Paradigm Change offers help to those with debilitating intolerance to mold

Dear All,
The Executive Director of Paradigm Change is Lisa Petrison, Ph.D. For years, the organization has been a strong advocate for those who have developed various forms of idiopathic intolerances and debilitating weaknesses after exposure to an excessive amount of mold and other biocontaminants that are often found in water damaged buildings.
Below is a message sent today by Dr. Petrison.  It is regarding the many endeavors occurring to provide help to the environmentally injured and disabled.
Begin forwarded message:
“August 29, 2015
Dear Friends,
For those who missed the initial free screening of Dave Asprey’s excellent move “Moldy” (which I am in), or who would like to see it again, there is a free screening this weekend (through Sunday, 8/30/15).
The event honors Jared Dussault, a 17-year-old mold victim who killed himself after expressing discouragement about his illness and who had stated that he wished everyone could see this movie.
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In order to provide assistance to mold victims working to recover their health, Paradigm Change has launched a new standalone help forum, Mold Avoiders.
It serves as a complement to the Mold Avoiders Facebook group, which now has more than 900 members.
The forum includes an “Ask the Experts” help desk, where people can get their questions answered by experienced mold avoiders, healthcare practitioners and respected remediators. If you fall into one of those categories and would be willing to even occasionally share your knowledge with those in need, please sign up to receive emails of new help desk questions.
More information about the new forum is summarized in a Paradigm Change blog article.
GO TO THE NEW MOLD AVOIDERS FORUM
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In other Paradigm Change news:
To accompany the launch of the forum, a compilation book of a previous Q&A project – called The Avoiding Mold Archives – has been released.
The basics about Environmental Mold Testing are summarized in a new page on the Paradigm Change website.
A list of Mold Remediators who have received positive reports from mold victims also has been added to the site.
In order to draw attention to the financial devastation that toxic mold illness typically causes, a page of Mold Illness Fundraisers also is now on the website..
On the healing front, I wrote a new article for the Living Clean in a Dirty World blog, called “What I’ve Learned (So Far) About Getting Set Up for Ozone Therapy.”
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Some great new mold-oriented podcast resources:
Functional medicine physician Jill Carnahan did an excellent interview on UndergroundWellness.com.
Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker did an interview with influential biohacker Chris Kresser.
Dave Asprey did an interview on DanielVitalis.com. The Moldy page on the Paradigm Change website summarizes other interviews of Dave done in connection with the film.
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The New Orleans Times-Picayune wrote a remarkable three-part news story focusing on whether the failure to clean up mold after Hurricane Katrina was responsible for the deaths of four professors, all of whom worked on the same floor of a campus building.
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Finally, 261 people have now responded to the Mold Avoidance Survey.
I prepared an in-depth write-up of the first responses to the survey. The final results are going to be really enlightening!
The survey deadline has been extended to September 10, 2015. If you have done any kind of mold avoidance and not taken the survey yet, please participate (and encourage others to participate as well).
TAKE THE MOLD AVOIDANCE SURVEY
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Thanks much to everyone who has taken the survey so far and for all the general support provided to making the dangers of toxic mold more widely known..
Best regards,
Lisa Petrison, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Paradigm Change
Website: www.paradigmchange.me
Email: info@paradigmchange.me “
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Was mold injured teen Jared Dussault “suicided” for money? Yea, he was.

Dear All,
I have been in this fight for a long time.  While it is always unsettling when we lose a child to the Toxic Mold Issue, it is almost unbearable for me and many others to watch when we lose a child by their own tortured hand — because someone was so worried about their pocketbook that they bullied the child into suicide.
“Suicided” is a relatively new term in the English language.  It means bullying a weaker person to the point that they feel like their life will never be of worth and that the taking their own life is the only way to stop the pain and dispair or their perceived self-worthlessness.
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The tragic Dussault family story that culminated in the suiciding of Jared Dussalt in the words of his mother, Kelli:
“Our lives have become like pieces of a puzzle, that we can not seem to put back together. Sickness has become a way of life, in fact we have long forgotten what it feels like to be well….Getting out of bed has never hurt so much and I hate to see the lives of my children simply stop. As my son say’s ‘this isn’t living.  So why is this happening across America?”
I can tell you exactly why this is happening across America. Its happening because of greed by those who influence public health policies, medical practices and the courts in the United States.
