For as many scientific studies that have been done on the effects of mold exposure and health issues, there are still people out there that think no credible link exists between mold and illnesses. We find this somewhat hard to believe, but it doesn’t make this perception among mold deniers any less real.
On mold-related news stories, you’ll often see comments and quips made by people ill-equipped to intelligently speak about the scientific nature of mold exposure. Usually, these snide remarks attempt to undermine the credibility of years of scientific research (listed above) without any references, sources or credible facts to justify their claims.
We’ve put together a list of common objections you’ll find on the internet that simply fly directly in the face of reason.
• Objection #1 – Mold isn’t harmful to your health.
Of all the ludicrous claims regarding mold made on the internet, the statement that mold isn’t harmful surely is the most asinine. Mold deniers frame this statement as if it were an established fact: “Mold isn’t toxic, so these health complaints are bogus.” Frankly, such a false statement discredits any other following claim they could make.
It seems that when people make statements like “mold isn’t toxic,” they’re trying to shift the blame onto the mold victims, insinuating that their symptoms are fake or there is something inherently wrong with them to have health issues after mold exposure.
There are numerous scientific studies that show a credible link between mold exposure and respiratory, neurological and immunological defects. To ignorantly claim that “mold isn’t harmful,” or more specifically that “black mold/stachybotrys isn’t toxic” is beyond all reason. Here’s just a few studies to illustrate this point:
• Objection #2 – “Just move out”
We’ve seen this comment made frequently when a renter has a legitimate concern regarding mold in a rental property. Often the renter is not able to get out of their lease without severe financial burden and, as a result, feel trapped in a home or apartment that isn’t safe. The renter is seeking advice on how to get the landlord to remediate the mold issue after their initial requests have gone ignored, but are often met with deriding comments like “mold isn’t toxic” or “just leave if it’s that big of a deal.”
This mentality does nothing to fix problem for future renters who could possibly be families with small children. Removing mold contamination is the responsibility of the landlord. A renter should never be faced with the choice between a) subjecting their family to harmful mold or b) breaching their lease and forfeiting money. This mindset simply empowers landlords to victimize their renters.
• Objection #3 – The term “toxic mold ” isn’t accurate.
This concept gets thrown around a lot because of a statement from the CDC:
“While certain molds are toxigenic, meaning they can produce toxins (specifically mycotoxins); the molds themselves are not toxic, or poisonous.”
If you’ve done some reading on this site, you’ll know that mycotoxins are the poisons produced by certain molds. So it stands to reason that if you’re only going to have mycotoxins if you’ve got mold, right?
This evasive and vague statement by the CDC is the equivalent of saying “carbon monoxide itself isn’t deadly, it’s the act of inhaling the fumes that is.”
• Objection #4 – Toxic mold is all media hype
While there is some truth that the media has the tendency to sensationalize health issues, it is impossible to responsibly deny the connection mold has to respiratory disorders. Even if these mold deniers choose to ignore scientific evidence, you’ll notice they never have a scientific way to explain a mold victim’s symptoms.
Hypochondria isn’t a viable explanation either, because people typically suffer the effects of mold before they ever see it growing in their home. Despite that, it’s incredibly callous to assume that people’s very real health symptoms are imaginary – a fabrication because of the media’s attention to mold contamination.