800th Blog – Our all time reader favourites.

800th Blog – Our all time reader favourites.

800th blog

got mold?™ takes pride in educating people with the information they need about mold and asbestos related diseases and issues happening around the world. When the company started we believed that knowledge is power and don’t intend to put fear into our readers but rather, give them the education they need to know before renovations, when buying a home and what to look for even if you aren’t a home owner and possibly a renter. This is why we have so much information available to our readers on our website so that they can read up on certain things and make educated decisions and choices before the proceed to do DIY projects at home and potentially cause a health concern.

So, for our 800th blog we would like to share with you our top 100 blogs and pages viewed online. Thank you so much for all your reading. And, hope we managed to help educate you or a family member or friend. Remember to share – you never know who you may help!

20 Interesting Facts About Mold! 13,397
Interview With a Toxic Mold Survivor: Gina Lopez 12,709
What Are The Most Common Types and Varieties of Mold? 11,491
What is Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome? 11,389
What Should I Do If I Have Mold In My Apartment? 10,809
Contact 7,382
If Santa brought you a Keurig please have caution. 7,147
A History of Mold Illness: The Kelsey Best Story 6,550
The Mummy’s Curse and Mold 6,441
Rashes Caused By Mold 6,351
Really, How Much Should Mold Remediation Cost? 5,469
Blog 5,420
Regulations & Guidelines: Indoor Air Quality & Mould 4,204
Thinking of Buying A Home, Look For These Moldy Clues 4,136
Top 3 Reasons To Have a Mold Inspection Before Buying a Home 4,026
Why Do Ice Dams Cause Mold? 3,901
Don’t Spray Mold! 3,721
Interview With a Toxic Mold Survivor: Raffaella Tassone 3,674
Asbestos Testing, Sampling, Removal & Abatement 3,292
Mold Will Eat Almost Anything But a Happy Meal! 3,100
Mold and Miscarriage, Is There a Link? 2,962
Core Services 2,816
10 Interesting Facts About Asbestos in the USA [Infographic] 2,562
Mold on the farms – Farmers Lungs and Grain bin mold removal 2,245
Does Mold Cause Multiple Sclerosis? 2,206
Top 5 Reasons Mold Is Scary! 2,190
Mold Inspection 2,173
New Does Not Mean Safe! Buyer Beware! 1,983
Air Sampling 1,925
Mold Do’s & Don’ts 1,914
Killing Mold Is Not The Answer 1,895
Does Mold Make Animals Sick? 1,884
Our 8 Step Process 1,864
Services 1,809
Sewer Backups Part 1: Causes and Prevention 1,717
Why Restoration Professionals Should Avoid Using Bleach 1,707
Who Knew this Vitamin Could Prevent Mold Allergies? 1,637
Compare Apples to Apples: 10 Questions You Should Ask Your Mold Remediation Professional! 1,594
About Us 1,542
Do People Really Get Sick From a Little Mold in Their House? 1,541
Interview With a Toxic Mold Survivor: Elaine Kelly 1,530
Why Should I have an Indoor Air Quality Test? 1,480
Testimonials / Reviews 1,448
Health Effects of Mold 1,436
How To Prevent Mold in Your Basement! 1,435
Water Damage + Neglect = Mold & Potential Health Issues 1,340
Do You Know Where Your Water Main Valve Is Located? 1,328
If Mold Can Eat Wood, What Will It Do To Your Lungs? 1,328
#7993 (loading title) 1,317
10 Interesting Historical Facts About Asbestos [Infographic] 1,289
How Many People Die From Asbestos Each Year? 1,270
Stemonitis Fusca- a weird but amazing species of slime mold 1,235
Erin Brockovich Fights Toxic Mold 1,207
Really, How Toxic is Mold? 1,187
Mold in a garage? 1,161
Why Should I Be Concerned About Newly Formed Water Stains? 1,126
Why Should I Have a Mold Inspection? 1,113
Toxic Mold Survivor Update: Gina Lopez 1,088
Interview With a Toxic Mold Survivor: Dr. Janis Bell 1,082
Seven Tips To Detecting Mold 1,070
Can Mold Cause Parkinson’s Disease? 1,058
Who Does The Work? 1,056
Does Mold Cause Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)? 1,016
Actress Brittany Murphy & Husband May Have Died Because Of Mold 1,014
Brittany Murphy’s Mom — The HOUSE Killed My Daughter 1,008
Mold and Illness (40 Articles) 981
Almost All Sinus Infections are Misdiagnosed and Mistreated 977
Canadian Asbestos Regulations 957
Questions & Answers 931
Is Your Christmas Tree a Source of Mold? 919
Career Opportunities 909
Interview With a Toxic Mold Survivor: Karen Dean 898
Why Choose Got Mold?…Compare Apples to Apples…10 Questions To Ask! 897
Interview With a Toxic Mold Survivor: Beatrice Latherings 889
What is the Connection Between Mold, PMS, and Depression? 850
Three Key Reasons You Should Consider Thermal Imaging 835
What Causes Mold in an Attic? 833
Why Do Ice Dams Cause Mold Problems? 806
What Causes a Basement to Smell Bad? 802
Rocker Ted Nugent’s Home Completely Destroyed By Mold! 785
Act Now! Our Government is here to help. Deadline to file a claim for flooding via PDAP is Dec. 31st 782
Subscribe To Our Blog Updates! 780
Cancer Tumors Caused by Mold? 762
Doctor Talks About How Mold Makes People Sick 759
Five Most Common Indoor Mold Varieties 758
The Three Types of Molds 758
Renovating? Be Mindful of Asbestos and Mold 732
MOLD INDOORS: Killing it is Not Enough 727
Ten Health Risks of Mold 713
How to Deal With Household Mold [INFOGRAPHIC] 704
Why is a Shower Essential to Asbestos Abatement? 698
Mold Causes Asthma! 692
Health 684
Did Mold Kill Stacy Bowman? 676
Mold Made The Voice Star, Katrina Parker, Sick! 663
What is the Link Between Mold and Cystic Fibrosis? 650
Ozone Generators and Interior Mold Remediation: A Recipe for Disaster 639
Blindsided By Mold: A True Story About A Bathroom Renovation Gone Bad 631
How Do I Prevent Mold In My Basement After a Flood? 622
Celebrities Affected By Asbestos and Mold (12 Articles) 618

