Monday, June 18, 2018

Aramark Honored for Corporate Social Initiatives

Aramark Honored for Corporate Social InitiativesAramark was named a recipient of Engage for Good’s 2018 Silver Halo Award. Engage for Good’s annual Halo Awards recognize organizations for their corporate social initiatives and cause... Read more

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RJ Schinner to Open New Distribution Center

R.J. Schinner Co., Inc. will open a new distribution center in Bethlehem, PA, in August 2018. The 80,000-square-foot facility will allow R.J. Schinner to better service its customers in the... Read more

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Simon Institute Honors University of Michigan Custodial Director

John Lawter, director of custodial and grounds services at the University of Michigan (U-M), has been named the recipient of the Simon Institute’s 2018 Pinnacle Award for Lifetime... Read more

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Weekly Product Showcase June 15, 2018

Weekly Product Showcase June 15, 2018Stay up to date on the industry's newest products and services from these ISSA members. A Fine Finish NF322 High Solids Nano Polymer Floor Finish from Avmor Ltd. delivers a durable,... Read more

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Johnson Controls Declares Quarterly Dividend

Johnson Controls Declares Quarterly DividendJohnson Controls, Inc. announced a quarterly dividend of US$0.26 per share on the company’s common stock.  The dividend―$1.04 annualized with a yield of 2.9 percent―is... Read more

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Cleaning for a Reason Receives Donation From Reliant Energy

Cleaning for a Reason Receives Donation From Reliant EnergyCleaning for a Reason recently received a US$6,000 donation from Reliant Energy ®. The donation was part of a fundraising event hosted by Reliant at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, TX. Local... Read more

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IICRC Adds Three to Executive Team

IICRC Adds Three to Executive TeamThe Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) has expanded its executive team with the addition of three new members. Jennifer H. Bethke has been named certification... Read more

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Kamo Wins Department of Energy Award

Kamo Manufacturing Co., Inc. was recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as a Small Business of the Year 2017 in the agency’s Small Business Awards Program. Kamo was recognized for... Read more

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Friday, June 8, 2018

4M Director Achieves IFMA Certification

4M Director Achieves IFMA CertificationJohn Oswald, director of business development for 4M Building Solutions, has been designated a Facilities Management Professional (FMP) by the International Facility Management Association... Read more

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Innovative Office Solutions Acquires Viking Office Supply

Innovative Office Solutions has acquired Viking Office Supply. The acquisition of the Alexandria, MN-based office product distributor increases Innovative Office’s product offerings and... Read more

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4M Purchases Ad-Vance Building Services

4M Purchases Ad-Vance Building Services4M Building Solutions, a CIMS-GB-certified organization, has acquired Ad-Vance Building Services Inc. The purchase of the Nashville, TN-based commercial cleaning firm expands 4M’s... Read more

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Sodexo to Ban Straws in U.K.

Sodexo to Ban Straws in U.K.Sodexo has banned the purchase of all plastic straws and coffee stirrers in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Sodexo also announced the company will phase out single-use plastic bags and polystyrene... Read more

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Ecolab Forms Food Safety Advisory Board

Ecolab Forms Food Safety Advisory BoardEcolab, Inc. recently established its Ecolab Food Safety Advisory Board. Comprised of Ecolab employees and industry experts, the board will assist the company with creating and implementing... Read more

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Andersen Co. Merges With Mountville Mills

The Andersen Co. has agreed to a merger with Mountville Mills, Inc. The newly formed company will be known as M + A Matting. All employees from both organizations will be retained. The merger is... Read more

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Weekly Product Showcase May 25, 2018

Weekly Product Showcase May 25, 2018Stay up to date on the industry's newest products and services from these ISSA members. Stop Slips HOSPECO® Health Gards® Antimicrobial mats inhibit bacteria from growing and... Read more

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Ecolab Facilities Certify to Water Stewardship Standard

Ecolab Facilities Certify to Water Stewardship StandardTwo Ecolab, Inc. manufacturing facilities in California have achieved certification to the Alliance for Water Stewardship’s (AWS) global standard for water stewardship. Ecolab’s... Read more

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Kimberly-Clark Names Giusy Buonfantino Chief Marketing Officer

