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The ugly truth about bath toys: mould, yeasts and bacteria

Uncategorized Nov 26, 2020

Over the next five minutes, we're going to be talking about bath toys. That's right. This is The Mould Show. And each week we focus on another aspect of public health. And earlier this week, I appeared on The Morning Show on Channel Seven, talking about the risks from bath toys.

Now, the reason for this was that there had been a number of new stories linking bath time and very serious infections. And one that was brought to my attention was a mother of a little boy who was playing with one of these typical bath toys and he squinted himself in the eye. And that's half the fun of bath toys and face it bath time is supposed to be fun apart from getting clean. So in the next five minutes, we're going to be going quite quickly through some of the reasons why bath time plus plastic bath toys might be cause for reconsideration for a lot of parents and grandparents. And especially as we approach Christmas and you're considering potential stocking fillers, you might want to think twice about...

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What you should know about pathogens for 2021

Uncategorized Nov 20, 2020

This week I was speaking to a client and she said to me that she was so relieved that the COVID-19 restrictions were lifting and that things could get back to normal. And she went on to say that, especially with COVID-19, really this was just a once in a hundred-year problem and that she couldn't wait until life went back to normal. And I started thinking to myself, is what she's thinking and saying actually true? And I know that through history, diseases and infections have been periodic and have caused massive problems. And so this week I wanted to focus on a range of different pathogens, bacterial, viral, and also yeast and fungal pathogens as well.

And so today, we're going to be talking about what you should know about pathogens for 2021. And I think that this is particularly important because certainly this year, like no other, it is firmly focused, and for all of us, we've all been affected by SARS-CoV-2 and the impact that this virus is having across the planet. And we've...

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How severe weather can damage your home in hidden ways, and what you can do to protect yourself

Uncategorized Nov 13, 2020

In the next five minutes or so, I'm going to answer a fundamental question, which I'm asked about all the time and that is after an unexpected water damage event at your property, what's the probability that you're going to end up with a mould problem? I'm going to cut straight to the answer here. You need to answer three questions. That is, how much water was present? Was it a little bit, or was it a lot? How long was the water present inside your property? Was it minutes, hours or was it some days? And there's a really important question because so many of my clients are going through insurance-related water damage claims, and often the time from the initial wetting event to when someone comes to assist the property, or importantly when someone comes to do make safe works is often a lot longer than hours or even a few days.

So that's something you all need to be aware of. And then the third question I need all of you to consider is, what type of water caused the wetting event? And...

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Coffee may be good for you today but could be disastrous in the future

Uncategorized Nov 06, 2020

Like many of you, I look forward to my daily cup of coffee and so do a lot of other people too. In fact, the statistics suggest that 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed every day. But apart from the health benefits of coffee, as well as the simple pleasure and the social issues as well about coffee consumption, climate change poses a very real threat. And that's what I want to talk to you about on this episode of The Mould Show, because a recent paper came out in October, 2020, focusing on some of the risks to the coffee crop and the number of cups that we have available to us. And climate change is predicted by 2050 to reduce the available land suitable for coffee growing by up to 50%. And so that is what I want to focus on in today's live stream. 

Why climate change could cost you your cappuccino. And to orient you, what I'm going to be doing today is going through some of the key facts and figures surrounding coffee. Then we're going to be looking at some of the new...

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Can the mould in blue cheese be as harmful as mould in the house?

Uncategorized Oct 30, 2020

This week, I want to talk about a recent water damage and mould inspection that I was called out to do. And the reason that I was at that particular property was that the occupant had recently done something called an aspergillus serology test with her doctor and she'd gotten back some pretty scary lab results. And they showed that she had a really strong reaction to a particular fungus called Aspergillus fumigatus. That was the catalyst for why she called us in to inspect her property, to work out whether or not there was any realistic basis for her concern about being exposed to mould.

Now, what's really interesting about this case is that that's not an atypical reason for us. We're commonly called out to do water damage and mould inspections because people do have a legitimate cause for concern, and often it's these types of lab reports that clinicians use to connect the dots, as it were. But what's really interesting about this particular situation is that she said to me, a...

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Climate Change could be damaging your home: here’s what you need to know, and what can be done.

