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I’m about to talk about something we all hate. Doctor’s offices. Why are medical offices the least pleasant places on earth? It makes no sense to me that they seem to be purposely uncomfortable, to the maximum degree. It seems obvious that if you’re visiting a doctor in the first place, you probably already aren’t doing your best. Why, then, do they make the waiting room cold, dry, and silent? Why are examination rooms hard, fluorescent, and freezing cold? I’ve heard the theory before that the environment is created to establish a sense of sterilization and safety, and supposedly the cold indoor air is used to reduce bacterial growth. I’m not certain how effective this measure is for controlling air quality and airborne contamination. Bacteria can grow in an immense range of temperatures and environmental conditions, and there are undoubtedly plenty of strains floating through the air that don’t mind the 60 degree thermostat setting. If we’re talking about other sources of illness and airborne contamination, don’t even get me started on mold spores and viruses. They are highly resistant to temperature challenges, and are largely unaffected by these air temperature strategies. I would argue that these tiny friends are more dangerous than bacteria, as well as being too tiny to catch with traditional AC and furnace air filters. That’s why I recommended to my doctor’s office that they invest in a media air cleaner system as soon as possible. With proper HVAC equipment, they can actually filter tiny microbial contaminants from the indoor air, providing their clients and staff with superior air quality and continued health. Despite my working history in cellular biology, the doctor was not grateful for my suggestion.