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Tradewinds March 2015 Web Final

March 2015

Mold Growth and Symptoms

Mold Growth and Symptoms From Exposure What is mold? Molds are various types of fungi that grow in filaments and reproduce by forming spores. The term mildew is sometimes used to refer to some kinds of mold. There are thousands of types of mold spores and can be found in a variety of colors such as white, grey, green and black. Mold can grow indoors and outdoors and thrives in damp, warm and humid environments. Our environment in NE NC is highly conducive to mold growth. It can appear in spots and travels through the air. Where is it most likely to grow? Although crawl spaces, bathrooms and kitchens are the most common areas for mold growth, any moist area in the home can harbor mold. Drywall, ceiling tiles, carpets, furniture, ductwork, roofing, paneling, wallpaper, under sinks, and the areas around plumbing pipes can easily become mold infested under the right conditions. In addition, mold can result from water intrusion from areas such as pipes, roof leaks, HVAC systems and enclosed areas. Mold is commonly accompanied by a musty odor. Mold can be hidden under carpeting, on the backside of wallpaper, and behind drywall or paneling. Mold from outdoors can enter the home through open doors, windows and vents. It may also become attached to clothing, shoes and pets and be carried indoors. Once introduced and in the right environment, mold continues to colonize and expand. Can there be health issues associated with mold growth? Absolutely, particularly with children, older adults and persons with compromised immune systems. Molds produce irritating substances that may act as allergy-causing substances (allergens) in sensitive individuals. Furthermore, some molds produce toxic substances known as mycotoxins. Allergic reactions to mold are the most common health effects of mold. Allergic reactions may happen immediately or develop after a period of time following initial or prolonged exposure. Common symptoms of mold allergy may include sneezing, runny nose, coughing, wheezing, watery eyes, redness in the eyes, itchy eyes and skin irritation & rash. People with compromised immune systems can sometimes develop severe reactions such as fever, difficulty breathing and memory loss. In our next article we will explore ways to limit mold spore growth and how to treat existing growth. The best way to prevent mold growth is through the control of moisture. If you suspect that you may have existing growth or have experienced any of the above referenced symptoms for a period of time, it may be best to contact a mold professional. Unfortunately, bleach is not a successful remedy. (Submitted by Harry Cannon Phone # : 727-560-2791 WHITE BAKERS RACK W/ WINE BOTTLE HOLDERS $35 CAMDEN Business Home Auto Boat Renters Workers Comp. (252) 338-3322 (252) 482-2101 (252) 441-0810 (252) 793-5121 10 Albemarle Tradewinds March 2015

Dear Dr. Crime: I am really mad. My brother went to court for a serious matter and the jury seemed to be ready to believe the worse of him, regardless of the facts. I think it is because of our race. We are white and the jury was almost all of other races. Is my suspicion right? Is all the anger I see by other races claiming they are discriminated against by the criminal justice system right? Livid and fuming White Guy Dear Guy. What a question! And just watching the news tells us a lot of people wonder the same thing. I have an answer, sort of. Research shows that almost everyone, regardless of race or other factors, has less than conscious biases against people of “other groups”. But, recognizing that feeling allows people to overcome an initial bias and act in a moral way. I fear that does not do justice (pun intended) to a very complex set of issues, so let me point out some things that research shows. Studies show that jurors do react negatively when deciding guilt and punishment if the offender is disgusting in some way, even being fat, or a “hippy” or “trailer park trash” can cause this. “Baby faced” adults are sometimes seen as more honest than others. We judge our own sex harsher than the opposite sex. And research shows that when an offender is non-white he/she is more likely to get a harsher punishment. When police in one study stopped people for crimes involving purity / disgust such as prostitution or lewdness, fat offender got arrested more. The bottom line of the research finding and my own experience is that all groups protect their own and react less well to those other groups. How often have you heard “It ain’t us, it’s those other folks.” Recalling that throughout history we survive best if we cover our brother’s back and stick with our people. The evolutionary nature of this reaction is suggested by research showing it is seen in babies as young as two years!! In the final analysis, the criminal justice system in America is one for which we may be proud, and know the typical formal action is to recognize personal biases and act according to the law, and morally. There will be more here about “Those Other Folks”. If you want to know more without wading through scientific journals, see Scientific American Mind, March, 2015. Phone # : 252-489-8667 Antique Print $60. Antique mirror, good condition. Need a little reconditioning, 49” wide, 26 1/2” tall. $75. Mirror Can be seen at Missing pieces consignment Dr. Crime is a pseudonym for a social scientist that holds a Ph.D. degree in sociology and in criminology. He has worked in all major parts of the criminal justice system. Drop him a note in care of this paper if you wish or email him at if you child is in “trouble”. Albemarle Tradewinds March 2015 11