A Beginner's Guide to Mold Avoidance
|Author||Lisa Petrison and Erik Johnson|
|Cover artist||Lisa Petrison|
|Subject||Health, Fitness & Dieting|
A Beginner's Guide to Mold Avoidance: Techniques Used by Hundreds of Chronic Multisystem Illness Sufferers to Improve Their Health by Lisa Petrison and Erik Johnson chronicles the techniques used by the authors and others who have used extreme mold avoidance as a path to recovery from chronic fatigue syndrome.
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Disgracefully, many of the sickest people on the planet have been almost wholly ignored by the medical community.
The mold avoidance approach described in this book was developed with the goal of helping these extremely ill and stubbornly treatment-resistant individuals (often described as having myalgic encephalomyelitis, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic Lyme, fibromyalgia, multiple chemical sensitivity, Gulf War illness, POTS or toxic mold illness).
The underlying premise of the approach presented here is that many or all of these individuals suffer from a severe hyperreactivity to certain kinds of mold toxins.
This approach suggests that insofar as individuals are reacting to very low levels of these mold toxins, decreasing exposures to a level that does not prompt a reaction will allow movement toward wellness to be achieved.
Both of the authors of this book were very sick with this kind of illness for many years and have become mostly recovered as a result of this approach.
During recent years, many other individuals who were very ill with this sort of disease also have experienced major improvements as a result of following this approach.
This book is designed to share the basics of the approach with a broader audience, so that more sufferers can learn about it and decide if it might be worth pursuing.
References[edit | edit source]
myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) - A disease often marked by neurological symptoms, but fatigue is sometimes a symptom as well. Some diagnostic criteria distinguish it from chronic fatigue syndrome, while other diagnostic criteria consider it to be a synonym for chronic fatigue syndrome. A defining characteristic of ME is post-exertional malaise (PEM), or post-exertional neuroimmune exhaustion (PENE), which is a notable exacerbation of symptoms brought on by small exertions. PEM can last for days or weeks. Symptoms can include cognitive impairments, muscle pain (myalgia), trouble remaining upright (orthostatic intolerance), sleep abnormalities, and gastro-intestinal impairments, among others. An estimated 25% of those suffering from ME are housebound or bedbound. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies ME as a neurological disease.
chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) - A fatigue-based illness. The term CFS was invented invented by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control as an replacement for myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). Some view CFS as a neurological disease, others use the term for any unexplained long-term fatigue. Sometimes used as a the term as a synonym of myalgic encephalomyelitis, despite the different diagnostic criteria.
postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) - A form of orthostatic intolerance where the cardinal symptom is excessive tachycardia due to changing position (e.g. from lying down to sitting up).