The Shoemaker protocol was developed by Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, a pioneer and authority on biotoxin exposures and their remedies. This specific protocol is a treatment for mold illness, aka chronic inflammatory response syndrome (CIRS), administered by medical practitioners who are familiar with the protocol (Dr. Shoemaker no longer practices). The 11-Step Biotoxin Removal Protocol aims to get rid of biotoxins in the body and stop the systemic inflammatory response caused by mold exposure. The protocol takes a test-and-measure approach, focusing on one step at a time, followed by an evaluation. The first step is toxin avoidance—basically, getting out of or changing the environment that is causing you to get sick. The second is toxin elimination from the body. If the initial steps don't resolve your symptoms, eventually you reach higher and more complicated levels of treatment, including various therapies and lab tests that may be very effective, but can also be costly and time-consuming. While the Shoemaker protocol sounds straightforward, even Step 1 is a challenge for most people. Staying away from toxins might be easier said than done, if your home or workplace is the culprit in your mold illness. We know it’s not exactly easy to pick up and relocate, just like it’s not easy to tell your boss you have to work remotely for…oh, indefinitely? But according to Shoemaker and other experts in mold illness syndromes, you can’t get better if you continue to be surrounded by toxins. And after you’re out of the environment that’s triggering your mold illness, the next steps of this rigorous protocol (like wiping out biotoxins in the body by using medications like cholestyramine) can be very effective.
Recent posts about Shoemaker Protocol
has anyone noticed any improvements in symptoms when treating MARCoNS? my doctor wants me to get tested for the Shoemaker Protocol, yet I’ve heard on several podcasts by Dr. Neil Nathan that it is not very effective because it is quite resistant and only clears up some congestion/sinus problems if any (which i don’t have)
Have been working with Dr. Andy Heyman on his mold illness/CIRS protocol based on the research he has done with Dr. Shoemaker. Nice to have tangible biomarkers and concrete info to use as benchmarks as I start the treatment. If anyone is interested or has questions, feel free to reach out!
Books about Shoemaker Protocol
Mold Illness: Surviving and Thriving: A Recovery Manual for Patients & Families Impacted By Cirs
Mold, and the associated toxins found in water damaged buildings, can cause serious and sometimes devastating illness. This manual consists of critical information, resources, and interactive tools to help patients navigate a successful path to long-term recovery. It is a detailed "road map" that will eliminate needless and costly detours, saving patients enormous amounts of time, energy, frustration, and money.There is a great deal of mis-information about mold illness and its treatment. Many patients are misdiagnosed and many, who have been correctly diagnosed, are not receiving adequate treatment. Mold Illness: Surviving and Thriving is filled with the critical, easy to understand, scientifically-validated information necessary to properly diagnose and effectively treat biotoxin illness. You will learn which tests are critical to reaching an accurate diagnosis, what protocol has been scientifically proven to successfully treat the illness, how to test your home, workplace or school, and how to avoid exposure to water-damaged buildings.
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 Shoemaker Protocol
Surviving Mold Podcast - Series
Surviving Mold Podcast is devoted to navigating all aspects of treating mold or bio-toxin diseases. Hosted by the Author of “Surviving Mold,” Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker was the physician who founded the treatment for mold disease, also known as CIRS. Dr. Shoemaker is tirelessly passionate about educating more people on this growing epidemic in the world. Learn how countless families have overcome mold related illness thanks to the Shoemaker Protocol.
- Chris Kresser. RHR: Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker on Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome. Chris Kresser. RHR: Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker on Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome.
- Internal Medicine Review. Diagnostic Process for Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS): A Consensus Statement. Internal Medicine Review. Diagnostic Process for Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS): A Consensus Statement.
- Surviving Mold. What Do I Do? Surviving Mold. What Do I Do?
- The Scientific World Journal. A review of the mechanism of injury and treatment approaches for illness resulting from exposure to water-damaged buildings, mold, and mycotoxins. The Scientific World Journal. A review of the mechanism of injury and treatment approaches for illness resulting from exposure to water-damaged buildings, mold, and mycotoxins.