Shoemaker Protocol: Treat Patients for Mold Causing Illnesses in 3 Months or Less

Posted on March 15th, 2017

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Certification in the Shoemaker Protocol is Becoming More Popular

Mold illness can be debilitating for patients and is easily misdiagnosed by physicians. These are big reasons that Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker created the Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) treatment protocol for patients and the certification program to educate medical professionals to help more patients who struggle with CIRS and its effects.

What is the Shoemaker Protocol?

The Shoemaker Protocol has a series of steps that include removal from exposure to mold-infested buildings, treatment with Cholestyramine (a bile acid sequestrant), lab tests that monitor a variety of issues and visual contrast sensitivity.  Each of these steps is taken in a specific order, and other steps may come into play, depending on a patient’s medical issues. If during the course of the protocol, patients have another exposure to a water-damaged building or exposure to mold, they begin at the first step again (removal from exposure) and continue through the steps.

Who obtains this certification?

The certification program is for physicians who want to help patients whose symptoms appear to be signs of mold illness, and who want to be part of making people’s lives better. The number of doctors who are learning about the CIRS treatment protocols, learning to properly diagnose the condition, and obtaining the certification is increasing. This protocol seems to appeal to doctors who are interested in learning about more than just convention medicine that may help their patients, including treatment methods like acupuncture, functional medicine, even reiki.

Stages of the Shoemaker Protocol Certification Process

There are three stages to the process of earning this certification.

The first is a screening exam that includes a mix of true/false and multiple choice questions that proctors will use to determine where the doctor’s practical experience in researching and treating patients with biotoxin illnesses translates into strengths and weaknesses that the doctors can use when treating patients who have CIRS symptoms.

The second step in the certification process is a set of essay questions are designed that are designed to illuminate the doctor’s understanding of evidence-based medicine and understanding of the Shoemaker Protocol itself.

Finally, a certification-seeking doctor will speak with Dr. Shoemaker one-on-one and explain how they would handle several medical situations, and to outline his or her case management skills. When the certification exam is complete, the individual will speak with Dr. Shoemaker to work through the entirety of the Shoemaker Protocol with one of the certification-seeking doctor’s own patients.

If you want to better understand how mold illness affects patients, and how to reduce the effect of mold illness, or if you’re concerned that your patient’s symptoms are something other than conditions like fibromyalgia and stress, we encourage you to take the time to learn about Dr. Shoemaker’s Protocol and what it takes to become certified.



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