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Mold and Condensation Beneficial to Human Health, Research Says

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Contrary to popular belief and the professional opinion of many, a recent study shows health benefits related to living in moldy buildings.

mold and condensation in corner
Example of mold (photo by Damiano Chiarini)

“Direct exposure to high tenors of relative humidity and mold spores has been proven beneficial for people subject to said conditions. Occupants of moldy buildings show a tendency to spending more time outside than national averages. They also show a higher interest in traveling and discovering different cultures. The resulting lifestyle is more active, less sedentary (passive) than individual living in mold-free environments.” — Franz Quatsch, C-PhD.

Mold scientist in laboratory

Mold also seems to be a realtor’s best-kept secret:

“I see a strong attraction drawing homebuyers to moldy buildings. Brand new houses are too sterile, they have no personality. Darkened room corners, bulging drywall and warped floorboards provide a house with character and charisma, making it into a home.” — Jane Muffa, Realtor

Open house sign

“We found that humans react differently to different species of mold. Some species tend to have a relaxing effect on building occupants, while others add stimuli and favor social interaction.” — Franz Quatsch, C-PhD.

The most popular species seem to be Felix Aprilis Primus. Its effects on humans seem to take place in two steps, with a confusing first phase followed by a relaxing, exhilarating second phase.

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[Happy April PHool’s Day]

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