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Sandy, Toxic Mold, and (at last) a theory potentially explaining 'Sick Building Syndrome'

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The path forward is fairly simple, though the execution of it is not.   A statistically significant sample of SBS sufferers would be secured, sufferers whose environment had remained essentially unaltered from the point of their symptoms' onset, and where the environmental factors suggested the presence of mold (ie, dampness).   An AChEi 'inventory' of each subject's environment is then required, with a key factor in this being a complete environmental analysis to determine both the specific agents present, their concentrations, and their AChEi values.  Testing the subjects to determine low PON-activity levels and concentration would then further clarify the results.  This PON testing would be particularly significant in cases where a number of individuals experienced similar exposures which resulted in markedly differing outcomes.  A 'control' environment would also need to be 'inventoried', one where the environmental quality is known to be 'high'.  Then, pursuing an examination of the correlation between environmental AChEi levels and their components, individual PON levels, and subject outcomes, should highlight the validity of this paper's hypothesis.

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