FAQ

Part 1: Introduction to Mould Illness / CIRS

1.1 What is the Toxic Mould Support Australia (TMSA) Website and Facebook group?
1.2 What is mould?
1.3 Do you spell it mould or mold?
1.4 What is CIRS-WDB / mould illness?
1.5 Is CIRS-WDB just due to mould?
1.6 What are the main theories about mould causing health problems?
1.7 Who are the leading doctors and researchers in the field of mould illness/CIRS?
1.8 Which doctors in Australia are familiar with mould illness?
1.9 What are mycotoxins? Are they the main source of problem with mould?
1.10 Can biotoxins be ingested or absorbed by the skin?
1.11 What symptoms and diseases are associated with mould illness?
1.12 Why are more buildings becoming water damaged?
1.13 How does Lyme disease fit into CIRS theory?

Part 2: Screening for CIRS

2.1 What is the Visual Contrast Sensitivity (VCS) test?
2.2 How much does it cost? Are there free ones?
2.3 How accurate is the VCS test?

Part 3: Biomarker Testing

3.1 Genetic testing – HLA genes?
3.2 How do I get tested for and interpret mould and Lyme susceptible genes?
3.3 Is the HLA DR/DQ test Medicare rebateable?
3.4 How do I interpret the result?
3.5 Does 23andme show the HLA genes?
3.6 What CIRS hormone tests are available in Australia?
3.7 What CIRS tests are not available in Australia?
3.8 What is the NeuroQuant MRI brain scan?
3.9 How can I get a NeuroQuant scan?
3.10 What about urine mycotoxin testing (Realtime labs/Biosign labs)?

Part 4: The CIRS/Surviving Mold/Shoemaker Treatment Protocol

4.0 Introduction
4.1 Step 1: Removal from Exposure
4.1.1 What is mould avoidance / extreme mould avoidance?
4.2 Step 2: Binding of biotoxins
4.2.1 Cholestyramine – The binder of first choice
4.2.2 How long do I stay on CSM?
4.2.3 Are there any side-effects?
4.2.4 Alternative binders
4.2.5 Intensification aka “Herxing”
4.3 Step 3: MARCoNS diagnosis and eradication
4.4 Other Steps
4.5 Final Step: VIP Spray

Part 5: Building Testing

5.1 How do I test my house/place of work for mould?
5.2 What type of testing do I need for legal issues?
5.3 What is the difference between ERMI and HERTSMI-2?
5.4 What is a safe HERTSMI score?
5.5 What is a safe ERMI score?
5.6 How do I perform an ERMI?
5.7 What is the cost and turnaround time of an ERMI?

Part 6: Remediation and Mould Preventation

6.1 What is mould remediation?
6.2 Can you do mould remediation yourself (DIY)?
6.3 What about professional remediation?
6.4 How do you know if remediation has been successful?
6.5 Areas of concern for water damage
6.6 Dehumidifiers
6.7 Air purifiers
7. CONCLUSION

Disclaimer
The author of the FAQ is written by a mould illness patient who is not a medical or mould industry professional. Any screening, diagnosis, treatment or building testing/remediation advice is for personal research purposes. Please consult with trained professionals before embarking on any of the protocols mentioned. The author has no financial affiliation with any individuals or companies mentioned in the FAQ.