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  • 6 Treatment for People exposed to toxic mold (116)
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    • 4 Mold-free diet (62) Here's a list of foods to avoid. They are rich in fungal (mold) protein allergens. A special diet which enriches the glutathione content of cells is available and shows great promise with respect to brain, immune and pulmonary function. Cells need glutathione to deal with toxins and use it as an antioxidant. While this nutritional supplement is available free of charge, it can only be given to a patient who is willing to have brain, immune and pulmonary function studies before and again after two to three months of treatment with that diet. These tests are meant to study the patient’s progress and to guide us in further therapy. Another nutritional supplement contains blue green algae which have also been shown to increase brain and immune function. This nutritional supplement is available free of charge for patients who have been carefully studied before treatment and are willing and able to be studied after a few months of treatment.
      • Keep a food diary and see how you feel   The elimination diet works by first eliminating enough foods so that you feel good for at least 2 weeks then start adding things back slowly one at a time to see which ones cause reactions.
      • 6 Articles (1)
      • 6 Food Additives (6)
        • Sorbitol  
        • Mannitol  
        • Stearic acid  
        • Aspertame  
        • Tablet binders (in vitamins and medications)  
        • Soya lechithin  
      • 6 Preparation (2)
        • Cold pressed oils  
        • Bottled dressings  
      • 6 Grains (8)
        • Breads   Sourdoughs are the worst (sometimes labeled yeast-free), such as pumpernickle, coffee cakes and other foods made with large amounts of yeast. Bread develops surface mold after a day. Tortillas, biscuits, muffins, cakes and cookies are yeast-free. Dough conditioners are moldy.
        • Bran   The outer cover of grain is variably moldy.
        • Enriched pasta   The vitamins may contain binding agents that have mold
        • Boxed cereals.   The vitamins may contain binding agents that have mold
        • Whole wheat flour   moldy
        • Buckwheat   Caused bad reactions in some
        • Oats   Organic oats seem to be fine
        • Breads, pretzels, and crackers containing yeast  
      • 6 Fruits and vegetables (11)
        • Dried fruits   Raisins, dates, apricots, prunes, figs, etc.
        • Mushrooms  
        • Over-ripe fruits & vegetables   Discolored, wilted, mushy.
        • Tomato products   Juice, sauce, paste, ketchup etc. are made from moldy tomatoes.
        • Fruit and Vegetables  
        • Oranges, lemons, and other acidic foods  
        • Bananac   Fungicide is injected during growing
        • Pineapple   Chemically altered to produce year round
        • White onions   May contain aspergillus
        • Grapes if the stems have turned brown   Grapes are prone to aspergillus
        • Corn, some nuts, cottonseed   In the United States, aflatoxins have been identified in corn and corn products, peanuts and peanut products, cottonseed, milk, and tree nuts such as Brazil nuts, pecans, pistachio nuts, and walnuts. Other grains and nuts are susceptible but less prone to contamination.
      • 6 Dairy (2)
        • Aged cheese   Cottage and cream cheese, mozzarella, provolone, ricotta and farmer's cheese are not aged and may be eaten if milk is no problem.
        • Sour cream, sour milk, and buttermilk  
      • 6 Other beverages and liquids (8)
        • Beer   The darker the brew, the more mold it contains.
        • Cider and homemade rootbeer   Commercial rootbeer is fine.
        • Wine and wine vinegar   White wine is least moldy, clear vinegar may be tolerated.
        • Most liquors   Vodka, tequila, clear rum are least moldy.
        • Vinegar and vinegar-containing foods   Mayonnaise and other salad dressings, catsup, chili sauce, pickles, pickled beets, relishes, sauerkraut, and green olives
        • Soy sauce  
        • Canned or frozen juices  
        • All sodas   Some people found to only tolerate water
      • 6 Meat (4) Do not eat meat or fish more than 24 hours old. Avoid food if made from leftovers such as meatloaf, hash and croquettes.
        • Hamburger   Often from aged meat, eat within a day of grinding, can be frozen.
        • Pickled and smoked meats and fish   Including delicatessen foods, sausages, frankfurters, corned beef and pickled tongue.
        • Processed meats   Hot dogs, sausage, salami, bologna, etc. Ham, turkey, pastrami may be OK.
        • Beef is especailly bad  
      • 6 Products of aspergillus fermentation (6)
        • Chocolate  
        • Tofu   (Soy curd)
        • Black tea  
        • Citric acid   A very common food additive not derived from citrus fruit.
        • Fruit juice (commercial)   Often from moldy fruit, many contain mold enzymes added in processing.
        • Malt extract   (Bread, cereal)
      • Multi-B vitamins   Contain either yeast or mold (rice hulls are moldy)
      • Leftovers   East within 24 hours, unless frozen.
      • 6 Useful Food Resources (1)
    • Detox and Cleansing on a regular basis »   Use of a regular cleansing program such as this helps to detoxify the body.
    • 4 HealthMed Recommended protocol » (5)
      • Daily doses of immediate-release niacin:

        Niacin stimulates lipid mobilization by triggering the release of free fatty acids into the bloodstream. It has been demonstrated that, while free fatty acid levels drop initially after taking immediate-release niacin, they rise markedly within two hours and continue at high levels for some time.

        Moderate aerobic exercise:

        This increases circulation, which ensures quick distribution of the niacin throughout the body and carries mobilized toxins to the excretory routes.

        Intermittent sauna to force sweating:

        As shown in several studies on this procedure, sweat is a primary elimination route for toxins. Sauna temperatures range from 140 to 180 degrees, lower than the typical health-club sauna. The sauna must be well-ventilated. Subjects take frequent showers, both to cool down and to remove substances from the skin and prevent their re-absorption. Liquids are administered and participants are monitored for signs of dehydration and heat exhaustion.

        Ingestion of cold-pressed oils:

        These are provided to prevent mobilized toxins from being re-absorbed by the intestines because the body needs lipids. Polyunsaturated oils have been found to enhance excretion of extremely persistent chemicals, without depositing fat in the liver.

        Vitamin and mineral supplementation:

        The oil taken to prevent re-absorption of mobilized toxins may also reduce absorption of important nutrients. A resulting deficiency could increase the toxicity of mobilized chemicals such as PCBs. An increased intake of nutrients prevents such toxic effects, as well as balancing the intake of niacin.