For more information on who bullied and discriminated against this environmentally injured family and who, in paid positions of government, failed to protect them from the money-motivated bullying, please read:  “Mold injured teen commits suicide. Mother pleads for laws to protect children
Also see the VIDEO of the now deceased Jared Dussault pleading for Collier County, Florida government to help stop the devastating bullying and discrimination of his sick mother and younger siblings.
Yea, we’re all upset about this one.  But our feelings are miniscule compared to the heartache and outrage Jared’s mother and younger brother and sister must be feeling for the loss of this kind young man who did everything he could to save his family from ruination against tall odds.
Namely, the tall odds lay in the United States Department of Justice.
The systematic, financially motivated, U.S. Department of Justice backed discrimination against those disabled by biocontaminants in water damaged buildings in the United States must be made to STOP!
On August 7, 2015, nine days before Jared Dussault was suicided, I received a  LETTER from the U.S. Department of Justice in California after conferring with the home office in DC and the FBI.  It was a refusal to prosecute for criminal acts in the California state courts (2005 to 2013) which have aided and abetted the heartless discrimination and suiciding for money of Jared Dussault in the State of Florida.
Plainly stated, the USDOJ has been using scientific fraud to defend against liaiblity for federal employees and military families injured by moldy buildings.  Officers of the California courts committed criminal acts to help them cover it up.  Now, Jared Dussaualt is dead.
The scientific fraud frequently used by the USDOJ — that a flawed linear risk assessment model is proof mold toxins in water damaged buildings can never reach a level to harm — has also been frequently used by private sector “experts” such as Exponent. Exponent consultants were hired to deny liability for causing illness in the Dussault family.
Our hearts go out to the Dussault family for paying the ultimate price of U.S. and state government backed discrimination and bullying of the environmentally injured.
I personally can’t rest until the discrimination and criminality is stopped from killing other children.
Sharon Noonan Kramer
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Mold injured teen commits suicide. Mother pleads for laws to protect children.

Dear All,
The heartless mistreatment and discrimination of those severely injured by environmental exposures in this country has got to be made to stop.  On the night of August 16, 2015, a young boy of seventeen took his own life out of desperation and despair.  His name is Jared Dussault.  In the fall of 2014, he, his mother and two younger siblings were injured by molds in their apartment in the La Costa complex in Naples, Florida. They could find no one to help them regain their lives.
La Costa is owned and operated by Sentinel Real Estate Corporation.  Sentinel is one of the 50 largest apartment complex owners in the United States.
According to Jared’s mother, Kelli Kellum Dussault, they had mold in air conditioning ducts of their apartment.  The remediation to remove the mold was improperly done in mid-September by a maintenance man of the complex.  On October 2, 2014, a “professional” remediation company was hired to clean the ducts.  They did not set up proper containment while causing mold to be blown into the air of the apartment and all over the Dussaults’ possessions.
This caused the Dussault apartment to become uninhabitable for the family.  They began experiencing severe breathing difficulties almost immediately. Prior to any remediation work being done, La Costa complex managers were made aware that Jared’s little brother, Tyler, had severe allergies to the mold, aspergillus, requiring added precaution when remediating for his safety.
In a Power-Point presentation she made earlier this year while seeking help for the family, Dussault reported that Simpson Environmental Services was hired last October to perform professional quality remediation after the La Costa crew had botched the effort in September.  Simpson Environmental is owned by Florida State Senator Wilton Simpson.
According to documentation found in the power-point, after the living conditions were made worse — not better — by the unprofessional work of Simpson Environmental Services, consultants from Environ were then brought in to the matter to promote the concept that the mold in the apartment and the botched remediations had not injured the family.
In January of 2015, after their world had been turned upside down by well documented negligence, incompetence and misstatements of fact; the Dussault family was basically thrown out on the street with no help to pay for their living expenses or mounting medical bills.  They were evicted by La Costa’s management under the pretence that they had not paid their rent.
According to Dussault, other occupants of La Costa had also complained of mold problems in their units causing ill health.  The local code enforcement agency closed the case on Dussault’s complaint without issuing a single charge for the multiple violations cited in the complaint.
When seeking help for their illnesses, the Dussaults were referred from doctor to doctor with little to no relief of their symptoms.  Like so many mothers before her, Dussault then spent thousands of dollars to travel thousands of miles to seek the help of physicians trained to treat chronic, debilitating illnesses caused by mold. Physicians trained to treat Chronic Inflammatory Response Symptoms from Water Damaged Buildings (CIRS-WDB) are few and far between in this country.
