Author Archives: George Hatcher

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Mycologist Reveals Black Mold in Leominster

The mycologists’ report of the Leominster apartment gauge mold levels from 2,000 to 220,000 colony -units per sq in. Residents of seventeen apartments in three buildings have complained of mold and found evidence of it, leading to nineteen Board of Health violations. Mold is a fungus that thrives indoors or outdoors when it has moisture, nutrition, and somewhere to grow. Controlling excess moisture is the key to preventing and stopping indoor mold growth.


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World Health Organization Report on Mold

The World Health Organization composed a publication revealing scientific evidence on health problems associated with building moisture and biological agents.

The attached Scientific review concludes that the most important effects are increased prevalences of respiratory symptoms, allergies and asthma as well as perturbation of the immunological system.

The publication is available for download

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$135 Million in Settlement to Family of Hospital’s Deceased Mold Victim


Tracy Fischer died in October 2014 after contracting a fungal infection at UPMC Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh. After staying in the same room in the hospital’s cardiothoracic intensive care unit as two other patients who later died with fungal infections, Tracy Fischer also died.

The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said a specially ventilated room in the hospital’s cardiothoracic intensive care unit was likely to have been the source of the mold. In the autopsy report, Dr. Jeffrey Nine, a UPMC pathologist wrote “To the best of my knowledge, this 47-year-old woman died of angioinvasive mucormycosis as a complication of post-transplant immunosuppression following orthotopic heart transplantation.”

After the mold outbreak at the hospital, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) suspended its transplant program for less than a week.

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Dangers of Mold

Category : Health , mold


Some people say the dangers of mold are highly overrated. They are the lucky ones. Maybe they are the ones who are unaffected. Just as some people do not have hayfever, some people do not have sensitivity to the kinds of mold that cause an allergic reaction in people. As for other molds which produce known toxins, those molds are known to be toxigenic across the board. Those are the molds that create toxins, called mycotoxins.

Mycotoxins vary greatly in their severity, depending on the fungus creating them, and the victim infected and his or her susceptibility. The most studied mycotoxins are those which affect crops. The ones that affect housing have not been as well studied. But regardless how well they are studied, mycotoxins can cause serious illnesses in the field, in crops, and in homes and offices, or anywhere the mold can find moisture and ingest cellulose.

Some estimate that half the buildings in the United States contain some sort of mold and water damage; this is an alarming statistic when more than a quarter of the population is genetically sensitive to mold toxins.

Read the toxic effects of mycotoxins in humans.

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“Moldy” the movie

LOS ANGELES, May 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Bulletproof Films investigates the dangerous world of toxic environmental mold in the new documentary film MOLDY. Produced by prominent biohacker, bestselling author, and Bulletproof Founder, Dave Asprey, and directed by Kee Kee Buckley and Eric Troyer, the film uncovers the frightening truth about this growing health crisis far more dangerous than asbestos and lead paint, and exposes risks, explains the effects, and shares solutions for keeping our families strong.

MOLDY makes its world premiere Thursday, June 4 at www.bulletproofexec.com/moldy and will continue to be available on the site for a 10-day free screening period. The film will also be available for purchase via digital download and DVD.

“Environmental toxic mold exposure is a massive health crisis that very few are aware of,” said Asprey. “Mold toxins have been linked to damaging long-term effects including memory loss, insomnia, anxiety, depression, trouble concentrating, and even cancer and heart disease.”

He continued, “Industrial changes made to our environment, have left toxic mold more common today than at any time in history. It does not discriminate – everyone is at risk for exposure, regardless of geographic region, climate, socioeconomic status, race, age, or gender. With knowledge comes power and our team at Bulletproof Films is proud to provide MOLDY as a important tool in our continued commitment to educate the world about the science of human performance.”

With the help of top medical experts including Dr. Mark Hyman and Dr. Daniel Amen, MOLDY will explain and explore the varying degrees of mold toxicity, sharing eye opening, real-life stores of illness, treatment and recovery. Viewers will learn to recognize the conditions necessary for mold to thrive, and how best to navigate the murky waters of recovery of both health and home.


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Firefighters Exposed to Mold

Firefighters who tested positive for toxic mold exposure have led to a planned re-inspection of Indian River County Fire stations. Toxic Mold inspection for the buildings is in the planning stage.

The Indian River Firefighter’s Union says they are not asking for a double-digit raise. They only want livable working conditions and roofs that don’t leak.

County commissioners are developing an action plan. If mold is found, a remediation plan will also be developed. See news video below:

Indian River Firehouses Sicken Firefighters


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600,000 books damaged by Mold

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A grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will be applied to fix the damage to 600,000 books damaged by mold while books were in storage underground in Columbia, although 100,000 of those books will be lost.

James Cogswell, Director of Libraries at the University of Missouri said there will be a partnership with Washington University and Missouri State University for replacement copies of missing documents.

The grant is for $400,000, and will be combined with insurance money to handle repair and replacement.


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Another Mold Lawsuit

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Mold lawsuits strike again: This time, Akeidra Massey and Joseph Jacks filed suit against Willwoods Community, Willwoods Community Management Inc. and their insurer in the 24th Judicial District Court on March 26.

The attorney defending Akeidra Massey and Joseph Jacks is J. Nelson Mauyer III of New Orleans.

These tenants of the Courtyard Apartments were exposed to high levels of mold. Repairs not made after water intrusion during Hurricane Isaac may have been the cause.

Landlords failed to maintain the premises in a reasonable and safe condition, leading to illness, leading to severe injuries, leading to the lawsuit.

Louisiana’s humidity and water issues frequently lead to mold-related pain, suffering, disability and economic loss.


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NY: classroom mold

Category : Detection , school

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PS 48 on Broadway is covered in mold, and Washington Heights parents are upset.

Why should their kids have to go to a moldy, mildewy school?

Why, indeed?

Ten year old trailers called TCUs (transposable classroom units) in which classes are being held are literally infested in mold and falling apart, but the kids are still having classes in them. Time to dispose of the units and provide real classrooms for PS48. The TCUs at PS 48 are just a few of the 350 TCUs in New York city. There is supposed to be a five year plan to eliminate TCUs, but ask us again in five years if they’re still there.\


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Kanawha County Elementary: Mold Removal

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Mary Ingles Elementary in Kanawha County has mold issues and is scheduled for a mold clean-up to the tune of $155,000, which includes a new, non-leaking roof.

The school has apparently had lots of water issues for a long time. Campbell’s Creek elementary children will be glad to see it finished.

The due date is August, so next year kids at Mary Ingles Elementary will have a mold-free environment in which to matriculate.