Myths of Mold Avoidance
You must camp in the desert
It's not necessary to go to the desert
People have healed in humid climates, tropical locations, forests, and other places that aren't desert. This misunderstanding probably comes from associating mold growth with warmth and moisture, the two main conditions that mold needs in order to grow. However, mold is everywhere, including the desert and it's nearly impossible to avoid completely.
What's important to understand about extreme mold avoidance is that avoiding everyday molds is not
the goal. The goal is to avoid super toxins or "the badness". Not enough research has been done to know for sure, but it seems that these super toxins develop when mold comes in contact with harmful, manmade toxins and frequencies (chemicals, sewage chemicals, fire retardants, EMFs, etc). The key to mold avoidance is avoiding "the badness". There can be badness in the desert and there can be pristine air in the tropics.
Actually, that's what "Extreme Avoidance" is. As I said in Surviving Mold, I proposed Extreme Avoidance as a means to lead a normal life by studying mold and learning how to work my way around it. People twisted Extreme Avoidance into "huddled in a tent in the desert. Abandon your children, kill your pets, get rid of all you own and consign yourself to a living Hell". And nothing I said stopped them.
It's not necessary to camp
- Erik Johnson
People have healed in hotel rooms, AirBnb
rentals, a different building, a cabin in the woods, and other locations that don't include camping in a tent or a van. This misunderstanding probably exists because many people do
camp. Also because civilization and everything that comes with it is usually the source
of the badness (chemicals, toxic building materials, sewage, Wifi, etc) and those things don't exist in the wilderness, which is where people go to camp.
It's cheaper to buy a tent than to pay for a more expensive building, which is another reason people choose to camp in a tent. Modern buildings tend to be made with toxic materials, which create the bad kind of mold. It can be difficult to find a good building, compared to using a tent in good air.
Erik discovered that there can be plumes of "badness" and pockets of good air in civilization. Mold avoidance includes developing the skills to learn how to avoid the "badness" and stay in the good air. This can
be done without camping in the middle of nowhere. It might be easier to avoid badness in the wilderness, but it's not the only way.
I found good houses at Tahoe even at my worst. But I couldn't afford them. I could afford camping on BLM land so I did that to maximize recovery.
- Erik Johnson
Nowhere in the "Beginner's Guide" does it state that camping is mandatory for pursuing this approach. I suggest that those who are intending to paint a public picture stating that camping is required read or re-read the book before misleading people with that concept. The link used in this group includes a paragraph that states the following:
>Note: Tent camping is not required to pursue this approach. https://moldavoiders.com/avoidance
I have seen many, many extremely sick people make excellent progress without ever having spent even one night in a tent or RV.
- Lisa Petrison
You must get away from humidity
Humidity is not the issue
This question comes up all the time. Humidity is irrelevant. Use of the chemicals which create mold super toxins is the relevant factor.
My first real experience of scrupulous mold avoidance was in extreme humidity, almost living among clouds in the mountains, and I was in spontaneous remission after hours, despite 35 years of severe mold exposure and more severe auto-immune conditions than my fingers can count.
Mold is the only toxic substance
Mold is not the only thing that's toxic
Super toxins seem to be a mix of both
mold and chemicals. Or mold and EMFs. What creates the super toxins that mold avoiders learn to avoid would seem to be the toxins that mold creates when it comes into contact with manmade toxins. It's too simplistic to point only at mold and say it's the only toxic substance. Mold has been around for centuries and yet these chronic illnesses have only arisen in modern times. So, chemicals and other manmade things must also be playing a part.
The important thing to learn is how to avoid the "badness" or super toxins. If super toxins are one of the first dominoes in a chain reaction of sensitization, then getting to the source is what's important. It might also be that these super toxins create a body burden far greater than the other toxins by themselves.
You must avoid molds that smell
What's most important is learning how to identify supertoxins and they don't have an obvious smell.