my mold illness story & advice for moving


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  • Aviva, it is strange that only some people are affected by Mold. I am one of them. I mold growing in my master bedroom my wife was always sick, and had depression all the time. I lived in the same space, and began having nose bleeded for three minutes, and always coughing. Contacted a City Code enforcement officer-building inspector, and he determined I did have mold, and found high moisture content in the bathroom walls. Did you have any Nose bleeds out of the Right nostrel? After his visit to my apartment at the Park Hacienda in Pleasanton, CA. I stopped taking showers in that bathroom. No more coughing, and no more Nose bleeds. Since then, I refuse to pay the rent until they fix the problem, and they never have. In legal litigation Now. Thank you for your Help….

  • Thank you so much for this video! My symptoms are a combination of yours and Laura's. I have had these symptoms for years. I have been made to feel as if it is "all in my head" and that there is no way exposure to mold could make me feel depressed. Did moving help your depression?

  • so sad, about your parents… almost like they didn't care about you. but your amazing. And your ablility to share and help others, bless you.

  • Hi, thank you for your video. I got mold poisoning from a leaking pipe in my condo. I was so very sick. Nervous system, muscle twitching extreme tiredness etc. I got rid of the mold and it has been 10 months and only now I am feeling almost normal. I feel pretty good in general now but still have the odd bad days. The tiredness is much better but I am still not at my normal level as before. So there is hope for sure but it just takes a long time. God bless

  • This makes me sad. We went through this in 2013, moved out of the home, but are still sick. Dr. Shoemaker is showing promise.

  • After a lot if research about how the risk of mold is vastly overblown, I think her health problems are not related!! Crazy i know! My supporting evidence is that there are millions of mold spores in mulch and people who work in mulching Industries all of their lives do not have increased rates of disease. Molds no different than the molds that are present in our homes. It's a conspiracy for mold remediation companies to have a billion dollar industry. Watch 'the truth about mold' here on YouTube. You will see.

  • I'm guessing this is my problem.. all I do is cough and can't breathe all the time .. I had water damage to my living room wall and then found the the pipe under my house had a hole in it all the way thru it .. bout 12 ft long … now I can't breathe

  • about spraying the car with borax, can you tell me, Aviva, how do you proceed? I ask you that because my borax/water/baking soda spray lets white stains on certain certain surfaces… particularly on my car seats

  • I admire you & thank you for sharing your story about mold illness. I am seeing a Dr. now to find out if I have mold illness. The Dr. told me last week that there is "no" blood test for mold; & he did not check my urine either. I am glad I came across your video. I will mention to the Dr. tomorrow about the TGF Beta 1 in blood, and testing the urine. I have had many symptoms for many years which are: chronic fatigue, dizziness, inflammation, fevers, white blood cell count becoming high and then up & down, vision problems, and over the past 4 months my dizziness became extremely worse where I could not drive and even felt faint; as well as nausea & vomiting, plus on top of that is my brain feeling strange: I explained it like this to the Dr. last week: it feels like there is a "plastic bag" over my brain & I want to crack my skull open so it can breathe —- My mold problem started from a miniscule leak in the ceiling in 2008; and now has become 2 gaping holes and black mold rotting the ceiling/window/ whole wall needs to be ripped out and replaced. —- I did not think it was due to mold until recently. — Some confusion & memory problems I have also.—My home was built in 1945, so I am being tested for lead poisening also.—Unfortunately, I cannot move out of the home because I have no where to go. I am cleaning the exposed mold & containing the area with loosely arranged sheets & plastic, to keep it from getting in the air more. —I did buy an air purifier, which I will set up & try. —-Thank you again. I wish for your total healing & appreciate your sharing. Keep us posted! '-)

