Mold Woes

Posted to Subscribers on 28 March 2014

Dear Subscribers,

For those who have been reading my posts for years, there might not be anything new in this one. Well, maybe to make sure there is at least something, I might mention that Tesla's free energy patent is now posted online. Before you think that a ten-minute trip to Radio Shack will allow you to assemble the parts needed to construct one of these devices, let me spoil the enthusiasm by saying that this is not something like Hulda Clark's zapper. Quite a bit of sophistication will be required to build these units, but I'll bet you anything some nerdy kid who might not even have passed through puberty yet will figure out how to make and perhaps even mass produce these.

Mold Woes

Over the last few weeks, there have been ever so many emails about mold. I realize that some people are looking for very quick fixes, but if they try to oversimplify the approach to mold exposure, there is a very high probability that they will miss something very important so here I am banging on my gong.

What I am hearing from people is that they might have been exposed to mold. It is a serious enough concern to warrant sending an email and asking questions, but not serious enough to cause decisive action. Here is my generic response.

Just about anyone could have been exposed to mold. Let me list just a few possibilities. The obvious ones are that one worked in or lived in a place where there was known mold, perhaps even visible mold. However, one could merely have visited a contaminated place, like a public library or theatre or friend's house. For instance, when I went around with realtors years ago, we went into some really rank smelling homes. In this part of the world, one cannot lock up a house and hope that it will be pristine when one returns.

There are hotel rooms with deferred maintenance, dangerously contaminated air conditioning and HVAC ducts. There are antibiotics in vaccines and many animal products, not to mention the drugs themselves. There is mold in cheese, on nuts, and on countless types of fruit. Move something moldy, and the mold becomes airborne. Spores fly everywhere. So, all these exposures are ancient history, and nothing recent has happened that might be worrying? Well, the problem is that mold is viable so it doesn't matter how long ago the exposure took place because if it was not addressed, it might actually be a problem.

Occasionally people complain of this, that, or the other symptom, but the moment I make a suggestion, they duck. So, here I go. Unlike a chemical exposure, fungi, as noted, can be viable. They are viable for the reasons I stated with respect to the diffusers: they are extremely hard to destroy. I am not actually sure one can destroy mold. I say this to be honest. If mold can grow inside the nuclear reactor at Chernobyl or on the outside window of the Mir Space Station, we have to ask whether or not its survival mechanism is such that it will outlast whatever we direct at it. Mold can be dormant for a long time and then become vegetative when the right conditions exist. The inside of the body is paradise for mold: warm, dark, moist, and dare we add that the opportunities for colonization are nearly ideal since circulation does the work of providing mold with multiple opportunities for domiciling itself.

What I have seen in darkfield microscopy is that the feeding system for mold can be disrupted and the mycotoxins can be neutralized. Together, these provide mold victims substantial protection, but I have no doubt that when all is said and done and we take our last breath, mold as well as some bacteria will still be viable. Thus it must be or the world would actually be so full of debris that we would never be able to wade through the mess. Mercifully, there are forces of decomposition that will clean up after us. The trick is to make sure this happens "after" and not "during" and this is why I am banging on my gong.

Before plowing on, let me underscore the importance of what I just wrote. Radiation is often used to sterilize equipment. We need to ask what the consequences are if radiation does not actually destroy mold and equipment is not therefore sterile and safe to use.

Degeneration or Regeneration

Onwards. In a kind of a way, we could say that whether we degenerate or regenerate depends a lot on the choices we make in life. Mold is part of the degenerative process; and when it is overzealous, we lose functions that we consider natural to the human condition. How is it to lose memory or coordination or blood? When I was at the worst stage in my own mold odyssey, I started to slur a bit. Then, I could not remember names, even names of my closest friends. I knew who they were but not their names. Then, I started to lose more nouns, like names of herbs and objects. I would be writing and absolutely could not remember words for things. The problem was quite progressive and alarming, meaning that in a matter of months, I had lost a large part of my capacity to express myself coherently. Then, I heard about a woman with an IQ that was way over the top. Her husband was quoted as saying that it was a good day when they went to the zoo and she knew the names of two species of animals. Her diagnosis was frontal lobe dementia but the cause was mold exposure.

