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MW Battleground 5

Mold Wars: Battleground 5 – The Battleground of the Mind

The Battleground of the Mind The last battleground I want to talk about, which is probably one of the biggest and most difficult to overcome in patients with CIRS, is the battleground of the mind. When I say the battleground of the mind, I’m not just talking about past traumas, abuse, family situations, or adverse…

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Mold Wars: Battleground 4 — Treating CIRS

In this article, let’s dive into the next battleground in the mold wars, which involves the treatment of CIRS. The entire treatment process is typically referred to as the “Shoemaker Protocol.” I have outlined that twelve-step process in a separate article. In this article, I want to focus on two treatment strategies: Binders Lipid Therapy…

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Mold Wars: Battleground 3 — Testing Your Home When You Have CIRS

There’s a lot of debate about chronic illness related to mold toxicity. Practitioners don’t always agree about how to diagnose it or how to treat it.

Mold Wars: Battleground 2 — Is CIRS Just About Mold?

Mold Wars: Battleground 2 — Is CIRS Just About Mold?

Many practitioners focus on mold as the sole source of CIRS, but it might surprise you to hear that most cases of CIRS are not actually caused by mold.

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Mold Wars: Battleground 1 – Diagnosing CIRS

There’s a lot of debate about chronic illness related to mold toxicity. Practitioners don’t always agree about how to diagnose it or how to treat it.

Understanding the Connection Between POTS and Other Illnesses

Unveiling the Mystery of POTS | Part 3: Understanding the Connection Between POTS & Other Illnesses

Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is a condition that affects the autonomic nervous system and can cause symptoms such as dizziness, fatigue, and rapid heartbeat. While POTS can be a mystery illness, understanding what other diseases are associated with it can help in the treatment process. Often POTS is the result of one of these…


Top 10 Myths about Mold

I hear many misconceptions about mold toxicity these days. In last month’s series on chronic health issues, I discussed some general information on mold-related illness. Because I see so many patients affected by mold toxicity, and I hear so much confusion, I’d like to clear the air by dispelling the top 10 myths I hear…


Chronic Health Issues | Part 5: The Innate Immune System

One way to simplify all that we’ve covered in this series would be to highlight the common thread within all of these chronic health issues: inflammation. We’ve talked about how mold and other environmental toxins, chronic infections, and the body attacking itself through the adaptive immune system can all cause inflammation.   Today I’d like…


Chronic Health Issues | Part 2: Mold-Related Illnesses

What is Mold-Related Illness? Last week we introduced our new series on the rising tide of chronic health issues. Many of my colleagues that have been practicing functional medicine for 30 or 40 years have been telling me how functional medicine has changed over time. Initially, those with chronic issues like autoimmune diseases and mold…


Chronic Health Issues Part I: The Shift from Acute Care

Chronic Disease is on the Rise The prevalence of chronic health conditions is rising at an alarming rate. In medicine over the last 10 to 15 years, there has been a shift in distinction from acute care issues, like heart attacks, strokes, and trauma, to more chronic health issues, like recurrent heart disease, neurological conditions,…

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Hormone Series Cortisol 2 of 2: Elevated Cortisol

Last week we discussed the importance of cortisol and then talked more specifically about low cortisol. Today we’re going to take a deep dive into excessive cortisol, also known as relative hypercortisolism. You may have also heard this referred to as stage one or stage two adrenal fatigue or adrenal dysfunction. These are the several…


Crawlspace Encapsulation to Reduce Mold… Worth it? Effective?

Did you know that 30% of the air in your home comes through the crawl space? Airstacking occurs when air rises in your house and becomes heated. This puts a draw on your crawl space and pulls the air from in the space up into your house. If your crawl space is clean and has…


CIRS: A New Paradigm for Chronic Disease | Part 5: Appendix

In part 5 of a series on Mold-Related Biotoxin Illness (or Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome), Dr. Hartman provides and appendix of resources referred to throughout the series.


CIRS Treatment Protocol

In Part Four, Dr. Aaron Hartman takes us step-by-step through CIRS treatment protocol, the process for biotoxin-related illnesses.