THERE'S A FUNGUS AMONG US
Mold, mildew, mushrooms, toadstools, yeasts...
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Mold, mold spores and mildew are part of the Fungal Kingdom, which
includes mushrooms, yeasts and other plant-like life comprising 25%
of the entire biomass of our planet. Mold probably preceded most
animal life on earth and is an early step in the decomposition
process of dead organic matter. As such, mold in some circumstances
is not very good for living organisms.
Mold reproduces by producing microscopic spores which travel mostly
through the air. These spores contain mycotoxins as a survival
mechanism which can be toxic to living organisms. These mycotoxins
can be inhaled, ingested or absorbed by the skin.
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many of which as yet have not been scientifically identified, only a
few of which, the dreaded ‘black molds’ have been determined to be
extremely toxic to humans. However, all mold spores are pathogenic,
causing health problems for even the most healthy individuals,
depending on the concentration and/or extent of the exposure.
Persons with respiratory problems, such as asthma, or allergies,
compromised immune systems, and the very young and the elderly are
particularly susceptible to health problems resulting from exposure
to mold spores in the atmosphere, especially indoors, where we spend
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the fungus among us
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