Passing the Torch

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]When I was first diagnosed with a toxic mold illness, I was so incredibly relieved to have a name for what was wrong with me that I wanted to tell the world. I blogged about it, it went viral, and somehow in the midst of trying to get myself well I wound up feeling responsible to help the hundreds of people who contacted me also get well.

I expected it to be as simple as sharing my personal experience and telling people about Dr. Brewer’s published, peer-reviewed work. Surely intelligent, thinking people would be able to read his research for themselves, discuss it with their docs, and together make decisions about what to do next, I thought.

I had no idea what I was getting myself into.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]I was attacked by some women with Fibromyalgia who wanted me to know what a royal bitch I was for daring to suggest the syndrome could, in some cases, possibly be caused by something in the environment.

I was accused of being on the payroll of my doc (what an utterly dumbass claim, by the way), and of getting money from Real Time Lab for each patient I sent their way. For the record, my ONLY affiliation with RLT was that they were the lab that did my urine test and had been vetted by Dr. Brewer. I never received so much as a complimentary letter opener from them.

And, then there was the Shoemaker camp. Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker is a man who was (at one time) a doctor who rightly is credited for moving the cause of mold-related illness forward.

Numerous people say he’s helped them, and some credit him with saving their lives. I would never presume to discount any of their experiences.

Having said that, there is no published, peer-reviewed body of work to support any of his treatments. He’s been accused of the use of dangerous cholestyramine, offering online diagnostic tests, unnecessary testing, and the use of off label potentially toxic drugs.

Is he a quack? Or is he a genius? I don’t know. I just know there is too much controversy surrounding his methods and him as a person for me to feel good about sending hurting people to one of his colleagues.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]On top of all the ugliness directed at me personally, there are scam artists who are absolutely polluting the Facebook group. They are slick, and detailed, and they are paid well to do what they do…

which is to create Facebook accounts that appear to be absolutely real, join Facebook groups like mine, ingratiate themselves into the group by having personal interactions with people that are deemed helpful, and all the while they are working for pharmaceutical companies, labs, remediation companies, lawyers, and more.

It’s insidious and there is no way to catch all of them. They spread lies, disinformation, and strife.

If you’re in a Facebook group that is health-related, you’ve encountered them although you likely never knew. You thought you were talking to a Mom in Miami, or a Grandma in New York, or maybe a super helpful Dad in Louisiana.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]So here I am in the midst of all of this, myself still healing and taking my treatments, spending time trying to deal with what’s happening in the Facebook group.

It’s just not something I can continue to do. That’s why I’m handing off the group to two ladies who are up for the job.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Meet Sandy Wolfe and Margaret Novins, the new administrators of the Facebook group Black Mold Symptoms.

Meet Margaret: 

I’m the mother of a teenage boy who suddenly became ill (bed bound) last year for 7 months. Mostly neuro symptoms. We went to 50 healthcare providers, 4 university hospitals. No answers. An ND suggested testing the house for mold. Positive. Did extensive remediation. Son improved. Returned to school. Relapsed. Found school to be toxic. Dropped out of school HS. Now participating in online college at age 16. Working part time. Learning to drive. Recovering. Briefly took oral antifungals. Currently practicing avoidance. No protocol.

Meet Sandy:

I run Toxic Mold for Dummies and admin Got Mold and a couple of the kid’s mold boards. (Read more.)

I trust that these ladies care as much about “the cause” as do I, and that the health and wellness of group members matter as much to them as to me. You’ll be in good hands.

I’ll still write here from time to time and let you know of my progress and what I’m learning about this illness. You can sign up for the newsletter if you want to hear from me. Know that I’m thinking of all of you. YOU are so important to me.

With love,




How I’m Doing

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Short story? I’m doing well. The Brewer Protocol is working and I continue to get better.

I want you to be encouraged. I want you to know that if you’re sick there is hope for you. Will it be easy? No. It probably won’t.

You’ll have to find a doctor who believes you.

You’ll have to find a medical practitioner who is open to reading the peer-reviewed research by Dr. Brewer and who is open to trying.

You’ll have to spend money. Sadly, the treatment isn’t cheap.

But, IT IS WORTH ALL OF IT to feel better.

Even if you have to go through 10 different doctors to find the right one.

Even if you have to save up to spend the full price of the test (appx. $700, I think) without any help from insurance.

Even if you have to spend the $99 (approximately) a month for treatments for the next year.


Don’t stop. Don’t give up. Don’t make the decision that you’re not worth the money, or the frustration, or the fight.

YOU ARE.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

6 Things You Can Do With Fresh Cherries

(This post includes affiliate links.) reports that the benefits of cherries for people who experience joint pain due to arthritis is often improved with the use of tart cherries, cherry juice & cherry capsules. Researchers at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center reported that patients who consumed two 8-ounce bottles of tart cherry juice daily for 6 weeks experienced a significant improvement in pain, stiffness and physical function.

