Are You Suffering From…
- Night sweats
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Hormone imbalances (such as low progesterone)
And other symptoms your regular doctor can't explain? If yes, mold and mycotoxins might be making you sick.
Why Is Mold Toxicity Affecting (Only) You?
Approximately 25% of us have human leukocyte antigen (HLA) genes which prevent our bodies from recognizing and eliminating mold mycotoxins. Therefore symptoms of mold toxicity will often manifest in just one out of four people living in the same home.
Mold Illness Treatment
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You need more than a simple detoxification regimen, which is the usual and customary treatment. Here's what we'll do in addition to helping you detox your home as well as safely detoxing you.
Peptides for brain repair
Integratives to boost your mood
Leaky gut repair
Control of inflammation
Natural pain relief
Stem cell nano-pods or ozone (severe cases)
What Patients Are Saying...
– Aaron WellsTalent Development
I found Dr. Kim in August after getting so frustrated with doctors who only wanted to prescribe drugs for symptoms and wouldn’t help me find the root cause. I had spent 15+ years in pain (I’m only 34) and was at the end of my rope. After my first call with Dr. Kim, I felt a glimmer of hope. For the first time, I had answers! She helped me get the tests I needed to confirm a CIRS diagnosis and I’ve been following her protocol since September. My pain levels have decreased dramatically, my energy levels are rebounding, and I finally have a doctor who listens. I’m eternally grateful to Dr. Kim and her husband for helping me recover.
– Mary Ann GlueckertRetired
Dr. Kim Crawford is an enlightened functional medical doctor that has given me my life back! After moving, my #CIRS reared it’s ugly head once more and Dr. Kim rescued me with her gentle protocol that is in process of curing me of symptoms that I have had for two decades or more. Dr. Kim not only healed me she healed my house with contacts to handle these environmental issues and solutions while always looking to improve her protocol for her patients. I’m so blessed to have found her!
– Lesley Jacobs-Keeler, RDN, LDRDN, LD
Like most of Dr. Kim’s patients, I had been to a bunch of other doctors; even Functional doctors. I was diagnosed with Chronic Lyme, but despite treatment for months on end, I still felt just awful, so I contacted Dr. Crawford to get another opinion. In fact, I liked the doctor I was seeing, and simply purchased a telemedicine consultation.
After spending an hour on the phone with Dr. Crawford it was painfully obvious that her scope of knowledge far exceeded that of the doctor I was seeing. She informed me that CIRS from Lyme disease which wasn’t getting better (if being treated properly) meant that I also had a mold and mycotoxin issue, too. And of course, she was right. What I had was not just a problem at home-but a problem in several properties I was managing; all of them; making me sick! Long story short- my doctor didn’t know any of this and sure didn’t know how to treat either me or give me any advice on how to remediate the properties. That was the final straw-I switched to Dr. Kim and have never looked back.
After help from her husband (who helped my husband form a plan of attack for the moldy properties-for no extra charge-unreal!), we got the properties under control which then allowed me to heal. After years of being sick, unable to sleep or basically function at all, Dr. Kim gave me my life back. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Much love always.
– Daryth Stallone, Ph.D., M.P.H.Epidemiology/Health Policy
Dr. Kim is a caring, compassionate, knowledgeable and skilled diagnostician and physician. Her intellectual curiosity and dedication to finding and treating the root cause of each patient’s medical condition makes her practice unlike any other I have ever encountered. I came to Dr. Kim after several years of disturbing symptoms. While physically fit I suffered from fatigue, brain fog, difficulty concentrating and was finding it increasingly hard to recall and retain information. In addition, I was experiencing irregular heartbeats and blurry vision, despite “normal” eye exams. I went to several general physicians and specialists who did the standard physical exams and blood tests and was told there was nothing clinically wrong. I was going through a stressful period in my life, and thought “well, maybe it’s all just stress-related.”
I had almost resigned myself to my lot when in May, 2021 I learned about Dr. Kim’s practice through a friend. In our first conversation Dr. Kim spent well over an hour with me, going over my medical history, symptoms and lifestyle. She told me, based upon my symptoms and family history, that I likely suffered from CIRS caused by mold in my home. A comprehensive panel of medical, genetic and vision testing confirmed Dr. Kim’s preliminary diagnosis. The diagnosis and its cause were a shock, as I had never heard of CIRS and did not have any “visible” mold in our home . With Dr. Kim’s help we were able to hire competent mold detection and remediation companies that confirmed the existence of toxic mold in the house, identified its source and removed it from our home. Dr. Kim’s regimen of peptides, supplements, detox and dietary adjustment has cleared up my cognitive issues. No more fuzzy brain and I am much better at retaining and recalling information. What a relief!
Dr. Kim’s practice is made even more special by the contribution of her husband Gilles, who handles much of the behind-the-scenes work and help patients like me with “technical issues”. In my case that involved Gilles generously spending countless hours on the phone educating and counseling me on how to evaluate and select mold remediation specialists and home/office air filtration systems (he even engineered a retrofit to the system we chose to allow it to be more efficient), as well as a comprehensive how-to on home fogging to ensure removal of lingering mold toxins.
