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The Silent Scourge: The Unseen Mould Threat to Your Treasured Collections

Uncategorized Nov 26, 2023

Imagine this: your cherished collection of books, personal documents, legal papers, or even prized vinyl records, fine art prints, and photographs—items that carry irreplaceable personal value and history—fall victim to an invisible assailant. Without a sound, without a warning, they could be deteriorating, page by page, memory by memory. This is not a hypothetical situation exclusive to the dusty shelves of old libraries; it's a reality that could affect anyone's collection. Through the lens of extensive research into mould in libraries, we can gain insights into this silent menace and learn how to protect our own treasures from its grasp.

Introduction to Mould Threats in Libraries

Libraries are treasure troves of knowledge, but they face various threats that can damage their precious collections and the buildings they reside in. While fires have historically been a major concern, often triggered by warfare, sabotage, or negligence, there's a silent destroyer that's...

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The Silent Epidemic: How Hidden Mould in Your Home Could Be Making You Sick

Uncategorized Oct 26, 2023


In the heart of Germany, rising cases of water damage and mould infestation are sounding alarms for health and home safety. Scientists are linking the surge to climate change and other factors like poor building maintenance or construction, revealing a worrying trend that could put millions at risk. Despite this, German regulations remain outdated, barely scratching the surface of recent research findings. Scandinavia, a step ahead, has discovered a clear and present danger: moisture-induced moulds are not just eating away at walls—they are linked to severe chronic diseases. This blog will delve into this unseen adversary, uncovering its ties to multiorgan diseases and why it's time for Germany to pay attention.


To unveil the truth behind mould’s menacing effects, our journey begins in the depths of scientific databases. A comprehensive PubMed search was conducted, with keywords spanning dampness, mould, and the ominous...

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Fungi & Cancer: Unveiling the Hidden Links!

Uncategorized Aug 03, 2023

Unraveling the Fungi-Cancer Connection: A Preliminary Exploration

Cancer's link with bacteria has been thoroughly studied, but recent evidence brings to light a less discussed yet potent player in cancer pathogenesis: fungi. Various fungi species have been associated with the advancement and metastasis of cancer, while certain fungal toxins can adversely affect DNA and cellular components, thereby heightening the cancer risk. Even the immune response to fungal infections isn't exempt from suspicion as it might promote inflammation, leading to cellular damage and mutation. Despite the compelling evidence, the precise interaction between fungi and cancer remains enigmatic, emphasizing the need for additional research. Bibliometric analysis, by evaluating research trends and knowledge gaps, proves instrumental in shedding light on the puzzling fungi-cancer relationship. It is our hope that this exploration will inform future cancer prevention and treatment strategies.

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Hidden Dangers: How Mould Can Impact Your Property Purchase in Victoria and What Agents Are Legally Obligated to Disclose!

Uncategorized May 27, 2023

The advent of Material Fact Guidelines has brought a significant change in the real estate landscape in Victoria, Australia. Enacted on 1st March 2020, these guidelines were designed to protect purchasers of land, buildings, and Strata by emphasizing the importance of honest disclosure of information. The global pandemic, however, overshadowed its rollout and left many unaware of this vital legislation.

Under this legislation, Estate Agents must provide comprehensive disclosure about the properties they're dealing with, avoiding concealment of any material facts. If a fact isn't disclosed honestly, both the estate agent and the vendor could face significant consequences. The guidelines, though straightforward, require keen understanding for effective implementation.

A significant implication of these guidelines is the pressure they put on real estate agents and vendors to share information beyond the conventional Section 32 documentation. This information could relate to past...

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A Better Appreciation of the Connection Between Fungal Bioaerosols and Workplace Safety

Uncategorized May 16, 2023


Fungal bioaerosols have been a major concern in many industries and non-industrial workplaces due to their potential to cause respiratory problems. However, the circumstances where fungal bioaerosols are major issues have shifted over the past 40 years, especially with changes in the industrial sector and the design and operation of nonindustrial workplaces. To better understand the current thinking and mechanisms of fungal exposures, this review attempts to frame the history and provide potentially useful sources of information for physicians and their patients.

What the Review Looked At:

The review highlights that the major impact of fungal exposures is not only from their allergens but also from an array of Danger-Associated Molecular Pattern molecules. A significant molecule is the type of glucan found in moulds that grow in damp buildings, wood chips, and crops that is beta 1, 3 D glucan in triple helical form. This compound is exquisitely sensitive to the dectin...

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The Shocking Discovery: Fungi Found in 35 Types of Cancer!

