Australians reminded to ‘leave a light on’ to support organ and tissue donation

Alysha McDowell changed the lives of 30 people when her tissues and organs were donated after she died.

While the grief of losing our only daughter will never diminish, knowing that she has contributed to our community helps us to deal with the pain”

— Bruce McDowell

SYDNEY, NSW, AUSTRALIA, May 17, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Australian households are being asked to upload a picture of a porch light to the Donor Families Australia Facebook page in support of organ and tissue donation. Commencing at 6pm on the evening of May 18, 2022, Donor Heroes Night is designed to celebrate the lives of approximately 25,000 Australian organ and tissue donors who have given the ultimate gift so that others may live.

Mr Bruce McDowell, Chairman of Donor Families Australia, lost his 19-year-old daughter in a car accident in late 2008. Following her death, Alysha’s tissues and organs helped to transform the lives of 30 individuals. “As a family we could not be prouder of what Alysha has done for others. While the grief of losing our only daughter will never diminish, knowing that she has contributed to our community helps us to deal with the pain” he said.

Over 1850 Australians are currently waitlisted for organ transplants. Donor Families Australia encourage everyone to use Donor Heroes Night as an opportunity to have a conversation with their loved ones about their wishes to donate and be sure to register their intent on the national organ donor registry. In 2021, 125,000 participants took part, and this year, Donor Families Australia is aiming to double that figure.

Individuals who would like to take part in the event are asked to take a photo of a porch light and upload it with a comment to their social media accounts, tagging @DonorFamiliesAustralia. Associated hashtags are: #DonorHeroesNight #DonorHeroes #DonorFamilies #leavealighton #forevergrateful
Further information on Donor Heroes’ Night and the benefits of organ and tissue donation can be found at: https://www.donorfamiliesaustralia.org/donor-heroes-night

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BOILERPLATE: Donor Families Australia is a national member-based independent support and advocacy group comprising families who have donated their loved ones’ organs and tissue. It’s the only organisation of its kind in Australia specifically dedicated to Donor Families.

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The Hidden Dangers of Mould in the Home

Mould Growing in Kitchen

After the increased amount of rain we’ve had recently, you could find mould growing in your home.

The extra rain on the east coast of Australia recently has kept humidity levels high, encouraging mould to grow in homes which is not good for people’s health.

As exposure to mould is a great stress to the body, a lot more magnesium than normal will be required to detox, defend and re-balance.”

— Sandy Sanderson. CEO of Elektra Magnesium

BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA, May 16, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — There’s been a great deal of extra rainfall over the east coast of Australia this year due to a particularly strong La Nina event and although many reports forecast it will ease soon, a report from Weatherzone says there’s a 50-55% chance La Nina will continue into our winter.

The issue with this extra rain is that humidity levels become high and mould will often grow if the humidity level is higher than 60%. In the home, mould will grow on plaster walls, carpet, lounge, curtains and clothing – and this can adversely affect people’s health after exposure to it.

The rain also brings rising damp from ground waters which can cause mould to grow inside walls. Elektra Magnesium’s CEO, Sandy Sanderson, works with people trying to detox from mould and she says : “The cavity between your home’s roof and ceiling can also breed mould if there’s a slow roof leak. You could be breathing mould spores in without noticing it. One of the most common signs of mould is a musty smell.”

When asked why mould is so bad for people’s health, Ms Sanderson says it’s because exposure to mould can lead to a decrease in the body’s ability to fight off infection by causing a disruption in white blood cell count with inadequate cytokine production.

“This can lead to a weakened immune system overall, especially if there’s chronic exposure,” she says. “Some people – especially the immunosuppressed and those with weaker immune systems – are more sensitive to mould than others.”

Ms Sanderson explains exposure to mould has been shown to cause symptoms like: asthma, itchy eyes, nose and throat, headaches, anxiety, brain fog and lack of concentration, sleep disorders, chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia, inflammation and excess mucus, sneezing, respiratory illness, fungal infections in toenails and other body parts, persistent skin disorders and rashes, and in the long run – cancer.