  • Oh god I literally think I just found out that I suffer from mold toxicity and I’m just exhausted looking at what everyone is going through and imagining what I have do to… I grew up in a house built in the 1930s, my house was so moldy literally we once found a mushroom growing out our restroom floor!!! And I would walk barefoot. I lived there for most of my life then we bought a brand new house, literally built that year and I’ve been living here since. But soon after living here I developed an auto immune disease ): I also share a restroom with my siblings so it can get messy and we constantly leave our floors wet and we also have pets and carpet .. our laundry machine was constantly leaking and inside my laundry it actually smelled like mold since they were so old. It wasn’t until last year that I went on a trip over seas to Mexico where I stayed in a tropical area that I got really sick. Ever since then I’ve been experiencing some really ugly symptoms that affect my everyday life. And sadly it seems to only be affecting me as my family seems to be just fine. But all in all this has now given me some sort of rude awakening and answers. Thank you for posting this!! I’m definitely subscribing and will binge watch all your videos lol!

  • I heard you have to leave all your clothes and stuff there with the mould or it will come with you to your new place…if you are not better yet consider throwing away all your spore infested things and starting a fresh, you can't wash out the spores 🙁

  • I hope you're doing good today (will check later vidoes, just bumped into this one)
    thanks so much for all the info! I've been sleeping in a room with a mold-infested a/c and didn't realize how dangerous it was for a long time… I suspect my lungs are the way they are now because of this, and that it's related to my chronic fatigue. hope my doc won't think I'm crazy when I come to her with this info…
    I think either way I'll start checking all your recommendations. thanks again!

  • I gunna start making videos about how I have lyme mold n no friends too lol , serious tho I probably do have all three symptoms , o fucking well

  • The emotional feelings of moving out of my parents house and being the only one greatly affected by the toxic mold and being so young with a compromised immune system.. it's like your one of my sisters ! So happy we can all heal from the years of suffering. Thank you for this video!!! xoxo!

  • I am dealing with same thing I'm stuck in my parents house full of black mold literally dyeing in here and terrified to leave be on my own so sick 😭I don't know what to do .you are inspiring though.all Houston flooded in hurricane Harvey so I can't find a place with no mold

  • It's so great to find people on Youtube sharing there story of Mold Exposure. I last apartment I lived I was exposed and it has cost alot of health issues, money, stress, pain, lost items, social life, and my insanity to name a few. I have a new apartment now but the building is older than the last and no sure if I am still being exposed cause I am still having issues. I have been out of the old apartment a little over a year. I'm still dealing with doctors and testing. What would be some advice for other's that have been through this to get myself normal or close to? I am so glad that you decided to share your story and to be honest not many people are aware of the affects mold/toxic mold exposure can cause. Not even doctors are aware of the signs or really know how to cure it from the body. I have been taking supplements and trying to detox my body. I still want to get my apartment tested but money is so tight but I really want to have the reinsurance to know that I am no longer being exposed. I think it great what you are doing and us mold sufferers need to unite to know that we are not alone in this matter. I wish you the best and healing to everyone that has been affected.

  • Helpless is the absolute best word. Too sick mentally and physically to actually do anything about it. I just moved into a rental with a SEVERE mold issue and the landlord is "trying" to be understanding but is also saying things like maybe it's this or that and trying to be in denial of the mold issue. I'm a single mom with 3 kids who are more or less unaffected but it is killing me. My throat starts to close up immediately upon entering the house and I've been unable to stay in the home since we moved in. I have no money to move, and can't afford to leave behind all my possessions but I can't keep feeling so sick. 😭😭😭

  • Thank you so much for sharing! I'm so glad you're doing so much better; you truly deserve that! I can't smell it here (and I have hyper-smelling abilities), unless I pull clothes from my dresser or closet. Then I can smell it at first, but it fades fast. I use borax in the laundry regularly; I'm glad to know that is helping with the mold a bit. I'll be looking into thieves oil, never heard of that, thanks! Yes, Miele, wonderful brand…I used those at my housecleaning gig. Thank you so much!

