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Preventing the Effects of Fungal-Derived Aflatoxins in Peanut Butter

America’s Love Affair With Peanut Butter

As of October 8, 2017, the current population of the United States is estimated roughly at 326.8 million.[1] According to sales statistics in the year 2016, over 290 million of those Americans consumed peanut butter. In addition, it is predicted that November 2017—being the National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month—will bring about the consumption of over 65 million pounds of peanut butter. Suffice it to say, peanut butter is an American staple food—and why shouldn’t it be?
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How to Prevent Mold During Construction

Preventing Mold During Construction

One of many things to take into account when building a house or any other facility is the growth of mold during the construction. Mold is everywhere, so it stands as huge and possible threat that can slow the construction and increase costs of replacing affected materials as well as costs of remediation. Depending on climate and location, some construction sites are more susceptible to moisture that later result in moldy buildings. The least expensive way to deal with the mold is the prevention and certain measures undertaken before and during the construction can go a long way.
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How to Use a Pro-Lab Mold Test Kit

How to Use a Pro-Lab Mold Test Kit

According to TopTenReviews.com, the Pro-Lab Mold Test Kit is the #1 home mold test kit on the market for 2017, due to its simplicity of use, full-range testing methods, thorough mycology lab analysis (an extra fee), and its American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) certification.

Three Testing Methods

Each test in the Pro-Lab kit requires you to prepare a petri dish by pouring a mold medium, or a growth hormone, into the dish. After the growth hormone hardens, you can use the petri dish in one of three methods to collect a sample.
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Dangers of Anti-Microbial Soaps

The Dangers of Anti-Microbial Soaps

 

The Purpose of Hygiene

Excellent hygiene practices are an individual’s—and community’s—first defense against disease and illness. If ill health is already a factor, continual hygiene supports and enables the body to battle pathogens and heal itself. Without it, new and frequent microorganisms, including mold and yeast, would make contact and infiltrate the body on a daily basis, creating health concerns or compounding those that already exist.

The prevailing reason to engage in consistent hygiene practices is to prevent disease. When hygiene is performed correctly, the body and all its processes are able to function at their best. Inadequate—or altogether lacking—hygiene permits an overabundance of harmful bacteria, viruses, and fungi to accumulate throughout the body. The “bad” microbes then proliferate at such a pace that the “good” microbes quickly become outnumbered and unable to ward off the offending colonies. Once its defenses are breached, the body responds with typical symptoms of compromised well-being.
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Myco-ZX: How Effective are its Ingredients in the Fight Against Fungal Overgrowth Within the Body?

Myco-ZX: How Effective are its Ingredients?

In an earlier article, an interview between Infowars reporter Millie Weaver and Dr. Edward Group covered the hidden health dangers of mold and yeast. Briefly mentioned was Dr. Group’s supplement Myco-ZX, which is reported by the Infowars store to be “an all-natural blend of potent herbs and enzymes that support the body’s healthy detoxification of yeast and undesirable fungal organisms.” While we’re always a bit skeptical here at MoldBlogger and are not—in any way—affiliated with Infowars or Dr. Group’s Global Healing Center, we’re willing to investigate such claims, based on long-established facts surrounding the potential efficacy of each ingredient.
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Infowars Doctor Acknowledges the Hidden Health Dangers of Mold and Yeast

Infowars Doctor Acknowledges the Hidden Health Dangers of Mold and Yeast

In a video published on YouTube on March 11 of 2007, Infowars reporter Millie Weaver interviewed Dr. Edward F. Group III. The topic was the hidden health dangers of mold and yeast. Here at MoldBlogger, we may not agree with every perspective presented on Infowars, but when it comes to fungi—specifically, a publicized discussion on it—we’re more than willing to lend an ear.
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5 Ways to Avoid Mistakes While Cleaning Mold

The Dangers of Cleaning Mold

Cleaning mold may seem like something you can do on your own, but dealing with mold cleaning is not a task to be done briefly or unprofessionally. This process requires knowledge, attention, and experience which are usually provided by trained mold cleaning technicians and service providers. Why? Well, primarily because mold is a tricky fungus and a stubborn one as well, and if you take this matter lightly or not seriously as you should, you can find yourself in a really unpleasant situation, to say the least.

Taking mold cleaning lightly can result in severe mistakes. So, what are the 5 main ways to avoid such mistakes in the process?
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Occupational Respiratory Diseases: The Farmer, His Lungs, and Mold

Little-Known Agricultural Health Hazards

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “agriculture ranks among the most hazardous industries. Farmers are at very high risk for fatal and nonfatal injuries; and farming is one of the few industries in which family members (who often share the work and live on the premises) are also at risk for fatal and nonfatal injuries.”

