Mindful Chat with The Mold Medic

Michael Rubino

September 3

On her podcast, the Mindfully Integrative Show, Michael sat down with Dr. Damaris Grossman to discuss indoor mold exposure and the ramifications it can have on health. 

In this podcast, Michael discusses how he got into the remediation realm and what sparked his passion for helping individuals create a healthy indoor environment. Specifically, he decided to break from the norm and take a look at microbiology when looking at remediation and talking about projects where individuals were feeling the harmful effects of mold exposure. 

Michael and Dr. Damaris go through the symptoms he’s seen while helping clients remediate their homes and how much it’s impacted their lives. They discuss the issues of misinformation and disagreement on how mold exposure can affect health and why no species of mold is safe to live with inside of a home. Some species of mold may trigger an allergic reaction, and others can create microscopic toxins called mycotoxins. With over 100,000 species, you never know how the mold will affect the bodies of those exposed. 

They also discuss what tests individuals can take to determine if they’ve been exposed to mycotoxins and how this could be used to determine a poor indoor environment at home. This ability to affect health is why it’s so important to consider environmental factors when thinking of a diagnosis for symptoms. 

When it comes to which houses are prone to mold, the answer is: all homes. Any home can have mold growth occur at any time if preventative measures aren’t taken to stop it. Homes that weren’t built with mold prevention in mind can also be more prone to mold growth. 

The biggest piece of the puzzle in solving the indoor mold growth issue is to increase our own personal awareness and start taking action to prevent it as soon as possible.

About Damaris Maria Grossmann:
Dr. Damaris Maria Grossmann, DNP, FNP, BSN, HNB-BC, CYN. She is a Rutgers Family Nurse Practitioner and currently practices in emergency rooms, urgent cares, and in her business. Her doctoral work focused on integrative health, functional medicine, and mindfulness techniques for anxiety and stress reduction for nurses and healthcare professionals, with an emphasis on patient care. She has over 15 years of experience in the medical field, with most of those years in nursing. She is very passionate about mindful life investment and integrative health. She has years of experience in the medical field in the areas of military medicine, trauma, rehabilitation, college health, community health, and acute pediatric care. She is a US Navy veteran who served in the Global War on Terrorism for almost six years and received a Navy Achievement Medal. Additionally, she studies integrative health to incorporate and facilitate her practices of holistic modalities like yoga therapy, meditation, and breathing in regard to patient care, as a Board-Certified Holistic Nurse and as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She is a compassionate and driven nurse leader! 

About Michael Rubino
Michael Rubino, The Mold Medic, is the authority on mold remediation. As President of All American Restoration, Rubino specializes in working with people who are immunocompromised or have acute and sustained reactions to mold exposure. Rubino provides solutions that not only get rid of mold sources, but also get rid of the contamination created by those mold sources using his proprietary “Home Detox” method. He is a council certified Mold Remediator by IICRC and ACAC and a contributing member, sponsor, and speaker for the Indoor Air Quality Association.