We started using the term “mold avoidance” after reading the book, A Beginner’s Guide to Mold Avoidance: Techniques Used by Hundreds of Chronic Multisystem Illness Sufferers to Improve Their Health.
This book contains methods that were very foreign to us. They even seemed a bit off the wall. I joined a Facebook group that was moderated by one of the book’s authors, and thought people in the group were doing pretty extreme stuff. Many were getting rid of all their possessions and leaving their homes in search of healing living environments. I kept up with the discussions and experiences that were shared in the group, and had no idea how meaningful their discussions would eventually become for us.
Fast forward several years, and yikes – we were living the strange phenomenon of hypersensitivity to mold toxins. Many people equate mold toxin hypersensitivity to peanut allergies. A small amount of peanut dust or oil can kill a person who is allergic to peanuts, and mold toxins are capable of causing the same reactions. It sounded like strange fiction to read other people’s reports. They couldn’t go in certain buildings, or purchase from specific stores, without severe adverse reactions. Experiencing it ourselves gave us a first-hand look at the “unraveling” of a life of comfort, and one wrong move could land us in the emergency department for life-threatening anaphylactic reactions.
We pieced things together, and realized how much of an impact our environment was having on our health.
Our church, our house, the homes of loved ones, our libraries, our grocery stores – everything became menacing. Our bodies were threatened by our everyday environments, and it seemed bizarre that such tiny particles (mycotoxins and mold spores) could wield so much power.
We’ve since made it through that tunnel of nightmares and are basking in the light on the other side (well my kids would say we’re baking in the light, but that’s because they’re adjusting to our move to the desert ?). Multiple anaphylactic reactions per day have changed to only a couple times a year. How did we do it?
A whole lot of God’s grace mixed with a bunch of mold avoidance!
We made contact with multiple people that had experienced mold toxin exposure. Weeding through the details of their stories, we began to realize that mold avoidance techniques had the quickest, most positive outcomes. The people that were restored to good health after hitting rock bottom had all implemented some principles of mold avoidance. What initially seemed off the wall to us, became one of the only things that made sense!