(Five minutes or less) This may seem like semantics, but I think it is an important discussion to pursue. Onlookers may perceive the actions of those pursuing mold avoidance to be invalid. This leads to demoralization, lack of support, and lack of scientific investigation into this phenomenon. However, if mold avoidance is seen for what it actually is - inconvenient, rather than invalid - then the situation would be much better.
Erik Johnson, the pioneer of mold avoidance, coined the phrase "power curve" to describe how much mold people can tolerate before they experience a severe setback or relapse. And when we talk about this power curve, we can unpack a lot of other useful concepts and ideas, too. Today I am using a simple analogy to help explain what the power curve is, how it works, and even some little-known implications that come along with it.
Mold avoidance goes against the grain. It is an act of REMOVING things from the body, not adding things to the body. Therefore, almost every available treatment is just going to get in the way. If you just read that sentence and ignore this podcast, you'll probably do great! However, if you just can't shake that itch to grab a bottle of supplements, you should listen to this first...
Winter presents unique challenges for people pursuing mold avoidance. In this podcast, I will describe those challenges - so you know what to expect - and share some strategies, tools, and hacks that I have used to make it through the wintertime. Remember: Spring is almost here! We don't need perfect in the wintertime - just "good enough."
I am very excited to share an interview with my friend Andrew, who reports that 8 months of extreme mold avoidance in a tent allowed him to return to his hometown of Boulder, CO and live in a normal house. This interview is a 2-part series, the first part is this podcast episode, the second part is a written Q&A on my blog which can be found at https://lymebook.com/bryan/2020/11/08/andrews-story/
Part of my goal in making podcast episodes is to bring much-deserved legitimacy to the healing approach of mold avoidance. Without legitimacy, mold avoidance will be very difficult to pursue, and many people will never even find out about it. I believe that there are two big ingredients that build a convincing argument in favor of mold avoidance. Listen to this episode to find out what they are.
This is SUCH an important topic. We need to learn the difference between a theory, or school of thought, or opinion... and an actual SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY. When you are learning about mold avoidance, and the super toxins that mold avoiders are careful to avoid, remember that you are learning about an objective, paradigm-shifting scientific discovery, not just another "medical theory."
This topic came up in the moderator chat of our Facebook Group, Practical Mold Avoidance. How much time should you spend LEARNING about mold avoidance online, vs. how much time should you spend EXPERIMENTING with mold avoidance in real life? This podcast addresses that balance.
I often strive for new ways to explain mold avoidance. Because even for me (someone with a background in medical journalism) it was hard to conceptualize mold avoidance and explain it to others. Thinking of mold avoidance as a natural bodily function is an excellent model, in my opinion.
"Intensification is what detox feels like." It's a line I've said many times. When you are exercising, your muscles may hurt. Sometimes, things that are uncomfortable are good for us. Find out why going to the desert might make you more sensitive to mold toxins, in this episode.
I've become good friends with a handful of successful mold avoiders who are 3, 4, 5 or more years into mold avoidance. I've begged them to come onto the show, but haven't convinced them yet! So I decided I couldn't wait any longer to interview them and instead, I put together this episode of observations I've seen among those who are "over the hump" with mold avoidance. Hopefully I can interview these folks at some point, but until then, this is the best I can do. I think this episode is really fascinating and valuable, because of the many things I've watched these folks say and do.
When people get their health back, eventually they may get busy living life and have less time to devote to the chronic illness community. Here is my advice for people getting started, when the experts have retired.
Many people ask me why we did our first couple of years of mold avoidance traveling, on the road in RV's. Of course, not everyone needs to do it this way. But here are two big benefits that may be more important than you realize.
Taking that first step, getting to a better location, unmasking and realizing that mold is your problem, and that mold avoidance is miraculous. This can be a difficult hump for people to get over. Once they are over the hump, everything changes. This podcast is a friendly kick in the booty to help people get moving.
There are many ways to do mold avoidance, and no one way is the right way. Hotels, RV's, tent camping, and more. But for me, RV's were the best tool for the job, and made our mold avoidance adventure fun, exciting, efficient and comfortable.
