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Aug 19, 2022

Why You Should Listen: 

In this episode, you will learn about Actinomycetes and its role in CIRS.

About My Guest:

My guest for this episode is Larry Schwartz.   Larry Schwartz, BSME, MBA, CIEC is the Founder, CEO, and President of Safestart Environmental and Safestart Building Consulting, Inc.; entities dealing in Indoor Air Quality, Industrial Hygiene, Mold, Infrared Thermography, Forensic Water Intrusion Analysis, Building Science, Consulting, and New Construction Consulting.  Larry has performed over 10,000 investigations of properties for which he has investigated, created remediation plans, performed testing, and issued post-remediation verifications.  A specialty area is assessing, testing, and creating solutions to make homes and workplaces environmentally safe for patients with inflammatory illnesses.   Many of his clients are patients referred by their physicians and clinics worldwide.  He both travels to their sites as well as conducts virtual consulting of which he has performed more than 1,200.  Larry is on staff at University of Arizona’s School of Public Health as an adjunct lecturer of Environmental Health Sciences. 

Key Takeaways:

  • What are Actinomycetes?
  • Can Actinos be both health-negating and health-promoting?
  • Are mold and mycotoxins still relevant in the CIRS conversation?
  • What patterns have been observed with GENIE testing?
  • Can CIRS occur from exposure to a building without water intrusion or water damage?
  • What is the "Stack Effect"?
  • Where might Actinos be found in a living environment?
  • Can Actinos be a trigger for MCAS?
  • How are Actinos tested?  How are results interpreted?
  • Are Actinos common in indoor environments?
  • Do the Actinos indices correlate to clinical presentation better than an ERMI score?
  • How might Actinos be reduced in an indoor environment?
  • Can air filtration, fogging, or UV light be tools to mitigate Actinos?

Connect With My Guest:

Related Resources:

Actinomycetes Environmental White Paper

Interview Date:

August 12, 2022


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The content of this show is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any illness or medical condition. Nothing in today's discussion is meant to serve as medical advice or as information to facilitate self-treatment. As always, please discuss any potential health-related decisions with your own personal medical authority.