Mold Illness Books

 

 

This page lists books on mold-related illness and mold avoidance that are recommended by Paradigm Change.

 

Overview Books

Following is a list of books appropriate for patients who are new to the topic of mold illness.

The books are written in simple language that may be accessible for individuals with cognitive issues.

They also may be particularly appropriate for sharing with family and friends who want to get a quick overview of the illness.

 

Break The Mold

Break The Mold: 5 Tools to Conquer Mold and Take Back Your Health (2018) was written by Dr. Jill Crista, N.D.

The book is entertainingly written and provides a basic introduction to the topic in a way that is accessible to beginners.

It is available in paperback and Kindle formats through Amazon and other retailers.

 

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Is Your House Making You Sick?

This book (published in 2016) provides an excellent general introduction to the topic of toxic mold and the problems it can cause. The subtitle is A Beginner’s Guide to Toxic Mold.

The book was written by Andrea Fabry, who is a mold survivor, a former journalist and a certified Building Biology Advocate.

Andrea also publishes a natural living blog called It Takes Time and a toxicity-oriented website called momsAWARE.

The book is currently available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats.

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

 

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Surviving Toxic Black Mold Syndrome

This is a short, factual book (published in 2007) summarizing the basics of toxic mold illness, written by Dr. Mary E. Ray, D.O.

Dr. Ray (also known as Dr. Mary Beth Short-Ray) is a doctor who has herself recovered from mold illness and who has treated many patients with the condition.

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.

It is available in paperback from Amazon and other merchants.

 

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Mold Avoidance Books

This section lists some books focused specifically on topics related to pursuing avoidance of even very small amounts of mold toxins in order to facilitate recovery from ME/CFS and other similar chronic illness conditions.

 

Back From The Edge

Back From The Edge is a readable short book outlining the life story of Erik Johnson, a pioneer in the field of mold illness and a cohort member of the 1980’s Lake Tahoe epidemic of the disease that the CDC now calls ME/CFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome).

The book (released in 2013) 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 full title is Back from the Edge: How One Man’s Discovery Brought Him From Desperately Sick With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome to the Top of Mt. Whitney in Six Months.

The book features a foreword from Keith Berndtson, M.D., and received a favorable review on the Surviving Mold website from Ritchie Shoemaker, M.D.

It is available for free in PDF format to those signing up for occasional newsletters from Paradigm Change and also may be purchased as an Amazon Kindle book.

 

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A Beginner’s Guide to Mold Avoidance

This book provides a basic summary of the mold avoidance approach pioneered by Erik Johnson, as well as other basic information relevant to those working to recover their health from mold-related illness.

It was written by Lisa Petrison and Erik Johnson and released in 2015.

Many thousands of individuals have reported having been helped by the use of the techniques outlined in this book.

The book is available for free in PDF format to those signing up to receive occasional mailings on mold avoidance topics from the Mold Avoiders website.

It also is available in Kindle or paperback formats through the Amazon site.

 

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Erik On Avoidance

This book provides a selection of the writings of Erik Johnson on mold avoidance topics over a fifteen-year period (2000-2015).

Although both the material and the writing style are dense, many of those who have done particularly well in terms of recovering from their chronic illness issues have focused on understanding the material presented in this book.

The book also may be useful as a reference to look up information on particular topics.

The foreword is by Giles Meehan of “Get Well From M.E.”

It is available for free in PDF format and also may be purchased as an Amazon Kindle book.

 

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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.

Positive reviews of the book were published by The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Publisher’s Weekly and other publications.

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

 

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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 Upton family report having made significant health improvements since moving into the house in early 2016, and a follow-up article summarizing some of their experiences ran on the Paradigm Change blog.

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

 

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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 away from civilization.

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.

Paradigm Change founder Lisa Petrison wrote a favorable review of the book.

 

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Medical Treatment Books

This section lists some books written by medical professionals on the clinical treatment of mold-related illness.

 

Toxic

The full title of this book is Toxic: Heal Your Body from Mold Toxicity, Lyme Disease, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities and Chronic Environmental Illness.

It was published in 2018 and was written by Neil Nathan, M.D., a physician specializing in chronic illness issues.

The foreword is by Dr. Robert Naviaux, a respected medical researcher studying ME/CFS and other illnesses.

The book is available in Amazon Kindle and paperback formats.

 

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Mold Illness: Surviving and Thriving

This book (published in 2018) summarizes the approach to mold illness – also called chronic inflammatory response syndrome or CIRS – pioneered by mold physician and researcher Ritchie Shoemaker, M.D.

This book was written by Paula Vetter (a nurse practitioner who is certified in the Shoemaker treatment protocol), Laurie Rossi (a registered nurse and CIRS patient) and Cindy Edwards (a building contractor).

It is available in Amazon Kindle and paperback versions.

 

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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).

Treatment strategies (including avoidance of environmental toxic mold) are detailed in the book.

It is available in Kindle, hardback, paperback and audio versions.

 

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Mold and Mycotoxins

This book (published in 2016) provides 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. 

A book review written by Paradigm Change founder Lisa Petrison was featured on the Paradigm Change blog.

The book is available in Amazon Kindle format.

 

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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.

 

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Shoemaker Books

This section lists some books written by pioneering mold physician and researcher Ritchie C. Shoemaker, M.D.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

The book is available in Amazon Kindle and paperback formats.

 

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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 currently available in Amazon Kindle format.

 

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Mold Recovery Books

This section lists some additional books that include extended discussion on strategies for recovering from mold-related illness.

 

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.

It is available in Kindle, hardback and audio versions.

 

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Tox-Sick

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.

 

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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 format.

 

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Related Books

Following are some additional books on issues related to mold illness or mold avoidance that may be worth reading.

 

You’ve Been So Lucky Already

Award-winning fiction writer Alethea Black discusses her experiences trying to recover from a toxic mold exposure in this humorous memoir.

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

 

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Migraine

Sara Riley Mattson – author of Camp Like A Girl – 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 in Amazon Kindle format.

 

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Gifted and Sick

This book (published in 2014) addresses 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.

It includes interviews with 20 gifted individuals struggling to come to terms with their experiences.

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 in Amazon Kindle format.

 

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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 ME/CFS.

This beautifully written autobiographical novel (2014) 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 Kindle, hardback, paperback and audio formats.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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 mold avoidance is included.

The book is available in Amazon Kindle format.

 

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Prescription for a Healthy House

This is 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 in Amazon Kindle and paperback versions.

 

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The Gift of Fear

The Gift of Fear

This is a classic book written by Gavin de Becker that  provides guidance on using intuition to identify and therefore effectively avoid safety threats.

It is 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.

The book was first published in 1998 and is currently available in Kindle, hardback, paperback and audio versions.

 

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