo favorites -- and some new flavors and recipes that I can guarantee you've never tried:

Get your FREE copy of The Paleo Eats Cookbook Here

Grab this opportunity today while it's still available!

  1. Famous Chef Sheds 60lbs Researching New Paleo Recipes: Get The Cookbook FREE Here
  2. #1 muscle that eliminates joint and back pain, anxiety and looking fat
  3. "Red" Smoothie Helps Alabama Girl Shed 80lbs!
  4. [PROOF] Reverse Diabetes with a “Pancreas Jumpstart”
  5. 7 odd foods that KILL your abdominal fat (surprising fat-fighters)
  6. Here's What Happens When You "Unlock Your Hip Flexors"
  7. The #1 WORST food that CAUSES Faster Aging  (beware -- Are you eating this?)

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This Company Develops Edible Eating Utensils

The world has a serious plastic pollution problem. We know this and we know we have to do something about it. This amazing yet devastatingly simple project is doing just that… with a new type of edible disposable cutlery that makes perfect sense.

In order to manufacture these crunchy, tasty spoons and forks on a large enough scale to be price competitive with plastic, the project needed an injection of capital. Amazingly, they just got it – big time: Their Kickstarter campaign just went hugely viral on social media and ended up 5x overfunded with over $270,000 raised and huge public support from around the world. This would appear to be an idea whose time has come – and not a moment too soon.

India in particular uses huge amounts of disposable cutlery. A staggering 120 billion pieces are disposed of per year in India alone and as these are plastic, they typically end up in landfill. We also know that many plastics contain toxic chemicals – such as phthalates and bisphenol A – and yet we continue to use them for food.

Do you know which plastics have the highest cancer risk? Check our full report on that here: Do you know which plastics have the highest cancer risk?

This new edible cutlery has been well though out. It is made from millet, rice and wheat. It is hard enough to cope with the food, yet you can crunch it like a kind of cracker and eat it. If you don’t feel like eating it, simply toss it. It’s biodegradable and breaks down rapidly, returning to the cycle of nature to be assimilated safely by other life. The way things should be – can we please understand this simple truth now?

Many people are inquiring about purchasing the edible spoons or supporting this program. Here’s their Kickstarter: http://kck.st/1R4pGps