  • Hi Aviva – Thank you so much for your story and your detailed share. I first listened to it about 4 months ago and I’m now on my third week in a hotel since the beginning of remediation. I’m here with my three dogs and unfortunately, most of the hotels in Miami are also mold toxic so I can only hope that I’m slightly less toxic. My sister-in-law is a Deterra distributor and sent me the “OnGaurd” essential oil which is supposed to be their version of the thieves oil. My remediation has been a horror story. I first had to have the company remove my “clutter” before they could begin. Upon them doing so they expose my private belongings and publicly embarrassed me on the internet. They also remove (stoled) belongings that I made it clear were to be kept. Hence, my new refrigerator and many other valuable items were stolen in the process. I had to fire them and find a decent remediation company in the interim. All of this just to say, your video was the first one I watched once I knew why I was so sick and because of your detailed information I wasn’t only more prepared but also, didn’t feel so totally alone and lost.
    I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that. My dogs and I are going to live through this horror story because of you and in spite of the people out there that want to take advantage of attempt to survive. If and when I get to the other side of this horrible black mold illness it’s my plan to kick off a government funded safe house for women living in toxic mold environments that need a mold-free place to stay with their children and/or animals until they can get on their feet.
    Please continue telling your story. I wish you good health and clean air as you carry your message of surviving the mold beast.
    Onward and upward, Claudia – Miami, Fl. – [email protected]

  • Holy fuck… I've been stuck in a disgusting 35 year old hoard hazard with no running water for a very long time… especially childhood times.
    I'm taking a urine test in 2 days…not for the mold thing, but for other health reasons that has to do with too much stress.
    Now I'm scared of finding traces of mold in my piss 😣

  • Thanking For Sharing You Are Addorable 💖👌you explain it exactly How I Am 😊I’m Supper sensitive To It ☝🏻

  • Hi, 3 years ago i had leakage in a room in my house, but did not notice for months. My room was like a tropical forrest. you could smell the mold and the walls wore falling apart. it was in a storage space, kind of. So i had about 10 different symptoms. From itching, pain in ears throat eyes, shivvers, flu like symptoms, shortness of breath, hart problems, anxiety, foggy sight, weight loss and some other symptoms. My docter did not know what it was so he told me to talk to a psychiatrist. That was just all bullshit and nothing helped. So three years later i feel much better, but still feel alot of sickes and anciety shortness of breath and fatique. So i still have a lot of questions….. what do you recommened? Should i test myself on Mold allergies? I really need answers, because nobody believed me and it was really hard and a lot of people left me because of my symptomes.. Thanks you. Reduan from Holland.

  • Washing cloths w vinegar kills mold better than bleach, and u can kill mold on all surfaces cleaning w a spray bottle. Hope this helps.

  • The reason your parents dont smell that smell is because you get used to your living space smells fast. Thats why you didnt either. But then being away for a bit you notice it when you go back. This could be with any smell. If you go to someones house and it smells different they most likely dont notice it. Im not done watching but wanted to say that before i forgot.

  • Thank you for this video.. I just had my tesing done, I am not nearly as bad as you but my score was upper 6000s. This gives me hope!!

  • More questions for you! Lol, I’ve been binge watching your videos again. Do you know what the strain of mold is called that is known at black mold? I am curious as it pertains to an ermi/HERTSMI 2 test. I hope you’re feeling well today 🙂

  • Mold illness is no joke. Don’t let “medical professionals” discredit you from what you’re feeling. You’re not crazy. If you have had any type of water damage chances are you have black mold. Take control and get in the right persons face to help you heal. Anti-fungals, air purifiers, diet are all key. I have had muscle twitching, numbness, aches pains, brain fog, blurred vision, depression, anxiety, the list goes on and on. We all will get better, the hardest part is finding what to do and going from there. Great video btw!

  • Cant listen to anyone that has access to doctors. Too frigging discouraging. It doesnt HELP OTHERS . "So I left." Yeah. I have NO $$$ to move. MY "levels" are better from moving into my car. Good for YOU , I'm truly happy for you. I am. God bless you.

