#1 Toxin Lurking In Your Home Causing Brain Damage & Disease - Spot This Before It's Too Late

Added: Feb 15, 2024

In this podcast episode, Michael Rubino discusses the prevalence of mold in homes in North America, with over 70% of homes being affected. He highlights the dangers of mold, linking it to autoimmune diseases, chronic inflammation, and neurodegenerative diseases. Mold can exacerbate existing health conditions and cause new ones, impacting the quality of life of individuals living in mold-infested environments.

Key takeaways


Address water damage promptly to prevent mold growth, which can lead to autoimmune diseases and chronic inflammation.


Conduct proactive mold testing using PCR technology to accurately assess mold levels in the home and take preventive measures.


Focus on areas prone to water damage, such as HVAC systems, attics, basements, kitchens, and bathrooms, to maintain better indoor air quality.


Improve air quality by frequent dusting, opening windows for ventilation, and using high-efficiency air filters like HEPA filters.


Safely remove visible mold using protective gear and address underlying issues with waterproofing to prevent future mold growth.

The Source of Mold in Homes

Michael explains that the main source of mold in homes is water damage. This can be due to leaks, high humidity, or moisture intrusion. Mold thrives in environments with excess moisture, making tightly sealed and insulated homes ideal breeding grounds for mold growth. The lack of proper ventilation in modern homes also contributes to the accumulation of mold particles, leading to a higher prevalence of mold-related issues.

Impact of Mold on Health

Mold produces toxins to compete for space and resources, leading to chemical warfare within the walls of homes. These toxins can have detrimental effects on human health, causing symptoms such as autoimmune diseases, chronic inflammation, and cognitive impairments. Mold spores can spread through HVAC systems, affecting the air quality in every room of the house. Individuals with higher body fat composition, different genetics, and immune system variations may be more susceptible to the harmful effects of mold exposure.

Toxic Mold Species to Watch Out For

Michael identifies several toxic mold species that individuals should be aware of, including Stachybotrys chartarum, Chaetomium, Aspergillus, and Penicillium. These molds can produce mycotoxins that are harmful to human health, leading to a range of symptoms and conditions. Monitoring the levels of these toxic mold species in the home is crucial for maintaining a healthy living environment.

Detecting Hidden Mold in Homes

Traditional air tests may not provide accurate information about mold levels in homes, leading to false negatives and delayed remediation efforts. Michael introduces a dust test that uses PCR technology to analyze DNA-based samples for mold presence. This test offers a more comprehensive assessment of mold levels in the home, empowering individuals with valuable information to take proactive steps towards improving indoor air quality.

Personal Experience with Mold Testing

Michael shares his personal experience with mold testing in his Los Angeles condo. Recognizing the potential risks of mold exposure, he decided to conduct a dust test to assess the mold levels in his living environment. He analyzed the data from the test, which included 36 different species typically found in water-damaged environments. While some species were slightly elevated, they were not at alarming levels. Michael suggests focusing on areas with potential water damage, such as HVAC systems, to improve air quality.

Importance of Proactive Testing

Michael highlights the importance of proactive testing for mold, even if there are no immediate symptoms. He shares his motivation for testing, which includes preparing for future family members and preventing potential health issues. The cost of testing is relatively low compared to the potential costs of remediation if mold issues worsen over time.

Tips for Improving Air Quality

Michael provides practical tips for improving air quality in homes, even on a budget. He recommends frequent dusting, opening windows for ventilation, and checking for signs of water damage. By staying proactive and addressing potential issues early on, homeowners can maintain better air quality and prevent larger problems in the future.

Common Sources of Water Damage

Michael identifies common sources of water damage in homes, including HVAC systems, attics, basements, kitchens, and bathrooms. He explains how moisture and humidity in these areas can lead to mold growth and impact indoor air quality. By addressing these sources of water damage, homeowners can prevent mold issues and maintain a healthier living environment.

Removing Mold Safely

When dealing with mold in the home, Michael advises on the importance of removing it safely. He explains the concept of porosity and recommends removing porous materials like drywall if mold has penetrated deeply. Protective gear, such as masks and Tyvek suits, should be worn when handling mold to prevent exposure and contamination.

Importance of Air Filters

Michael stresses the importance of air filters in removing particles from the air and improving indoor air quality. He recommends using high-efficiency filters, such as HEPA filters, to trap smaller particles like mold spores. While some filters claim to destroy mold, Michael emphasizes the need for physical removal rather than attempting to destroy particles.

Dealing with Visible Mold

For visible mold in areas like bathrooms and kitchens, Michael advises on the importance of removing it promptly. Mold in caulking or grout may indicate deeper issues with waterproofing, requiring thorough inspection and potential remediation. Regular maintenance, such as resealing caulking and grout, can help prevent mold growth in these areas.

Personal Background and Motivation

Michael shares his background in the restoration industry and how he became passionate about mold inspection and remediation. His experience working with clients impacted by mold-related health issues sparked his interest in understanding and improving indoor air quality. He highlights the lack of awareness and education in the construction industry regarding mold and toxins. He emphasizes the importance of proper remediation and the need for scientific knowledge in dealing with water damage issues. He shares his experience of encountering black mold behind a freshly painted wall, showcasing the hidden dangers that can exist in homes.

Challenges in the Industry

Michael discusses the challenges faced in the industry, including pressure from insurance companies to cut costs and the lack of regulations regarding mold remediation. He also points out the prevalence of "Bro Science" in the construction industry, where misinformation is passed down from person to person.

Incentives and Financial Implications

The conversation delves into the financial incentives that perpetuate the issue of mold and toxins in homes. Michael highlights how insurance companies have quietly capped mold coverage, leaving homeowners with limited protection. He also discusses the financial strain on landlords who may not have mold coverage for their rental properties, leading to potential neglect in addressing water damage issues.

Health Implications and Solutions

Michael sheds light on the health implications of mold and bacteria in homes, emphasizing the need for proactive measures such as taking off shoes at the front door and maintaining clean drain lines. He also shares the importance of activating the body's detoxification systems through methods like sauna therapy and proper nutrition.

Personal Experience and Transformation

Michael shares his personal journey of experiencing weight gain due to exposure to toxins in homes and how sauna therapy helped him lose 40 pounds in a year. He emphasizes the importance of taking small steps towards a healthier lifestyle and the impact it can have on overall well-being.

Advocacy and Change

Michael discusses his involvement with the Change the Air Foundation, a nonprofit organization working to change laws and policies to protect people from indoor air quality issues. He mentions proposed bills in various states and a federal bill aimed at funding research on the impact of mold and toxins on health.


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