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Frogs Killed by Fungus -- Monday Morning Mold (Mycology) - January 16, 2005
Mold (Mycology) in the Media
January 16, 2006
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Mold (Mycology) Stories - from Cynthia Anne Coulter (Mulvihill) of Hyde Mulvihill, APC
-- Follow Up: Toxic mold case in California settles for $22 million [Includes Commentary from Plaintiffs' Attorney] (Saint Paul Legal Ledger, MN - Jan 11, 2006)
-- Don't Kill Yourself (literally) Getting Rid of Mold (PressZoom, Netherlands - Jan 15, 2006)
-- Very Nice, Short (and Understandable!) Discussion of the Development of Antibiotics from Fungus: Antibiotic overuse causing bug crisis (Honolulu Star-Bulletin, HI - Jan 15, 2006)
-- Statin (anti-chloresterol) Drugs Developed from Mold - Penicillium citrinum (Pittsburgh Post Gazette, PA - Jan 12, 2006)
-- New study blames global warming, decades-old fungus for series of deaths (Globetechnology.com, Canada - Jan 12, 2006)
-- Basement-repair contractors set up own insurance fund (MSNBC - Jan 9, 2006)
-- Mold Education: The CDC Report - Mold: Prevention Strategies and Possible Health Effects in the Aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
-- School Mold: Schools turn to clean air to aid attendance - Officials employ a federal program to reduce contaminants, boost health (Baltimore Sun, United States - Jan 15, 2006)
-- Court Mold: Elbert sheriff worried about mold at jail, too - Closed courthouse adjoins facility housing inmates (Rocky Mountain News, CO - Jan 14, 2006)
-- Mold & Insurance: Permit appeals pay off for N.O. residents - Rebuilding "Grandfathers" Some Homes Into Federal Flood Insurance Program (Times Picayune, LA - Jan 15, 2006)
-- Mold & Technology: Global Prevention Services Receives Seal of Approval From Mold Help (Houston Chronicle, United States - Jan 13, 2006)
-- Mold & Investment: Electric Aquagenics Unlimited, Inc. Exceeds 2005 Revenue Projections
-- Responsible Solutions to Mold Coalition Launched - Industry-wide educational effort will ensure builders and homeowners have the most accurate information on mold and moisture control (PR Newswire, NY - Jan 12, 2006)
-- Mold Professionals: Cynthia Coulter Mulvihill (Mold Litigation Consulting)
-- For Fun: Writing Wrongs - A history of literary hoaxes (CBC - Jan 12, 2006)

 

Good Morning,

I have been analyzing and comparing the 2005 CDC report, Mold: Prevention Strategies and Possible Health Effects in the Aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, it to 2004's Damp Indoor Spaces and Health. For a Commentary on Personal Mold Protection Guidelines for Remediators/Homeowners, click on this link to view my BLOG -- and post your comments, if you would like.

This week's photo is of a Harlequin Frog, from Dr. Zoltan Takacks' website.

The big news for the week is that Senator Ted Kennedy (Dem - MA) and Jim Jefford (Ind. - VT) requested a Senate Briefing on the issue of indoor mold. I'm still waiting for more information (and permission for repritns) about it to summarize it in a later edition. I do know that more than a half a dozen senators sent representatives to the meeting, including, I heard, one or more Republicans who were not formally invited -- but attended at the request of their constituents.

In other news, at least 76 dogs have been killed by Aflatoxins (a mycotoxin produced by several Aspergillus spp., notably Aspergillus flavus) that contaminated Diamond Dog Food.

Hot tips on mold? Please e-mail them to Cynthia A. Coulter at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


Follow Up: Toxic mold case in California settles for $22 million [Includes Commentary from Plaintiffs' Attorney] (Saint Paul Legal Ledger, MN - Jan 11, 2006)
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Kellen Gorman California family recently negotiated a landmark $22.6 million settlement in a toxic mold case, claiming that moldy lumber used to build their house created a "poison prison" that severely injured their son.

As one of the first successful mold lawsuits against a lumber yard — and the largest to involve a single- family home — the case should put the lumber industry on notice, said the family's attorney, Brian D. Witzer. "We hope this settlement sends a signal to lumber yards nationwide to treat mold growth issues seriously and establish polices to protect the public's health and safety," Witzer said.