Even though I am diagnosed with a toxic mold illness and not arthritis, I’m definitely going to try tart cherries. Join pain and stiffness is one of the worst things about having a mold-related illness. If you’re reading this, I expect you know exactly what I mean. shares more hopeful news about tart cherries. Apparently they can help with sleep! “The juice gave participants an average of 84 more minutes of sleep each night compared to the placebo. Why? The fruit is naturally rich in melatonin (the hormone responsible for sleepiness) and tryptophan, an amino acid the body uses to create even more melatonin.”

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6 Things You Can Do With Fresh Cherries

3 Things to Try for Sore Muscles

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]One of the most dastardly parts of my toxic mold illness is the discomfort I feel in my muscles and joints. It feels like a cross between the flu and the third day after having been in a car accident.

Can I get a witness? 🙂

I’m definitely getting a little better every day now, (I’m on the Brewer Protocol), but I’m far from being where I need to be. That means I still struggle. Typing this blog post right now? Total joint pain fest, even though I’m in my recliner.

I’ll be you have a very similar story.

To add to the problem, I’m always struggling with stomach issues and so I try really hard to stay away from Ibuprofen and Tylenol, etc.

Here are things I do to help relieve the pain and soreness. What I would LOVE is to hear what YOU do for pain, so please share in the comments below and in the Facebook group. [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”446″ border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full” link=””][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_custom_heading text=”Take a quiet, hot bath” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Lobster%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]I shut the world out and run a hot bath, turn the lights down, and quiet my mind and body.

When I say hot, I don’t mean liquid fire. I mean the temperature of being just a little warmer than my body temperature so it feels like I’m sort of “one” with the water.

So that I don’t get headaches and feel weird after a bath, I make sure I keep my feet out of the water most of the time. Hot baths can create what’s known as “artificial fevers,” and that can cause an “icky” feeling afterwards. Sounds nuts, but if you don’t like the way you feel after a bath, this helps.

I usually put about 6 to 8 drops lavender oil in my bath, but you can use lots of other things if you aren’t an essential oil fan.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

“I’m sure there are things that can’t be cured by a good bath, but I can’t think of one,” Sylvia Plath

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_custom_heading text=”Use a massager” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Lobster%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]I have a Homedics Thera-P Dual Max Handheld Massager with Heat and I don’t know what I’d do without it. (aff link) I love it because it has a long handle so I can even reach spots on my back by myself.

Don’t get me wrong. Himself is often tasked with going over my back with it, but at least I can manage on my own most times so that I’m not always bothering him.

The heat feature isn’t mind blowing, but I’m okay with that for the price. This is the one I use every day. I’m sure they have some newer models by now as I’ve been using mine a long time.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”443″ alignment=”center” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full” link=””][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_custom_heading text=”Headphones & Music” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Lobster%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]I have a Spotify playlist that I’m fond of that helps me to tune our the world. I put on my headphones, lay flat on my back in bed with a pillow under my knees, and just let go.

Most often I find that I become aware that my shoulders are tight and feel like they are sort of bunced up around my ears. I think that’s because when you live with a chronic condition, and you are always in a state of discomfort and unrest, your muscles are tense all the time and you aren’t even aware of it.

My headphones were a gift for Christmas, otherwise I never would have bought them for myself because they’re spendy. But, they have done as much for my mental health and ability to relax as any drug ever has. 🙂 You can pick up a pair of really inexpensive earbuds at most stores. (Look for those that have soft in ear buds.)

Again, I’m always looking for ways to relax and relieve pain. I sure hope you’ll share what you do in the comments below.



The Brewer Protocol: My 3rd Month

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]I’ve thought a lot about what I want to write today to each of you who are hurting, and tired, and sick, and scared. I want you to be encouraged to keep doing whatever is necessary to get yourself tested and get to a healthier place.

So, here it is…[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”I ran!!!” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center” google_fonts=”font_family:Abril%20Fatface%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_single_image image=”437″ alignment=”center” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]First I walked and then I ran. I would pick a spot in the distance, and tell myself I just had to make it that far. And, then I’d walk a bit, and then run again.

If you have read anything I’ve written about how incredibly ill I’ve been, then you have some idea what this meant to me.

I cried as I ran. I cried because it’s something I never imagined I’d be able to do.

And, I thought of you. Whoever, wherever you are, I thought of you. I thought I couldn’t wait to get home so I could share what was happening with my readers. I knew you’d feel this emotion almost as much as I do.

Yes, I’m very sore and super tired. Tomorrow I may not be able to bounce back. But, I ran.

Someday soon, you will run, too.

With love,


20 Ways to Use Thieves Oil

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]So, I totally listened to you guys about changing my cleaning products and about learning to use Thieves essential oil. You’ll be happy to know I haven’t bought a single commercial cleaning product in weeks (that is HUGE for me!!), and that I’m using Thieves in every way I can think of to use it. (I’ll share all the cleaning products I’ve made soon.)

