morel.jpg (50299 bytes)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.

There are 1000s of species of mold, 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 at least 80% of our time.





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