Click here for Follow Up: Toxic mold case in California settles for $22 million [Includes Commentary from Plaintiffs' Attorney] (Saint Paul Legal Ledger, MN - Jan 11, 2006)


Don't Kill Yourself (literally) Getting Rid of Mold (PressZoom, Netherlands - Jan 15, 2006)
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(PressZoom) - “Safety is essential to all aspects of recovery,” said Nick Russo, federal coordinating officer for the Mississippi disaster. “We encourage Mississippians to continue to be careful when cleaning in and around their homes and nearby structures. Besides saving lives, it just makes good sense.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) advises hurricane victims to take precautions as they clean up and move forward in the recovery process.

Click here for Don't Kill Yourself (literally) Getting Rid of Mold (PressZoom, Netherlands - Jan 15, 2006)


Very Nice, Short (and Understandable!) Discussion of the Development of Antibiotics from Fungus: Antibiotic overuse causing bug crisis (Honolulu Star-Bulletin, HI - Jan 15, 2006)
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FOR CENTURIES, people have applied various preparations derived from living matter to combat infection.

The concept that one microorganism is capable of destroying one of another species was not conceived until Pasteur noted the antagonistic effect of certain bacteria on the anthrax organism and pointed out late in the 19th century that this action might be put to therapeutic use.

Pasteur's pupil Paul Vuillemin coined the term "antibiosis" in 1889 to mean a process by which life could be used to destroy life.

Meanwhile, German chemist Paul Ehrlich came up with the idea of selective toxicity: There might be certain chemicals that would be toxic to some organisms, such as infectious bacteria, but would be harmless to other organisms such as humans.

Click here for Very Nice, Short (and Understandable!) Discussion of the Development of Antibiotics from Fungus: Antibiotic overuse causing bug crisis (Honolulu Star-Bulletin, HI - Jan 15, 2006)


Statin (anti-chloresterol) Drugs Developed from Mold - Penicillium citrinum (Pittsburgh Post Gazette, PA - Jan 12, 2006)
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TOKYO -- It took two years and thousands of moldy broths for Akira Endo to find something that reduces cholesterol. His breakthrough, drawn from a mold like one that grows on oranges, turned out to be the first in a class of medicines that today bring $25 billion a year to pharmaceutical companies.

Dr. Endo's 1973 discovery of the first anticholesterol statin has been relegated to obscurity. Yet the feat spotlights a long-denigrated craft now experiencing a revival: the discovery of drugs from nature's treasure chest.

Click here for Statin (anti-chloresterol) Drugs Developed from Mold - Penicillium citrinum (Pittsburgh Post Gazette, PA - Jan 12, 2006)


New study blames global warming, decades-old fungus for series of deaths (Globetechnology.com, Canada - Jan 12, 2006)
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When African clawed frogs are injected with urine from a pregnant woman, they ovulate, so in the 1950s they were shipped around the world to be used in pregnancy tests.

Today, a fungus they carried on their backs has been implicated in the mysterious deaths of frogs on four continents.
A new study has found that global warming is creating optimal conditions for the fungus -- called Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, or amphibian chytrid fungus -- in the mountainous regions of Costa Rica and other similar environments where many species threatened with extinction live.

Click here for New study blames global warming, decades-old fungus for series of deaths (Globetechnology.com, Canada - Jan 12, 2006)


Basement-repair contractors set up own insurance fund (MSNBC - Jan 9, 2006)
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Contractors in the tough-to-insure waterproofing and structural repair businesses will get a new option to acquire general liability insurance coverage.

A trade association is starting an insurance trust that will be owned by its members and will cater specifically to the high-risk businesses of keeping basements dry and making sometimes tricky repairs to building foundations.

Click here for Basement-repair contractors set up own insurance fund (MSNBC - Jan 9, 2006)


Mold Education: The CDC Report - Mold: Prevention Strategies and Possible Health Effects in the Aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
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The duration and extent of flooding and the number of structures flooded as a result of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita make the likelihood of massive mold contamination in buildings a certainty. Many structures remained flooded weeks after the hurricane and became saturated with water. Some early observers suggested that as many as 60% to 80% of residential structures in New Orleans sustained severe flood damage. Outside New Orleans, extensive hurricane damage without prolonged flooding occurred. This more typical pattern of destruction as a result of wind and rain will result in problems with mold, but will not be as extensive as in New Orleans.