The CDC estimates that over 167 agricultural workers suffer farm-related injuries every day (60,995 annually). The more common ages for fatal injuries range between 16 and 19 with 23% resulting from machinery malfunction or misuse, 19% involving motor vehicles, and 16% due to drowning. These leading sources constitute 58% of farm-related youth fatalities. The majority of nonfatal injuries among all age groups, however, are classified as either a sprain or strain.

In addition, the National Agricultural Safety Database (NASD) reports that “farmers account for more than 30% of adults disabled by respiratory illness.” Interestingly, the NASD also found that “a large percentage of farmers are nonsmokers.” This begs the question: In an industry known for its fresh-air work environment, what could possibly account for chronic respiratory conditions?
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Anti-Fungal Diet to Help Cure a Yeast Infection

The Self-Healing Body

The human body is equipped with self-healing mechanisms that work in conjunction with nourishment, hydration, as well as energy use (exercise and sleep). If the body is poorly supplied these necessities, it will respond – over time – with poor maintenance and an overall degradation of the entire system. If it is adequately supplied, these same self-healing mechanisms are capable of killing cancer cells, fighting infectious diseases, even combating the aging process, and so much more.
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How to Cure a Yeast Infection

Yeast Infections

With only 1,500 species identified, yeast – a single-celled microorganism – makes up just 1% of the fungi kingdom. It can be found in many ecosystems, including vegetation, soil, the aquatic (rivers, oceans, lakes, creeks, ponds), and, surprisingly to some, the bodies of both humans and animals.

Most are aware that yeast can be either beneficial or harmful to the health of its host. Beneficial yeasts, such as Brewer’s, Baker’s, and Torula, are often referred to as Nutritional Yeasts. Due to the presence of various vitamins, minerals, Beta Glucan polysaccharides, and Beta 1 3 Glucans, these beneficial yeasts generally enhance the functioning of the immune system, as well as aid in normalizing blood sugar levels. Harmful yeasts, however, such as candida, are pathogenic. This means that they cause disease.
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Is Moisture Damaging your Health?

Does Your Home Have Excessive Moisture?

If you’ve ever lived in an old house, chances are you’ve had some sort of encounter with damp. But, even poorly designed new buildings or internal water leaks can leave you facing a damp problem. Poorly ventilated bathrooms are often a haven for excess moisture in the home, and this can lead to a damp problem and mould growth. The tell-tale sign of a damp problem is often a musty, stale smell. On further inspection, a patch of affected wall or ceiling is usually found to have black mould (Stachybotrys chartarum) growing on it; a result of condensation. Mould is a fungus, and it’s the mould spores released into the air that are known to cause damp related illnesses.
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A Brief Guide to Damp Surveys

What is damp?

Damp occurs when moisture or water builds up within the structure of a building – often in the floor, walls or the ceiling. It can occur for a huge number of reasons, often related to poor building quality and it has become a serious problem in the UK, reducing the quality of living conditions in many households across the country.
Aside from causing physical damage to the upholstery and aesthetics of a property, damp can also cause structural problems as well as having health implications for those who live with severe cases. That’s why it can be so important to have a damp survey completed on your property if you’re worried about damp.
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Mold Might Live in Your Car

If You Practically Live in Your Car, Mold Might, Too

It may not be the first location you think of when the topic of mold comes up, but in this hustle-bustle, quick-and-easy, on-the-go lifestyle that most of us have bought into, these six words could be the truth of an entire commuting and overworked generation: “I practically live in my car.”
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HVAC Systems, Mold, and Homeowner Responsibilities

A Lifeforce of the Home

Within the walls, flooring, and ceilings of your domain, the HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning) system is busily catering to your specific comfort needs. Much like the circulatory or cardiovascular system of our bodies, the HVAC system regulates and monitors the ebb and flow of a home’s life sources: air and temperature.

A complete HVAC system is usually comprised of a “split system,” which consists of two separate devices: the “central cooling system” and the “central heating system.” In many cases, a home is equipped with only a central heating system, which could be due to the financial limitations of the original home owner, or because the climate in that specific area is generally cooler all year-round. In the case of a split system, however, both the cooling and the heating systems are “matched,” or paired. This means that they share the same ductwork and ventilation throughout the house and—depending on the type and configuration—both systems can actually work in sync with one another by combining specific processes, despite their seemingly contradictory functions.
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4 Ways Mold Can Ruin Your Life

A Destroying Fungus

Mold is more common than we’d like to realize, and while it may not impact us on a daily basis, it’s possible that this pesky fungus will eventually come and kick us in the butt. Even if you don’t think about it often, there are many ways that mold can have a negative impact on your life. However, when you’re more aware of the potential dangers it possesses, you have a better chance of getting ahead of it. Check out the following four ways that mold can ruin your life.
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