Medical Experts Get Together to Discuss How to Get Mold Sufferers Well
This weekend Dr. Dennis attended the 2018 INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM on FUNGAL METABOLITE TREATMENTS in Plano, Texas, as a featured speaker and presenter. His presentation discussed treatments for patients affected by mold and mycotoxins. In attendance were medical experts from a variety of mold-related disciplines, including MDs, integrative and functional medicine specialists, remediation experts, lawyers, and other medical and laboratory professionals. The weekend was spent on continuing education to remain current with the latest developments in treating mold sufferers. The group shared their experiences, unique strategies, and the latest beneficial therapies in treating patients who are suffering. While the vast majority of the discussion focused on science, empathy and hope for the patients remained central to any and all discussions about this crippling sickness.
Treatment for environmental illness is unique as traditional medical science is disease focused and has evolved around eradicating symptoms versus finding the cause. Most MDs have very full schedules and spend an average of less than 15 minutes with each patient. That offers very little time to provide a physical exam, review medical history, determine diagnostic requirements, and prescribe treatment.
Environmental illness research is also at a significant disadvantage to mainstream disease studies. While it shares the same debilitating symptoms with other chronic illnesses, it is not a primary focus of medical research. Last year Pharmaceutical Companies spent $172B in research and development across all disease states.1The research is market-based, meaning the money goes to researching diseases where they can predict marketing profile, price estimates, gain reimbursement, and ultimately profit. In a free-market society, this is not unreasonable given the 10-year development lifecycle for most prescription drugs, the hundreds of millions to be spent per drug, and the high failure rate during clinical trials. This ultimately results in the almost inconceivable drug prices that are not affordable to the majority of people with or without insurance. This is not a criticism as much as it is a reality. Insurance companies rarely cover treatment or prescriptions for non-mainstream illnesses. There are some government funding efforts to address environmental illness; however, these are often limited to grants sponsored by the government (NIH budget 6%) with a very small percentage put specifically toward environmental illness and toxins through the EPA, CDC, DOH or other non-profit, disease advocacy organizations which have a more objective mandate and perspective of worldwide health based on human need.
This symposium focused on mycotoxin poisoning. Important research has been conducted by the likes of Dr. Dennis Hooper, the late Jack Thrasher, Dr. Bill Rae, and Dr. Dennis. Most conduct research at their expense to study patients suffering from mycotoxin poisoning. These doctors collaborate, document, and provide diagnostics- and treatment-focused efforts to generate enlightening data on environmental illness. This data can then be made available to others when it is published in mainstream, peer-reviewed, medical journals. Publishable research is a relatively recent phenomenon due, in part, to several recent natural disasters that exposed large populations of people to mold and mycotoxins in water-damaged homes and buildings. Never before were there the numbers required for valid, geographically-focused research with the extreme mold exposures.
As many as 200 environmental health practitioners from around the world gathered to learn more and share experiences in the spirit of meeting the needs of environmental illness. With mycotoxin poisoning is the primary focus, the key speakers presented and discussed the following topics for attendees:
- Utilization of environmental consultants, mold inspectors, and mycology assessments;
- Utilization of mycotoxin assays and other newer scientific tools to diagnose, evaluate, and treat patients;
- Thorough and accurate mold assessments;
- Approaches to treatment of mold and mycotoxin poisoning;
- All about mycotoxins and treating the toxic effects;
- Legal cases involving mold and mycotoxins.
Dr. Dennis’s Presentation:
Dr. Dennis was one of 2 ENT specialists presenting. His talk, entitled “Systems Mycotoxin Management in the Paranasal Sinuses: A Treatment Protocol,”focused on the obvious fact that mold mostly enters the body through nasal inhalation through and gains further entry through the sinuses. As a result, the maximum concentration of mold and mycotoxins lie in the paranasal and sinus mucosa. If any fungal spores are allowed to stay in the mucosa, metabolites produce mycotoxins which have systemic effects.
Dr. Dennis’s practice specialty is removing colonized mold (fungal balls) with their hyphae. Hyphae are root-like growths that continue to reproduce and can penetrate tissues. If a fungal ball is removed without its hyphae, the remaining hyphae will continue to grow and continue to produce metabolites.
To address this, Dr. Dennis identifies the fungal mass using a CT scan of the sinuses. He often performs office procedures or sinus surgeries using some unconventional techniques that have proven to be successful. (You can read more about that here). Dr. Dennis uses Amphoteracin B when removing and cleaning the sinuses. Amphoteracin B is a potent anti fungal that many physicians hesitate to use because of it’s toxicity; however, Dr. Dennis uses it topically in the sinuses at different dosing that does not enter the blood stream and get metabolized by the body’s organs. Amphoteracin B is also instrumental in removing and killing the invasive hyphae that might not normally be removed during surgery and can grow back quickly rendering the surgery unsuccessful for the longer term relief. Amphoteracin B nose drops a prescribed from a compound pharmacy and are used as needed when sinus issues or migraine begin to occur. Several patients have told me directly that they are “life savers”!
