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Ill From Mold Growing In The Cab Of My Semi-truck


Author: Deborah R.
Date: 08-02-2007
Views: 4,637
Word Count: 343
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 2315-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 8

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I would like to tell you of my experience with mold. I drive a semi-truck over the road. A few months ago, I noticed that the carpet was always wet in front of my bunk, in the sleeper portion of my truck. I couldn't for the life of me figure out where it was coming from, and neither could the shop guys at work.

One day I stopped on the on-ramp to the interstate to let my dog out and to catch up on my DOT logs. The length of my truck was leaning downhill on the passenger side. When I walked around that side, I noticed (couldn't miss it!) that water was gushing out all along the bottom of the cab, it's entire length! I was shocked but couldn't find where it was coming from.

Upon returning to Lincoln, the shop finally discovered that the drain tubes for the AC/heater unit, which have filters in them, were completely blocked. The condensation water was backing up into the cab, an easily fixed thing.

Meanwhile, over the couple of months before this was discovered, a healthy batch of mold had accumulated and was growing under the carpet in my truck. I could smell it, and I was also sure it was contributing to my constant tiredness and not feeling "quite right." I started diffusing Thieves and/or Purification 24-7. Within a day my truck no longer smelled funky, and I was feeling much better.

I believe diffusing these essential oils kept me and my dog from getting sick (until the shop finally figured out what the problem was) by eliminating the toxins in my truck's interior environment.

In my own home, I diffuse equal parts of Purification and Lemongrass almost every day for an hour or more. I have cats, a dog, and two birds. I also smoke. My home smells fresh and clean even on those hot days when my house is entirely closed up with the AC running.


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: sinusitis — "Cineole has mucolytic, bronchodilating and anti-inflammatory properties and reduces the exacerbation rate in patients suffering from COPD, as well as ameliorates symptoms in patients suffering from asthma and rhinosinusitis.... The effects of Cineole in the treatment of acute bronchitis were clearly measurable and could be proven after a treatment period of merely 4 days. This study corroborates the fact that Cineole actively and significantly reduces cough frequency after four days."Link
2.Associated topics: fatigue — "After inhalation of clary sage oil, cortisol levels were significantly decreased.... Thyroid stimulating hormone was also reduced.... Clary sage oil has antidepressant-like effect...."Link
3.Associated topics: fatigue — "Lavender, mint [peppermint], orange, rose, chamomile, rosemary, and sage were used.... Depression levels in the touch-music-aroma therapy group... showed a larger decrease than in the... control groups [that did not include aromatherapy].... [FMS] symptoms such as restless sleep, headache, morning fatigue, exhaustion, feeling like crying, and bowel complaints were also significantly reduced."Link
4.Associated topics: allergic-reaction — "Lavender essential oil displays the stronger antioxidant activity against lipid peroxidation in a linoleic acid model system and good antibacterial activity against four rhinitis-related bacteria including staphylococcus aureus, Micrococcus ascoformans, Proteus vulgaris, and Escherichia coli."Link
5.Associated topics: sinusitis — "The result for the primary end point was validated by the amelioration of the following secondary end points: headache on bending, frontal headache, sensitivity of pressure points of trigeminal nerve, impairment of general condition, nasal obstruction, and rhinological secretion.... In patients with acute nonpurulent rhinosinusitis, timely treatment with cineole [a.k.a. eucalyptol... found in eucalyptus, camphor laurel, laurus nobilis, tea tree, mugwort, basil, wormwood, rosemary, sage, and cannabis] is effective and safe before antibiotics are indicated."Link
6.Associated topics: allergic-reaction — "[L]avender oil inhibits immediate-type allergic reactions [anaphylaxis] by inhibition of mast cell degranulation in-vivo and in-vitro."Link
7.Associated topics: allergic-reaction — "[T]he biological activity of 20 essential oils (EOs) from herbal plants and citrus fruits were investigated in terms of mammalian DNA polymerase (pol) inhibitory activity, cancer cell (human colon carcinoma) growth inhibitory activity, antiallergic activity... in rat basophilic leukemia cells, and antioxidant activity.... Among these EOs, chamomile... showed significant effects on both cancer cell growth and mast cell degranulation. On the basis of these results, chamomile EO can be recommended as a potentially useful, bioactive candidate for therapeutic applications."Link
8.Associated topics: detox-/-cleanse — "In nine studies, Vitamin B12 (methylcobalamin) has shown effectiveness for arteriosclerosis, autism, Bells palsy, chemotherapy-induced toxicity, degenerative disc disease, detox, muscle wasting, muscular dystrophy, neuroblastoma, neuroprotection, oxidative stress, and spinal stenosis."Link

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