It can be really scary when you have no idea how to stop this progression. The other lady died. I got better but I will wager that in the dozen or so years since my exposure, there have only been a couple of days when I did not take any herb at all. I know, this is easy for me because there are literally thousands of bottles everywhere around me, but even if it were not mold but just stress or maybe some indigestion after eating in a restaurant, I know I need antioxidants. I know I need to detoxify, boost immunity, and keep my margins clear. I've known some herbalists who guzzle herbs all day long. I don't. I'm guessing I might ingest 60-90 drops of something or other almost every day. This is not like popping aspirin or sleeping pills; this is to minimize the effects of living in a very dangerous world. The strategy seems to be working.

It would be fun to talk to some other herbalists who are my vintage to find out how they are coping with modern life. We all need survival strategies, but let me get back to mold in particular. The first goal is to minimize the risk. Mold gets its nutritional needs met through a system of hyphae. In darkfield, the hyphae look a bit like transparent bamboo: they have segments, like the nodes of bamboo. This is where they break when given the right antifungal herbs. Once they break, the feeding system is destroyed. White blood cells become very bold when the hyphal structures are wrecked. This disables the whole network, but the mold itself is probably still capable of generating more hyphae, meaning that recurrence is probably an ongoing risk. I cannot prove this, but once we have our Institute, I hope I will be able to show this in carefully filmed footage.

This image was taken of my own blood when I was under the illusion that I had largely recovered from my mold ordeal. The laboratory that identified it labeled it graphium but this was disputed by the hosts of a mold seminar I attended.
Unfortunately, we cannot observe the same mold indefinitely. For the record, what happens is that the mold vanquishes everything on the slide so after a few hours or days, the mold is all that remains. Everything else has been lysed and/or eaten.

So, to monitor the risks, we have to take more samples and look for signs of viable mold. This is not easy to do. Finding someone who can monitor is almost impossible, but it's important. There are alternative methods that may or may not give accurate results. For instance, one could draw some blood and keep it in a sterile container to see if mold grows. There was a clinic in Europe that did this type of testing and 100% of samples grew hairy layers on the top of the blood, not a pleasant sight at all. Some people have tried the same with urine and had similar results, not as consistent but similar.

Some MDs will draw blood and have it tested for mycotoxins. This does not prove that there is viable mold, just that there was viable mold at one time or another. Still, the information is important because it says that the mycotoxicity needs to be eliminated so as to reduce future risks.

When it is so difficult and so expensive to get reliable information, we have to find a path that is safe given our circumstances and budgets. I can tell you what worked for me and perhaps even why, but the logic is unique to my information base. I had to find my way in a world that denied the reality of my complaints. The same thing happens with people with Lyme disease, with Morgellons, and with parasites. Their doctors write off the symptoms because without proof, the symptoms must be baseless. The proof will not be found unless they look beyond the walls of the boxes that contain their scripts. In the case of mold, the scripts say that mold is dangerous for people who are weak and/or immune compromised. That script needs to read that mold is dangerous for anyone and everyone because it is vegetative.

If you talk to people who have gone from one doctor to another, you realize that it is not unusual for them to spend $70,000 or more on diagnostic tests and visits to doctors who failed to help them. When I was talking to people in more or less the same boat as I was years back, I met people whose maintenance cost for medical care was $65,000 per month. Obviously, there is something very wrong here because it is not that difficult to regain control over one's life. Most people I met, myself included, were wiped out by the mold experience. They used up their life savings and went on to max out their credit cards. I am guessing that it should not cost more than $1000 for the right health care, maybe half that for some people, but property remediation might be another matter. I don't know anyone who had long-term mold exposure who didn't waste money on useless treatments before finding something that worked.

