A freak thunderstorm in the areas of Sydney and Melbourne, Australia has left 8 people dead. 500 are currently hospitalized and Five other patients remain in intensive care units, with three of those in critical condition. Another 8,500 have been treated after they suddenly got sick during and after this unprecedented natural disaster that overwhelmed the state’s emergency services with calls for help on average every 4 seconds.
This bizarre storm is now being dubbed “thunderstorm asthma,” because 8 people died of asthma-related attacks, others were struggling to breathe, and some people had heart attacks.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported; “When we’ve had people calling for ambulances – one call every 4½ seconds at the peak – it was like having 150 bombs going off right across a particular part of metropolitan Melbourne. And that’s something we’ve never really planned for.”
Some people are claiming that these deaths and the people who got severely ill during and after the storm were caused by rye grass pollen. ABC Australian had reported that after ‘heavy rain caused rye grass pollen to absorb moisture and burst, dispersing smaller particles that became trapped in people’s lungs’, according to official reports
But the facts are rye pollen does not kill people like this. In my opinion, this is media propaganda to make it seem to the uninformed that mold is not dangerous, and that pollen is the true cause.
Thunderstorm asthma is brought on by sudden changes in temperature and humidity and the whipping up of large amounts of mold spores. The facts are that you can get breathing problems, allergic reactions, asthma and even die from inhaling a large number of mold spores and mycotoxins.
A 2006 study titled, The link between fungi and severe asthma: a summary of the evidence that was published in the European Respiratory Journal had shown that thunderstorms with increased acute asthmatic attacks were most likely caused by mold. In fact, these same storms can carry several tons of mold spores across several hundred miles! Here is a small snippet from the study:
“In the medical literature, an association of thunderstorms with increased acute asthmatic attacks was first noted by Packe and Ayres 53 in 1985. They described a concurrent increase in airborne spores of the fungi Didymella exitialis and Sporobolomyces. Since then, many episodes of thunderstorm asthma have been noted in several parts of the world 24, 45, 54–58.
The hypothesis is that increased humidity, coupled with higher winds, triggers increased spore production and dissemination. Local investigations have implicated other fungi, such as Alternaria 24, 46, grass pollens 54, 55, 59 or both 58. In some studies that noted a correlation with grass pollens, which may also be produced and disseminated in greater numbers under thunderstorm conditions, fungal spore counts and patient
In some studies that noted a correlation with grass pollens, which may also be produced and disseminated in greater numbers under thunderstorm conditions, fungal spore counts and patient sensitisation to fungi were not measured 54, 55. In those studies in which both were measured, fungal spores may be more highly associated with asthma than pollen 46. Thunderstorm asthma was positively correlated with a doubling of ambient fungal spores 45. In North America, the central prairies generate huge quantities of Alternariaspores. A well-documented “spore storm” occurred on October 6–7, 1937, throughout the eastern USA when huge air masses travelled rapidly to the Atlantic seaboard, conveying several tons of mould spores across several hundred miles 60.”
Rye is also notorious for being infected with a group of fungi called Ergot (most prominently Claviceps purpurea). The fungus produces a neat little cocktail of alkaloid drugs which cause spasms, diarrhea, nausea and hallucinations. This is the same fungi that LSD is made out of.
The School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol had wriiten, “Ergot was first mentioned in the early Middle Ages, as the cause of outbreaks of mass poisonings affecting thousands of persons at a time. The illness appeared in two characteristic forms, one gangrenous (ergotismus gangraenosus) and the other convulsive (ergotismus convulsivus). Popular names for ergotism – such as “mal des ardents”, “ignis sacer”, “heiliges Feuer” or “St. Anthony’s fire” – refer to the gangrenous form of the disease.”
Mold Inspection Pro Conclusion
In a previous article I had written, “Asthma Caused By Mold,” I detailed that the Mayo Clinic had stated that if you have a mold allergy and asthma, your asthma symptoms may be triggered by exposure to mold spores. In some people, exposure to certain molds can cause a severe asthma attack.
The Mayo Clinic had said, “Like any allergy, mold allergy symptoms are triggered by an overly sensitive immune system response. When you inhale tiny, airborne mold spores, your body recognizes them as foreign invaders and develops allergy-causing antibodies to fight them.
After the exposure has passed, you still produce antibodies that “remember” this invader so that any later contact with the mold causes your immune system to react. This reaction triggers the release of substances such as histamine, which cause itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing and other mold allergy symptoms.
If you suspect that your allergies and or asthma may be caused by mold, I would suggest that you stay inside when there are thunderstorms and wind so that you can avoid breathing in high levels of mold spores. When indoors during a storm, do not open your windows. You may also want to invest in a HEPA air filter for your home to help clear the air of any mold spores and other floating contaminants that can make your asthma worse.