November 22, 2019
By Lisa Petrison, Ph.D.
The Mold Avoiders standalone discussion forum is designed to serve the needs of individuals who are currently pursuing or are planning to pursue the approach to mold avoidance described in the book A Beginner’s Guide to Mold Avoidance.
Mold Avoiders is a spin-off organization from Paradigm Change.
While anyone may sign up to read the Mold Avoiders forum discussions, those who wish to ask questions or make comments in the discussion forum need to go through an application process in order to become Mold Avoiders Participants.
The reason for this is to make sure that all participants have done the required readings and are sincerely interested in following this approach, so that discussions do not get off-track.
In addition, the application process allows members to be categorized by Experience Group (e.g. “New Avoider” or “Highly Skilled Avoider”). This will make it easier for those who are new to the topic to get a sense of which participants’ comments may be the most valuable to consider.
The application process also verifies that participants are aware that interacting with others in the forum should not be taken to mean that they have entered into any kind of practitioner/patient or coaching relationship with any other forum members.
Applying To Participate
Those who would like to participate in the Mold Avoiders discussion forum should complete the following steps.
1. Choose a Mold Avoiders forum user name.
In order to promote a greater sense of community spirit, I am asking that all participants include in their user name a component that seems to be a first name (either their real first name or a nickname).
User names need to include proper spacing and capitalization. They may not include punctuation marks.
If you are a Facebook participant, you may want to choose a user name similar to the name that you use there so that others can guess who you are, but this is not required.
The list of user names is accessible only by individuals who have registered to read the material in the forum, not by the public at large or by search bots.
However, if privacy is a concern for you, then I still would suggest using something other than your real full name for participation in the forum.
As an example, here are some names that I might choose as my Mold Avoiders forum user name if I were not willing to use my full name: “Lisa P,” “Lisa Petri,” “Lisa Ann,” “LA Petrison,” “Lisa from Paradigm Change,” “Slaya” or “Slaya Dragon.”
2. Register on the Mold Avoiders discussion forum.
To register to read the forum discussions, you will need to go to the Mold Avoiders Registration Page and then enter your desired user name and password, as well as your email address.
You then will need to confirm your account by finding the email that is sent to you and responding to it. (Please check alternate email boxes such as your Spam box, Promotions tab or other locations if the confirmation email does not show up in your regular mailbox.)
3. Read the book “A Beginner’s Guide to Mold Avoidance.”
Individuals need to have finished reading the book before they will be granted the ability to participate in the Mold Avoiders standalone forum.
The book is written in a style designed to be more easily processed by those with cognitive issues and is a fast read.
A Mold Avoiders website page provides information on how to obtain this book – as well as the additional recommended books Back from the Edge and Erik on Avoidance – for free.
Additional resources that are recommended for beginners are in the Top Resources section of the Mold Avoiders website.
4. Read the Mold Avoiders Rules.
Please note that Mold Avoiders Participants are expected not only to have read the rules but to follow them of their own accord, so that active moderation of the forum is not required.
A Mold Avoiders website page lists the forum rules.
5. Fill out the Mold Avoiders Participant application.
The Mold Avoiders Participant application is designed to confirm that prospective participants have done the required readings; that they agree to follow the Mold Avoiders Rules; and that they agree to the Mold Avoiders Terms of Service.
The application also asks some questions about illness history and mold avoidance experience, so that participants can be given an appropriate Experience Group designation.
Your approval notification will be sent to you via email.
Please do not fill out a participant application until you have already completed Steps 1-4 above.
6. If desired, change your avatar to a head shot photo.
When your Mold Avoiders Participant application is approved, you will be given an owl avatar that corresponds to your Experience Group.
If you choose, you may instead use a head shot of yourself as your avatar so that others reading the forum will be able to think of you more as a real person rather than just an abstract entity.
Head shots need to be 200 pixels x 200 pixels in order to be uploaded onto the forum.
Unfortunately, the board software does not automatically shrink avatar photos to their proper size and rejects larger images. You therefore will need to shrink your head shot elsewhere to use it as your avatar, such as by using the Shrink Pictures program.
To use the Shrink Pictures program, choose a head shot of yourself that already has been trimmed to an approximate square.
Select “Choose File” and upload the head shot from your computer. Then type “200 pixels” in the Avatar Size box. Then click “Resize.”
The program will give you a variety of cropping options. Download the version that you want to your computer and then upload it to the Mold Avoiders forum as your avatar.
If you would like to use a head shot of yourself as your avatar but your illness is preventing you from successfully accomplishing that goal, please send the head shot that you would like to use along with your user name to the following address and it will be uploaded for you:
info at paradigmchange dot me
Reports about any problems associated with the Mold Avoiders Participant application process may be sent to that email address as well.
Following are some additional resources that may be useful for those who are interested in following the approach to healing discussed in the book A Beginner’s Guide to Mold Avoidance.
Links to information related to the mold avoidance approach discussed in the book A Beginner’s Guide to Mold Avoidance are presented on the website associated with the Mold Avoiders forum.
This group is designed to provide a space for Facebook users to participate in casual conversations on topics of relevance to those pursuing mold avoidance. Posts shared may include polls on topics related to mold avoidance or adjunct therapies; new articles or videos on relevant topics; photos or videos of members’ mold avoidance travels; and members’ reports on their avoidance experiences.
Questions about mold avoidance and related therapies are to be posted only in the Mold Avoiders standalone forum, not in the Facebook group, however.
Although anyone can join the Facebook group to read the content, participation is restricted to those who have read both the book A Beginner’s Guide to Mold Avoidance and the Mold Avoiders Rules.
Issues related to mold illness and mold avoidance are discussed in several dozen other Facebook groups and in a few other Internet forums.
General information on mold-related illness, presented with the needs of the beginner in mind.
In-depth discussions of various topics associated with mold-related illness.
A collection of recommended articles from a variety of sources relevant to the topic of recovering from mold-related illness, presented by Paradigm Change.
Links on this page are in green (no underlining).