It can be very difficult to be so sick, uncertain if one will ever be well again, and made to feel so small and unimportant — in large part because U.S. physicians are not being properly educated about the causes and effects of chronic, debilitating, environmental illnesses. The lack of informed help from the medical community, public health agencies and code enforcement agencies can and often does contribute heavily to the overwhelming burden of lives disrupted by debilitating environmental exposures.
The National Institute of Health recently issued a report which accurately states:
“Both society and the medical profession have contributed to ME/CFS [Chronic Fatigue] patients feeling disrespected and rejected. They are often treated with skepticism, uncertainty, and apprehension and labeled as deconditioned or having a primary psychological disorder. ME/CFS patients often make extraordinary efforts at extreme personal and physical costs to find a physician who will correctly diagnose and treat their symptoms while others are treated inappropriately causing additional harm. Overall, the debilitating effects of ME/CFS can result in financial instability due to the consequences of the illness (e.g., the loss of employment, home)”….economic burden estimated to be between $2 billion and $7 billion in the United States. ME/CFS results in major disability for a large proportion of the people affected.”
For children and adolescents, the isolation from their friends coupled with being sick and helpless, being out of a stable home environment with no possessions, and worrying about the future of their family members, can be particularly emotionally devastating.
Jared’s mother made this post on Facebook yesterday requesting that it be spread far and wide:
11896020_10207700561735338_7192290602441663344_nThe movie to which the mother refers is the documentary, MOLDY. It  was released earlier this year.  Please watch it for a greater understanding of what drives the chronically environmentally injured to suicide.
There is a Go Fund Me account which has been set up to help Kelli pay for her son, Jared’s, burial expenses. According to the funding website:
“Kelli has lost her son Jared tonight. They have been battling toxic mold poisoning. She’s gone beyond her means to do everything for these kids. She’s moved across country this month just to have them in a city with better air quality to help them heal. She’s spent her last funds to make this move. Please help her to take care of burying her child while caring for her family.”
Pictures of Jared Dussault in September of 2014 and February of 2015, as taken from his mother’s Power Point presentation: jared pdf-page-001
Please honor his mother’s wishes and spread Jared Dussault’s message far and wide. Like many other children debilitated by moldy living environments, this child was somebody who was made to feel like he was a nobody.
May this young man, who life was cut short and ended tragically in despair because of perverse, money-motivated politics over environmental illnesses in the United States, rest in peace.
Our heart-felt condolences to Kelli, Jared’s younger siblings and all the Dussault family.
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Re: Environmental Concerns~ Reply to Gov Brown’s directive to contact Atty General Kamala Harris

Honorable Governor Brown,

Thank you for your email of July 1, 2015 (see end of this reply email).  I am flattered that you are honored I turned to you for help, once again.  However, I believe your staff’s email to be in error when directing me to Attorney General Kamala Harris. I feel quite certain that the Governor of California’s help is required to address the issues I raise.
I have asked for assistance from Attorney General Harris in the past, to no avail.  Now that she is running for the United States Senate seat of Barbara Boxer, it is less likely than ever that she will intercede in this matter to stop corruption in the California judicial branch, in District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis’ office, in Sheriff William Gore’s department and in the California State Bar.
Because of the politics of the matter and the political stature of those involved, it is highly unlikely that Senate candidate Harris will act in her capacity as CA’s Attorney General in this matter. It is highly unlikely that without encouragement from you, Governor Brown, that she will pursue investigation and charges against San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and San Diego County Sheriff William Gore for their criminal roles in aiding to cover up that Justice Richard Huffman and Justice Judith McConnell fixed a SLAPP suit to defraud the American public of billions of dollars.
In the process of defrauding the public by falsifying court documents in the SLAPP suit, they also caused the continuance of discrimination of environmentally injured people in courts, worker injury claims handling practices, medical schools (including the UC system), and physicians’ offices nationwide.
As I think you know, I was extremely appreciative in 2010, when you removed the concept from the state’s Industrial Relations policy that California occupational physicians should adhere to the advice of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) when diagnosing and treating workers injured by contaminants in water damaged building. However, your honorable act did little to nothing to stop the erred practice by the workcomp physicians.  They continue to this day to mistreat and demean workers injured by moldy work environments — while the cost of their care and survival gets shifted onto taxpayers via social service programs.
