Dr Gregor Will, medical practitioner, Cologne
OCCURRENCE AND DIAGNOSIS OF MILDEW FUNGI CONTAMINATION
Serious gaps in our knowledge still exist with regard to the importance of diagnosing and treating fungal illnesses in practices and hospitals (Mycology Study Group at the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin, WHO). Not only candida, but also mildew fungi infections play an increasingly important role in causing chronic illnesses. Sources of mildew fungi are wherever dampness, earth and rotting substances are. This is especially true of leaves, waste, compost, garden earth, animal pens, and in general also of all plants.
The air contains large amounts of fungi in the months with humid, changeable weather (in Europe) like February, March, April, September, October and November. In these months, dry winds which spread spores are often followed by humid weather with considerable fungal increase. Some fungi are able to release up to 20 million spores per minute. This is several times the am...