From Cheryl – I sent my WHO Submission to the EPA. They thanked me for the information and asked me to submit the 3-4 most important questions that need to be addressed in regard to mold.
I appreciate you asking me to submit 3-4 questions that need to be answered. It’s good you asked for only 3-4 questions, because I could easily send you many more.
As I mentioned in my previous message, my focus is on the health issues. Specifically, my focus is on protecting and saving the lives of people who are (or will be) exposed to toxic mold.
In response to your request, I submit the following 4 questions:
1. How do we cure or reverse the damage that toxic mold causes to our health?
2. What are the appropriate medical tests and procedures that lead to the correct medical care and treatment for health problems caused by toxic mold?
3. Are some people more susceptible to the health effects of toxic mold and, if so, why?
4. What treatment can be provided to prevent the “sicker quicker” effect for people who have more than one exposure to toxic mold?
Some might say these 4 questions have been answered. There are a variety of answers to these questions, but we do not have a consensus nor a resource for sharing these different approaches. We need to bring the experts together and create a comprehensive solution based on each of their respective points of view.
I would also like you to keep these next two questions in mind as you proceed with your work on this issue.
a. Why have world leaders allowed the insurance industry and other stakeholders to hide the truth about the health effects of toxic mold? (The tobacco companies were allowed to hide the truth about the dangers of tobacco for 50 years, and the insurance industry is using that same strategy to deny the health effects of toxic mold.)
b. When are the world leaders going to expose the truth and educate physicians so patients can receive proper medical care?
There are many more issues that need to be addressed regarding this issue including:
- passing meaningful federal and state laws
- preparing a handbook for physicians and hospitals that advises them about the health effects of toxic mold and the appropriate treatment
- establishing a federal budget to fund ongoing research
- appointing someone at the federal level to oversee this issue on a national level so there is a coordinated approach for dissemination of information and solutions
- establishing state agencies to understand and address the complex issues involved, to provide advice and assistance to people who are effected, and to coordinate resources with other state agencies
- creating a marketing campaign to disseminate accurate information throughout the country
- coordinating research efforts in the U.S. with research being done in other countries in order to avoid duplication and to share ideas and information
- gathering and organizing information from the many groups and individuals who have firsthand experience and knowledge
- issuing an accurate and comprehensive set of mold remediation guidelines
- establishing requirements for people who want to work as mold remediators
Thank you again for taking the time to respond and asking for my input. I appreciate the opportunity.
See – Submission of Additional Publications Regarding Molds & Mycotoxins – 2009 Who Guidelines for Indoor Air Quality – Dampness and Mold