  • Sorry, it's just hard. Thankyou for sharing. I watched the entire thing and gleaned some encouraging tips. Borax! Was wondering how I can clean the car down I side. It's not moldy but I know I've dragged spores in there. Have to come into the house for meals. It sucks. Couldnt understand what kind of oil? Neads?

  • How can I email you? Seeing your video saved me from thinking I was crazy!! I can smell mold and it freaks me out now.

  • I use Chlorine Dioxide Solution for de-molding surfaces, internal cleaning and the gas attack’s mold

  • I have slight mold growing my closet, which is really close to my house A/C . I feel the mold is growing there rapidly from all the water that melted back when my A/C was messed up. It’s been a month now and I’m starting to get migraines, fatigue, brain fogginess, tiredness, and very bad allergies. I feel so gross know after it started growing, it really has taken a big toll on me.

  • Hello,
    I am writing to you from France.
    I have mold illness and Lyme.
    Could you please activate/allow the contribution to the translation of the video content, so I could create subtitles for French sick people? It would be so helpful.
    Thank you💚

  • Hello! Who is the doctor you worked with? I'd love to work with her! Also any chance you are open to a phone or email conversation? I'd love some advice! Please please <3

  • We have this mold issue during winter season.. Actually we didn't find out till our kids got ill. We noticed there were white patches throughout the bedroom walls and the walls were damp.

  • You make me wanna do a video of what black mold did to me. I have cerebral palsy and one can thing it made worse I need to use a walker

  • I’m living with mold in my basement and I’m having memory loss and a metallic taste in my mouth… did you ever experience a metallic taste?

  • Moved out of a moldy apartment too move into a toxic house that we ain't know of to be a death trap. Hope and pray we make it too move out this shithole. I'm the only one that smell it and I don't understand. Pack and move is easier said than done.

  • How do I get in contact with you. Please your video SAVED ME from thinking I was crazy. I am in a huge lawsuit over mold exposure and you can help guide me.

  • Thank you for sharing your story I feel like I’m not crazy ….. I knew something wasn’t right. You have touched me and I hope you make a full recovery !!

  • I thought there's no such thing as mold sickness ….but I'm experiencing right now air hunger….something im struggling for mg breath ..and I look around there are some mold in my room just right next to my head board ,no wonder why im always sick and the doctor was telling me that it just in my mind,she even recommend me for psychiatrist…now I'm going back there and ask for micro toxin test!

  • Hello

    Hey great vid
    I am wondering how I would get tested for black mold toxicity. Would that be through blood test or urine? If so, which is better. Also, what kind of doctor does this exam?

    Thanks so much

  • I can relate. I've been out of the place that made me sick for almost 20 years. Now, if I go anywhere where there is mold, I can smell it from a mile away. I'm like a mold dog, lol

    ps. I'm no longer suffering from the mold toxins. It took awhile but the best medicine is to stay away!

  • Thank you so much for the information you provided. I almost left this earth a few months back because of it. Water damage was also the culprit in my place.
    I'm glad you made it through the health problems.
    The hospital had me on respiratory care for over a week. Yes, mold IS the devil !
    Again, thanks so much & God bless you !
    >>>~₩ulfy~~>

  • Thanks for sharing your story. Your situation and mine are almost parallel. If you have seen the documentary “Moldy” then you’ve heard at least a portion of my story.

  • Thank you for sharing, I myself have had few years of health issues, mainly chronic fatigue and I recently learnt I have what is regarded as high toxicity of heavy metals as a natural doctor would say. Some of us are prone to it. I’m hoping this is my answer to heal!

