Ventura, CA (PRWEB) June 13, 2012
Today, medical professionals are increasingly recommending structural pasteurization, a process that involves the controlled application of heat up to 150 degrees to the area for several hours, as a proactive health improvement solution particularly for those with severe asthma, allergies, compromised immune systems, and other serious conditions.
It turns out that the structures that we live, work, and play in can make us very sick. Lurking in the walls, attics, crawlspaces, and subflooring—under sinks, toilets, showers, and other unseen areas—moisture damage from rain, plumbing leaks, sewage spills, and even humidity can cause unseen growth of mold, fungi, bacteria, and viruses.
Other dangers that can lurk within a structure include chemical odors, tiny dust mites, insects and rodents that could serve as vectors for disease.
These unseen dangers within the home or at work can lead to a serious case of “building-related illness” leaving occupants feeling ill or exhibiting a variety of symptoms without knowing why. As a result
Structural pasteurization may be the answer. If structural pasteurization sounds familiar, it is similar to an application of the principles that Louis Pasteur used to reduce microbiological caused food spoilage in the mid-1800s, but applied to building structures.
Structural pasteurization is an engineered process in which high temperatures up to 150 ºF are introduced for several hours to a structure or part of a structure to reduce bioorganisms to acceptable levels without damage to the structure.
Heat applied to a building structure can be just as effective in destroying active mold growth sites, bacteria, viruses, protozoa, insects, and other heat-sensitive pests and organisms.
“Structural pasteurization may provide doctors with a tool to treat the source of the problem, which may be within the individual’s residence or workplace, not just the symptoms,” says Chris Landon, MD, a pediatric pulmonary specialist and graduate of Stanford Medical School.
Dr. Landon has prescribed structural pasteurization as a proactive health solution for those with severe asthma or other serious respiratory conditions.
Structural pasteurization, it should be noted, is not just a matter of applying heat to a structure. HEPA filtration plays a critical role in the treatment process by eliminating airborne contaminants that already exist, or that are stirred up during the convective heat process.
The special HEPA air scrubbers are designed to capture increased airborne particulate matter, such as mold spores and insect parts found in household dust, which could otherwise aggravate applicators or sensitive individuals if not properly captured.
The combination of heat application with HEPA filtration – known as ThermaPureHeat® – was co-invented and commercialized by David Hedman, a Stanford educated inventor and is delivered by licensed contractors throughout the United States and Canada.
"While the growth of unseen dangers such as mold, fungi, bacteria, viruses, chemicals, dust mites, and bed bugs can be out of the reach in walls, cracks, corners, and crawlspaces, they are most likely not out of the reach of structural pasteurization," explains ThermaPureHeat President David Hedman.