Suzanne Somers Interviews Dr Rick Sponaugle On Mold Toxicity Of Hurricane Sandy Victims

MOLD …THE HIDDEN ENEMY

As I watch the horrible aftermath of the victims of Hurricane Sandy, I know from my own personal experience that flooding leaves behind an enemy so dark and treacherous that few people understand the far reaching devastating effects.

My husband and I have personally have been affected by black mold, a condition I was unaware of when I moved into a leased house after my home burned to the ground several years ago. It was a beautiful home that we leased; glass, spectacular views, space. Luxurious… is how you would describe it, so beautiful it helped ease the pain of losing all our belongings to the fire.

A year after we moved in, both my husband and I began to have health problems. At one point a fungus attack put me in the hospital for six days, horribly misdiagnosed as cancer,until it was discovered to be mold fungus. I did not connect mold with my home. Around the same time my very healthy husband started experiencing hair loss, red irritated eyes, and a sinus and fungal nose infection that wouldn’t go away. We both started having GI tract problems; bloating, yeast, candida, cramping.

It wasn’t until I was interviewing Dr. Rick Sponaugle of the Florida Detox & Wellness Institute that I started piecing together the puzzle that had been eluding both of us.

We had mold. A professional remediator came to our home to test and found standing water all over a lower floor that had never been finished. Black mold was crawling everywhere, including into the air-conditioning and heating vents so it wasblowing into all the rooms.

We had to move. And detox…

In walks Dr. Rick Sponaugle of the Florida Detox &Wellness Institute who has successfully treated over 2000 patients who, unknowingly, were suffering from Mold Toxicity.

This week on The SUZANNE Show, we discussed the dangers of mold and I wanted to get more detailed information to pass along to you in my blog from the preeminent expert in the field, Dr. Sponaugle.

SS: Thank you, Dr. Sponaugle. Can you explainmold and the affects that you can predict the victims of Hurricane Sandy might experience?

RS: Well, I worry for all of them. Mold toxins are toxic gases produced by indoor molds. From what I see of the houses devastated by Hurricane Sandy, it will be difficult to dry out those houses, especially now as the weather is wet, cold, damp, and snow is coming. It is my experience that hidden mold is always present in water-damaged buildings. Most of these people will be unaware that they are suffering from gases produced by mold infestations hidden behind water-damaged walls,shower tile, and above wet ceilings. These harmful toxins go unnoticed whenmold is hidden because we cannot see or smell them.

SS: I see… like the silent enemy. You and I have talked before about the gene we both happen to carry, the HLA-DRBQ gene, making us more susceptible to mold and allergies of all kinds. Will Hurricane Sandy victims be spared if they don’t happen to carry that same gene?

RS: This is the irony: three out of four Americans who naturally produce antibodies to mold toxins can live and work in water-damaged buildings without suffering significant demise in their health. But patients who carry the HLA gene have no antibodies to deactivate and remove mold toxins. They develop excessive accumulation of these harmful toxins. Mold toxins are lipophilic, meaning their molecular structure consists of fatty acid molecules. For this reason, mold toxins migrate to and deposit in the brain because the brain is the ‘fattiest’ organ, consisting of 60% fat.

SS: What you are saying is that some of the victims will not be able to handle the toxicexposure to the mold but they won’t realize that this is the root of the problem?

RS: Right. Mold toxicity is the cause for many psychological and neurological disorders, including but not limited to: addiction, anxiety, bipolar II, chronic fatigue, depression, fibromyalgia, insomnia, multiple sclerosis (MS), Neuropathy, OCD, panic disorder, paranoia and schizoid syndrome.

SS: How about your everyday conditions, like the ones my husband and I are experiencing: sinus, red watery eyes, fatigue, inflamed GI tract, unexplained weight gain?

RS: Yes, mold causes all those symptoms and also other odd effects including slurred speech, disorientation, feeling irritable or paranoid, insomnia, craving sweets, itching nose at night, static shocks, muscle aches, food allergies, antibiotic allergies, blurred vision, confusion, very high blood pressure, Mono-like symptoms, skin rash, cystic acne, joint pain, slurred gums, tongue swelling, odd periods, stuttering, and throat closing.

