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How To Remediate Water Damaged Paper Records

Uncategorized Mar 04, 2022

 

Hello, and welcome to the Mould Show. My name's Dr. Cameron Jones. I'm an environmental microbiologist, and for any of my listeners and viewers here in Australia, you are probably all aware of the catastrophic weather conditions that are affecting Queensland and New South Wales. And for many people, they have suffered devastating impacts caused by this floodwater. And for all the people who watch my show, you know that I'm particularly concerned about the impact of water damage on personal property and the potential for mould and mould exposure to not only damage your assets but cause unexpected or hidden health risks and consequences. So, today we're going to be focusing on what you do if your precious documents, your paper-based documents become water damaged. What are you going to do? Are you going to get out the hairdryer? Are you going to attempt to move them obviously to a dryer location?

 But what happens if you come back to your property, or your residence, or...

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One Family's Experience With Building Related Illness

Uncategorized Feb 08, 2022

Hello, and welcome to The Mould Show. In this week's episode, we're going to be talking about something called building-related illness. Now, how does this differ from sick building syndrome? Well, watch on or listen, and I will explain what the differences are.

How I'm going to be approaching this episode is to drill in and make a deep dive into a recent publication which has connected the dots between an occupational hygiene survey, that is a mould assessment inside a home, and then the medical findings. This is for a family of five who lived in a water-damaged building for six years. I'm going to be describing a lot of the issues and problems and reasons for not only the building becoming wet, but how the medical practitioners were able to deal and assess with this particular family. I hope that this episode will be valuable for other people who might find themselves in similar situations where it's unavoidable that they continue living in a water-damaged building. This might...

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Does mould harm children's health?

Uncategorized Jan 16, 2022

Hello, and thanks for joining me for the first The Mould Show for 2022, and I thought with many of us still on school holidays or certainly here in Australasia, many of us are probably wondering about the impact of indoor air quality and potentially water damage on the health of our children. So today, we're going to be talking about some of the key pieces of research, which explore how water damage, and mould, and mycotoxins can affect your children.

Without further ado, we'll get straight into this. So does mould harm children's health? That's the topic that we need to be talking up about today because it is a serious topic. We cover at length in these live streams and podcasts all the range of adverse health symptoms and problems that can occur to adults, but what about children because most of us have families? In many cases, the built environment is a perfect reservoir for not only mould spores, but a buildup of toxic allergens, chemicals, and mycotoxins. What are these? What's...

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Which Mould Spores are Protective Against COVID-19?

Uncategorized Dec 23, 2021

Hi there and welcome to the final edition for 2021. Yes, it's our Christmas show for the Mould Show. And today I'm going to be presenting a fascinating research paper that just came out a couple of days ago in the research literature. But of course, we are focusing on fungus, and when we talk about fungi, many of you are probably thinking about the 2000 or so mushrooms that are actually edible.

Now, when you go to the supermarket, there's obviously a smaller selection than that, but just bear in mind that there are about 2000 known mushrooms that are edible.

Now, when we think about where we are exposed to moulds, you're probably thinking, well, they're probably all around. They're in the air we breathe, in the soil, as well as the built environment. And if you ask a biologist about how many different types of fungi or molds there are out there, certainly in the 1990s you would've been told that there were perhaps only maybe a couple of hundred thousand.

But fast forward to today...

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Censorship of Mould Illness in Finland

Uncategorized Dec 17, 2021

In my daily work with clients who are grappling with how best to handle living in a water-damaged building, or for those patient referrals that we get from doctors and other clinicians, I'm always really surprised that there appears to be a disconnect between the environment and the person. So well, what do I mean by this? Well, today, I want to talk about the paradox between environmental pollution and health risk, and to that end, I'm going to be talking about censorship of mould illness in Finland.

Now you might already be thinking, what on earth is he talking about? We all connect pollution with harm. But do we really? On the one hand, if we're considering carbon credits or net-zero, then the mainstream media seems to have absolutely no trouble linking the slightest change in the environment with a consequence to some person elsewhere. It's the famous butterfly effect. You know, that metaphor that brought chaos theory into the mainstream that says little, almost insignificant...