        A summary of research supporting the elements of this program is found in an Appendix to the Proceedings of the First International Conference on Chemical Contamination and Human Detoxification.
      • Dry Sauna  
      • Vitamins   D3 Nyeson to flush toxins in fatty tissues
      • Salt, potassium  
      • EFA supplements  
    • 4 Thyroid treatment (1)
      • Seaweed baths are considered very therapeutic because of their very high mineral content. Some call these baths iodine baths, since the iodine content of 1/3 of a cup of seaweed is more than 2000 times the RDA. I feel my thyroid stimulated from seaweed baths, just like when I do the thyroid-stimulating headstand pose in yoga. Seaweed baths also reportedly benefit other organs, including the adrenal glands, because of its vitamin K content, and helps maintain hormone balance.
    • To get mold out of your body  
    • 4 To get toxins out from your body (16) If you have chemical sensitivity now, your body is overloaded with toxins from the mold
      • Loose any excess weight   Toxins are stored in excess fat cells
      • Regular sauna several times per week   The sauna must have flow of oxygen and outflow of air so that you do not breath the toxins back in. Toxins are released at 135 degrees
      • Consititutional hydrotherapy   Take frequent wirlpool baths with detox soaks such as ABRA cellular detox bath
      • Colonics  
      • Liver flush  
      • Gulbladder flush  
      • Lymph massage  
      • 4 Take Suplements (8)
        • Niacin   Opens up your system for detoxification
        • Garlic  
        • Sun Chlorella  
        • Agar-Agar in tea  
        • HCES antioxidants   carlson labs
        • Sulfur based amino acids  
        • 3 liters of water per day  
        • Glutathione complex  
    • Herbal supplements   Herbal supplements. We recommend a special preparation of Chinese herbs to bring back quality tears. Gingko Biloba can be useful when it comes to assisting brain function and is therefore usually recommended. Here again, its blood thinning properties should be considered when the patient is also on aspirin and/or vitamin E. Hormonal Replacement Therapy. Many patients with chronic fatigue have low DHEA sulfate blood levels and then often respond to DHEA supplements.
    • Steam Sauna   A steam sauna is available in our office and used to introduce patients to this procedure, initially under medical supervision. The sauna we use is a one-person sauna and therefore does not expose our patients to someone else while taking a sauna. Each sauna in our office is medically supervised. If initially acceptable and successful, we arrange for purchase of a unit by referring the patient to the manufacturer. Sauna therapy is especially useful in patients who cannot avoid ongoing exposure to chemicals.
    • Cognitive training   neuro-biofeedback approach in which we display cerebral cortical blood flow with the help of a near infrared beam on a monitor. The patient sees the trace, follows the trace on the monitor and eventually learns to move the trace upward. This then corresponds to increased cerebral blood flow in the area of interest. We give two sessions a week. More sessions can give an added advantage and will then be considered. We suggest an initial series of ten treatments, and then reevaluate the patient and decide whether another series of treatment is indicated. We have seen success with this treatment: Patients have improved cognitive function. Also, before and after SPECT brain scans show improvement of blood flow.
    • Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO).   Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO). In our office, a portable HBO unit is available for treatment sessions which usually last one hour. During this time the patient is exposed to an increased barometric pressure and is exposed to oxygen blown into the portable unit. Here again, we commit our patients to an initial series of ten treatments after which the patient will be reevaluated. We have shown that this treatment will increase blood flow as measured with before and after SPECT brain scans. Patients respond with more energy, better cognitive function, less fatigue and less pain.
    • Vitamin B 12   Vitamin B 12. We recommend that patients get 2000 mcg intramuscularly once a week for six weeks. This may well help their sensory neuropathy but also often increases the patient’s energy level. With one exception, we have never seen a reaction to vitamin B12 injections, even in very sensitive patients. B12 injections often provide significant improvement even if base line blood levels of B12 are within normal limits.
    • 4 Detoxification (1)
    • Dr. Shoemaker's cholestyramine (CSM) treatment protocol »   Binds mycotoxins through anion exchange, leading to elimination of the toxins.
    • 4 Herbs and Supplements (5) start with vitamin C, especially in patients who have low natural killer function and impaired mitogenesis on immune testing. At least 2000 mg a day of vitamin C is necessary to boost immune function. Higher levels may be necessary. However, we always obtain 24-hour urine collection for oxalates to guard against the risk of precipitating kidney stones with high doses of vitamin C. As a second step we usually add vitamin E and recommend 400 to 800 IU a day. It should be understood that vitamin E may thin the blood and should therefore be administered with caution when the patient is also on aspirin and/or Ginkgo Biloba. Beta carrotene is usually well tolerated is added as a third supplement. Zinc will serve to be useful for immune support. Other supplements are added on an as needed and individualized basis