Mold and Mycotoxins: Often overlooked factors in Chronic Lyme Disease

“Lyme” Is More than Lyme Alone

Mold & mycotoxins can be linked to Lyme Disease

Mold & Mycotoxins – linked to Lyme Disease


In the recently released book “Why Can’t I Get Better?: Solving the Mystery of Lyme and Chronic Disease” by Richard I. Horowitz, MD, a compelling argument is made that there is much more to chronic Lyme disease than Lyme alone. In fact, Dr. Horowitz unveils his “16-Point Differential Diagnostic Map” which suggests numerous “nails” in the foot which must be explored in order to regain wellness. He further expands the concept of “chronic Lyme disease” by suggesting MSIDS, or Multiple Systemic Infectious Disease Syndrome, as a more encompassing term for the multiple underlying factors involved in chronic illness.

In my personal experience recovering from Lyme disease after a tick bite in 1996 in Northern California, the journey has been one of uncovering many stones and addressing numerous layers of issues that were impacting my health. While Borrelia, Bartonella, Babesia, Ehrlichia, and many other microbial factors did play a role, it was not until I read the book “Mold Warriors” by Ritchie Shoemaker MD in 2006 that I considered the possibility of mold as another key part of the systemic body burden that had unknowingly made me ill for so many years.

Upon further evaluation, it was determined that I had been living in an apartment for nearly ten years that was contaminated with numerous molds including Stachybotrys, better known as “toxic black mold”. Removing myself from this constant, daily exposure to an environment that was not conducive with my recovery was an important step to take. Moving to a safer environment was one of the best things that I did as part of my journey back to health. I do not think I would be where I am today if I had not discovered and addressed this ongoing, toxic environmental factor that was contributing to my then poor state of health.

The connection between those struggling with chronic Lyme disease and ongoing exposure to toxic molds and mycotoxins is quite clear. Dr. Wayne Anderson has found that exposure to Lyme disease can make one more susceptible to mold illness, and vice versa; exposure to mold can make one more susceptible to Lyme disease. Both have the potential to affect the immune system and make the other more difficult to treat.

Dr. Neil Nathan has found mold toxicity to be a big piece of the puzzle in a very significant portion of patients with chronic Lyme disease. Lisa Nagy MD has suggested that many Lyme patients have a damaged immune system resulting from mold or pesticide exposures and that a focus on Lyme and co-infections may not always be the right focus.

One of the downsides of “chronic Lyme disease” is that Lyme often becomes the focus of treatment when, in fact, it may not be the dominant stressor that the body is burdened by. The intent behind this article is to suggest a more expanded view of chronic Lyme disease and to consider that both environmental exposures to toxic molds and the production of mycotoxins resulting from fungal colonization in the body can be significant issues in terms of symptom presentation; as well as both the severity and duration of the illness.

What Are Molds and Mycotoxins?

