What Is That Musty Smell?

By Pam Bown

Have you ever walked into a building and wondered, “What is that smell?”

Mold is one of many reasons that chemical sensitivities raise their ugly head. How do you know if you have mold in your house? Sometimes you do and sometimes you don’t. There are times that you can smell mold and there are times when mold dries and dies and has no smell. The dust of the dead mold and bacteria that feed on it, that you can’t smell contaminates everything; your clothes, your furniture, your body.

If mold is making you sick and you stay home from work, you are exacerbating the symptoms by staying in the home where the mold is, right? Ever wonder why you and your family, including your pets are not getting any better?

There are many places in your home where mold can hide. Here are just a few places to check, such as;  Under all sinks ·   Shower ·   Tub ·    Behind the toilet  ·  Window sills  ·   Under carpeting  ·   Basement-   crawlspace ·   Laundry room. 

Mold is in food that has spoiled, but also in food without you knowing it. Some of the moldiest foods are most people’s favorite foods. Foods like; peanuts, cheese, nuts, grains, coffee, wine and chocolate! Now, if you have hidden mold, or dead mold and you are eating any of the above foods, you are feeding the problem.

What might you experience if you are constantly exposed to mold? You might smell a musty odor all the time or from time to time. Have you ever walked into a room and forgot what you went there for? While there are many causes for such an experience, do not discount mold in your environment. I know people who live in a musty-smelling house that suffer with joint pains, weakness, fatigue, migraines and brain fog, which are just a few symptoms that can be associated with mold exposure. Bottom line is that mold can cause a cluster of symptoms that can make it very challenging for the person exposed. According to Dr Daniel Pompa; “so much of the toxins in our home and mouth end up in our nerves and brain tissue.” 

 If you want to know more about mold exposure, where to find mold and how to take care of mold, there is a Toxic Mold Summit coming the first week in February. Here is my link if you want to check it out. It looks like it is going to be a doozy!


 © Pam Bown


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