Buy a Bale – Sanitair Lake Macquarie and Sanitair Central Coast donating $20 for every premium service in August

Buy A Bale – for drought affected farmers.

So many farmers out there are doing it really tough at the moment, Trent and Elisa Barnett from Sanitair Lake Macquarie and Sanitair Central Coast are donating $20 for every Premium HVAC Hygiene service in August to help raise vital funds for Rural Aid. The not-for-profit organisation does amazing work in supporting farming communities through programs like Buy a Bale, which delivers hay for cattle feed and other essential items.

“These farmers are fellow Australians, so it’s important we do what we can to help.”

Are you thinking about getting your air conditioner professionally cleaned?

How about also doing your bit to help our Aussie farmers who are struggling at the moment?

How Sanitair Lake Macquarie and Sanitair Central Coast are getting involved?

Trent and Elisa love giving back to their local community, for the month of August they are donating $20 for every Premium Air Con cleaning service towards ‘Buy a Bale’ to support the farming community affected by the drought.

The money sponsored will provide emotional and practical support to families affected by this devastating drought and improve their quality of life.

Sanitair Central Coast  and Sanitair Lake Macquarie will donate $20 (a bale of hay) to Buy A Bale from every premium service booked and cleaned in August.  See what you get for your money here Premium HVAC Hygiene Service.

These donations go directly to farmers and their families who are experiencing the prolonged drought conditions and support immediate needs like household expenses. Every dollar that is donated goes directly to those who need it most. We encourage others to visit https://www.buyabale.com.au/donate/ and add to the effort.

Call Trent or Elisa 1800 130 168 – if you reside in Lake Macquarie or Central Coast NSW.

Sanitair Lake Macquarie & Sanitair Central Coast

History of Legionnaires Disease

Mystery Illness Kills Legionnaires

The history of Legionnaire’s Disease.

Philadelphia, 1976

July 21st 1976, the American Legion held its annual conference at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia. 2,000 ‘legionnaires’ (as they’re called) gathered to celebrate the 200th anniversary of The Declaration of Independence.

Bellevue-Stratford Hotel, 1976.

Ray Brennan was the Legion’s bookkeeper and an Air Force vet. At 61, returned home on the evening of the 24th, he noted to his family that he was feeling run down. So, when he died on the 27th of an apparent heart attack, his earlier noted fatigue was seen as merely prodromal to whatever major cardiac event had been brewing. As his family mourned, another legionnaire, Frank Aveni, also died of a supposed heart attack. By the first of August, six more legionnaires who had attended the convention in Philly were dead of apparent cardiac events.

Dr. Ernest Campbell, a physician in Bloomberg, PA, treated a few of the first legionnaires to die. He quickly realized that they had all recently attended the conference, and he immediately notified the Department of Public Health.

Within the first week after the conference, 130 of the attendees ended up in the hospital; and 25 were dead.

Attendees of the 1976 convention. Within months, two of the men pictured were dead.

Joseph McDade

In January of 1977 McDade successfully isolated the bacterium responsible for the outbreak and he named it Legionella pneumophila It begins with flu-like symptoms and appear similar to a run-of-the-mill respiratory virus: but Legionnaire’s routinely led to pneumonia and high fevers that quickly progressed to fatal bradycardia (slow heart rate). Subsequent research concluded that the bacterium had been in the vents of the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel and had, therefore, been pumped through those air vents and then inhaled by attendees. Continued research would also find it to thrive in hot tubs, humidifiers and nebulizers. The prognosis was actually quite good: it could be treated successfully with specific antibiotics; antibiotics that weren’t the first line of defense by the hospitals that treated the first cases in summer of ‘76.

Legionella bacteria are commonly spread through airborne water droplets. Mist or vapor contaminated with the bacteria can come from whirlpool spas, cooling towers (used as air-conditioning units in large buildings), and water used for drinking and bathing.

Home and car air-conditioning units do not use water to cool the air, so they are not a risk for Legionella growth.

Legionnaires Disease Fact Sheet   http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/legionnaires_disease.aspx

Footnotes
  1. Magazine story covers related to the 1976 outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease. From Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Public Health Library, #1185. Copyright 1976 by CDC.
  1. http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/legionnaires_disease.aspx
  2. https://www.cdc.gov/legionella/about/causes-transmission.html

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Melbourne women develops auto-immune disease from MOULD in her air conditioner




A 34 year old high school PE teacher developed lesions all over her skin after moving into a brand-new apartment in trendy Melbourne suburb of Prahran in April 2014.  Carly Buhagiar had no idea how disastrous the place would be for her health, she was diagnosed with depression, anxiety and autoimmune condition that left her so exhausted she was forced to quit her job.

During the three years the 34-year-old high school PE teacher lived in the rental unit she developed lesions all over her skin. At the same time, Ms Buhagiar’s former partner, who was also living in the unit, developed an eerily similar autoimmune condition.

However, it would be years before they would connect the dots – and trace their dramatic health problems back to an air conditioner filled with mould.

Diagnosis Found – MOULD Found to be the cause

“I was just handballed from specialist to specialist, and I probably went to see about 14 different doctors,” she said.  It took over 20 months after she first moved into her apartment  until she was finally diagnosed with toxic mould illness after seeing a new GP.

When asked when she felt her skin was at its best, she replied: ‘When I go on holiday.’ Luckily for Ms Buhagiar, the GP’s colleague had just had an experience with mould, with his son becoming very ill because of it. With this in mind, Ms Buhagiar’s GP recommended she get the apartment tested for mould.

Toxic mould illness is one of the most under-diagnosed conditions caused by toxic vapours from mould.

These vapours can cause an auto-immune reaction in some individuals like in Carly Buhagiar’s case.