To avoid the health risks associated with mould, it’s important to know how to clean up and detox from mould exposure. According to Ms Sanderson, there’s a lot you can do to avoid or minimise mould growth. Firstly, it’s a good idea to get a humidity meter to check the levels in your home and if its getting close to 60% or higher, then Ms Sanderson recommends getting a dehumidifier to help keep the humidity down. She also recommends getting an air purifier as this will clean up the mould spores.

“If you think you’ve got mould in your home, wear a mask and gloves and clean it up using non-toxic natural cleaners,” says Ms Sanderson. “White vinegar is a popular choice as a cleaner, as studies have shown it kills over 80% of mould spores.”

“You can mix in some essential oils which have anti-fungal properties such as tea tree oil, neem oil, clove oil or citric seed oil, diluted in water,” she adds. “Baking soda or borax diluted in water also work a treat. You can find recipes like these online. Also, make sure you clean your air conditioner regularly.”

As for flushing the mould spores and their mycotoxins out of the body, Ms Sanderson says this can take some time: “The more stress you experience, the lower your magnesium reserves will go. As exposure to mould is a great stress to the body, a lot more magnesium than normal will be required to detox, defend and re-balance,” she explains.

“You can flush out some of these mycotoxins by taking activated charcoal or Bentonite clay. Studies have shown both of these products are able to attract and bind with the mould toxins, thereby helping the body to flush them out. The clay also donates beneficial trace minerals along the way,” she adds.

“Certain essential oils like oregano, tea tree, melaleuca and clove, or spices like cinnamon, inhibit fungal growth. Raw garlic, apple cider vinegar and lemon juice do the same. Teas like pau d’arco, ginger, olive leaf, Tulsi (holy basil), peppermint, lavender, rosemary and turmeric also help to detoxify.

“Helping the body to adjust pH upwards out of the acidic and into the alkaline zone will also help to provide more oxygen and electrolyte energy conduction. This gives the immune system a boost. By adding a small amount of sodium bicarbonate (small pinch per litre) to some magnesium drinking water, this will give it a pH lift,” Ms Sanderson says.

According to Ms Sanderson, magnesium is required for more than 300 essential biochemical reactions in the body, including the strengthening of the immune defence system.

“This is because it plays an essential role in metabolism and the production of our electrical energy currency – ATP (adenosine triphosphate) – by mitochondria,” she says. “Magnesium quells inflammation. It’s been shown to reduce excitotoxicity by protecting neural pathways in the brain and it helps us recover from stress.”

“When paired with Vitamin D, magnesium decreases the number of inflammatory proteins and increases anti-inflammatory proteins in the body. It also strengthens the virility of white blood cells and supports the immune system,” she says.

Ms Sanderson says transdermal magnesium is a powerful way to boost magnesium levels in the body because it works faster than oral supplements and is more effective: “The most bio-available form of magnesium which is easily taken up by cells is magnesium chloride. People can soak in it or enjoy a super relaxing massage with Magnesium Cream or Magnesium Charge Lotion. These skin care products absorb well and they keep your skin looking great and feel luxurious.”

“If you’re under a lot of stress and aren’t able to get enough magnesium from your diet, you may need around 1,000mg per day,” she adds. “Eat magnesium rich foods, like green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds -and add magnesium chloride flakes to your drinking water and soak it up via your skin. There’s no danger of getting too much via skin, so it’s a good idea to try various amounts till you find what makes you feel better and stronger.”

Sandy Sanderson (Elektra Life Pty Ltd)
Elektra Magnesium
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“University Hindu Chaplaincy” Fellowship Program Launched by Hindu Community Institute & Motwani Jadeja Foundation

HCI Faculty with the graduating Counselor of Hindu Tradition class
The first three HCI graduates pursuing Interreligious Chaplaincy Program (ICP) at Graduate Theological Union: Ashis Khan, MSEE & graduate of IIT, Kharagpur; Usha Narasimhan, MBA; Ne…

