Health Issues

The medical community accepts that inhalation of mold spores and mold material (fragments of mold bodies) can trigger allergic reactions in sensitized individuals but the health issues associated with indoor mould and bacterial in damp buildings are real and greater than just allergenic reactions. According to Dr Jack Thrasher Toxicologist “the increased health risks and economic impact from microbial growth resulting from indoor dampness are recognized as significant public health problems requiring attention and remediation.” (Victoria Furrer Brown 020) Sometimes you can see it other times its hidden(dubbo Julie 24 or dubbo Julie 18)

Medical community appear to be slow in recognising these sources of exposure, but yet just recently Mould Spore growing in a petri dish
in the open Journal of Mycology a presented paper showed Seven MS patients were selected to analyse
the presence of fungal infection. With all their results taken together,  they concluded that there is
evidence for disseminated fungal infection in all the seven MS patients analysed in this work.
7 out of 7 positive, where as the ten healthy controls in this study were negative to fungal infections
-what does this tell you.
In Sydney NSW prolonged exposure to very high airborne mould concentrations resulted in major health consequences for the occupants of an apartment. Upon the death of the male occupant testing of his apartment showed various mould but also the presence of two pathogenic moulds which when further testing was carried out on the deceased’s tissue we found the same two pathogenic mould with PCR (Fungal DNA) testing. Testing has shown positives to a Penicillium sp in Cancerous Breast Tissue but negative in non Cancerous tissue, further testing is being undertaken in this field to establish those results scientifically.
These are strong links between mould and disease
Mould related health issues are wide and varied but have not necessarily being agreed on,
In 2004 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold, The Institute of Medicine also found limited or suggestive evidence linking indoor mold exposure and respiratory illness in otherwise healthy children.
Diseases Linked with Mould
Immune Deficiencies
Individuals with suppressed immune systems may become infected by fungi (mold) or affected by the fungal Mycotoxins or react to the bacterial endotoxins.
Hypersensitivity
Hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals susceptible to that immune-mediated condition.  Scientific work has shown an association with Chaetomium
Respiratory Problems
Upper respiratory tract symptoms- Volatile organic compounds produced by many molds cause irritation of the nose, eyes and upper airways in humans.
Liver Cancer
The relationship between aflatoxins and liver cancer is well established
Diagram showing mould related lung cancerLung Cancer
Circumstantial epidemiological evidence suggests that AFB1 (mould chemical) inhalation may cause primary lung cancer- Different tobacco sources also showed positives to AFB1. Out of 5 major brands here in Australia we have grown confluent mould from over the counter cigarettes along with bacteria. In studies in mouse toxicity Forty-nine per cent of 740 fungi isolated from cured tobacco
were lethal to mice.
Cardiovascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases And Stroke- Journal of Toxicology(ISSN: 1559-3916) stated that the outcomes of the extensive reviews showed that persons exposed to chronic toxigenic molds in damp buildings might be at risk of cardiovascular diseases and other related disorders

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