Parents Demonstrate Over Alleged Mold Problem

October 1, 2009
Story by Alicia Suka

School officials say the health department is investigating.

Excerpt –

BAILEYSVILLE —  A group of Wyoming County parents gather to draw attention to what they say is a major health concern.

Moms, dads, even grandparents lined up outside Baileysville Grade School this morning as the sun came up.

They say there’s mold growing in some of the classrooms at the school and it’s making the students and teachers sick.

The parents held signs to draw attention to the alleged problem.

They say they’re hoping the board of education steps in and takes control.

Full Story and video – wvnstv.com

Comments –

katy
10/2/09

It is many of these “common molds found in the environment and households” growing in abnormal concentrations inside that produce toxins!!!  And many are not BLACK. The health dept. knows that or should. www.katysexposure.wordpress.com

Truth About Mold
10/1/09

The following information has been sent to hundreds of elected officials throughout the country.

I am writing to you on behalf of millions of Americans who have been harmed by exposure to toxic mold. The following message has been sent to hundreds of elected officials including President Obama, all U.S. Senators, members of the U.S. House, the Governors of all 50 states, state legislators, state health departments, etc.

Toxic mold causes serious health problems. We need your help to get laws passed in order to ensure that the American people can get appropriate medical care and the correct information regarding the handling and remediation of toxic mold. We need laws and regulations in regard to people who test and remediate mold in order to stop the fraud and deceit that has been occurring throughout the country.

Toxic mold can happen to anyone. My family’s experience is a good example of what has been happening to families throughout the country. We had toxic mold in our home. We lost our home, our health, all of our personal belongings and our financial security. What if your family lost everything—your home, your health, your personal property, your family mementos, your financial security, and your children’s sense of safety?

For 50 years, the tobacco industry denied the truth about the health effects of tobacco. How long will the insurance industry and other stakeholders be allowed to deny the truth about the health effects of toxic mold? We need to expose the truth now and educate the public about the proper way to handle mold problems in our homes, schools and businesses. If your family was exposed to toxic mold, wouldn’t you want laws in place to protect your loved ones? This is all we are asking. We need your leadership and action on this very important issue.

The following information will give you a good place to start in understanding the issues that need to be addressed. These ten items are a very small sample of the thousands of documents available on this topic. I thought these items would be most helpful in your efforts to create new laws and regulations about mold-related issues. You might also review the mold legislation that was proposed by Representative John Conyers.

1. The following paper has an insightful discussion of whether mold contamination in homes can be regulated. “Can Mold Contamination of Homes be Regulated–Lessons Learned from Radon and Lead Policies”? The answer is YES.

pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/es0620585

2. The State of California issued mold remediation guidelines. This is one of the most up-to-date reports available. It contains references to several important articles about the health effects of toxic mold. The U.S. Navy also has mold remediation guidelines.

www-nehc.med.navy.mil/downloads/prevmed/katrina/ihfom_ch13-3.pdf

3. The State of Nevada recently passed legislation designating September 2009 as toxic mold awareness month, and the State of Arkansas passed legislation regarding standards and qualifications for mold investigators. You could use this information as a starting point for one part of your legislation, but you would want to get input from experts.

www.leg.state.nv.us/75th2009/Bills/ACR/ACR7_EN.pdf

www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2009/R/Acts/Act1467.pdf

4. The U.S. Surgeon General just announced the federal government’s new Healthy Home Initiative which discusses mold and mold toxins, along with lead paint and radon, and other issues that can affect the indoor environment in homes.

www.surgeongeneral.gov/topics/healthyhomes/calltoactiontopromotehealthyhomes.pdf

5. The Center for School Mold Help has a lot of valuable information about mold in schools and also has an excellent article discussing how certain stakeholders are trying to hide the truth about the health effects of toxic mold. Another group, Homeowners Against Deficient Dwellings, is focused on water damage and mold problems caused by construction defects.

www.schoolmoldhelp.org

www.schoolmoldhelp.org/content/view/1639/46/

www.hadd.com/

6. There are many books available on this subject including these two books:

Bioaerosols: Assessment and Control” This book was published by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists in 1999.

“Molds and Mycotoxins–Papers from an International Symposium” This book was edited by Kaye Kilburn, M.D. and was published by Heldref Publications in 2004.

7. Three of the experts who have been leading the way are James Craner, M.D., Jack Thrasher, Ph.D. and Ritchie Shoemaker, M.D. Dr. Craner has published several good articles and reports on this topic, including “A Critique of the ACOEM Statement on Mold.” Jack Thrasher, Ph.D., is a toxicologist who has assisted in many situations involving mold in homes, schools and businesses. Dr. Shoemaker has treated many people who have been exposed to mold and has written several articles and books.

www.drcraner.com

www.drcraner.com/images/ACritiqueoftheACOEMStatementonMold.pdf

www.drthrasher.org

www.biotoxin.info

8. The following links are from military textbooks. The first one is Chapter 34 on Trichothecene Mycotoxins, and the second one is Chapter 4 on Toxins (which includes information about mycotoxins). If the U.S. military can admit that mycotoxins are dangerous, then why are the insurance companies allowed to deny that mycotoxins cause health problems.

www.envirochex.com/Downloads/Chapter34_Military_Medicine.pdf

www.rand.org/pubs/monograph_reports/MR1018.5/MR1018.5.chap4.html

9. The University of Connecticut published a handbook in 2004 titled “Guidance for Clinicians on the Recognition and Management of Health Effects Related to Mold Exposure and Moisture Indoors.”

oehc.uchc.edu/images/PDFs/MOLDGUIDE.pdf

10. There are thousands of articles regarding the health effects of toxic mold, including the following one which is titled “The Validity of Environmental Neurotoxic Effects of Toxigenic Molds and Mycotoxins.”

www.ispub.com/journal/the_internet_journal_of_toxicology/volume_5_number_2_40/article/the_validity_of_the_environmental_neurotoxic_effects_of_toxigenic_molds_and_mycotoxins.html#h1-6

Toxic mold is a very serious health threat, and we need to do everything we can to help protect all Americans. I hope this information is helpful as you continue your work to develop laws and regulations about mold-related issues.

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