Paradigm Change Publishing


The new paperback version of “A Beginner’s Guide to Mold Avoidance.”


This page lists books published by Paradigm Change.

To learn about books on mold-related illness recommended but not published by Paradigm Change, please go to the Mold Illness Books page of the Paradigm Change site.


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A Beginner’s Guide to Mold Avoidance

This book – written by Lisa Petrison and Erik Johnson – provides a summary of the basics of mold avoidance to those interested in pursuing it or just in learning about it.

It features a foreword by Giles Meehan of “Get Well from M.E.”

The book was published in 2015.

A free PDF version of the book currently is available to those signing up to receive occasional emails about mold avoidance from Rabbit Hole.

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

Online is a page of links to readings and products related to information in the book.


Back from the Edge

Back from the Edge

This is a readable and easily comprehensible biography of the life of Erik Johnson, a pioneer in the field of toxic mold illness and a cohort member of the 1980’s Lake Tahoe epidemic of the disease that the CDC eventually went on to call chronic fatigue syndrome.

The book provides a fast introduction to a number of difficult topics, including the role of toxic mold in ME/CFS; mold hyperreactivity; mold avoidance; detoxification; and hypothesized interactions between environmental chemicals and mold.

The book was written by Lisa Petrison, Ph.D., and was published in 2013.

Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker favorably reviewed the book.

It is presented as an Amazon Kindle book.

A free PDF version is available to those signing up for occasional updates about new informational content from Paradigm Change.


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Erik on Avoidance

This book includes mold avoidance pioneer Erik Johnson’s writings (from 2000-2015) on a wide variety of mold avoidance topics – everything from converting a cargo trailer to how he currently deals with water to his experiences with the substance commonly known as “Hell Toxin.”

It was published in 2015.

The book is available in PDF format for immediate free downloading. (If you have trouble seeing the document, click “Download” near the upper right-hand corner of the computer screen.)

An Amazon Kindle version also is available.


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The Avoiding Mold Archives

Individuals who have successfully improved their health through mold avoidance answer questions about avoidance and related topics in this book.

The Q&A’s were posted on the Avoiding Mold page on Facebook from 2013-2014. The book was published in 2015.

It is available in PDF format for immediate downloading.


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The Role of Toxic Mold in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

This free downloadable PDF book is a collection of the public writings of Erik Johnson about mold and about myalgic encephalomyelitis from 2000-2010.

It includes a wide variety of information relevant to pursuing mold avoidance (including topics such as “Getting Clear” and “Choosing a Mobile Environmental Containment Unit”) as well as details of the events that occurred during the Lake Tahoe epidemic of the illness that went on to be named CFS.

A group discussion of mold-related issues with Dr. Keith Berndtson, M.D., also is included.

This book (published in 2010) is more than 900 pages long and organized by topic.

A very brief summary of the material on mold avoidance was published in the blog “My Chemical-Free House.”


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CFS & Biotoxins: An Introduction

This free downloadable PDF book consists of some of the public writings of Lisa Petrison, Ph.D., from 2010-2011.

The writings provide factual information about toxic mold and make an argument that it might be related to myalgic encephalomyelitis.

It was published in 2015.


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