This publication provides comprehensive information on how to limit exposure to mold and how to identify and prevent mold-related health effects. It will be especially useful to public health practitioners, health care providers, building managers, custodians, and others who are responsible for building maintenance. Contractors and other professionals (e.g. environmental consultants and other health or safety professionals) who respond to mold or moisture situations in buildings will also find the information of use, as might the public.

Click here for Mold Education: The CDC Report - Mold: Prevention Strategies and Possible Health Effects in the Aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita


School Mold: Schools turn to clean air to aid attendance - Officials employ a federal program to reduce contaminants, boost health (Baltimore Sun, United States - Jan 15, 2006)
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For Carroll County school officials and federal environmental engineers, more healthful schools are a matter of simple arithmetic: Clean buildings plus clear air equal happier students and staff - and fewer absences. To boost their efforts to provide cleaner air in schools, local educators in 2004 began using a program, Tools for Schools, sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The 10-year-old Tools for Schools program teaches local school systems to identify and eliminate such contaminants as dust, mold and mildew that contribute to poor indoor air quality.

Click here for School Mold: Schools turn to clean air to aid attendance - Officials employ a federal program to reduce contaminants, boost health (Baltimore Sun, United States - Jan 15, 2006)


Court Mold: Elbert sheriff worried about mold at jail, too - Closed courthouse adjoins facility housing inmates (Rocky Mountain News, CO - Jan 14, 2006)
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KIOWA - The Elbert County sheriff is worried about the safety of his jail inmates who haven't been moved even though mold-related health concerns again forced the closure of the adjoining courthouse.

In a letter to county's commissioners Thursday, Sheriff William Frangis said he's received conflicting inspection reports about the Justice Center, which includes both the jail and courthouse.

Click here for Court Mold: Elbert sheriff worried about mold at jail, too - Closed courthouse adjoins facility housing inmates (Rocky Mountain News, CO - Jan 14, 2006)


Mold & Insurance: Permit appeals pay off for N.O. residents - Rebuilding "Grandfathers" Some Homes Into Federal Flood Insurance Program (Times Picayune, LA - Jan 15, 2006)
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Beatrice Haynes came to City Hall with a huge problem this week, but like many of her neighbors with flood-damaged homes in New Orleans, she left smiling.

Though her eastern New Orleans home was virtually destroyed when it took on 5 feet of water in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, it took Haynes less than five minutes to convince a building inspector that the house needed only moderate renovations, which immediately qualified her for a building permit.

Click here for Mold & Insurance: Permit appeals pay off for N.O. residents - Rebuilding "Grandfathers" Some Homes Into Federal Flood Insurance Program (Times Picayune, LA - Jan 15, 2006)


Mold & Technology: Global Prevention Services Receives Seal of Approval From Mold Help (Houston Chronicle, United States - Jan 13, 2006)
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Jan. 13, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- Global Prevention Services (GPS), a mold prevention company with headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona, has just been approved with the Mold Help Seal of Approval, and is now recognized as a Mold Help Resource. Few firms in the United States have been able to pass the thorough review process. The Mold Help Organization is located in Salem, Oregon, www.Mold- Help.com

According to Kevin Roberts, President of the Mold Help Organization, "The Seal of Approval is a major evaluation of products and services which truly benefit consumers in the prevention and remediation of mold problems. This rating was awarded GPS due to their hard work and efforts in the prevention and remediation profession."

Click here for Mold & Technology: Global Prevention Services Receives Seal of Approval From Mold Help (Houston Chronicle, United States - Jan 13, 2006)


Mold & Investment: Electric Aquagenics Unlimited, Inc. Exceeds 2005 Revenue Projections
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LINDON, Utah, Jan. 12, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- Electric Aquagenics Unlimited, Inc. (EAU) (OTCBB:EAQU) today announced that it exceeded its projections set for 2005 with sales in four key channels. EAU is the emerging provider of "Green Chemistry" to numerous industries including, but not limited to, food processing, medical, agriculture and consumer products.

