Mold is a common health problem plaguing many homes across the globe, irrespective of financial status or location. A homeowner or renter who suspects mold can quickly become overwhelmed and stressed about where to start and what to do. So, what should you do when you think you have mold in your home? Mold is a serious issue, and safely detecting mold and the types of mold is often the first step in determining the best course of action. This is why it’s beneficial to use the Environmental Relative Moldiness Index (ERMI) method of testing mold. Read More
What is Black Mold?
“Black mold,” or stachbotrys as his mycologist friends like to call him, is actually a dark green mold, but not only did “Dark Green Mold” fail miserably at striking fear in the hearts of the public, Penicillium mold pretty much held the copyright to all-things-green. “Killer Mold,” too, fell short of fear-mongering. And “The Notorious B.M.” didn’t quite have the effect mycologists were going for, which could be why a dark green mold was given the nickname “black mold.” Or, more specifically, “toxic black mold.” But, what causes black mold? And why is it considered so toxic?
Is Moldy Food Dangerous?
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How Many Different Types of Mold Are There?
New molds are discovered almost every year. Today, there are over 100,000 types of mold, but only several hundred have been thoroughly studied.
When wondering “How many different types of mold are there?,” what really matters are the types of mold that are more-likely to be in your home. The bad news is that there are over a hundred molds that thrive in homes and all of them are capable of causing harm and destruction. The good news is that, unlike outdoor molds, indoor molds can be subdued and eliminated.
What is Green Mold?
Some mistakenly believe that any and all green molds are penicillin. Penicillin, however, is not a mold. Penicillin is an antibiotic derived from the mold known as penicillium chrysogenum. Many times over, a common statement is made in regards to foods that have mold growth: “Ah, it’s just penicillin. It won’t hurt you.” Nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact, contact with penicillium chryosogenum–like any mold–can cause serious health issues. For instance, penicillium molds often cause chronic sinus infections and inflammation within the lungs.
The truth is, there are several types of green mold–thousands, actually–and none of them are friendly. So, what exactly makes green mold, green?
Most homes are teeming in the thousands, if not millions, of various types of mold spores and any location that offers adequate moisture will provide it the perfect home. Laundry rooms especially provide the key ingredients to what makes mold grow: moisture, decaying organic material (soiled laundry), warmth, and usually no direct sunlight. Thus, it is not uncommon to find mold on clothes.
Whether top-load or front-load, new or used, every washing machine provides an ideal habitat for mold. The high moisture content in both the machine and the resulting atmosphere, the typical poorly-ventilated laundry room with its stale warm air, and the continual supply of decomposing organic material provided by soiled laundry all contribute to an environment conducive to mold growth and its accompanying mildew smell.
Don’t wait until you experience that distinct mold odor. Because of such steady, mold-welcoming conditions, it is important to be consistent in regular maintenance. Cleaning a machine that appears to clean itself during each use might seem a little superfluous, but even washing machines could use a good wash from time to time.
What is an All-Purpose Cleaner?
In general, an all-purpose cleaner is a bottled liquid cleaning agent that is concocted from ingredients that are harsh enough to remove dirt, grime, and stains, but gentle enough not to damage a wide array of surfaces, such as carpet, plastic, linoleum, porcelain, stainless steal, laminate, glass, or finished wood.
What is Borax?
Borax, or sodium tetraborate, is a natural white mineral and salt powder compound derived from boron, a non-metal element which is mined from the ground (generally from dried-up lake beds). Read More
Is Your Fish Tank Growing Mold?
The health of fish and their owners depend on tank hygiene. This is because every fish tank provides the perfect environment for both submerged and airborne forms of fungi. General tank cleanliness, water quality, filtration, decor material, and the initial health of the fish all contribute to the growth and dispersing of mold spores. A dirty tank allows a film to build both underwater and in contact with the air above. Decomposing organic material, such as wood decor, dead fish, excrement, or the open, seeping wound (infection or injury) of a fish can all provide nourishment to underwater fungus, as well as airborne mold.
History of Activated Charcoal
The earliest known use for activated charcoal was recorded in 3750 B.C. It was during this period of earth’s history that Egyptian and Sumerian metallurgy was revolutionizing the metal works industry with the introduction of bronze—an alloy of tin, zinc, and copper dependent upon carbon, or activated charcoal, for the purpose of atomic oxygen-reduction and elemental extraction.
