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“If you l ove yo u r wo rk , i f you en j oy i t, yo u ’re a l rea d y a success.” – J a c k Ca nfi e l d HEALTHY, WEALTHY & WISE SEPTEMBER 2013 In This Issue }} Mold... What’s the Big Deal? }} Did You Know: Coupons }} Easing Your Financial Stress }} Does Working Longer Help Your Brain? }} Recipe: Red Potato Salad }} Good Clean Funnies and Quick Tips National Grandparents Day is MOLD... WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL? “Black Mold Forces Family to Move”… “The Hidden Dangers of Toxic Mold”… “Is Your House Making You Sick?” Headlines like these are used to shine a spotlight on the health risks associated with mold. Naturally, the more extreme stories get the most interest. But is mold really as bad as they say? Where does it come from? How can you prevent it? In 2004, the Institute of Medicine found sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms including coughing, sneezing and wheezing in otherwise healthy individuals. People with asthma and allergies often see a marked increase in the incidence and severity of their symptoms. Those with compromised or underdeveloped immune systems can suffer from serious infections caused by mold. ABC CLEANING 555.123.4567 Mold needs 3 things to grow: The right environment, a food source, and moisture. High humidity is one contributing factor. A relative humidity (RH) range is between 30% and 50% is required for human health and comfort. Once the RH rises above 60%, mold growth is encouraged. If RH remains high for extended periods of days, weeks or longer, some mold species can thrive on surfaces that are not even wet. Controlling humidity and ventilation in your bathroom, laundry area, basement or crawl space is the best way to prevent mold in these areas. Indoor mold flourishes from 65°F to 85°F. Mold grows more easily where air is still or stagnant. That’s why it is usually found behind cabinets, inside walls or in poorly ventilated, damp crawl spaces and basements. Non-living organic matter like wood, paper, dust and lint, leather, many fabrics and even wool rugs can become a food source for mold. This can cause destructive damage to these materials as the mold uses enzymes to break down organic matter into simpler compounds it can digest. See “Mold” on next page }