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CIRS / Mold illness


If you google Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS), chances are you'll find lots of links to “mold allergy.” Before you go too deep down that rabbit hole, let’s make one thing clear: CIRS is waaaay more complicated than a mold allergy! In fact, it's a multi‐symptom, systemic chronic condition caused by exposure to toxins in the environment, including those in household and beauty products, industrial chemicals, food, parasites, and, of course, mold. Signs of CIRS include fatigue, weakness, flu-like symptoms, exhaustion, insomnia, respiratory distress, and general sensitivity to things like smell and light, all with different levels of severity. If you're researching CIRS on your own, you might feel overwhelmed to learn that your symptoms overlap with or mimic those of other conditions, including Lyme, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and many autoimmune disorders. And if you have CIRS, you may be dealing with other illnesses as well. If you've tried to get diagnosed, you've probably learned that some in the medical community—and maybe even your friends and family—question whether CIRS is a real condition. Here’s your answer: it is! Studies show that chronic mold exposure leads to changes in the immune system and inflammatory response, and people with CIRS are often sensitive to other toxins as well. Many integrative practitioners think we're all being affected by toxins to some degree, and CIRS may actually be much more widespread than we think. General recommendations for dealing with CIRS symptoms include avoiding toxins and building up your strength and immunity with a healthy lifestyle. That's good advice for most of us who aim to level up our health, but it’s generally not enough to knock out CIRS. Toxins are often invisible and almost impossible to totally avoid. That's why many turn to multi-step integrative therapies like the Shoemaker protocol, among others, to address the root cause of their condition. This approach includes a binding agent like cholestyramine (CSM), which attracts and binds negatively charged biotoxins so they can be eliminated from the body. Whatever approach you take, it's important that you seek some kind of treatment. CIRS can be life-altering and really tough to manage, especially if friends, family, or colleagues don’t quite get what you’re dealing with on a daily basis. Stay in close touch with your WanaFam if you’re dealing with this isolating and misunderstood condition. They can share treatments that have worked for them, or practitioners who have helped them. Most of all, they’ve got your back!

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TOX-SICK: From Toxic to Not Sick

Pioneering health and wellness advocate, Suzanne Somers, delivers a powerful answer in this expose on the immediate and long-term dangers of living in a world that has become increasingly toxic to our health. The build-up of toxins in our bodies can lead to myriad health concerns — including weight gain, food allergies, brain disorders, cancer, among many others. Moved to investigate by her own family’s plight, Suzanne sits down with environmental doctors and specialists who share eye-opening information and practical advice for how to survive, thrive, and stay healthy today. In Tox-Sick you’ll learn how to effectively detox all your body’s systems and the different survival skills that can save your life, from top experts in the field, including: • Dr. Sherry Rogers, an environmental doctor for over 40 years, shares the truth about detoxification—and where you will likely be if you don’t take it seriously. • Dr. Nicholas Gonzales shares where cancer comes from and how to manage it by detoxifying the liver and supplementing with enzymes. • Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker alerts you to mold toxicity, the newest threat to your brain and wellbeing…and just what to do to fight for your health. • Dr. Walter Crinnion teaches what everyday objects to avoid and the simple diet and lifestyle shifts to clean up your health and home in mere weeks! • Dr. Stephen Sinatra, America’s leading integrative cardiologist, explains that we have been approaching heart disease all wrong: a healthy gut, detoxed body, and quality fats are each crucial and cardioprotective. • Dr. Gary Gordon shares new protocols for removing toxic lead from the body, as well as ways to keep the most important gland in your body, the thyroid, clean and healthy. From diet and supplement advice to coconut oil cleanses, everything you need to live clean and enjoy great health is in your hands.


Toxic: Heal Your Body from Mold Toxicity, Lyme Disease, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, and Chronic Environmental Illness

Millions of people are suffering from chronic illnesses that, unbeknownst to them, are the result of exposure to environmental toxins and infectious agents such as mold and Borrelia, which causes Lyme disease. Millions. Because the symptoms of these illnesses are so varied and unusual, many of these individuals have sought medical care only to be dismissed, as if what they are experiencing is "in their head." Many (if not most) have tried to tough it out and continue to function without hope of improvement. Unfortunately, their illnesses are very real. Toxic is a book of hope for these individuals, their loved ones, and the physicians who provide their care. Over many years of helping thousands of patients recover their health (even after their previous doctors had given up on them), Dr. Neil Nathan has come to understand some of the most common causes for these debilitating illnesses, which allows for the utilization of more precise and effective forms of treatment. The goal of this book is to shed light on these complex illnesses so that suffering patients and their families can get the help they so desperately need. Inside, you will find: Information about how extreme sensitivity and toxicity develop in the body, how sensitivity and toxicity differ, and how they often overlap. Detailed descriptions of each of the five major causes of extreme sensitivity and toxicity: mold, Bartonella (a co-infection of Lyme disease), mast cell activation, porphyria, and carbon monoxide poisoning. An outline of the cell danger response, a revolutionary model developed by Dr. Robert Naviaux that explains how the body essentially gets "stuck" fighting a threat even after the danger has passed. A system-by-system plan for "rebooting" the body to break the cycle of illness and allow healing to begin. Information about coping with stress and embracing an emotional and/or spiritual awakening on the path to wellness.


Surviving Mold: Life in the Era of Dangerous Buildings

For decades the medical community has either ignored, or been ignorant of, the threat posed by toxic mold to human health. Sometimes referred to as 'sick-building syndrome,' often mis-diagnosed as any one of a number of chronic and incurable conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, depression, learning disabilities, or endometriosis, the effects of mold form neurotoxins on human beings have long been poorly understood and thought unworthy of serious study. But this same toxic mold infests our homes and buildings at an alarming, perhaps even epidemic, rate -- and so many of the 'untreatable' conditions that physicians are ill-equipped to diagnose and treat are the result of the neurotoxins released by these ubiquitous organisms. Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker has been the leader in the field of research into the effects of toxic mold on the human body, with hundreds of success stories in the treatment -- and even complete eradication -- of the chronic conditions that have been puzzling so many doctors the world over. In Surviving Mold, Dr. Shoemaker shares his latest findings and offers hope to those who have been continually let down by the medical community. Containing Dr. Shoemaker's cutting-edge research into the effects of chronic neurotoxins, Surviving Mold also exams in-depth the root causes of the growth of dangerous mold forms in buildings and homes. Inadequate maintenance, poorly thought-out design, and failure to understand the relationship between the internal environment and the promotion of harmful organisms are at the root of the problem of sick-building syndrome. Water damage and internal moisture from incorrectly installed roofs and windows or leaking plumbing, are all-too frequently the cause of the growth of toxic mold. And if these problems do not occur in your home, perhaps they can be found in your place of work, or in your child's school -- environments completely out of your control, but dangerous to the health of you and your loved ones nonetheless. Surviving Mold gives the real science behind the scary headlines, and offers strategies for identifying and rectifying the dangers of indoor toxic mold growth, as well as suggestions for alleviating the debilitating effects of exposure to the chronic neurotoxins produced by mold.

Podcasts about CIRS / Mold illness


Dr. Berkson's Best Health Radio Podcast: Dr Neil Nathan MD. Is Your Chronic Disease Due to Mold?