So, to get back on track here. Disrupting the feeding network is critical to survival and is the first step unless highly allergic in which case one can start by getting the allergies under control. I used Jatoba for allergies, but it had the extra benefit of increasing my stamina which gave me the oomph I needed to tackle the challenges. I had suffered for more than a year before learning about Jatoba but it made an immense difference the moment I heard about it. A comment might be in order. Only 25% of the world's human population is allergic to mold. This figure is actually misleading because not being allergic does not mean that mold is innocuous. It means that the early warning sirens are not being heard.

If the mold is toxic, we need to neutralize the toxins. The famous toxic molds are aspergillus, stachybotrys, certain kinds of penicillium, and so on and so forth. There are thousands of types of mold. For those of you who do darkfield, here is the clue. Find the mold and watch how it destroys blood cells. Then, try different herbs or supplements to see which make the mold harmless. If the blood cells survive the mold, the mycotoxin has been neutralized. Though I have mentioned this before, no one I know has been patient enough to replicate what I have done. I spent months and months testing things because I knew that the quality of my life, not to mention the length of life, depended on what I could discover. Kolorex is the most effective substance I found for this purpose, but it is marketed as a supplement for candida. People usually only need one bottle, sometimes two but seldom more.

Being curious and experimental, I also captured some mold from inside dehumidifiers and from fruit. I put this mold in jars with different foods and antifungals. Only the one with the Diffuser Blend remains clean after several years. Those with probiotics, enzymes, cleaning products, etc. did not inhibit the mold growth. Anyone can conduct this kind of experiment. Do something really simple. Take some oatmeal or cheese or bread and put samples in sterile jars with different substances that are purported to "kill" mold. You will quickly find out for yourself what to believe and what not to believe. Alternatively, you can take the short cut and use what worked for me, but you can, of course, blaze your own trail but make sure you are not wasting precious time.

Like most people, when I was first exposed to mold, I had to rely on others. The Internet was not as sophisticated as it is now, but I was on some lists with thousands of health care practitioners so I asked people for advice. This ranged from simplistic suggestions such as pouring some vinegar or baking soda into a bowl a leaving it on a counter or using ozone or charcoal to purify the air. Those efforts made little or no difference. Many said to burn all my furniture and papers. I realize that this type of advice errs on the safe side, but it was not necessary for me. I did get rid of all my carpeting because I was convinced that mold does get into the nap and right down to the backing of the carpets. The house was brand new so this was quite a disaster but the hardwood was also ruined so it had to go also. However, I did not burn my clothing or padded furniture much less my library or files. I ran a lot different kinds of filtration but truly believe that the essential oils made the most difference.

I did give some credit at one time to ozone, but I used an ozone machine that had a reservoir for essential oil. With hindsight, I believe the essential oil was more important, but I have a shelf full of ozone machines in case someone wants to repeat my experiments.

Sometimes, I found clues in strange places. For instance, the first tip on essential oils was in reading about a law suit against a lumber company that sold wood that had mold. Then, I found a study of essential oil sprays that could be used by lumber companies to protect wood that is stored outdoors for up to two years. Then, I found a study of rare library books in which the pages were being preserved with essential oils that did not damage the paper, some of which was hundreds of years old. Realizing that people have precious paintings, photographs, and art work, the question of safety was always there. Then, one night I was coughing and got up, without turning on the light, to put more oil in the diffuser. A one ounce bottle of cinnamon oil spilled because the reducer cap came off with the lid. This intense oil did not damage the furniture or rug. Interesting!

Oils vary tremendously in their chemistry as well as pricing. Cinnamon oil happens to be quite expensive because it is much more labor-intensive and time consuming to distill oil from bark than from leaves or flowers. If cinnamon oil is cheap, it is probably adulterated or made from leaves rather than bark. Lemongrass was used in a lot studies because it is inexpensive but, as you guessed, not nearly as effective. Let me give a for instance because it helps to have a perspective. If you make a cheesecake and you want to keep it in the refrigerator for a while, lemongrass will probably extend its edible life for several weeks. It will also have an interesting effect on the taste, but lavender is even more exotic so you can use certain oils in this way but when it comes to longer-term protection, you have to look at the studies done on exterior siding in hot and humid places. My Diffuser Blend is based on those studies, not lemongrass.

