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    Post: CDC Updates Website Re: Mold Induced Illnesses

    Posted by Sharon on 1/03/10

    I received the following message from Susan Brinchman,
    Director of SMH. SMH has been working VERY HARD to
    encourage the CDC update their website regarding mold
    induced illnesses. Their work is making a tremendous
    difference over this issue to the benefit of the health and
    safety of the American public.

    See message below.

    Sharon Kramer

    Dear Friends of The Center for School Mold Help (SMH),

    This is an URGENT notice to alert you to additional changes
    (in Jan. '10)about the Mold and Health info on the CDC
    website, due to SMH influence. I just learned of these this
    AM and wanted to share the news.

    I am writing to bring a major development to your
    attention: in direct response to The Center for School Mold
    Help's year long campaign of communications with the CDC
    and Obama administration, the CDC has finally admitted in
    its public information on the CDC Mold and Health section, online, that
    both mold and/or dampness (even indoor dampness alone) can
    be associated with the development of respiratory health
    problems such as new asthma and hypersensitivity
    pneumonitis in previously healthy/susceptible individuals.
    This is a brand new pronouncement, as the findings of the
    IOM in 2004 were not readily found on the CDC website
    previously. (see below).

    Now, there is a link to the IOM Damp Indoor Spaces and
    Health (2004) study in the Key Resources section, found on, as well as to the WHO Guide to
    Indoor Air Quality: Dampness and Mould (2009), also
    directly in response to SMH's strongly worded request. The
    next piece (for now) is to have the CDC summarize the WHO
    findings and place them in this section. I have no doubt
    this will be accomplished within a very short time, with
    SMH continuing to insist on these areas, on behalf of the
    public, who deserve accurate, current information about
    Mold and Health from our primary United States health
    agency, in the interest of warning the general public,
    accomplishing prevention, and implementation of medical
    strategies for diagnosis and treatment that all physicians
    may be trained on. With the CDC now admitting that some of
    the health problems we know are caused by mold and dampness
    exist, this opens the door to improved health for a vast
    number of Americans.

    With the US GAO Workgroup (under CIAQ) meeting in Jan,
    2010, to further address how to be consistent and warn the
    US public about mold's health effects, this is a very
    timely change, as all US agencies may be anticipated to
    adopt this - and future - CDC information about mold and
    health. That is why it is so important for it to be
    accurate. Eventually, we anticipate that public health
    departments will be a resource for accurate mold
    information and preventative actions, through these changes.

    Click here: CDC - Mold - General Information - Facts About
    Mold and Dampness

    In 2004 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found there was
    sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with
    upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in
    otherwise healthy people; with asthma symptoms in people
    with asthma; and with hypersensitivity pneumonitis in
    individuals susceptible to that immune-mediated condition.
    The IOM also found limited or suggestive evidence linking
    indoor mold exposure and respiratory illness in otherwise
    healthy children.

    In addition, in 2004 the IOM found sufficient evidence to
    link exposure to damp indoor environments in general to
    upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in
    otherwise healthy people and with asthma symptoms in people
    with asthma. The IOM also found limited or suggestive
    evidence linking exposure to damp indoor environments in
    general to shortness of breath, to respiratory illness in
    otherwise healthy children and to potential development of
    asthma in susceptible individuals. >>

    We are not done, and will not be, until dampness and mold
    in our school buildings are a thing of the past. Not till
    the American public is fully educated, with resulting laws
    in place to protect children and school staff from
    dangerous, damp buildings. We know that there are more
    health effects not mentioned by the IOM and WHO, but this
    is a foundation that all else will be built on.

    The reason SMH has been able to have this type of influence
    is because of our nonprofit status and high level of
    credibility. Our board is comprised of educators,
    scientists, and community members who are committed to the
    improved health of our children and ultimately, all

    We ask for your support, as the work is not yet done, but
    we anticipate that in 2010 more vital results will occur
    through SMH influence - the door is wide open, now, for the
    desired change.

    We ask that everyone receiving this email send a fully tax-
    deductible donation of $1 or more to The Center for School
    Mold Help, P.O. Box 655, La Mesa, CA 91944-0655, or visit
    our Donation page to make
    an online donation. Please consider sending that amount
    monthly, if you can afford to do so. We need your help to
    continue these accomplishments that will help protect your
    family's health now and in the future. We are a 501c3
    nonprofit, listed with the IRS (visit and search on Center for
    School Mold Help).

    I wanted to share this news, as it may help with current
    efforts to have the effects of mold recognized in your
    local communities. Please share the CDC info with your
    family, friends, physicians, attorneys, school
    administrators, school boards, and more...

    This truly is a day when I can wish you a Happy New Year,
    with anticipation of more good news to come, finally!


    Susan Brinchman
    Director, The Center for School Mold Help
    PO Box 655
    La Mesa, CA 91944-0655

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