THE MORNING SHOW
Ritchie C. Shoemaker, MD
Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, MD discusses the health implication of toxic mold exposure and how to get tested and treated. There are tremendous variations in the kinds of buildings that can host the invading toxin-forming species of fungi. Any building that provides the proper mix of food (wood or cellulose) and water can potentially be at-risk. When the building has air circulation that is closed, with little outside air input and windows that don’t open, fungal toxins can accumulate which can make the problem even worse. Water intrusion is inevitably at the root of how the building became sick (water intrusion through leaky roofs, windows or doors; wicking of water along a concrete slab or saturation of carpets; and pooling of surface water in basements come to mind) but poor air exchange exacerbates the problem. Listen to the informative interview to help you understand what mold is and what you can do to limit exposure to it.