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.”

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.

Kind and Gentle Soul

August 16th marks the one year anniversary of Jared’s death.  Kelli recently commented that it seems like yesterday… and yet at the same time seems a lifetime ago.  It is strange how time plays tricks like that.  Kelli describes Jared as intuitive.  As a old soul.  As a kind and gentle soul.

This song was written by a mold, chemical sensitivity, and debilitating EMF sensitivity survivor Sara Riley Mattson.  The song was written as a memorial to her friend’s mom when she passed.  It hauntingly speaks to the void left when a person leaves this earth.  Sara battled suicidal depression, chronic migraines and PTSD.  Jared would be so proud of Sara.  Sara shares “I had a happy ending.  The health I have now is more than I ever hoped for.”  She is Somebody!  The lyrics are poignant.  Please click Kind and Gentle Soul to listen to the song.

Long walks and long talks
Felt like I did the talking while you walked beside me
And if I’m strong, it’s because you always helped me carry on

And I’ve thought for some time
There’s no lovelier sight than when you’d smile
And the joy in your eyes
And your generous heart
So beautiful inside and out

A kind and gentle hearted soul
Is who we’ve all been so lucky to know
And I’m so glad I got to be your friend
But I can’t pretend I’m not going to miss you

I’ve been looking back at photographs
So much love in your eyes when you looked at dad
You’re singing and laughing
I can tell that you’re happy

And I’ve thought for some time
There’s no lovelier sight than when you’d smile
And the joy in your eyes
And your generous heart
So beautiful inside and out

A kind and gentle hearted soul
Is who we’ve all been so lucky to know
And I’m so glad I got to be your friend
But I can’t pretend I’m not going to miss you

Sara is a talented warrior, musician, and author.  She recently published a book about her experience with illness and recovery.   Please click Camp Like a Girl for the link to her book.  She also has a new book, Migraine, A Memoir of Healing, due out October 9th.

Camp Like a Girl

The Missing Link

A friend sent me this video this morning. In a couple of days it will be a year since I lost my son Jared to suicide. More and more information is surfacing on what toxic mold does to the brain. It is healing in so many ways to listen to this interview, as it validates what Jared was going through. I found myself nodding my head in agreement with Marie LeBlanc from Manitoba Canada. I am so grateful for those who have been speaking out about this issue. There is a link between mold and suicide. Let’s talk about it….

Taylor Burnworth, I AM Somebody

In the words of Taylor….”Jared was a hero, and he deserves our attention.” Thank you Taylor, I know Jared knew you prior to his death, you were one of the moldies that he had come to know, and I will never forget the words when he saw your picture, he said, “good soul.” You have been a friend to me and many others in the mold community and you have always tried to lend a hand to those who are severely ill and in need of help. Jared was right you are a good soul and you are somebody…

Online Poll: Mental Health Symptoms of Mold Exposed


Mental Health Symptom Survey results & poll conducted by Mental Health Professional and mold survivor Jen Higginbotham.

In earlier group polling we found mental health symptoms at the very top of the poll for mold exposed individuals. It does not come as a shock to me as my own son Jared took his life at the tender age of 17 after experiencing major personality changes following our exposure. The research is in toxic mold affects the brain, in fact it has been proven in a federal court in Virginia this year that toxic mold exposure causes brain injury. At the end of this poll please see some references to some research involving toxic mold and its affect on the brain.

Total Participants: 131

Section 1: Questions related to suicidal ideation

Anxiety  (97) – 74%

Social Withdrawal (96)  73%

Feeling Disconnected (95) 73%

Depression (92) 70%

Mood Swings (90) 69%

Inability to cope with daily activities or problems (88) 67%

Felt Like Giving Up (87) 66%

Anger Outbursts (82) 63%

Apathy – loss of interest (79) 60%

Felt Like a Burden to Others (72) 55%

Felt Hopeless (75) 57%

Isolation (63) 48%

Felt Trapped or in Unbearable Pain (56) 43%

Suicidal Thoughts (53) 40%

Talked About or Thought About Wanting to Die (52) 40%

Wanted Out Just to End Suffering (49) 37%

Section 2: Additional Survey Questions Related to MH stress/symptoms

Problems Thinking (108) 82%

Drop in Functioning (92) 70%

Panic Attacks (73) 56%

Exaggerated Startle Response (70) 53%

Intense Fear (64) 49%

Believing You Are Damaged, Broken or Crazy

Because No One Believes You (48) 37%

PTSD (40) 31%

Persistent Nightmares (38) 29%

Straight Up PISSY (29) 22%

Trauma From Family Abandonment (21) 16%


****Some research on Mold and its effects on the brain

Court Ruling FEDERAL COURT, mold caused Brain Injury

“April 2016:  NeuroQuant® and NeuroGage™ admitted as evidence in court

On April 4, 2016, NeuroQuant® and NeuroGage™ were admitted as evidence by Judge Raymond A. Jackson in a Federal court case in Norfolk, VA (Federico, et al. v. Lincoln Military Housing, LLD, et al.) despite the objections of defense counsel.  This was the first time these brain volume measurement tools were admitted in Federal court.  David E. Ross, M.D., neuropsychiatrist, testified on the neuropsychiatric aspects of mold-related illness which had affected the Federicos, including the NeuroQuant® and NeuroGage™ MRI brain volume measurements.  The results showed a combined pattern of brain enlargement/atrophy similar to that found in two pioneering studies published by Ritchie Shoemaker, M.D. and colleagues.  The jury found in favor of the plaintiffs.

