The simplest form of life on our planet is mold, and it responsible for decomposing decaying matter while returning vital nutrients back to the ecosystem. But as much good as mold does for the planet, it can lead to significant diseases in both animals and humans.
Everyone has eaten a piece of bread in their lifetime. Most of us haven’t finished off a loaf of bread in time, too. I’m sure you can remember a time where you saw a speck of green on the corner of your week-old loaf of bread. My grandmother used to say to “scrape that mold off and eat it”.
Unfortunately, that probably wasn’t the best idea. The spores of the mold have already infiltrated the bag and have spread to a bit more than just the corners of that loaf. Mold can be a lot more dangerous than you think.
While old food is one way to spot mold, it can get a lot worse. There are thousands of different types of mold in the world, but I’m not going to get into those. There are only a few are toxic to humans—they can get into your house, too.
These types of mold have actually been known to humans for a long time. Did you know that it has also been used as a weapon? Even in ancient times, warring kingdoms have used biological warfare to launch attacks on their enemies and is still being used in some cases today.
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What is mold?
Mold is basically… a fungus. It’s kind of like a mushroom. As I said above, there are thousands of species, even getting into the 100,000’s. Some mold is used in food like breads and other doughy foods, but there are others that can drag a human’s health down.
Do you get migraines often? Maybe you get nauseous on a daily basis or a bloody nose that won’t stop. These are symptoms of exposure to black mold, or Stachybotrys chartarum, which is poisonous to humans. Black mold is usually in the house, but this is only one example of mold that has been used as a biological weapon.
Ever since the Vietnam War back in the 50’s and 60’s, the government started developing and growing black mold as a bioweapon which was called “yellow rain”. It was made from trichothecene mycotoxin (T-2 mycotoxin), which is emitted by the black mold you may be familiar with and which is found in thousands of homes across the world. Pretty scary, huh?
The difference between the stuff that might be in your home compared to the weapon is that the mycotoxin is a lot more concentrated. The United States used T-2 mycotoxin bioweapon and dumped it along the wooded and jungle areas of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Many countries still grow it today.
Much later in the 1990’s, it was reported that Iraq used this against American soldiers in the Persian Gulf War. It was proven that Iraq had researched T-2 mycotoxin during this time, as well as other substances, to use in biological warfare.
US Government Classification
There are specific things that the government looks for when classifying something as a bioweapon, but mold is definitely one of them, especially considering the use of it in the Vietnam War. According to a few reputable sources that have worked with governments of the world, the research of T-2 mycotoxins have increase by more than 70% over the past three decades.
At the moment, only research of seven substances has been made public as researched bioweapons. Remember the anthrax attacks back in the early 2000’s? We were afraid of checking our mail because of the incidents. I know I was.
Among Anthrax, the other six substances declared as bioweapons are tularemia, brucellosis, Q fever, Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus (or VEE), botulism, and enterotoxin type B. As you can see, T-2 mycotoxin isn’t on the list at all, which is a very curious thing.
It isn’t known why the government hasn’t declassified the research of T-2 mycotoxin or yellow rain, but it most certainly has been used in war and in the recent couple of decades. Perhaps it’s too deadly? Either way, there has been leaks that have stated there is a high percentage of government research being put into this fungus.
Because of its transfer through food, water, drops, spray, or smoke, it makes it more dangerous and more of a biological weapon. The easiest possible way to get intoxicated is to inhale it, but it can be consumed and injected as well.
Back in 2005, there was a study put out by the British Mycological Society about mold as a bioweapon. It is a very detailed description of how this black mold and T-2 mycotoxins are being used in chemical and germ warfare. It documents specific times the mycotoxins were used, especially in Iraq and the Gulf War.
Iraq had researched mycotoxins as a bioweapon in the 80’s and used them in the Gulf War in the 90’s. They installed them into warheads to use against the American soldiers and traces of T-2 mycotoxins were found in various areas where they were researching anthrax and other biological weapons.
According to the study, we could see a surge in biological warfare in the next few years (since this came out in 2006), should there be a larger confrontation, but it is difficult to dictate the use of weapons. It’s a good idea to be wary, though. Mold isn’t a fun experience.
A while back, mold was looked at but was soon passed off because it wasn’t easily converted into a bioweapon, but has recently become a point of interest. Many governing bodies around the world have become more and more interested in the research. It is indeed difficult to see where the future of biological warfare will go.
