Mold Avoidance Barriers Poll



This poll was conducted in the Mold Avoiders Facebook group in April 2017.


“Following is a list of barriers in pursuing effective mold avoidance in pursuing effective mold avoidance that people have cited as making it much more difficult for them to succeed. Which of these has made things at least moderately more difficult (or or impossible) for you?”


1. Limited funds (151 respondents)

2. Inability to live outdoors all year in my current location (129 respondents)

3. Lack of energy (97 respondents)

4. All (or almost all) housing options are too toxic (89 respondents)

5. Cognitive dysfunction makes it difficult to get organized enough (82 respondents)

6. Fear of signing a long-term lease (56 respondents)

7. Questions about whether money spent would be worth it (55 respondents)

8. Not wanting to be separated from spouse or other family members (53 respondents)

9. Not possible to live outdoors in my location (49 respondents)

10. Lack of options with regard to spouse’s/partner’s job (48 respondents)

11. Difficulties obtaining or affording non-contaminated possessions (47 respondents)

12. Fear about personal safety issues (45 respondents)

13. Anticipated or actual loneliness (43 respondents)

14 (tie). Commitments to take care of other family members (42 respondents)

14 (tie). Lack of options with regard to my own employment (42 respondents)

16. Lack of knowledge or experience with regard to camping or RV’ing (39 respondents)

17 (tie). Difficulty getting financing to build a non-toxic home (38 respondents)

17 (tie). Disapproval or disbelief from friends or society in general (38 respondents)

17 (tie). Emotional reluctance to move to another location (38 respondents)

17 (tie). Fear of the unknown (38 respondents)

17 (tie). Not well enough to take care of myself without help (38 respondents)

22. Concern that something may go wrong and I will be unable to take care of myself (37 respondents)

23 (tie). Can’t see my family members or friends because they live in toxic places (35 respondents)

23 (tie). Need to take care of pets (35 respondents)

25 (tie). Too sick to travel (35 respondents)

26 (tie). Depression , anxiety or other emotional issues (33 respondents)

26 (tie). Family members refuse to get rid of contaminated possessions, decontaminate, etc. (33 respondents)

28. Not sure how to find a good place to do a sabbatical (30 respondents)

29. Fear of social isolation (29 respondents)

30 (tie). Feel psychologically uncomfortable being “homeless” (28 respondents)

30 (tie). Limited by having ill children with special needs (28 respondents)

32. Believed I could fix my health issues in some other way besides avoidance (27 respondents)

33 (tie). Spouse or partner is unwilling or disapproves (26 respondents)

33 (tie). Unanticipated toxic exposures constantly ruin my plans (26 respondents)

35 (tie). How to pursue avoidance seems too difficult to figure out (24 respondents)

35 (tie). No family members or other support to help out (24 respondents)

37 (tie). Cognitive function not good enough to absorb information about mold illness and mold avoidance (23 respondents)

37 (tie). Spouse/partner is reluctant and needs to be convinced (23 respondents)

39. Concern about schooling for children (22 respondents)

40 (tie). Illness symptoms make travel difficult (21 respondents)

40 (tie). Fears that disruption would be bad for children (21 respondents)

42 (tie). Entire location is too toxic (20 respondents)

42 (tie). Trying to get clear for the first time seems too difficult (20 respondents)

44 (tie). Doctors fail to provide information about avoidance (19 respondents)

44 (tie). Not able to identify Mystery Toxin or other toxins that turned out to be important (19 respondents)

46 (tie). Lack of options with regard to parking an RV in my location (18 respondents)

46 (tie). Not able to find a tolerable RV (18 respondents)

48. Difficulty imagining that things could be better (17 respondents)

49. Mold avoidance sounds too difficult (16 respondents)

50 (tie). Emotional preference to live in urban areas rather than the middle of nowhere (15 respondents)

50 (tie). Extended family members disapprove (15 respondents)

52. Inaccurate beliefs about whether it was okay to keep certain possessions if they were cleaned in certain ways (14 respondents)

53 (tie). Obtaining non-contaminated possessions seems like too much of a challenge (14 respondents)

53 (tie). Fears that disruption would be bad for marriage/relationship (14 respondents)

55. Received inaccurate advice about avoidance from doctors, remediators or other patients (13 respondents)

56. Need to see doctors who are in toxic places (13 respondents)

57 (tie). Lack of avoidance skill (12 respondents)

57 (tie). Driving or dealing with an RV would be too difficult or dangerous for me (12 respondents)

57 (tie). Health problems associated with aging limit options (12 respondents)

60 (tie). Friends/family want me not to go away (11 respondents)

60 (tie). Difficulty finding good places to camp for long enough periods of time (11 respondents)

60 (tie). Fear of interference from child protective services workers (11 respondents)

63 (tie). Most camping spots in my region feel toxic (9 respondents)

63 (tie). My own uncertainty about whether mold is really an issue for me (9 respondents)

65 (tie). Possessions have sentimental or monetary value that makes them difficult to let go of (8 respondents)

65 (tie). Lack of belief that location could make much difference (8 respondents)

65 (tie). Difficulties getting landlords to agree to rent to me (8 respondents)

65 (tie). Difficulties getting professionals to build a non-toxic home (8 respondents)

65 (tie). Difficulty finding non-toxic RV parks (8 respondents)

65 (tie) Unsure what would be involved in building a non-toxic home (8 respondents)

71 (tie). Difficulty with zoning issues (7 respondents)

71 (tie). Concern that something may go wrong and I will be unable to take care of my child (7 respondents)

73 (tie). Not able to drive or no driver’s license (6 respondents)

73 (tie). Difficulties distinguishing toxic reactions from allergies (6 respondents)

73 (tie). Just can’t get clear no matter how much effort and money I put into it (6 respondents)

73 (tie). Believing that related health issues (such as CFS, Lyme, etc.) needed to be treated separately from mold issues (6 respondents)

73 (tie). Doctors express disapproval of mold avoidance or disbelief that it will work when it is brought up (6 respondents)

73 (tie). Feel psychologically uncomfortable living in an RV (6 respondents)

73 (tie). Lack of belief that pursuing avoidance is going to make much difference (6 respondents)

73 (tie). Lack of knowledge that mold can be harmful (6 respondents)

81 (tie). Feeling that no available options are going to be good enough to get clear (5 respondents)

81 (tie). Need family members to help take care of children (5 respondents)

81 (tie). Lack of understanding of how mold works, e.g. believing it is an allergen (5 respondents)

81 (tie). Lack of belief that a house can be toxic even though tests say it is fine (5 respondents)

85. Challenge of repeatedly decontaminating all family members (4 respondents)

86 (tie). Lack of belief that decontaminating after exposures could make much difference (3 respondents)

86 (tie). Lack of belief that contaminated possessions could make much difference (3 respondents)

86 (tie). Visa issues with regard to living in a good location (3 respondents)

89. Locations can seem good but then go bad at other times of year (2 respondents)


Additional Responses

Fear of boredom

Inclination to be strong with regard to adversity and tough it out

Lack of belief that mold in buildings can be a problem