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Black Fungus Risks and COVID-19

Uncategorized Dec 01, 2021

Are you worried about black fungus? When you hear this term - do you think about water-damaged buildings and the infamous Stachybotrys sp. fungus?

Did you know that black fungus is a term that has a specific meaning around a specific class of fungi known to cause very serious health problems for people?  The mucoromycetes or black fungi belong to the scientific order Mucorales and cause problems for people who are immunosuppressed or have comorbidities like diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic obstructive lung disease, or are taking immunosuppressive medication for e.g. transplants or even those who are recovering from pneumonia.

I first became aware of black mould from some publications that came out in the literature talking about black yeast-like fungi that were found to be thermotolerant. They’re in many homes in dishwashers and washing machine seals.  Sometime later I recovered numerous examples of black yeasts and black fungi from my time at Nauru where many...

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Clinical Mould Antigen Extracts and Moulds From Water-Damaged Homes

Uncategorized Nov 26, 2021

According to a new study just published on November 17, by the American Thoracic Society, there is a misalignment between available clinical mould antigen extracts and the actual levels and types of airborne fungi found in water-damaged homes. What does this mean? According to the paper, there are five key reasons why indoor air sampling is used. These include (1) health concerns by occupants, (2) visible fungi, (3) known water damage or dampness, (4) smelling a mould or musty odour or (5) proactive evaluations. Proactive evaluations include pre-purchase inspections or quarterly or annual preventative air samplings.

Common health concerns from mould include asthma, allergic rhinitis, wheeze, cough, shortness of breath, or hypersensitivity pneumonitis, headache, eye and skin problems and other health issues. It is reasonably well known, at least by the integrative health community, that exposure to moulds and other fungi is correlated with a range of allergic and pulmonary diseases...

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5 Things To Know About Toenail Fungus And COVID-19

Uncategorized Nov 18, 2021

Hi there. My name is Dr. Cameron Jones and I'm an environmental microbiologist and public health scientist. For many of you and including all of us here in Australia, we are entering summer. Now, that's fantastic because sunny weather means shorts and sandals and flip flops and Havaianas. Now, many of us that might be a problem because of something called foot fungus. When I was looking into the research literature this year for really interesting papers to bring to you I found this particular paper. Which found a high correlation between a particular type of skin complaint that affects the nails, not just on your toenails but preferentially on your toenails and the experience of COVID 19. So I'm going to be getting through the research shortly, but before that I want to bring to you an overview of fungal foot infections. So today we're going to be focusing on five things to know about toenail fungus and COVID 19. Now I know that's a particularly scary topic and it's something you...

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How Mould Spores Control Influenza-Like Illness

Uncategorized Nov 10, 2021

Have you ever wondered whether there's a connection between the seasons and flu-like epidemics? Well, this week on The Mould Show, we're going to be looking at two recent pieces of evidence, which focus on the fact that current models for flu-like epidemics are not sufficiently explained by the seasonality effect. Now, most of us would think to ourselves that colds and flu are often more frequent in the cooler winter months, and that gives rise to the seasonality effect. However, two papers have recently provided some stunning evidence suggesting that there is a strong statistical association between exposure to pollen and mould and the infection potential of flu-like illnesses.

We know that pollen is allergenic and that it's linked to immune activation and defence against a range of different respiratory viruses. But, interestingly, it seems to create a bioaerosol that when inhaled, seems to lower the reproduction number of flu-like viruses.

These results for pollen were quickly...

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What Is Dampness and Mould Hypersensitivity Syndrome, Anyway?

Uncategorized Nov 08, 2021

If you've ever found yourself having trouble explaining to someone why you just don't feel right inside that room or building, then you'll want to watch this.  Ok, you might just sneeze a little over springtime when exposed to pollen...but what if those types of symptoms happened to you every time you clocked in at work?  How do you make sense of this?  Sick building syndrome is a catch-all term that is often used to describe the constellation of symptoms that may occur if you react to this "something" indoors.  There's also the problem of long-term exposure.  If you're constantly exposed to a challenging environment, your symptoms may get worse.  That's the topic of the show today and will focus attention on what clinicians know lies beyond sick building syndrome.  I'll go over what they know about multiple chemical sensitivity, hypersensitivity and chronic fatigue.  The research shows that the duration of exposure along with other...