SS: It’s shocking to know that mold is that damaging. So little is understood about mold by most doctors, but your clinic is one of the only in the country that gets it. And I know we all benefit because you, too, suffered severe mold toxicity yourself, so you are able to grasp the enormity when apatient is sitting in front of you. Certainly no one would ever connect severe depression to mold toxicity.

RS: There are three different mold toxins associated with depression, panic disorder and bipolar symptoms – aflatoxins, ochratoxin and trichothecene. The government set toxic level for trichothecenes, the family of mold toxins produced by Stachy Botrus (known as black mold) is 0.2 parts per billion. I routinely have patients with levels as high as 3.2, which is 16 times the government set toxic threshold.

SS: What does this do to the body?

RS: It can cause severe anxiety, insomnia, panic-disorder or bipolar. I’ve treated (successfully) hundreds of toxic patients who were simply diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder or misdiagnosed bi-polar by psychiatrists who remain naive regarding the effect of mold toxicity on the brain. Most doctors will give these patients drugs like Klonopin or Xanax to calm theiranxious brains.

SS: But when they have these anxious or over-electrified brains from mold toxins, it’s clear to me that the mold needs to be detoxified from the body, rather than medicating it with a Band-Aid.

RS: Mold toxic brains produce excessive levels of two powerful electrifying brain chemicals; glutamate and PEA. It is the increased activation of glutamate and PEA nerve receptors throughout the body that produces an over-electrified nervous system producing symptoms of anxiety, insomnia, panic disorder, bi-polar and fibromyalgia. Mold toxic patients experience a gradual progression as they slowly accumulate more mold toxins. Their symptoms usually begin with insomnia, then as they spend more time living and working in mold toxic buildings or houses, their symptoms progress from insomnia to anxiety which can then progress to full blown panic disorder, and in the most severe cases, bipolar symptoms of rage and paranoia.

Probably most patients who come to my clinic have been to 20 different doctors before me and not found an answer. Many of these mold toxic patients have traveled to multiple states and various medical centers in their failed attempt to discover the underlying cause of their severe depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia syndromes. Many developed addiction issues because of their undiagnosed mold toxicity.

SS: It’s sad. I presume the addiction is a result of the over-electrified brains and the patients need to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol to calm themselves down? It’s very understandable.

RS: Yes, it is. Depression and chronic fatigue can be a result of mold toxicity suppressing the production of nor-epinephrine output from the A5 Nucleus. That’s the part of the brain that produces 90% of our nor-epinephrine. This is one of the primary mechanisms by which mold toxicity causes severe depression and severe chronic fatigue. When you have a mold toxic brain, specifically the hypothalamus, it can’t properly stimulate the brain’s primary hormonal factory, the pituitary gland. Pituitary insufficiency results in hormonal deficiencies, such as the downstream hormone factories – the thyroid, adrenals, and the sex organs. Mold toxin induced deficiencies of these hormones cause inactivation of the three adrenaline chemicals causing symptoms of severe depression, lethargy, and chronic fatigue.

SS: Can mold toxicity cause fibromyalgia?

RS: Yes, mold toxicity is the primary cause of fibromyalgia in many middle-aged women. It causes total body pain because of the excessive production of the electrifying neurotransmitters, glutamate and PEA. The excessive inflammation is derived from the toxic load and deficiencies of the calming neurotransmitters; taurine and serotonin. This causes mold toxin induced destruction of the intestinallining, which leads to poor absorption of the essential amino acids, tryptophan and taurine. The resulting up-regulating of electrical voltage in the body’s nervous system can be dramatic, and it directly correlates with the measured level of mold toxins. When these women go to their doctors, they are usually misdiagnosed and prescribed addicting pain medication and drugs like Lyrica, which treats the symptoms but not the true cause of fibromyalgia – which ismold.

