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Is mould the cause of your sleep problems?

Uncategorized Oct 16, 2020

Sometimes, it seems like the hardest thing in the world to do is to get to sleep. Be it struggling to drift off, tossing and turning in the early hours or waking up too early and not being able to get any more shuteye - it’s something we’ve all had to deal with at one point or another.

George Clooney blames his insomnia on a racing mind, helped only by going to sleep with the TV on, whilst Lady Gaga’s fibromyalgia and PTSD are both conditions known to negatively affect a person’s sleep. On the other hand, Rihanna’s reported ‘3 to 4 hours of sleep’ is self-inflicted, with the popstar admitting to binge-watching TV late at night. 

A 2016 Centre for Disease Control report concluded that sleep problems, including insomnia,  sharply increases the risk of heart attacks, cancer, and obesity. Moreover, insomniacs are far more likely to suffer from mental health issues like depression as well as being linked to all major psychological...

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What is that mould smell, and is it worth $5m?

Uncategorized Oct 09, 2020

We all know the smell. That damp, pungent aroma that lingers in the air, it can be earthy, meaty and musty, like sodden socks or rotten wood. The odour has connotations of decrepit squalor, yet it is something we’ve all had to deal with at one point or another, so, just what is that smell, and is it worth a $5million lawsuit?

Megan Fox, actress and model, amongst other things, is suing a range of lawyers and agents after buying a Malibu property which allegedly had a mould problem. Miss Fox claims that the mould on the property, caused by damp, was causing her “chronic headaches” for which she received “holistic treatment.”

So it would appear that even the Hollywood elite are all too familiar with the pervasive aroma of mould, but just what is it that gives it that distinct scent?

The smell released from mould, or more generally fungi, are called VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). The’s VOCs can be pleasant, such as the odour emitted from wine or...

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The Hidden Dangers In Your Pillows You Need To Know About

Uncategorized Oct 03, 2020
 

Hi there. My name is Dr. Cameron Jones and I'm an environmental microbiologist, and do I have an interesting show this week. Yep, we're going to be talking about something which affects all of us.

Now, we're going to be talking about the hidden dangers in pillows. And why this is an interesting topic and potentially affects every single one of us is because a fascinating publication came out in the research literature just one week ago. And it was focusing on something called invasive aspergillosis. And anyone who has been following my livestreams knows that I am continually focusing on the global impact of fungal infections and exposures and what we can do about it for better health. And what better way to introduce this whole topic of invasive aspergillosis than to talk about the microbiology of pillows. And to do that, I want to go back to a well-known publication about fungal contamination of bedding.

Now, why might this be important? Well, the global market for pillows is...

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Can a ketogenic diet change your gut microflora and protect you from brain disease?

Uncategorized Sep 03, 2020
 

Hi there. Thanks for joining me. My name is Cameron and I'm an environmental microbiologist. And in this week's live stream, I have a fascinating piece of research, which has just come out in the academic literature one week ago. And what is this all about? Well, especially all of us who are still working from home, undergoing some type of lockdown, we've really never had such easy access to food. Now, imagine if the food that we eat has an impact on our brain, that's exactly what this research has shown. I want to drill into this today, and this is the topic of today's live stream: How a ketogenic diet could protect you from dementia by altering your gut fungi.

Last week, we saw that certain fungi are actually in the brain and are linked with dementia. So it stands to reason that particular diets can influence what is going on in our gut. Now I've talked before about the microbiome. That's the bacteria that live inside our gut, but there's also the fungi that live inside our gut....

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Can fungal diversity in the lungs predict respiratory distress?

Uncategorized Aug 28, 2020

Hi there. My name's Dr. Cameron Jones and I'm an environmental microbiologist. Well, we've all seen scary scenes of people on ventilators in the last couple of months due to the fact that they've been diagnosed with COVID-19. We all know that there are a range of lifestyle factors that can predispose individuals to potentially requiring mechanical ventilation, think of smoking. And we know that exposure to environmental pollutants can predispose individuals to a range of adverse health conditions like asthma, meaning that if they become immunocompromised, they might require mechanical ventilation.

That's the topic of today's presentation. We're going to be talking about the fungus that grows normally in the lungs. I want to work out and talk to you about whether or not there is a connection between these types of fungi and being able to predict whether or not certain individuals are at risk of having respiratory distress. In order to do that, I want to review a publication which was...

