Tuesday, October 04, 2005


"Toxic" mold

I've held this view for a while, and it's very interesting to see this come up in the news recently.

Thousands of lawsuits have been filed in recent years by people who say exposure to mold in their homes or workplaces made them ill. Now a medical review of 50 cases that ended up in court shows little evidence to support the claims.

Researchers reported that in every case, other medical causes could be identified to explain the illnesses believed to be caused by the condition that has come to be known as “toxic mold syndrome.”

They concluded that no credible medical evidence has emerged to link mold exposure to the wide range of serious medical conditions associated with toxic mold syndrome.

“We know that mold can make people sick if they end up in the foods they eat,” Oregon Health & Science University professor of medicine Emil J. Bardana Jr., MD, tells WebMD. “But there is little evidence that inhaled environmental mold exposure can cause the serious illnesses that have been attributed to it.”

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