Mold is not a new problem, however; mold is a rapidly growing problem. We know that even in biblical times, the Lord gave pretty direct instructions to Moses and Aaron on the importance of handling mold in the homes and clothing carefully. “The LORD said to Moses and Aaron … I put a spreading mildew in a house in that land (Canaan). … The priest is to order the house to be emptied before he goes in to examine the mildew, so that nothing in the house will be pronounced unclean. After this the priest is to go in and inspect the house. He is to examine the mildew on the walls, and if it has greenish or reddish depressions that appear to be deeper than the surface of the wall, the priest shall go out the doorway of the house and close it up for seven days.” (Lev.14)
Obviously this problem has been around for a while. Why would they be ordered to remove items from the home? Because the mold spores travel throughout the home, they are not just where the priest could visually see the mold.
To add to the problem, let’s take a look at the changes in our society in the United States over the past 75 years. The building industry needs to share some of the blame for what has happened. Some factors that have caused mold to become epidemic are :
1. The change from plaster walls to sheetrock. Sheetrock is covered with paper that mold loves, particularly black mold. Moisture will always “wick” from wet to dry. Therefore, if your foundation is wet, it will wick to the studs in the walls, which will then wick to the paper on the sheetrock.
2. Pressed wood or particle board. This was developed as a cheaper alternative to solid wood. It is essentially wood pulp, and wood pieces glued together. This is not only more porous, which soaks up and retains water much better than straight lumber, but the glue, mixed with the mold creates all types of mycotoxin and VOC problems. Mold releases enzymes to breakdown its food. The mold than produces mycotoxins as an after effect of feeding and growing.
3. Changes in building codes in the 1970’s. Let’s remember the energy crisis of the 70’s-long gas lines, concerns for imported oil and gas. In an effort to be less dependent on energy, building codes were almost universally changed throughout the country. The changes were aimed at reducing the outdoor cold air from getting in and the indoor heat from getting out. in the winter, and the outdoor heat from getting in and the indoor cool air from getting out in the winter. What we actually created are homes that can’t breathe. When homes have very little airflow, the moisture within the home becomes a real issue. As the indoor humidity level exceeds 60 percent (some experts even say 55 percent), we have essentially created an ideal environment for mold. Less air movement means things stay moist longer. As building materials and contents of the home stay moist, mold grows and propagates. It doesn’t have to even be a flood or major event. Refer to our blog titled “What is happening to our Homes” for a better understanding.
4. EMF’s are now at an astronomical rate. EMF’s are electromagnetic fields. With the explosion of cell phones and Wifi, the scientific data is just now pouring in. EMF’s make mold much worse. EMF’s not only make the mold toxins worse, but the body takes on EMF’s just like any other toxin. Toxin overload is more and more likely when you combine that EMF’s are attacking your system, along with making the toxins from mold worse. As the toxins in your body build up, the healthiness of your home, (the place you spend half of your life) is critically important.
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