Symptoms include fatigue, brain fog, memory loss, shortness of breath, depression, sleep disturbances and  abdominal pain.

“I did a home test kit off the internet. And sure enough, alarm bells rang straight away,” she said.  Ms Buhagiar had further tests done by Dr Cameron Jones, “He came out and swabbed the whole place. It was uninhabitable,” she said.

Dr Jones said “It was extremely high where the air conditioner was pumping out. That was the central thing that you saw when you walked into the apartment,” he said.

Photos taken of the air conditioner at the time show mould growing inside the casing and on its fins. (Photo: Carly Buhagiar)

“It was clear as crystal. It was the air conditioner,” Dr Jones said. While reverse cycle air conditioners can be useful in lowering a home’s humidity, they can also become mouldy inside if they are not regularly checked and maintained, Dr Jones said.

Lint and debris collect inside the air conditioners over time and, when mixed with water, form mould, he said. “It becomes mould contaminated and that’s when it’s a massive problem.”

Sydney GP Mark Donohoe, who specialises in treating chronic illnesses, said he was initially sceptical about CIRS, but over the past few years had come to recognise mould as a factor behind many of his patient’s puzzling and debilitating conditions.

Many of his patients had been ill for years and misdiagnosed with illnesses such as chronic fatigue. Like Ms Buhagiar, they were also often suspected of having mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety, Dr Donohoe said.

“When medicine has run out of ideas of physical medical treatment we move straight to psychiatry and psychology. “(So patients get) misdiagnosed with mental health problems but when the moulds are gone they quickly regain their equilibrium and you find people emerging from what seems like depression or anxiety or bipolar disorders,” he said.

“There is no doubt in my mind that (mould-related illness) is an enormous problem and that we are going to have to solve it.” “Why it’s taken off so much in the last few years I can’t tell you but my practice is full of people who are mycotoxin affected, and mould toxins are by far the most common of those.

 Treatment for the Mould Illness

Carly underwent  a two week detox program in a Seattle based wellness clinic which involves medication and also alternative treatments such as “ozone steam sauna capsules” where patients sit inside and “sweat out the mould”.  At an expense of $25,000, Ms Buhagiar said she had noticed improvement in her health.

Dr Donohoe said while there was some merit to the suggestion you could sweat out toxins in the body, the main way to treat a mould illness was still to avoid exposure to it.

Ms Buhagiar has been treated in the US for toxic mould syndrome. (Photo: Carly Buhagiar)

CALLS FOR A NATIONAL INQUIRY

NSW Liberal MP Lucy Wicks, who has herself been diagnosed with CIRS, called for a national inquiry into mould-related illnesses.

An inquiry, similar to one recently conducted into Lyme disease, was needed to raise awareness among GPs about the health impacts of mould and also establish national guidelines for doctors, Ms Wicks said.  A spokesperson for Health Minister Greg Hunt said the minister was supportive of the proposal.

Professional Air Conditioning Mould Remediation

For all your Air conditioning mould remediation contact one of our professional Sanitair HVAC Hygienists.  We have over 65 branches across Australia.

Freecall 1800 1301 68 or enter your postcode into the search bar to be directed to your local Sanitair HVAC Hygienist.

 

 

Sourced: https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/06/06/10/44/mould-in-air-conditioner-woman-develops-toxic-mould-syndrome 

 

Teen Challenge 2018 Diamond Gala Dinner – Celebrating 60 Years

Saturday night was a great celebration and recognition for the dedicated team and the awesome job they do at Teen Challenge. The 2018 Diamond Gala Dinner, celebrating 60 years was a great success and raised much needed funds for a very worthwhile cause which was validated with some awesome success stories from some very amazing people.

The event table was kindly sponsored by Tony and Karen Evans from Sanitair Brisbane Inner East and their table shared by Robert Walters from Sanitair Brisbane South and Craig & Juliana Jefferies from Sanitair Head Office.

https://www.teenchallengeqld.org.au

Since 1971, Teen Challenge QLD has helped thousands of young people overcome addiction, abuse and other life-controlling problems, giving them a second chance at life.

Substance abuse is one of the most prevalent issues facing this generation. It knows no socioeconomic boundaries.

Their services aim to eliminate self-destructive behaviour by meeting the need of the whole person, not only dealing with the addiction, but also rebuilding their self-image, work ethic, spiritual awareness and relationships.

Queensland Government Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate

Queenslander’s investing in energy-saving appliances may be eligible for a rebate of up to $300.

As part of the Queensland state government’s Affordable Energy Plan, customers from the Sunshine State will be eligible to receive a rebate on the purchase of a new appliance with a four star energy rating or higher.

You have until 3rd June 2018 to purchase a 4 star energy rating or higher air conditioner, refrigerator or washing machine to be eligible for the rebate.
Customers can save up to $50 a year by using an energy efficient refrigerator or washing machine. An energy efficient air conditioner could save up to $100 a year.
Rebates available

Rebates will apply to purchases from 1 January 2018 to 3 June 2018 (inclusive) for the following household appliances:

• $200 for a 4 star or higher energy rated washing machine
• $250 for a 4 star or higher energy rated refrigerator
• $300 for a 4 star or higher energy rated air conditioner.

Limited to one (1) rebate application per household.

The scheme will end when the funding is exhausted, so payment of a rebate is not guaranteed.

Eligible to Queensland residents, for purchases in a domestic application.

Queensland’s Minister for Energy, Dr Anthony Lynham, says:

“In Queensland, appliances such as air conditioners, fridges and washing machines can account for nearly half of a household’s energy use.”
If your system is on it’s last legs this is the time to invest in a new one.”

Find out more: https://www.qld.gov.au/community/cost-of-living-support/about-energy-efficient-rebate