Cholestyramine is an FDA-approved medication used to lower high cholesterol levels, and the science behind it is pretty cool. In essence, cholestyramine works by binding to bile acid and removing it from the body, which then prompts the liver to use cholesterol to produce bile, rather than the bile acid it would normally use. Through this chain reaction, cholestyramine brings elevated cholesterol in the blood back down to normal levels. That’s the simplified version of the process, but it explains why people look to cholestyramine for other healing purposes—namely helping rid the body of toxins, like mold. It’s thought to be an incredibly effective binder, and as a treatment, it seems to be pretty safe and well-tolerated. Cholestyramine is the generic name for a medication sold under two brand names, Prevalite and Questran. Both come as a user-friendly powder or (rarely) a chewable bar. If you're using the powder, stir the mixture into a glass of water or mushy food like apple sauce. Don't add it to hot liquids! If you are prescribed a bar, chew it slowly before swallowing. It’s smart to follow your practitioner’s instructions carefully when taking cholestyramine, because you don’t want to take more or less than the recommended dosage, even though this medication is quite safe. Know that some cholestyramine products contain sugar, artificial sweeteners, or both, so if these ingredients are on your no-no list, let your practitioner know (they may be able to find an alternative for you). If you are taking cholestyramine for Lyme or another invisible illness, you probably know it's being prescribed “off-label.” That means your practitioner believes this medication is beneficial even if it is not FDA-approved for your condition. Don’t worry! Cholestyramine for invisible illnesses is legal and often part of standard integrative medicine practice.
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Surviving Mold: Life in the Era of Dangerous Buildings
Microbes, especially molds and bacteria, growing in water-damaged buildings make people sick. Powerfully written, Surviving Mold follows Mold Warriors (published in 2005) as the definitive source of information on "mold" illness, its basis in inflammation, its physiology and its links to politics, lawsuits and science. Written by America's most widely published mold-treating physician, Surviving Mold has true stories, cutting edge science and a wide open expose of the shenanigans in medicine, governmental agencies and courtrooms regarding this increasingly common problem in the US and around the world. If you have an ill-defined chronic illness, or know someone who does, your first step to return to health might be to ask if there is the possibility of exposure to musty basements, wet bathrooms, leaking roofs, flat-roofed schools, offices buildings with recirculated air or buildings with construction defects. If you already know that you could be sickened by water-damaged buildings, Surviving Mold will guide you through diagnosis and treatment, through remediation and return to health. Complete with multiple chapters written by guest authors, Surviving Mold is based on Dr. Shoemaker's experience with over 6000 patients he has treated from all 50 states and 30 foreign countries. The science in Surviving Mold is all peer-reviewed and published.
Podcasts about Cholestyramine
Evolving Past Alzheimer's: Inhalational Alzheimer's - Is mold illness real? with Mary Ackerley Part 2 - Treatments
We are going to pick up where we left off last week talking to Dr Mary Ackerley about mold and the phenomenon called Inhalational Alzheimer's. Last week we spoke about the diagnosis side of mold related cognitive impairment. this week we speak about treatments. For the second part of the show we pick up where we left off talk about a program that is available online called,The Dynamic Neural Retraining System. -Step One Remediation- you have to get away from the mold/mycotoxin/biotoxin exposure. Make sure to use a qualified Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). This can often be the most difficult -Step Two Basic Treatment binders such as cholestyramine, clay, charcoal and other assessing and treating MARCoNS - a colonization of a certain type of staph infections. can be treated by specific nasal sprays or ozone. addressing hormones - such as estrogen, DHEA, testosterone. VIP (vasoactive intestinal peptide) - a natural hormone. this perhaps encourage the growth of grey matter in the brain (FDA safety data has not yet been shown). -Step Three Advanced Treatment in cases beyond simpler mold/mycotoxin cases into coinfections. This includes looking deeper at hormones or infections or parasites. addressing Mast cell activation/Histamine issues - gut issues, flushing, itching, tongue and throat swelling, POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome), dysautonomia. dealing with patient with Traumatic Brain Injury or serious psychiatric illness Dr Ackerley is a co-founder of ISEAI, the International Society of Environmentall…. Society members are dedicated to researching and quantifying symptoms and treatment approaches from biotoxin mediated inflammatory illness.
