"Everybody kept telling me, ‘You’re fine.' But I didn’t feel fine. I was exhausted. In fact, I felt like I was coming down with the flu every day of my life,” Erin Porter recalls.
This sentiment paints a vivid picture of Erin’s years-long struggle, a battle against an unseen enemy that had persistently compromised her health. Erin's story is one of intrigue, resilience, and ultimately, triumph. But how did she turn the tide in this persistent struggle?
Erin's health mysteries
A childhood relocation from the Bronx to upstate New York sparked Erin's health odyssey, with doctors attributing her mild health problems to the new environment's different tree species. "I had asthma and allergies, so I started with medications, like steroids and inhalers at six years old,” Erin recounted.
But health challenges were not limited to Erin’s childhood years. As she entered adulthood and started working in Manhattan at 18, her health took a drastic downturn. She recalls, "I always had a million things I had wrong with me.” She struggled with head-to-toe different symptoms, including severe sinus infections that would last for weeks.
Erin's health woes were not confined to recurrent sinus infections; she experienced many other ailments, including heart arrhythmias and severe acid reflux that caused sores on her esophagus.
Erin's persistent health issues, unresponsive to antibiotics, baffled both her and her doctors, regardless of where she lived. "I had no idea it would take two decades to find out why I was so sick,” she said.
Revealing mold's assault on health and wellness
Erin had already undergone four sinus surgeries when her search for answers came to a head. While prepping for a fifth sinus surgery, her physician pointed out a severe fungal infection she had in her sinuses. It was then that Erin traced her health issues back to the mold-ridden apartment she had lived in at 18. “I thought back, and I remembered seeing mold. But at that age, I'd never thought anything of it. Apartments in New York have mold. That's just how it is.”
The revelation was stunning. "I don't even live there anymore, and I'm still sick," Erin remembers saying to her doctor.
The role of mold and indoor air quality
At a glance, mold may seem harmless, but its invisible spores, which float in the air, can wreak havoc on health when inhaled over extended periods. And for individuals with compromised immunity, like Erin, fungal infections can rapidly escalate into profound and long-lasting health complications.
Studies have demonstrated substantial increases in respiratory infections when people have prolonged exposure to mold. It has also been shown that controlling mold can reduce and prevent these same types of respiratory infections and help with cases of severe mold infections, like Erin’s (1).
IQAir: The key player in Erin's health restoration journey
Recognizing the damage mold had caused, Erin embarked on a mission to transform the air quality in her living spaces. She went down, as she called it, “the air quality and air cleaning rabbit hole,” delving into online marketplaces and scouring message boards.
As she researched, Erin eventually discovered IQAir’s HealthPro Plus air purifier. Renowned for its efficiency, the HealthPro Plus has state-of-the-art HyperHEPA filters that capture even the smallest particles in the air, including mold spores. Erin knew this could play a significant role in cleaning her air and mitigating her mold-related health issues.
Erin's strategy to improve her health was two-pronged. On one hand, she found an effective tool in the IQAir HealthPro Plus air purifier to cleanse her living environment of harmful mold spores.
This environmental solution was complemented by a comprehensive lifestyle overhaul. She replaced the unhealthy allure of junk food with a cleaner, more wholesome diet.
Together, these two components of her strategy—powerful air purification and lifestyle transformation—started to show results. It wasn't an overnight change, but Erin's persistent pursuit of health began to pay off.
A breath of fresh life: Erin's health revival after mold eradication
Erin started witnessing remarkable improvements. Her constant health issues, which had included chronic sinus infections, acid reflux, asthma, food allergies, chronic fatigue, and muscle pain, began to recede. Her energy levels surged, and for the first time in years, Erin felt she was finally regaining control of her life and health.
Reflecting on Erin's journey from mold exposure to health triumph
Erin's story highlights the often-overlooked role of indoor air quality and mold in health, and the transformative power of IQAir air purifiers in reclaiming wellness.
Now, Erin shares her insights, wholesome recipes, and unique experiences through her book, Eat Pray Get Well and various other media platforms. She was featured on numerous outlets such as PBS American Health Journal, ABC, CBS, and NBC, bringing a ray of hope to the chronically ill.
Erin’s journey, punctuated by her use of IQAir’s HealthPro Plus and lifestyle changes, has empowered her to make a significant impact on others' lives, showing that no matter the adversities we face, a better tomorrow is always within reach.