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In early Septemberwhen the weather in Finland Ill Be Me - Apple Mosaic - Hole begun to turn its back on summer and trudge towards winter, a woman prepared to leave her home in the suburbs of Helsinki. A lot of things, carrying a lot of memories, remained behind that closed door. In OctoberI meet Linda, a regal-looking woman with glasses and silver hair.
We sit in the lobby of a hotel in downtown Helsinki, a few blocks from the apartment she lives in today. When she first moved, she bought a bed, a TV and a broken sofa from the previous tenant.
The problems with her old house started inwhen she began to get fevers and developed issues with her voice. A building company found high levels of mould in her basement. She says that, although she tried to get her house cleaned, the mould seeped its way into all her belongings. She began to feel so ill that she had no choice but to abandon her home. After leaving, her symptoms persisted and her health continued to deteriorate. She tells me she became highly sensitive to other buildings, minuscule levels of mould, and chemicals or smells.
She gave up. In a way, life was over. Linda has sick building syndrome, or SBS, a controversial condition with many definitions and symptoms and even more proposed explanations. Other researchers have claimed there are psychological forces at play, that SBS is related to anxiety, dissatisfaction at home or work, or other mental conditions.
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They found mould growing in the walls of their house and had to desert their clothes, all their furniture. Family photos were salvaged and wrapped in plastic. They are going to make photocopies of them through their coverings.
Jesse says he often has reactions at school. Sometimes he has to do his classwork in the hallways, away from other students. The doctors told them there was nothing wrong. Others are not so lucky. Inshe got sick from her office where she worked in child services. She would get stomach pains, infections, high blood pressure — all medical issues she had never had before. Inmould was found in the building but, despite loving her work, she had already left the job.
But being diagnosed with SBS in Finland does not open up access to support. No sick pay, nothing. No rehabilitation, no retraining in a new profession, no unemployment benefit. I was being left out without any rights at all, with nothing. Inside Jesse and his mum's new apartment block.
Ill Be Me - Apple Mosaic - Hole Hedge at the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis at Cornell University tells me SBS appeared in the s when, to reduce energy use in response to the oil embargo, ventilation standards were lowered.
Building-related health complaints began to rise shortly after. No study ever returned definitive results or caught a single compound red-handed making people sick.
Focus turned from fleecy fabrics to allergens, and for a short time it was believed that indoor carpeting was the culprit. There must be a psychosocial elementsome research claimed. How else to explain that women are more likely to have SBS than men? In other words, no consistent pattern of all of the symptoms. In one of his cases, people felt ill only in the mornings between When the air was tested later in the daynothing unusual was detected. In another case, a man had a tiny hole in his bed — which Hedge noted was a water bed.
Water was seeping under the Ill Be Me - Apple Mosaic - Hole and growing mould, causing the man to become ill. An office in Montreal with 2, employees was on the verge of evacuation because of a bad odour. He found only a couple of mouldy oranges left in the desk of an employee on vacation. Smelly, but not dangerous. A blue light Linda uses to sterilise her belongings. People who claim they have it say they can be intolerant to any chemicals or materials in any building.
I ask Hedge to apply his standard line of inquiry: is it caused by the buildings or the people? Neither offer treatment.
People can end up homeless, broke and feeling cynical about doctors and therapists alike, just like it has played out in Finland. They reinforce each other. And in the absence of that, all they have is their imagination. Her own Giovani - Franco Califano - Giovani Uomini began when she started getting frequent coughs, colds and flu-like symptoms in the summer of At first, she attributed them to her grandkids, whom she was babysitting on the weekends.
But her health steadily got worse. She always felt tired, her voice would disappear and she would cough all the time. Was her thyroid damaged? Did she have HIV? I started to think about very unusual things. I am a doctor, but could not understand. Back at the hospital, it disappeared again and the coughing returned.
Until, that is, her technicians found a large mushroom growing in the lab next to her office. Her boss told her that they would renovate, Ill Be Me - Apple Mosaic - Hole that when she returned from sick leave she would work in a different office on a different floor, away from the lab.
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The refurbished laboratory. Her last day at work was in Februarywhen a technician pointed out how strange her breathing sounded. Eventually, she found herself in the position of so many people with SBS. She wanted to work, she loved her profession — but how can you have a job without being able to go into a building?
Instead, she started to research mould-related illness and its after-effects and to work out her rights. I ask her what she thinks about psychological treatment, which is often turned to in the absence of any confirmed physical cause. They need new apartments. A place to stay. A place where they can breathe. They are strong people, they have overcome such difficult situations.
They need real help, real support. She is level-headed, forceful, clear and has a seemingly perfect memory. There is no doubt in my mind not to believe her, and the debate over mould illness and SBS seems ridiculous.
They found a huge mushroom in her office, how could there be any dispute? I continued to think this about pretty much every mould sufferer I met: most had documentation to show me the proof of mould contamination found Ill Be Me - Apple Mosaic - Hole their home or office. How could a real mould exposure be considered psychological?
Anna says that one of the most upsetting parts of her illness was being disappointed by her own profession. And when I was in the position of a patient, nobody really wanted to help me. Why is that? Eventually, though, like others in her group, she found the one doctor who would believe her symptoms were real.
Ville Valtonen, a bald year-old in a pressed coat and a dark cap, waves me over to his car. The first ones he saw came in the Посмотри Мне В Глаза - Фактор-2 - MP3 s. They would be previously healthy, usually early middle-aged people who had started getting repeated infections.
Now, in his retirement, he is returning to the mystery of those early patients. He is one of the few doctors in Finland who is willing to give mould patients a diagnosis, which he calls Dampness and Mould Hypersensitivity Syndrome.
Valtonen defines five stages of the disease. First, a history of exposure to mould in water-damaged buildings, then an increase in infections. He says there is still hope for a mould-exposed patient with only SBS, because their symptoms will stay away if they avoid any source of mould or chemical that triggers them. He says many of his mould patients can no longer use mobile phones. Some develop chronic fatigue syndrome, unable to walk even 10 metres; others develop epileptic Ill Be Me - Apple Mosaic - Holebut show normal electrical activity in the brain when tested.
His theory is that the illness involves an immunological reaction Ill Be Me - Apple Mosaic - Hole combines with secondary infections. Many of his SBS patients describe Valtonen as the doctor they were lucky to find.
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