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Product Details

  • Paperback: 604 pages
  • Publisher: Gateway Press; 1st edition (April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966553535
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966553536
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Thank you for your expert testimony on toxic mold at the Capitol hearing. . . brilliant and cogent testimony in the Congress.” --John Conyers, Member of Congress, Sept. 22, 2004.

“Fascinating insight into a truly national problem. Dr. Shoemaker actually seeks to cure mold affected patients.” --Dan Bryson, Esquire, Lewis and Roberts, Raleigh, NC, November 11, 2004.

“Compelling, immensely readable and relevant. Cuts through the politics and pulls no punches. --Susan Brinchman, author, Center for School Mold Help, November 12, 2004.

About the Author

Ritchie C. Shoemaker, MD is a Family Practice physician from Pocomoke, Maryland. He has previously published four books, Desperation Medicine, Lose the Weight You Hate, Pfiesteria: Crossing Dark Water and Weight Loss and Maintenance: My Way Works, as well as numerous academic publications. He writes from his experience of diagnosing and treating the world’s largest series of 3500 patients with acute and chronic illness caused by exposure to biotoxins made by molds, spirochetes, dinoflagellates, spirochetes and blue-green algae. His practice experience is the foundation that enables him to challenge much of what we hear about chronic illnesses from agencies and academics that don’t treat the illnesses. “Now that we know how to treat mold illness, we can look at what is wrong physiologically that gets better with return to health and what is normal that becomes abnormal with illness acquisition, to understand the basic mechanisms of disease causation in biotoxi! n illnesses. The patient has a right to know what is wrong and the doctor has the duty to show him what the illness is.” Dr. Shoemaker was named Family Physician of the Year 2000 in Maryland and was runner-up for the national Family Physician of the Year 2002.

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Every library should have this book on the front shelf.
Dr. Shoemaker alternates between some very difficult scientific explanations, and anecdotes which he uses to illustrate those principles.
Pierre Belperron
Mold Warriors contains many inspiring stories of noble struggles against suffering and injustice.
Steven Sponaugle

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Mold Warriors contains advanced, sophisticated, effective, state of the art testing and treatment protocols for some of the most perplexing diseases and disorders, confronting medical practices. These protocols treat actual causes of disabling diseases, including Lyme, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Migraine, Irritible Bowel Syndrome, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Parkinson's Disease and possibly even Multiple Sclerosis by altering gene expression, cytokine, leukotriene and hormonal imbalance, in addition to removing potentially deadly neurotoxins, from the body.

Mold Warriors contains detailed explanations of sophisticated immunological and hormonal tests, which many physicians have never even heard of. The appendix contains detailed information concerning where to obtain the various tests, diagnostic and procedure codes, etc., which practitioners will find very helpful.

The VEGF test described in this book, frequently reveals why chronic fatigue patients remain fatigued, with impaired concentration, after hypothyroidism is corrected.

Lupus patients tested with the Visual Contrast Sensitivity Test usually fail. The inexpensive Visual Contrast Sensitivity Test is so sensitive, it detected visual field narrowing, in a migraine patient before her aura occurred. Many of the advanced protocols, in this book, will eventually become accepted standard of care.

Chronic sinusitis and migraine headaches can sometimes be successfully treated with the cholestyramine protocol described in this book. Lupus and Lyme patients are also improving with these treatment protocols.

A weakness of this book is a failure to discuss herbal treatments, which can decrease MMP 9, without dangerous side effects of diabetes medications.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Colasante on May 12, 2005
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Dr. Shoemaker and Dr. Schaller have created a masterpiece for helping people with mystery illnesses. See mold in your home, school or at work. It is making you or others ill. Anyone that doubts this scientific data is stuck in the 1980's. The book uses interesting stories from teachers to judges. Mold Warriors weaves in new scientific evidence, currently available labs and proven testing. It is easily read and understood by the general audience. The CDC and NIH will take ten years for their consensus panels to get around to actually treating the thousands of folks that form the basis for this book.

As someone who has suffered from "mold" allergies and been made sick by moldy builgings all of my life, with many family members made sick by their schools and work buildings, this book offers incredible insight solutions and hope to all of us. You can get better and feel better. This book is truly innovative and gets to the root of what is making us sick and will offer you and your doctor options for how to get well.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By luna on August 5, 2005
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Shoemaker is a genius and I am so thankful someone referred this book to me. He is exactly what a doctor should be: intelligent and humble, truly dedicated to serving his patients, constantly stretching himself to uncover hidden truths, willing to stand up to government, lawyers, insurance companies and fight the system for justice. Read the book and open your mind. His theory about biotoxin illness makes so much sense and he explains it in layman's terms. Each chapter reveals a different side of this illness and the fight to get it recognized in courts across America. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Hillbilly Gopher Girl on November 4, 2011
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While I am thankful for having found this book, the problem that I have with this book is that too many individuals are taking Shoemaker's way as gospel, and this can be dangerous, especially if their treating physician isn't knowledgeable about toxicity. For example, Shoemaker only states that low VEGF is an indicator of mold illness and doesn't go into detail about how high VEGF levels can be indicative of other problems, most notably, cancer. Additionally, I have at least one friend who has already quit using the Cholestyramine since she "passed" the online vision test. My friend continues to have problems with her breathing, balance, brain fog, and other problems; yet, she and her physician feel she is "cured" of the mold toxins. Furthermore, since my friend has not had her urine tested for mold toxins, she has no idea what she has been exposed to, nor does she know the extent of her exposure. To be fair, my friend is not going to Shoemaker; her physicians, however, are following HIS protocol.

I believe that many of the protocols as described in this book are useful; but I am also proof that one can be toxically poisoned by mold and not fit Shoemaker's protocol with the levels of MSH, VEGF, etc. etc. Lastly, there are some mold patients, like myself, who will not be cured in two or three months, but that treatment will take much longer. Once a person has become toxically poisoned by mold, it is a lifelong battle to stay away from it, and the treatment will have to be continued minimally on a maintenance level.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Theresa Cuddy on May 15, 2005
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Mold Warriors is an extraordianary acheivement by Dr. Ritchie C. Shoemaker, MD, along with James Schaller, MD & Patti Schmidt. It is rich with primary information involving patient's diagnosis and treatments. This book gives hope to suffering patients and should be in all Consumer Health Collections in public and health sciences libraries. If the book reaches those shelves it will be available not only to patients but also to interns, residents,and those cutting edge physicians who use libraries to keep a step above the rest. I wish all medical librarians could receive a copy of this book as they are the link to these special physicians across the country and the world.
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