CIRS is a complex syndrome of rampant multi system, multi symptom inflammation due to an environmentally acquired illness. People with HLA DQ/DR gene positivity are most at risk to develop this illness.

The environmentally acquired CIRS-WDB, is the exposure to the toxic ‘minestrone’ of a water damaged building, and all the biotoxins it contains, through inhalation.  The genetic susceptibility must be there in order to cause serious illness with shifts in many regulatory hormones, and activation of complement and Th1, Th2 and Th7 arms of the immune system.

Simply put, treatment aims to remove the biotoxin burden from the patient and then correct the catastrophic damage that has been wrought throughout the immune, hormonal, musculoskeletal, respiratory, ocular, gastrointestinal, hypothalamic, and neurological pathways. The aim is always to return the patient to pre-CIRS health.

This is accomplished using the rigorously studied, peer reviewed, Physician validated, scientifically proven Shoemaker Protocol. An 11 step pyramid of treatment followed in a strict sequence. Each rung on the pyramid providing relief and transporting the patient toward their pre CIRS health.

Many patients will have visited numerous Physicians for seemingly disconnected symptoms, sometimes for many years. Perhaps you have been diagnosed with a chronic condition in which inflammation is the cause of your pain and discomfort. Perhaps you’ve been told the problem resides in your head and that it would be best attended to by a Psychiatrist and an antidepressant script. Maybe your child is failing to thrive and has developed allergies and asthma. There is no accounting for Physicians who do not maintain their medical learning after graduation.

There is significant scientific evidence supporting the existence of CIRS. Disregarding a patient and their concerns about mould causing their illness, should signal to the patient, at the very least, that you may need to vote with your feet and move on. There is an ever increasing number of CIRS aware Physicians but they are still in short supply. Searching the website of ACNEM is a place to locate one.