Reducing Exposure to Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM)

Posted by Armando @bolso1, Sep 16, 2021

Please see the attached document prepared by Dr. Joseph O. Falkinham, III, a world authority on the management of NTM dispersion.

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Reducing Exposure to Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (Reducing-Exposure-to-Nontuberculous-Mycobacteria.pdf)

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@ljfoo

Thank you.
Lj

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That would be great.

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@bolso1

Hi lora jo, I'm going to ask Dr Falkinham.

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Hi lora jo,
Dr Falkinham replied that he is certainly interested in participating, so I guess the ball is now in your court to organize the event.
Armando

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I have just run across an article from June 2020, with Joe Falkinham as one of the authors. I don't know how to make a link, but the title is Physical Measures to Reduce Exposure to Tap Water–Associated Nontuberculous Mycobacteria, so you can google that to read the whole thing.

In it he reports a study that looked at different treatments for drinking water and how effective they were at eliminating MAC. They found 2 options that were extremely effective and should be easy to use when traveling:
1. LifeStraw Go – a water bottle with a straw connected to a double filter in the bottle. Just add water and drink through the straw. It takes a bit more of a strong suck than a water bottle without a filter, but totally worth it! And you can add ice without worrying!
2. SteriPEN Aqua UV Water Purifier Kit You can swirl this device in 1 liter of clear water for a minute and a half and all the NTM are gone. I'm going to use it on the distilled water I put in my cpap as well as for drinking water when traveling.

Both are available from our big online retailer as well as camping outlets. I am so excited to have some good alternatives to boiling!

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Can anyone provide a link to Dr. Gwen Huitt's recent talk on GERD?

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@marthamac

I have just run across an article from June 2020, with Joe Falkinham as one of the authors. I don't know how to make a link, but the title is Physical Measures to Reduce Exposure to Tap Water–Associated Nontuberculous Mycobacteria, so you can google that to read the whole thing.

In it he reports a study that looked at different treatments for drinking water and how effective they were at eliminating MAC. They found 2 options that were extremely effective and should be easy to use when traveling:
1. LifeStraw Go – a water bottle with a straw connected to a double filter in the bottle. Just add water and drink through the straw. It takes a bit more of a strong suck than a water bottle without a filter, but totally worth it! And you can add ice without worrying!
2. SteriPEN Aqua UV Water Purifier Kit You can swirl this device in 1 liter of clear water for a minute and a half and all the NTM are gone. I'm going to use it on the distilled water I put in my cpap as well as for drinking water when traveling.

Both are available from our big online retailer as well as camping outlets. I am so excited to have some good alternatives to boiling!

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Hi Martha, I noticed that you wished to post a URL to a resource with your post. You will be able to add URLs to your posts in a few days. There is a brief period where new members can't post links. We do this to deter spammers and keep the community safe. Clearly the link you wanted to post is not spam. Please allow me to post it for you.

– Physical Measures to Reduce Exposure to Tap Water–Associated Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (2020) https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpubh.2020.00190/full

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@bolso1

Hi lora jo,
Dr Falkinham replied that he is certainly interested in participating, so I guess the ball is now in your court to organize the event.
Armando

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Thanks Armando . I will be happy to organize this if you send me his contact info

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@marthamac

I have just run across an article from June 2020, with Joe Falkinham as one of the authors. I don't know how to make a link, but the title is Physical Measures to Reduce Exposure to Tap Water–Associated Nontuberculous Mycobacteria, so you can google that to read the whole thing.

In it he reports a study that looked at different treatments for drinking water and how effective they were at eliminating MAC. They found 2 options that were extremely effective and should be easy to use when traveling:
1. LifeStraw Go – a water bottle with a straw connected to a double filter in the bottle. Just add water and drink through the straw. It takes a bit more of a strong suck than a water bottle without a filter, but totally worth it! And you can add ice without worrying!
2. SteriPEN Aqua UV Water Purifier Kit You can swirl this device in 1 liter of clear water for a minute and a half and all the NTM are gone. I'm going to use it on the distilled water I put in my cpap as well as for drinking water when traveling.

Both are available from our big online retailer as well as camping outlets. I am so excited to have some good alternatives to boiling!

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Hi Martha – The link for Dr Falkinham's article is at the top of this discussion in Armando's post.
Sue

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@sueinmn

Hi Martha – The link for Dr Falkinham's article is at the top of this discussion in Armando's post.
Sue

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Thanks, Sue. Armando’s link is to a more recent and more comprehensive article. Very useful! It does refer briefly to the 2 devices I mentioned, but they didn’t capture my attention until I saw the full study on them that can be found at the other title.

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@ljfoo

Thanks Armando . I will be happy to organize this if you send me his contact info

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Hi lora jo,

This is Dr Joseph Falkinham's email address: jofiii@vt.edu

Armando

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@marthamac

Can anyone provide a link to Dr. Gwen Huitt's recent talk on GERD?

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I don't see it available yet.
Sue

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