During the taping of this episode, Dr. Phil reached out to Mold Inspection Sciences for a second time (Click to watch our first mold investigation with Dr. Phil) to do a full environmental inspection of the property. Lead mold consultant Ben Wieser made the 3-hour trip to Cheryl’s home and was on-site within two days of the call to get started.
You can see on my infrared the coloration is different on that spot up there. So that checks one. And my second check is with the moisture meter, and that’s 99% wet. So that can indicate there is mold growth behind the gypsum material.
- Ben Weiser
Ben completed a full inspection of the property that included infrared thermal imaging, moisture readings, and hygrometer readings. Ben also took a variety of samples for testing that included surface samples, air particulate testing and an additional 24-hour air test to look for any volatile organic compounds that may be circulating in the property.
This canister here is going to test for any VOC’s, volatile compounds, that Cheryl thinks might be affecting her. I’m going to leave this here for 24-hours, and we’re going to get to the bottom of this.
- Ben Weiser
The findings were pretty eye-opening. Upon receiving test results from our third-party lab, it was discovered that there were highly elevated levels of at least four different types of mold spores – Aspergillus, Penicillium, Chaetomium, and Stachybotrys. On the day of the inspection, an outside air sample, used as a control sample, revealed a base count of 1,600 spores/m3.
Compared to the indoor findings, it’s easy to see the potentially dangerous mold levels capable of producing . In the bathroom and hallway, 7,260 spores/m3 were found. That’s over four and a half times the baseline count. In the kitchen, 9,710 Aspergillus spores/m3 were revealed along with 12,500 spores/m3 of Penicillium, Chaetomium, and Stachybotrys, which ranges from six to eight times the control sample. In the dining room, we found 14,000 spores/m3, that’s nearly nine times the baseline count.
Stachybotrys, Chaeotomium, and Aspergillus all produce mycotoxins that can potentially be harmful to people.”
- Ben Weiser
With all this data in hand, what’s the final verdict? Cheryl was indeed being poisoned, but not by a global terrorist network, rather by mold, which a urine analysis confirmed. Cheryl had very high levels of four different classes, including 15 different mycotoxins present in her body. Along with our help, Dr. Phil was able to diagnose Cheryl and get her the necessary medical attention needed.
We’re proud to have worked with Dr. Phil for a second time to get to the bottom of this very dangerous issue for his guest. Cheryl knew something was happening in her home, and she was right, but her assumptions were misdirected due to the nature of the toxic environment.