- Paperback: 784 pages
- Publisher: Otter Bay Books; First edition (December 15, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0966553551
- ISBN-13: 978-0966553550
- Package Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 70 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Surviving Mold: Life in the Era of Dangerous Buildings Paperback – December 15, 2010
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The world needs awareness of Dangerous Buildings. We cannot fold to pressures of bias and special interests who seek financial gain without regard for human health. Without doctors like you we would all be in peril. I thank you for your continued efforts to protect people. --Tim Corr, Esquire, Michigan
This is a uniquely important book! The science, medicine, and lifestyle advice is transforming for those who suffer from mold illness, for those who have the opportunity to treat them, for those whose work contributes to the design, construction, maintenance, and remediation of the built environment, especially our schools and places of work, and for those of us whose health is compromised by any Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) illness. As a chronic ciguatera toxin CIRS sufferer, my life has been made manageable by the diagnostic insights revealed in Surviving Mold and by Dr. Shoemaker's caring treatment. He is an engaging story-teller, sharing with readers the sagas of those afflicted with mold illness and CIRS. His genius at deciphering the puzzles of complex symptoms that baffle so many doctors offers care givers tools and encouragement to expand their contributions to patients' well-being. The chapter on VIP alerts readers to the emerging toolbox of new therapies arising out of Dr. Shoemaker's pathbreaking work. I've seen this firsthand in his treatment of a close relative, who has coped for decades with CIRS, finally to gain some relief via VIP. Bravo Dr. Shoemaker! You deserve a Nobel Prize in our view! --Thomas Harblin, PhD, Syracuse, NY
About the Author
Ritchie C. Shoemaker MD is a practicing physician from Pocomoke, Maryland where he lives with his wife, JoAnn and daughter, Sally. He has written eight books and has published over 50 academic papers. He has lectured throughout the US on chronic inflammatory illnesses caused by exposure to biologically produced toxins, with moldy buildings being the most common source. In 2005, Shoemaker published Mold Warriors, now regarded as the introduction to the struggle for truth in medicine, government and law regarding chronic illness acquired following exposure to the interior of water-damaged buildings. In the last five years, spectacular advances in knowledge have led to new therapies that finally hold the promise of a return to a normal life, one without the daily respiratory problems, cognitive impairment, neurologic disease and musculoskeletal problems mold illness victims suffer. Shoemaker and the guest suthors write without pulling punches; physicians who make incorrect guesses about mold illness and government employees who cover up the truth don't fare so well in Surviving Mold. As our indoor environments are shaped by continuously evolving microbes, we can learn what to do and Survive, or not. Surviving Mold is more than just another doctor story; the information here can change your life. Once you see how easy it is to recognize mold illness, and then how to treat it, you will see it all around you. The illness is not rare.
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This is really good information to know, about mold, biotoxin illness, etc. Finding out about the biotoxin illness has been a HUGE game changer for me in my progress to getting better from being chronically ill for most of my life. I just wish Dr. Shoemaker or someone in his team could make this information easier to digest, ESPECIALLY for the exact type of people he is targeting who need a little extra clear cut organization of the information.
If you are trying to get a good overview of what all this "surviving mold" stuff is, I'd highly recommend listening to podcasts that Dr. Shoemaker is in. Those have been really helpful and informative.
in immunology. I'm just starting my third day on this medication and I already feel better. I have trouble putting my relief into words other than I am very grateful.
So you know, There is a lot of medical jargon in the book, which when I first read it I was overwhelmed. However, I believe the author did this on purpose because as you continue to read the book you learn the jargon and meaning. You need to know the jargon and treatment steps when you search for a competent physician to accurately and adequately express your medical needs to the physician.
Another important point is visiting the surviving mold website (survivingmold.com) where you will find more information and if you become a member you can take a test to determine if you test positive for Chronic Inflamatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) caused by the mold among other things. Take this learned information and the symptom checklist to your doctor. In addition to the testing you are able to ask the author, Dr. Shoemaker, questions and you will have access to 7 volumes of these answered questions which I find very helpful.
Bottom line is, I was lost when I first tested positive to a particular mold in my body and found that most doctors misdiagnose the significant symptoms. With the Surviving Mold information You will be prepared to nicely inform them what you know and the successful treatment plan. I sincerely hope you all get well from this harmful and debilitating illness.