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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

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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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Mold Indoors: Killing It Is Not Enough

 

 

By Michael Pinto

Indoor air quality is a broad field that continues to bedevil building service professionals. But the shift in focus over the last five years from general concerns such as adequate ventilation and sick building syndrome to mold contamination has caught many service contractors by surprise, particularly when they are asked for advice in dealing with mold growth or blamed for its appearance.

Unfortunately, many contractors are struggling to identify the current best practices in regards to mold – a reasonable way to evaluate potential contamination and implement control measures. With limited time, service managers try to make sense of media reports, liability concerns, and scientific research. As they dig deeper, many have found that media reports are often condensed sound bites, legal cases tend to emphasize the extremes of liability in an effort to win or fend off a claim, and scientific reports are filled with technical jargon or narrow limitations that restrict their application to the real world.

Without good information, positions related to mold situations are inclined to polarize. The extreme positions can be categorized as fungiphobics, those who are frightened by a single mold spore, and those who refuse to accept any possibility of health-related problems due to mold exposure, the mold minimizers.

The first step in developing a reasonable approach to mold is to understand that there is a reasonable approach. [Read more…]

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A-FNG Part Two: Chronic Mold Infections and Lyme Disease.

You will find detailed information on the following pages. This information is provided for educational purposes only, and is not intended to diagnose or treat an individual. Please understand that Dr. Anderson and Gordon Medical cannot prescribe or recommend treatment to patients they have not seen.

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Wayne Anderson ND combines Functional and Integrative Medicine disciplines with the best of conventional medicine.

By Wayne Anderson ND

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Patients with Chronic Lyme disease can also have chronic fungal infections. Chronic immune suppressed Lyme disease patients have multiple opportunistic infections that can include mold and yeast infections. Knowing when to treat Borrelia, Babesia, Bartonella, Ehrlichia, Mycoplasma or chronic mold infections can be difficult.

For most of our patients Borrelia and the co-infections need to be treated first, but not always. For some patients the fungal infection is the primary pathogen. Factors that determine an individual’s dominant pathogen will be dependent on the patient’s genetics susceptibility, extent or number of exposures and organism pathogenicity. For others their chronic mold infection will be secondary to Lyme and the co-infection. When the immune system prioritizes a fungal infection, [Read more…]

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Three Critical Components Of Every Fungal Remediation Project

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By Michael Pinto

A Common Situation

mold remediation imageOver the last few weeks we have received numerous calls from individuals concerned about the appropriateness of mold remediation projects that do not address critical issues such as possible contamination of the HVAC (heating/ventilation/air conditioning) system or the contents of the building. In fact, we spoke with an attorney for an individual who is reportedly suffering from serious mold-related health concerns, and he was incredulous when he found out that after a major remediation of visible fungal growth from his client’s house no effort had been made to clean the rest of the structure. This lack of thoroughness was even more disturbing given that a hygienist had been involved in the project to conduct an investigation and help prepare the scope of work. This consultant’s own air samples had shown elevated levels of fungal spores throughout the home, yet the official project was narrowed down specifically to the rooms with visible contamination.

In a similar vein, we received the following e-mail from someone who had heard about our organization’s reputation for competency in the mold remediation field. Obviously, the remediation company’s name has been extracted to protect the guilty!

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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.

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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…]