Kimberly-Clark Corp., parent company of Kimberly-Clark Professional, has appointed Giuseppina "Giusy" Buonfantino chief marketing officer. Buonfantino joined Kimberly-Clark in 2011 as vice... Read more

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OSHA Honors Cintas Boston Facility for Safety

OSHA Honors Cintas Boston Facility for SafetyCintas Corp.’s Boston, MA, uniform rental facility has received the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star worksite designation from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration... Read more

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3M Appoints Chief Sustainability Officer

3M Appoints Chief Sustainability Officer3M has appointed Dr. Gayle Schueller vice president and chief sustainability officer, effective June 1. Schuller has been with 3M since 1992 and most recently served as the company’s vice... Read more

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Clorox Declares Quarterly Dividend

The Clorox Co., parent company of Clorox Professional Products Co., has announced a quarterly dividend of US$0.96 per share on the company’s common stock. The dividend―$3.84 annualized... Read more

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Monday, May 21, 2018

ISSA & HSC Launch School Benchmarking Survey

ISSA and the Healthy Schools Campaign (HSC) have created a survey to help benchmark school cleaning practices. The survey is designed to help K-12 schools, colleges, and universities share best... Read more

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Ecolab Raises Funds for Food Service Scholarships

Ecolab Raises Funds for Food Service ScholarshipsEcolab, Inc. raised more than US$200,000 for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) through its 16th annual chairman's reception, hosted May 20, in conjunction with the... Read more

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P&G Honored for Supply-Chain Initiatives

Procter & Gamble (P&G), parent company of Procter & Gamble Professional, has been named a Supply Chain Master in global information technology research and advisory firm Gartner,... Read more

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Dow General Counsel Announces Retirement

Dow General Counsel Announces RetirementCharles J. Kalil, general counsel and executive vice president for Dow Chemical Co., has announced his intention to retire from the company later this year. Kalil has been with Dow for more than... Read more

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SC Johnson Named a Best Workplace in Switzerland

SC Johnson, parent company of SC Johnson Professional, was named one of the best workplace Switzerland for 2018 by the Great Place to Work® Institute. SC Johnson placed 18th in the index,... Read more

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Black Mold Symptoms

What is Black Mold?

“Black mold,” or stachbotrys as his mycologist friends like to call him, is actually a dark green mold, but not only did “Dark Green Mold” fail miserably at striking fear in the hearts of the public, Penicillium mold pretty much held the copyright to all-things-green. “Killer Mold,” too, fell short of fear-mongering. And “The Notorious B.M.” didn’t quite have the effect mycologists were going for, which could be why a dark green mold was given the nickname “black mold.” Or, more specifically, “toxic black mold.” But, what causes black mold? And why is it considered so toxic?

What Causes Black Mold?

Like any other sadistic and self-serving mold, black mold began as a minuscule mold spore, floating effortlessly on the air currents in search of the perfect home. Though chance may cause it to perch itself just about anywhere, it thrives in warm, dark, and damp environments that provide plenty of decaying organic material for sustenance. When it comes to nutrition, black mold favors cellulose materials, such as cardboard, hay, paper, wicker, and wood. Furniture, cabinets, flooring, and even wallpaper are common locations for black mold, especially in the most humid rooms of a house (i.e. bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, basement).

When the environment provides luxurious fungal accommodations, the original mold spore takes root and matures quickly into a reproducing colony. Such a colony is capable of sprouting and releasing millions, if not billions, of mold spores that can cause rapid territory growth throughout the affected room and the house as a whole. Once mold spores are produced, the black mold has reached a level of maturity necessary for also releasing mycotoxins, such as the deadly trichothecene (T-2). These mycotoxins are merely the secondary metabolite (think: toxic flatulence) of the mold. Every mold produces a secondary metabolite of one form or another (the smell of the mold being one example), but not every toxic compound is called a mycotoxin. For instance, a metabolite toxic to bacteria is referred to, instead, as an antibiotic. Regardless, even the antibiotic compound is a potential danger to human health.

