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Mold Remediation Part One

REMEDIATION OF BUILDING MATERIALS

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…]

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Report on the Biotoxin Conference by Scott Forsgren

Scott Forsgren, of BetterHealthGuy.com, 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 SurvivingMold.com.

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…]

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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.

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Eric Gordon MD and Ritchie Shoemaker MD on KSRO Radio

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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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE WEEKEND EVENT: Click Here

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Dysauntonomia, Biotoxins, and Lyme

Question:

I have a long term lyme patient who has recovered from most of her lyme symptoms with the exception of intermittent hypo tension 80/40 with  pulse in the 40’s known as autonomic insufficiency or pots or dysautonomia.  For years when she has a lyme flare she will experience strabismus.  I am convinced that ocular damage is from the lyme and is part of the etiology for her flares as well as the  dysautonomia. None the less researching this subject quickly makes one realize that it is complex with many suspected etiologies.  I have started her on florinef .1 mg for now.  So anyone have any other pearls of wisdom?  She has been on cortef for years low dose.  Her endocrinologist did not check with me and also put her on cortef so she got a 30 mg dose for a month or so, of course she felt great.   I have had her consult with a cardiologist, endocrinologist as well as neurologist.  They just kind of threw up their hands especially with a ” lyme dx” in the mixture.  I will consult next week again with her neurologist in an effort  to co-manage this case but may get left holding the bag as I usually do in  trying to treat lyme patients.   Anyway I would appreciate tips on treating this common problem with our lyme patients. [Read more…]

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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. 

NOTES FROM THE MOLD FRONTIER

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…]

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Treatment: Antibiotics or Herbs?

Question:

Is it possible to effectively treat Lyme disease and co-infections without antibiotics?  Is the immune system able to wipe it out if given the right support?

Dr. Eric GordonAnswer from Dr. Eric Gordon:

I would say unequivocally, maybe. The difficulty goes to the heart of the Lyme war between ILADS  and the IDSA. Since active Lyme is a clinical diagnosis, which means it is determined by the patient’s history and current symptoms, we can’t really say how many people diagnosed with Lyme have Lyme, or other infectious or toxin caused diseases.  If you look at symptom lists, the overlap with other illnesses is huge.

My answer is yes, I have read reports of people treated with herbs, and their symptoms and their CD57 tests have normalized. In my practice,  I often start with herbal treatments, but almost always use antibiotics at some point in the therapy. The biggest issue is not drugs vs. herbs, but rather the underlying toxicity of the person, and whether or not their immune system can manage inflammation.  I have had several patients who had severe “Herx’s” to herbs and yet did well on antibiotics. [Read more…]