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The COVID-19 Long Haulers are Redefining What We Know About Recovery

Uncategorized Aug 25, 2020
 

It’s one thing to get COVID-19 but another to not get better! Long term symptoms, delayed recovery. What’s going on? This is something that’s beginning to be actively researched in the scientific community. It’s called Long Covid and people are suffering ‘long’ after the first classic Covid signs like fever or a positive test result. Those individuals who don’t fully recover are calling themselves ‘Long Haulers’. In this weeks Livestream I’m going to cover what we know about post covid recovery, discuss what’s emerging in the literature about long covid and what some innovative social media data analysis reveals. I’ll also be discussing the link with chronic fatigue and mould hypersensitivity.

REFERENCES:

An Analysis of Self-reported Longcovid Symptoms on Twitter
Shubh Mohan Singh, Chaitanya Reddy
medRxiv 2020.08.14.20175059; doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.08.14.20175059

Long-term...

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How an common anti-fungal drug could help stop brain disease

Uncategorized Aug 16, 2020
 

Without medical breakthroughs, more than 6.4M Australians will be diagnosed with dementia in the next 40 years at a cost of more than $1 trillion. This week I want to discuss several exciting publications that have appeared in the research literature in 2020. It’s not just dementia, other diseases like Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, stroke, and even depression are increasingly being linked to something called mitochondrial dysfunction. The literature shows that 2 approaches called: methylene blue and photobiomodulation might be very effective. But why? This issue of mitochondria and its’ link with inflammatory processes has been known for some time. Especially, with respect to how fungal pathogens and environmental fungi seem to induce similar mitochondrial dysfunction in humans. I will look at what’s known about this and then review a paper from 2020 showing that fungi have been found in the brains of people with Parkinson’s...

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Facts About Black Mould and Fungal Sinusitis

Uncategorized Aug 09, 2020
 
Black mould is a common term used to describe home infestations with mould. It’s use is linked with an expectation of toxicity. In this weeks livestream, I report on the first case of Black mould sinusitis and how this was linked with immunocompromised status. Did you know that 17% of insurance claims at a major Australian insurer were water damage related? Did you know that in the USA, approximately 3.6% of the population are immunocompromised? Do you see a pattern here? Damp housing + immune compromise = opportunity for Black mould and other moulds to become BIG problems! Learn more on this livestream or watch later or listen to the podcast later.
 

REFERENCES:

 
Semis M, Dadwal SS, Tegtmeier BR, Wilczynski SP, Ito JI, Kalkum M. First Case of Invasive Stachybotrys Sinusitis [published online ahead of print, 2020 Mar 10]. Clin Infect Dis. 2020;ciaa231. doi:10.1093/cid/ciaa231
 
Flappan SM, Portnoy J, Jones P, Barnes C. Infant pulmonary hemorrhage...
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COVID-19 & Facemasks: Some Stats, Facts, and Data You Need To Know

Uncategorized Jul 28, 2020
 

We hear so much about masks and how they’ll now help stop the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, but their use is not without controversy. I’m doing a Livestream on this important topic today. Expect to hear ***NEW*** information and facts. Learn why they work and which ones do and don’t. What does the research say about the true levels of protection? Tune in on Facebook and later on YouTube or my podcast: The Mould Show.

REFERENCES:

Ability of Fabric Facemasks Materials to Filter Ultrafine Particles at Coughing Velocity - for Home Made and Fabric Face Mask Creation
Eugenia O'Kelly, Sophia Pirog, James Ward, P John Clarkson
medRxiv 2020.04.14.20065375; doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.04.14.20065375

Face mask wearing rate predicts country's COVID-19 death rates: with supplementary state-by-state data in the United States
Daisuke Miyazawa, Gen Kaneko
medRxiv 2020.06.22.20137745; doi: ...

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Can a well known antiseptic help fight off the SARS-CoV-2 virus?

Uncategorized Jul 19, 2020
 
What are the scientists saying about how you might be able to treat yourself to minimize the risk of infection from the SARS-CoV-2 virus? The papers I want to review in today's Livestream demonstrate that oral antiseptics like povidone-iodine are effective at inactivating the coronavirus. The effect works at a variety of concentrations after 60 seconds of contact time. The research papers show this works as oral and nasal rinses. This is an important show - since these papers might help you or a loved one. Of course, speak to your medical doctor or other health care practitioner - but from an infection control perspective, these research results are very persuasive. Use masks and consider adopting the scientific results detailed in these papers into your own harm minimization strategy during the pandemic. This is not an alternative to testing nor accessing your medical doctor if you have any symptoms that could be COVID-related, but this common antiseptic could help and...
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