The United States has the highest rate of mold toxicity in the world.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as many as 40 million Americans each year get sick from mold exposure, a problem that has grown exponentially over the past 30 years.
That’s why, at the center of the FDA’s Mold Pollution Task Force is a group of scientists who study mold toxicity.
As the FDA is known for its tight controls on the safety of new chemicals, this year’s task force has a lot of expertise in understanding the dangers of mold pollution.
They’ve spent years studying the toxic effects of toxic chemicals on humans and other organisms, and they’ve compiled a comprehensive report on mold toxicity that covers both the toxicity of old and new toxic compounds.
“Mold is a very potent environmental toxin that causes harm to human health,” says Dr. Michael H. Sargent, a professor of medicine and microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Sometime between 1950 and the mid-1980s, mold exploded into the national consciousness.
In the United States, about 90 million people were affected by the fungus that causes mold and it is estimated that nearly 20 percent of the country’s population had at least one symptoms of mold.
“Most people who had a mold infection would get better without any treatment, but some would have serious symptoms of it,” says Sargant.
For the last few decades, mold has been linked to many different diseases.
One of the biggest, as it has evolved over the years, is asthma, which kills up to 5 percent of people who have it, according to the Centers for Diseases Control and Infectious Diseases.
The most common symptom of asthma is wheezing, which can be accompanied by fever and shortness of breath.
Other common symptoms include skin irritation, cough and wheezes.
The symptoms can also be exacerbated by the fact that mold spores can cause a number of other diseases, including asthma.
In some cases, mold may be the cause of the disease itself, which makes it an especially difficult cause for scientists to pinpoint.
“It’s very difficult to identify the exact cause of an illness,” says Anthony Fauci, a medical microbiologist at the Icahn School of Health and Medicine.
In addition to mold, scientists also study the effects of other toxic chemicals, like pesticides, on humans.
The FDA has issued a number in the past regarding the possible risks of toxic pesticides, but it’s unclear whether the agency has ever issued a list specifically on mold.
It’s been a long time coming, but Sargust says the agency will finally take a look at the matter when it holds its first annual meeting in November.
“We’ll be able to make some recommendations to the public that are based on what we know now,” Sargion says.
He hopes that by releasing a comprehensive set of guidelines, the public can begin to weigh in.
In their report, the FDA found that mold toxicity could be linked to other toxins that are often used to combat certain diseases, like cancer and heart disease.
“There is no doubt that mold and its metabolites, which we have found to have a variety of harmful effects, can affect human health in a number different ways,” Sargon says.
“The question is whether or not the exposure that causes the toxic effect can be avoided.”
He adds that even if you don’t have mold symptoms, you can still be exposed to mold.
There are three different ways that mold can affect you: in your body, in the environment, and through foods.
“If you have mold, there are things that you can do to lessen the amount of mold that you ingest,” Sarge says.
In fact, the mold toxin may even help your body fight other toxins, like arsenic, which are common in your water and food supply.
“As you get older, the levels of mold in your environment will increase,” Sarma says.
Sarge’s research has shown that older people are more likely to have allergies, which in turn can lead to symptoms of allergies in people who don’t normally have these symptoms.
Sarma notes that mold toxins are known to have an estrogenic effect, and estrogenic effects have been linked with allergies.
And, mold toxins also cause inflammation in the lungs, which means that it can also cause lung damage, especially when inhaled.
“That’s a very dangerous thing,” Sarcas says.
The report also noted that mold in certain foods, like strawberries and apples, is particularly harmful, and can cause allergic reactions like wheezings, headaches, asthma and more.
“For the first time in our modern history, we are seeing a resurgence of a serious form of mold poisoning, which has been associated with an allergy,” Sartman says.
For Sargents work, the issue has taken on new urgency, as he’s seen it as a direct consequence of a government ban on new pesticides