Mold and Other Environmental Contributors to Behavior - In People, Pets and More

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Mardy Ross
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Behavior and Nature, Behavior and Nurture - Nature versus Nurture, the ago old question to contemplate.

This YouTube video was shared in a group focused about mold and the strategy employed by some to reverse health symptoms and do 'avoidance'. .  The description at the Ellen channel says:

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A comment from one of the participants in the group, who I'd call a 'primary participant' was interesting to me, because I've been teaching people in my verbal work talking to them in person or by phone, that "it's a trick by the interlopers in us", the things we host that get out of balance and cause environmental illness.  There are people who "resist" what is good for them.  They will know that something is a problem and then resist changing / fixing the underlying cause or causes. Or, they might consciously work through that but they subconsciously get angry -- passive aggression can be one way it is expressed.  Outward aggression may be another. 

Hoarding is a topic I've not written about much on Lumigrate, but the topic had a lot of reads that I did provide long ago. I "noted that" and was not going to provide more about it until I had someone else saying the same thing I'm saying --- hoarding is a sign of environmental illness in some people who have environmental illness.  I had felt it personally, going from being a neat kid with a messy sibling, to a highly organized, efficient young adult living in an RV and then a nearby mobile home in a park near my University's campus and onto having a spit spot perfect first home when I could afford to buy a house with a foundation in my mid 20s. My spouse at that point was, to this day, one of the most highly efficient, on top of it, overall talented and capable people I've ever known.  And we got so much done, there was never a 'to do list' for very long! 

I'd be married to him and that lifestylel when my health initially collapsed in 1988.  The avoidance people in the moldie communities on Facebook have really helped me see that my family had mold in our midst and FINALLY something percolated up from long ago -- there was water in areas under the raised part of the house that was constructed by old timer contractors in the mid 1950s.  He'd painted the famous 'Yellow Barn' in the berg up the road, the only time it had been painted when built before the year my father was born, which was 1921.  My father and mother were from midwest families who had cabins on lakes and nobody though badly of the construction nor was concerned about water under the house in the spring with the mountain springs that occurred there.  

I'd not do "avoidance" -- nobody even mentioned "mold" or "Lyme" to me in my recovery, they mentioned "activity", "diet", "balance in life", and mostly "vaccines" in the case of the provider who allowed my health to soar to new heights for the first half of my 30s!  I would graduate as an occupational therapist and pass the challenging certification test and be underway in the grueling mainstream medical world of work by 1997, and recovering from my first relapse, but never gaining the wellness I had in my early 30s again.  So far, that is. As I write this, I'm 57 and some things have improved due to NEW information I've learned and provide on Lumigrate about sensitivities to elements and avoidance of that you are sensitive to, or fast remediation if exposed, very similar to what the moldie avoidance people promote doing. 

And I did some of this, too, about mold avoidance, with their input and inspiration in 2014.  I threw out that old box of things from my childhood home full of board games that made me feel funny when I opened it up (my throat burned), and the books I had from then as well. I'd gotten them years before because there was hoarding in the family going on and things were disappearing.  My father even when I was very young did strange things with our possessions, it was traumatic. 

So I presumed that I'd taken the path of not wanting possessions to avoid the whole thing and the other kid had taken the route of hoarding.  Oddly getting affixed to the house and early in life telling the parents she was going to inherit it and that was how it was going to be.  And her behaviors were such they catered to, rather than deal with the behavior that so distrurbed her if reality did not meet up with what was previously pre-determined in the mind of a child.

The group person when seeing this video clip referred to having just read Yolanda Hadid's new book "Believe Me," where she relates how, when she moved into a new place that felt "joyful" to her, with all new furniture, she started going through her old boxes of miscellaneous possessions. A lot of them made her feel really sad, so she put them in storage for a later time to process them. She presumed "emotional issues/ memories" associated with "stuff" from that period of her life.   (She was healthy and married, now divorced and with health issues having occurred).  Were those things contaminated, is the question we're lead to ask.

So this is a start to a new topic I will be offereing about the behavioral effects of mold. 

Live and learn.  Learn and live better! ~~ Mardy




Live and Learn. Learn and Live Better! is my motto. I'm Mardy Ross, and I founded Lumigrate in 2008 after a career as an occupational therapist with a background in health education and environmental research program administration. Today I function as the desk clerk for short questions people have, as well as 'concierge' services offered for those who want a thorough exploration of their health history and direction to resources likely to progress their health according to their goals. Contact Us comes to me, so please do if you have questions or comments. Lumigrate is "Lighting the Path to Health and Well-Being" for increasing numbers of people. Follow us on social networking sites such as: Twitter: and Facebook. (There is my personal page and several Lumigrate pages. For those interested in "groovy" local education and networking for those uniquely talented LumiGRATE experts located in my own back yard, "LumiGRATE Groove of the Grand Valley" is a Facebook page to join. (Many who have joined are beyond our area but like to see the Groovy information! We not only have FUN, we are learning about other providers we can be referring patients to and 'wearing a groove' to each other's doors -- or websites/home offices!) By covering some of the things we do, including case examples, it reinforces the concepts at as well as making YOU feel that you're part of a community. Which you ARE at Lumigrate!

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