The reason behind black mold’s notorious reputation is not only its capacity for quick maturation and rapid growth, but also its hardiness under harsh and changing environmental conditions. What makes black mold so intimidating is how difficult it is destroy and remove it completely, how concentrated its toxic compounds are, and how potent and enduring its toxic effect is on the human body.

Oftentimes, most victims of stachybotrys exposure (and their doctors) confuse their black mold symptoms with common illnesses, such as colds and flus. This results in delayed diagnosis and treatment, which could have chronic and deadly repercussions. This is why it is imperative to be able to recognize the symptoms of black mold poisoning before it’s too late.

Black Mold Symptoms

First-time exposure to black mold poisoning may only produce the following reactions:

  • a long, painful headache
  • a tightening in the chest
  • burning sensations in airways
  • cough
  • difficulty breathing
  • fever
  • fits of sneezing
  • nose bleeds
  • skin irritation
  • stuffy nose
  • watery or itchy eyes
  • wheezing

While all types of exposure are dangerous, the main catalyst behind the common (and deadly) symptoms of black mold is the inhalation of mold spores and mycotoxins. Ingesting and touching black mold is hazardous, but it’s been revealed that inhaling black mold is over 40% more toxic to the human body. It’s when black mold is introduced to the lungs in high concentrations or repeatedly at lower concentrations, that it causes the most damage and becomes difficult to detox and heal from. This is due to its introduction into the bloodstream, as well as its inhibitory effects on the respiratory system as a whole.

In the case of frequent exposure, black mold poisoning will not only increase the effects and duration of the symptoms listed above, causing further difficulty in breathing, but also cause the emergence of sinusitis and chronic fatigue. Most victims of repeat exposure complain of dull, relentless aches in their joints and sinuses. Another symptom is sudden and unexplained depression. Prolonged black mold poisoning is also notorious for affecting the immune and endocrine system, resulting in recurring sickness and debilitating disease. Children are especially susceptible to black mold’s toxic compounds. Many studies have revealed that stachybotrys is responsible for several neurological problems in children, as well as pulmonary bleeding and a possible link to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in infants.

Listed below are the more common complaints of long-term and/or high-concentration exposure:

  • asthma
  • autoimmune disease
  • cold and flu
  • emphysema-like disease
  • fatigue
  • memory loss
  • migraine-like headaches
  • muscle aches
  • nosebleeds
  • pulmonary hemorrhage
  • rashes and dermatitis
  • sore throat
  • vomiting and diarrhea (especially in infants)

Though each health concern is diagnose-able as such, the source of these maladies is rarely ever revealed to be symptoms of black mold. In fact, the majority of the medical community is not trained to recognize that illnesses and diseases of this nature could be related to mold at all.

Black Mold Health Risks

Once the immune and endocrine system are compromised by long-term exposure or high concentrations, the body is susceptible to a great variety of disease and even cancer. Some of the black mold health risks involved in long-term effects are:

  • Balkan nephropathy (disorder of the kidney)
  • Bronchitis (lung infection)
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma (cancer in the cells of the liver)
  • Kashin-Beck disease (disease of the joints and bones)
  • Respiratory infections
  • Reye’s syndrome (results in brain and liver swelling)
  • And much more…

While some damage may be irreversible, detox is both possible and plausible in managing and overcoming the weakening effects of black mold exposure. Knowing how to detox your body from mold is just as important as recognizing the symptoms of black mold, especially since the majority of medical professionals aren’t trained to recognize what is triggering those symptoms.

How to Get Rid of Black Mold and How to Detox Your Body From Mold

The first step in any situation involving any type of mold, is to find it and eliminate it or remove yourself from the affected home or work space entirely. It isn’t always necessary to identify the specific type of mold because all molds pose health risks, whether they are the “milder” allergenic molds or the “more potent” pathogenic molds, such as black mold. However, certain legal scenarios may require the use of a mold test kit or hiring a professional mold remediation team to do the testing for you, especially if you are a renter or a landlord. In addition, some patients are unable to receive the treatment they’re convinced they need because their doctors are unaware of the ins and outs of black mold health risks. Identifying the mold in their home may come in handy when confronting medical professionals about misdiagnosis, especially since a lot of the medical decisions are based on insurance coverage and patients are unable to go to the right specialists without formal referrals from their current doctors.

