Lessons I Learned on Restoration Island



Some people are just destined to do what they do. Well, my friend Ricardo Garza was destined to bringing healing to the nations. This is why he went to Medical School to become a Doctor. Tragically his studies were cut short due to mold illness and lyme. We all can find our story in his story, we all lost something. I recall my own tragedy. I was only two semesters shy of graduating with my Master’s in Mental Health when we were struck with toxic mold illness. Ironically I wanted to be a victims advocate when I graduated. Even my son died knowing what he wanted to do, Jared simply wanted to be somebody. In death and in life, he was….

This illness robs us of who were are, it robs us of our identity. Yet we still have our calling, it was placed upon us long ago, and it stands even when we cannot. Through our loss God has a way of showing us the silver lining in the clouds, and revealing His plan for our lives. I have to admit there have been days where I want to forget this battle, but it is his voice, the voice of my son, that keeps me moving forward.

Jared knew about Restoration Island and he thought one day we would all make it there. I remember him laughing in the car on the way back from California, saying “Do they know it is not a real island? Yes, it was the island that was created in our darkest hours. It was the dream that we all shared. We all pretended, yes grown adults, we pretended to be on this island. An island free of mold and free of illness. It was the greatest escape of our lives. We felt the sun rays, we heard the ocean tides go in and out and all was with our souls. For that moment none of us were living in mold, or recovering from mold. None of us were bed ridden. We were out swimming or laying by the pool with friends. We were on Restoration Island and everything was good there, everything was exactly as it should be. Except for those few folks who misbehaved and were sent to the “other” island. 😉 We were all friends, but in many ways we became more than friends we were family. Someone was always out there by the fire to talk. Someone was always there to make you laugh.

We played out our fears of a contaminated island, and how we could decontaminate new arrivals to the island. We laughed at ourselves, and the seriousness of “the mold life” faded. Suddenly we were no longer isolated from the world, we had each other. I guess tonight I realize just what Restoration Island taught me in the end. I am reminded that we need to have more island moments. We all need to stop and pause for our daily escape and our daily laugh. Even in the midst of darkness we can create happiness and joy. Some of those island folks we don’t see much of these days, and we miss them. We miss the way we used to be. Some of them healed and moved on and some have taken new paths, but I like to think each of us smiles when we remember the good old days on the island, where our troubles where swept away momentarily by the tide…

For those who are literally going on this island trip, God bless you, and may you find healing in the caribbean waters, just as we did!!! Ricky has made the island dream come true, and he was born to do this. Sure Facebook made him change his name, but all of us still know that his real name will always be “Caribbean Ricky.”

Six individuals are able to go on this trip with Ricky. They are still in need of a wheelchair and other provisions. So, Please support the dream!


Moldies Call to Action: Email The Beast


The Daily Beast’s Farah Khan recently wrote the controversial article “Your not a doctor, Why is the Internet so Obsessed with Toxic Mold?” It seemed to come out of left field. I later learned it came straight out of 2006. 

Sharon Kramer, who has been on the front lines fighting the scientific fraud issue that, “toxic mold does not harm” consistently states the exact literature Kahn chose to cite in her recent article was used by defense lawyers as a weapon of mass destruction in toxic mold cases years ago. It is and always has been a heavily criticized publication. This source of information is also severely outdated. Not only was it published over 10 years ago it has also been sunsetted. I asked Sharon to explain what sunsetted meant. She said “Any defense attorney or expert who would try to hold it out in court as current accepted science, would have egg on their face. They’d get discredited.” 

Sharon Kramer writes to the The Daily Beast

The advice this doctor is giving is out of date and dangerous to promote as current accepted science.  It doesn’t appear that she even read much before she wrote — including the references she cited. It states at the bottom of the very last page, “AAAAI Position Statements and Work Group Reports are not to be considered to reflect current AAAAI standards or policy after five years from the date of publication. For reference only. February 2006.”

Kahn tells readers that “an internet search for ‘toxic mold’ will result in hundreds of scary warnings and ‘studies,’ but few are based in science—and many are motivated by profit.”  

Kahn not only dismisses hundreds of studies she also dismisses her patient who is concerned toxic mold might be causing his liver condition. This patient asks a valid question,  “Doc, do you think any of this has to do with the mold that was all over my old apartment building?” She says “This was not the first—and certainly won’t be the last—patient to ask about mold. Ultimately, I told this patient the same thing I told all the others: Mold exposure was not responsible for your health problems.” 

Sharon Kramer writes to The Daily Beast

“Also, I believe it’s generally accepted knowledge that aspergillus is a common fungus found in water damaged buildings and it does have the capability to cause liver damage.  This would be particularly true if one’s immune system and liver were already (immuno) compromised from alcohol consumption.”

Dr. Janette Hope who happens to be our mold doctor, wrote a journal article which stated, Aflatoxin is the leading cause of liver cancer in many developing countries. Hope is a top environmental doctor and was in the top 3% of her class at UCLA.   Dr Hope Journal Article 

I think it is important to note that Kahn is doing her endocrinology fellowship at Emory, a top research university. They have very close ties and work closely with the CDC.  Emory Collaboration with CDC  

Many mold victims wanted to respond to this article, but comments are disabled for this post. So we will have to resort to writing the editor. 


Daily Beast Article-Farah Kahn


Marco Rubio The Toxic Mold Savior



Let’s face it mold victims need a savior. They need leaders to take a stand and few are willing. I think Marco Rubio would agree that the Lord is our ultimate Savior. Yet as I look at Rubio I am reminded that God calls certain fearless leaders to take bold stands against the powers that be. Rubio has been called to stand up for those impacted by poor housing conditions. This Senator heard about tenants in Florida coming together to demand action in regards to their poor housing conditions in HUD funded properties. He heard the cries of the people in the state he serves and he did his job and actually went out to take a look. What he found was deplorable, unsafe, and deadly living conditions. He stated the air “reaked of mold.” He pled their cause when noone else would, and he demanded an investigation. Upon further investigation he discovered fraud, cover ups, and rampant neglect and he vowed to hold them responsible. Then he informed the public that he wanted to hear from witnesses in regards to the fraud and neglect in government funded housing.

When the apartment heard Rubio was coming they did cosmetic repairs to cover the horrors that existed, but the dangers could not be hidden. One community received a high score of 90/100 from HUD inspectors before his visit. Interestingly a week after he visited the property they reinspected and the score was now a 48/100. A failing score, and they SUDDENLY found 86 life threatening deficiencies. I think we ought to call that “The Rubio Effect!” In fact The Rubio Effect cleared a courthouse he worked in due to mold and illness, and a whopping 32 million dollars and it will be back in business. I guess that is the reason landlords such as these fail to provide safe housing, it is simply too expensive. But in these cases you then have to ask, where are these tax dollars going? Rubio is asking these same questions.

So what can we do to help? Rubio is sponsoring a Bill called HUD Inspection Process & Enforcement Reform Act of 2016. This deserves our attention and our respect. This is the start, its a federal law, which means it will benefit every state, not just Florida. He is also co-sponsoring a Bill with Bill Nelson called the Housing Accountability Act of 2016.

Now I know what you are thinking.. I wish Rubio could be our next president!! Well, that race is over, but he is running for Senate. He said “I’m gonna serve in the senate for the next six years, God willing.” Some people don’t want him in, he is a threat. He is a warrior. He stands for what we all believe in, and he is a politician we can count on in this Mold War! Please let us all support this mission, and let us thank Mr Rubio for his efforts to secure safer housing.




The Fungus Carrying Ambrosia Beetle Threatens Trees Everywhere


Ambrosia beetles are seeking to destroy trees around the world. These beetles dig into the heart of the tree and plant fungus. Their mission can only be described as one of sheer and complete destruction. They are literally “strangling” the trees of life.

Trees that had stood tall and powerful for hundreds of years, withstanding the winds, rains, and every act of nature, are now dying within a month’s time from a little bit of fungus. It is alarming.  Yet, what is more alarming is how easily they can then cross contaminate and infect other trees. Researchers have discovered that the process of removing the infected tree is not that simple either, as they have to take precautions in an effort not to infect surrounding trees. Ideally every tree within 100 yards of the infected tree should be taken down. These beetles are a serious threat to Hawaii’s water supply and a very serious concern.

Take a listen to the Senator of Hawaii discussing this, It’s very moving  

As we battle the fungus in our lives, we have to consider that trees, crops, and animals are also being affected around the world. It seems that nothing and noone is immune to this now.

Beetles That Carry Fungus are Killing Trees Around the World

California Fungus Carrying Beetle Killing Trees  “These beetles have a strange M.O. They don’t eat wood, like termites; instead, they drill circular tunnels toward the heart of the tree. They carry fungal spores in their mouths and sow them like seeds as they go. Then they harvest the fungus to feed their larvae. It’s a deadly partnership: The beetles attack, but the fungus also helps to kill, colonizing the wood tissue and spreading through the plant.”

Ambrosia Beetles Causing Fungus Destroying Avocado Trees  “Nine lineages of Fusarium were found to be associated with ambrosia beetles, and four of those nine have been linked with the destruction of avocado trees in the Florida, California, Israel and Australia. Matthew Kasson, who recently received his doctorate in forest pathology from Penn State, said that the ambrosia beetle infestation is a global concern because the beetles can be introduced into wood pallets that are transported around the world by cargo ships.”

Hard to Kill Tree of Heaven Likely Infected by Ambrosia Beetles “Davis described hundreds, if not thousands, of dying and dead tree-of-heaven in the area, which is very unusual, because tree-of-heaven is very hard to kill. The researchers also noticed a number of Ambrosia beetles near the infected stands, leading them to theorize that the fungus, often carried through the forests by beetles, was involved in the tree deaths. The Ambrosia beetles may explain some of the long-range spread of the disease; one theory is that the beetles feed on an infected tree and then take those spores to another healthy tree, which could be miles away.”

Hawaii Tree Killing Fungus Beetles  “Experts are pointing to the ambrosia beetle as the likely spreaders of ohia death, the disease currently threatening Hawaii’s water supply and endangered native bird population.”

Beetle’s Killing California Trees  “Although the beetle infests trees in many parts of Southeast Asia, it does not run rampant there the way it has in Southern California. Eskalen and Stouthamer suspect it has predators there that keep it in check naturally, and they’ve traveled to Vietnam and Taiwan to search for them. Finding them would just be the first step. Before they could bring them to California, they’d have to study them there to ensure they don’t attack the state’s beneficial native insects. In the short term, the best-case scenario for UCI is to manage the pest without allowing it to spread. With some 30,000 trees remaining on campus, Demerjian is prepared for a lengthy fight.“This is going to be a pest that we’re going to have to deal with for many years,” he said.”