      • Colloidal Silver will kill virus, bacteria, fungi and one cell parasites   Try placing it in the nose as well as swallowing it after it has been held in the mouth and swished for as long as you can. (not in that order :)
      • Sav-A-Hoof Gel   The special culture pictured in the jar isolated the fungus Geotrichum. This fungus is an aggressive saprophyte that grows vigorously on organic matter. It is commonly found in sewage treatment plants and is a spore former, which means it is difficult to eliminate. As shown in Figure 5, the Sav-A-Hoof Gel effectively killed this fungus, as well. The best way to treat white line disease is first to recognize it early and then treat it with a product that is a broad-spectrum bactericide as well as a fungicide. You must remember that dry, cool conditions are your ally and that warm, wet ones are your enemy. Because some of the different organisms present are capable of producing spores, you must choose a product that is powerful and stays active for a long time. It takes time and patience to treat these infections once they gain a foothold. Even if you don't kill all the organisms initially, you may kill enough of them to slow the advancement of the disease to the point that it may grow out with successive trimmings.
      • Essential Oils - Anise, Basil, coriander, and oregano are highly inhibitory to fungal growth   The abilities of particular herbs or spices to inhibit the growth of a particular pathogen varied. Among the extracts tested, essential oil from oregano proved to be the most effective deterrent to the well-known food safety threats E. coli, Listeria, and Staphylococcus. While oregano oil almost completely inhibited pathogen growth, carrot oil failed to deter growth among any of the test strains. Coriander and basil oils were highly inhibitory to E. coli O157:H7 and other bacteria tested, but anise oil did not particularly limit bacteria growth. Anise did, however, inhibit molds. Basil, coriander, and oregano were also highly inhibitory to fungal growth. In all, seven of the 12 extracts tested proved a strong deterrent to the growth of at least one of the pathogens studied. Further tests will determine whether these herb and spice oils can serve as alternatives or supplements to substances presently used to control the growth of harmful microbes in foods
      • Grapefuit Seed   Grapefuit seed extract (GSE) is emerging as one of the most powerful and broad-ranging anti-bacterial agents in nature. An in vitro study of the effectiveness of GSE against 194 bacterial and 93 fungal strains observed that at 0.5% concentration, the growth of all but two of these microorganisms was inhibited. The outstanding two were inhibited at a higher concentration of 1-2%. Included in this test were organisms such as Candida albicans, Streptococcus, Geotrichum, and haemolytic E.Coli. It appears plain from these results that GSE could be extremely beneficial in the treatment of a very wide range of conditions. It has been found to be especially suitable for reducing pathological organisms in the gastrointestinal tract. GSE is recommended for those suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease and of course, Candida or Candida-related conditions. GSE is also a suitable aid for the prevention of traveller's diarrhoea and as a natural water decontaminant.
      • Neem cure   Neem has proved effective against certain fungi that infect the human body. Such fungi are an increasing problem and have been difficult to control by synthetic fungicides. For example, in one laboratory study, conducted by Khan and Wassilew – 1987, Neem preparations showed toxicity to cultures of 14 common fungi, including members of the following genera: • Trichophyton – an ‘athlete’s foot’ fungus that infects hair, skin and nails; • Epidermophyton – a ‘ringworm’ that invades both skin and nails of the feet; • Microsporum – a ‘ringworm’ that invades hair, skin and (rarely) nails; • Trichosporon – a fungus of the intestinal tract; • Geotrichum – a yeast like fungus that causes infections of the bronchi, lungs and mucous membranes; • Candida – a yeast-like fungus that is part of the normal flora but can get out of control, leading to lesions in mouth (thrush), vagina, skin, hands and lungs.
    • IVIG treatments   plasma treatments for toxin enduced demyelination (nerve sheath damage). It is also supposed to help rebuild your immune system.
    • IP-6, Inositol Hexaphosphate »   to fight cancer
    • 6 Medications (6)
      • Questran  
      • 4-life Products »  
      • Tumeric  
      • Mineral supplement »   Ionix supreme is a great supplement to boost the body's resiliance.
      • Digestive Enzymes  
      • Immune System booster »   spray contains the finest source of bovine colostrum available to support the immune system and help with allergic symptoms
    • Prevention of sinus problems »   Dr. Marinkovich treated fungal sinusitis with Nizoral anti-fungal nose spray and ketokonazole anti-fungal in the nebulizer. Also Sporanox has been a part of his treatment. All this medicine is helpful if systemic fungal infection is diagnosed.
    • Valley Fever Center for Excellence »   Fighting fungus infection in the Southwestern US desert area.
    • Metronome Exercise to lessen neurological effects »   This is recommended to do 5 times per day for 5 minutes each time