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Usefulnes of reports on pollen and fungal spores 
Ahh it is the end of the season for reporting and collecting samples at all of our sites across Canada.
Another year of producing reports for the public for phone applications, web sites and television.

I often wonder how useful the public find these reports. It's something that is asked every year and I would really like to have some idea if this information actually helps people or not. From the emails and phone calls that I get I feel that this is a very useful service we provide. We would not be doing this unless it was.

Our business is such that it depends on making these reports useful to the public that need this type of information to assist on improving their daily lives.

We get criticism some times from certain allergists that feel these reports are not good information and should not exist.

Well I would really like to know for our information and confirming my beliefs that people should have access to this type of information and use it in which ever way they wish. Particularly if it helps them understand better what the possible relationship is between what is happening with outdoor allergens and their reactions.

Sincerely

Frances



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Knowledge, Media, Allergists, and the Impression they leave on the Public 
Today is a fine day in our city.
I have been interviewed by so much media this year due to the impact of El Niņo and the different type of outdoor allergy season we are having.

Interviews are really good since they get the message out there to the public and to the people that the subject matters to.

Now it is up to the interviewers to get the information from the right source and to present the information properly. This is something that too often is not done. Why would anyone, but a meteorologist, be a an authority about this weather that we have had this year. Why would anyone but a person with knowledge on the environment be an authority about this very unusual year unless they were educated and knowledgeable about the impact this is having on the environment. Well the same goes for the study of outdoor allergens.

Why would an allergist comment on this year's season when they have no knowledge of what is happening with outdoor allergens. Why would the media not go to the proper source to get their information. The pollen and mold season DO VARY a great deal from year to year.

Too often information is not provided by the right people on many topics and also the media may not portray the issue properly simply because of the way they present an interview. Perhaps they don't feel that the topic is sexy enough by being presented factually. WHO KNOWS.

We've had many media interviews this year. Many came to the right source, our company, which is the only one that has real data on outdoor allergens and knows the science that is involved in this area. It is a very important science since it tells us a great deal as to how trees, weeds and fungal spores are reacting to certain weather events or to climate change.

Many people depend heavily on the media as their source of information and it is important to them that they get the right information. So why not go to the proper source and present the information properly, for the GOOD of the people that this information is supposed to reach?

I have to mention one interview that I had this year, with CTV, and it was really well done -- both the interview itself as well as their presentation on the web and on television. They did an excellent job when they presented the information our company provided. Congratulations to CTV job well done from beginning to end.

I urge all media, pharmaceuticals, doctors, who deal with patients that suffer from seasonal allergies, to pay attention to what is really happening out there and to get the facts straight.

Allergies and asthma are extremely important to people's health and well being and also to the economy. If people and doctors stay informed, allergies will be treated with knowledge and information and not misconceptions. Come on everyone, get informed from the proper source.

This is presented with a view that is mine but with a deep sense of commitment to get the information right and to present it to the people who matter -- THE PUBLIC.


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Allergies and information and weather events for 2010 
It is a bright beautiful sunny spring day here in Ottawa, one of several that occured so early this year.

Our company does outdoor air collections for allergens and I would like to keep sharing views and facts with people who have interest in this subject. It has been an exciting year for outdoor pollen and mold levels in many parts of Canada.

We have received many questions and media attention about the season since it has been so different. It is a record breaking year for warm temperatures in the early spring. Don't tell the western provinces that right now. British Columbia and many parts of the country enjoyed a really early spring and record breaking warm temperatures. This has been followed by some really cold temperatures and snow in parts of the prairies which is not unusual.

I have been asked about the relationship of these weather and pollen levels with climate change. We can believe in it or not. What we have to believe in is the real proof that we are seeing changes and much stronger weather events. These record breaking temperatures, floods, very early pollen season and high counts for many parts of the country are all evidence that events are being intensified when they happen.

This always makes for a good news story and it has been for this year. We can thank El Niņo for all of this, since this is the year for it, and also for the extent to which temperatures have risen for this spring. La Niņa often follows with equally vengeant forces but creates the opposite effect. We will see what is in store for us. All these events are naturally occuring, no arguments, so high pollen levels are as well. However, is the severity of these events influenced by mankind or not???

Hope people enjoy the information we provide to help them with their allergies and asthma and this blog opens up some positive feedback and information from the public. Stay tuned for more individual information on what is happening with allergen levels across the country.

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