[The fraud occurred by two toxicologists, Bruce Kelman and Bryan Hardin of Veritox, Inc, applying extrapolations to data they had taken from a single rodent study. They falsely professed that their calculations alone proved toxic mold in water damaged buildings could never reach a level to harm people.  In 2002, ACOEM legitimized it by making it a position statement.  In 2003, the US Chamber Institute for Legal Reform and the Manhattan Center for Legal Policy, mass marketed the false concept to US courts that people claiming illness from Toxic Mold were scientifically proven to be hysterical liars — to stave off liability for stakeholders of moldy buildings.  Kelman and Veritox then became expert defense witnesses hired by the US DOJ to stave off federal liability for causation of illness, including illness in military families living in moldy housing. To date, they have been paid approximately $1.5M by the USDOJ for their testimonies.
In 2005, I wrote about how they marketed it and I named who was involved. Leading officers of the CA courts framed me for libel with actual malice for the words “altered his under oath statements” in the writing in a SLAPP suit brought by Kelman and Veritox. Kelman committed perjury to manufacture a reason for malice, his attorney, Keith Scheuer, repeatedly suborned it — while justices in the Fourth District Division One Appellate Court suppressed the evidence of the perjury multiple times.  The justices also falsified court documents to conceal that they knew Hardin, a retired deputy director of CDC NIOSH, was an improperly undisclosed party to the SLAPP. Judgements, remittiturs, abstracts of judgements, and numerous other court documents were falsified. As a result of corruption in the SLAPP, the fraud played on in courtrooms and medical practices all over the United States.]
Because of unbridled corruption in the California legal system over the fixed SLAPP suit since 2005, it took me until February of this year to stop the false concept that it was proven toxic mold in buildings does not harm — as matter of policy, nationwide. Although it has now been sunset by ACOEM, I am aware that the ACOEM mold statement is still being used in courts and claims handling practices as a reason to deny injured workers their rightful benefits.  (see WorkCompCentral, February 2015 “ACOEM Takes Down Position Paper commonly Used to Defend against Mold Claims” https://katysexposure.wordpress.com/2015/03/18/acoem-takes-down-position-paper-commonly-used-to-defend-against-mold-claims/ )
In the ten year process of the California courts trying to silence me of what they’ve done to aid this fraud to continue, it cost my family everything we own — for my refusal to be silenced. I was jailed for two nights in San Diego County in 2012 for my refusal to commit perjury by signing a false confession of being guilty of libel — by order of a judge whose court had no subject matter jurisdiction, Judge Thomas Nugent (first relocated then retired).
While I was jailed, my alleged civil contempt of court somehow morphed into criminal contempt on the record.  I never would have known it, were it not for a private sector website which posts incarceration records. Sheriff Gore’s administrator of records, Deborah Duncan, submitted the false criminal record to the FBI in 2012.  She refused to correct it for six months while claiming that the Sheriff Department’s computer system did not have the capability to correct the false criminal records.
And again, DA Bonnie Dumanis refused to investigate her friends in the local Superior and Appellate court; now along with refusing to investigate Sheriff Gore and his staff for falsifying federal criminal records.  In 2014, Sheriff Gore then endorsed Dumanis for re-election as DA, and even contributed $1000.00 to her re-election campaign.
All five of the San Diego County Supervisors endorsed both Dumanis and Gore for re-election in 2014. At the time of their endorsements, they had been made fully aware of the roles the two played to conceal corruption in the local courts for the purpose of defrauding the United States public; and fully aware of the terrifying harassment and cyberstalking I was experiencing for refusing silence of the defrauding.  (See video of my January 2014 testimony to the County Supervisors  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJqVpsiJCKw)
In 2010 at your direction, Governor Brown, I filed a complaint for review with the California State Bar against the SLAPP plaintiff attorney, Keith Scheuer, for suborning his client’s perjury to manufacture a reason for malice in the SLAPP suit. Long story short, in December of 2011, Mr. Wonder Liang of the State Bar claimed they lost the complaint and simultaneously claimed it was proven there was nothing to it.
He retired two days after sending me the denial letter and I was jailed 90 days later for refusing to commit perjury.  I filed additional complaints in 2012 for Mr. Scheuer’s repeated submissions of fraudulent documents to the courts. Jill Sperber of the Bar informed me that they were never investigated and were placed in the closed complaint file. (that Liang claimed was lost). Ms. Sperber then retired. The harassment of me and the abuse of the courts, continued with additional judges then falsifying additional court records, and Mr. Scheuer submitting additional fraudulent documents to the courts. Sick people continued to suffer unnecessarily, nationwide.
