Wet weather = Mould
A new focus that is a timely reminder of the health effects of the recent heavy rain. The continuing high humidity has resulted in very slow dry out of the dampness that followed the heavy rain. Many of us had water enter our houses. The continuing very welcome rain has kept humidity levels high. The dampness that is in carpet and upholstery is a perfect medium for mould. There is a level of dirt and dust in all these fabrics that is especially high after the dust and smoke of the last few months.
There is a sound body of evidence that has shown that high levels of mould and mildew has a negative effect on our health. It is especially a concern on the back of the smoke and dust irritation of the respiratory system of the dust and smoke in the air from September to January.
A paper published in 2011 that reviewed 1398 research papers and found that 61 papers filled the criteria. The 61 papers reached this conclusion. “We observed increased risks of allergic respiratory health outcomes in children exposed to visible mould and mould spores” https://erj.ersjournals.com/content/38/4/812.short
Home mould - Health Impacts
This study conducted in Finland showed that exposure to mould in the home was significantly associated with common cold, cough without phlegm, nocturnal cough, sore throat, rhinitis, fatigue and difficulties in concentration. Building-related moisture or mould increased the risk of upper and lower respiratory infections and symptoms as well as of nonrespiratory symptoms.
You can check the article here: https://erj.ersjournals.com/content/14/6/1363
The WHO published a book in 2009 that looked at all the evidence available to make recommendations regarding the impact of poor air quality indoors and health outcomes.
It was evident that it was difficult to isolate which microbes were the most harmful, as people had multiple contacts in their daily life with both indoor and outdoor micro-organisms. What the book does distill is that there are hundreds of species of bacteria and fungi that live in damp environments indoors that lead to poor health outcomes.
Mould affects, breathing, allergies and immunity
The three systems that show the biggest changes is the Respiratory system, Allergies and Immune system. The key focus of the book is addressing building dampness and reducing microbial growth on building surfaces.
The data collected confirmed that people living in damp buildings, regardless of weather, were at increased risk of respiratory symptoms, respiratory infections and exacerbation of asthma. Exposure to microbial agents that thrive in dampness lead to an increase in the risks of rare conditions. These are Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis, Allergic Alveolitis, Chronic Rhinosinusitis, and Allergic Fungal Rhinosinusitis. Individuals with asthma have an increased sensitivity to damp and mould.
We could continue to quote more data, but I don’t feel that there is much to be gained from that. What we can see most definitely is that damp and mould has a significant negative health impact.
I would suggest that the last few months of smoke and dust creates a setting for the mould to have a greater negative health impact.
This increases the imperative to take action and reduce indoor moulds and boost lung health with a detox.
I believe that we will see an increase in chest infections and persistent coughs this winter among those who do not boost their lung health before winter, and reduce moulds before the cool damp weather of winter.
I believe that our return to good health and resilience is two fold.
1: It is very important that we restore good health in the lungs and detox pathway systems. That will allow our body to cope better with the poor indoor air quality.
Recommendations: A detox program of at least 1 month. The doTERRA company has a classical detox program that will remove pathogens, seed good bacteria and support the body to clear toxic buildup from the principle detox organs - Bowel, Liver and Kidneys. Follow this link to make a purchase: You will need to select the USA shop. The DigestZen products.
The products are: GX Assist; Zendocrine Detoxification Complex; PB Assist+
In addition the ASEA Redox supplement has supports health at a cellular level.
Follow this link to look at supportive science.
2: Mould reduction in the indoor environment. There are a number of natural non toxic agents that have been shown to kill indoor moulds.
There are a number of essential oils that clinical research has shown to be particularly powerful against moulds. Clove oil has a long history of effectiveness, as does Thyme and Cinnamon. There is a premixed blend called On Guard that has strong antimicrobial properties.
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