BetterHealthGuy Blogcasts: Beyond Lyme Disease with Dr. Raj Patel, MD
In this episode, you will learn about the various factors that may be roadblocks to recovering from Lyme disease including mold, parasites, dental issues, and more. About My Guest: Dr Raj Patel has extensive experience with, various natural therapies including nutritional medicine, homeopathy, herbs and mind-body medicine. Integrating these diverse therapies with allopathic medicine has enabled Dr. Patel to offer a highly refined approach to healthcare that produces lasting results. Since 1993, Dr. Patel has specialized in helping patients struggling with "Chronic Fatigue" (CFIDS), Candidiasis, food sensitivities, thyroid and other hormonal imbalances, chronic infections, and heavy metals. Over the years, Dr. Patel has specialized in treating patients with Autistim Spectrum Disorders (ASD) as well as Lyme and other vector-borne diseases. He began working with autistic children in 1999 and to date has helped over 500 children on their road to recovery. Another area that Dr. Patel specializes in is treating Lyme disease. It is well documented that patients with chronic Lyme disease also suffer from Candidiasis, food sensitivities, accumulation of heavy metals, and hormonal imbalances. With his background in treating these conditions, Dr. Patel has been able to create a comprehensive program for treating those struggling with chronic Lyme disease. He has found incredible success in treating individuals with chronic Lyme disease by combining antimicrobial treatment with heavy metal detoxification, food allergy desensitization and hormonal support. Dr. Patel is an active member of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS). He has also completed advanced training in pediatric Lyme disease. Dr. Patel first began looking into Dr. Shoemaker’s incredible work on chronic inflammation resulting from exposure to water damaged buildings (WDB) in 2010. He found that many of his “Lyme patients” who had experienced only partial improvement, turned out to be simultaneously struggling with toxic exposure to water-damaged buildings. When they began responding dramatically to simply getting out of their home and taking cholestyramine, Dr. Patel’s interest was piqued to learn more about Dr. Shoemaker’s treatment approach to this illness. Dr. Patel today integrates the findings from Dr. Shoemaker as well as other doctors working with mold illness to see patients making impressive recoveries from this debilitating illness. Key Takeaways: - When mold and Lyme are both factors, what is the proper treatment order? - What is the impact of HLA-DR in recovery? - What do elevated C4a and TGFb1 mean? - Is an ERMI helpful for testing your living environment? - How is MARCoNS approached? - Does VIP help? - How is Lyme treatment approached? - Is the goal to eradicate every microbe? Is that required to get well? - Are parasites an issue in chronic Lyme disease? - What works for detoxification? - What is UVB therapy and how is it used? - How can ozone be helpful? - What is Biomagnetism and when might it be helpful? - Does mental/emotional health matter? - What diet is most helpful?
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- Am J Case Rep. Role of Cholestyramine in Refractory Hyperthyroidism: A Case Report and Literature Review. Am J Case Rep. Role of Cholestyramine in Refractory Hyperthyroidism: A Case Report and Literature Review.
- ScientificWorldJournal. A Review of the Mechanism of Injury and Treatment Approaches for Illness Resulting from Exposure to Water-Damaged Buildings, Mold, and Mycotoxins. ScientificWorldJournal. A Review of the Mechanism of Injury and Treatment Approaches for Illness Resulting from Exposure to Water-Damaged Buildings, Mold, and Mycotoxins.
- SurvivingMold. What to Expect from Cholestyramine (CSM). SurvivingMold. What to Expect from Cholestyramine (CSM).