America’s Love Affair With Peanut Butter
As of October 8, 2017, the current population of the United States is estimated roughly at 326.8 million. According to sales statistics in the year 2016, over 290 million of those Americans consumed peanut butter. In addition, it is predicted that November 2017—being the National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month—will bring about the consumption of over 65 million pounds of peanut butter. Suffice it to say, peanut butter is an American staple food—and why shouldn’t it be?
How to Use a Pro-Lab Mold Test Kit
According to TopTenReviews.com, the Pro-Lab Mold Test Kit is the #1 home mold test kit on the market for 2017, due to its simplicity of use, full-range testing methods, thorough mycology lab analysis (an extra fee), and its American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) certification.
Three Testing Methods
Each test in the Pro-Lab kit requires you to prepare a petri dish by pouring a mold medium, or a growth hormone, into the dish. After the growth hormone hardens, you can use the petri dish in one of three methods to collect a sample.
The Best Mold Test Kits of 2017
Angie Parkinson of Top Ten Reviews recently evaluated the top ten mold test kits on the market and rated them according to cost, testing and analysis capabilities, adequacy of supplies, and the type and availability of customer support. You can read her full report here.
10 of the Moldiest Foods on the Market
Those suffering from toxic mold exposure or fungal hypersensitivities (mold allergy) are advised to adhere to a fungal-elimination diet . Moldy and yeasty foods of any kind should be avoided.
Below is a list of the top 10 moldiest foods (in no particular order):
The Dangers of Anti-Microbial Soaps
The Purpose of Hygiene
Excellent hygiene practices are an individual’s—and community’s—first defense against disease and illness. If ill health is already a factor, continual hygiene supports and enables the body to battle pathogens and heal itself. Without it, new and frequent microorganisms, including mold and yeast, would make contact and infiltrate the body on a daily basis, creating health concerns or compounding those that already exist.
The prevailing reason to engage in consistent hygiene practices is to prevent disease. When hygiene is performed correctly, the body and all its processes are able to function at their best. Inadequate—or altogether lacking—hygiene permits an overabundance of harmful bacteria, viruses, and fungi to accumulate throughout the body. The “bad” microbes then proliferate at such a pace that the “good” microbes quickly become outnumbered and unable to ward off the offending colonies. Once its defenses are breached, the body responds with typical symptoms of compromised well-being.
6 Types of Foods that Reduce Mold-Derived Inflammation
While MoldBlogger already provides various sources on the topic of the anti-fungal diet, the focus of this article is to suggest anti-inflammation-specific foods you can quickly incorporate into your routine now that will help reduce the unbearable symptoms without halting the much-needed work of inflammation.
Myco-ZX: How Effective are its Ingredients in the Fight Against Fungal Overgrowth Within the Body?
In an earlier article, an interview between Infowars reporter Millie Weaver and Dr. Edward Group covered the hidden health dangers of mold and yeast. Briefly mentioned was Dr. Group’s supplement Myco-ZX, which is reported by the Infowars store to be “an all-natural blend of potent herbs and enzymes that support the body’s healthy detoxification of yeast and undesirable fungal organisms.” While we’re always a bit skeptical here at MoldBlogger and are not—in any way—affiliated with Infowars or Dr. Group’s Global Healing Center, we’re willing to investigate such claims, based on long-established facts surrounding the potential efficacy of each ingredient.
Infowars Doctor Acknowledges the Hidden Health Dangers of Mold and Yeast
In a video published on YouTube on March 11 of 2007, Infowars reporter Millie Weaver interviewed Dr. Edward F. Group III. The topic was the hidden health dangers of mold and yeast. Here at MoldBlogger, we may not agree with every perspective presented on Infowars, but when it comes to fungi—specifically, a publicized discussion on it—we’re more than willing to lend an ear.
Little-Known Agricultural Health Hazards
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “agriculture ranks among the most hazardous industries. Farmers are at very high risk for fatal and nonfatal injuries; and farming is one of the few industries in which family members (who often share the work and live on the premises) are also at risk for fatal and nonfatal injuries.”
The CDC estimates that over 167 agricultural workers suffer farm-related injuries every day (60,995 annually). The more common ages for fatal injuries range between 16 and 19 with 23% resulting from machinery malfunction or misuse, 19% involving motor vehicles, and 16% due to drowning. These leading sources constitute 58% of farm-related youth fatalities. The majority of nonfatal injuries among all age groups, however, are classified as either a sprain or strain.
In addition, the National Agricultural Safety Database (NASD) reports that “farmers account for more than 30% of adults disabled by respiratory illness.” Interestingly, the NASD also found that “a large percentage of farmers are nonsmokers.” This begs the question: In an industry known for its fresh-air work environment, what could possibly account for chronic respiratory conditions?