It is easy to forget that we made GREAT strides in healing progress early in mold avoidance, even though I had never done any homework and didn't read any books. I literally thought that "mold avoidance" was "going south out of the snow for the winter." In this episode, Leila joins me on the podcast to remind me about our early mold avoidance days. The takeaway message: don't be intimidated by all of the information and experienced mold avoiders. Just get out there and start healing, it really is easy.
You don't want to miss this episode. Everything I knew - and FELT - about food, changed right before my eyes as I pursued mold avoidance, especially after the first year or two of healing. It is AMAZING how many things changed. Don't learn these lessons the hard way - get on the fast track with these diet secrets, hacks, tips & tricks.
OK, now THIS is something you can use. Campgrounds, RV parks and BLM land are great resources, but I found that deep healing (and stability and dignity) really came from being able to rent, and park our RV on, private property, for longer term periods (3 to 6 months). In this episode I will share some of the lessons, tips, and hacks I have learned for locating ideal private property candidates. And then, how to evaluate, secure, and make the best of these situations. Of all the mold avoidance skills I learned, this was one of the most helpful. I am not going to cover PURCHASING private property in this episode. That is something that comes later and requires a whole different set of skills and especially, COMMITTMENT.
I almost didn't publish this episode, because I am hoping that people have already heard this message from my other materials. But this message is so fundamental - and I still hear daily from people that they do not understand it - that I couldn't avoid sharing this information again. Maybe this time, it will get through to a few folks who need it. Because this information is SO HARD to internalize, in our current medical and environmental climate in developed society. We really need to hear it over and over in order to have even a small chance of believing it.
MOLD AVOIDANCE SKILLS SERIES: Distinguishing between good location detox sympoms and actual mold exposure
I've had a lot of requests for this episode. It's a long one, but so important. How does one tell the difference between detox symptoms which may occur in a good location, vs. symptoms experienced as a result of mold exposure?
Last year, I created a file on our Facebook discussion group (if you haven't joined the group already, you can do so by searching Facebook for "Practical Mold Avoidance" group). In this file, I listed a few amazing, objective, fascinating improvements I have experienced doing mold avoidance. Today I am sharing yet another one of these improvements. This all helps me build my case for the "singularity of mold avoidance."
Obviously, there are a lot of considerations that go into this discussion. Here are a few thoughts. I have now more or less tried all three of these options.
Is mold reactivity a good thing? Why does our body send us such a strong message telling us to steer clear of mold? Is this a brain misfire, or is mold somehow extremely toxic to us? Why isn’t it so toxic to others? Find out in this episode.
If you have a broken leg, do you take vitamin C and do Yoga? No. You take care of the broken leg. This paradigm is very difficult for mold illness patients to transfer to the idea that MOLD is what is causing illness. I made this podcast to help folks trudge across this intellectual chasm...it isn't easy. But you can do it!
When I first started mold avoidance, the burning question I had was: what will this all look like in three years? When does the chaos and uncertainty give way to something more normal and predictable? It turns out that the answer lies in the convergence of these three variables: Tolerance, Willingness and Avoidance Skills. Think of these as three lines on a line graph over time. Early on, the lines are all far apart, which causes chaos in life (but also deep healing). Later on, the lines get close and closer and finally converge.
I’m always looking for new ways to explain mold avoidance, because it is such an unusual approach. Here’s something that you can sink your teeth into.
In the last 12 months, mold avoidance has been much harder than average. Two rental houses and an rv went bad, and much much more. What have I learned?
From time to time, I'll be making podcasts which help mold avoiders be successful living in RV's. Note that these tips will NOT replace standard RV knowledge, skills, driving safety, and general mechanical aptitude. In other words, I'm not teaching you how to handle and use an RV in general. I will be focusing ONLY on specific topics related to mold avoidance. I strongly suggest that before anyone purchase an RV, they become well-versed in safe and efficient operation of RV's. If you are considering purchasing an RV, there are many ways to learn about safe RV operation, including, but not limited to, searching YouTube for "rv basics for beginners."
If you are just getting started - or even experienced - these tips are very important!
FRAT is one of the most important toxins for you to learn about. This podcast episode was inspired by some recent run-in's I've had with FRAT, so the bad boy is fresh on my mind. Remember that an understanding of this topic isn't achieved by listening to a single podcast. I have decided that the goal of this podcast episode is to equip you to do further research; in other words, to give you the insight to know which questions to ask. So now, go ask some experienced mold avoiders more about FRAT :)