Dr. Nathan is one of the top American medical experts on mold toxin infections and eradicating them. Dr. Nathan has been in practice over 40 years and into taking a look at the link between serious chronic disease and hidden cases of mold (that often go undiagnosed for a long time) for 22 years. Dr. Nathan says many cases of Lyme or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome that are not responsive to care, is due to an overriding ongoing mold infection that has not be identified or treated effectively. Dr. Nathan says that when he addresses mold and effectively heals it within months (in most cases), often the other diseases a patient endured, starts to respond to care. Twenty-five percent of humans have genetic glitches (which you can test at most labs with an HLADR panel) that do not allow them to clear mold toxins out of their body once exposed. Mold easily proliferates in their body as they can’t get rid of it. They could have had an exposure years ago that is still with them, still growing inside them, yet they are not aware that this is happening. Most of their doctors don’t know this is happening either. Dr. Nathan has been healing so many chronic sufferers once he addresses the mold issues, that now he is focuses on education. Dr. Nathan consults all over the world. He encourages the patient to be on the phone along with their practitioner. Since so few doctors understand the nuances of mold toxin medicine, it is his hope to train the doc while he is helping the patient. For no extra charge. All he charges is an hourly fee. Symptoms of mold toxicity vary widely from patient to patient. They can be so divergent, the patient treks from doctor to doctor, addressing each symptom with a different specialist, and none of the doctors connect-the-dots to possible mold toxin infections. Mold fungi can release toxic compounds that can enter any organ system. They enter various tissues in the body and release inflammatory cytokines. These can produce different symptoms depending on the tissues affected. Significant cognitive dysfunction is one of the most common cardinal symptoms. Inflammation can occur in the limbic area of the brain creating intense emotions. The person can feel that they are walking around in a dream. There can be shifting symptoms. There can be severe asthma that is not easily controlled, recurrent sinus infections, and all kinds of gut issues from abdominal pain to bloat and crashing fatigue after meals. It is not uncommon to have unusual numbness and tingling in odd places that sometimes feel like vibrations in muscles, joints ad even in the pelvis and bladder. The best testing, Dr. Nathan feels, is urine mycotoxins from Real Time Labs. Dr. Nathan feels that this has been a very useful tool in his practice even though others have regarded it as non-specific, he disagrees. Treatment has 4 parts: Find where or when you got exposed and get out of there. Use binders to help remove the toxins out of the body. Use anti-fungals specific to the exact species you harbor. Treat all orifices adequately. You must analyze your home, work and even your car to find the source and get away from it. You might need to move out of your home till it is remediated by a certified company (not the same one that is doing the testing to avoid conflict of interest), and even need to buy new cloth furniture. Most clothes can be remediated. Papers can be a problem. Air sampling does not work. Don’t get landlords to test if you have mold in an apartment as they use air sampling because it doesn’t work and then they are not held responsible. Spores have weight and fall to the carpet. They are not in the air to be able to be adequately tested there. You need to get 5 grams of carpet dust and get PCR testing of 36 different species by an expert that is trained and licensed in doing this. Dr. Nathan reminds us, though, that if you can’t clear mold toxins out of your body, your present mold issues may not be from your current environments and then testing your home, car or office is not appropriate. Drat. You need binders to grab the mold and pull it out of your body. There are various binders and like charcoal, bentonite, cholestyramine and others. Once you know which mold species you have, specific binders work best for specific species. Few doctors know this but Dr. Nathan will share this with your doctor if you have a joint visit. You must know which molds you have so you can be on the right anti-fungals to treat them. You must treat every single place that mold can be settled in and growing. So the anti-fungal medication that is appropriate for the species you are growing, which can be several, needs to be sprayed inside your nostrils, gargled, taken orally and sometimes even in other nooks and crannies. You have to de-weed your body thoroughly. Most doctors, even if they treat mold, don’t find the exact species and then do not address all the places of possible contamination and proliferation. Dr. Nathan says the more consistent the nasal and oral treatment, the better and faster the improvement. You also need biofilm hackers. Dr. Nathan has a compounding pharmacy combine EDTA and xylitol into a nasal spray. Molds often create a glue-like matrix around themselves to protect themselves. So you can use various nutratceuticals or meds to hack through the goo and allow the anti-fungals to reach the fungi and kill the mold.


