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Environmental Toxins

Florida Conference Focuses on Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome

“Mold Sickness” is an immunologic disease that is brought about by exposure to the interior environment of a water-damaged building that becomes a haven for toxic microbes and harmful chemicals. These “dangerous buildings” promote the growth of bacteria, microbes, fragments of microbes, and fungi, and residents or people working in these buildings who are harmed by these conditions often suffer a systemic inflammatory response syndrome known as Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS).

Physicians, researchers, medical providers and indoor environmental experts have been studying CIRS for years, and much progress has been made. And late last month, during a four-day conference convened in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., current breakthroughs and updates about the mold epidemic facing this country were presented.

Meeting of the Minds

Called Meeting of the Minds, the conference was attended by BioDesign Wellness Center’s own functionally medicine-trained Dr. Matt Lewis, DC, DACBN, CFMP®; and BioDesign medical director Dr. Winston Cope, M.D. During the conference, Dr. Lewis passed his certification test for the Shoemaker Protocol and is currently completing that certification. The protocol features the most recent advances in the understanding and treatment of CIRS.

One of the more dismaying effects of this debilitating condition are the number of symptoms that can arise as a result of the sufferer residing or working in a water-damaged building. According to Dr. Richie Shoemaker of the Center for continue reading

10 Do’s & Don’ts When Choosing a Mold Remediation Inspection in Tampa

If you visit our functional medicine office in Tampa and we determine you might have a health issue related to exposure to mold, we believe a physical checkup of your residence and/or workplace is every bit as important as the medical checkup and treatment you sought through us in the first place.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently issued a report claiming 50 percent of all buildings in the United States are water damaged. And here in Tampa, we believe that percentage to be much higher. We also believe that finding a professional to conduct a home or office mold inspection should be taken as seriously as it was for you to discover that BioDesign Wellness Center had the expertise and track record to help you regain your health through the proper treatment of mold-related disorders.

Worker replaces ceiling panel during mold inspection

Unfortunately, we have seen too many patients ignore our advice about a home or workplace “mold checkup” and, as a result, their mold issue remains unresolved. By taking such inspections as seriously as you would your treatment, you will go a long way toward securing the clinical results you desire.

The Mold-Genetics Connection

A quarter of the population possesses genetics that don’t allow their bodies to fight certain mold toxins and other biotoxins that are often present in a water-damaged home or office. For these patients, making certain that the environments they live and work in are safe is an continue reading

Living with Mold in Tampa: Part 2—Treatment

In the first part of this two-part series, “Living with Mold in Tampa: Part 1 — Recognizing the Warning Signs,” we highlighted the symptoms of mold illness and the signs that your home may be contaminated with toxic mold. We also described the four mold toxins that are the biggest concerns: Ochratoxins, Aflatoxins, Trichothecenes, and Gliotoxin.

As we mentioned in that post, much of today’s awareness and understanding of mold illness is thanks to the work of Dr. Richie Shoemaker. Until Dr. Shoemaker began publishing on the topic of mold illness, many people suffering as a result of toxic mold remained undiagnosed or misdiagnosed and were provided no effective or lasting treatment. Through Dr. Shoemaker’s work, thousands of people have found answers and relief (but many continue to suffer because the majority of doctors are still ill-informed).

Mold in Tampa Florida Home

In Part 2 of this series, we present the three-step diagnostic and treatment procedure that we recommend at BioDesign Wellness Center in Tampa, Florida. Our approach follows many of the steps set-forth by Dr. Shoemaker.

Step 1: Treating the Source — Mold Remediation

If you have reason to suspect the presence of mold in your home, workplace, or anywhere else you spend considerable time, we encourage you to have the building inspected by professionals who have a thorough understanding of mold and its potential impact on human health. Dr. Shoemaker hosts an annual conference that mold inspectors and physicians attend together, so they can continue reading

Living with Mold in Tampa: Part 1 — Recognizing the Warning Signs

Do you live in Tampa, run across mold in your home or workplace on a regular basis, and have a persistent illness that defies treatment — fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, unexplained allergies, difficulty breathing, recurring or lingering sinus infections? Do you feel as though you’ve been drugged or poisoned? If you feel miserable, and your doctor can’t figure out the cause, it could be something in your home or workplace, your food or water, or perhaps even growing inside you — toxic mold.

Mold in Tampa Florida

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions.” In Florida, whether we’re inside or outside, chances are good that mold is growing all around us. Chances are also good that mold is growing in us. Sadly, for us, mold and mold infection are nothing new.

However, thanks to Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, a leading authority on mold-related illness, mold awareness and understanding are growing among people with mold illness, medical providers, and mold remediation specialists. As a result, we are beginning to develop treatments to win the battle against this persistent and sometimes deadly foe. Perhaps more importantly, we now know the underlying continue reading

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