CIRS / Toxic Mold Illness Treatment in NYC
CIRS (Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome) Doctor Trained in Dr. Shoemaker’s Protocols
While illnesses caused by biotoxins are on the rise, many doctors continue to be unfamiliar in recognizing biotoxin and mold illness and the impact they have on the body. It’s not unusual for someone with CIRS or toxic mold illness to go years or even decades without proper diagnosis. Approximately 25% of the population has the specific genetic markup that makes them vulnerable to CIRS. If you have been struggling with chronic health issues it’s possible you have chronic inflammatory response syndrome.
What is CIRS & Toxic Mold Illness?
Chronic inflammatory syndrome or CIRS is a condition with a wide range of symptoms which are triggered by biotoxins – typically mold. The term CIRS was coined by Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, the country’s leading expert on mold illness and author of Surviving Mold, to describe when a body’s immune system is out of whack. For some people the immune system is simply weakened but for others it is running rampant.
Toxic mold refers to the dangerous mold growth that can develop in water-damaged buildings (WDB). Toxic mold is mainly associated with what many of us see in pictures -black or dark-green mold seen in basements that have been flooded – it looks like something from a “biblical plague”. But don’t be misled, toxic mold can be present in water-damaged space without any visible damage.
At Mitchell Medical Group, Dr. Dean Mitchell, a board-certified immunologist and allergist, has been training in the Shoemaker protocol and working with patients to restore their health.
Telehealth New Patient Consultations
We know it can be difficult to always find time to get to the doctor’s office which is why we are now offering telehealth virtual new patient consultations with Dr. Mitchell. During the consultation, you will speak directly with Dr. Mitchell about your health issues just like you would at his office.
Mold Illness Symptoms
There are numerous symptoms of mold illness and many are seeminly unrelated. The large variety of symptoms associated with CIRS is one of the reasons that this condition has largely been ignored by conventional medicine. But just because an illness is complex and not fully understood doesn’t mean medical professionals should shy away from helping people. Some of the most common symptoms of CIRS and mold illness include:
- Visual insensitivity
- Unexplained weight gain
- Mood swings
- Digestive issues
- Memory problems
- Skin sensitivity
- Abdominal pain
- Morning stiffness
- Cognitive difficulties such as brain fog and trouble concentrating
- Fatigue and weakness or chronic fatigue syndrome
- Frequent urination
- Post nasal drip and sore throat
- Numbness and tingling
- Static shock
- Muscle cramps and joint pain
- Difficulty learning new information
- Poor temperature regulation
- Excessive thirst and dehydration
- Metallic taste in mouth
Is CIRS or Mold Illness a Real Disease?
When we talk about mold illness we are refering to a biotoxin illness called chronic inflammatory response syndrome or CIRS. According to Mold Illness: Surviving and Thriving, CIRS is incredibly common in today’s American society. In 2011, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health published their opinions that suggested as many as 50% of US buildings were water-damaged which puts about 160 million people at risk for the development of CIRS. CIRS is one of the most compelling reasons for the explosion of chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and depression in the US.
The air in water-damaged buildings or WDBs are contaminated by a chemical stew of molds, bacteria, and associated chemicals. Inhaling this contaminated air can activate the innate immune system which causes severe inflammation throughout the body. CIRS is a multi-system and multi-symptom disease. It is caused by generalized inflammation triggered by an immune system that is out of control.
Diagnostic & Treatment Steps
- Visual Contrast Test
a simple 10 minutes eye exam can help screen to see if mold has affected your vision and health.
- Laboratory Tests
specific immune and genetic tests can identify if you are genetically-susceptible person to mold illness and if your body is showing inflammation from mold exposure.
- Nasal Swab
sending out a special nasal swab (a 7 second test) can identify if a biofilm is building up with resistant bacteria in your nose that can lead to sinusitis or general mold illness
- NeuroQuant MRI
can identify if mold illness is affecting your cognitive function – this is not a regular MRI, it’s actually a shorter test and less expensive but must be at a specific radiology office
The protocol used by Dr. Shoemaker is straight forward but there are a series of steps to be taken, each in its proper order, in order to heal.
Dr. Shoemaker has a pyramid-shaped visual on how to effectively recover from mold illness. The protocol is complicated, but with a well-trained physician, like Dr. Dean Mitchell, and a mold remediation company to identify mold in your home and getting it remediated can make a world of difference in your health.
Why is CIRS / Mold Illness Misdiagnosed?
Most patients with CIRS are misdiagnosed as having depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, among other illnesses. CIRS activates the innate immune system which makes a proper diagnosis difficult since common parameters of inflammation are generally negative upon laboratory evaluation. There is a genetic component that can be tested to help correctly identify mold illness.
Mold illness causes inflammation that causes a silent fire in your body – many call it a brain on fire. The reason some people get CIRS inflammation is because their bodies are not able to properly process mold toxins. Genetically susceptible people have a problem with the production of protective antibodies.
Unfortunately, the symptoms consistent with biotoxin illness are similar to symptoms of other major illnesses and many doctors are unfamiliar with how to correctly test and diagnosis mold illness.
If you think you suffer from mold illness, give our office a call today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dean Mitchell.