Dr. Lisa: One of the most common Biotoxicity disorders I come across is mold toxicity. Other sources of biotoxins are from Lyme (even after treatment with antibiotics), spider bites, and VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) just to name a few. There are a number of tests that I usually order that include inflammatory cytokines and other markers, and if mold is highly suspect, then I will recommend a urine mycotoxin test that looks at Afflotoxin, Ochratoxin and Trichothecene (black mold toxin). These mycotoxins can be airborne or in certain foods like corn, coffee beans and nuts.
If these tests indicate there is a biotoxin, then obviously the first step is to clean up the environment, or get rid of whatever is producing the toxin. If it is home related, we recommend an excellent home inspector who does a thorough report on the home and makes recommendations for cleanup. Next I use a protocol using binding agents combined with antioxidants which over time will lower toxic load. This approach has been very successful. I don’t know of any studies right now, but we may do one in the future.
AC: Thank you so much! Please let me know of any upcoming study I would love to heal and help others with this condition in the future. I’ve had tests, the only ones abnormal are for Biotoxin illness. Can you treat me from California and how would that work? Can you feel worse when toxins are clearing out if your body?
Dr. Lisa: I would need to see you in person to treat you before I could do a consultation. Thank you for your comments. There is a condition Herxheimer reaction that causes a flare of symptoms as the toxins are being mobilized. That is not unusual to have.
This Q&A was part of our Live chat with Dr. Lilienfield
on Facebook in January, 2016!
AC: That makes sense! I will private message for treatment details and options. Thanks again for doing this chat. I’ve been feeling so lost and hopeless with this. As I’m sure others are with their conditions. Your compassion in doing this for everyone is awesome. Glad to know theirs Drs out there commuted to healing!
Kaplan Center: If you live in the McLean area, feel free to call Kaplan Center at 703-532-4892 and speak with one of our front desk staff about a possible consultation with Dr. Lisa. Also, the Kaplan Center website goes into more detail on Mold Toxicity, including the treatments offered at the clinic. You’ll find more information here.
AW: Do you have any dependable home inspectors for the Sacramento, CA area?
Kaplan Center: David Young, MPH, an indoor health specialist who recently gave a lecture for the Kaplan Center on indoor air quality, may be able to help you find someone in your area. Please visit his website at www.inlogix.com.
Dr. Lisa: I claim to be no expert in essential oils, but I am wary about ingestion of unregulated substances. Aromatherapy, however, has been helpful in stimulating the relaxation response, which makes sense since the olfactory bulb (where we process smells) sits next to the hippocampus (the emotional memory part of the brain). I highly recommend herbs and spices that have medicinal value. I think we often have lost the connection between our food and health. As an example, in Ayurvedic medicine, spices in foods are used for different constitutions (doshas). Examples are anise, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, coriander, garlic, ginger, saffron, and turmeric. We also know that oregano, marjoram, sage, and rosemary have anti-inflammatory properties.
AC: Thanks again, I have been drinking warm water with rosemary and lemon essential oils, seems to really help with inflammation.
Kaplan Center: Andrea – you might be interested in the online community at brainonfire.org, which is hosted by the Foundation for Total Recovery, a not-for-profit organization founded by Dr. Gary Kaplan that will conduct much-needed research to help better understand, diagnose, treat, and ultimately prevent the progression of neuroinflammatory disease. This community was created to connect people so they can ask questions, find advice, share their stories, and get to know others on similar journeys toward healing. For more information, visit brainonfire.org or https://www.facebook.com/FoundTotalRecovery/.