Dr. Shoemaker has hypothesized that the brain enlargement/atrophy is caused by chronic neuroinflammation. This idea is supported by his finding that clinical treatment leads to normalization of brain volume.

In court, positive rulings are important because they set a positive precedent, which means that judges in future cases will be more likely to admit these types of results than if there had been previous negative rulings. Also, setting a positive precedent in Federal court is particularly helpful because state courts tend to follow the lead of the Federal court.”

Evidence/ Research Mold Passes Blood Brain Barrier

“The mold fungus Penicillium crustosum occurs relatively frequently in food and animal fodder stored in temperate conditions. This mold produces powerful neurotoxins, for example penitrem A, which causes symptoms that are difficult to distinguish from those of other neurological diseases. Penitrem A is capable of penetrating the blood-brain barrier and new research has unveiled the mechanisms behind the neurological effects of the toxin.”

“One of the reasons mycotoxins are so toxic is they can cross directly into your brain. According to Dr. Thrasher, your olfactory neurons are in direct communication with your brain—there is no barrier. Anything you have inhaled or smelled, even if it doesn’t have an odor, can go directly into your brain via these olfactory neurons. Mycotoxins have even been found to enter your brain via optic muscles and optic nerves. This lack of a blood-brain barrier has been confirmed in scientific studies.5

Studies/Research/Findings on Mold and the Brain

“Harding and colleagues also found that the behaviors linked to increased inflammatory proteins in the hippocampus. Exposure to mold’s toxins and structural proteins may trigger an immune response in the brain. The findings, Harding says, may help explain some of the conditions that people living in moldy buildings complain about, such as anxiety and cognitive problems.”

“In what’s being hailed as a first, a public health study led by Brown University finds a link between regular old household mold and depression.

The study included data from the World Health Organization of nearly 6,000 people in Europe.

Some of the science is intuitive – sure, if you have a moldy home, you’re likely to feel out of control – and perceptions of control are linked to depression.

“The TOVA test provides an objective measure of these two variables. It was found that mold-exposed subjects show statistically significant decreases in attention span and significant increases in reaction time to stimuli compared to controls. After ten sessions of hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT), a statistically significant improvement was seen in both measures. This preliminary study suggests promising outcomes in treating mold-exposed patients with hyperbaric oxygen.”

“In a 2003 research by the Environmental Health Center-Dallas, 100 individuals were checked out in an effects of mold on the brain initiative to reveal exactly how hazardous mold direct exposure could lead and also impact the brain to psychological as well as intellectual problems. Brain SPECT scans likewise recognized problems in a substantial part of the individuals examined”

“Fungal (mold) infections to the brain were once relatively rare. Now they are becoming increasingly more common for many reasons including: 1) increases in the number of HIV/ AIDS patients, 2) increases in the number of patients with certain cancers like leukemia or lymphoma, 3) increases in patients on immunosuppressive therapy for organ or bone marrow transplants, and 4) increased numbers of patients on long term antibiotic therapy which can encourage mold overgrowth. The most common fungi to cause brain infections include filament-forming fungi like Aspergillus, Mucor and Rhizopus and yeast-type fungi such as Candida and Cryptococcus. Less common causes of fungal brain infections include Trichosporon, Blastomyces, Histoplasma, Coccidioides, Paracoccidioides and Penicillium marneffei.

The most common form of fungal brain infections are meningitis, although these infections cause also present as localized brain infections called abscesses.”

“As a result of this experience, Dr Bennett decided to investigate the connection between moulds and the symptoms she had experienced.

She and Dr Inamdar discovered that the volatile organic compound 1-octen-3-ol, otherwise known as mushroom alcohol, can cause movement disorders in fruit flies.”

“Psychologist Cheryl Harding and a team from the City University of New York conducted experiments, investigating if mold affects the brain. They used a mouse model and intranasal delivery of mold spores three times a week. Turns out, the mice exposed to mold were more anxious than normal mice and also had trouble remembering a location that previously induced a fear response.”

“Researchers claim that older buildings where hauntings are usually reported, often have poor air quality from pollutants like toxic mould, which can affect our brains.

Exposure to the mould can cause mood swings, irrational anger and cognitive impairment.”

“Our data suggest that respiratory exposure to any mold, not just the particularly toxic ones like Stachybotrys, may be capable of causing brain inflammation, cognitive deficits, and emotional problems.”

“As a neuroscientist, I am particularly intrigued by the effects of mold exposure on neural function and cognition.  Recent research has documented that people who lived or worked in moldy buildings had multiple cognitive problems.”

Dr Janette Hope, 2013

Some of the most distressing symptoms encountered by patients following exposure to water-damaged indoor environments and toxigenic molds include neurocognitive disturbances. A disturbing study, conducted in Poland, measured IQ scores in children exposed to indoor mold for greater than two years, showed statistically significant IQ deficits in children exposed to indoor mold [79]. This study controlled for multiple variables and involved testing of 277 term babies at age 6 years using the WISC-R scale of intelligence and tests of neuropsychological function. Children exposed to indoor molds showed a statistically significant deficit of approximately 10 points. Additionally, it was shown in this study that longer exposure to indoor molds tripled the risk for low IQ scores defined as values below the 25th percentile.

“I got more interested in mold and began to read Dr. Shoemaker’s work to learn about biotoxin illness. After learning how to do these strange labs, I found that a high percentage of my integrative psychiatric patients had some degree of biotoxin illness.  They had haplotypes that meant they were susceptible to becoming ill after mold exposure and/or elevated cytokine levels.”