One of the unique and conclusive elements in Dr. Dennis’s presentation was the fact that when diseased tissue is removed and is placed in a culture plate, a “brown halo” often appears. When samples of the “brown halo” are then sent to a mycotoxin lab, many test positive for trichothecenes and aflatoxin. These are two very potent neurotoxins that can cause cognitive disorders like brain fog and other neurological and motor disorders. These toxins reside very close to the blood brain barrier in the sinus and often reach the brain. And, since toxins are stored in fat cells and the brain is approximately 60 % fat, many of these patients were not getting better and still experiencing symptoms even when they were no longer being exposed to mold and were on maximum therapy for mold illness. It wasn’t until Dr. Dennis removed the fungal ball and hyphae that they were able to fully recover.
This is a big deal and a novel discovery! Although mycotoxins are identified after being removed, they might not have ever been identified. This confirms Dr. Dennis’ use of Amphoteracin B and will then prescribe maximum therapy to address mold and mycotoxins.
Dr. Dennis’ presentation was very well received and numerous physicians and other professionals have since spoken to him about his protocol and approach.
Why is this important?
Mycotoxins in or near the brain may not show up in a urine mycotoxin diagnostic. In the cases above, the mycotoxins were identified only after the removal of diseased tissue. Mycotoxins stored in the body are processed by our organs and excreted over time. Mycotoxins in the brain, on the other hand, are removed by the glymphatic system while you sleep. (You can read more about the glymphatic system here.)
Three Big Take-Aways from His Presentation:
- Removing the antigen from the home is the most critical element. Clean air, food, and water allows the body relief in order to heal. Medicine or medical procedures will not work if the body is breathing in mold while at home. This maintains the body’s inflammation response continuously.
- Maintaining clean sinuses and boosting the immune system helps your body heal. In sinuses, the antigen needs to be removed before there is a fungal infection or overgrowth. If there is already an infection or overgrowth present, the antigen may need to be clinically or surgically removed. Using a daily nasal rinsing system with CitriDrops Dietary Supplementwill remove mold and infected mucous from the sinuses. Sinus Defense contains transfer factor that identifies mold antigens in the body to allow the body’s T Cells to immediately kill and remove antigens. CellTropin provides support to the pituitary and improves cellular reproduction and growth to combat chronic fatigue created by depleted hormone levels. Hormones often go haywire as a result of infection and chronic inflammation. This also can create pituitary damage.
- In addition to following a physician treatment plan, employing an Environmental Treatment Protocol is necessary to continually address all elements of your home environment to promote healing and wellness. This includes:
- Using a HEPA air purifier (whole house or in rooms where you spend the most time) and HEPA vacuum frequently to combat dust and dirt;
- Testing the home with EC3 Mold Screening Test Plates to identify areas where mold spores are more highly concentrated, so that they can be addressed;
- Fogging your household with EC3 SANI+TIZER Fogger with EC3 Mold Solution Concentrate to temporarily eliminate mold and mycotoxins and decrease the fungal air load to a minimum;
- Washing clothes and linens with EC3 Laundry Additive with each wash to remove residual and daily accumulation of mold picked up by clothing when outside of the home.
I would like to take this opportunity to recognize all of these health care providers and thought leaders who continue to pursue the latest developments to treat environmental illness and their dedicate their lives to help mold patients who are still sufferering. Environmental patients take significantly more time to understand as their symptoms are not straightforward and uniform, and their environments (the cause of their illness) cannot be brought with them to their office visits. Unfortunately, there are some schools of medicine that still do not recognize the causal relationship of inhaled mold and mycotoxins with severe chronic illness. Fortunately, these physicians I am speaking about today are continuing to raise awareness by proving them wrong each time a patient gets well with their treatments.
A special thanks to Real Time Labs and Dr. Dennis Hooper M.D. Ph.D. for organizing and hosting such an important event and for providing this continuing education for physicians. I would also like to recognize all of the speakers and thought leaders who took the time and effort to research, prepare, and promote the cause to help mold sufferers get well:
Maya Shetreat M.D, Neurologist, New York City
Joseph Brewer M.D., Infectious Disease, Kansas City. Missouri
Fredrick Guilford M.D., Allergist/Immunologist, Los Altos, California
Neil Nathan M.D., Family Practice and Holistic Medicine, Redwood Valley, California
Larry Parish Esq., Attorney, Memphis, Tennessee
Mary Kay Moss M.D., FACPD, Savannah, Georgia
Alexander Axt, Researcher, Atlanta, Georgia
Mark Filidea M.D., Integrative and Functional Medicine, Costa Mesa, California
Gary Edward Kaplan D.O., Integrative Medicine, Washington D.C. Area
William Nichol, Mold Remediation and Building Science, Indianapolis, Indiana
Bill Rae M.D., FACS FAAEM, Dallas, Texas
Don Dennis M.D., ENT, Atlanta, Georgia
If you live near one of these professionals, google them and do not be afraid to call their offices to get an appointment or a referral. These experts want to get you well! You have nothing to lose.