Most of the information provided on this website is ‘best evidence’ in a field where there is very little empirical evidence available.  Some of this information is available in peer reviewed journals, and some is based on current practices or standards (such as the World Health Organization, local grey papers, and physicians).  Websites, and other online resources are provided when those sources are considered reliable and trustworthy.

The core of information is provided directly from the experiences of those who have chronicled or shared their stories.  Such evidence, although strictly speaking ‘anecdotal’, provides important insight into illness from water damaged-buildings.  Were it not for anecdotal evidence, much of the basis of applied scientific inquiry would be (and indeed is) very isolated from any clinical application.  You are encouraged to evaluate these resources yourself and make reasonable judgments on how much value you place on them, and to what extent they will guide your decision making.

Much of the information provided is based on the resources and opinions of a few key people who have a vested interest in the impact of water-damaged buildings on health because of personal experience and/or because of professional training and research.  Where appropriate, I reference their material directly.  Often, however, ideas are consolidated, and interpreted from a number of ongoing lines of thought, inquiry, and experiences.  In those cases where I do not directly reference material, the following people/organizations have formed an integral part of the ‘lens’ through which I view illness from water-damaged buildings.  They include:

Lisa Petrison

Erik Johnson

Carl Grimes

Andrea Fabry

Dr. Jack Thrasher

International Society for Environmentally-Acquired Illness (ISEAI)

Greg Minske

Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker