In this podcast, we chat about what mold is, how it can grow in our homes, and how to treat it.
As for who’s affected my mold, we discuss the largest study ever done in 1994 by John Spangler. He found that 50 percent of the homes he looked at had water damage and of those homes, 80 percent had visible mold growth. That’s pretty alarming. We chat about how 1 in 4 people are susceptible to environmentally acquired illness and the lack of information and regulations when it comes to mold exposure- especially for children. Mold overall just doesn’t have the awareness that it needs.
We discuss why mold can affect the body so much, from inhaling and absorbing through the skin to ingesting. Symptoms of exposure vary widely and can include skin issues, brain fog, respiratory disease, asthma, and fatigue. For those with “the mold gene,” they don’t detox mold and will experience symptoms faster and potentially more severely. Everyone’s body has the ability to reach their toxic load though- that means their body cannot deal with mold exposure past a certain point. Then the body begins to lose that battle and experience worsening side effects. Treatments then vary based on the specific individual and the symptoms they experience.
When it comes to remediation, we touch on what proper treatments should look like and how to find a company that works for you. The scope of their work should focus on three aspects:
1. Removing the colonization of mold
2. Fixing the conditions that allowed for mold to grow in the first place
3. Removing the contamination that was created by the mold.
Complete remediation can be costly and insurance doesn’t always cover it. We go over a few problems that can arise when dealing with insurance coverage.
Prevention is ultimately the best way to deal with mold. It will cost money upfront, but stopping the problem before it starts will always save more in the long run. Especially since there are no regulations for yearly mold testing, even in apartments and rented homes.
We also touch on how mold exposure and air quality can be particularly daunting for low-income areas and is an area of interest that needs more attention.
Give a listen below!
About Melissa Miralrio:
Melissa Miralrio hosts the Angelic Karma Podcast where she crosses the lines and boundaries fearlessly going into the ugliness of relationships to unmask what is covered up, ignored, or intentionally avoided. Her intentions are to shed light on what needs to be dealt with directly in order to save and/or create long-lasting mutually nurturing healthy relationships.
About Michael Rubino
Michael Rubino, The Mold Medic, is the authority on mold remediation. As President of All American Restoration, Rubino specializes in working with people who are immunocompromised or have acute and sustained reactions to mold exposure. Rubino provides solutions that not only get rid of mold sources but also get rid of the contamination created by those mold sources using his proprietary “Home Detox” method. He is a council-certified Mold Remediator by IICRC and ACAC and a contributing member, sponsor, and speaker for the Indoor Air Quality Association.