I currently have tens of thousands of dollars in fraudulent liens on my property and a permanent injunction never to republish a sentence that was not even in my 2005 writing that was the subject writing of the SLAPP suit.  The writing was the first to publicly expose how the scientific fraud that it was proven toxic mold does not harm was mass-marketed into policy, claims handling practices, medical schools and courts.
As of today, July 2, 2015:
There have been multiple Bureau of State Auditor (BSA) audits of the Judicial Council’s gross mismanagement of the judicial branch.  Yet, the ethics problems and mismanagement continue.  Just this past month, Justice Huffman’s committee of alleged “Efficiency and Accountability” tried to once again gain stealth control of the multi-million dollar, trial courts’ budgets. (See Courthouse News, June 30 2015 “California Judicial Council Talks Budget” http://www.courthousenews.com/2015/06/30/california-judicial-council-talks-budget.htm)
Additionally, the former director of the State Bar, Joe Dunn, has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against his former employer for concealing misdeeds of California attorneys. Mr. Dunn’s accusations are consistent with the newly released BSA audit of the State Bar. They are consistent with what I know to be true of the State Bar providing cover for corrupt attorneys; and as a result, providing cover-up for compromised, influential judges and justices such as Richard Huffman and Judith McConnell. (See BSA report issued to you on June 19, 2015 “CA State Auditor says State Bar has failed to protect the public from bad attorneys”. https://katysexposure.wordpress.com/2015/06/24/ca-state-auditor-says-state-bar-has-failed-to-protect-the-public-from-bad-attorneys/ )
While the numerous BSA audits have helped to shed light on problem areas in judicial branch of government; the audit reports do not serve to their capacity of highest and best use to protect the public from fraud, waste and abuse in the California courts and administrative offices. Without the legislature and the Governor forcing that the BSA recommendations be adhered to; and with Harris refusing to prosecute for corruption in the courts — the important audit findings are diminished to merely documentation that a long history of systemic problems in the branch is known to have occurred.
The majority of the same people who have mismanaged the judicial branch for years are left in position to continue mismanaging — with the repeated false promise of “Okay, we promise we won’t do it again. And this time we really, really mean it. Now can we have more money?”. To my knowledge, no one in the judicial branch has ever had criminal charges filed against them by Attorney General Harris, based on the frauds that the audits uncover. No one is ever punished for the thousands of lives they devastate.
If you honestly believe that Attorney General Harris would actually investigate my well founded accusations of systemic criminality in the California legal system while trying to cover up that they fixed a SLAPP suit to defraud the public — including by some of California’s leading judiciaries, DA Dumanis, Sheriff Gore and the State Bar — I will follow your directive to me to contact her, yet again.
As the Governor of California, if you could please contact her first to make my introduction, it would go a long way toward causing her to act to investigate my claims of the systemic corruption being used to fleece the United States public.  Please let me know when you have made my introduction to California Attorney General Harris; so that I will know when it is time to follow your directive to me, for the good of the people of California and all the United States.
Thank you again for your help, Governor Brown.
Sincerely,
Mrs. Sharon Noonan Kramer
P.S. For a greater understanding of how the systemic ethics problems in California’s legal communities have harmed the lives of thousands while circumventing justice all across the United States, please listen to this interview I gave for Indoor Air Quality Radio on June 19, 2015 http://www.talkshoe.com/talkshoe/web/audioPop.jsp?episodeId=983897&cmd=apop
In a message dated 7/1/2015 11:19:58 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, governor@governor.ca.gov writes:
Thank you for contacting Governor Brown.  He is honored that you have turned to him for assistance on this matter.  The issue you discussed falls under the jurisdiction of the Attorney General of California.  You are encouraged to contact her office at:
Office of the Attorney General
Public Inquiry Unit
Post Office Box 944255
Sacramento, CA  94244-2550
(800) 952-5225
To find more information regarding what issues fall under the jurisdiction of the California Department of Justice and the Attorney General, please visit oag.ca.gov.Again, thank you for contacting our office.
