If I had been armed with information on how to check my home for mold years ago, I wonder if it would have saved me from decades of chronic illness? Maybe. But for some reason I wouldn’t trade those years of struggle for anything in the world as they were the catalyst that lead me to my purpose in life. As they say, only God can take your mess and make it your message!
Although I am no longer in the house or apartment that had mold issues, I am very cautious about my environment these days. When we bought our new house one of the first things we did was test for mold. There are two reasons for this. For one, I know first hand what mold can do to our health, and also, because I am highly allergic to mold, my health depends on keeping mold counts down.
Where can I buy the petri dishes? You can buy them at Home Depot, or from Microbalancehealth.com. They are pretty cheap and you can send the samples away to a lab (they enclose an instruction sheet on how to do this) so you can find out what type of mold you are dealing with. We did not find any dangerous mold in our home but we did find the mold counts were too high in certain rooms which can cause problems for people with mold sensitivities, (and if the counts are high enough, even people that are not sensitive to mold) so we went about bringing those counts down to an acceptable level.
Can Fungus still be the cause of my illness even if my home doesn’t have a mold problem? Yes. Environmental mold is not the only cause of systemic fungal infections. Overuse of antibiotics and alcohol, as well as the standard American diet (SAD diet) are just a few examples.
My home is so clean, can I really have mold issues? Absolutely. Mold can be hiding under floorboards (as you can see in our video), carpets, curtains, upholsteries, or in damp moldy areas like basements.
What if I don’t see any mold in my home? The petri dishes can detect what is in air or in your carpets and furniture that you may not be able to see.
A good rule of thumb is to remove carpet from rooms you are sleeping in or any carpet that has a high mold count.
If you have pets, shampooing them with a safe anti-fungal shampoo once a week really helps.
Good air purifiers are fantastic at removing mold spores in the home. I think they are such a great investment! We also bought the anti-fungal spray seen in the video from Microbalance.
If you would like to view the steps we took to remove the mold under our floorboards click here. Catherine is the mold expert over at www.HowtoCleanforMold.com and she was gracious enough to walk us through it.
Air quality in your environment is a very important piece to our overall health, but it’s equally important to fuel your body with the right nutrients in order to stay healthy.