Imagine the pediatrician told you that your child “looked” healthy even though they clearly weren’t.

Imagine finding mold in your attic only to be told by the professional you hired that it didn’t “look” like the dangerous type of mold.

Imagine watching your children suffer for three years because when the professionals told you things “looked” fine, you believed them.

This is exactly what happened to Carissa Cleveland. Carrissa watched helplessly as her family suffered from various unexplained symptoms. They racked up various diagnoses, but few interventions brought relief.

It was three years before they discovered the source of their declining health – an attic filled with toxigenic mold.

Even then, the mold professional she hired gave her incorrect information which put her and her family at further risk.

For three years, she and her family were #misdiagnosed and #misled.

Everyday people like Carissa are living in homes and working in buildings that are making them sick. Even when the mold and water damage in these buildings is addressed, the work is often done by people who are using practices that are unproven, insufficient, and even unsafe. This is because few states require certifications or licensures for the people responsible for removing these toxins from your home or building.

Further, they individuals working and living in these buildings often have varying symptoms that go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed simply because the doctors trained to help them aren’t aware of the negative effects mold, water damage, and poor indoor quality can have on our health.

This needs to change.

Please take the time to watch this interview with our guest, Carissa Cleveland, to learn how she fought to take back control of her family’s home and health.

  • A move to a new home and the beginning of new symptoms (1:04)
  • A discovery in the attic (5:11)
  • Why color and appearance are not an appropriate way to determine mold species (6:56)
  • A quest across the United States to find healing (11:02)
  • Changes would Carissa like to see happen in the way water damage and mold is addressed (14:55)
  • Advice for anyone out there who is just starting to understand how mold and water damage might be affecting their health (20:06)

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Questions to Ask When Hiring an I.E.P.

Questions to Ask When Hiring a Remediator

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