Surviving Mold Down Under


Surviving Mold Down Under
A Guide to Implementing Dr Shoemaker’s 14 Step Mold Eradication Process in Australia

 

Dr Sandeep Gupta, MBBS MA FRACGP FACNEM

 

The term Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) was coined by Dr
Ritchie Shoemaker, a general practitioner in Maryland, USA, who describes a
syndrome triggered by exposure to biotoxins, whether the source be mold from
water damaged buildings, tick-borne infections such as Borrelia or Babesia,
dinoflagellates such as Pfiesteria or Ciguatera, blue-green algae such as
cyanobacteria and brown recluse spider bites. In susceptible hosts, exposure to
biotoxins triggers a chain reaction of events that causes a predictable multisystem
array symptoms and signs. The 14 step process for overcoming Chronic
Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) is a precise and systematic methodology
for overcoming the various disturbances to systemic physiology that occur in this
condition.
 
In Australia, similarly to other parts of the world, chronic inflammatory illness is
extremely common. This includes rheumatological conditions such as systemic
lupus erythematosis and rheumatoid arthritis and collagen vascular diseases such
as scleroderma, and Wegener’s granulomatosis. Inflammatory bowel disease, which
includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, is also on the rise. Many studies have
also recognised that inflammation is an important player in chronic conditions such
as cancer, ischaemic heart disease, obesity, depression and type 2 diabetes.
 
CIRS is a “new kid on the block” in terms of chronic inflammatory conditions. The
condition is well established however in the medical literature. Notable are the
similarities between the molecular mechanisms of CIRS and the condition known as
Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS), an acute syndrome associated
with sepsis, pulmonary embolism and other life-threatening conditions. SIRS is a
condition usually treated in a hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU) setting.
 
Through Dr Shoemaker’s work we can see that the evidence for an association
between environmental exposure to biotoxins and inflammatory sequelae is well
documented and predictable in individuals with certain genetic patterns whose
physiology has been primed by a previous cytokine storm of some sort. This
provides major hope for persons suffering from multisystem illness that does not
fall into the major diagnostic categories of modern medicine.
 

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