Thanks for visiting Paradigm Change! It’s great that you’ve made your way here.
The purpose of this website is to provide solid and reliable information about the role of mold toxins in chronic illness to people who are suffering and to those individuals (such as doctors or other health professionals) who are trying to help them.
Focusing on mold issues has helped many thousands of people with diseases such as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia, chronic Lyme disease and various autoimmune conditions to begin to move toward wellness.
Hopefully the information here will be helpful to you as well.
About Paradigm Change
My name is Lisa Petrison and I am the executive director of Paradigm Change.
I was working as a marketing professor in 2001 when I became disabled with ME. By 2007, I was basically bedridden and comatose most of the time with a wide variety of severe symptoms.
As a result of focusing on the mold component of my illness and pursuing other treatments – including spending more than five years camping in pristine locations in the western half of the U.S. – I am now mostly recovered. (And living in a building!)
I started Paradigm Change in 2013 with the goal of educating others about the topic of the role of mold toxins in chronic illness. Our website and blogs now have been visited by more than 200,000 individuals and have received more than half a million page views.
A primary goal of the Paradigm Change website is to provide links to a wide variety of sources of information about mold toxicity. A substantial amount of original content (including books and articles) also is included.
To help get you started, here is a summary of Paradigm Change resources especially appropriate for those new to this topic.
A great place to start learning about toxic mold is through the documentary film “Moldy,” produced by Dave Asprey of Bulletproof.
The movie features a number of mold doctors and patients, touching on a wide variety of issues relevant to those suffering from mold-related illness. (I am featured in the movie, by the way.)
The trailer for “Moldy” is featured at the top of this page.
The film is available for free viewing to those signing up for the Bulletproof email list.
A Paradigm Change blog article provides some information about the individuals featured in the movie.
Back from the Edge
Another great place to start learning about the relationship between mold toxins and chronic illness is by reading the book Back from the Edge, about the extraordinary life of Erik Johnson.
Erik became very sick with ME/CFS in the famous Incline Village epidemic in the mid-1980’s. As a result of devising a strategy allowing him to avoid even very small amounts of mold toxins, he recovered his health to the point of being able to climb mountains and work full-time.
The book provides an concise introduction to a variety of mold-related topics and is a good read.
A PDF copy of Back from the Edge is available for free to those subscribing to the Paradigm Change newsletter.
The book also is available for Amazon Kindle ($2.99) and has received many positive reviews from readers.
More Introductory Resources
The main page of the Paradigm Change site is updated regularly with descriptions of new articles and other developments related to the areas of mold-related illness and mold avoidance.
A collection of articles from various sources especially appropriate for beginners.
An article listing some of the symptoms of and diagnostic tests for mold illness.
The Paradigm Change blog, with a focus on substantive articles about the role of microbial toxicity in chronic illness.
Many hundreds of people have made great strides toward wellness using Erik Johnson’s mold avoidance approach, and a number of Paradigm Change resources provide details on this.
The book A Beginner’s Guide to Mold Avoidance (written by Erik and me) provides a basic introduction to the topic. It is available for free in PDF format to those signing up for occasional email updates on mold avoidance topics.
The book also is available in Amazon Kindle format ($5.99).
An in-depth Paradigm Change blog article summarizes some of the issues involved with cross-contamination of belongings.
Another Paradigm Change blog article deals with the issue of outdoor toxins.
A page of information about mold hypersensitivity reactions, suitable for sharing with family and friends.
Links to additional mold avoidance information.
An article on how to determine whether buildings have a toxic mold problem.
An article on dealing with acute problems with the potential of leading to mold growth.
A long blog article on a Dr. Oz segment on toxic mold, discussing many of the pitfalls of mold testing and remediation.
A list of mold professionals who have received positive comments from patients.
A list of resources providing information from mold-oriented physicians.
A discussion about toxic mold by physicians Dr. Neil Nathan, Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum and Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker.
An interview of Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker by Dave Asprey.
A list of medical professionals specializing in toxic mold illness who have received positive comments from patients.
An summary article with links to resources suggesting that toxic mold exposures can trigger emotional symptoms.
An article summarizing research findings by psychiatrist Mary Ackerley, M.D. (This has been the most popular Paradigm Change article over time.)
An article describing the stories of many prominent people who have experienced mold issues.
An article sharing the stories of many toxic mold victims.
An overview article on recovering from mold-related illness.
A longer blog article summarizing research on healing treatments.
The Living Clean blog, focusing on recovery from chronic illness.
A list of all online addresses for information provided by Paradigm Change.
My personal page on Facebook. Feel free to follow me!
“Paradigm Change,” “Mold Avoiders,” “Rabbit Hole,” “Avoiding Mold,” “Locations Effect,” “Locations Ratings” and “Living Clean in a Dirty World” are trademarks belonging to Paradigm Change/Lisa Petrison. Please do not use any of these trademarks as the name of your mold-oriented or health-oriented organization or enterprise without the express written permission of Lisa Petrison.
Please note that the use of the name “Avoiding Mold” on a website run by architect Cheryl Ciecko is an unauthorized use of this trademark and that this website is in no way related to Paradigm Change.
Information about circumstances under which mold-oriented Facebook groups run by other individuals may be permitted to use the name “Mold Avoiders” can be found in the Mold Avoiders FAQ’s section of the Paradigm Change website.
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