Mold and yeast are both different types of fungi. Molds are multicellular fungi and grow in filamentous hyphae, or long thread-like branches. They produce airborne spores, and are often quite colorful. In nature, molds are the recyclers of organic waste. While they are closer to plants than animals, they cannot undergo photosynthesis and thus rely on organic matter for nutrition. They reproduce using both sexual and asexual methods. Yeasts are single-celled microscopic fungi that are round or oval in shape and are generally colorless in appearance.

They reproduce asexually via mitosis or budding. Yeasts are often used in fermentation of alcoholic beverages such as wine and beer and are used in baking. Some yeasts, such as Candida albicans, can be opportunistic infections in humans.

Mycotoxins are toxic chemicals produced by both molds and yeasts. They are believed to be used by fungal organisms as a protective mechanism; as a way to stake out their territory and to allow for further proliferation of the fungi. Additionally, within a host, they may be used by the fungi in order to weaken host defenses in support of persistence of the fungal organisms.

The environment in which the fungi live may be directly correlated to the output of mycotoxins. The more threatened the fungi are by the surrounding environment, the more they may utilize mycotoxin production as a protective weapon. Mycotoxins are not essential for the fungi to maintain their existence, but they do provide a competitive advantage. In some cases, humans get caught in the crossfire.

Mycotoxins in the body may be the result of external exposure to molds or internal, colonizing fungal organisms. They are generally found intracellularly and may be stored in body fat, myelin, tissues, organs, and other body sites.

While there are hundreds of different mycotoxins that have been discovered, some of the more common ones include aflatoxin, ochratoxin, citrinin, ergot alkaloids, patulin, fumonisin, trichothecene, and zearalenone. The focus of this article will be on aflatoxin, ochratoxin A, and trichothecene given that these can be readily measured via laboratory testing performed on a urine sample; providing a useful tool for practitioners working with patients with mold-associated illnesses.

Ongoing mold and mycotoxin exposure can be a very serious issue creating illness in the genetically susceptible. Sadly, the importance of evaluating for the potential of mold illness and taking appropriate corrective actions is often overlooked by many practitioners and patients alike.

Shoemaker’s Mold Contributions

Ritchie C. Shoemaker MD deserves tremendous credit for being the voice that brought mold illness to our awareness. His “Biotoxin Pathway” and treatment protocol have been instrumental pieces of the puzzle for many struggling with chronic biotoxin illness. Biotoxins are toxins created by living organisms. Mycotoxins are a subset of biotoxins and are produced by fungal organisms.

Visual Contrast Sensitivity (VCS) testing is often a very useful biotoxin screening tool that can be performed online. Mycometrics ERMI (Environmental Relative Moldiness Index) is arguably one of the best evaluation tools for the presence of mold in an indoor environment. Numerous lab tests were brought to our attention by Dr. Shoemaker’s work including HLA testing, which looks for genetic predispositions to various biotoxin illnesses, and markers such as TGF-β1, C4a, C3a, MSH, VIP, VEGF, MMP-9, and others. The information that a trained practitioner can ascertain from the results of these tests is significant in their work to guide a biotoxin-illness patient back to a higher level of health.

Cholestyramine is used in many with Lyme disease and mold illness as a direct result of Dr. Shoemaker’s discoveries. Losartan, VIP nasal spray, and other useful therapeutic options have been introduced to biotoxin-illness sufferers through his work.

Dr. Shoemaker’s approach has benefited and will continue to benefit many suffering with otherwise unexplained illnesses. No article on the topic of mold illness would be complete without a mention of his important contributions, and while not the focus of this article, his work has been life changing for many; myself included. More information about his protocol, his books (Mold Warriors; 2005, Surviving Mold; 2010), and the recently introduced doctor certification program can be found on his web site. Several integrative practitioners now incorporate a combination of the Shoemaker Protocol with several of the other options discussed in this article.

Mold and Mycotoxin Symptoms and Associated Conditions

Symptoms produced in humans as a result of mold and mycotoxin exposure are widely varied and may range from no response or simple allergy to cancer or even death.

“Symptoms can be caused by mold allergy, mold colonization (or infection), or mold toxicity, or a combination of these. Until Dr. Shoemaker raised awareness around the toxicity component, we had focused exclusively on allergy and infection. It is the understanding that mold toxicity, with its marked, uncontrolled outpouring of inflammatory cytokines, produces the same wide array of unusual symptoms that we see in Lyme disease and its co-infections that has dramatically improved our ability to diagnose and treat a large subset of patients that had been previously struggling to get better,” said Dr. Neil Nathan.