As you’re about to read, my daughter got me hooked on Young Living Essential Oils, so that’s what I use now. Please know that I am in no way asking you to buy your Thieves oil via my links, (I so appreciate it if you do), but I would encourage you to try using Thieves oil wherever you choose to buy. :-)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_custom_heading text=”20 (Awesome) Ways to Use Thieves Oil” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center” google_fonts=”font_family:Lobster%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Thieves essential oil blend is a mixture of several different oils; clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, rosemary and eucalyptus. It is effective in supporting a healthy immunity and has been found in many studies to be antimicrobial and antiviral.

“Diffusing Thieves Essential Oil reduces and eliminates mold spores in the air and on surfaces. It does this by surrounding the mold spore in the essential oil molecules and actually digesting or you might say eating the mold spore. The spore is then reduced to its basic elements and rendered harmless. “-  Nature’s Mold Rx.

Here is a long list of research supporting many of the claims about Thieves.(I’m not a Doctor, so please also do your own research.)[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”421″ alignment=”center” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Thieves Tea” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Help support a healthy immune system, especially during cold and flu season with this simple tea recipe from Mom Spark.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Household Cleaner” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Mix 1 drop of Thieves for every ½ ounce of water in a glass bottle. Use just like your regular cleaners![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Immune Booster” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Place a few drops in a capsule and take every day to stay healthy.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Canker Sores” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Put two drops on a cotton swab and rub onto the red spot to help reduce the duration.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”DIY Toothpaste” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]If you want to try your hand at homemade toothpaste, this Thieves toothpaste is really great for oral health.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Toothache” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Oil pulling with coconut oil and Thieves can help with the pain of a mild toothache.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Cough Drops” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]You can use Thieves to make your own DIY cough drops. Try this recipe from Gracious Rain.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Sick Day Playdough ” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]For a kid that’s not feeling well, give them something easy to do and help them feel a bit better. This playdough from Real Food RN is awesome.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Lip Balm” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]You can even use Thieves in your homemade lip balms like this recipe from Eat Sleep Be.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Sore Throat Lollies” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Another awesome way to combat a sore throat – especially for kids – is to make these lollipops from The Frugal Greenish Mama.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Bug Spray” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Hate the smell of OTC bug sprays? Try this all-natural Thieves recipe from Minimal Mommy.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Mouthwash” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]It costs less than .50 to make this DIY mouth wash from Overthrow Martha.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_single_image image=”423″ border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=””][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Get rid of mold” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Diffuse in each room of your home to absorb mold spores. (This is NOT to encourage you to stay in a home that has mold.)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Keep Flowers Fresh” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Just add a couple drops of Thieves into your flower water to keep your flowers alive longer.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Dishwasher Cleaner” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Love this simple way to get your dishwasher clean and sparkly from The Happier Homemaker.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=””][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Cold & Flu ” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Help feel better faster by putting a drop of Thieves on the bottom of your feet to soak into your system.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Sore Throat Spray” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]If you have a sore throat you can use make this simple soothing spray to help bring relief from Healing Every Drop.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Quick Air Freshener” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Place a few drops on a cotton ball and place inside an air vent to freshen a room.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=””][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Hand Soap” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Here is a great recipe for a Thieves foaming hand soap from The Oil Dropper.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Ringworm” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Here is one families story of using Thieves + Lavender to get rid of ringworm in just ONE day.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Besides just the Thieves blend, there are also 12 other Thieves products! My favorite is the household cleaner (that I give away with each Premium Starter Kit) and the Thieves spray. Oh, and the Aromabright Toothpaste.

Ok fine, I don’t have a favorite! :-)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_single_image image=”424″ alignment=”center” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]If you want to grab a bottle of Thieves to try it out for yourself, just click here and enter the sponsor and enroller ID as 2717778. If you want to know more about getting the Starter Kit deal and a free bottle of the household cleaner, all of that information is right here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Toxic Mold: Reader Questions

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Y’all, there are currently (no exaggeration) hundreds of comments, questions, and emails about my toxic mold illness waiting for me to answer. I am so over my head.

I’m going to try to do a better job of answering as many as I can, here, on Toxic Mold Illness. 

Today I’m answering a question I see frequently. It’s from a reader named Kimberly who is super frustrated about being tested for mycotoxins.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_raw_html]JTNDaWZyYW1lJTIwc3JjJTNEJTIyJTJGJTJGd3d3LmNjdi5hZG9iZS5jb20lMkZ2MSUyRnBsYXllciUyRjJKVHZmNEREdmpqJTJGZW1iZWQlMjIlMjB3aWR0aCUzRCUyMjk2MCUyMiUyMGhlaWdodCUzRCUyMjU0MCUyMiUyMGZyYW1lYm9yZGVyJTNEJTIyMCUyMiUyMGFsbG93ZnVsbHNjcmVlbiUzRSUzQyUyRmlmcmFtZSUzRQ==[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]If you have a question you’d like to ask, click “contact me” at the top of this page.

I also encourage you to join our Facebook group, where you’ll have lots & lots of people who want to help you find answers as well.