Uncategorized Oct 22, 2020

Hi there. What are your first thoughts when I mention the word climate change? Do you agree with it or do you step outside your front door and you think to yourself spring and summer, it's not just as pleasant as when you were perhaps a child? Well, these extreme weather events, think of bush fires or extreme water events, this encapsulates the concept of climate change, and we all know the famous Swedish environmental climate activist, Greta Thunberg, presented her famous series of speeches in 2018 and '19 talking about the dire impact of climate change if we don't do something about it.

So that brings me to what we're going to be talking about in this week's live stream, and this is some of the impacts of extreme weather events that can affect our homes and cause damage in particular to timber and timber incorporated into not only new building construction but all sorts of different environments where timber is used. The jumping-off point for me deciding to talk about this week is...

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Is mould the cause of your sleep problems?

Uncategorized Oct 16, 2020

Hello. When you go to sleep at night and your head hits the pillow, do you find it easy to go to sleep? Maybe you wake up a little bit too often, or maybe you have snoring. If this happens to you or a loved one, today's show, I'm going to go through the six factors that could help improve your night's sleep. Now to put this in context, anyone who's suffered any form of insomnia, you know that it happens to everyone at some point in their lives.

Famous people who've been insomniacs include Bill Clinton. He used to brag that he didn't need that much sleep until he had a heart attack. Roseanne Barr, the famous comedian and actress. She even had her own show. She was addicted to sleeping pills and she blamed them when she Tweeted out a racist remark. Similarly, we all know about Michael Jackson and his untimely death due to the fact that he had trouble sleeping, and the list goes on and on.

Now, why am I telling you this? Well, a fascinating publication was just published in early 2020,...

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

Uncategorized Oct 09, 2020

Hi, there. My name is Cameron Jones, and I'm an environmental microbiologist. And on this week's live stream, we're going to be talking about mould odour. I'm going to be talking to you about smells, particularly decaying smells, especially after water damage. And I want to focus on the question, can we trust our sense of smell, and how important is it when we discover that there might be a funky mould smell in our home, or office, or car. And that is the topic of this week's live stream.

And to kick it off, I want to focus on the well-known model and actress, Megan Fox, who is currently in a legal dispute with a range of different people regarding the mould contamination that she alleges pervades her home. And I want to use this as the springboard for talking about this central question, can we trust our sense of smell to protect us from danger? And I want you to just think about smell for a little bit. Over summer, for example, you might think of coconuts and think of sun or sand....

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The Hidden Dangers In Your Pillows You Need To Know About

Uncategorized Oct 03, 2020
 

After a tiresome day, there is nothing better than crawling into bed and laying your head down onto a soft, comforting pillow. But before you drift off into the sweetest of dreams, take a moment to think about the hidden dangers lurking within your pillow. It could turn out to be your worst nightmare...

A 2006 study looked into the fungi living in pillows, and they discovered that the most common three fungi were: Aspergillus fumigatus, Aureobasidium pullulans and a yeast, called Rhodotorula. What’s frightening is that Aspergillus fumigatus, the most common fungus found in the pillows, is known to have implications for patients who have respiratory disease, especially those individuals suffering from asthma and sinusitis.

The study went further, discovering that fungi were more prolific in synthetic fibres than natural ones. Over the past 30 years, our bedding buying habits have changed from feather and flock pillows, sheets and blankets to mainly polyester pillows and quilts....

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How a Keto diet could protect you from dementia by altering your gut fungi

Uncategorized Sep 03, 2020
 

Breakthrough research out this past week shows that the gut mycobiome has a big influence on brain function. Researchers have discovered that the Ketogenic diet can be used to manipulate the gut microflora and that certain fungi are linked with mild cognitive impairment. The Keto diet was compared against participants who ate a diet endorsed by the American Heart Association diet.

YouTube Link:

https://youtu.be/UTbNy_XFxDA

REFERENCES:

Nagpal, R., Neth, B., Wang, S., Mishra, S., Craft, S., & Yadav, H. (2020). Gut mycobiome and its interaction with diet, gut bacteria and alzheimer's disease markers in subjects with mild cognitive impairment: A pilot study. Ebiomedicine, 59, 102950. doi: 10.1016/j.ebiom.2020.102950

Ketogenic diet. Healthdirect.gov.au. https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/ketogenic-diet. Published 2020. Accessed September 3, 2020.

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