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Salt Therapy and Mould Illness

Uncategorized Dec 08, 2021

Hi there, my name is Dr Cameron Jones, and I'm an environmental microbiologist and public health scientist. And this week on The Mould Show, I've got a very important segment to bring to your attention. All too often, I get calls from people who have practised mould avoidance or have successfully remediated their properties after water damage and finding mould. But they're still complaining about feeling unwell, feeling the classic symptoms of exposure to mould. And so I discovered this really fantastic paper in the research literature, which came out in June 2021, and we're going to be focusing on what this publication says and how you can take advantage of this complementary health therapy. And what is it? Well, it's called salt therapy and mould illness. And to get straight into it, we are going to be talking about how this works, how you can take advantage of it. And you might be a little bit sceptical, and so I want to tell you exactly what this publication has to say. 

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Black Fungus Risks and COVID-19

Uncategorized Dec 01, 2021

Hey there. My name's Dr. Cameron Jones and welcome to The Mould Show. This week I want to bring to you the key points from a really important recent publication, which just came out in the literature that is focusing on another class of black moulds. Yes, that's right. We're going to be talking about black mould and you might know about black moulds from the infamous Stachybotrys, which has been linked to pulmonary hemorrhage and is very commonly associated with water-damaged and other sick buildings. But there are another class of black moulds and black yeast-like fungi, and we're going to be talking about these today because especially in this era of COVID-19, the COVID pandemic. A publication's just come out, showing that people who recover from COVID-19 are particularly susceptible to post COVID-19 infection with black moulds. And so I want to review what this publication says today and how you can take advantage of this information and how you can potentially make sure...

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Clinical Mould Antigen Extracts and Moulds From Water-Damaged Homes

Uncategorized Nov 26, 2021

Hi there. Welcome to the Mould Show. My name's Dr. Cameron Jones, and I'm an environmental microbiologist and public health scientist. Now today on this show, I'm going to be reviewing a recent paper that just came out, which is showing you how you can determine categorically that you are in fact hypersensitive to mould. Now, all of us are concerned about indoor air quality and the potential impact of mould on our health.

For many of my clients, they go to see their doctor or healthcare provider, and they're looking for some way to validate their symptoms and to connect the house or their working environment with some sort of medical information that validates their adverse health symptoms. And there's a really interesting problem. And hypersensitivity and allergy, are the first things that you think about when you think about being exposed to something in your airspace or a bio-aerosol.

So what we're going to be focusing on today is clinical mould antigen extracts, and moulds from...

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5 Things To Know About Toenail Fungus And COVID-19

Uncategorized Nov 18, 2021

Summer is approaching, at least for us here in Australia and for some of us, looking down at our toes might bring on a "yuck" reaction. Why are those nails cracked, fragile or showing discoloration? Are you embarrassed by this? What's causing it? How do I stop it? Is this a sign of something worse?

That's the topic of this week's show. And importantly, we're going to be talking about how the health of your toenails and even the health of the nails on your fingers can be used as an indicator of overall health.

To do this, we're going to go through some of the most common questions around nail fungus including symptoms and which groups of people are most likely to get fungal nail infections? What are the terms about this microbial infection and what are the typical fungi that cause this? We'll also talk about some of the environmental hazards for foot fungus as well as how it's diagnosed at the lab and then move on to how you can prevent fungal nail infections and discuss some of the...

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How Mould Spores Control Influenza-Like Illness

Uncategorized Nov 10, 2021

Hi there. My name's Dr. Cameron Jones, and I'm an environmental microbiologist and public health scientist. And today I want to talk to you about mold and pollen in the air. Now I know anyone who follows this show knows that I am always concerned about the presence and exposure to, of water-damaged buildings and what that could do to your overall health. But today I'm going to be presenting some interesting and fascinating research that I recently discovered, which is really mind-blowing because it is showing a beneficial effect to mold and pollen exposure.

But before we get into this, I want to review some of the typical molds that are found in the outdoor air, and to a greater or lesser extent, in water-damaged buildings. And to do that, I want to pull up some micrographs that I've taken in my lab that focus on some of the typical molds that can be found in the air space. And the reason I'm doing this is to draw your attention to the tremendous diversity of shape. And shape is...

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