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  • Genre:MEDICAL
  • SubGenre:General
  • Language:English
  • Pages:225
  • eBook ISBN:9781483533643

State of the Art Answers to 500 Mold Questions

by Ritchie C. Shoemaker MD

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Overview
Sickened by moldy buildings? Need facts and answers fast? Here is your guide: State of the Art Answers for 500 Mold Questions. Thorough and reliable, “500 Answers” is as current as one can find on a subject where bad information abounds. But, as far as sick people go, what I write here will need to be updated when we finally have genomic information. The world of diagnosis and treatment of chronic inflammatory response syndromes (CIRS) acquired following exposure to the interior environment of water-damaged buildings (WDB) now relies on proteomics and differential diagnosis. Call it “mold illness,” if you will. You need to know the latest and best information about human health effects caused by wet, moldy buildings and the importance of understanding human health effects before remediation begins. The time to share what really is going on in sickened people has been with us for nearly 20 years, yet so much just plain wrong information is out there. Our knowledge has reached new levels as therapies like use of vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP) show us where we need to go to reduce reactivity and stop the systemic inflammation of CIRS-WDB. If you simply want to know what to do to obtain a diagnosis that is accurate and begin therapies that work, 500 Answers is a must read. If you need solid information on how to go about testing your home, school and workplace to see if those buildings could be making you sick, 500 Answers is for you as well. If you don’t have any experience with human health effects cause by wet buildings, and you are understandably overwhelmed by the fuzzy “science” on the Internet, 500 Answers is your portal to a sharp vision of what is wrong and what needs to be done.
Description
Sickened by moldy buildings? Need facts and answers fast? Here is your guide: State of the Art Answers for 500 Mold Questions. Thorough and reliable, “500 Answers” is as current as one can find on a subject where bad information abounds. But, as far as sick people go, what I write here will need to be updated when we finally have genomic information. The world of diagnosis and treatment of chronic inflammatory response syndromes (CIRS) acquired following exposure to the interior environment of water-damaged buildings (WDB) now relies on proteomics and differential diagnosis. Call it “mold illness,” if you will. You need to know the latest and best information about human health effects caused by wet, moldy buildings and the importance of understanding human health effects before remediation begins. The time to share what really is going on in sickened people has been with us for nearly 20 years, yet so much just plain wrong information is out there. Our knowledge has reached new levels as therapies like use of vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP) show us where we need to go to reduce reactivity and stop the systemic inflammation of CIRS-WDB. 500 Answers includes new discoveries like the information we obtain from NeuroQuant that shows that the inflammation of CIRS causes the development of a distinctive fingerprint of injury to the central nervous system found just in CIRS-WDB patients. Better still, use of NeuroQuant shows us that the ability to correct the inflammatory response will in turn show correction of localized areas of grey matter atrophy in the brain. This result of treatment is unheard of in the world of brain injury. If you want to confirm that your executive cognitive functioning is due to exposure to WDB, do a NeuroQuant as part of the full work up. If you simply want to know what to do to obtain a diagnosis that is accurate and begin therapies that work, 500 Answers is a must read. If you need solid information on how to go about testing your home, school and workplace to see if those buildings could be making you sick, 500 Answers is for you as well. If you don’t have any experience with human health effects cause by wet buildings, and you are understandably overwhelmed by the fuzzy “science” on the Internet, 500 Answers is your portal to a sharp vision of what is wrong and what needs to be done. 500 Answers has a complete Table of Contents, a roster of the many acronyms used and an index that will help you find out quickly what you want to know. The information in 500 Answers is correct but when we add genomics, the jargon terms and new information is going to require a steep learning curve. We welcome you to learn what you need to know now. We will help you with the new understanding too when the time comes.
About the author
Ritchie Shoemaker, M. D., is a recognized leader in patient care, research and education pioneer in the field of biotoxin related illness. While illness acquired following exposure to the interior environment of water-damaged buildings (WDB) comprises the bulk of Shoemaker’s daily practice, other illnesses caused by exposure to biologically produced toxins are quite similar in their “final common pathway.” What this means is that while the illness might begin acutely with exposure to fungi, spirochetes, apicomplexans, dinoflagellates and cyanobacteria, for example, in its chronic form, each of these illnesses has similar symptoms, lab findings, and Visual Contrast Sensitivity findings. Taken together the inflammatory illness from each of these diverse sources is known as a Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome. The few sentences above might make one think that the path of discovery of the complex abnormalities of innate immune physiology now confirmed to be present was simple. Frankly, none of the “players,” as one might call C4a, TGF beta-1 and MMP9 or the genetic susceptibility from the immune response genes HLA DR, was known in 1997, the first year of Shoemaker’s odyssey into the world of unusual diseases. Beginning with Pfiesteria, a dinoflagellate that killed fish and sickened over 300 people along the estuaries of the Chesapeake Bay from 1997-2001, Shoemaker has looked at multisystem, multisymptom illness with an environmental source as his “Holy Grail.” Indeed, finding the answers to countless questions raised by biotoxin illnesses has provided help, and for some, cure, with illnesses defined by symptoms alone such as fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Dr. Shoemaker has dedicated his life and career to uncovering the link between the toxic stew found in many of our buildings and homes, and the vast amount of misdiagnosed and catch-all ailments physicians often assign patients for whom they cannot offer any real treatment. By uncovering the real science behind these illnesses, and attacking the problem with clinical studies and sound research techniques, Dr. Shoemaker leads the way in not only identifying the true cause of these afflictions, but also in curing those whom the medical community deemed incurable. He truly feels it is imperative patients educate themselves, and has committed his time and resources to providing them with the tools they need for their survival. Dr. Shoemaker graduated from Duke University where he received honors in undergraduate and medical degrees. He is a practicing physician in Pocomoke City, MD, and conducts research with collaborators on an international basis. His dedication to his patients and his advancement of medicine through research has been recognized often, including receipt of the Maryland Academy of Family Practice Physician of the Year 2000 award, which was followed by an award as a finalist in the National competition for 2002. Shoemaker is asked to lecture to academic and lay audiences alike, with addresses to the US House of Representative and Senate. Dr. Shoemaker has published eight books, the newest being Surviving Mold, and has numerous publications in scientific research journals, on audio and video tapes and in newspapers. He has made many presentations at scientific meetings, and has frequently appeared on television. Dr. Shoemaker was the lead committee member of the July 2010 Policy Holders of America position paper – “Research Committee Report on Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome Caused by Exposure to the Interior Environment of Water Damaged Buildings.” This treatise is widely noted to be the most through, rigorous and transparent of all the discussions of illness from WDB. Shoemaker is married to JoAnn Jasinski, his bride of nearly thirty years, a long-time pre-school educator. Their daughter, Sally, is following her own path in life as a teacher in environmental sciences.
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