Since the advent of industrialization, we have been polluting our air with combusted material. Burning fuel is what drives the technological society that we live, and we owe much to the combustion engine for the modern, comfortable quality of life we all enjoy. However, burning all that fuel is not without its costs. Air pollution presents us all with health risks not just for the air we breathe, but subsequent contamination of the water we drink and food we eat.
If you live in a big city or near a major metropolitan area, you are likely accustom to certain number of days a year when the weather man will declare the air quality poor. Authorities do this so that people with respiratory problems can take extra caution when going outside. We all know that this type of pollution is not the best for our health and should certainly be avoided as much as possible. But is it simply air pollution that comes from coal-burning plants or truck exhaust that we need to be worried about, from a health perspective?
For most of us, much of the time we spend is either inside our home, school or place of work; subsequently, we are susceptible to exposure to whatever air contaminants those places harbor. This may seem like common sense, but for those suffering from health problems of unknown origin, this could be a profound revelation. Polluted air inside the buildings you spend your time in could be playing a role in those health effects you are suffering.
We think this is particularly important to consider if you live in a space that is infested with mold, mildew or other types of fungi. Molds and other types of fungi produce both spores and poisonous byproducts called mycotoxins that can contaminate the air around where those organisms colonize.
The problem is that molds and other fungi thrive in some of the spaces that modern building construction creates; often, they are not visible to the naked eye. Instead, even in homes that appear perfectly clean, fungi can lurk in dark spaces with consistent access to moisture––crawl spaces, ducting, water damaged drywall, etc. Particularly in buildings that have been subjected to water damage, mold can colonize throughout, often times unseen.
As these organisms colonize and reproduce, they release their spores and toxins into the air, contaminating the indoor airspace.
Most doctors will admit that mold can exacerbate problems like allergies and asthma in people that suffer from those problems. However, there is evidence that mold-polluted air can cause much more than just asthma and allergies. If you are suffering from problems of unknown origin, it may be a good idea to get the quality of air in your home addressed.
If you find you have a problem with mold, remediation is often possible. Following remediation and an aggressive anti-fungal program such as the Kaufmann 1 Diet, you may find some relief from whatever symptoms were plaguing you in the first place.