Post by Lisa Petrison on Oct 28, 2011 22:51:33 GMT -5
In September and October 2011, I drove from Sioux Falls, SD to Chicago and then back again. I drove on I-90 and I-94 through Wisconsin, through La Crosse, Madison and Milwaukee.
I didn't stop more than briefly on this trip, and my reactivity was not that high, so these may not be the most reliable ratings.
La Crosse is right on a river and felt unpleasant to me. Some kind of stingy toxin. I had been thinking about spending the night in a hotel, but decided to move on. 2 (Poor).
Milwaukee also felt unpleasant to me. There's a lot of regular pollution here, as well as toxins that seem particularly problematic for me. 2 (Poor).
The rest of my drive in Wisconsin was fine. I don't know that the farmlands there were better than Chicago at that time of year, but they're a bit different. Chicago has a light layer of the "worst toxin for me" at all times. The farmlands of Wisconsin have what I think is outdoor mold (such as Fusarium), perhaps occasionally at moderately high levels. At this stage of my recovery, I prefer the farmlands. But it's definitely not pristine. Fair (3).
Post by Lisa Petrison on Jun 24, 2015 15:55:51 GMT -5
Here is a report mentioning Wisconsin that someone asked me to post for them.
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.
Verona, WI (outside of Madison): I'd give it a 2. Between the GMO farmlands, the humidity, the freezing winters that go on forever, the giant cell towers, the pesticides everywhere, the hard water - just no. We are staying here for a year (maybe), and I can't stand it. I was healing really well and so much of my pain has returned here, and many symptoms. Not a fan, not at all. If we can figure out where to go from here, we will try to get out of our lease sooner.