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Ghosts or mould?“I ain’t ‘fraid of no ghosts!”

Is your old house haunted? Think you’re seeing ghosts? It could be mould.

In a recent interview with Yahoo News, Shane Rogers, a professor at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York feels described haunting experiences are strikingly similar to the experiences described by individuals that have been exposed to toxic moulds.

Rogers and his team believe that mould may possibly be causing neurological effects in people who are continually exposed. These individuals may experience anxiety, irrational fear, confusion or other related symptoms that lead them to believe in a haunting to an otherwise mundane event, such as normal building sounds.

It’s been estimated that about a full third of the buildings in North America are mouldy. Science has been well aware for a very long time that mould can cause symptoms related to everything from allergies, asthma, inflammation, and infections such as sinusitis. But can they cause hallucinations? Some particularly toxic moulds can, since they affect the central nervous system.

Symptoms caused by the Stachybotrys chartarum species of mould, which is also called black mould or toxic black mould, are: mental and neurological, respiratory, circulatory, immune problems and skin problems. (NOTE: not all mould that looks black is Stachybotrys. In fact most dark mould isn’t even toxic. The only way to know is testing by a professional.)

Mould can grow very quickly in a moist environment where humidity levels are around 50% or higher. This could obviously be caused by flooding but also in the winter months when homeowners run humidifiers to combat cold air dryness.

Indoor air pollutants, such as mould, are considered one of the top environmental risks to public health across North America, according to many health experts. Indoor air pollutants could be up to 5 times higher than outdoor air pollutants. Considering we spend up to 90% of our time indoors, it’s vital our indoor air is healthy. Contact RC White about mould and air testing and air cleaning products.

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