SS: What about MS? I once saw two side-by-side slides. One slide was a healthy person; the other was a person with MS. The healthy cells were moving around and in constant motion, all clumped together. The MS slides showed cells that werelumbering, moving very slowly. They were not clumped together, but moving slowly, slowly, and the strange thing was the MS cells all had a white filmsurrounding them. I asked what the film was and the scientist told me it was toxins. So can MS also be caused by mold toxins?

RS: Mold toxins destroy the myelin sheath on brain neurons, causing the classic white spotsseen in MS. That’s why I have created the Brain Wellness Program combined with intravenous mold toxin removal protocol to reverse damage caused by MS.

SS: Anyone reading this blog who has any of these symptoms now has something new to consider. Maybe their diagnosis has been wrong. Maybe they are not truly suffering from autoimmune diseases or addictions. Maybe the cause isthat musty smell in your house or the black fuzz in between your tiles. Up until I was affected, these signs were annoyances I thought could be handled by deep cleaning. But now I know mold lurks deep in the roots of the house and anyone who has water damage, in particular those affected by Hurricane Sandy or those devastated by Katrina, now know that there is likely a hidden enemy in the home. There is an answer to this problem. You, Dr. Sponaugle, seem to be one of the few in this country who understands mold, its effects, and how to treat and detoxify it from the body at The Florida Detox & Wellness Institute. I know you have already helped so many people and many more are going to be helped by this interview and the important work you are doing. I thank you for your great work.

RS: My pleasure, Suzanne.

For more information, go to www.floridadetox.com.

Successful Lyme Treatment – Carol

Carol’s Story:


                               Lyme Spirochete (Cystic Stage)


                                       Severe Bartonella

Severe Bartonella Infection

Carol came to Sponaugle Wellness Institute with severe chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and anxiety derived from a combination of mold toxicity, Lyme Disease and other infectious agents. She had been previously diagnosed with Lyme Disease and had already undergone 6 years of Lyme treatment before coming to Sponaugle Wellness Institute. Carol had been essentially bed ridden during the last three years of her Lyme treatment even though she was treated by top Lyme doctors in New Jersey and New York.

Carol’s previous Lyme treatment consisted of 3 different antibiotics every day for a 6 year period. The extensive antibiotic therapy Carol received over six years, failed to kill Carol’s Lyme infection, it simply worsened her health. Carol suffered more severe chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia with each year of antibiotic therapy.

Carol’s New York Lyme specialists failed to diagnose multiple other infectious agents from which she was suffering; Bartonella, Babesia, Mycoplasma, and the Protomyxzoa Rheumatica parasite that is carried by mosquitos. Some of these can be visualized on her blood smears above. Her Lyme specialists also failed to diagnose her severe environmental toxicity, toxins that had down-regulated her immune system’s “kill power” to a degree that left her defenseless against tick borne and mosquito borne infections.

After ten weeks of Dr Sponaugle’s comprehensive Lyme treatment, Carol saw a dramatic improvement in her health as can be seen in her before and after pictures. Carol recently saw another physician who validated via microscope that she no longer suffers from the above infections. We are currently working on the severe gut toxicity Carol suffered from her previous Lyme treatment.

Successful Lyme Treatment – Sara

Sara’s Story:

Sara suffered years of severe chronic fatigue which professors at prestigious New York medical centers discounted. She was finally diagnosed with Lyme disease by an LLMD in the North East. She underwent 17 weeks of intravenous Rocephin [5 grams/day] which did not kill her Lyme, the extensive antibiotic therapy only made her much more fatigued and exacerbated Lyme induced anxiety.

When Sara arrived at Sponaugle Wellness Institute, she was rather hopeless regarding herhealth. Once a vibrant tennis player, Sara struggled to get out of bed. Sara, however, soon became friends with Carol (right picture) and other chronic Lyme patients who were already on their road to recovery from Dr Sponaugle’s natural Lyme treatment.

