Mold toxicity is the most common form of the general condition known as Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome, or CIRS (pronounced serz). Mold toxicity syndrome is more accurately described as CIRS-WDB, where WDB stands for “water damaged buildings.” Indoor air made sick by a combination of mold toxins and other inflammation-causing chemicals triggers an overactive immune response that involves multiple bodily systems and results in multiple symptoms. Based on data generated by Ritchie Shoemaker, MD, and his team at the Center for Research on Biotoxin-Associated Illness (CRBAI), roughly one in four people are genetically predisposed to poor clearance of toxins made by living things. In clinical practice, eighty percent of CIRS cases relate to mold toxins and other inflammagens found inside buildings that have suffered steady or significant water intrusion without remediation.
If one in four people are genetically susceptible to this problem, then 80 million of the 315 million people living in the United States are vulnerable to a chronic form of inflammation caused by poor clearance of biotoxins. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) estimates that up to 50% of structures in the United States have suffered water intrusion events that could result in the growth of toxin-forming molds. If 50% of buildings in the US have suffered water intrusion events, then we might speculate that some 40 million Americans are both genetically vulnerable to poor clearance of mold toxins and have been or are currently exposed to indoor air containing such toxins. If we conservatively assume that only 10% of water damaged buildings support the growth of toxic molds, that adds up to 4 million people with mold toxicity syndrome. Intense weather events are on the rise, making water damaged buildings a growing problem for our country.
As of this posting, only six physicians have been certified by CRBAI to diagnose and treat CIRS cases in the US. If the above assumptions and calculations are accurate, then these doctors are outnumbered by the patients who need them by over 60,000 to 1. If we assume that an average of ten non-certified US physicians know enough to properly treat CIRS cases, then these physicians are still outnumbered 8,000 to 1. This is ample reason for the medical profession to show more concern about the threat that this condition poses to public health, and to families and their loved ones, yet CIRS-WDB remains invisible to most doctors around the country. . For a more detailed overview of our well-grounded scientific understanding of the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of mold toxicity, view the slide presentation below:
For a detailed overview of Mold Toxicity Syndrome (the chronic inflammatory syndrome also known as CIRS-WDB), click on the title below.
Here is Dr. Berndtson’s interview with Mike Mutzel of High Intensity Health which provides a solid overview of his approach:
Click on the title below to open a pdf listing of resources on mold illness compiled by Lisa Petrison, a leading advocate in the struggle to raise awareness about the mechanisms and treatment of illnesses related to toxic molds.