SOME BASICS ON BIOTOXINS
Dr. Shoemaker is one of the leading physician experts in a new class of agents, biotoxins, that are much more common than I was ever taught--in fact I never even heard the word in my medical training. This brilliant physician is usually 2-15 years ahead of many researchers and physicians. Thanks to Dr. Shoemaker's lessons, I come across many patients who have biotoxins or neurotoxins as a feature of their poor feelings, and have been able to help many using his treatments. Dr. Shoemaker has an excellent book coming out soon, Mold Warriers, which will discuss the most cutting edge medical testing for health, and the ways one can get biotoxins and remove them. I believe it will be one of the most important medical books of the decade. I am honored to be assisting as an author.
Did you know? The retina of the eye can receive toxins through direct ocular absorption.
The Purpose of The Shoemaker Website (link below)
This website provides information on chronic human illness caused by exposure to toxins produced by living organisms (biotoxins). Many biotoxins are neurotoxins in that they adversely affect neurologic function. Registered users will be able to complete questionnaires on exposure history, medical history and current symptoms. Users can also take a vision screening test that helps determine whether or not their health problems are likely to be caused by biotoxins. Deficits on the vision test, visual contrast sensitivity, have been associated with chronic illness caused by biotoxin exposure (1-8). If the data suggest biotoxin-induced illness, users can obtain a treatment protocol that has been used to successfully treat many people. This paradigm for diagnosing and treating chronic, biotoxin-mediated illness is based on research by Ritchie C. Shoemaker, MD, and H. Kenneth Hudnell, PhD, and on the clinical experiences of Dr. Shoemaker (1-8).
Organisms that Produce Biotoxins
Many types of organisms produce substances that are toxic to humans. These include dinoflagellates found in estuaries and the ocean, cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) found in fresh water, fungi (mold) found in indoor air and outdoors, and some types of bacteria. Our initial research on acute and chronic, biotoxin-induced illness associated a complex of non-specific symptoms and deficits in visual contrast sensitivity with exposure to estuaries inhabited by the fish-killing dinoflagellate, Pfiesteria piscicida, and other toxic dinoflagellates in the toxic Pfiesteria complex (1-8). Treatment for this illness, called Possible Estuary Associated Syndrome (PEAS) by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC; 9), according to our protocol was associated with recovery of vision and resolution of symptoms. Subsequent research indicated that this paradigm generalizes to chronic illness thought to be caused by toxins from a marine dinoflagellate, Ciguatera (Chronic Ciguatera Seafood Poisoning), cyanobacteria such as Cylindrospermopsis and Microcystis, various species of fungi such as Stachybotrys, Aspergillus, Penicillium, and Fusarium, and by spiders such as the Brown Recluse. Our research also suggested that toxins from tick-borne pathogens such as Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme disease organism) and Babesia microti may cause chronic illness even after the spirochetes or intracellular protozoa (also called apicomplexans) have been killed by antibiotics. People who cannot naturally eliminate biotoxins develop chronic illness. The toxins can be eliminated, however, by using our treatment protocol, and good health can be restored.
Chronically ill patients successfully treated by Dr. Shoemaker and others using our treatment protocol had many previous diagnoses, including Depression, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Sick Building Syndrome, Bell's Palsy, learning disability, endometriosis, sensory-neural deafness, low vision, Chronic Soft Tissue Injury (usually from an automobile accident) and Post-Lyme Disease. The diagnosing physicians did not realize that their illness was caused by biotoxins. Some other diagnoses were thought to involve biotoxins, including Chronic Ciguatera Seafood Poison, Possible Estuary Associated Syndrome (PEAS), spider bite and Mycotoxicosis, but there was no objective indicator like the vision test to assist in diagnosis, and no treatment like cholestyramine (CSM) to greatly enhance toxin elimination rates. We have also successfully treated people with the rare genetic disorder called Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. This is a condition in which toxins are produced within the body, causing chronic illness.
How We Can Help You
Standard medical diagnostic tests are usually normal in patients who have these biotoxin-induced illnesses, which makes it difficult to diagnose and treat. We have a simple tool that assists in diagnosis by showing evidence of a neurological deficit. That screening tool is the visual contrast sensitivity test (VCS). A positive VCS test, in the presence of biotoxin exposure potential, and a symptom complex involving multiple systems, and in the absence of other historical, medical or treatment conditions that likely explain the symptoms, provide a basis for making a diagnosis of Probable Biotoxin-Mediated Illness. Users of this website can take a screening version of the VCS test and complete questionnaires on exposure potential, symptoms and medical history. When biotoxins are suspected, users can purchase a package that includes the treatment protocol and three additional vision tests that can be used to monitor recovery during treatment. Patients can request treatment by taking the protocol and the associated research articles to their local physician or to Dr. Shoemaker.
How the VCS Test Works
The visual system includes a complex neurological network that involves the retina, optic nerve, brain nuclei and the visual cortex. One of the main outputs of the visual system is pattern vision. The VCS tests is an indicator of ability to detect visual patterns. The test measures the least amount of contrast between light and dark bars (sinusoidal grating) that is needed for the viewer to detect the bars. VCS is measured at five different bar sizes (spatial frequencies) because perception of different bar sizes is mediated by different physiological components, and these components are differentially susceptible to effects from different toxic substances (10-17). The largest effects of biotoxins are at the mid-size bars (1-8). To measure VCS, viewers are presented a series of bar patterns at each of the five bar sizes. Viewers respond by indicating that the bars are tilted to the left, tilted to the right, are straight up and down, or that they cannot see any bars. The pattern with the lowest contrast that is correctly identified is the measure of VCS for that bar size. Upon completing the VCS test, viewers receive a message indicating that biotoxins are (positive) or are not (negative) likely to be involved in their illness. The criteria for getting a "positive" VCS result is set high to avoid false positive results. This occasionally results in a false negative result; some cases of chronic-biotoxin induced illness may pass the VCS test a some times. VCS can be measured during treatment to monitor recovery.
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My thanks to Dr. Shoemaker for his service to thousands and his passion for finding new causes of suffering and new treatments. He is a physician's physician.
To Your Health!