The symptoms may be dependent on the types of molds and mycotoxins, the duration of the exposure, and the overall health of the exposed person. Mycotoxins damage the immune system and may make one more sensitive to bacterial endotoxins found on the outer membrane of bacterial cell walls. With an increased sensitivity, the body’s response to Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease, and co-infections may be heightened and lead to a further exacerbation of overall symptoms.

Mycotoxins can cause coughing, wheezing, asthma, shortness of breath, sneezing, burning in the throat and lungs, and sinusitis. Memory loss, confusion, brain fog, and cognitive impairment may present. Vision problems, eye irritation, headaches, swollen lymph nodes, ringing in the ears, dizziness, hearing loss, fatigue, muscle weakness, multiple chemical sensitivities, joint pain, muscle pain, irregular heartbeat, seizures, depression, anxiety, irritability, psoriasis, skin irritation, fever, chills, sleep disorders, coagulation abnormalities, and numerous other symptoms have all been associated with mycotoxin exposures.

According to Dr. Joseph Brewer at the 2013 ILADS annual meeting, mycotoxins bind to DNA and RNA, alter protein synthesis, increase oxidative stress, deplete antioxidants, alter cell membrane function, act as potent mitochondrial toxins, and alter apoptosis.

Molds and their mycotoxins may negatively impact the endocrine system including sex hormones, thyroid function, and adrenal function. Mold exposure may lead to food allergies and chemical sensitivity. In some cases, POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) may be mold-induced.

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome have both been associated with mycotoxin exposure. Other conditions that may have a mycotoxin component may include various cancers, diabetes, atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, autism, rheumatoid arthritis, hyperlipidemia (elevated cholesterol), inflammatory bowel disease, Lupus, Sjögren’s syndrome, Crohn’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Raynaud’s Disease, kidney stones, vasculitis, and others.

It has been suggested that elevated cholesterol may be a protective mechanism of the body as a response to mycotoxin exposure. Statin drugs have antifungal properties, and one of the mechanisms through which they may help to lower cholesterol is through the reduction of mycotoxins as systemic fungal populations are reduced.

In those with chronic Lyme disease, it is difficult to separate the symptoms associated with mold and mycotoxin exposure from those associated with Lyme disease or even those associated with heavy metal toxicity. The overlap is significant, and as a result, all of these items must be explored as symptoms believed to be associated with Lyme disease may not be entirely the result of Lyme itself.

For more information check out BetterHealthGuy.com

Best Construction Blog: Your Vote Counts!

Best Construction Blog: Your Vote Counts!
On January 21st, we announced that our blog is a finalist for Best Construction Blog of 2014. Voting has started.
Got Mold? began publishing articles in 2011. Our goal back then and still today: create awareness of mold and asbestos. Since launching our blog, we have published 591 articles and plan to continue to publish articles for our readers. In 2013, we published 211 blogs and recently cataloged the top 70 blogs to make it easier for our readers to find what they are looking for.
If you enjoy our blog and appreciate the information we publish, please vote for us.
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Best Construction Blog 2014 Finalist

Best Construction Blog 2014 Finalist
Got Mold? is pleased to announce that we are a finalist for Best Construction Blog of 2014. This competition is managed by Construction Marketing Ideas, an organization dedicated to helping the construction industry be more effective marketers. We were chosen as a finalist because we consistently update our website with useful content. The competition is open to construction blogs throughout the world.
Got Mold? began publishing articles in 2011. Our goal back then and still today: create awareness of mold and asbestos. Since launching our blog, we have published 577 articles and plan to continue to publish articles for our readers. In 2013, we published 211 blogs and recently cataloged the top 70 blogs to make it easier for our readers to find what they are looking for.
We blog to create awareness and the return for this dedication has been significant because our viewership has multiplied each and every year. In 2011, we ended the year with about 20,000 views; 2012, we ended the year with nearly 42,000 views; and in 2013, we ended the year with nearly 120,000 views. In 2014, our goal is 250,000 to 300,000 views.
The sources of our traffic come primarily from search engines and social media: LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, Google Plus, and FaceBook. Most of our viewers are from Canada and the United States, but the information we publish has attracted visitors from all over the world, most notably, the United Kingdom, Iceland, Philipines, India, Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands, and about 35 other countries.
On behalf of our teams in Saskatchewan and Alberta, we want to thank all of our loyal followers for reading and sharing the content we produce. We look forward to expanding our brand and services throughout the world so that we can serve and help more people deal with their mold and asbestos concerns.

