Mold growth occurs when conditions are favorable. These conditions include:
This can come in the form of humid air, dripping pipes, or water intrusion due to flooding. Mold will grow when the relative humidity is roughly 50 percent or higher.
Mold will feed on wood, paper, cotton, and leather. Drywall with its paper coating offers ideal food for mold spores. Mold can grow in dirt or dust if the conditions are right.
In the video presentation linked below, Dr. Lisa Nagy discusses her personal experience with adverse health effects due to toxic mold and offers a powerful explanation of the health hazards associated with water-damaged buildings. The full lecture is one hour in length.
In the following video, Dr. Andrew Campbell provides a thorough explanation of the ways toxicogenic molds do harm to the human body. The full lecture is an hour and a half in length. Below is a summary of Dr. Campbell's main points and their respective locations in the video.
Fungus is all around us. It's a wonderful addition to our creation. It naturally recycles plant and animal life. It's a gift.
Until it's found indoors. In high concentrations. Or in foods. In high concentrations. It helps to learn the basics of fungus in order to understand the dangers. Fungi are not plants. They are not animals. They are their own kingdom. A rather daunting realization. There are more than 1.5 million fungal species. In other words, we have a lot to learn about this kingdom. The fungus kingdom includes yeasts, molds, smuts, and mushrooms.