2022 Queensland State Championships at the Sunshine Coast

2022 Queensland State Titles this weekend on the Sunshine Coast - Olympian Tom O'Halloran competing at Flow in 2021

2022 Queensland State Titles this weekend on the Sunshine Coast – Olympian Tom O’Halloran competing at Flow in 2021

2022 Queensland State Titles this weekend on the Sunshine Coast - Anna Davey showing her winning moves in 2021

2022 Queensland State Titles this weekend on the Sunshine Coast – Anna Davey showing her winning moves in 2021

Flow Bouldering the Sunshine Coast's premium climbing gym

Flow Bouldering premium climbing gym for fun and fitness – developing both sides of the brain and every muscle in the body

Queensland’s State Championships Olympic-Qualifier At The Sunshine Coast’s Premium Bouldering Gym this Weekend

We are excited to again host the Queensland State Boulder Titles competition at Flow Bouldering. It will be a solid weekend full of epic sends and outstanding athletes, here on the Sunshine Coast!”

— James Hembury

FOREST GLEN, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA, May 2, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — High-level athletes from across Australia are descending on the Sunshine Coast this weekend, May 7th-8th.

The 2022 Queensland Open Boulder Titles is the championship event deciding who qualifies for the 2022 Australian Boulder Nationals, and subsequently the World Cup and eventually the Olympics.

More than 100 athletes will be competing for the title of 2022 Queensland Boulder Champion, at the Sunshine Coast’s premium Flow Bouldering climbing gym, in Forest Glen.

Sports Climbing is one of the fastest-growing sports at competitive and amateur levels. Especially with it’s new status as an Olympic event.

The Open B and Masters events take place on Saturday. The grand finale is on Sunday with the Open A competition.

Doors open at 7am till 8pm for spectators and competitors.

The fast-moving event sees top climbing athletes compete across a variety of climbing styles.

Qualifying rounds consist of five boulder problems with fiv minutes on each problem.

The top six male and female competitors move on to Finals. Finalists compete across four boulder problems with a shorter time of four minutes on each problem.

“We’re excited to once again welcome local, interstate and international athletes to Flow Bouldering for the State Championships here on the Sunshine Coast this weekend” says Angel Freeman, partner and Operations Manager at Flow.

Interstate competitors are allowed to compete and are eligible for ranking points and prizes, but are not eligible for the State title status.

Overseas guest competitors are also allowed to compete and are eligible for prizes, but cannot rank for Titles, Ranking points, and Medals.

Competitors in Open A – the highest level of competition, open to competitors born 2004 or earlier – qualify in a World Cup format with the top male and female competitors going on to compete in a World Cup style Final.

The Sunshine Coast’s premium climbing gym, Flow Bouldering, has a floor size of more than 1,000 square metres, located in a huge and airy warehouse at Forest Glen, two minutes from the M1 (Bruce Highway) and Route 8 (Maroochydore Road).

The Flow team spent three years designing the space, the climbing walls and all the facilities. The high-end climbing walls are designed and built by renowned Brisbane-based climbing company ICP. There are more than 340 m2 of climbing challenges – plus the addition of unlimited routes on the world-renowned Kilter Board training equipment.

Flow is operated by internationally-experienced climbers James Hembury with partner and Operations Manager Angel Freeman, both of whom are Sunshine Coast locals.

This vibrant community hub provides fitness and mental health, a great social network, plus local favourite Guru Life coffee and food.

“We are excited to again host the Queensland State Boulder Titles competition at Flow Bouldering. It will be a solid weekend full of epic sends and outstanding athletes, here on the Sunshine Coast!” said James Hembury, General Manager of Flow Bouldering, adding,

“There will be food & drinks available, sponsor stalls with all the goods.”

Flow Bouldering provides world-class sports and exercise to the Sunshine Coast, recognised by Sport Climbing Australia who selected the professional premium boulder gym to host the State’s most prestigious event for two years running.

Entry is free for spectators and the event promises to provide a unique viewing of elite athletes at one of Australia’s top bouldering gyms.

Flow Bouldering, 1/5 Cedarbrook Drive, Forest Glen, 4556. Phone 07 5234 8078.

Connect at www.flowbouldering.com.au, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FlowBouldering, on Instagram @flow_bouldering https://www.instagram.com/flow_bouldering.

James Hembury
Flow Bouldering
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