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Important update for victims of hurricane Sandy  
Posted by Susan Lillard  
Friday, 02 November 2012


Toxic mold is going to become a major catastrophe in the eastern coast states.  This is inevitable.  The problem will become most prevalent during the winter, spring and summer over the next nine months.  Immediate restoration is required as mold can begin growing within 24 to 48 hours once water damage has infiltrated your space.  This includes apartments, offices, homes and cars.  Immediate response is mandatory. 

As of today, the US death toll from Hurricane Sandy has surpassed 80 and close to five million homes and businesses remain without power. In Hoboken, New Jersey officials said nearly 20,000 people are stranded in their homes as crews worked to restore electricity in the area at substations that had flooded, according to the AP. City officials asked for help on Facebook, asking for food trucks, blankets and coats. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie visited Moonachie, one of the hardest hit areas that was flooded from the Hackensack River. Christie has pledged to rebuild the Jersey Shore, where wide sections were flooded and badly damaged.

Residents in New Jersey and New York also had to deal with fuel shortages and long gas lines, though most bus routes were running. Parts of the New York Subway also resumed service today. In Brooklyn, residents at the Red Hook Initiative community center told FSRN that some homes in the area were still without power and people were coming to the center because of a lack of food.

The widespread devastation of Hurricane Sandy and the unusual convergence of storm systems has brought attention to extreme weather, climate change and the threat to coastal communities. In an opinion published in Bloomberg News today, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed Barack Obama, citing climate change as a key factor. Bloomberg, an Independent, said that despite disappointments in Obama’s term, he wanted a president who placed “scientific evidence and risk management above electoral politics.”

For more, we’re joined by Mike Tidwell, author of The Ravaging Tide: Strange Weather, Future Katrinas and the Coming Death of America’s Coastal Cities. He’s also the director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network.

Since there are no governmental guidelines for inspectors and mold remediation companies we suggest you hire an ethical one.  There are many sources to finding a qualified and respectable expert, but we suggest you go to the Indoor Air Quality website at to find an inspector and the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification at to find the best qualified inspectors and restoration companies in the country.  New York City Guidelines are only a basic certification but the IICRC has the “standard” for mold testing and remediation.  Beware of fly by night companies who have limited training and will take advantage of you monetarily since there are absolutely no governmental guidelines on certifications, permits and licenses.  Beware of so called “mold inspectors” who just come to your home and conduct a “visual inspection” as laboratory testing must be done in order to determine what types of mold you may be exposed to as well as the health effects.

If we don’t take care of the environment, this problem will become much worse.  The media and government want to sweep this health crisis under the rug but you, as consumers, should know the truth.  Exposure to some common household molds can cause permanent neurological, psychological, immunological and pathological damage.  Early intervention is a must as most physicians are trained and therefore biased by the pharmaceutical industry and there is no pill that will cure systemic fungal disease. This occurs when spores are inhaled and mold begins to colonize within the body. 

For more information, please contact the Mold Help organization at 503-763-0808.

Recent Q & A's  
Posted by Susan Lillard  
Saturday, 04 August 2012

August 3, 2012 

We have been receiving many questions and will include some on this page.

Q. Should I be concerned about black mold in a home that is 102 years old?

A. When you say “black mold” exists in your home it could mean many things.  Over 100,000 types of mold are black colored.  I recommend you have the mold tested to see if it is dangerous.

Some people are not affected by poisonous mold as much as others.  If you have lived in the home for many years and it appears that you have no symptoms at all then it may either be somewhat safe or you have an incredibly strong immune system.  The fact is that mold affects everyone in different ways.

My son developed seizures living in a mold infested home that the landlord refused to do anything about. There are so many specific reasons why I know it was the mold that caused his neurological symptoms

Q. The landlord took our deposit when we moved claiming there was a small patch in my son’s room that hasn't been wiped when it actually had but grew back by the time he finally went to look at the house. It was listed in writing from the landlord and the location was right where my sons head was near when he slept every night for 6 years!

A light bulb came on and after tons more research I can say with certainty that is the cause. We moved and his migraines and all seizures went away completely!  Too many other reasons to list here but I need to find a doctor who is familiar with mold causing neurological problems. No one seems to know anything!  

I can't get an attorney to even talk to me without being able to even half way link it. The last 3 years have been devastating for my son and he has about given up on his dream of going into law enforcement all because of this situation. This occurred in southern California and we now live in Seattle. Any help or direction you could possibly give us would be so appreciated.

A. Over the years I have seen many people file civil suits regarding mold in their homes yet I have only seen a handful of people actually win these cases.  Litigation is a very tough experience to endure.  If you still want to pursue this you may want to talk to the only lawyer who has won such a case in the entire Pacific Northwest.  His name is Kelly Vance and his number is 509-448-2588.

You may also want to contact the University of Washington Occupational and Environmental Medicine at 206-543-6991 to assist you with your health.  Additionally, you might want to follow the Mold Help Diet for at least 3 months.  The book is available on our website.


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