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A Cup of....Mold?

I love coffee!  It really helps to get your day started right and for me personally allows much better focus and mental clarity. Now I am a very energetic person so one cup does wonders for me. Lately though I have noticed some interesting effects from coffee. I’ll get my brain and body revved up with a kick and then come crashing down.

I catch myself in a daze and usually have a bit of brain fog as well. What I noticed is that these symptoms occurred only after having coffee at places such as Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts. When I purchased coffee from local cafes these symptoms never occurred. I investigated further and found that I was most likely experiencing symptoms from mycotoxins in the coffee beans. Read more here.

It all boils down to the fact that coffee doesn’t control for processing methods or the source of the beans and mold can grow on coffee beans which is a great environment for mycotoxins to flourish. Read more here.

This leads to all sorts of health problems such as cardiomyopathycancerhypertension, kidney disease, and even brain damage.

Mold can affect our health in many forms. At Galson Laboratories we focus on testing air quality and providing the data that protects workers. While you are probably reconsidering where you buy your coffee, take a few minutes and check out our website and learn more about how we can help you determine if your business, home, or other environment is suffering from mold exposures that are affecting your air and causing respiratory health issues. Chat with a client service representative to learn more!

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Representative Say Visits Galson Pacific Rim

Representative Calvin Say (center) is welcomed by Rozlyn Luber, General Manager, and Galson Staff during his recent visit to Galson Laboratories Pacific Rim.

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Get the Lead Out

Lead poisoning is a serious threat to children and adults. This toxic metal is found in many different materials and objects. The most common include paint, old toys, furniture, dust, and soil. Most individuals know these objects and materials contain lead. But, did you know that lead can be found in more uncommon items such as imported food in cans, imported candies, bullets & lead pellets and cosmetics. The long-term effects of lead include damage to the heart, brain and kidneys. Lead poisoning strains the cardiovascular system over time and raises the likelihood of a person dying from heart attacks or strokes.

The most frustrating thing regarding lead is there is plenty of research AND evidence supporting the devastating effects lead has on one’s health but the exposure regulations from OSHA have not been updated for 35 years!

So what are we going to do? We are going, going back back to Cali Cali. (Did you like my Notorious B.I.G. reference?) Cal/OSHA is taking matters into its own hands by tightening regulations within the state. This could prove a sweeping change in industries such as lead-battery manufacturing, renovation and automobile repair.

If they are successful the precedent will result in a domino effect, hopefully, all the way to the federal government.

If you have questions/concerns about possible lead exposure than feel free to contact us at 1-888-432-5227 or utilize our online chat feature and speak with a knowledgeable client service representative.


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Get Eggscited for a digital air quality community

Get Eggscited for a digital air quality community

What on earth do eggs and air quality have in common? On the surface it may seem like absolutely nothing but in fact they have a lot in common.

The Air Quality Egg is a sensor system that allows anyone to collect high resolution readings of NO2 and CO concentrations outside their home. Cool, right? Here is why this is relevant and it matters. The air quality data collected by the government is sampled from far away and applied on a regional level – meaning that the air quality index for your habitat isn’t accurate.

How does it work and why you should care

1)   A sensing system outside your home takes regular readings and transmits the data wirelessly to the Egg-based shaped base station inside.

2)   The egg base station receives the data and then transmits it to the Internet via Ethernet.

3)   Xively, an open data service, sends the air quality data in real time which both stores and provides free access to the data. Once the data is uploaded its viewable in a graph so you can determine temperature, exact longitude and latitude as well as air quality levels.

So here is why you should care. By being part of this community you are literally have an active role in building a real time data intrastructure providing feedback on air quality locally as well as globally. You will be that much more informed regarding your health as well as any particulates that may be present in the air.

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