Cross Contamination in Nature

Please Check out This Link To Hawaii’s Department of Agriculture Discussing Rapid Ohia Death  

  • Do not transport wood of affected Ohia trees to other areas.
  • Clean and sanitize all tools with freshly prepared 10% solution of chlorine bleach and water or by using a 70% rubbing alcohol solution.
  • Vehicles used off-road in infected forest areas should be thoroughly cleaned so as not to carry contaminated soil to healthy forests. Concerned areas include wheels threads and undercarriage of vehicles.
  • Shoes, tools, and clothing used in infected forests should also be cleaned, especially before being used in healthy forests.

Fears of Fungus Spreading To Another Island  “It basically plugs up the sap wood so that the tree basically is strangled to death by the fungus and that’s why we see the leaves turning brown so quickly. The fungus is plugging up the trees ability to transport water,” said Dr. Flint Hughes, an Ecosystem Ecologist with the Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry.The disease spreads so quickly, officials say once the leaves start turning brown the entire tree dies within about a month. It’s not the first time experts have encountered the fungus in Hawai’i, but they’ve never seen it attack ‘ohia before. “It’s very important not to take diseased or fallen wood into other locations and really try to limit the spread of any kind of firewood or wood posts. It could be managed with sanitation,” described Keith. Officials say right now the focus is preventing the fungus from spreading to another island. They say there have been reports of some trees exhibiting symptoms of disease on Maui, but there have not been any confirmed ‘ohia deaths.”

Small Pine Beetle Injecting NJ Trees with Fungus  “Rich Reenstra, the Ocean County forester, says the southern pine beetle is the size of a grain of rice. It bores into a tree’s bark to feed and breed, injecting a fungus that looks like a dark line.” That fungus actually girdles the tree and kills below the bark the tree’s ability to transport water,” Reenstra said. The beetle’s basically starve the tree, killing its leaves and causing bare branches. The trees try to fight back pushing the invaders out in a sticky ball of sap, but it doesn’t always work. Ideally, crews should be taking down not just a diseased tree, but every tree within a hundred foot radius. But, at this point, the county is not going that far.”

Quarantine Order for Boxwood Blight  “The order, which appears in the June 25 edition of the Pennsylvania Bulletin, puts parameters in place to minimize the spread and impact of the Calonectria pseudonaviculatum fungus. This fungus causes blight in all types and ages of Buxus species. The order allows “any property, facility, premise, place or area where boxwood blight is confirmed” to be quarantined. It also restricts the movement of any material or object that may carry or spread the fungus both within the state and from other states, including a provision for inspection of material from other states and a requirement that the originating state certify that the shipper meets Pennsylvania standards before plants are allowed to enter for resale distribution.”

Fungal Biblical Like Plague Killing Crops Across the World


Current News 2016:  Fungus is Wiping Out Crops!!!!

And It Appears to be Evolving and More Deadly

Fungus Could Wipe Out Bananas in 5-10 Yrs  (8-16) “Scientists have sequenced the genomes of three fungal diseases that currently threaten banana crops, and found something disturbing – the fungi have evolved to the point where they could wipe out the most popular banana crops in five to 10 years.”

Fungus Threatens Cacao Plants  (3-16)  “A fungal disease that poses a serious threat to cacao plants—the source of chocolate—reproduces by cloning, a new study finds.The study shows that M. roreri generates billions of spores that destroy cocoa pods by cloning.”

More than 12,000 Avocado Trees Dead from Fungus  (8-16) “These trees died from laurel wilt, a fungal disease spread by foreign, microscopic ambrosia beetles. Once infected, the tree, in hopes of saving itself, begins to wall itself off from the fungus and ends up actually killing itself,” said Charles LaPradd, the county’s agriculture manager. This is where the dogs come in they sniff out the deadly fungus, letting scientists know which trees are sick.”

Fungus Destroying Coffee Crops  (8-16)“Mexico’s best season ever in the history of coffee production was 1999-2000, when growers harvested 6.2 million sacks. But production is now running at less than half that as the roya fungus continues to spread with a devastating effect on a crop that is grown primarily by small producers.The fungus, also known as coffee leaf rust, was reported as early as the 1980s but it was in 2012 when the damage became widespread, severely impacting national production.” Coffee Could Be Extinct by 2080   

White Mold Destroying Soybean Crops (8-16) “The disease is caused by a fungus that can spread easily to other plants through the moldy tissue. “As the beans are maturing you’re really starting to see the pockets where the fungus is because they’re actually maturing quicker and faster. White mold can leave a devastating impact on a farmer’s crop production.“It’s going to hurt our yield,” said Stadheim. “The hot pockets we see out in the fields will probably produce 30% less beans than what they would have had if they didn’t have white mold.”

Aflatoxin in Cereal Killed 14 People (8-16)  “The contaminated cereals that killed 14 people came directly from household farms in the affected regions of Dodoma and Manyara. The majority of the people affected by aflatoxicosis died of liver failure. The US-based Center for Disease Control (CDC) has isolated the most poisonous and cancer-causing substance known as Aflatoxin B1 from blood samples taken from victims. This type of aflatoxin damages the liver, according to medical sources.”

