Going back to the Old Testament in the Bible, there are many mentions of the damage from mold in society. In Leviticus in the Old Testament, chapters 13 and 14 have sections on contaminated possessions and contaminated homes, and accessing the contamination. Dealing with contaminated homes and declaring a house clean was also covered. It calls mold on the clothing or inside of the house, leprosy, which it probably looks like. Most of the mold mentioned appears as a reddish or greenish spot that will appear on clothing or in part of the house. It is advised to get rid of mold by scraping it with a rock. and if that doesn’t work,to burn the house down. That’s a little bit more than we would do, but that was advised in the old times, because there were no chemicals available then.
There are some scientists who believe that the 10 plagues of ancient Egypt were caused by mold on the grain supplies. Stachybotrys atria forms on poorly stored grain. These supplies of of grain were poorly stored, and allowed to get wet. A lot of other things like frogs jumping out of the river and being eaten by gnats, could all be explained by mold growing in the water.
The Salem witch hunts, in January of 1692, are very well-covered in the American history books. The women accused of witchcraft were showing the exact symptoms of LSD. There is a type of compound called Ergot found in rainy areas which caused by the fungus Claviceps purpura, which affects rye, wheat, and other cereal grasses. This was a staple for the residents of Salem, and the rye crop consumed that winter could have been contaminated.
The Great Irish Potato Famine was a direct cause of mold. It was a combination of problems where the public farmers could only grow potatoes, and the people only had one thing to eat. Over a million people died from eating the potatoes, and 2 million people were forced to leave Ireland. Potato plants above ground would become dark and moldy, and the potatoes underground would ferment and give off a terrible stench.
In 2000, CBS covered a story about “invisible killers”. That was a story about a family who bought a 22-room mansion on 72 Acres outside of Austin Texas. The children and the father got really sick, and it was because of mold all over the house. The people ended up suing F…… Insurance Co. over the situation. They won millions of dollars, but the father and the children have serious permanent health problems, and the mansion is uninhabitable.