Uncategorized Mar 07, 2023


Fungi are not just the pesky organisms causing athlete's foot or thrush. They are actually an important part of our immune system, and when things go wrong, they can even contribute to disease. In fact, recent research has found that fungi may play a role in cancer development. While they have been detected in some individual tumor types, their presence and impact across a broad range of cancers remains largely unknown.

Fungi and Cancer:

So far, researchers have detected fungi in 35 different types of cancer, with some types of fungi found to be more common in certain cancers. For example, Candida and Malassezia were more often found in esophageal cancer, while Aspergillus and Cryptococcus were more prevalent in pancreatic cancer. In addition, the fungi were often found inside cancer cells, suggesting they may be playing an active role in tumor development.

The Unknown Effects:

Despite the growing evidence of fungi's involvement in cancer, much remains unknown about...

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Mycotoxin Urine Testing for Mould Illness

Uncategorized Feb 23, 2023


Mould is a common problem in many homes and buildings, and exposure to mould can cause a number of health problems. One of the most serious health issues associated with mould exposure is mycotoxin illness. Mycotoxins are toxic substances produced by certain types of mould, and they can cause a range of symptoms, including fatigue, headaches, brain fog, and respiratory problems. One way to determine if you have been exposed to mycotoxins is through mycotoxin urine testing. 

Understanding Mycotoxin Urine Testing 

Mycotoxin urine testing is a type of laboratory test that can detect the presence of mycotoxins in the body. The test involves collecting a urine sample and sending it to a laboratory for analysis. The laboratory will test the urine for the presence of various types of mycotoxins, including aflatoxin, ochratoxin, and trichothecenes. 

It's important to understand that mycotoxin urine testing is not a definitive test for mould exposure or...

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Dangerous Mycotoxins in Our Food: Beijing Study Reveals Alarming Levels

Uncategorized Jan 16, 2023

The Beijing Study
Alarming Levels of Mycotoxins Found in Beijing Adults

Mycotoxins are poisonous substances made by specific kinds of fungi that can be harmful to human health. They can be found in a variety of grain-based foods and cereal crops, as well as in modified forms that increase exposure overall. In a recent study conducted in Beijing, it was discovered that more than 98% of adult urine samples contained at least one Alternaria mycotoxin, with alternariol monomethyl ether having the highest detection rate at 96%. (AME). Indicating the potential health concerns associated with mycotoxins, the computed average daily intake levels of AME (12.5 ng/kg b.w.) were five times the tolerated daily intake (TDI) value (2.5 ng/kg b.w.) set by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

The Impact of Indoor Air Quality on Mycotoxin Exposure
Mould and Fungi: A Hidden Danger in Your Home

The results of this study emphasize how critical it is to pinpoint the mycotoxin sources and human...

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Structural Defects Are The Leading Cause of Mold - Don't Ignore These Warning Signs

Uncategorized Jan 12, 2023

Key Points

A recent study evaluated the contribution of building issues to mold proliferation in dwellings. The study investigated 503 homes of patients suffering from respiratory diseases and found that building defects were the leading cause of mold growth, with water infiltration through leaks in roofs or walls as the top contributor. These results highlight the importance of health professionals being able to request home inspections and for city health authorities to address building issues in order to prevent mold proliferation.


• In the United States and Europe, 20% of homes have been found to have mould growth. Both immediate and long-term health effects are significant.
• Globally, a number of governmental and nongovernmental groups have produced recommendations regarding the dangers of indoor mould to human health. Mold-infested building home examinations have uncovered a wide range of danger signs.
• Practically speaking, the specialist...

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Exposure to cats and mould can cause respiratory symptoms, and it's important to take steps to avoid this!

Uncategorized Nov 10, 2022


Recent research published in the International Journal of Environmental Health Research reports on the relationship between household exposure to various factors and respiratory symptoms. The focus is on Malaysia, a tropical country with three ethnic groups having varying asthma prevalence. In previous research, 3-10 per cent of Malaysian schoolchildren were diagnosed with asthma and 5-8% had current wheeze.

The presence of fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) is a well-known marker of TH2 airway inflammation in allergic asthma and rhinitis. In children, FeNO is elevated if it exceeds 20 ppb. FeNO can be linked to height, male gender, and immediate-type allergies.

There are only a few studies on how household air pollution (HAP) affects FeNO. Microbial growth and chemical degradation of building materials can be caused by dampness, water leakage, and mould. FeNO levels have been linked to lower exposure to endotoxin and dogs. We have published findings on the role of...

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