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For years, yoga celebrity Rachel Brathen (aka, “Yoga Girl”) struggled with a series of mystery health issues. Symptoms included respiratory issues, sinus problems, nagging cough, fatigue, eczema, and even depression. When she finally suspected the cause might be toxic mold in her home, she says she was “gaslighted,” told she was overreacting, even told she was crazy.

But as Women’s Health reports, “Yoga Girl’s” suspicions were confirmed by a basic home inspection. “We have been f****ng swimming in mold,” Brathen wrote on her Instagram account, with an accompanying video to show the damage. “The master bedroom has visible mold in several places (several baseboards, the blinds, AC connection, flooring), and we have a massive attic space filled with visible mold… we just found 20+ areas of mold hiding in the house…It’s a miracle we are not sicker.”

Not everyone experiences physical symptoms from toxic mold, and for that reason, some have tried to downplay the risks—but the risks are there nonetheless. Even the CDC affirms the dangers of toxic mold exposure, especially among those specifically sensitive to mold.

“The worst part of this entire experience is how gaslighted I’ve been,” Brathen says. “For years, no one believed me or took me seriously, and even after we got test results back at unacceptable levels, people have been kind of looking at me like I’m crazy.”

What to Do if You Suspect Toxic Mold Is in Your Home
Toxic black mold is quite common in NYC, especially in older buildings where there are many dank, dark, moist places for it to hide and grow. If you are experiencing health symptoms and you suspect it’s from toxic mold, take the following steps:

  • Do a visual inspection (like Rachel Brathen did in her home). Look in dark corners and hidden spaces where moisture might lurk. Black mold is fairly easy to spot in such places.
  • Get a test done. Many home mold testing kits are available online—or for more detailed results, schedule a professional inspection for mold.
  • Talk to an attorney. If mold is the culprit behind your symptoms and it exists because of a landlord’s negligence, you’ll want effective legal counsel to prove your case.


At Campson Law, we have seen more than our share of personal injury cases involving toxic mold in homes across NYC. If a landlord, co-op, or condo board has failed to provide you with a safe living environment, you may be entitled to compensation. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment and discuss your case.

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