Fungal Toxins Poisoning Children in Africa  (2-16) “Children in Africa and parts of Asia are falling victim to an “invisible” epidemic—fungal toxins in food that can stunt their growth and delay their development. The two main toxins, aflatoxin and fumonisin, are present in dangerously high levels in groundnuts, cassava, and corn, which make up the bulk of children’s diets from Benin to Kenya. The toxins have long been known to cause liver cancer and, in high enough concentrations, death. Six recent studies that show that children with high levels of toxin biomarkers in their blood are shorter and weigh less than other children their age. They also grow at a slower pace than their peers. Preliminary studies suggest the effects may have something to do with immune system activation and the way the body absorbs nutrients.”

Kenyan Farmers Find Yield Reducing Fungus on Corn Farms  (8-16) “We are monitoring to see the fungal disease doesn’t spread.” The East African country already expects a 12 percent drop in production this year. The Cereal Growers Association, said it was awaiting an assessment of the infestation before determining any impact on production. Potential losses are worse when young seedlings are infected.“My greater worry is for the next season, if these head smut pores remain in the soil,” CGA Chief Executive Officer Anthony Kioko said by phone. “Depending on infestation, head smut can destroy between 30 percent and 50 percent of corn production.”

Australia Seeing Severe Fungal Infection with Canola  (8-16) “A combination of factors has led to severe early infection of blackleg disease in this year’s canola crops in southern Australia. Oilseeds disease authority Dr Steve Marcroft, of Marcroft Grains Pathology, says high levels of leaf lesions have been detected in some crops, with the heavy colonisation of blackleg fungus causing leaves to die. A combination of the three factors – wet weather, breakdown of cultivar resistance and possible fungicide resistance – was responsible for this year’s early disease situation. “When you put those three things together, it’s probably no wonder we have very severe disease in 2016.”

Fungal Disease Activity Picking up in Grapes  (6-16)Disease symptoms are becoming more apparent. Continued monitoring and preventive fungicide sprays are advised to protect developing fruit after fruit set.”

Devastating Wheat Fungus Appears in Asia for First Time  (4-16)  “Bangladeshi officials are burning government-owned wheat fields to contain the fungus, and telling farmers not to sow seeds from infected plots. The BARI hopes to identify wheat varieties that are more tolerant of the fungus and agricultural practices that can keep it at bay, such as crop rotation and seed treatment.  It is unknown how wheat blast got to Bangladesh. One possibility is that a wheat-infecting strain was brought in from South America, says Nick Talbot, a plant pathologist at the University of Exeter, UK. Another is that an M. oryzae strain that infects south Asian grasses somehow jumped to wheat, perhaps triggered by an environmental shift: that is what happened in Kentucky, when a rye-grass strain infected wheat.”

Norwegians Worst Crisis to Hit Strawberry Fields  (7-16)“We’ve never seen anything like this,” Roger Utengen, a director of major fruit and vegetable wholesaler Bama, told news bureau NTB over the weekend. “There has never been so much damage to the strawberry crop as what we’re seeing right now.”  Norwegians are fiercely proud of their locally grown strawberries, which have a firm place on summer tables, but berry growers are warning this year of the worst crisis ever to hit their crops. Farmers often receive state compensation for crops lost to weather problems, but not for fungus attacks, he said, urging insurance companies, the industry and the state to jointly finance a study of resistance patterns and find the cause of this year’s fungus.”

Germany’s Organic Vineyards Hit  (8-16)In the heart of German wine country in Hesse and the Palatinate, some vintners feel their existence is under threat. Fungus sparks debate over chemicals. Since potassium phosphonate – the treatment previously used by organic winegrowers to fight downy mildew – was classified as an agricultural chemical in 2013, organic winegrowers are reduced to fighting the fungus with a copper preparation.”

Fungus Causing Oranges to Drop Early  (4-16) “A fungal disease is affecting all types of orange trees statewide right now. It’s called PFD, or post bloom fruit drop. The fungus causes oranges to fall off prematurely. El Niño weather patterns that brought rainy, foggy days this winter helped spread the disease.”

Heavy Rains Cause Tomato Fungus  (6-16) “Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service pest management specialist Jackie Lee says late blight has been found in 14 counties in central Arkansas. Three plants are typically seen each year with the disease, but 20 infected plants have been diagnosed this year.”

France Wet Crops Lead to Fungus (6-16)  “Parts of France got the most rainfall since 1959, according to crops office FranceAgriMer. Wet weather means crops are more prone to fusarium, a fungus that can produce mycotoxins in grains and affect human and animal health. There’s also a greater chance of septoria, a fungus that produces small oval- to diamond-shaped spots on leaves.”

Gene Mapping is the New Hope to Save Barley Plants (8-16) “ Ramularia collo-cygni fungus lives inside growing barley plants with no ill effect until after the barley flowers or becomes stressed. It is then, with the swelling of the barley grains, that the fungus attacks its host with toxins, just at a time when we can do little about it. However, it is only within the last 30 years that the disease has become a significant problem for farmers growing barley for the brewing, distilling and feed markets as it affects both yield and grain quality. We found very few genes that produce enzymes able to degrade plant cell walls, explained Dr McGrann. This might be associated with the way the fungus stealthily avoids detection by the plant’s defences but is then able to turn and attack its host.”

Engineering Genes To Prevent Blight  (4-16) “Potato and tomato blight is a disease caused by a fungus-like organism. Professor Jonathan Jones from TSL said: Engineering disease resistance genes into crops is a continuous battle to stay one step ahead of new strains of disease, and scientists are constantly investigating how to speed up this process.”

Shipments Being Suspended, New Fungus Standards Being Set

Kiwifruit Fungus Suspends Exports  (8-16) “New Zealand has suspended its lucrative kiwifruit exports to China after authorities there say that on some shipments they found a type of fungus that can cause the fruit to rot.”

Egypt Says Zero Tolerance on Ergot Fungus on Wheat  (8-16) “Egypt has decided to halt wheat imports if shipments contains any percentage of the ergot fungus, the agriculture ministry said on Sunday. Agriculture Minister Essam Fayed issued a decision on Sunday that reverses an earlier decision to accept a 0.05 percent of the fungus, the internationally respected limit, in its grain imports, the ministry said in an emailed statement. Upon the new decision, Egypt, the world’s biggest wheat importer, will have a zero-tolerance policy for the presence of the fungus in its imported wheat.”

Canola Fungus New Standards Set by China (9-16)  “Some Canadian farmers are edgy and for good reasons. China is threatening to buy canola elsewhere if Canada is unwilling to fix its fungus issue with the crop. China intends to apply new inspection standards on Sept. 1 that may block Canadian exporters from selling canola to Chinese importers.”

Death by Mold Research


Mycotoxins Causing Death in Infants/Children

Mold Found, Lungs, Brain, and Liver  “Aspergillus versicolor was identified by PCR-DNA analysis in the lungs and brain of the deceased child. Aflatoxin was detected in his lungs, while monocyclic trichothecenes were identified in the lungs, liver and brain.”

Death Toll May Reach 12  “Three Deaths in a Single House, three children from three different families died in a single home.  The Garzas said they had problems with mold and leaks in and outside their home.”

Damp House Death “The coroner’s report into the toddler’s death, says the poor condition of the state house in the South Auckland suburb of Otara was a contributing factor to Emma-Lita’s death.”

Cot Death  “Isla Jackson, living with a family of five in a damp, two-bedroom flat.The letter from the health visitor reads: “This property is not suitable and specifically puts Isla at an increased risk of suffering cot death.”

SIDS & Mattress Mold   “Dr. Sprott states that SIDS is caused by toxic gases that are produced by mold growth within a baby’s mattress. Mold growth is caused when liquids such as milk, juice, and urine are spilled onto them, bedding, and stuffed animals.”

SIDS Guidelines Look for Mold  “Coroners and medical examiners should consider using the recently published Guidelines for Death Scene Investigation of Sudden, Unexplained Infant Deaths, which includes a question about dampness, visible standing water, or mold growth.”

Lungs Bleeding   “As part of the study, the county coroner reviewed all 172 infant deaths for a two-year period. With further tests on tissue samples collected before the infants were buried, doctors found that six of the 117 deaths attributed to sudden infant death syndrome were more likely caused by the mold.”

Pulmonary Hemosiderosis  “Convinced the black mold killed their daughter, Christina and Merunas want to do whatever they can to stop it from killing more babies.”

Probiotic Powder Mold  “The hospital laboratory cultured a mold Rhizopus oryzae from the child’s blood that seemed to be responsible, but where did it come from?”

Fungi in Liver Autopsy    “Findings suggest a relationship between an exposure to trichothecenes producing Stachybotrys fungi and the trichothecenes findings in the liver of the deceased infant.”

Aflatoxins in Brain  “Aflatoxins were detected in 81% of brain specimens in each group. The frequent detection of aflatoxins in the brains of these children and sometimes in multiple forms may suggest that aflatoxins are stored in the brain tissue which could be related to the lipophilic nature of these compounds.”

Mold Illness Leading to Suicide

Suicide Teen FL “If you have any doubt about the damage mold can do, consider the case of 17-year-old Jared Dussault. Within a year, he went from being a bright high school student to committing suicide.”

Suicide Teen Canada  “But Sheridan suffered from a number of serious health conditions — respiratory issues, sleep apnea, thyroid problems, rheumatism that made it difficult for her to walk, diabetes, and obesity. Mould was discovered in their already overcrowded home.”  https://www.facebook.com/APTNInvestigates/

Dr Mary Ackerley on Mold & Suicide  ” This study concluded that there is a low-grade inflammation in the brain in suicide victims. I have patients who will walk into moldy places and their first sign that something is wrong is that they do start thinking about suicide. That’s something that we don’t talk about much but that I do see fairly frequently.”

Suicide Prevention  ” Why do People Commit Suicide? Poor living conditions, illness due to mold, unsanitary water.”

Dr Mercola on Suicide/ Mental Health & Mold  “Unable to identify the cause of their illness, sick people become much sicker over time. Marriages are devastated, livelihoods are lost, and many reach such levels of despair that they end up committing suicide. Brain imaging reveals that mycotoxins can damage your brain, in particular, your amygdala. This can result in experiencing mood swings or rage for no apparent reason. Those with mold toxicity often describe their emotions as “out of control.”

