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This blog focuses on exploring the connection between mold toxins (and other toxicity) and diseases related to Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.). The main authors are Erik Johnson and Lisa Petrison, with additional essays by guest authors.


Erik Johnson has focused on the issue of the effects of toxic mold and other biotoxins on human health since the early 1980’s, when he first became ill with M.E. (labeled “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome” by the CDC) as part of the Lake Tahoe Epidemic. He has maintained control over his symptoms — including working full-time and exercising vigorously on a regular basis — through what he calls “Extreme Mold Avoidance” since 1998.

A book about Erik’s experiences is available here:



Lisa Petrison was a tenure-track professor in business at Loyola University Chicago before becoming disabled with CFS in 2001. Since 2008, she has focused her attention on issues related to toxic mold and other environmental toxicity. She is currently mostly recovered from the illness. Her Ph.D. is in marketing and social psychology from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.


Pictured above: Lake Tahoe. (Photo credit: Rachid Dahnoun/Getty Images.)

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  • Heather Black

    In 2012, I was exposed to mold my apartment. I wound up
    losing everything my furniture and clothing, but did get out of my lease. I
    moved in with my son and started looking for help. I went through the Shoemaker
    protocol with the Cholestyramine, and did not get better. In 2013, I flew to Kansas City Mo to see Dr. Joseph
    Brewer, recommended by Dr. Jack Thrasher.
    He also seemed to do some parts of the Shoemaker protocol and I was disappointed
    with the results. In mid-2013 I went to
    the Florida Wellness center and saw Dr. Rick Sponaugle, they did an IV drip and
    on the fifth day I couldn’t take anymore. On one of the blogs I found someone
    who said they got results from the National Treatment Centers for Environmental
    Disease. I called them and to my surprise they actually took insurance. So in
    October 2013 I flew to Atlanta. It’s been about 90 days and my fatigue is
    completely gone, my memory loss has improved 100%, my bowels are back to
    normal, it was a great experience. The place and the Dr’s were amazing. If you’re
    sick from mold this is the right place! Good luck to all. HB

    • Joe W.

      I’m glad you got well and told other people your experience. Thank you.

  • Dana Brooks

    I have just been diagnosed with a lung disease called Aspergillosis or APBA. There is no cure for it and not a lot of information on it in the US. I truly believe that I got it from my work, which just also happens to be a mulch yard. After my diagnosis we discovered my office was full of mold behind the wallpaper, walls and carpet. I started working there in Nov 2014 and in Jan I was hospitalized with pneumonia then again in April & June i was diagnosed with it again. I finally went to a lung specialist and he ran lots of test including allergy tests they all pointed to an allergy to mold and I was diagnosed at that time with ABPA. I have what appears to be from my CT scans two fungus balls and have been put on pretty evasive meds, Itraconazole & predisone. The doctor says it will be months on both meds before we will see improvements. If no improvements are seen they may have to remove the parts of my lungs.
    The studies that have been done with this disease mention nothing about moldy environments being the cause, only that the mold aspergillus is found in the air everywhere and that some people develop an allergy and get the disease.

  • Juliane Goicoechea

    I wanted to ask for information about cellulose insulation and potential risks r/t mold since its an insulation made from recycled paper.