Facility linked to meningitis outbreak overgrown with mold and bacteria

The compounding pharmacy responsible for mixing the drugs that caused the deadly meningitis outbreak was found to have ignored Food and Drug Administration regulations, containing mold and bacteria on its equipment. See story

Natural Solution for Toxic Mold Removal

Mold expert stumbles upon an amazingly powerful and non-toxic method of toxic mold removal…in his wife’s aromatherapy kit

In 2005, Edward Close, PhD, a mold remediation consultant with 30 years experience in the environmental industry, was asked to do third-party sampling for mold in an apartment complex that had been flooded, evacuated, and later put up for sale. The buyer who was renovating the apartments had paid a company which had used the strongest stuff they knew of—a hospital disinfectant. Yet Dr Close’s sampling showed that either the product had not killed the mold or that the mold had already re-established itself.

After much urging by his wife, he diffused Thieves oil in the apartments for a 24-hour period. The research project yielded astonishing results! And two weeks later they were even more astonishing!

In another instance, 10,667 stachybotrys mold spores were identified in a per cubic meter area. After diffusing Thieves essential oil for 48 hours, Dr Close retested. Only thirteen stachybotrys remained. Similarly, 75,000 stachybotrys mold spores were identified in a sample of sheetrock. After 72 hours of diffusing, no stachybotrys mold spores remained.

Disappearing Toxic Mold Spores
10,667 to 13 in 48 hours
75,000 to 0 in 72 hours

Most remarkable to mold remediation experts is that three factors about Thieves oil merge to create a perfect storm against toxic mold…

  • It’s powerful. But so is diesel fuel.
  • It’s safe. Many things (like diesel) may kill mold, but they are toxins themselves. So you exchange toxins and the building is still uninhabitable. Thieves oil has an FDA supplement facts panel on the label. It’s so safe that workers can breath it while it’s diffusing.
  • It’s long-lasting. While mold may be reduced immediately by standard remediation products, it often makes a fast comeback. Thieves continues killing the mold for weeks afterward.

Dr Close documented his first 20 case studies (yielding similar results) in his book Nature’s Mold Rx, the Non-Toxic Solution to Toxic Mold.

While it is exciting to finally see Thieves-specific research on toxic mold, the following studies on the individual ingredients in Thieves have been telling us the same story for years.

Mold/Candida/Fungus Studies

Fungus Type Thieves ingredient Abstract Summary
Rhizopus stolonifer cinnamon A wax paper infused with cinnamon essential oil completely inhibits the growth of Rhizopus stolonifer. View Abstract
Aspergillus flavus
Aspergillus fumigatus
Aspergillus nidulans
Aspergillus niger
Candida albicans
Candida tropicalis
Candida kefyr
Histoplasma capsulatum
cinnamon Vapors of cinnamon bark oil prove to be a potent fungitoxicant against fungi which cause respiratory tract mycoses: Aspergillus niger, Aspergillus fumigatus, Aspergillus nidulans, Aspergillus flavus, Candida albicans, Candida tropicalis, Candida pseudotropicalis (Candida kefyr), and Histoplasma capsulatum. View Abstract
Aspergillus parasiticus cinnamon Cinnamon oil caused inhibition of growth and aflatoxin production in Aspergillus parasiticus. View Abstract
Aspergillus flavus
Aspergillus niger
Fusarium spp.
Penicillium spp.
Rhizopus spp.
cinnamon
clove
lemon
Citrus limon (lemon) essential oil and the phytochemical eugenol (found in cinnamon and clove) were among compounds used to test the sensitivity of mold strains Fusarium spp., Rhizopus spp., Aspergillus flavus, Aspergillus niger and Penicillium spp. Eugenol showed prominent anti-mold activity. View Abstract
Aspergillus flavus
Candida albicans
Penicillium islandicum
cinnamon
clove
rosemary
Essential oils of cinnamon and clove showed strong inhibition of mold when tested for the possibility of creating a protective atmosphere by using natural compounds that could extend the shelf life of packaged foodstuffs. The oils were tested against Candida albicans, Penicillium islandicum and Aspergillus flavus. Rosemary was included in the test but results weren’t as strong. View Abstract
Aspergillus spp.
Eurotium spp.
Penicillium spp.
cinnamon
clove
rosemary
Cinnamon, rosemary, clove essential oils exhibited antifungal activity against Eurotium spp., Aspergillus spp. and Penicillium spp., the most important molds in terms of spoilage of bakery products. These findings strengthen the possibility of using plant essential oils as an alternative to chemicals to preserve bakery products.View Abstract
Botrytis cinerea cinnamon
clove
eucalyptus
lemon
rosemary
Among 20 oils tested, cinnamon and clove essential oil demonstrated the antifungal activity against Botrytis cinerea. Essential oils D-limonene, cineole, Beta-myrcene; Alpha-pinene, Beta-pinene, and camphor showed high antifungal activity. Lemon and rosemary and eucalyptus contain these compounds.View Abstract
Coriolus versicolor
Laetiporus sulphureus
cinnamon Cinnamaldehyde, the major compound in cinnamon essential oil, showed strong antifungal indices against both Coriolus versicolor and Laetiporus sulphureus. View Abstract


Secret of Thieves: Natural Solution
for Toxic Mold Removal

Laboratory searching for toxic mold resistant building materials

Toxic mold resistant building materials are the goal of a team of microbiologists at the Savannah River National Laboratory. Working with Tuskegee University and Mississippi State, biologists flooded a makeshift house and let the water stay inside for three weeks. The water damage caused mold to start growing inside the house. SRNL biologist Robert Miller says the first step is to identify the different types of mold and use that data as a foundation for creating building materials that resist mold.

