Say WHAT??? Consumer Reports recommends bleach for mold because….

“you’re not so worried about mold anymore, we think a better and cheaper way to gain peace of mind is to drop that coverage and simply take steps to prevent a mold problem from developing in the first place by taking the steps below.”

Seems step #1 for consumers is to let your insurer off the hook for liability when you get sick from inhaling the mold spore and their toxins via their becoming airborne by use of bleach. CR’s advice to drop any mold coverage you may have on your policy, helps no one but your homeowner’s insurer.

The author of this article is a senior editor for Consumer Reports.  He infers he has come over from the dark side of money and now advocates for consumers’ protection from “tricks”.  According to his bio for this article:

“I learned how corporations operate as a reporter at Forbes, switched sides to Consumer Reports, and now use my business savvy to uncover the tricks and find better deals for you. My passion for investigative reporting about money won two National Magazine Awards and a Loeb Award. I love sharing wine with my wife and pitching batting practice to my MLB-focused son. Follow me on Twitter (@JeffBlyskal); assist my work at”

Here’s what you need to understand:

Consumer Reports is a non-profit organization that has teamed up with non-profit medical associations of dubious reputation.  They have a new campaign to control and “educate” U.S. physicians called “Choosing Wisely” of which, Consumer Reports dissiminates the info to the public.

Here is just one recent example of what Consumer Reports put out for the American College of Medical Toxicology with regard to teaching physicians not to diagnose environmental disabilities/acquired idiopathic environmental sensitivities:

“Don’t order tests to evaluate for or diagnose ‘idiopathic environmental intolerances,’ “electromagnet hypersensitivity’ or ‘mold toxicosis.’ These diagnoses reflect labels to indicate that patients have adverse non-allergic reactions to normal environmental stimuli. These diagnoses are made on the bases of self-reported symptoms or non-validated testing procedures. Although these conditions have been widely promoted, evidence-based assessments fail to support these diagnoses as disease entities. Labeling a patient with these diagnoses may adversely affect the patient’s lifestyle, obscure ascertainment of the etiology of their symptoms and promote unnecessary testing.”[1]

This begs the questions:

What motivates medical organizations whose members often serve as toxic tort expert defense witnesses, to teach physicians that environmental injuries should not be diagnosed as reactions to NOT-normal environmental stimuli?

Choosing Wisely for WHOM? The answer seems self-evident.

“How The List Was Created -The American College of Medical Toxicology’s (ACMT’s) Board of Directors established a Choosing Wisely® work group in 2013 to develop a list of items for the Choosing Wisely® campaign. Members of the work group were chosen to represent various practice settings within the field of medical toxicology, including ambulatory, acute and population-based practice. Work group members included the President of the College, the Chair of the Practice Committee, the Chair of the Positions and Guidelines committee and other academic leaders within the medical toxicology community. All work group members also represented the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT). The first list was released by the work group in 2013 and in 2014, the work group reconvened to develop a second list of items for the campaign. A second preliminary list was disseminated to all members of ACMT and AACT for review, commentary and potential additions. Additional feedback was solicited from leaders within the field of medical toxicology. The work group reviewed all responses, and narrowed the list to the final five items based on a review of scientific evidence, relevance to the specialty and greatest opportunity to improve care, reduce cost and reduce harm to patients. The final list was approved by the ACMT Board of Directors and the AACT Board of Trustees.”

It has been known for at least twenty years that some people acquire environmental intolerances and multiple chemical sensitivities after atypical environmental exposures. Just ask presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, about it. He spoke before Congress on the matter in 1998.

Those Old Tobacco scientists are Sneaky, Sneaky, Sneaky when it comes to using “non-profit” organizations to mass market “Garbage Science” and sell doubt of causation of environmental injuries in public policies, courts and health care!
Sharon Kramer
Advocate for Integrity in Health Marketing.
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DePaul Univ Seeks Participants for ME/CFS Mortality Research