Fungus/Mold Causing Death

Mold Sinusitis  “Eight patients (47%) survived; six of these patients were treated with both amphotericin B and surgery. Postmortem examination of six patients showed evidence of disseminated disease; the brain was the most common extrapulmonary site.”

Kidney Failure “Gardeners should take extra care when handling old bags of compost after a man died from kidney failure after inhaling poisonous fungal spores, doctors have warned.”

Fungal Infection Heart  “Cardiac fungal infection (CFI) is relatively uncommon, but its incidence is increasing. It is associated with a grim prognosis, but some CFI patients can survive given an early diagnosis and aggressive therapy.”

Fungus Balls Within the Heart Cavities.  “The pathogenesis of the infection in this patient is unclear. The organism must have reached the cardiac chambers through the bloodstream, and the point of entry was probably the lungs, which are constantly exposed to the aspergillus spores that are present virtually everywhere in the environment.”

Fungus Eats Man’s Face. “ Mark Tatum,  fungus eats his face.”

Fungal Pneumonia   “A 31 year old male was exposed to high levels of mold spores (up to 29,000 spores/m3) in a newly constructed home in October, 2000. Upon moving in he began to have multiple health complaints, developed pancytopenia and died from respiratory failure and cardiac arrest 4 ½ years later.”

Fungal Infection in AIDS Patients  “Pulmonary fungal infections in AIDS patients are a common and under diagnosed problem. Neutropenia is an important risk factor for pulmonary candidiasis. Our study highlights the need for a high index of clinical suspicion and early aggressive diagnostic intervention in AIDS patients with neutropenia and pneumonia.”

Mold Carcinogen  “Aflatoxins are potent carcinogens and, in association with hepatitis B virus, are responsible for many thousands of human deaths per annum, mostly in non-industrialised tropical countries. Ochratoxin A is a probable carcinogen, and may cause urinary tract cancer and kidney damage in people from northern and eastern Europe. Fumonisins appear to be the cause of oesophageal cancer in southern Africa, parts of China and elsewhere. Trichothecenes are highly immunosuppressive and zearalenone causes oestrogenic effects in animals and man.”

Infection from Sinus to Brain “Cerebral aspergillosis can mimic tuberculous meningitis, pyogenic abscess, or brain tumor. Maxillary sinusitis of dental origin or the lungs are the most common sites of primary aspergillus infection. Infection reaches the brain directly from the nasal sinuses via vascular channels or is bloodborne from the lungs and gastrointestinal tract.”

Fungus in Bag Pipe “A 61-year-old British musician died from “bagpipe lung,” a disease triggered by fungi living inside the much-loved, much-hated instrument, doctors claim.”

Fungal Meningitis Outbreak   “His death was among the first in an outbreak that has killed 14 so far and sickened 170 in 11 states.”

Mold in Steroid Shots Responsible for Outbreak  “All this time, the fungus must have been spreading through the patient’s brain and spine. State and federal investigators have found three different types of mold in samples of steroid taken from the New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts and from spinal fluid taken from some of the victims.”

Fungus Affected Spine & Brain  “Autopsy results published in the New England Journal of Medicine and Annals of Internal Medicine showed that the fungal infection involved the entire spinal cord and brain, and not just the site of the injection.”

Fungus Contributes to Death  “401 autopsies were performed during the study period. Fungal infections were identified in 35 (8.7%) of these cases. Leukemia was the commonest risk factor. The commonest pathogen in the present study was Aspergillus sp. The commonest single organ involved was brain (n = 18). Culture positivity was seen in 23.8% cases.”

Link Between Fungus and Severe Asthma  “The evidence linking asthma severity, including unheralded death, with the intensity of fungal exposure and/or reactivity is strong. The current authors suggest that a phenotype of severe asthma may exist where there is a link with sensitisation to fungal allergens.”

Emerging Fungal Infections in Immunocompromised  “Invasive fungal infections are infections of importance and are increasing in incidence in immunocompromised hosts such as patients who have had hematopoietic stem cell and solid organ transplants. Despite our expanded antifungal armamentarium, these infections cause considerable morbidity and mortality.”

Autopsy Biofilm   “A biofilm including amyloid and SAP is present in invasive fungal infections. This biofilm may dampen host defence leading to the characteristic sparse inflammatory reaction found in these infections.”

Alzheimer’s/ Dementia Fungus in Brain  “Few research groups have focused on fungi. However, Carrasco and colleagues previously reported finding fungal proteins in frozen brain tissue and cerebrospinal fluid from AD patients, but not in controls . Immunostaining detected fungal cells inside frontal cortical neurons from Alzheimer’s patients ”

Necrotizing Cerebritis Caused by Fungus  “Necrotizing cerebritis in an allogeneic bone marrow transplant recipient caused by the neurotropic, dematiaceous fungus Cladophialophora bantiana. 7 months after bone marrow transplantation with fever and sudden onset of left-sided weakness, followed shortly by cranial nerve III and VI palsies. The patient had a lesion of the right midbrain with extension to the pons, the left brain stem, and the right superior and the middle cerebellar peduncles. The diagnosis was made by microscopic examination and culture of a brain biopsy.”

