Mold Illness

Mold illness can be caused by an allergic response to mold, by an infection or colonization by mold, by a biotoxin response to mold, or by any combination of these elements. It can be a very serious illness, mimicking my other diseases.

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When Your Home is Moldy: How to Evaluate and Remediate

The Cutting Edge of Health and Wellness Today
Friday, March 18, at 2 PM Pacific

When Your Home is Moldy: How to Evaluate and Remediate

I am very pleased today to be able to have, as my guest, John Banta, who is an expert on home remediation. We have had several shows on the medical problems caused by mold toxicity, and lots of requests for information on how to evaluate and remediate a home when mold is a potential problem. John has been doing this for over 20 years, and should provide the answers to many of your questions.

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Update on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Mold Toxicity

The Cutting Edge of Health and Wellness Today
Friday, January 8, at 2 PM Pacific

Update on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Mold Toxicity

I am delighted to be joined, again, this week by Dr. Joe Brewer to discuss the most current and up-to-date understanding we have on how to diagnose and treat Mold Toxicity.
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JUNK SCIENCE OR JUNK BLOG?

We are, and always will be, grateful to Dr. Shoemaker for his groundbreaking efforts to single-handedly bring to light the important and under appreciated subject of biotoxicity, especially mold toxicity. His grasp of the biotoxin pathway and the clarity it brings to our understanding these illnesses has brought healing to thousands of suffering patients.

But, like all new findings, this information does not yet constitute a “science”. It is a preliminary process in the understanding of a very important cause of illness, but to imagine that it has achieved the status of a “science” is a considerable overstatement. [Read more…]

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Mold Toxicity Updated

The Cutting Edge of Health and Wellness Today
Friday, May 22, at 2 PM Pacific

Mold Toxicity Updated

Today, I once again have the pleasure of talking with Dr. Joseph Brewer on the important (and underappreciated) subject of mold toxicity. Dr. Brewer has just published another paper detailing his results with the treatments he has pioneered and we look forward to sharing that information with our listeners and bringing everyone up to date on what we have learned. Please join us!

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Mold Toxicity: An Important Unrecognized Cause of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue: New Research with Dr. Joseph Brewer

The Cutting Edge of Health and Wellness Today
Friday, December 5, at 2 PM Pacific

Mold Toxicity: An Important Unrecognized Cause of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue

Today we are delighted to welcome Joseph Brewer, MD to our show today. Dr. Brewer has published two landmark papers showing the common link between mold toxicity and fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Furthermore, he has shown that once exposed to mold, in those with a weakened immune system, the mold may colonize the sinus and gut areas, producing mold toxins continuously contributing to prolonged illness. Recognizing this new information has enabled us to improve our treatment for mold toxicity.

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Mold Toxicity: New Understanding and Treatment for a surprising common and serious illness

Friday August 22 at 2:00 PM
with special guest, Ritchie Shoemaker MD

Mold Toxicity: New Understanding and Treatment for a surprising common and serious illness

We will be bringing the subject of Mold Toxicity to your attention. This newly discovered medical condition afflicts millions of Americans but largely goes unrecognized. We will be explaining how this illness presents, and how to diagnose and treat it. We are honored to have with us Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, who will be discussing his newest findings and research on this important subject. Many patients with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, autism, MS, and unexplained unusual neurological conditions have undiagnosed mold toxicity and should be including this condition in their evaluations and treatments.

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Mold and Mycotoxins: Often Overlooked Factors in Chronic Lyme Disease

Scott Forsgren

Scott Forsgren, BetterHealthGuy.com

By Scott Forsgren with Neil Nathan, MD, and Wayne Anderson, ND
Originally published in the July 2014 issue of the Townsend Letter

‘Lyme’ Is More than Lyme Alone

In the recently released book Why Can’t I Get Better?: Solving the Mystery of Lyme and Chronic Disease by Richard Horowitz, MD, a compelling argument is made that there is much more to chronic Lyme disease than Lyme alone. In fact, Horowitz unveils his “16-Point Differential Diagnostic Map,” which suggests numerous “nails” in the foot that must be explored in order to regain wellness. He further expands the concept of “chronic Lyme disease” by suggesting MSIDS, or multiple systemic infectious disease syndrome, as a more encompassing term for the multiple underlying factors involved in chronic illness.