2013 A Year of Asbestos and Mold Blogs (70 Articles)

2013 A Year of Asbestos and Mold Blogs (70 Articles)
In 2013, Got Mold? published 211 blogs composed of researched articles, mold in the news, asbestos in the news, and other public announcements. The result, our website traffic grew from 41,957 views at the end of 2012 to nearly 120,000 views at the end of 2013. At the end of 2012, our goal was to double our traffic. We exceeded this goal, nearly tripling traffic. Out of interest, I cataloged all of the articles that were researched and written in 2013. Below you will find 70 articles. Our hope is that this list of articles will be a useful research tool for your mold and asbestos education efforts.
ASBESTOS AWARENESS
Asbestos Insanity!
Why is a Shower Essential to Asbestos Abatement?
Why is Asbestos a Health Hazard?
Can You Get Mesothelioma from Attending School?
Mandatory Saskatchewan Registry for Asbestos Passes
Thugs and Criminals Continue to Profit from the Toxic Trade of Asbestos
Profiteering Psychopath Billionaire Sentenced To Only 18 Years For Mass Murder!
Asbestos Disease “Like Gun To Head”
Province Makes Asbestos Registry Mandatory
MOLD AND HEALTH
If Mold Can Eat Wood, What Will It Do To Your Lungs?
What is the Connection Between Mold, PMS, and Depression?
Does Mold Make Animals Sick?
Knowledge is Power: An Amazing Story on Mold Illness!
What is Cryptococcus Gattii (C. Gattii)?
Interview With a Toxic Mold Survivor
Top 5 Reasons Mold Is Scary!
Can Mold Cause Parkinson’s Disease?
New York Recognizes Mold As A Health Threat
MOLD AWARENESS AND PREVENTION
No Shame In Mold
Moldy Vacation
What Should I Do If I Have Mold In My Apartment?
Water…Necessary For ALL Life, Including Mold!
20 Interesting Facts About Mold!
How To Prevent Mold in Your Basement!
Why Should I Be Concerned About Newly Formed Water Stains?
Structural Issues Caused By Mold (Video Footage)
Thinking of Buying A Home, Look For These Moldy Clues
What’s Hiding Behind My Wallpaper?
What Should I Do If I Suspect Mold Is In My Basement?
How to Deal With Household Mold [INFOGRAPHIC]
Why Should I have an Indoor Air Quality Test?
Why Should I Have a Mold Inspection?
Is Your Christmas Tree a Source of Mold?
MOLD REMEDIATION STANDARDS AND TIPS
Top 3 Reasons To Have a Mold Inspection Before Buying a Home
Three Key Reasons You Should Consider Thermal Imaging
Four Tips to Protect Yourself During Mold Inspection: ABC’s The Lookout
Compare Apples to Apples: 10 Questions You Should Ask Your Mold Remediation Professional!
After Flood Clean Up, Post-Remediation Verification is Essential!
Why Sewage Contamination Testing is Vitally Important for Flood Victims
Rebuilding Your Basement After a Flood
I Don’t Need A Mold Remediation Professional, My Friend’s a Contractor!
Improper Clean Up Leads to Mold’s Unwanted Return
SNOW, ICE DAMS, AND FLOODING
Why Do Ice Dams Cause Mold Problems?
Why Should I Be Concerned About Snow On My Roof?
Are You Prepared For Flooding?
What Should I Do If My Home is Flooded?
Nearly 50 Saskatchewan Communities Request Provincial Disaster Assistance
Attention Saskatchewan Residents: Top 20 Questions About Eligible PDAP Expenses
What is Category 3 Water and Why Should I be Concerned? (Part One)
What is Category 3 Water and Why Should I be Concerned? (Part Two)
ALBERTA FLOOD
Calgary, Alberta Flood Alert!
Calgary Crews Continue to Work on Canada Day!
Calgary, Alberta Flood Update PLUS 10 Pics
Got Mold? in High River, Alberta
Air Contamination Becomes Growing Concern in High River, Alberta
Got Mold? in Hidden Valley, Alberta
GOT MOLD? BUSINESS UPDATES AND CORPORATE NEWS
Got Mold?’s New Executive Team Plus a New Video From Our Recent Project
Got Mold? Business Update: Large Scale Dry Ice Blasting Project
Dry Ice Blasting Project: Before and After Pictures
Got Mold? in the News
Northern Alberta First Nations Mold Remediation Project
Got Mold? at PLR Expo
Got Mold? At Camp Easter Seal Drop Zone
PLR Expo Wrap Up
Major Announcement: Got Mold Signs First Franchise Agreement
Got Mold Calgary Franchise Update
SPECIAL INTEREST STORIES
Good News for US Military Families
Celebrities Affected By Asbestos and Mold (12 Articles)
Mold in the Bible
Stats on Mold in Schools