Post by forebearance on Sept 5, 2011 21:24:09 GMT -5
Mankato: 2 Poor I stayed there for one night in the spring of 2011. I had planned to stay longer, but cut my visit short because of the pain I was in. Mankato is in a river valley. The only good building I could find in town was the Panera!
Rochester: 3 Fair or maybe even 4 Good Surprisingly, it didn't seem too bad when I was there in April of 2011. I was expecting the air to get worse as I went east on I-90, but it didn't. There is even a decent newish Hampton Inn there. They are used to catering to the special needs of sick people, because of the Mayo Clinic nearby.
The Spam Museum: 4 Good! A fun place to stop. I can't remember the name of the town it is in, but the air seemed lovely there.
Post by Lisa Petrison on Oct 28, 2011 22:38:52 GMT -5
In September and October, 2011, I traveled from Sioux Falls, SD, to Chicago and then back again. I drove on I-90 through southern Minnesota each way. I spent one night in a KOA cabin near Austin, and one night in the Hampton Inn in Rochester.
My reactivity was pretty low by this point, so my judgment may not have been the most discerning. I thought the whole area was at least a 4 (GOOD) though.
Back in 1987, I went to Minneapolis for a job interview. I absolutely loved that town, which in retrospect likely meant that it had great air. (My pre-avoidance instinctive "I like this place" or "I hate this place" judgments appear to be have been almost solely related to the Locations Effect, I have found.) It's way too much to hope for that it would still be good, but I'd be interested in going there anyway just to see.
Post by forebearance on Nov 21, 2014 16:52:43 GMT -5
In September 2014, I visited the Minneapolis suburbs of Bloomington, Edina, and St. Louis Park. The outside air felt like a 3 (FAIR) to me. It didn't actually hurt to be outside and to breathe. But I did feel more tired than usual while visiting.
Post by Lisa Petrison on Jun 24, 2015 15:58:29 GMT -5
Here is a report mentioning Minnesota that someone asked me to post for them on this board.
My most recent diagnosis is hypersensitivity to environmental toxins, specifically mold. I have also been diagnosed with migraines, tension headaches, fibromyalgia, chronic sinus infections, ear infections, depression, seasonal affective disorder, and felt like an arthritic 80 year old when I was 40. Most of those symptoms are gone due to changes in diet, moving out of moldy homes, and moving to a drier climate.
Cote d'Ivoire, in West Africa. Rating: 1 I had to leave the country within months of my arrival. I lived 4 hours inland (north) from the coast, at about 11 or 12 degrees north of the equator. The area was mainly savannah, but there was a very rainy season. Primary mold source: soil (I planted a garden.) 2nd source: airborne.
West Palm Beach, FL rating 1. There is mold everywhere! I got sick from 3 different sources. One problem was outdoors: irrigation systems caused lawns, golf courses, soccer fields, and most parks with grass to be full of mold! Inside of public buildings: schools, churches, and department stores...nearly all had roof leaks during past hurricanes. Roof repairs were made without removal of wet building materials underneath. You cannot see the mold, but sometimes you will notice water stains on ceilings. The third source was outdoor A/C units of private homes and high levels of mold in duct work.
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN Rating: 3. Freezing temps for 4+ months and longer in the north keep outdoor mold dormant. However, most homes have basements that have had water damage and smell musty...a sure sign of mold. Outdoor A/C units often carry mold into and throughout homes.
Southern Wisconsin Rating: 3. Same description as MN, but shorter winter. I lived in a mold infested house. All four family members (kids 9 & 12) diagnosed with depression. 3 of us had sinus problems, and both kids developed asthma between ages 5 & 7. I experienced my worst physical health ever and had terrible mood swings on top of it. We lived in that house, ignorant, for 9 years.
Denver, CO. Rating: 3.5. Homes w/o basements make it easier to find a mold free home. Legalized pot adds risk of mold exposures through second hand smoke or residue on people's clothing. Springtime rain was abundant in 2015, making outdoor mold worse than usual.