In 2019, the Mold-Help.org editorial and development staff, thoughtfully and with respect for the hundreds of posts published over the past 18 years, launched an updated web portal. During the year, we continued to post current news, information and resources about sickness and loss caused by mold and to offer practical, non-medical information on a number of topics.
In 2020, we will continue these efforts, especially around some of our major concerns.
- We have seen a radical re-evaluation of mold’s dangerous potential since Candida auris hit the headlines. There has definitely been an increase in guidelines and suggestions provided by government agencies. However, we urge federal and state agencies to provide definitive procedures and laws for dealing with outbreaks in medical facilities. We also call for studies and procedures to monitor the potential spread of the illness to wider geographic areas and expanded populations.
- We have seen a historical lag in the development of effective medication treatments for mold infections. C. auris fails to respond to almost all known treatments. We urge scientific labs to put the development of technology and new safe and effective drugs as top priorities.
- We need laws regarding the legal ramifications of personal and public loss. Some states are beginning to revise their landlord/tenant laws, such as the Warranty of Habitability law in Colorado. However, it could take years for all states to create fair and equitable laws for dealing with personal and business loss related to moldy living and working conditions. We need more defined legal processes than the existing theories of liability for toxic mold injuries.
- We need set procedures, protocols and methods that contractors are required by law to follow when cleaning up moldy conditions. Some states do not even require a license or any level of training. NOTE: Since writing this article, I have learned that the New Jersey Senate just passed legislation to manage both the process of mold clean and the training and certification of mold professionals! Kudos to New Jersey!
- We have seen an increase of mold-related sites on the internet. Like Mold-Help.org, these sites are mainly started and maintained by individuals who suffered from mold illnesses. Their purpose is to inform, help and connect others in the same situation. We applaud the information. We also challenge ourselves, as well as other sites, to find discrepancies and update information as the landscape changes. We are hopeful that research on mold-related illnesses and development of effective treatments will be the hallmark of 2020.
As an early pioneer in their area, we pledge to do more to provide verifiable, accurate information, along with expanding our focus to wellness and lifestyle issues that affect our immune systems and general health.
Our plan for 2020
Mold sickness is a multi-faceted problem. General health, genetics, electronic magnetic frequencies, pollution in our air and food, stress and lack of sleep, depression, and multiple chemical sensitives are also contributing co-factors.
No one medical professional or mold-related website has all the answers. There are no band aids. Our promise to you is to scour all the research and information and to fairly and without prejudice provide a real-time evaluation of trends and developments in genetics, science, medicine and treatments. Our goals also include providing practical suggestions for dealing with and surviving moldy conditions in your body and your environments. And perhaps most importantly, we will expand our site to include more information and practical suggestions for maintaining and improving your lifestyle, your diet and control of factors in your home and workplace.
May we all find healthier alternatives and better health in 2020.