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Fungal spores: Ganoderma is a fungus with spores that contain Triterpenoids. These chemicals showed significantly anti-HIV-1 protease and anti-tumor activities. In traditional Chinese medicine, ganoderma extracts have been used for a variety of diseases. Traditional western medicine is studying it now. Stay tuned! ...Read more
Mold growth: Molds are ubiquidous in most areas. Moist areas such as basements without good ventilation are common areas of excessive mold growth. Dehumidifiers are often fighting an uphill battle unless ventilation is also increased. A basement exhaust fan to increase air movement is often the best way to limit mold growth in the home. ...Read more
If there is was a flood in my room a week ago, how long till i could get sick from being in the house with those spores?
Mold: What makes you think you will be getting sick? Did they find black or white mold in the walls or wall boards? Mold is endemic and can be found everywhere so if you have not had problems before there is no reason to believe you will get sick. You can always have an allergist test you to mold to see if you are allergic. ...Read more
Cryptosporidiosis: What you need to be concerned about is cyptosporidiosis, not cryptococcus. Both are present in the soil. Cryptococcus affects immunosuppresed individuals. Cryptosporidiosis can affect healthy people but, with infrequent exceptions, it is a mild flu like illness. Unless you have underlying illness, there is no need to be scared. ...Read more
Mixing of genes: Well to get technical parthenogenesis happens by asexual reproduction in certain species so the embryo will develop without fertilization. Spores are produced by sexual reproduction having genes contributed by both male and female of the species. ...Read more
A friend says she gets sick from gluten that's in the air ( in a store after baking), gluten spores she said. Is this true?
There's dark green growth along my window casing I need to clean it but I'm scared of spreading mould spores and getting sick, what do i do?
It probably is: It probably is mold. It is wise to wear a mask while cleaning. Many mold cleaning solutions are available and most contain some bleach--so ventilate your workspace well. ...Read more
Big answer: To big a question to fully answer here, but molds can cause infections and allergy problems, particularly asthma. Molds can also be respiratory irritants via non-allergic mechanisms, too. There is much more hype and litigation about molds than there is real science or disease, imho. ...Read more
Don't generalize...: Food-borne botulism in adults develops after ingestion of pre-formed toxin in improperly preserved canned goods, native american foods (whale or seal), ; such foods as baked potatoes, cheese sauce, beef stew, garlic cooking oil. Infants develop botulism when their GI tracts are colonized by live c. Botulinum bacteria or they intake small amt of toxin from possible sources like dust, soil, honey. ...Read more
BOTULISM: Moist heat at 120 degrees for 30 mins. Will kill the spores. ...Read more
If honey contains botulism spores, would the spores stay in my body forever, or are they eventually excreted?
No: In an adult, you will not have any problem with it. In fact, the spores will likely be gone in a day or two. ...Read more
If garlic bulbs often have on them the spores that become botulism then why don't those spores lead to illness when eating raw garlic? Eating raw ok?
Quantity: It is the quantity which makes one sick. And even if garlic bulbs contain the toxin, you will likely chase away all of your friends and family members from eating pounds of them before you get ill. Certainly, most people can tolerate 200 units of botulinum from Botox injections without any problem. Honey contains small amount of the toxin also and thus not recommended for young infants. ...Read more
Difficult: That is an extremely difficult question to answer. Clostridia are anaerobic, spore-forming rods (bacilli). C. Difficile is the most serious cause of antibiotic-associated diarrhea (aad) and can lead to pseudomembranous colitis, a severe inflammation of the colon, often resulting from eradication of the normal gut flora by antibiotics. ...Read more