As one of two board certified pulmonary physicians in Humboldt, I have dealt with patient concerns about possible mold-related health effects for 25 years. Several critical facts were absent from the NCJ article. In addition, the article failed, in every way, to distinguish correlation from cause. The diagnosis of mold-related disease is made by establishing a clear history of substantial exposure, clear cut symptoms suggesting specific respiratory system disease which are followed by confirmatory tests. "Heart palpitations, chronic headaches, skin irritation and fatigue" are complaints that are not specific for any mold-related illness. All urine assays for "mycotoxins" are considered worthless by the American Thoracic Association, American College of Allergy and Immunology and the American Association of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, because the are not helpful in diagnosing any disease. They merely document an exposure to broad categories of mold. In Humboldt County, urine mycotoxin assays would probably be positive in every person who has lived here longer than 4 weeks. Had the North Coast Journal bothered to seek some informed medical opinion about these issues, it would have at least been able to avoid looking so uninformed. To me, this whole picture looks like a group of nurses became alarmed, they took matters into their own hands, they convinced a physician in the community to order an inappropriate test and now want St. Joe's to pick up the tab. When the hospital refused, the nurses embarked on a campaign to recruit the NCJ in their efforts. Almost pulled it off....
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In Print This Week:
Feb 16, 2017
vol XXVIII issue 7
Under the Color of Authority
The North Coast Journal
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