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© 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.


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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.

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