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Avoid the top 8 asthma and allergy triggers in your home

Uncategorized Oct 29, 2021

Asthma is a common respiratory condition causing an attack or spasm of the bronchioles or airways that carry air to the lungs. Asthma makes it difficult to breathe and in Australia affects one in nine people equivalent to 2.7 million Australians. In the period between 2017-2018, nearly 40,000 hospitalisations occurred. It's known that 80% of asthma hospitalisations are preventable.

Now it's not just the hospital costs - asthma affects the quality of life. Asthma sufferers self report their wellbeing as "fair" or "poor" compared with other people without asthma.

Some interesting research was recently published in the journal, Indoor Air in September 2021. It looked at what household features contribute to biocontamination and that is linked with asthma.

What are some of the typical biocontaminants that might cause asthma-type health effects? Most of us can recall images of pollution haze and coughing, but different types of microorganisms, dusts and pollens and household behaviours...

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Victoria's Freedom Day - What Will Happen?

Uncategorized Oct 22, 2021

On the 22nd October 2021, Victoria, Australia begins our own Freedom Day. But is this really freedom? State-wide vaccine mandates are in force and there's a need for vaccine passports to enter retail.

For many, significant restrictions remain. The State is still under a form of medical apartheid. Strict coercion around freedom of choice has forced many to choose vaccination just to re-enter society or keep their job.

The censorship around therapeutic options and facts and figures and open debate have largely been silenced across the mainstream media.

This short Livestream discusses a very recent publication that came out (20th October 2021) on the preprint server, medRxiv.
This paper serves as a warning around the very real risks of transmission among the vaccinated.

Please read it for yourself and consider the results and conclusions.

REFERENCE:

Evidence of transmission from fully vaccinated individuals in a large outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant in Provincetown,...

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What You Should Know About Portable Air Filters

Uncategorized Oct 20, 2021

This Week in Victoria and New South Wales and many other parts of Australia we're reopening and a lot of the lockdown restrictions are being lifted. So what does that mean? Well, many of our children will be returning to school - so this week I want to be focusing on a very important non-pharmaceutical intervention, which revolves around indoor air quality. And this is a particularly relevant and topical, because if you've picked up any of the news media over the last couple of weeks, you may have noticed a range of different stories focusing on both the Victorian announcement regarding the $190 million package for air purifiers to be put into all public schools. Similarly, in New South Wales people are calling for stronger ventilation Standards, and this is shining a spotlight on a very important engineering control step to address public health concerns around respiratory viruses. And so today we're going to be focusing on HEPA which stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Air, and...

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What Can Danish Nurses Tell Us About Heart Health & Air Pollution?

Uncategorized Oct 14, 2021

According to the World Health Organization, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death globally. In 2019, it was estimated that 17.9 million people died from cardiovascular disease. This represents 32% of all global deaths with 85% being caused by heart attack and stroke. It is further reported that 75% of cardiovascular disease deaths, take place in low and middle-income countries.

Heart disease and mortality are considered premature death. This is because most cardiovascular diseases can be prevented by focusing on behavioral risk factors. These include tobacco use, unhealthy diet, obesity, a lack of physical activity, and harmful use of alcohol.

It's therefore important to detect cardiovascular disease, as early as possible so it can be managed with lifestyle, counseling, and medication as required.

So what can Danish nurses tell us about the risk of heart failure? A lot, actually. A recent paper published in the Journal of the American Heart Association has conducted...

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Lactoferrin - What You Need To Know About This Amazing Molecule

Uncategorized Oct 09, 2021

Hello and welcome. High-income countries like Australia have been playing Russian roulette with our public health, especially around the COVID crisis. Lockdowns and personal restrictions have increasingly been applied by our institutions, while they wait for the vaccine effect to take hold.

Now, I'm not here to question the validity of the vaccine because it's tested and has been proven for many diseases to prevent infection and transmission. However, with respect to the COVID vaccines, there are a lot of question marks. And certainly last week, I was discussing some of the alternative approaches that are found in the scientific literature with regard to the efficacy of alternatives to the vaccine, for prevention of the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine actually breaching the host defense system.

Last week, we were looking at the smoker's paradox or this strange situation where the nicotine is postulated to allow the host cell to defend itself against infection. And when I put this video out, a...

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