If you weren’t involved in either of these confrontations, there’s still a chance you might encounter T-2 mycotoxin through food. While most mold is harmless to humans, the mold that grows on grains can be dangerous. T-2 mycotoxin grows on some grains and has been the cause of some product recalls throughout the years.
There have been a lot of horror stories about mold throughout the world. Back in the 60’s and 70’s, it was ideal to build the common home as air-tight as possible to keep the home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, but these plans have started to backfire.
Because of the moisture in the air and the air-tight build of the homes, it has been a perfect area to grow mold—what’s worse, it can be black mold. Some people have lost everything when it comes to black mold and this is the same stuff that governments are researching today as a bioweapon. The yellow rain that was talked about during the Vietnam War is the same stuff, just more concentrated.
Symptoms of Black Mold
Whether or not you’ve been in the wars that have theoretically used T-2 mycotoxin or if your house has been invaded by black mold, there are ways to tell if you or your pets have been affected by it. If anything like this is going on, you should consult your doctor immediately.
- A burning sensations in your torso followed by fatigue. It starts with the mouth, and then steadily works its way down your throat and stomach. It can stay like this for a few days.
- After the burning sensation is through a few days, it can turn into gastroenteritis, which is an inflammation of the stomach and small intestines. This can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, and harsh abdominal pain.
- After a while of the mold being in your system, your bone marrow will begin to reduce, deteriorating and breaking down.
- Furthermore, the skin can start bleeding, your leukocytes will be reduced, and you may have problems with your nervous system.
There are some terrible things that happen when you’re affected by black mold or T-2 mycotoxins. You can get petechial haemorrhages, necrosis of muscles and skin, bacterial infections to that necrotic tissue, enlarged lymph nodes, and even suffocating from an enlarged larynx.
You can die from becoming intoxicated from T-2 mycotoxin and there have been many fatalities from it already. It’s so bad that if it’s found in your house, not only is it incredibly difficult to get rid of, you may just lose all your possessions.
If you experience any of these symptoms, as said above, you should be consulting your doctor. You may have black mold and it’s not something that can easily be removed. Hiring a mold expert is a great way to see if you have mold or not.
Treatment for Mold Infection
If you have gotten out of a home or area that has been contaminated with black mold or T-2 mycotoxins, there aren’t too many cures or solutions you can do. The best thing to get toxins out of your body is a natural detox.
According to the article listed above, the best method is supportive therapy, including a healthy diet and thorough hydration. Super-active charcoal is also a good idea to take, considering it can cleanse the body more thoroughly.
It’s important to get one if you’re planning to buy a new house as well, considering that older houses, or even newer ones, can contain black mold—the same that is being researched for biological weaponry. A mold inspector can tell almost right away when a house has mold or not. They know what to look for, where home inspectors and real estate agents do not.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States, there are ten specific things that you should know about mold, whether it’s used as a bioweapon or if it’s in your house after a flood.
- Mold can cause health effects including allergic reactions, respiratory complaints, and asthma.
- In order to eliminate all molds and mold spoors indoors, you must control moisture and dampness. There is no practical way to remove all of it.
- Mold must be cleaned up and the source moisture must be removed in order to fully remove it, especially in the home or school.
- The source of the water problem must be fixed to prevent further mold growth.
- In order to decrease indoor humidity by 30-60%, you must:
- Vent bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside
- Use de-humidifiers and air conditioners
- Increase ventilation
- and use exhaust fans when cooking, cleaning, and dishwashing.
- If there are any wet building materials or furnishings, clean and dry them within 24-48 hours of being moistened.
- Mold must be cleaned off hard surfaces with water and detergent before being dried completely. If there are absorbent surfaces like ceiling tiles, they should be replaced.
- Preventing condensation is also necessary. Add insulation to reduce condensation on cold surfaces like piping, windows, roves, floors, or exterior walls.
- If there is a problem area that has moisture, don’t install carpeting. This will cause mold to grow beneath the material.
- Mold can grow on any substance and can be found almost anywhere. There is mold that grows on wood, food, carpet and paper.
Black mold is a dangerous thing and is being researched as a bioweapon as we speak. It can be a scary thought, realizing that war can bring such a detrimental weapon that can cause so much suffering. It is something that we have to be prepared for, but for it to actually be used in war is a long way off. That doesn’t mean we’re safe from black mold, however.
It can be found in our homes and schools, whether we want it to or not. The older the house, the more likely it is to have mold in it. Even some new houses have been designed like the older ones—air-tight and insulated, which makes it easy for mold to grow. If you’re ever unsure, there are people who can show you exactly what to look for.