Sincerely,
Constituent Affairs
Office of Governor Jerry Brown
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IAQ Radio, Political History of Toxic Mold, & Moi

IAQ Radio is the “Voice of the Indoor Air Quality Industry”.  The weekly Internet show, which airs on Fridays at noon ET, is owned and operated by Joe Hughes and Cliff Zlotnik. Together, they have a combined 70+ years experience in the IAQ industry.
A good tool for seasoned researchers or novices to IAQ matters, IAQ Radio offers an extensive audio library of Toxic Mold and other issues related to the indoor environment (IE). Beginning 2006, program guests are typically scientists, physicians, IAQ pros, and others who influence policies, standards and practices impacting IE. One can access their outstanding archives HERE.
Today’s guest is Lew Harriman, who is speaking on the subject of investigating and avoiding moisture-related problems in existing buildings.  Mr. Harriman was a contributor to the new EPA Moisture Control Guidance for Building Design, Construction and Maintenance and his presentation will include information from this important industry document. Listeners  with IPod/IPad talkshoe.com/i/iaq takes you to IAQ Radio’s Talkshoe page. Listeners with a PC talkshoe.com/iaq takes you to IAQ Radio’s Talkshoe Page
Every Thursday, Cliff and Joe e-blasts the “IAQ Radio Z-Man Blog” with a recap of the prior week’s interview and an announcement of the current week’s guest.   One can subscribe to the weekly blog  HERE.
Last Friday, I had the pleasure of joining Joe and Cliff as their interviewee. The subjects I primarily spoke of was the sordid political history of the Toxic Mold issue; along with what the future holds — now that the false science, which claimed it was proven Toxic Mold does not harm, has been removed from US public health and workcomp policies and US courts. You can listen to last week’s broadcast by clicking HERE.
There is still much work to be done and many wrongs to be righted over the Toxic Mold issue.  If you have an interest in seeing/causing IAQ policy changes for the good of public health and safety, please listen to the broadcast.  It should help you to understand just how nasty the politics of this issue has really been and what you can do to help bring about change.
Some key excerpts from yesterday’s Z-Man’s Blog:
Disconnect between public policy and patients
“…This week we invited back Sharon Kramer to follow up on her progress with respect to the ACOEM statement and what its recent removal from public health policy means for the advancement of science and medicine. This is an issue that we have followed closely and we look forward to hearing from the advocate that got the ball rolling and continues to try and make a difference.
Nuggets mined from last week’s  episode:
  • Due to an energy crisis construction standards changed in the 1970s utilizing more manmade water damage susceptible building materials. People began experiencing health effects from living in water damaged buildings. The internet allowed concerned people to communicate.
  • In an effort to shutdown liability, insurance carriers turned to hired guns to influence public and medical policy. Applying math to a rodent study “experts” concluded that mold wouldn’t harm people; resulting in thousands of sick people being denied help in the court system and being labeled as hypochondriacs and scam artists.
  • Insurance companies instituted mold exclusions and capped coverage at a few thousand dollars, making it difficult for the IAQ industry to perform work which protects the public.
  • Sharon Kramer traces the origin of her journey in public advocacy to a botched remediation for an icemaker leak that damaged her home,the health of herself (hypersensitivity pneumonitis) and threatened the safety of her daughter who suffered from cystic fibrosis and aspergillosis.After her insurer sued the Kramers for not accepting $30,000 to fix the home; the family counter-sued and received nearly a half a million dollar settlement in 2003.
  • Realizing most families were not so fortunate and could not afford to fight for their children’s safety in court, she began advocating for them in 2004.
  • Toxicologist Bruce Kelman, PhD, is a co-author of the ACOEM mold statement. According to Sharon, their paths first crossed in 2002, when he was retained as a defense expert witness in the water damage claim at her home. His testimony helped her to make her case. As a toxicologist with a PhD, he informed the insurer that a physician with detailed knowledge, would need to be consulted for the potential health hazards from mold in the home, for the Kramer daughter with cystic fibrosis and aspergillosis (which is not a toxicological affliction). The case settled favorably for the Kramer family approximately one month after Mr. Kelman’s deposition in October of 2003.
  • In 2005, Sharon published the first public writing of how ACOEM, Mr. Kelman, and a US Congressman were connected to a think-tank and the US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform when mass-marketing the false concept that Mr. Kelman and his business partner, Mr. Hardin, had proven Toxic Mold does not harm.