Iris Brooks has first hand experience with the effects of toxic mold. “We actually had a leak in our roof and it produced a micro toxin called Trichothecene and that’s invisible you can’t see it. We never saw physical mold all we saw was water damage.” She says, “We found out through PCR testing that we Stachydotrys had two types of Aspergillus had grown in our lungs and also diffused into our white blood cells.”

Chapel Hill, NC school tests for toxic mold

Toxic mold has been discovered at Ephesus Elementary in North Carolina. An indoor air quality test found higher than normal spore counts in an HVAC unit. The unit was cleaned, lowering the spore count; however, parents would like to have a professional do a thorough examination.

Toxic mold shuts down S Carolina EMS

Andrews EMS has a toxic mold emergency. Fire Chief Mack Reed said employees have been exposed to large amounts of mold, having headaches and respiratory problems. The county has temporarily shut down the station to do renovations. In the mean time, EMS workers are staying at a further location, which delays response time.

Toxic mold found in Augusta LEC building

LEC employees have been plagued with toxic mold. A study conducted nearly six years ago found seventeen different types of mold present in the building, including aspergillus and stachybotrys. Dr. Jack Austin, infectious disease specialist, says the mold is mostly linked to “sick building syndrome.” Plans are being made to build a new center within a year.

Mold in NY police station may be toxic

Buffalo police fear toxic mold may be the culprit behind cancer illnesses. Six or eight officers stationed at D district have some form of cancer. Preliminary test show the presence of mold in the building, but it has not been proven yet that it’s cancer causing. Officers have been moved to a temporary location pending further investigation.

Tests initiated by the city found the “D” station mold to be non-toxic. The Buffalo police union is skeptical of the results however, and would like to conduct testing of their own. The city will not allow further testing until it can be properly supervised. The union believes the city has already begun cleaning, which would impact future testing results.

Toxic mold saga of Oak Ridge school

Updated 2-28-10…

Toxic mold was never definitely linked to Oak Ridge Elementary. Eight months after closing their doors, classes have now resumed at Oak Ridge. Many hours of work have been spent resolving issues that parents believe were making their children sick, including a number of changes to the HVAC system. Parents were able to tour the new-and-improved Oak Ridge last week, and crews were still making last-minute preparations for the returning students on Monday. The school will continue to monitor conditions inside the building.

Updated 1-27-10…

Has the toxic mold issue been resolved at Oak Ridge? Good question. Seven months and $1.6 million later, school officials still can’t say if the problem has been fixed, or if there ever was one. None of the inspections performed at the school have definitively linked mold to the illnesses reported. Turner Building Science and Design said testing has been done to ensure that moisture and mold levels are within acceptable ranges. Superintendent Mo Green said he takes the clearance testing results as an indication the school is safe to return to.

Updated 10-27-09…

The toxic mold issue at Oak Ridge has left all parents frustrated, to say the least. The school system is awaiting environmental results from NIOSH before allowing students back in the school, however, a petition is being signed by some parents requesting permission to return by January 4, 2010. Oak Ridge PTA President Ashley Royal said the petition signals a shift in public perception on the Oak Ridge problem. She said the petitioners think they have waited patiently while the school system has spent months trying to fix a problem that doesn’t affect many students, but are frustrated with the inconvenience of sending their children to three different schools.

Updated 8-4-09…

Toxic mold may also be an issue at Oak Ridge alternative locations. Fourth and fifth grade students were to begin school in the Cone building at Oak Ridge Military Academy, however a “musty dank odor”, water-damaged ceiling tiles, soiled carpet and a water leak in the HVAC room have changed those plans. Inspectors also found “surface mold contamination” in the HVAC diffusers at Colfax Elementary where Kindergarten and first graders were relocated. Repair status is unknown.

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Alabama family settles toxic mold case with HUD

Updated 2-23-10…

The Trussville toxic mold case with HUD has come to an end. Nearly a year after fighting with the federal government, the Johannsens have finally moved back into their home. HUD completely renovated their home, while removing mold from the unoccupied adjoining town home as well. Unfortunately the unit next door remains empty, which is a great concern for the Johannsens. “You never know what’s going on on the other side of your walls, you can only control your own so that’s what we’re doing and hoping everything will stay safe,” Leslianne said.

Original post 6-13-09…

Toxic mold has forced a Trussville family from their home. The Johannsens have resolved their case with the Federal Government. The family lived in a townhouse that was connected to a HUD home. A roof leak in the government unit caused mold to spread into the Johannsens walls, floors and vents. HUD is paying for the remediation and reimbursing the family for six months of mortgage payments. The project should be completed in a few months.

Mold Tweet attracts national attention

Updated 2-7-10…

The Twitter mold lawsuit filed last year has been dropped. Tenant Amanda Bonnen was sued by a Chicago property firm for tweeting, “Who said sleeping in a moldy apartment was bad for you? Horizon realty thinks it’s okay,” Judge Diane J. Larson ordered the case dismissed with prejudice, meaning that Horizon can’t refile the same case. According to Bonnen’s attorney, the judge felt the tweet was too vague to meet the legal standards of libel.

Original post 7-29-09…

A Twitter post about mold has lead to a highly publicized lawsuit. On May 12th Amanda Bonner’s tweet read in part: “Who said sleeping in a moldy apartment was bad for you? Horizon reality thinks it’s okay.” In an effort to preserve their reputation, Horizon Group Management LLC has filed a lawsuit claiming the post “maliciously and wrongfully” slammed the apartment and the company managing it.