Health Effects of Mold and Other Indoor Air Pollutants

Health Effects of Mold and Other Indoor Air Pollutants

Air Cleaning Plants

air cleaning plantsAir cleaning plants to purify indoor air

Air cleaning plants are not only pleasant in homes and buildings, they are also helpful in cleaning indoor air of carbon dioxide and various air pollutants.

One of the earlier pioneers in using plants to remove chemicals from the air is Dr. Wolverton. While working with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Dr. Wolverton, conducted many experiments involving the use of indoor plants to help remove

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The Health Effects Of Mold – Part 1

health effects of moldThe health effects of mold exposure depend on the age and sensitivity of individuals, but most reactions to mold are due to inhaling excess mold spores floating in the air.   In addition, Dr. Burge, Director of Aerobiology for Emlab P&K, warns that nonviable (dead) spores retain their allergenic properties.

Mold can be classified into three broad types as far as health effects are concerned. 

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The Health Effects Of Mold – Part 2

health effects of moldThe health effects of mold involve more than respiratory problems caused by excess mold spores floating in the air of moldy homes.  Ingesting moldy food can be serious for people and animals.

The condition called St. Anthony’s Fire, which killed thousands of people during the Middle Ages and in the ancient world, is caused by ergotism, or the eating of bread made with grain contaminated with the ergot fungus.  St. Anthony’s Fire is a gruesome disease characterized by rotting flesh, hallucinations, convulsions, and dry gangrene.  People once believed that by making supplications and pilgrimages to St. Anthony and his shrine, a cure could be granted.  Interestingly enough, these actions often worked because the pilgrims, traveling from place to place, would cease ingestion of the contaminated bread.

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Toxic Black Mold Versus Common Mold

toxicblackmoldversuscommonmoldToxic black mold, often attributed to Stachybotrys mold, is feared by many people, but did you know that a large quantity of common mold can affect health just as much as a low level of toxic mold?

Mold needs three things in order to grow – a surface to grow on, food, and moisture. Moisture is necessary for mold growth, and it is the only factor we can control. Mold reproduces itself by sending microscopic spores into the air. When these spores find a good environment they settle and growth.

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