Hopefully, your mom and dad taught you to respect those who protect you. Besides respecting our parents, we should show respect to police officers, firefighters, and our military. Respect doesn’t require a huge amount of effort but does include attention to doing the right thing. In the case of providing housing to military families serving our country, it should include making sure the housing is safe.
One company which provides a large number of rental housing to service members is under fire for complaints that they are not addressing a number of issues in the housing they provide at two military bases, one in Georgia and one in Texas. A Senate committee is investigating the complaints and how the company is responding to the complaints.
In today’s focus article, two stories were told during hearing that concerned the risks of water damaged buildings and the resulting mold. For one family, a child developed a severe allergy from exposure in the home to mold and mildew. For another family, the wife and children developed a series of unusual symptoms believed to be from unrepaired water damage.
These symptoms resemble the stories of our patients. Some of our patients include military families working to escape moldy housing conditions. More are just trying to move out of moldy rentals or clean up their own homes. We can do a lot for their physical health and guide them in dealing with their home mold exposures, but sometimes escaping the mold exposure is harder than the detox portion of therapy.
If you know of a family working hard to get out of mold, take some time to lend them a hand whether they are military or not. Respecting those who guard our country is important, but loving our neighbor is also important. Even if you don’t completely understand how mold could be causing so much problems for them, go ahead and help. You can be a part of their journey to a healthier more abundant life, and they can return the favor, when you are someday the one needing some help overcoming health issues.
Sanctuary Functional Medicine, under the direction of Dr Eric Potter, IFMCP MD, provides functional medicine services to Nashville, Middle Tennessee and beyond. We frequently treat patients from Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Ohio, Indiana, and more... offering the hope of healthier more abundant lives to those with chronic illness.