If black mold is suspect (or any highly-dangerous mold, for that matter), it is wiser to hire a professional mold remediation company to locate and clean up the mold. This is because black mold, especially, is a very hardy mold. It can survive even the harshest of environments and, unless its roots are destroyed, it will merely lie dormant until conditions are favorable again for regrowth. Also, most supplies available at reasonable prices to the public (gloves, breathing masks, etc.) do not adequately protect against infiltration from mold spores and mycotoxins. Furthermore, commercial mold-cleaning solutions can be both ineffective (if bleach-based) and sometimes more harmful to the skin, mucous membranes, and lungs than the mold itself. If remediation is not possible based on the severity of the mold growth, the budget of the victim(s), or the consent and willingness of the landlords, then it is best to move (or seek legal counsel).

The second step (after the mold is removed) is to commit to preventative measures in the home. All molds thrive in dark, damp, and relatively unclean areas. Keep the home bright with as much natural light as possible, dry (a dehumidifier may be necessary), and clear of dirt, dust, and food particles. Keep up with household maintenance (updates and filter-changes) on all appliances, water pipes, and HVAC systems.

The third step is to confront any health issues and begin a regimen of detox and natural healing. Mold and yeast thrive in bodies that are malnourished by diets high in sugar and processed foods. In order to detox your body from mold, you must first begin by cutting out sugars, fruits, processed foods, fried and greasy foods, dairy, meat, grains, mushrooms, and nuts that are well-known for their mold content, such as pistachios and peanuts. Adopt a habit of eating dark leafy greens in abundance, as well as plenty of garlic and other anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal foods. Allow a period of five to six hours between each meal and never eat just before bed. This permits the digestive tract to rest and the body to focus on healing instead of digestion. Consider anti-fungal supplements, such as Myco-ZX, as well. Lastly, increase sweat-inducing exercise, water intake, and sleep.

Black mold may be a formidable foe, but with patience, consistency, and determination, you can rid your home and your body of its ill effects.

 

About the Author: Amanda Demsky is the mother and personal chef of two boys, the domestic technician of a three-bedroom desert home and, occasionally, a freelance writer and editor. Feel free to follow her on Twitter fullquiver777.



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Friday, May 18, 2018

ATRA Hosts Successful Sustainability Seminar

ATRA Janitorial Supply Co., Inc. hosted a seminar for New Jersey-based directors of educational facilities last month at Galloping Hill Country Club in Kenilworth, NJ. Approximately 250 cleaning... Read more

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

2018 ISSA Innovation Award Program Open for Submissions

2018 ISSA Innovation Award Program Open for SubmissionsISSA is thrilled to call for entries for the 12th annual ISSA Innovation Award program.   The program serves as a platform for exhibitors at the ISSA Show North America to launch their... Read more

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Kimberly-Clark Names New Group President

Kimberly-Clark Corp., parent company of Kimberly-Clark Professional, has named Kim Underhill group president of Kimberly-Clark North America. Underhill has been with Kimberly-Clark since 1988. She... Read more

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Spartan Honored by Network Services

Spartan Chemical Co. was recently presented with two awards from Network Services Co. at the organization’s annual membership conference, which took place last month in Las Vegas, NV. ... Read more

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GOJO Appoints New Executive Chair

GOJO Appoints New Executive ChairGOJO Industries Inc. has appointed Marcella Kanfer Rolnick executive chair. Kanfer Rolnick has served as GOJO’s vice chair since 2007. She succeeds her father, Joe Kanfer, who will... Read more

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Imperial Dade Acquires Gulf Coast Paper

Imperial Dade Acquires Gulf Coast PaperImperial Dade has acquired Gulf Coast Paper Co., Inc. The purchase of the Victoria, TX-based paper products and janitorial supply distributor expands Imperial Dade’s service offerings and... Read more

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Ecolab Donates to Minnesota School District

Ecolab Donates to Minnesota School DistrictEcolab, Inc. has awarded a US$250,000 grant to Saint Paul Public Schools through the Ecolab Foundation's Teacher Grants Program. The Saint Paul, MN, school district will utilize the funds to... Read more

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