"2005 was a year of growth and information gathering and we had our first year of real revenues. We beat our projected revenues of $2,300,000 by $53,000. We saw a big upswing in the fourth quarter of 2005. In fact, our December 2005 revenues exceed our total 2004 revenues. We are definitively starting 2006 off on the right foot," said Gaylord Karren, EAU's CEO. "With the combined strength of our technologies and the distribution relationships developed this past year, we can begin amassing market share by replacing current providers that use toxic chemicals. Our non-toxic, 'Green Chemistry' technology will change numerous industries and make them environmentally responsible."

Click here for Mold & Investment: Electric Aquagenics Unlimited, Inc. Exceeds 2005 Revenue Projections


Responsible Solutions to Mold Coalition Launched - Industry-wide educational effort will ensure builders and homeowners have the most accurate information on mold and moisture control (PR Newswire, NY - Jan 12, 2006)
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[For a critique on this website, click here for my BLOG]

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Responsible Solutions to Mold Coalition (RSMC) was launched today at the National Association of Home Builders' International Builders' Show in Orlando, Fla. RSMC is an industry-wide coalition formed to communicate accurate information to both the construction industry and homeowners about how to control moisture and thereby control mold in commercial and residential construction.

The issue of mold continues to be an important topic to builders, homeowners and governmental agencies. Of late it has reached an even higher level of awareness as plans are made for rebuilding the Gulf Coast. Unfortunately, there is much confusion concerning mold, as well as effective solutions to preventing it.

Click here for Responsible Solutions to Mold Coalition Launched - Industry-wide educational effort will ensure builders and homeowners have the most accurate information on mold and moisture control (PR Newswire, NY - Jan 12, 2006)


Mold Professionals: Cynthia Coulter Mulvihill (Mold Litigation Consulting)
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Cynthia Coulter Mulvihill Cynthia Coulter Mulvihill is a California licensed attorney, admitted to practice in California state and federal courts. She has been the editor and publisher of Monday Morning Mold (Mycology) since 2002.

Ms. Mulvihill provides consulting services to Plaintiffs and Claimants - or potential Plaintiffs and Claimants; Defendants and potential defendants; attorneys; contractors; subcontractors; expert witnesses, remediators, etc. Ms. Mulvihill provides consulting services only. Her initial 15-minute consultation is free.

Ms. Mulvihill's confidential services include, depending on who she is retained by, and when:

  • Analysis of property damage and personal injuries
  • Conducting a property inspection
  • Reviewing medical records
  • Determination of the potential for a causal link between mycological issues and personal injuries
  • Research of what needs to be done to prove -- or disprove -- property damage, personal injuries, and their causal links
  • Determination what entity or entities might have caused property damage
  • Reviewing insurance policies to determine if insurance coverage is available for the claims
  • Determination what kind of expert or experts need to be retained to prove or disprove a case
  • Preparation of expert witnesses for depositions
  • Preparation of written discovery
  • Preparation of attorneys for questioning of expert witnesses
Ms. Mulvihill's work is, in general, protected by the attorney-client and attorney work-product privileges.

 

Click here for Mold Professionals: Cynthia Coulter Mulvihill (Mold Litigation Consulting)


For Fun: Writing Wrongs - A history of literary hoaxes (CBC - Jan 12, 2006)
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Earlier this week, news broke of two literary fakeries. On Sunday, an exhaustive exposé on the Smoking Gun website alleged that bad-boy writer James Frey exaggerated and fabricated details in his best-selling addiction-and-redemption memoir — and current Oprah Book Club pick – A Million Little Pieces. It seems Frey’s violent and drug-addled youth — which the book at once embraces with a macho swagger and denounces with pious contrition — might not have been as harrowing or eventful as written.

On Monday, the New York Times reported that HIV- positive, androgynous author JT Leroy was himself a fictional creation. It appears 25-year-old Leroy’s “autobiographical” fiction about his life as a truck-stop hustler and homeless drug addict is actually the work of Laura Albert, the 40-year-old woman Leroy claims rescued him from the street. Meanwhile, Albert’s sister-in-law, Savannah Knoop, has been exposed as the mysterious figure in wigs and sunglasses that makes public appearances as Leroy, who along the way has befriended celebrities like Courtney Love, Billy Corgan and writer Mary Gaitskill.

Click here For Fun: Writing Wrongs - A history of literary hoaxes (CBC - Jan 12, 2006)


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