Get Mold & Toxin News!

Subscribe to get the latest content by email and a free PDF on the top 10 signs of mold in your home.

Wishing everyone the opportunity to "Dwell Well!"

© Cheryl Ciecko, 2017

Cheryl Ciecko, AIA, ALA, LEED AP is a licensed architect who improves the health of people by helping them avoid toxin exposure in their buildings.  Cheryl also shares information on a variety of other potential toxin impacts affecting health, including food, products, water quality, and air quality.  Individual consulting is available upon request.


Follow Cheryl on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook, or contact her by email at

More Questions?

Ask Cheryl yourself!

Mold and Mental Illness...Moisture Matters!

February 1, 2017



At least 25% of human beings are susceptible to toxin exposure and related illnesses, which include respiratory distress, autoimmune diseases, mental illness and even cancers. There is some indication that the numbers affected might be even higher.  A major public building in Florida, that has been closed down due to mold infestion, has found at least 50% of the occupants reporting symptoms related to mold toxin exposure.


Find out more about the Pensacola Judicial Building mold challenges by CLICKING HERE.


If the numbers are correct, 25% of Americans equates to upwards of 80 million people who may be affected by mold. That's lots of men, women and children! Perhaps that number includes you or someone you love. Awareness is the first step toward solutions. Look for links to more articles to come, and join me in increasing awareness and education on this very significant issue of our time.


 Listen to a podcast on the topic of "Brain on Fire - The Role of Toxic Mold in Triggering Psychiatric Symptoms" by Dr, Mary Ackerley - CLICK HERE.


Another article and podcast on this same topic can be found HERE.


Mold causes inflammation in the body.  Another well respected doctor, Dr. Kelly Brogan,  connects the dots between inflammation and mental illness.

Her article "From Gut to Brain: The Inflammation Connection" can be found through this link.  CLICK HERE


What to do if you think MOLD might be affecting you or your family?



Hire or consult with a well-educated architect to ensure you have a healthy building!


For professionals - be well-educated, and make a difference beyond the environment!


The sustainability movement is a great thing.   Unfortunately, the well-intentioned, the quest for improved energy efficiency has led to very tight buildings with air quality challenges due to water damage, mold and off-gassing of VOCs.  A new challenge is emerging which is an unintended consequence of the sustainability movement.  That problem is serious, often chronic health issues as a result of water damage which cannot dry out like it once could in a drafty building.  The answer is NOT to build drafty buildings, but our new technologies, materials and sustainability goals require the building profession to re-examine materials, methods, priorities and solutions.

Well-educated architects are uniquely positioned to orchestrate solutions and bring together teams that take into account the complex building design, science, materials, mechanical systems, construction detailing and coordination to find success. There are no simple solutions, but continued education is critical.  Licensed architects in most states are required to complete continuing education courses of up to 12 hours per year to maintain their licenses.   Those architects who will are most successful in tackling water damage issues are the professionals and individuals who never accept that they know everything and find the myths in what is often considered common knowledge.


For more see  Contact Cheryl via email at for a free 20 minute review of your challenges to see if a review of your environment might make a difference for your health.  Check out Cheryl's podcast interview with the Weston A. Price Foundation for more information.

Please reload

Featured Posts


November 1, 2018

Please reload

Recent Posts

Please reload

Follow Cheryl
  • Facebook Classic
  • Twitter Classic
  • LinkedIn Social Icon
  • Pinterest Social Icon

© 2017 by Cheryl Ciecko, Inc.



The information contained herein is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, prescribe, treat, or cure any disease, ailment or injury to the body.  It is not medical advice and the opinions represented do not constitute the practice of Architecture.  Everyone is an individual with different body types, different blood types, different body chemistries, and it is important to remember that what works for one person may not work for another person.  Each project, building and location is unique.  The decision to use or not to use any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader.  Any products, techniques, and/or personal usage tips referred to are not suggested as a replacement for proper treatment from a licensed health care professional or a licensed building professional or Contractor.  Statements made herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.


We are not a medical organisation and we do not and cannot give or purport to give you any medical advice or assistance in whatever form. Nothing in the video, associated Websites or anything associated with it should be taken or understood as medical advice or assistance nor should it be interpreted in substitution for any medical advice or assistance or used or referred to instead of seeking appropriate medical advice or assistance from qualified practitioners for your particular circumstances and needs. You are solely responsible for evaluating and assessing your own health and well being and whether, in all the circumstances, you should access and use the Website and/or participate in the System and/or its products and services. We encourage you to seek appropriate medical advice or assistance before embarking on any use of the Website, program, plan, and/or its products or services.


You agree that neither we, nor any of our affiliates, service providers and/or suppliers, warrant or make any representation about the contents, products, services or offers referred to in the Website, Plan, or program, and specifically do not make any representation about the risks, results, reasonableness, or accuracy or otherwise of such contents, products, services or offers and your use of the Website, program, plan or any products and services, is at your sole risk.


Cheryl Ciecko/Cheryl Ciecko Inc./ Cheryl Ciecko Goethals Architect, Inc. information articles webinars and other resources or references are intended for professionals. The author and the publisher of shared information have used their best efforts to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. The author and publisher make no warranty of any kind, expressed or implied, with regard to the information contained in this article, document or resource link.


The information presented in all content on this website and related materials must be used with care by professionals who understand the implications of what they are doing. If professional advice or other expert assistance is required, the services of a competent professional shall be sought. The author and publisher shall not be liable in the event of incidental or consequential damages in connection with, or arising from, the use of the information contained within shared documents and links.