Research Mold is a Causing Massive Death

Mold Silently Killing Millions  “In 2004, after eating food contaminated with aflatoxins, 125 Kenyans died. Reports that black mold is actually killing millions, many without the knowledge of what is happening as they struggle with serious health issues.  A documentary that brings to light the devastating toll on people who live in mold infested houses, or places where they work,  is aptly entitled “Moldy.”

Mold Epidemic  “A leading microbiologist has warned of the increasing threat that killer fungi poses to humans and the environment. New figures show that fungal diseases cause hundreds of thousands of deaths annually, following severe respiratory illness and infections of the blood stream. And now an expert has warned that fungi kill more people than malaria and tuberculosis worldwide, and destroy a third of all food crops.”

Mold Colonizes and Kills  “Some may suffer permanent irreversible damage to their brain, lungs, and other organs.  Some develop “colonization” in the body, fungus stays inside their body and finds areas to colonize.  Areas of colonization normally begin in the mucus membranes and continue into the lungs and then into other areas of the body.  Dr. Croft, a pathologist who has done numerous autopsies on those affected by mold has found fungus in virtually every part of the human body.  People who have colonization in their bodies have a more difficult time regaining their health, and treatment can take years. It is virtually a battle of “kill the fungus before IT kills you.”

Toxic Mold in Buildings Causing Death

4 Professors Dead  “Leading researchers on the health effects of mold exposure say conditions inside the Multipurpose Building may have played a role in the deaths of the four SUNO professors.”

Hospital Systemic Fungal Infection Infant  “It is the fourth lawsuit against the hospital and laundry involving an outbreak of mucormycosis that researchers determined was most likely spread through sheets, towels, gowns and other linens. Caroline Marie Scanlon was two-and-a-half weeks old when she died with what doctors said was a systemic fungal infection that spread to her brain.”

5 Patients Die Mold Infection  “University of Pittsburgh hospital 5th patient with mold infection dies”

3 Children Dead Tampa, St Joseph’s Hospital  “Attorney Steve Yerrid says the children were exposed to a dangerous fungus released during a hospital construction project. Their immune systems already weakened by disease, the children succumbed to mold-related infections, the suit alleges.”

Mold Death Cover Up  “Clark County, NV “Lies, cover-ups and hypocrisy at a government agency that’s supposed to protect the public.Dan Pauluk documented the end of his life in a series of videos. ‘I’m mad as hell!  The Health District ruined my life!  They ruined my family’s life!’ Dan says into the camera. His widow, Dr. Wendy Pauluk, recalls, ‘The pain, the agony, the suffering.  His raw, weeping sores all over his body.”

FL Man Dies From Mold  “ I came home at 5 from work, I found him laying on the rug, and black stuff was coming out of his mouth. Sheldon had been extremely sick for months, short of breath and lethargic, doctors weren’t sure why. Three other neighbors in the building were also dealing with mysterious health issues. I just felt drained all the time, and I didn’t understand why. My dog had rashes on his skin, my daughter was sleeping all day. My voice got really hoarse. I could barely speak. They started to see mold growing on the walls in their apartments before Sheldon passed away. They say they complained, but their landlord ignored their cries for help.”

Asthma Death  “An autopsy concluded the sixth-grader suffered a fatal asthma attack that McGrady says was triggered by either mold, asbestos or both. She filed a wrongful death lawsuit last month, accusing the apartment owner of negligently failing to keep the property safe and warn residents.”

Death of 3 Year Old  “San Diego Mold Attorney Jeff LaFave Wins $2.2 Million in Settlement of Lawsuit Involving the Death of a Three Year Old Child Who was Killed by Mold, Plaintiffs alleged that unremediated mold growth caused a significant amplification of mold in the air, which led to a fatal fungal colonization of Aspergillus in the young boy, who was immunocompromised from a prior kidney transplant and thus more susceptible to infection.”

Infant Death Same Complex Mold  “Ex-tenants-say-mold-caused-ailments-death/Former residents complained of numerous respiratory problems and other ailments. In addition, within 10 days, Ezekiel and another infant in the same apartment building died with toxic mold in their lungs, court records said. Medical experts on both sides of the lawsuit agreed that both babies died of SIDS, even though the cause of death for one infant is officially listed as “accidental smothering.”

Mold Lung Cancer  “First Specialty Insurance Corp. asked a Minnesota federal judge on Friday to prevent it from having to cover Uponor Inc. in a $63 million wrongful death lawsuit alleging the plumbing product manufacturer provided faulty valves to a new house, causing a mold infestation that resulted in a lung cancer death.”

7 Yr Old Dies Asthma  “The family of a 7-year-old girl who died last year from asthma-related causes plans to file a wrongful death suit against the landlord, A toxic mold allegedly spreading sickness and possibly death through an East Side housing development has prompted tenants to sue their landlord for damages totaling nearly $8 billion. At least 125 families living at Henry Phipps Plaza South have filed lawsuits in recent weeks after years of complaints about hazardous living conditions.”

Toxic Gym Death  “Craig died less than two weeks before a report was released that found unsafe conditions at the club, including dangerous mold. The family believes exposure to toxic mold over long hours at work contributed to Craig’s death. Legal papers cite the club’s failure to “remedy hazardous and airborne mold and contaminants.”

