Last Update: July 11, 2018 at 11:34 am
Source: News for the Soul
Date: July 11, 2018
By Dr Holly Heard at Noon Pacific on Wednesdays on News for the Soul Radio
TODAY: Pathogenic Air
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We all know that the air is full of pollutants, but did you know that it is full of pathogenic material?
The four most common bacteria found in the air are:
Micrococcus: . Micrococcusis a sphere-shaped (coccus/cocci generally means spherical), relatively harmless bacterium
Pathogenic material from plants and livestock are commonly dispersed through the air. Airborne bacteria can have important effects on human health as pathogens or triggers of allergic asthma and seasonal allergies. According to some research, the bacteria in the atmosphere actually has the capacity to influence our weather by initiating cloud condensations and other components.
In fact, what is even more challenging, is that the air indoors is usually more harmful than the air outdoors! Why? The air outdoors has a much greater capacity for dispersion than the air indoors. In addition to the pathogenic air in our homes, we also have a huge variety of molds. Each of which can have a huge impact on our health.
Moldy building materials include:
The types found in hospitals that are so well known for infections include:
As humans, our health is very dependent on the balance of microbial communities both inside our bodies and outside. We have often discussed the microbiota in/on our bodies and in particular in our gut. But what about in our atmosphere and consequently in our lungs?
We know that diet, anti-biotics, infections etc can have a huge impact on our gut microbiota but we know relatively little about the balance of micro material in the atmosphere and its effect on our lungs. If it gets into our lungs, to what extent can it then transverse into our cardio-vascular system as the blood exchanges carbon dioxide for oxygen and then travels back into the heart and throughout the body?
Interestingly enough, most of the bacteria found in our homes comes from our skin and our intestinal tracts.
Other sources of microbial species found in the dust include:
+ 20 other fungal genera
(studies vary from between 500-1000 different species present in house dust)
Of course, if we have animals, they throw in their particular microbial systems as well. And then of course, there are the plants/soil in our homes.
However, in our homes, bacterial growth can also originate from several systems: plumbing, heating, ventilation, air-conditioning. If we have water issues it can also come from: water leaks, floor flooding, and other areas in the rainy seasons. From there, we get contaminants that live on surfaces and can be further dispersed as bioaerosols.
In addition, there may also be molds (that accumulate in carpeting) which are also dispersed as bioaerosols.
Did you know that we even accumulate bacteria from the clothes we wear?
Dust mites are the most common source of microbial material in a household. They are found
Of course, there is also the outdoor component that moves into the home through open doors and windows, ie., natural ventilation, but also from shoes onto the floors and carpets.
Is all of this bad or good? We do need some bacteria in our bodies – they are necessary. We need bacteria on our skin – again they are necessary. We know that if we live in a sterile environment it is unhealthy. So what do we need to do?
Issues to consider:
- There are all kinds of air filtering systems that will clean air to about 0.5 mic but 80% are smaller.
- Some of these microbes are beneficial, for instance, dogs are more beneficial than cats to the development of an infant’s immune system
- This may be said for plants as well, except I couldn’t find any studies regarding it
- To what extend does your dusting, sweeping even vacuuming actually make matters worse by spreading microbiotic material into the atmosphere
I don’t have the answer as it really depends on a number of issues:
- The degree to which your home is contained or has outdoor ventilation
- The number of people in your home
- The toxins you use to clean your home
- The carpets versus flooring in your home
There is no one answer, but there is a number of issues to consider, especially if anyone in your household is suffering from allergies, asthma, headaches, etc.