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…]


Dr. Mercola Interviews Dr. Shoemaker About Molds

Recently Dr. Joseph Mercola interviewed Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker about biotoxin illnesses.
The 45-minute audio interview is available here:

Dr Mercola Interviews Ritchie Shoemaker about Mold Illness

Dr. Shoemaker was in Santa Rosa last year for a weekend seminar, and you can find plenty more about his work under the Biotoxin tag.


Why Mold Restoration Professionals Should Avoid Using Bleach

By Michael Pinto

There are many situations in which restoration professionals may think that use of bleach as a cleaner/sanitizer is effective. Indeed, there are certain restoration projects, such as sewage backflows, floods, and even mold remediation, where individuals have been taught to use bleach as part of their restoration protocol. This history is supported by continuing references in publications put out by numerous organizations including the EPA, American Red Cross, Salvation Army and others. The use of bleach as a “disinfectant” seemed to reach new heights over the past few months as semi-truckloads of the chemical were donated for disaster relief efforts in the Gulf states following hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

 Despite this surge in bleach use for restoration of water-damaged and mold-impacted environments, I have one thing to say about the situation: Professional restoration contractors should not be using bleach for cleaning, sanitizing, or disinfecting surfaces! Of course this opinion comes with a few caveats: I do not have any financial or management interest in a chemical company that manufactures bleach or alternative chemical products. I have never been seriously injured by bleach in a personal or industrial accident. I use bleach for my laundry and a bleach derivative for sanitizing my swimming pool water. [Read more…]


Mold and Lyme Together?

This brief clip is from the October Biotoxin Illness Conference in Santa Rosa. In the clip, Dr. Eric Gordon talks about issues with chronic Lyme, and how it might relate to biotoxin illness issues. Please forgive the movement in the video, the doctors were switching speakers, and the focus is not very good when the camera person is moving. The longer video this comes from doesn’t have this problem when a speaker is talking.

Dr. Eric Gordon is the founder of  Gordon Medical Associates. What Dr. Gordon emphasizes is listening to his patients. “I believe my patients. Their description of what is going on in their body is the most accurate way we have to assess what is going on with them. I interpret the information they present, and blend it with laboratory results and imaging and other tests to determine a protocol that is customized to their condition.”

If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Shoemaker’s work on mold illness, we have copies available of the DVD recordings from the October Biotoxin Illness conference held in Santa Rosa in October 2011. This 5 DVD set includes over 9 hours of talks with Dr. Shoemaker and the Gordon Medical physicians, as well as Power Point presentations and supporting evidence for the treatments presented. For more information, links to clips, or to order, look at Biotoxin Illness on the DVDs and Books page.


Mold Remediation Part One


Excerpt from Fungal Contamination: A Comprehensive Guide for Remediation

This excerpt is taken from Chapter 10 of Fungal Contamination: A Comprehensive Guide for Remediation, Second Edition, a textbook used for mold remediation training that makes important and understandable connections between mold work and other restoration activities. This informative book of over 450 pages is available for purchase from Wonder Makers Environmental.

Remediating fungal contamination that is impacting building materials involves a number of steps that are widely accepted in the industry, and experience has determined that these steps should be performed in a particular order. This method offers the best possibility for removing visible mold growth and associated debris without cross contaminating surrounding areas. Remediation professionals should use the following steps as a starting point for developing a specific work plan for each project. [Read more…]


Fungus Allergy and Hypersensitivity

Fungus Allergy and Hypersensitivity
Notes from the Biotoxin Conference


Some molds release toxins, as certain snakes are poisonous.  These mold toxins activate our innate immune system and provoke disabling chronic inflammation and many hormonal disturbances.  This is quite distinct from the hay fever-allergic reaction molds can provoke.  There is a third way fungi (mold, yeast, etc) can make us sick.  This is generally neglected because of scientific orthodoxy and institutional dogma.

Fungus hypersensitivity can create inflammation that mimics infection

Case 1: Doc’s oldest son AP got fungal ringworm.  [Read more…]


Report on the Biotoxin Conference by Scott Forsgren

Scott Forsgren, of, posted an excellent blog on his site regarding the Biotoxin Illness Conference hosted by Gordon Medical Associates in Santa Rosa, CA.  Thank you Scott for your hard work in educating patients and doctors regarding this most important health issue.bhg

Biotoxin Illness Conference 2011 – by Scott ForsgrenGordon Medical Associates hosted the “Biotoxin Illness: The Science Behind Accurate Diagnosis and Effective Treatment” October 22-23, 2011 in Santa Rosa, CA.

While this blog post will not cover all of the details of the event, further information can be learned from either the recordings of this event available through Gordon Medical Associates or via several learning opportunities at

I continue to spend time learning more about Dr. Shoemaker’s work as I have not yet entirely addressed all of the biotoxin illness markers, especially C4a, and am interested in Dr. Shoemaker’s work as I think he’s a rare genius in the field. [Read more…]


Red Tide and Neurotoxins

Eric Gordon MDBy  Dr. Eric Gordon, MD

This article was originally published in the October issue of the Sonoma County Gazette.

 The consumption of larger fish from tropical waters can impact the quality of our health if those fish consumed smaller fish that grew in red tide (algal bloom) areas. The recent red tide that wreaked havoc on local abalone is an example of this. People can get sick when an algal bloom occurs in tropical waters or eastern shore estuaries. Ciguatera is the name of one neurotoxin that Dinoflagellate (algae) produces. The neurotoxins, concentrated in the food chain, are not destroyed by heating, so cooking is no protection. Most people affected by this illness develop acute gastro-intestinal symptoms like abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. These toxins are fat soluble and in some cases not recognized by the immune system. The toxins can recycle and affect the nervous system for years.

[Read more…]


Eric Gordon MD and Ritchie Shoemaker MD on KSRO Radio

Eric Gordon MDRitchie Shoemaker MD

Eric Gordon MD and Ritchie Shoemaker MD

Speaking LIVE on KSRO Radio – Your Health First

Wednesday, October 12 at 12:30 pm – 1 pm

KSRO 1350 AM Radio

Dr. Gordon and Dr. Shoemaker will take to the air live, speaking about Biotoxin Illness issues, and how they affect sufferers in a way poorly understood by the majority of health professionals. The talk is a lead in to the weekend benefit conference being held on October 22-23, 2011.



Will Surviving Mold Mean Surviving Lyme?

The following is the most recent article from Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, a specialist in biotoxin caused illness. This article was originally published in Public Health Alert, and is republished here with the permission of Dr. Shoemaker. 


Ritchie C. Shoemaker MD
With Laura Mark, MD

Will Surviving Mold Mean Surviving Lyme?

 Take out a microscope and look under the in the kitchen cabinet right underneath the pinhole leak in the water supply line.  Is there something growing in the water-damaged area?  You bet: You’ll surely see some filamentous fungi (AKA molds), but look too at the bacteria and actinomycetes.  They are feasting on the simple food stuffs created by the extracellular digestive enzymes of the fungi.  Free food!  This habitat is a nice warm 65-72 degrees all day, every day, year round.  Microbe paradise!  Plenty of food, plenty of moisture and plenty of places to breed safely means plenty of microbial growth and plenty of secondary products of microbial metabolism.  Call the products toxins, inflammagens, cell wall fragments and beta glucans; they are all foreign antigens as far as our immune response is concerned.  And they all cause intense inflammatory responses that are well-demonstrated in tests of innate immunity. [Read more…]