In today’s society, the common cliché that people fear what they don’t understand takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to the inherent dangers of poor indoor air quality. Unfortunately, this cliché seems to ring true even for government funded agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In a shockingly enlightening and unnerving documentary called Black Mold Exposure, the CDC is shown to possibly be unaware of just how hazardous mold exposure to people with pre-existing conditions can be.
Released just three years ago, the film follows the struggle of people predisposed to the harmful effects of black mold exposure and their relatively unheard complaints about the dangerous effects of the harmful mold. At Purely Green, we’ve been mold testing for indoor air quality for several years so know firsthand just how detrimental continued exposure to mold can be to people with pre-existing conditions.
The film, Black Mold Exposure, sheds light on the fact that government agencies like the CDC may be ignorant to the very serious potential threats to peoples’ health when it comes to indoor air quality. It reports that the CDC and its affiliates as being possibly unaware of the risks that things like poor indoor air quality can have on people. The film goes on to say that people negatively affected by black mold exposure have actually been labeled as mentally ill or even been accused of lying about their ailments, when in fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made the health risks associated with mold exposure quite apparent.
The EPA reports that many people may have allergic reactions to mold that may reveal themselves immediately or slowly. Hay fever-type symptoms like sneezing, red eyes, runny nose, and skin rashes are some of the most common allergic reactions sometimes caused by mold exposure. Also, mold exposure can trigger asthma attacks in people allergic to mold spores while the irritants created by molds can also worsen asthma in non-allergic people. One fairly uncommon reaction to mold is called, “Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis,” which is a disease that is similar to bacterial pneumonia. Some more common health issues associated with mold exposure are irritation of the skin, nose, eyes, lungs, and throat as well. The EPA also says that people with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to allergic reactions and that, “Aspergillus fumigatus, for example, has been known to infect the lungs of immune-compromised individuals. These individuals inhale the mold spores which then start growing in their lungs. Trichoderma has also been known to infect immune-compromised children.”
The film’s website, www.blackmoldexposure.com, maintains regular updates regarding the many possible dangers of mold exposure and even allows readers to share their own stories about the health hazards of being exposed to mold and other bacteria that can often be found inside of our homes and offices. Take the time to peruse their website, watch the trailer for the film Black Mold Exposure, and consider purchasing the DVD to gain a better knowledge of how poor indoor air quality can be extremely harmful. This film and its website serve to remind us how important a job it is to hire an experienced mold testing company in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
After visiting the website and watching the Black Mold Exposure trailer, form your own opinion and ask yourself if you fear what you don’t understand. To be confident in your air quality and know if any measures are needed to improve it, consider giving us a call to inquire about our mold testing in NH or MA. You can reach our office at (888)-291-3773.