This year, I began writing these weekly newsletters. I do this because I’ve been inspired by many people I work with daily who have dedicated their careers to helping mold sufferers.  With each week and interaction, I continue to learn more and more about mold and the human body.  I also attempt to distil some of this information for Microbalance Health Products customers and Sinusitis Wellness readers to provide a better understanding. The plight of the environmentally ill is brutal.  It poses a significant societal challenge and a true unmet medical need.  In these newsletters, I try to leverage my background in healthcare and life sciences to help individuals suffering from a debilitating condition by discussing medical and scientific topics in layman language.

Recently, I have been communicating with an individual who has suffered from mold related illness and multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) for decades. During our dialog, I have shared many of the newsletter articles on specific topics that require a layman description of the science involved with mold sickness. When someone has been sidelined for so long with this terrible illness, life becomes hopeless.  During our dialog, we began focusing on understanding what is happening to her body and things she could do and control herself as the starting point.  

I have researched and written about many topics on mold sickness and the steps to provide relief. Here are some of the most important topics I learned and wrote about in 2017.  I hope these have an impact for anyone willing to set aside their hopelessness and begin participating in learning why they are ill in order to take actions that can get help them get well.  Some of these articles are meant to just be read and digested while others might impact their illness immediately.

These are some of my favorite articles and topics from 2017:

  1. May 24: “Systemic Mycotoxicosis: A Layman’s (Plain English) Discussion and Review of Dr. Thrasher’s Final Publication with Dr. Don Dennis MD, ENT, FACS.”  I wrote an article commemorating the final peer review article of Dr. Jack Thrasher, co-written with Dr. Dennis .  Dr. Thrasher was a pioneer in environmental illness issues working tirelessly over his career identifying environmental dangers such as formaldehyde and systemic mycotoxin poisoning.  Drs. Dennis and Thrasher published a case study on two patients with systemic myotoxicities and the process taken to treat these remarkable cases.
  2. July 28thTaking Mold off the Table.” This article described the tasks Dr. Dennis takes and advises other health professionals to identify mold early in the diagnostic process. This process can be initiated by a patient using the free evaluation online, doing some mold plate test on their clothes and in their home, and ordering an ALCAT Test to identify allergies.  Identifying mold early can mitigate risks and expenses of misdiagnosis, time and finance consuming referrals, and unnecessary treatment.
  3. August 3th: “The Debilitating Path of Mold Illness” shares some patient paths to find a healthcare practitioner that understands, diagnosis, and treats environmental illness.  The article also describes other hardships a patient and their family endure while not getting better.  Relationship and financial strain, hopelessness, and guilt can take an even more significant toll in individuals.
  4. August 22nd “How to Help Our Bodies Heal from Exposure to Mold and Environmental Toxins” provided information on how the human body metabolizes and excretes mold, chemicals and mycotoxins.  This is information any patient should understand so that they can get the proper professional guidance and supervision to detoxify from toxins in their bodies.
  5. September 6th: “Unexplained Neurological Symptoms can be Caused by Mold” provided an understanding on how and why patients suffer seemingly unrelated cognitive side effects.
  6. September 19th“But What About Toxins in the Brain?  Help!”  Your Brain has a Microscopic Cleaning System, the Glymphatic System”
  7. October 3rd: “What Do Lady Gaga, Mycotoxins, Fibromyalgia, and Trauma Have in Common?” This article described the limbic system in the brain that can play a role in causing a continuous trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder reaction when the body is triggered prior to processing the risk or threat.
  8. October 9th: “Chronic Sinusitis:  Treating Symptoms Is Only Half the Battle” describes the role of the immune system in chronic sinusitis. This information is important to understand how our bodies can both help and harm us when exposed to mold.
  9. October 17th: “Your ‘Gut Health’ Is Critical to Your Overall Wellbeing” described the critical role of our gut health on our wellness.  Read More…“War of the Worlds” provided a detailed description of the human bodies defensive system in battling pathogens in our bodies.
  10. December 5th: “Can a Whiff of Mold Cause Instant Sinusitis Symptoms and Panic?”  describes how sensitive our noses are and how our bodies may suffer from PTSD from mold symptoms.

I am hopeful these topics have provided a breadth and depth of topics at thhave provided insight on mold illness and solutions.  Educating ourselves is one of the most important things we can do to address mold illness.  With few mainstream physicians recognizing and treating mold, the patient bears much of the burden in getting treatment and their wellness.  Educational diligence can provide direction and action steps to manage you own roads to recovery.

Happy New Year!!