  • Hey Aviva Renee thanks for making the video for people to know and understand the symptoms just asking how was your stomach when going through this when you eat anything do you get stomach upset

  • I took your advice. I'm having that same blood test this week. Must have done at a hospital or clinic where they can get it frozen with 39 minutes. I was exposed to black mold in my former apt and after moved my bed from the wall I nearly s reamed in terror. Black mold was all over the wall behind my headboard. U moved a year ago but want to find out if it is still with me

  • I'm very concerned with my health lately. For a long time, I've lived in this apartment with my dad (I'm 28, we have lived here since I was 15) I'm pregnant currently, and know this apartment has mold damage. I've told the apartment complex many times about it, and all they did was repair the visual damage but did nothing about the mold itself. I thought it would help (since it's mostly in the closet outside where the water heater is) but now I'm sick, ALL THE TIME! I've had this continual "allergy problem" for months. The doc thought I had strep throat, gave me meds which worked only for a bit, and now I'm sick again and can barely function. Tylonel doesn't help and neither has clariton. Meds always work on my body but now it isn't. Any other ideas what it could be? I'm going to talk to my doc about testing my urine and blood but idk who else to talk to about it.

  • Hello Aviva, Thank you so very much for making this video. It makes me cry to find someone that can help explain this. I prayed and found your video and finally feel that I have direction. I cannot wait to leave where I am. What’s really sad is when someone thinks your a bit nuts and doesn’t even try to understand or even care. I am allergic to a lot of things and know when stuff is nearby. This mold stuff is the worst I have been experiencing. I will not carry on. But again, Thank You!!! God Bless you and I will continue to say a prayer for you and all those that are experiencing this.

  • Is it only black mold that makes you sick ? Sponges in the smell of mold on towels are in the sea make me sick. I have mold allergies and where I live the stinky sponges to wash the dishes and the countertops and the towels even stink like mold is gross with this party was making me so sick and feel like I'm dying too

  • I don’t understand: your parents still live there and they didn’t get sick….. ? I went through all of this but I moved. But not everyone get sick? Interesting

  • This is a very important story! Thank you for sharing. I registered as a subscriber. I watch it every few months to refresh my memory.

  • Hi, What machine or instrument do you recommend to test for mold in your home? We had a leak in the main shower and looks like a little bit of water is slowly dripping on to the ceiling below. Luckily it is over the mud room so it is not really noticeable. I don't want to spend thousands of dollars fixing it or would prefer not too. Is there a cheaper way to test the air for mold in a house? I know of the strips but would prefer an air test or as well. Many thanks.

  • Hey I am kind-of worried I have a little bit of black mold on my window and we don't have a money to call a professional and it's on wood so it's hard to remove It ourselves money for a new window also isn't there what should I do?

  • You can make your own “3 Thieves” oil. It is a very old recipe that nurses and coroners and such used during the plague.

  • Im really scared because….ive never been a sickly person at all, ever. Since january ive been getting sick alot. 9x to be exact.
    However its usually when i wake up in the morning and has lasted for 8 days at times. So since jan 18th until today, july 30 2019 ive spent about 30 days plus throwing up. I too have lyme disease….
    Did the treatment etc. When i get sick i become so sick that moving my eyes can make me throw up, talking makes me throw up. Its crazy and im really scared.
    Ive hallucinated as well because i couldnt even hold water down muchless food for up to 6 or 7 days.. Its caused me to lose about 25 pounds of weight.
    Im desperately seeking any help at all. I

  • Can this cause eczema on the temple and in blotches or hives? Especially since mold attacks already weakened immune systems.im asking because i got eczema when i was burned out from work. then everything in my apt started growing white, black, and green mold. i found a black mold colony on top of my bathroom cabinet 2 months before i broke out in eczema patch on my temple. i cleaned it buy black mold started growing on the tiles in the crevices. i think i suffered black mold toxicity.

  • DEAR GOD! Aviva! Im so glad you are alright I have been in denial as well not only am i affected but my cats are too i have 5 cats and they are ALL wheezing im my basement apartment the smell of mold is overwhelming when i come into my building but its UNSEEN! .. how do i go about having my urine tested for mold??