In my personal experience recovering from Lyme disease after a tick bite in 1996 in Northern California, the journey has been one of uncovering many stones and addressing numerous layers of issues that were affecting my health. While borrelia, bartonella, babesia, ehrlichia, and many other microbial factors did play a role, it was not until I read the book Mold Warriors, by Ritchie C. Shoemaker, MD, in 2006 that I considered the possibility of mold as another key part of the systemic body burden that had without my awareness made me ill for so many years.

Upon further evaluation, it was determined that I had been living in an apartment for nearly 10 years that was contaminated with numerous molds, including Stachybotrys, better known as “toxic black mold.” Removing myself from this constant, daily exposure to an environment that was not conducive to my recovery was an important step to take. Moving to a safer setting was one of the best things that I did as part of my journey back to health. I do not think I would be where I am today if I had not discovered and addressed this ongoing, toxic environmental factor that was contributing to my then poor state of health. The connection between those struggling with chronic Lyme disease and ongoing exposure to toxic molds and mycotoxins is quite clear. [Read more…]

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Lyme, Neurotoxins, and Hormonal Factors: Wayne Anderson, ND, and Robert Gitlin, DO

An interview with Nancy Faass, MSW, MPH
Two experts, a naturopath and an osteopath, offer perspectives on how guiding hormone therapy in the Lyme patient differs from treating other patients, given that intracellular infections have their own unique effects on the endocrine system.

Mold and Mycotoxins: Often Overlooked Factors in Chronic Lyme Disease

by Scott Forsgren with Neil Nathan, MD, and Wayne Anderson, ND

Environmental exposure to toxic molds and the production of mycotoxins resulting from fungal colonization in the body can be significant in terms of symptom presentation, as well as both the severity and duration of the illness. The article focuses on three mycotoxins that can be readily measured via laboratory testing, providing a useful tool for practitioners working with patients with mold-associated illnesses. [Read more…]

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Tip #6 For Living More Toxin Free

Trust Your Nose To Warn You Of Dangerous Chemicals

Your nose can also warn you of mold exposure. Even if you can’t see mold, if you can smell a moldy or musty smell, then there is an excellent chance there is mold in your environment. Don’t discount it!


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Neurotoxic Disorders: Reactivity to Lyme, Coinfections, Molds, and Petrochemicals

By Wayne Anderson ND
interview by Nancy Faass, MSW, MPH

Wayne AndersonIntroduction

We originally thought of Lyme disease as primarily an infection caused by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi. In the decades that followed, researchers began identifyingother tick-borne bacteria and toxins that frequently accompany Lyme infections. We have come to realize that the symptoms which we once described as “Lyme disease” frequently involve other bacteria, such as Babesia, Bartonella, Ehrlichia, or Mycoplasma, or rarer species such as the Rickettsia group or tularemia. Transmitted in the digestive tract of ticks or fleas, these pathogens may be carried by cats, rats, mice, deer, and other animals, depending on the microbe. These pathogenic bacteria are among the smallest known life-forms on earth. Unlike most bacteria, they are harbored within the cell as a virus would be or within the interstices between the cells, making it difficult for the immune system to dislodge them.

Certain types of toxigenic mold can also be a major factor in neurotoxic conditions. Petrol-based pesticides, insecticides, and solvents are a third major contributor to neurotoxic inflammation. The extensive neurotoxic effects of pesticides, for example, have been well documented. Heavy metals are sludge toxins with some of the same neurotoxic effects as petrol-based chemicals. Mercury, lead, cadmium, and arsenic involve similar neurotoxic mechanisms of action and can cause similar symptoms.

Microbes and toxins stored in fat tissue: Lyme, molds, and petrol-based chemicals all contain lipid molecules. The lipid molecules in the structure of the pathogens and toxins are attracted to the fat in our bodies (lipophilic) and can become embedded in that fat tissue and persist. [Read more…]