“ADULT CONSENT TO PARTICIPATE IN RESEARCH Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Related Mortality- Phase 1
Principal Investigator: Abigail Brown, M.A., Graduate Student
Institution: DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Department (College): Department of Psychology, College of Science and Health
Faculty Advisor: Leonard A. Jason, Ph.D. Department of Psychology, College of Science and Health
What is the purpose of this research? We are asking you to be in a research study because we are trying to learn more about myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) related mortality. This study is being conducted by Abigail Brown, a graduate student at DePaul University. This research is being supervised by her faculty advisor, Dr. Leonard A. Jason. We hope to include up to 250 people in Phase 1 of the research.
Why are you being asked to be in the research? You are invited to participate in this study because you knew an individual who was diagnosed with ME or CFS and has since passed away. We are looking to document your experiences as well as the deceased individual’s experiences from your perspective. You must be age 18 or older to be in this study. This study is not approved for the enrollment of people under the age of 18.
What is involved in being in the research study? If you agree to be in this study, you will be asked to fill out a confidential online survey for Phase 1 of the research. You also have the option of completing this survey by hard copy. If you choose the hard copy option, it will be sent via postal mail to you.The survey will ask questions about the deceased individual’s demographics and health history. The survey will also ask questions about your demographics and relationship with the deceased individual. At the end of the survey, you will be given the chance to identify yourself and volunteer to participate in Phase 2 of the research. Phase 2 will consist of an in-person or over-the-phone interview. You will consent for Phase 2 at a different time. By consenting to Phase 1 right now, you are not consenting to Phase 2. By identifying yourself at the end of Phase 1, you are not consenting to Phase 2.
How much time will this take? Phase 1 will take about 1 hour of your time.
Are there any risks involved in participating in this study? Being in this study does not involve any risks other than what you would encounter in daily life. You may feel uncomfortable or upset, because some of the questions are sensitive and the topic can provoke strong feelings or emotions. You do not have to answer any question you do not want to. If, at any point in this study you feel that any test question brought up feelings that would compel you to seek counseling outside of this study, you may ask for a referral at any time during the assessment via phone or email. If your need for counseling is urgent, you can also be referred to a Response Hot Line (1-800-273-8255), a confidential crisis counseling service. However, you would still be responsible for payment for any additional treatments and services provided by the referred clinician or for arranging payment through your medical insurance company or another source.
Are there any benefits to participating in this study? You will not personally benefit from being in this study. We hope that what we learn will help individuals with ME and CFS and their friends and family.
Can you decide not to participate? Your participation is voluntary, which means you can choose not to participate. There will be no negative consequences, penalties, or loss of benefits if you decide not to participate or change your mind later and withdraw from the research after you begin participating.
Who will see my study information and how will the confidentiality of the information collected for the research be protected? The research records will be kept and stored securely. Your information will be combined with information from other people taking part in the study. When we write about the study or publish a paper to share the research with other researchers, we will write about the combined information we have gathered. If you choose to identify yourself at the end of Phase 1, we will not include your name or any information that will directly identify you. We will make every effort to prevent anyone who is not on the research team from knowing that you gave us information, or what that information is. However, some people might review or copy our records that may identify you in order to make sure we are following the required rules, laws, and regulations. For example, the DePaul University Institutional Review Board may review your information. If they look at our records, they will keep your information confidential.
Who should be contacted for more information about the research? Before you decide whether to accept this invitation to take part in the study, please ask any questions that might come to mind now. Later, if you have questions, suggestions, concerns, or complaints about the study or you want to get additional information or provide input about this research, you can contact the researcher, Abby Brown (773-325-1164, or the faculty sponsor, Dr. Leonard Jason (773-325-2018, This research has been reviewed and approved by the DePaul Institutional Review Board (IRB). If you have questions about your rights as a research subject you may contact Susan Loess-Perez, DePaul University’s Director of Research Compliance, in the Office of Research Services at 312-362-7593 or by email at You may also contact DePaul’s Office of Research Services if:
-Your questions, concerns, or complaints are not being answered by the research team.
-You cannot reach the research team.
-You want to talk to someone besides the research team.
You can print this information to keep for your records.”
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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.
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.
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.”
Some great new mold-oriented podcast resources:
Functional medicine physician Jill Carnahan did an excellent interview on
Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker did an interview with influential biohacker Chris Kresser.
Dave Asprey did an interview on The Moldy page on the Paradigm Change website summarizes other interviews of Dave done in connection with the film.
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.
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).
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
Email: “
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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.
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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