  • While attempting to stop the information from coming to public light, Mr. Kelman, Mr. Hardin and their corporation, Veritox, Inc. sued Sharon for libel for five words in the writing, “altered his under oath statements”. Kelman and his attorney claimed Sharon had malice for Mr. Kelman because she was “apparently furious that his science conflicted with her dreams of a remodeled home” in her mold lawsuit.
  • Retired Judge Michael Orfield first oversaw the libel case. He was the same judge who oversaw the Kramer mold litigation and had signed the three settlement agreements awarding nearly a half a million dollars to the Kramer family. He was provided, but ignored, the direct evidence that Mr. Kelman was misstating fact to manufacture a libel law required, reason for malice.
  • The libel case, and a second one to silence Sharon of the fraud in the first, drug on for eight more years. As a result, the false concept that mold toxins in water damaged buildings do not harm, remained in public health policy and US courts until 2015. To date, no one has been punished by any government policing agency.
  • Sharon credits D. Michael Hodgson, MD, MPH as being the primary person to cause the ACOEM position paper to be removed from policy; and for his unyielding advocacy against it since its publication in 2002.
  • Doctors must realize illness exists in order to treat it. “Enviro injury” is physical illness not mental illness.
  • She will be giving a presentation on the Political History of the Toxic Mold Issue, at Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker’s “Cutting Edge of Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome; second annual conference” in November 2015, Phoenix, AZ.
-Can you comment on which medical providers seem to be having the most success with helping people that have lived in water damaged buildings?
Those who follow the Shoemaker protocol, the AAEM doctors, and the functional medicine doctors.
Do you think all homes should be remediated to the level that some claim is necessary or is this only necessary for the most sensitive?
I think it needs to be understood that if someone is experiencing symptoms indicative of illness from a WDB, that extra precautions should be taken to assure they don’t become sicker from the remediation process.
Who is going to pay for this level of remediation?
Once the doctors are trained to realize WDB’s are causing some pretty serious illnesses, I would think the insurer would.  The liability to not do a complete job which encompasses protecting occupant health, will become greater than the cost savings of not doing it.  The risk/benefit shifts with the education of the doctors.
Getting beyond the medical community and govt. What hurts your cause the most?
Gossiping ninnies who are promoting within the mold community that I’m lying about the Cal courts fixing the SLAPP suit — to make me appear that I was a liar for exposing how the fraud got marketed.  It’s made it 1000 times harder on me to get the false science of ACOEM out of policy.  You should see some of the horrible things they write about me.  These are people I set out to help and its cost me all to do it.
-Did anyone pay a price for fraud and injustice? No, and she didn’t seek to punish them. Not all members of the ACOEM, in fact the vast majority are good.
-What’s next for you?
I’m writing a book and will be involved in further litigation over the fixed SLAPP suit. I am also continuing to lobby key gov’t officials/employees to cause physician re-education/awareness re: illnesses from Toxic Mold
-Is there anything else you would like to add?
I mainly want it to be known that its time form mainstream doctors to be taught that these illnesses are real.  ACOEM’s gone. NIH just put out a doc saying Chronic Fatigue is real.   To quote a key part:
“Although psychological repercussions (e.g., depression) may accompany ME/CFS, it is not a primary psychological disease in etiology.”
To quote from the NIH Report:
“Both society and the medical profession have contributed to ME/CFS patients feeling disrespected and rejected. They are often treated with skepticism, uncertainty, and apprehension and labeled as deconditioned or having a primary psychological disorder. ME/CFS patients often make extraordinary efforts at extreme personal and physical costs to find a physician who will correctly diagnose and treat their symptoms while others are treated inappropriately causing additional harm. Overall, the debilitating effects of ME/CFS can result in financial instability due to the consequences of the illness (e.g., the loss of employment, home)”….economic burden estimated to be between $2 billion and $7 billion in the United States. ME/CFS results in major disability for a large proportion of the people affected.”
Comments from Global Watchdog Pete Consigli:
  • Factoid: A Texas jury indicted the adjuster of Melinda Ballard’s claim on charges of child endangerment.
  • Anytime you hurt a mother or a child, especially the child of someone experienced in marketing/public relations, you can expect the lioness to come out.
  • Health and IAQ are public policy issues, how much money will be allotted and where will it go?
  • The Codes of Ethics of Disaster Restoration, Indoor Air Quality and Industrial Hygiene Organizations increasingly advocate for protection of the public.
  • The restoration and IAQ industry are increasing collaboration with academia.”
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