Dr. Kim is a one-of-a kind physician who is dedicated to optimizing the health of each patient she treats. I would recommend her to anyone with a complex medical problem as well as those who simply want to achieve optimal health and wellness at any age.
Frequently Asked Questions
Questions? We have answers, learn more about mold illness below.
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How do you know if mold is making you sick?
Due to the composition of construction materials, the treatment of typical drywall, and the “tightness” of home construction, indoor mold tends to be toxin-producing most of the time. If you have water intrusion which is not totally cleaned up within 48 hours, you will have toxic mold growth.
Allergic symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing, cough and wheezing are distinctly different from the symptoms of CIRS; chronic inflammatory response syndrome. CIRS can be caused by other “biotoxins” such as Lyme or Blue-green algae, but most cases of CIRS are caused (or contributed to) by mold toxins.
CIRS can present with a variety of symptoms. People often think that toxic mold has to be black mold. Toxic black mold was first thought to be only due to the Stachybotrys species. While Stachybotrys is indeed a black mold, two other common toxin-producing molds; Aspergillus and Penicillium, are often black as well. That’s why we call black mold symptoms just plain mold illness or mycotoxin illness symptoms.
Common symptoms include headaches, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, cognitive and/or mood issues, weight gain, diarrhea, hormonal imbalances, night sweats, exaggerated pain and excessive thirst and urination.
You will know that mold is the cause of your medical problems with the proper testing of you, your home and possibly, your workplace. If you have gone to “regular doctors” and been told that your labs are all “fine”, it’s because no one is checking the correct labs!
What is the best mold exposure test?
Unless you have had prolonged exposure to toxic mold, you may not have experienced a “triggering” of your innate immune system-so in reality, there is no test for mold exposure; just for the illness caused by prolonged mold toxin exposure.
If you do indeed have CIRS, a good screening test is the VCS test. This picks up about 90% of active cases. This is a patented test, so the doctor who has it on his website charges a nominal fee. Please take this screening test, and then send it to me for (free) analysis.
Mycotoxin testing in the urine is generally reliable, but not usually needed, as the common indoor mold species spew out four main mycotoxins. It is generally more cost effective and predictable to simply obtain innate immune system testing, as well as genetic testing for mold susceptibility.
A nasal swab for Marcon’s is done if the serum MSH is low, as multiple-antibiotic-resistant-coagulase-negative-Staph organisms secrete biofilm to lower MSH and thereby trigger the innate immune response.
What can mold do to your brain?
The long term effects on the GI tract can now usually be reversed, even if someone has been detoxed with toxic cholestyramine. The same can be said for the many changes in the immune system, and the enzymatic systems that process glucose and cholesterol. The changes in the body’s energy factories called mitochondria can be reversed. If CIRS is diagnosed early enough, the vast majority of the damage to the brain can be reversed.
The hormonal drops seen due to anterior pituitary gland damage are generally reversible over time. So, too are the changes due to the posterior pituitary; reversing the thirst and frequent urination as well as pain and fibromyalgia syndromes often seen in CIRS patients.
The night sweats due to damage to the hypothalamus generally resolve within the first year of treatment, but temperature regulation issues can take years to resolve.
Of concern are the un-addressed cognitive changes that sometimes occur with only mild or no other CIRS symptoms. Loss of “executive function” or even mild memory problems can be caused by CIRS and progress to Alzheimer’s disease; if left untreated.
How to detox your body from mold?
This concept is another misconception. The problem is (generally speaking), not that you have mold growing in your sinuses or your “gut.” Yes, this can happen, but it is the exception rather than the rule. The problem is that you are reacting to a mixture of mold toxins and other environmental debris which causes an enormous response all throughout your body.
Here is the simple answer to detoxing:
- Be in a clean, safe environment at work and at home. Use proper environmental testing and remediation, as well as non-toxic fogging.
- Use a gut-friendly detoxification protocol such as the one used by Dr. Crawford; no gut-damaging cholestyramine is used; ever! No BEG spray for sinuses-ever!
- Support the damaged organ systems with hormones, peptides, integratives, GI support, sleep aids, mood aids, cognitive and pain aids, until detox is completed. This last step is unique to Dr. Crawford’s CIRS protocol, making recovery and restoration of function much faster.
Cleaning your environment
Dr. Crawford and her engineer-husband Gilles Pesant will guide you through the how-to’s of finding out where the environmental problem is, and then fixing it. They have prepared manuals and powerpoints to guide you, and will help you find (if needed) mold inspection and remediation companies. We always recommend that you eliminate health-damaging mold toxins after remediation or cross-contamination. We have formulated a proven-effective DIY fogging solution for use ONLY by Dr. Crawford’s patients. This fogging solution is not only more effective than what is available commercially, it is literally about 5% of the price!
Please protect your pets!
In Memorium: My sweet rescue collie, Beshert, died due to neurological complications of CIRS before we knew dogs and cats could get sick, too.