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HEALTHY TRAILS

TALES OF A MOLD WARRIOR Toxic Culture by Paul McHam

“Just pretend whatever you think you are thinking doesn’t exist.” –a grocery cashier explaining to a bagger how a customer wanted groceries bagged.

“I am never able to just be something.”— from an anxiety-filled teenager

From 104-year-old Marine Maj. Bill White, who lives in Stockton, California, on how to live a long life: “Keep breathing. I can give you all sorts of ideas and suggestions, but if you’re not breathing, they don’t mean anything.”

I recently heard someone say that they heard that this mold was worse than that mold, and that mold was better than that one.

In all honesty, some molds are indeed better than others, I cannot deny it.

There are, according to some scientists, nearly 300,000 molds, half of which we do not know anything about. The more we know, the more we realize we need to know. Even if you research mold on the internet, it does not mean you will have the right answer at the end.

For that matter, most scientists would agree that some chemical contaminants have an even harsher effect on the human body than mold does.

It is estimated that out of every 10 crystal-meth contaminated homes, only one is discovered. That means that nine of the 10 will remain on the market and be sold or rented. Even when you rent a hotel room, that room may have been used to get high. Just like in homes, the chemical residue left behind can attack the central nervous system. Living next to high power lines may increase exposure to electromagnetic frequencies, a potential cause of cancer. Follow the path of those power lines, and you will see thousands of homes built near them.

Playing golf and biting on the tee between holes can contaminate your body with the pesticides and weed control agents used by the golf course.

If you live downhill from a highly tended lawn or commercial establishment, the rainwater may carry the lawn maintenance chemicals downhill to your property. Become more aware of the toxins in your environment, look around and you will find many more examples, such as maintenance folks using an airborne sprayer to kill weeds close to homes. Keep in mind that outside air changes can cause changes to air within a home. If chemicals are airborne outside, they could very well end up inside.

Paul McHam is a local expert on mold remediation. For more information, visit his website at http://myairxperts.com/ and his Facebook page Moldsporewars http://bit.ly/2E2Fj3y or call 330-658-2600. For a list of his certifications, go to https://bit.ly/2WH19Pt