Death  by Mycotoxins in Food

Mycotoxins in Pancake Death  “Witness statements indicate that the decedent ate two pancakes; thus he consumed an approximate mold count of 21,000. The decedent had a history of allergies to molds and penicillin, and thus was allergic to the molds in the pancake mix. The authors present this unusual case of anaphylaxis and a review of the literature.”

Mold in Turkey Burger Kills Child  “Ann Marie Cote, of Long Beach, Calif., said her son, Miles Bengco, was allergic to mold and suffered a fatal, “severe anaphylactic reaction” in June 2013 to the fungus contained in Quorn’s Turk’y Burger, the lawsuit alleges.”

Mycotoxins/Mold Killing Animals

Mycotoxins in Dog Food ” The lawsuit claims toxins in Beneful are to blame, listing propylene glycol and mycotoxins as possibly harmful substances in the dog food.”

100,000 Turkeys Death From Mycotoxins  “An outbreak occurred in the UK in 1960, in which 100,000 turkeys died of an unknown disease. The cause of death was identified as aflatoxin-contaminated peanut meal. Alimentary toxic aleukia (ATA), with more than 5000 deaths caused by trichothecene mycotoxins in grain in the USSR late in World War II, was one of the well documented reports of mycotoxicosis.”

Cats Death Toxic Mold  “Retrospective analysis of banked serum from the cats revealed satratoxin G, a biomarker for Stachybotrys chartarum, commonly referred to as “toxic black mold.” Findings highlight the potential risk of acute pulmonary hemorrhage in animals living in an environment contaminated with mold following flood damage.”

Ed McMahon Dog Dies from Mold  “The insurance company botched a simple repair on a broken pipe. As a result, he says, a black toxic mold spread through his 8,000-square-foot, six-bedroom Beverly Hills mansion.Soon after the incident, McMahon says he and his wife became seriously ill, and their sheepdog, Muffin, developed respiratory problems and died. “This is a death mold,” Brown said. “It can cause respiratory illness — or even death.”

Horses Moldy Hay   “Moldy hay can be dangerous to horses. Horses fed on moldy hay can suffer from colic, or in severe cases, die from the toxins called mycotoxins.”



You Can’t Pour From an Empty Cup

photo (1)My son Jared was a lot like me.. I had to quiet all the noise to realize this. I have had to do a lot of soul searching to really hear his voice and the voice of God through this mold maze.

A good friend told me the other day, “You can’t pour from an empty cup.” I’m chuckling now, because I am realizing I do that everyday. In fact the cup is cracked, it’s broken, it’s seriously falling apart, but it is determined, determined to pour out what it does not have. This is what made me think of my son. Someone told me they could see in this picture of my son that he was determined. Ok, I’m sitting at Starbucks, but the tears are suddenly pouring like rain. Hopefully noone sees me, because I am finally not trying to repress all of this. I know as painful as this moment is, it is also cathartic.

I never use to repress things. I just realized days ago that I have been repressing. I starting realizing that if I kept busy, if I tried to help others, tried to take on the world, it meant I could focus on something other than my pain. In theory this may sound good, but the truth is, it’s not. It’s not good to not deal with the pain.

Going back to the picture, that day my son had done his hair and even put on some of my bronzer. 😉 Sometimes you gotta fake it to make it! And he sure did that day, so whoever said that he was determined in that picture, you were right. I only see that now,  I am starting to remember. He was going on a date. You see Jared was not sick.. Well, I mean that is what he told himself. I never understood that. Why would he try to convince himself he wasn’t sick? His labs were the worst and he always reminded us of this, always with his chest puffed out as if to say,  “look at me, I am an overcomer!” I’m serious that was my son. Ok, now I am smiling, I am a proud mama. My son was determined! I guess that is what I respected most about him, his determination.

In the 11 months after the exposure, Jared was determined to resume life, go to school, and even fall in love.. He accomplished all of this. Cute story, mold took everything from us. It broke us, physically, emotionally, and financially. Jared, a musician, had one prize possession a pair of Beatz headphones. He sold them for 18 dollars on craigslist so he could take his girlfriend out.  I had no idea till I noticed he wasn’t wearing them. Jared loved with all his heart…Now Ladies, who wouldn’t want a man as amazing as this?

Where am I going with all of this? I am trying to remember… Oh yes, it’s about what Jared wanted, it’s about what Jared experienced. He did not want to live in pain, dwell on his pain, so he repressed. He was determined to live the best years of his life. He often told me he was not going to give in. Yet in this fight we wrestle with a demon. Toxic mold is not something you can just wish away, and it is no indicator of lack of strength if you can’t get well. This illness ties you up, and then beats you, it’s not a fair fight. My son wrestled this demon, and he was determined to win. He was determined to rise above something that, let’s face it was impossible.

Jared and I are alike. I repress the pain too. I am determined to rise above this tragedy, so I push it all aside. It’s how I survive. So, like Jared I keep pouring from this empty cup, because I am pretending it is full. I almost don’t see the cracks. In fact I didn’t even notice them till my cup shattered.

Last night I opened a window to let his spirit in, as I knew my pain was shutting him out.

I said, “Jared, I know I need to go buy a new cup, and then fill it till it runneth over.”

I love you.. I miss you. You are my heart and my soul. You are a very special somebody Jared.