Mold – Debunking Myths And Disinformation – Mold Money by Dan Stih

 Excerpted from Mold Money: How to Save Thousands of Dollars on Mold Remediation and Make Sure the Mold Is Gone by Dan Stih. The book is available both in print and in the Kindle format

PART 1: MOLD 101



What Mold Remediators Don’t Want You to Know
First I want to give my regards to the good mold remediators out there. You know who you are. You earn your money honestly by doing quality work.

Now that I’ve cleared the air, here’s what those doing mold remediation the wrong way, don’t want you to know. What they are doing is not that difficult. They make lots of money charging you what a good mold remediator does (remove mold) and they don’t remove the mold or all of it. Many charge for equipment they do not know how to use, equipment that might as well not be used, and equipment that could be contaminating your house with mold from the last job it was used it on.

The average remediator does not want you to know this – they are doing the same thing a general contractor can do: tear out drywall and make a big mess. A good mold remediator ALSO does an impeccable job of cleaning. It’s time consuming. That’s not the norm. The norm is, let’s charge a lot of money because it’s “mold”, then get in there and tear things out while the owner thinks we are doing some kind of specialized, technical work.

Some remediators scare you to the point you can’t pause to ask yourself, “Is it that bad? Do I have to do this?” You’re like a deer in the headlights panicking for the safety of your family. You may feel like just writing them a check. The trouble is, “Just getting it done,” doesn’t mean it will be done right. Sometimes remediators make things worse.

I’ve worked in various states across the country and it’s the same wherever I go – good intentions by mold remediators that do not understand how mold is supposed to be removed. I find companies that complain about how difficult (more expensive) it will be to remove mold after I explain how it’s supposed to be done.

Most states do not have mold laws. Laws aren’t the answer. All the remediator has to do is pay a fee and they get certified.

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Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Is Doing to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family by Dr Devra Davis

Watch Dr Devra Davis, the founding director for the Center for Environmental Oncology, author of two important books Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Is Doing to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family and The Secret History of the War on Cancer

Summary for personal action
• Use a headset or a wireless headphone with a low-power Bluetooth emitter. Using a wired headset with a microphone reduces the amount of radiation to the brain, as does using a speakerphone with the phone held a hand’s distance away. If you use a wireless headset, turn it off when you’re not using it.

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The Luck Factor according to Dr Richard Wiseman – Four Practical Principles for Increasing Your Luck

LUCK FACTOR – Are You Feeling Lucky? If you want to increase your luck there is scientific way to do that. Read on if you want to know how to get more lucky…

Luck in Chinese

Luck in Chinese

The Luck Project was originally conceived to scientifically explore psychological differences between people who considered themselves exceptionally lucky and unlucky. This initial work was funded by The Leverhulme Trust and undertaken by Dr. Richard Wiseman in collaboration with Dr. Matthew Smith and Dr. Peter Harris. To explore the subject more read ‘The Luck Factor’ by Dr. Richard Wiseman.

“Fortune favours the prepared mind.” Louis Pasteur

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“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” Winston Churchill’s thinking and meaning behind it

Winston Churchill’s aphorism “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” was made during 1943 (28 October) debate about replacing the bombed-out House of Commons chamber. He was adamant about constructing it on the same spot as the old one, despite being much too small for the members of parliament. Churchill argued that overcrowding fostered a much stronger sense of atmosphere and political debate i.e. and confrontational design helps to keep debates lively and robust but also intimate keeping a “sense of crowd and urgency.”. Since then politicians regretted following his advice. Crowded atmosphere works very well for parties but not necessary for confrontational political debates. Feng shui advises against confrontational designs which keep people in fixed mindsets about things. Read more about Churchill and the Commons Chamber and more quotes on buildings

A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder-How Crammed Closets, Cluttered Offices, and On-the-Fly Planning Make the World a Better Place By Eric Abrahamson and David H. Freedman

Clutter is good for you...

Clutter is good for you…

A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder-How Crammed Closets, Cluttered Offices, and On-the-Fly Planning Make the World a Better Place
By Eric Abrahamson and David H. Freedman
Weidenfeld & Nelson 2006; ISBN 978-0-297-85204-

A clutter-free environment can cost you. The inefficiency of tidiness. In praise of mess. Why keeping tidy can be bad feng shui. Tidiness and order are so ordinary. The new maximalism means messy home.

This book may not change people’s lives unless they have a tendency towards being messy. Clutter, untidiness and hoarding, are not bad habits, the authors argue, but often more sensible than meticulous planning, storage and purging of possessions.

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Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard

Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard

Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard

Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard
Bachelard takes us on a journey, from cellar to attic, to show how our perceptions of houses and other shelters shape our thoughts, memories and dreams. One of the best books on feng shui. A classic book – not to speed read. Read some of the quotes from Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard.

“I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace.”
― Gaston BachelardThe Poetics of Space

Key Feng Shui Principles and Concepts

Key Feng Shui Principles and Concepts 

Feng shui is a discipline that studies the relationship between people and environments (similar to environmental psychology) with the aim of optimising working environments to boost focus and performance as well as job satisfaction and reduce stress and staff turnover among other things.

Energy and energy flow
Qi or chi or energy and energy flow is the key concept in feng shui. Human attention and focus is attracted and moderated by physical elements such as paths, focal points, shapes, colours, plants, lighting and so on.

Yin & Yang
Yin and yang is about balancing complimentary elements on every level and avoiding too much of anything. For example, angularity should be balanced with curvilinearity, warm colours with cooling colours, natural daylight with artificial lighting, etc.

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Feng Shui Glossary

An Chien
The Chinese word for unseen ‘poison arrow’ or ‘cutting chi’ which usually is a corner of a building or anything that is pointy.

Annual stars
Visiting yearly stars to each of the eight palaces.

A term used in feng shui to describe anything that is favourable, positive or beneficial. According to feng shui, there are also auspicious and inauspicious numbers. For example, number 8 is considered auspicious and number 4 is considered inauspicious. Read below about lucky numbers

The ba-gua chart is an eight-sided grid map or matrix that shows you the compass directions with further information about each direction including elements, celestial animals, colour, number and characteristics. More on bagua

Bamboo flute
A long, straight bamboo flute and musical instrument used as a remedy in feng shui. This flute’s base includes the bamboo’s joint which is bigger than the remaining joints, allowing it to act as a support to actively lift, moderate or raise chi.

B.H.S. – The Black Hat Sect
A Western school of feng shui brought to the United States by Master Lin Yun in the early 1980s and popularised by Sarah Rossbach. One key innovation is that the door location is used to find the bagua directions and orientations.

Ba zi – Ba Zhai – Eight Mansions, or East-West school
The most popular method of defining and adjusting the ch’i in compass school of feng shui. First, sitting and facing directions of a building is determined. Then the four most favourable and four inauspicious divisions for the area are calculated, to determine their specific influences of the ch’i.

Ba Zhai Pai
Eight house school of knowledge based on a house trigram.

From the German translation as building biology which is a discipline of how buildings can affect peoples’ lives and their living environment.

Biophilia effect
The biophilia hypothesis suggests that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems. Edward O. Wilson introduced and popularized the hypothesis in his book, Biophilia (1984).
He defines biophilia as “the urge to affiliate with other forms of life” More on biophilia

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What is Feng Shui For?

Feng shui is a holistic, multidisciplinary domain that works in partnership with the person, their families and makes a holistic, person centred and systematic assessment of environmental or physical, emotional, mental or psychological, social, cultural and spiritual or virtual needs, which includes risk and together develops a comprehensive plan to optimise and harmonise their workplace and home environments.