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.

Is my brain fog from my house?

You could be any age. You notice that it seems hard to think and it takes a lot more effort to concentrate. You don’t feel as sharp as you remember you were, and maybe even your job performance suffers. If you’re older, you laugh it off (at least on the outside) and say this is just what happens in middle age. But on the inside, you worry about cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease.

What did 50 doctors miss? And what is CIRS?

There was an article I recently read, titled “I’ve Seen Over 50 Doctors And No One Knows What’s Wrong With Me” and what really struck me was the subtitle, where she said that it didn’t really matter what they called her disease, “what mattered was learning to live with it.” I made a mental bet in my head that this woman had CIRS.

What is causing your Chronic Fatigue?

You know something has been wrong for a long time. You’re tired and yes, you’ve got a lot going on, but still… it seems excessive. No matter how much you sleep, you don’t feel rested. Your cabinets are filled with supplements that promise better energy, but they don’t help, or if they do, it never sticks and it’s never enough. Your doctor runs some tests and your thyroid seems fine, you’re not anemic, everything seems normal and they don’t have any ideas.

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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.