Have you tried everything?

Having Mold Illness can sometimes feel like you’re crazy: the average patient sees between ten and twenty doctors without results. Then other people question whether your symptoms are real. Your symptoms get worse and new ones are added without being alleviated. With the Shoemaker Protocol, relief is possible and you can get back to living.

Why Mold Diets Don’t Work

The idea that a ‘special’ diet or avoiding some ‘secret foods’ will solve a problem as complex as mold-related illness is not just unrealistic, it’s basically impossible.  Improving your nutrition and avoiding obviously moldy foods are both very good ideas. The reason a ‘low mold’ diet won’t correct the underlying problem is because the vast majority of what makes a person sick with ‘mold illness’ or Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS), isn’t actually mold.

How does CIRS impact fertility?

You are gathering building materials for your child well before conception occurs. For those last few months prior to becoming pregnant, the egg and sperm that create your baby are being developed and matured. Ideally, you want to allow your body to gather the healthiest and strongest materials possible and lay a solid foundation for that baby’s future growth and long term health. 

Avoiding Cognitive Decline and Dementia

Cognitive decline is perhaps the most challenging issue in the medical world of chronic disease.  With so many things to learn about each year and so many distractions, it can seem hard to keep up. At first it may seem like an inability to concentrate and remember words, but as time goes on it becomes clear that there is more happening.  It is not unreasonable to be worried about this.

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Frequently asked questions

Will I get better?

Yes, you will. Part of the reason you have not gotten better in the past is that you were never properly diagnosed, and therefore whatever treatment you got never fixed the root of the problem. There is a clear treatment pyramid for treating mold illness so we know exactly what to do.

I’ve seen 12 specialists with no answer. How do I know you’re right?

You don’t, and you shouldn’t trust someone who doesn’t do testing, or do the right testing. There is specific number of positive tests needed for a diagnosis of CIRS, with published research papers supporting that. But consider this — if you’ve seen 12 specialists, they’ve ruled out a lot of diseases. They’ve run the tests to check for what they thought you might have. But what if they are unfamiliar with CIRS, and the tests needed to confirm the diagnosis? They won’t run them simply because they don’t know them. You don’t have to trust us to be “right” — you just need the tests run by a certified CIRS practitioner and the confirmation of the diagnosis from those tests.

Will this be expensive?

Our patients have come to us having already spent tens of thousands of dollars (or more) trying to figure out why they’re sick. While we don’t know exactly what the cost might be for you, an initial visit with one of our CIRS-certified practitioners is $300 for an hour, and approximately $1200-1500 for the CIRS testing. We strive to keep our treatment costs low, while still being effective, but there will be some costs for supplements and for retesting. Your practitioner will be as transparent as possible in explaining the different variables, and we can work with you if there is a financial stress.

Why did I get sick and my spouse did not?

To get Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome requires not just exposure to a biotoxin like mold, but you also have to have a genetic susceptibility. This is why we often see that not everyone in the house gets sick. Sometimes, because this can go undiagnosed for a long time, the healthy people in the same house start to wonder if the sick person is “making it up”, unfortunately.