Here is the rub. I began my quest for relief from mold more than 13 years ago. The first year was almost a write-off because I did not learn much of any use so let's say 12 years of effective study. It would take someone new to this problem a long time to acquire the kind of expertise I now have. I vividly remember the time when I did not know what I needed to know to save myself. I also remember people telling me how dangerous my situation was, people saying that I was procrastinating by not biting the bullet, etc., etc. The problem was that very little advice rendered was reliable. There was also the enormous problem of fatigue. I couldn't do what I set out to do because of fatigue. As fate would have it, I had to give a lecture in Portland, Oregon, and when I realized that I slept better in a funky motel room than my own house, I "got it". Not only did I sleep better, but my head was clearer when I was away. At the time, I had often dragged blankets from one room to another, just trying to find one place where the air quality was fit to breathe. It was pretty terrible. However, I met people whose children died because of mold. I truly know the suffering.

One can move out, but the reality is that mold is ubiquitous in certain areas. To escape, one would need to find a place that is truly pristine. Ironically, much as the mold issue is obvious in the Bayou or Pacific Northwest, it is actually worse in Arizona, perhaps because of air conditioning. With what I know now, I would have lots of advice for constructing new homes. We are building rubbish that is dangerous for occupants, but this could change. We all want to feel safe in our own homes but we have to build consciously to be safe.

Anyway, I was on a ride. Dr. Simoncini was just becoming famous for his work on fungi and cancer. He says that cancer is a fungus. I am not sure all cancers are fungal but I am certain that some are. I found archives of misdiagnosed cancer in which autopsies proved that the patients died of massive fungal infections. One case was of a child in Nepal whose diagnosis was brain cancer. Others were diagnosed with lung, liver, pancreatic, and all sorts of other cancers. You can go to the University of Adelaide web site and look for fungal jungle and see what you find. This material is difficult to find, but I downloaded everything of Kaminski's some years ago. At that time, even the CDC had similar images; ergo, some doctors do know how dangerous mold is, but the textbooks have not been rewritten. This often takes 50 years.

There is a lot of resistance to the truth because we live in a litigious world. People want to blame someone so those who are to blame pressure the white coats to perjure themselves by babbling banalities that unfortunately cost lives. When my house flooded, I tried to find a lawyer who actually defended the victims, not the perpetrators. This proved a difficult task. Most said they were used to representing the other side. That is not surprising when it comes to lawyers, but doctors? It was basically a similar story. They are used to swearing to tell the truth and nothing but the truth and then saying that mold sufferers are whiners and complainers. So, you cannot depend on anyone to level with you. This means you are on your own so you need an education and a plan.

One person wrote recently that she just had a vapor barrier installed in her crawl space. I explained this on my web site that deals with my mold journey.

As I said, I believe we do not build our houses properly. When I was in the throes of moving, I drove from New Mexico to North Carolina to Oregon and then Washington. Basically, I saw the same sort of construction everywhere but the terrain and climates differed. Architects obviously sit in rooms where they do not apparently consider either the views or the slopes of the land. We actually do need to think a bit more deeply before building because correcting problems later is much more difficult than planning ahead. I am way beyond all my mold stuff at this time, but the emails keep coming because the site is live. There are hundreds of pages on that site as well as on this site.

For now, I really want to assure everyone that I am okay. I lived through that nightmare. It was a nightmare, but no one has to reinvent the wheel now. I published everything so it's there for you to read. Free also!

Now, I am thinking more about regeneration because everyone faces this, not simply because of aging but because of disease and civilization.

Many blessings,


Mold Herbs





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