  • https://youtu.be/Vaouu5690T0

    Clove oil is good for mold/black mold. Thanks for posting. Definitely something to be inspected before moving in a home.👍

  • Im in the same situation this stuff is serious dr straite told me theres no remedy except they remecomended relocating problem is its stressfull my family is expierence the symptoms

  • Somebody please help me!!!!!
    Ive been living in my 3-4 years and it has flooded 4 times .
    For the past year there has been a hole in my kids closet which has dripped water before and partially flooded. The same hole still exist today and has been dripping water for 10 days non stop. But now i actuallu have video evidence showing me call and leave messages about the hole and the water. And ive recorded the hole for 10 days to prive it. But just now today ive found about the dangers of mold. I had no idea about this stuff. I have 5 kids and a wife that lives here also my twins boy and girl are 6 years old then i have 3 daughter's ages 4.. 2 and 9 months. My breathing has been short lately and today i heard myself weezing and ive been having a cough for a week now. last night my wife woke up inthe middle of the night and said she feels sick… I told her i did too. My son woke up coughing this morning also. Now im sitting here watching videos on youtube but dont have money for a mold testing kit and i dont know what to do right now and if i need to move i only have $40 .
    IM LOST

  • Was sick since i moved three years ago. Initially thought it due to stress of moving. Out of desperation I had house tested for mold. Mold was discovered in my combo furnace /ac system. I too, understand the helplessness of needing to move. Seeking out a knowledgable doctor is good advice. How much is " in my head" as the inspector herself said mold wouldn't get to me because of the filters. Also, no air duct cleaning company i could find will not or cannot clean the air ducts so I think I will just move.

  • Can someone please help me i live with my grandma and think my bedroom is infested with mold but my grandma says it’s dirt I’m too young to move out and have been feeling constant fatigue and lost all my appetite I don’t know what to this is depressing me and I feel like ending my life I don’t know a way out of this whole I live in Scotland and people think I am crazy when I tell them I’m sick from mold I can’t take it much longer I need some help anyone please

  • I think I have mold in my house I been here for 5 years a year after I move in I started getting headaches alot and as the years passed by I'm more worse then I ever been there are alot of things I'm dealing with now I have pressure in my head everyday and all day I'll wake up with pressure in my head nose ear pressure my nose is dry all the time my ears bother me when I talk it sounds like I have my fingers in my ears I'm very off balance everyday chest feel heavy and uncomfortable I started noticing a few months ago I started itching under my both armpits but there is no rash I do have water damage behind my toilet and I told my landlord about it but he told me that to use a little bleach and it will kill them I am like this everyday I am like this right now the only time that I feel better is when I'm sleep I keep getting fungus infection my ears I sneeze a lot I don't know what else to do and sometimes i do seems like I have a hard time breathing and my husband is experiencing the same thing

  • Mold toxicity is serious. It nearly killed me. Approximately 23% of people are genetically predisposed to be more susceptible to mold illness.
    We moved into an older home in 1990. I immediately started to have health problems. We remodeled and added on to the house…more and worsening health issues. Doctors said move out of the house. My husband refused and I was basically stuck. My health became very compromised. Finally I found a functional medicine doctor. He ran blood tests and found 5 different molds colonized in my body/ bloodstream. By then I weighed 86 pounds as the mold had gotten into my small intestine and caused damage. I also developed small intestine bacterial overgrowth and that caused severe malabsorption/malnutrition even though I ate so much food everyday. With antifungal medications and a costly new antibiotic for the bacterial overgrowth I slowly gained a few pounds. My husband still would not move us out of the house.
    Long story short my doctor said if I did not move out of the house an to a warm dry climate (we lived in rainy Oregon) that I would eventually be bedridden or die.
    My husband divorced me, I moved to Arizona and my health is so much better. I now weigh 128 pounds! I still can't be around moldy environments without having symptoms again so I am very diligent about staying clear of mold!
    Mold illness is serious and needs to be recognized by mainstream medicine. Most doctors are clueless. Herbal remedies and essential oils have helped me more than any prescription medication.
    Thank you for sharing your story and helping to bring awareness to the seriousness of this illness. Many Blessings.

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