Following are some Q&A’s on group issues from the Mold Avoiders group.
Q. I am planning a mold avoidance sabbatical. How much time should I allow?
This is discussed in the book A Beginner’s Guide to Mold Avoidance. Two weeks is suggested, but in some cases people have had successful mold avoidance sabbaticals being away for only a week or even less.
This is the same amount of time that tends to be needed to have a successful gluten-avoidance trial, which does make some sense since the basic concepts are the same.
Please note that the goal of a successful sabbatical is not to experience noticeable health improvements while on the sabbatical. It is only to get clear enough of the toxins to be able to tell the difference when re-exposed to them after the sabbatical is over.
Note also that if people do not get clear of substantial amounts of toxins during the sabbatical (for instance, as a result of doing the sabbatical in a problematic location, in a moldy building or in the context of substantial amounts of cross-contamination), this may prevent people from experiencing enough of a change to notice any substantial effects upon re-exposure to the usual environment.
Q. What are some good locations for a mold avoidance sabbatical or for me to move to?
I make it a general policy not to recommend locations to others. The reason for this is that because people’s environmental reactivities can be so idiosyncratic, locations that have felt good to me or even to a large number of mold avoiders may not feel good to specific individuals. In addition, particular locations that have felt good in the past have the potential of not feeling good in the future.
I thus suggest that it is best that those who are considering moving to an area or who are pursuing a mold avoidance sabbatical choose a region that they finding promising and then try out a number of different locations within that region. This is a good way for people to become more skilled at mold avoidance in addition to providing a greater likelihood that they will hit upon a location that feels good to them.
Although few locations are good for everyone, there are some locations that do seem to be bad for just about everyone with mold hyperreactivity issues. It is my observation that the Paradigm Change Visitor Map does a good job of pointing out some of those locations in the U.S., and so I suggest taking a look at the map in order to consider some locations that have been reported by many mold avoiders to be problematic.
I would suggest using the Search function in the Mold Avoiders standalone forum to look up previous discussions on particular locations that might be of interest, as well as asking about people’s experiences with those specific locations in the Facebook group.
The Facebook group also has a search function, but it does not work very well.
Q. We just installed a new Wi-Fi system in our house and now I feel terrible. My husband does not believe this could be affecting me. What do you think?
Erik has suggested that for him (and he seems to believe for others) EMF sensitivity only occurs when unacceptable amounts of environmental mold are present. And that while removing the EMF’s may be helpful in those circumstances, getting away from the mold exposures will be much more helpful.
I don’t know if that is true for everyone. And of course, not everyone is able to get away from all problematic mold exposures since that may involve moving to a different location. In that case, turning off the Wi-Fi can be easier.
The idea that mold can get worse when in the presence of nuclear radiation as a result of using the radiation for food is wholly accepted by science. Here is an article in the National Geographic, for instance.
The idea that fungi also may be using EMF’s for food and getting worse when they are present does not seem wholly implausible to me in that context. Andrea Fabry summarized a preliminary study on this on her It Takes Time blog, for instance.
Andrea has written frequently about EMF’s recently and done some audio programs, so I would suggest looking into what she has done and also looking more into Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt’s work.
So in general, I think that my position here would be to make a case that the EMF’s have the potential of making environmental mold worse and/or fungal growth in your own body worse, and therefore that this is making your overall condition of mold-related illness worse.
And therefore, that even if EMF”s are not harmful to people in general, that they are exacerbating your particular illness and thus that avoiding them as best that you can until you move further toward recovery is a reasonable thing to do.
Q. What do you think of the idea of adobe construction?
I lived in NM for a while and so have visited, spent time in or lived in a variety of homes made of adobe, cement block or straw bale.
In general, I do think that type of construction has fewer mold problems than conventional construction. The main issue is that it tends to leak a lot from the roof (and of course can be susceptible to things such as pipe leaks. This is not a particular problem if the walls are plaster, but of course, if they are drywall (which has been used in some newer construction), then it can be quite a big problem.
Fake adobe and stucco construction tend to be particularly problematic, even more so than conventional frame homes, from what I have seen. Even Erik, who generally has been adamant that people shouldn’t judge a book by its cover when it comes to mold avoidance, has said that “stucco is sucko.”
Q. What do you think about the idea of sleeping outside a house that is not tolerable enough to sleep in?
I think that sleeping on a balcony or patio outside a not-too-bad home that is nonetheless not perfect could be a really helpful recovery strategy for some people, especially if the weather is accommodating.
I don’t think that sleeping outside a bad house is usually going to be very helpful, however.
If I were going to use this strategy, I would probably consider a cot like this REI Kingdom Cot. (I used to really like the REI Comfort Cot, but they don’t make that one any more and this seems the closest replacement.)
If bugs were an issue then I might consider this tent cot from Cabela or something similar.
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