Dr Sponaugle used German testing to confirm Sara’s Lyme diagnosis. Lyme disease was, in Dr Sponaugle’s opinion, the least of Sarah’s problems. Dr Sponaugle further diagnosed Sara with massive mold toxicity, her Trichothecene toxicity was 100 times the government set toxic limit of .18 parts per billion

German research and research from Michigan State University has proven that Trichothecene “shuts down” both the cellular and the humoral components of the immune system. With Trichothecene levels of 18 parts per billion, Sara had no chance of killing Lyme or any other tick borne infection, of which Dr Sponaugle diagnosed two more, Bartonella and Babesia.

You can visualize the tick borne Babesia parasite inside of the red blood cells on the above blood smear. Babesia, in a similar fashion to the malaria parasite, enlarges the size of the red blood cells, RBCs.

Our RBCs are on average 7 microns in diameter. Our pipes at the end of the circulatory pipeline, the capillaries in the micro-circulation, are only 8 microns in diameter. When the RBCs become enlarged from Babesiosis, they “get stuck” in the capillaries, thus, blocking blood flow in the micro-circulation. This is problematic for the entire body, but particularly for the brain, the heart and the lungs.

Babesia-induced blockage of lung capillaries causes severe shortness of breath, a hallmark of Babesiosis. Blood flow in the lungs is critically reduced when RBCs cannot travel past the lung alveoli [air sacs] to become oxygenated. This causes what we call in the ICU, a reverse shunt; Dr Sponaugle spent years training as an Intensive Care Specialist and now realizes many critical patients suffered tick borne infections of which he was taught nothing about.

Babesia-induced blockage of brain capillaries causes micro-hypoxia [lack of oxygen] in the brain. When lactic acid builds up in the brain, patients suffer tremendous headaches. Many headaches that are actually derived from a Babesia infection are commonly diagnosed by headache clinics at prestigious medical centers with waste basket terminology; cluster headaches or migraine syndrome.

Sara is a real trooper and a delight to work with, her before and after pictures demonstrate how much healthier she has become with our comprehensive Lyme treatment.


                                                  Babesia

Teal

Teal’s Story:

Teal is a 17 year old from Colorado who came to Florida Detox and Wellness Institute in a wheel chair November, 2011. Teal was so fatigued, she could not stay awake. Teal suffered from such severe chronic fatigue, she had not been to a shopping mall for more than 3 years, quite unusual for a teenage girl. Teal had a history of suffering from Lyme disease for 5 years since the age of 12 when she was bitten by several ticks at a summer camp. Shortly after, she became bed-ridden from her Lyme disease, she reminded Dr. Sponaugle of the suffering his young Alexa had gone through just a few years prior.

Since age 12, Teal had been receiving Lyme Disease Treatment consisting of antibiotics on a daily basis, including three years of daily, intravenous antibiotics through a port in her chest. After receiving 5 years of failed Lyme treatment from various Colorado doctors, Teal moved to San Francisco and later to Seattle for more Lyme Treatment from renowned Lyme physicians. The various Lyme specialists prescribed different “antibiotic cocktails” none of which were successful in killing Teal’s Lyme infection.

When Teal arrived at Florida Detox and Wellness Institute, she could barely walk and she suffered with narcolepsy. The picture on the left was taken during her first appointment, Teal had to be woken from her daytime somulence to talk with Dr. Sponaugle. Teal set a new record for adrenal failure in Dr. Sponaugle’s clinic, morning Cortisol levels should be around 18, Teal’s AM Cortisol level was 0.3 almost immeasurable!

The picture on the right was taken after just 4 weeks of Dr Sponaugle’s Lyme Treatment.
The eyes are the window to the soul, look into Teal’s eyes, not at her eyes, as you compare her pictures before and after Dr Sponaugle’s Lyme Treatment. The night before her second picture was taken, Teal had gone with her mother to the International Mall in Tampa, her first visit to a shopping mall in 3 ½ years. Teal left her wheel chair in Tampa, a great symbolic event for Teal and her mother.