Essentially You: It Might Be Mold - How Mold Toxicity May Be the Cause of What Ails You w/ Dr. Ann Shippy

What we're talking about in this episode! First steps to addressing a mold problem inside your house and your body The most effective supplement brands and foods for mold toxicity healing What symptoms to look for in your body and environment that could be caused by mold How to minimize your future exposure to mold toxins and environmental toxins Ways to help support your body throughout the detox process to feel better faster Episode Summary Dr. Ann Shippy is on a mission to bring knowledge to the world about how mold and environmental toxins could be making you sick. Board certified in Internal Medicine and Functional Medicine, Dr. Ann combines the two realms and has discovered the harmful ways that mold toxicity could be impacting your life without evening knowing it. Did you know that exposure to mold and other environmental toxins can make you short-tempered or unable to make decisions, cause joint and muscle pain and lead to greater chronic illnesses down the line? Dr. Ann suffered this first hand and left her career in engineering to bring this information to the masses. Today she is here to explain how mold toxins suppress your immune system, how to know if you have been impacted by mold, and how to heal your body and home if you have already been exposed. If you can’t get to the bottom of your health issues, mold toxins may be to blame. Learn what symptoms to look for if you fear you may be exposed to mold, what types of tests you should be looking for if you are worried about mold exposure, and how to implement detox strategies that can get rid of mold and other hidden infections in the body. Being exposed to mold can be a scary and overwhelming process, but with Dr. Ann Shippy’s help, you too can rid yourself of these harmful toxins, and get your environment and body back where they need to be to support you and your family. Have you ever experienced the harmful side effects of mold exposure? Share your story with us in the comments on the episode page! Quotes “Mold is not just an allergen causing asthma or allergies in people or mold infections, it's actually a toxic load problem.” (10:36) “There is no area that is untouched by this. You just need to have a construction flaw or a leak that wasn't treated properly and people can get very, very sick.” (18:04) “The same things that help to get rid of the mold toxins can also help to get the levels down of these other toxins in our bodies.” (30:07)“You can heal. Don’t give up, keep putting together the pieces of the puzzle for you or your loved one and you can get better.” (34:35)


Summit For Wellness Podcast: Treating Mold Toxicity with Kelly McCann

Mold. When you think of mold, I am sure you instantly think of what grows on your fruits and vegetables if you don't eat them quick enough. If you think a little more, than you may have found some mold under the tiles of your bathroom from a small leak you had fixed, or somewhere else in the house where you did some remodeling. What we don't hear a whole lot about is the damage mold can do to our health. Breathing in mold spores can be very damaging to the body, and many times we don't even know we are breathing it in! Mold toxicity can secretly be weakening the immune system of your body, and you don't even know it. Then one day everything about your health seems to collapse, and you fall down a rabbit hole of trying to discover what is causing your health issues. Why is Mold Toxicity So Dangerous? The problem with mold toxicity is that it can take on many symptoms of other illnesses, which can make it difficult to diagnose. We talked about this a little bit with Dr. Darin Ingels in our episode about Lyme Disease, how Lyme and mold are very good at tricking us to think other illnesses are what is causing the decline in our health. Mold releases mycotoxins which is what causes the most damage to the body. These toxins cause the body to react in a severe inflammatory response, which can lead to what is known as Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS). The level of toxic molds can be 10x more potent inside our living spaces compared to outside. This is because the species of fungi are battling for a small amount of space, and we are much more susceptible to these spores within the air inside. In this episode, Dr, Kelly McCann and I discuss: »Why mold exposure can be so dangerous to our health »What are some symptoms of mold toxicity »Ways to test your environment to determine if it is unsafe »How to detox your own body from mold toxicity


Revive Yourself Podcast: Oliver Barnett on Lyme Disease, Mould toxicity & Much more

