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"Brain on Fire: The Role of Toxic Mold in Triggering Psychiatric Symptoms"

Discussion in 'Addressing Biotoxin, Chemical & Food Sensitivities' started by slayadragon, Mar 18, 2014.

  1. slayadragon

    slayadragon Senior Member

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    A new Paradigm Change blog (3/17/14): Integrative psychiatrist (and Shoemaker certified physician) Dr. Mary Ackerley talks about her observations and about the medical literature on the topic of how toxic mold can trigger "psychiatric" symptoms in affected individuals.

    http://paradigmchange.me/wp/?p=596
     

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    Hip Senior Member

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    Good article, and great to see a doctor interested in uncovering any possible biotoxin causes of the mental symptoms of her patients, interested in how high levels of certain inflammatory cytokines in the brain can lead to mental symptoms, interested in using mold detoxifying agents like cholestyramine, and interested in suggesting diets and supplements that reduce levels of brain inflammation that are likely causing the mental symptoms.

    I like this excerpt from the article, about how she treated a suspect mold exposure patient:
     
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    Soundthealarm21 Senior Member

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    @slayadragon

    My doctor sent me this article a few days ago. I was able to say I'd already read it a week ago because of you haha.

    I also gave it to my psychiatrist and he was very very interested in it.
     
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    So happy to hear that mental health professionals are taking this seriously!
     
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    @slayadragon or anyone else....
    Anybody here with ME who lives in a low-ermi or hertsmi house take cholestyramine and actually feel better?? I have an Rx sitting here but am afraid to try it because so many people report feeling worse. Much worse.

    Thanks for posting that article though - very informative and interesting :)
     
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    It really depends on how reactive you are. I was not able to take csm until I got very clear -- e.g. tent camping in a location with really good air. But other people with less severe reactivity than I used to have are able to take it in less pristine places.
    Dr. Ackerley more focuses on patients with mood disorders rather than M.E. My feeling is that M.E. patients tend to be more toxic and thus might have a more difficult time with csm.
     
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    Thanks @slayadragon I agree with you. I suspect I'm reactive - I'll try a teaspoon of CSM today and see how it goes.
     
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