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Jennifer

Jennifer’s Story:

Jennifer was a successful runway model in California until age 23 when she suddenly became “very sickly.” Between ages 23 and 33, Jennifer spent over $1,300,000 at California Universities and California Wellness Centers attempting to get a proper diagnosis and regain her health. In October, 2011, Jennifer and her mother came to Sponaugle Wellness Institute as a last hope to determine what was robbing this young woman of her health.

Upon Jennifer’s arrival, Dr. Sponaugle reviewed her lab data and informed Jennifer that he suspected severe mold toxicity and potentially Lyme disease. Subsequent testing revealed Jennifer was suffering from severe Trichothecene toxicity, Lyme Disease and a severe Bartonella infection.

Dr Sponaugle explained to Jennifer and her mother that the Trichothecene mold toxin down regulates the immune system’s “kill power” such that even young healthy women like Jennifer have no ability to kill tick borne infections like the Lyme Bacterium and the Bartonella bacterium.

At first, Jennifer and her mother were skeptical that a Los Angeles home could have a problem with hidden mold. Subsequently, they have found and remediated the hidden mold that played a pivotal role in Jennifer’s health issues.

The Lyme infection and the Bartonella infection were both causative for Jennifer’s daily headaches which were treated by California pain doctors with opiate pain medication. After 8 weeks of Dr. Sponaugle’s treatment for Lyme disease and Bartonella, Jennifer took her second picture. Had Jennifer’s mold toxicity, Lyme disease and Bartonella infection been properly diagnosed, Jennifer would not have lost her modeling career nor would she have spent $1.3 million on failed medical treatment.

Megan

Megan’s Story:

Megan was a teenage model before she became sick from what doctors in Mississippi thought was just Lyme Disease; she suffered with severe chronic fatigue and anxiety, all typical Lyme symptoms. After years of failed antibiotic treatment for Lyme disease, Megan and her family came to Sponaugle Wellness Institute in July of 2011. Megan’s Lyme doctors had failed to recognize that she suffered from much more than Lyme Disease. Megan was suffering from severe black mold toxicity, her Trichothecene levels measured to be 25 times the government set toxic level of 0.2 parts per billion.

Dr. Sponaugle explained to Megan and her mother that antibiotics would never kill Lyme when Megan’s immune system was essentially shut down from the Trichothecene toxin. Megan underwent Dr. Sponaugle’s proprietary intravenous mold toxicity treatment followed by the Sponaugle intravenous treatment for Lyme Disease. Within weeks, Megan regained her health and she lost 60 pounds of the excess weight she gained when her endocrine system was shut down from Mold Toxicity and Lyme Disease.

Kevin2


Kevin’s Story – Lyme Disease – Bartonella – Mycoplasma – Mold Toxicity – Opiate Addition:

Kevin was a healthy and happy young man until age 15 when he began developing symptoms of anxiety, panic disorder and rage. Kevin’s mother is a pediatric nurse who took Kevin to Johns Hopkins Medical Center where psychiatry professors misdiagnosed Kevin with bipolar disorder.

The Psychiatrists at John’s Hopkins prescribed several psychiatric medications for Kevin’s “bipolar disorder” which made Kevin more depressed and more disconnected from his family. When the bipolar medications failed to “dampen” the excessive electrical activity in Kevin’s brain caused by Lyme and Bartonella infections, Kevin, like many of Dr. Sponaugle’s patients, began using OxyContin to calm his anxious brain.

Kevin’s parents initially thought, as many parents do, that they were bringing Kevin to Florida Detox and Wellness Institute for his OxyContin addiction, they, however, received much more advanced medical treatment. Through a DNA test, Dr. Sponaugle diagnosed Kevin with genetics from which Kevin cannot make antibodies to the toxic gases produced by indoor molds, mold toxins.

Furthermore, Dr. Sponaugle explained to Kevin’s parents that German research had proven the black mold toxin, Trichothecene, found in Kevin, suppresses every aspect of the immune system, and therefore predisposes patients like Kevin to intracellular brain infections – typically Lyme Disease, Bartonella and Mycoplasma.

