Mold or fungi, bacteria, volatile organic compounds, and other biological toxins might be to blame for your mysterious symptoms or undiagnosed chronic illness.
Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker identified biotoxin illness in the late 1990s, linking a recurring illness in patients in his hometown practice to a fish-killing toxin, Pfiesteria. For over two decades, Dr. Shoemaker researched the illness and connected it to the same illness caused by toxins from water-damaged buildings and tick-borne bacteria.
He called it Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome or CIRS because of the system-wide, chronic inflammation it causes, especially in genetically-susceptible people whose bodies can’t remove these toxins naturally.
When the immune system can’t identify and destroy biotoxins, leaving them free to circulate throughout the body unchecked, it can cause a cascade of reactions producing sometimes seemingly unrelated symptoms such as these: