More Mold Illness Books


The cover illustration for “Through the Shadowlands.”


This page lists films and books on mold-related illness that are recommended but not produced by Paradigm Change.

To learn about books published by Paradigm Change, please go to the Paradigm Change Publishing page of this website.


Introductory Books:



Is Your House Making You Sick?

This book (published in 2016) is an excellent introduction to the topic of toxic mold, written by mold survivor and journalist Andrea Fabry.

The full title is Is Your House Making You Sick? A Beginner’s Guide to Toxic Mold.

It is currently available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats.

A book review on the Paradigm Change site provides more details.


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Mold and Mycotoxins

This book (published in 2016) provides excellent information on the clinical treatment of mold-related illness, focusing especially on severe patients.

It is written by Dr. Neil Nathan, a clinician with many ME/CFS patients, and features an introduction by Dr. Joseph Brewer.

The full title is: Mold and Mycotoxins: Current Evaluation & Treatment 2016. 

It is available in Amazon Kindle format.

A book review was featured on the Living Clean in a Dirty World blog.


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Suzanne Somers, a toxic mold illness survivor, focuses on the issue of healing from environmental toxicity in this best-selling book (released in 2015).

The full title of the book is Tox-Sick: From Toxic to Not Sick. It includes lengthy interviews with half a dozen expert physicians and has a very strong emphasis on toxic mold.

It is available from Amazon in hardback, paperback and Kindle formats.



Surviving Toxic Black Mold Syndrome

This is a brief and factual book (published in 2007) summarizing the basics of toxic mold illness, written by Dr. Mary Beth Short-Ray, D.O. (a doctor who has herself recovered from mold illness).

Although it is not recommended that mold-injured individuals follow the do-it-yourself remediation suggestions in the book, in general this is a great introduction to the topic that may be especially appropriate for mold victims suffering from cognitive problems – as well as for their friends and loved ones to quickly learn about the illness.

It is available in paperback on Dr. Short-Ray’s website.



Mold Avoidance Books:


Through the Shadowlands

In this high-profile and widely praised book, science journalist Julie Rehmeyer discusses her experiences becoming very ill with ME/CFS and then recovering most of her health via mold avoidance.

The subtitle is “A Science Writer’s Journey Into an Illness Science Doesn’t Understand.”

The book was published by Rodale Press in 2017. It is available in hardback and Kindle formats, through Amazon and many other booksellers.



Camp Like a Girl

In this book (published in 2016), mold avoider Sara Riley Mattson discusses her experiences converting a cargo van so that she could spend time healing in nature.

The full title of the book is Camp Like a Girl: Finding Health and Wellness in Nature. The subtitle is A Cargo Van Conversion Story.

The book is available in Amazon Kindle and paperback formats.

A review of the book by Lisa Petrison is featured on the Living Clean in a Dirty World blog.


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Building A House for Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

Steve and Christa Upton discuss how they built a home that worked for Christa in terms of addressing her severe mold and chemical sensitivities.

The full title of the book is Building a House for Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: A Mold-Resistant, Low-Tox Home.

The book was published in 2016. It is available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback versions.

A follow-up article discussing more of the Upton family’s experiences ran on the Living Clean in a Dirty World blog.



Shoemaker Books:



State of the Art Answers to 500 Mold Questions

Leading mold researcher and physician Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, M.D., respond to questions from other physicians and from patients about treatment of toxic mold illness (which he calls chronic inflammatory response syndrome) in a straightforward way in this collection published in 2014.

The book is available in Amazon Kindle format.



Surviving Mold

Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, M.D., surveys the broad topic of toxic mold in buildings in this information-dense book (2010).

It covers the topics of mold illness, its basis in inflammation, its physiology, and its links to politics and science.

It is suggested for those committed to the topic rather than for beginners.

The book is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats.



Mold Warriors

This earlier book (2005) written by Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, M.D., provides case histories and a general overview of the health hazards of water-damaged buildings in the U.S.

The focus on legal issues makes this book especially appropriate for those in disputes with landlords, schools, employers or others.

Available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats.



Desperation Medicine

This is an early book (2001) by Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, M.D.

It goes beyond toxic mold to discuss the neurotoxins made by Pfisteria, blue-green algae, spiders and other living creatures.

Chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic Lyme and fibromyalgia are discussed.

The book is available in Amazon Kindle and paperback formats.



More Books on Mold:


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Is It Mold?

Naturopath Karen Wright discusses the topic of mold hypersensivity in this book, called Is It Mold? A Holistic Approach to Managing a Commonly Overlooked Condition.

The book was published in 2014. It is available through Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats.



Mold: The War Within

Kurt and Lee Ann Billings are journalists who became ill as a result of a mold exposure subsequent to Hurricane Katrina.

Their book (2007) includes interviews with researchers, physicians and remediators specializing in toxic mold as well as information on the treatments they used to move toward recovery themselves.

It is available through Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats.



Allergic to Life

Subsequent to a mold exposure in her workplace, Kathryn Chastain Treat became hyperreactive to even tiny amounts of toxic mold as well as a wide variety of other substances.

This Amazon Kindle book (2013) describes her experiences working to recover her health, prior to her death from a massive stroke in late 2014.



Related Books:


Head Strong

Dave Asprey’s 2017 book on enhancing and recovering mitochondrial function in order to gain stronger mental and physical health. The book includes a long section on the dangers of environmental mold toxins and also discusses mycotoxins in foods.

Available in a variety of formats from Amazon and from other booksellers.


The End of Alzheimer’s

Respected medical researcher Dale Bredesen, M.D., discusses the role that his studies suggest that toxic mold can play in contributing to some kinds of Alzheimer’s disease in this patient-oriented book (published in 2017).

The book is available in a variety of formats from Amazon and other retailers.



Amputated Lives

This readable book (2013) focuses on numerous cases of people who have developed severe sensitivities to chemical or to mold toxins.

In-depth coverage is given to the cases of the Exxon Valdez disaster, the destruction of the World Trade Center towers, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the illness suffered by soldiers serving in the Gulf War, and the sick building syndrome sufferers at the EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The full title of the book is Amputated Lives: Coping with Chemical Sensitivity.

It was written by Alison Johnson with a forward by Harvard Medical School professor L. Christine Oliver, M.D.

The book is available through Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats.




Mold avoider Sara Riley Mattson describes how she successfully addressed her severely debilitating migraine headaches by treating an apparent underlying fungal infection with natural means.

The book was published in 2016. The full title is Migraine: Finding My Own Way Out. 

It is available as an Amazon Kindle book.



Prescription for a Healthy House

A book on construction and remediation issues, published in 2008.

The subtitle is “A Practice Guide for Architects, Builders and Homeowners.”

The authors are Paula Baker-Laporte (an architect), Erica Elliott (a physician) and John Banta (a remediation professional), with essays by a number of additional building biologists.

It is available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback editions.


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Gifted and Sick

A book on the topic of what happens when especially intelligent and previously successful individuals acquire toxic mold illness, chronic Lyme disease, myalgic encephalomyelitis or other disabling illnesses early in life.

The book includes interviews with 20 gifted individuals struggling to come to terms with their experiences. It was published in 2014.

The full title is Gifted and Sick: Life at the Intersection of High Ability and Neuroimmune Disease.

The book was written by A.M. Runyan and is available as an Amazon Kindle book.


The Gift of Fear

The Gift of Fear

A classic book written by Gavin de Becker that  provides guidance on using intuition to identify and therefore effectively avoid safety threats. Recommended for those who would like to cultivate their own intuition in order to better identify toxicity threats in their environments, as well as other threats to their personal safety.

Available in a wide variety of formats from Amazon and other merchants.



Love and Fatigue in America

Roger King, an international consultant on rural poverty from the UK, was working as a visiting professor at a university in Washington state when he suddenly and permanently came down with severely disabling CFS (more properly called myalgic encephalomyelitis).

This beautifully written autobiographical novel describes his struggles with the illness as well as his experiences traveling to a variety of different locations in the US.

The author more recently experimented with living full-time on a boat, stating that he felt better when at sea.

The book is available in through Amazon in Kindle, Audible, hardback and paperback formats.



Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Treatment Guide

This easy-to-understand and fact-oriented book (2012) by Erica F. Verrillo provides information on a variety of treatments for ME/CFS.

A brief section on toxic mold is included.

Available in Amazon Kindle format.


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The cover illustration for “Camp Like A Girl.”


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