Second round testing indeed proved that Kevin was suffering from undiagnosed Lyme Disease and, through special blood smears sent to Frye Labs in Arizona, additional testing revealed a severe Bartonella and Mycoplasma infection. Physicians who are knowledgeable regarding Lyme and other tick borne infections know that Bartonella is notorious for causing panic disorder, rage and bipolar symptoms.

Dr. Sponaugle treated Kevin with his natural intravenous Lyme Treatment protocol which also kills Bartonella. After just four weeks of Dr. Sponaugle’s Lyme treatment, Kevin’s blood smear cleared of Bartonella as seen in the before and after slides. Kevin stopped taking the psychiatric medications that were prescribed by psychiatrists at John’s Hopkins Medical Center. He no longer needs OxyContin to calm his anxious brain and he no longer suffers with depression.

Kevin is now a happy young man as seen in his second picture. Kevin and his mother have also done a video testimony in hopes of spreading the word to other families whose children may have been misdiagnosed with psychiatric disorders by psychiatrists who are ill-knowledgeable regarding neuro-lyme symptoms.

Sarah

Sara’s Story:

Sara suffered years of severe chronic fatigue which professors at prestigious New York medical centers discounted. She was finally diagnosed with Lyme disease by an LLMD in the North East. She underwent 17 weeks of intravenous Rocephin [5 grams/day] which did not kill her Lyme, the extensive antibiotic therapy only made her much more fatigued and exacerbated Lyme induced anxiety.

When Sara arrived at Sponaugle Wellness Institute, she was rather hopeless regarding herhealth. Once a vibrant tennis player, Sara struggled to get out of bed. Sara, however, soon became friends with Carol (right picture) and other chronic Lyme patients who were already on their road to recovery from Dr Sponaugle’s natural Lyme treatment.

Dr Sponaugle used German testing to confirm Sara’s Lyme diagnosis. Lyme disease was, in Dr Sponaugle’s opinion, the least of Sarah’s problems. Dr Sponaugle further diagnosed Sara with massive mold toxicity, her Trichothecene toxicity was 100 times the government set toxic limit of .18 parts per billion

German research and research from Michigan State University has proven that Trichothecene “shuts down” both the cellular and the humoral components of the immune system. With Trichothecene levels of 18 parts per billion, Sara had no chance of killing Lyme or any other tick borne infection, of which Dr Sponaugle diagnosed two more, Bartonella and Babesia.

You can visualize the tick borne Babesia parasite inside of the red blood cells on the above blood smear. Babesia, in a similar fashion to the malaria parasite, enlarges the size of the red blood cells, RBCs.

Our RBCs are on average 7 microns in diameter. Our pipes at the end of the circulatory pipeline, the capillaries in the micro-circulation, are only 8 microns in diameter. When the RBCs become enlarged from Babesiosis, they “get stuck” in the capillaries, thus, blocking blood flow in the micro-circulation. This is problematic for the entire body, but particularly for the brain, the heart and the lungs.

Babesia-induced blockage of lung capillaries causes severe shortness of breath, a hallmark of Babesiosis. Blood flow in the lungs is critically reduced when RBCs cannot travel past the lung alveoli [air sacs] to become oxygenated. This causes what we call in the ICU, a reverse shunt; Dr Sponaugle spent years training as an Intensive Care Specialist and now realizes many critical patients suffered tick borne infections of which he was taught nothing about.

Babesia-induced blockage of brain capillaries causes micro-hypoxia [lack of oxygen] in the brain. When lactic acid builds up in the brain, patients suffer tremendous headaches. Many headaches that are actually derived from a Babesia infection are commonly diagnosed by headache clinics at prestigious medical centers with waste basket terminology; cluster headaches or migraine syndrome.

Sara is a real trooper and a delight to work with, her before and after pictures demonstrate how much healthier she has become with our comprehensive Lyme treatment.


                                                  Babesia