With the amount of people now suffering at the hands of Lyme disease - or at least what they think is Lyme’s disease - I know this episode is going to be a popular one. Oliver Barnett is the Founder of the London Clinic of Nutrition, and since it opened it has gained the reputation for being the leading clinic in the UK for treating Lyme Disease. The World Health Organisation identifies that in Europe over the last 20 years Lyme’s disease has risen 65% every year. So as you can imagine Oliver has been especially busy helping people with what can be a terribly debilitating disease. Lyme disease if also known as “The Great Imitator” because its symptoms mimic various different diseases. It can affect any organ of the body, including the brain and central nervous system, muscles and joints, and the heart. In the interview we discuss: What Lyme’s Disease actually is How people contract Lyme Disease and how it can be passed on Why the rate of Lyme disease has risen What tests are best to diagnose Lyme disease What symptoms you should be looking out for if you think you have Lyme’s disease How you can best protect yourself from ever getting Lyme disease How mould toxicity is often mistaken for Lyme disease and how mould can affect your health How you can check for mould & much, much more In the interview we really did cover all bases , which is exactly what I wanted to do because I know from personal experience how much Lyme disease can negatively impact someone’s whole life, not just their health. So if you are going through any issues yourself with Lyme disease (or you know someone who is) then this episode really will give your some of the answers you have been searching for.


ReWild Yourself: The Hidden Dangers of Toxic Mold - Dave Asprey

"Environmental toxic mold exposure is a massive health crisis that very few are aware of," said Asprey. "Mold toxins have been linked to damaging long-term effects including memory loss, insomnia, anxiety, depression, trouble concentrating, and even cancer and heart disease." From your home to your wine to your food… toxic mold is hidden in more places than you might think, and it can cause some serious health repercussions for those affected by it. In this interview, Dave Asprey — the Bulletproof Exec — explores the world of toxic mold with us. He sheds light on the common symptoms of mold exposure, diagnosing mold in your home and steps for removing mold & improving air quality in your habitat. He reveals startling information about mold in our food supply and gives us the rundown on some of the more common culprits. The information Dave presents in this interview, and in his Moldy documentary, is absolutely vital knowledge to have in your toolkit. Prepare to be enlightened…and possibly a little unsettled, as I was when I first watched Moldy! Episode Breakdown: * Dave’s latest projects * Moldy documentary * Common symptoms of mold * How do you know if mold is present in your home? * Are there certain conditions that perpetuate mold? * Mutant aggressive super molds * The multi-faceted approach to removing mold from your home * Correlation between Lyme Disease and mold * Mold prevention when building a new home * Improving air quality in your home habitat * Mycotoxins lurking in your wine, coffee and food & how to avoid them


Myers Detox: Treating Toxic Mold with Dr. Margaret Christensen

Dr. Margaret Christensen joins us today to talk about her incredible Toxic Mold Summit and the best ways to detox mold! To sign up for her free online Toxic Mold Summit happening from January 28 - February 3, 2019 Click Here! On today’s podcast, you will learn: 1. Why Dr. Christensen hosts her Toxic Mold Summit 2. The symptoms of mold exposure 3. How to test for mold exposure in the body 4. Tips and tricks for detoxing mold Dr. Margaret Christensen: Board Certified in Integrative Medicine and an Institute for Functional Medicine faculty member for 12 years, Dr. Christensen first became interested in functional medicine 15 years ago when trying to solve the riddle of her and her family’s complex health challenges. Unbeknownst to her at the time were the consequences of severe toxic mold exposure. She became intimately familiar with Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Autoimmune, Hormonal, Neurological and Psychiatric symptoms of unrecognized Biotoxin illness. A board-certified OB-GYN for 23 years, her initial boutique Functional Medicine practice has grown into The Carpathia Collaborative, a large multidisciplinary, FM Practice based in Dallas, covering the full spectrum of complex chronic disease. The practice provides 360 degree functional, lifestyle, and nutritional medicine, and includes an onsite teaching kitchen, yoga studio and education library that also serves as the site for community-learning events. Dr. Christensen is passionate about educating her clients and colleagues about root cause, whole-systems medicine!


BetterHealthGuy: Recovering from Lyme Disease and Mold Illness with Dr. Dave Ou, MD

Why You Should Listen: In this episode, you will learn about treating complex illnesses such as Lyme disease and mold illness. We talk about Lyme disease, mold illness, parasites, dental issues, LDI, Field Control Therapy, EMR/EMFs, Frequency-Specific Microcurrent and much more. Enjoy! About My Guest: My guest for this episode is Dr. Dave Ou, MD. Dr. Dave Ou, MD is a practicing physician in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Ou graduated Cum Laude in Physics with Distinction in All Subjects from Cornell University, received his MD from the University of Miami School of Medicine, and completed his residency in internal medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in 1999. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. From a holistic standpoint, Dr. Ou is one of only 3 medical doctors in North America certified in Autonomic Response Testing (ART) by the Klinghardt Academy. Dr. Ou has trained with the Institute for Functional Medicine, and Simon Yu, MD, author of the Accidental Cure, and is a trained acupuncturist. His other mentors include Ty Vincent, MD, developer of LDI, Savely Yurkovsky, MD, creator of Field Control Therapy, and Carolyn McMakin, D.C., who developed Frequency Specific Microcurrent. He is certified in the management of biotoxin illness by Ritchie Shoemaker, MD, author of Surviving Mold. His other training includes coursework from ILADS, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM), American College For Advancement in Medicine (ACAM), the Academy of Comprehensive Integrative Medicine (ACIM), and Dr. Walter Crinnion. He is trained in several cutting edge systems of energy medicine. He never stops searching for better tools and better answers for his patients. Key Takeaways: - How was Dr. Ou drawn to work with chronic illnesses such as Lyme and mold? - How does he approach treatment? - What contributes to Lyme disease beyond the Lyme organism itself? - What antimicrobial approaches doe he use? - How does he approach detoxification and environmental toxicity? - How often is mold a factor in chronic illness? - What does he recommend for reducing EMF exposures? - What is Frequency-Specific Microcurrent (FSM)?


Broken Brain: Is Toxic Mold Causing Your Symptoms? A Conversation with Dr. Ann Shippy

Toxic mold is more common than you may think. Mold exposure causes a variety of health problems like hormonal imbalances, brain fog, headaches, asthma, fatigue, insomnia, nausea, hair loss, and autoimmunity, to name a few. It all begins with a feeling that something is "off." On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Ann Shippy, a physician, scientist, engineer, and mom. She is also the author of Shippy Paleo Essentials and the Mold Toxicity Workbook. In this podcast, we talk about all things mold including the unrecognized consequences of mold toxicity, the many illnesses triggered by mold, and how it isn’t always obvious when mold is present. We discuss what to do if you have toxic mold exposure, lab testing for mold toxicity, testing for your home, and how to eliminate symptoms and restore your health. In this episode, we dive into: -Dr. Shippy’s own health challenges with mold toxicity (5:03) -What is mold and what do we need to know for our health (7:40) -The long term effects of mold on our body (14:25) -Mold and the connection to Alzheimer's and Dementia (16:12) -Symptoms of mold toxicity (20:50) -Common places you might find mold even though you might not see it or smell it (23:50) -The best way to locate a potential issue in your home (28:26) -Testing for mold toxicity in our body (34:04) -What Dr. Shippy did to heal from mold toxicity (41:32) -What you can do if you suspect you have mold or mold exposure (46:13) -How to find a professional to test for mold and questions to ask the inspector (48:18) -Dr. Shippy’s air filter recommendations (56:57) -The connection between mold, fungal infections, and Alzheimer's (58:33) -Alternative therapies for mold exposure (1:02:03) -Learn more about Dr. Shippy and her work (1:08:50)

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