This episode is the culmination of something I've been trying to put my finger on for months. The question was: "why do I look back and am glad that we didn't have the books or the group early on?" I really think you'll enjoy this episode. The information was critical for me.
I really think today's message is just about the most important message I can convey about mold avoidance. Alex Honnold, who free-soloed the monstrous rock "El Capitan" in Yosemite, has taught me a thing or two. NOTE: The original inspiration for the Alex Honnold analogy comes from Lisa Petrison, PhD, of Paradigm Change Foundation, so I want to give her credit for this idea.
This single mold avoidance skill has served me extremely well. Of course, it isn't ALWAYS accurate. The 90/10 rule applies to this just like anything else in life (no strategy is perfect). But I felt like sharing this with you guys. Remember, if you're new to the podcast, start off by listening to older episodes FIRST.
I haven't made a podcast in a while. It's all there; I've said everything you need to know. Just go listen. However, this topic comes up over and over, so I wanted to clarify it once and for all. Many people still don't know what I mean when I say "mold avoidance is awesome." DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor. This podcast is for informational purposes only.
This theme needs to be repeated over and over. However, remember that if you are new to my podcast, you should start listening to the EARLIEST episodes first.
"When can I live a normal life?", many people ask. Well, let's start with the basics. It is hard to live a normal life if you can't even survive. You have to Survive before you can Thrive.
You guys know that I prefer minimal treatments during mold avoidance. In fact, currently (3.5 years into avoidance) I've given up 99% of all medical treatments. Today, though, I'm talking about one of the few modalities which DID help me during early mold avoidance: the FREmedica Wave 1. You can get 10% off the device by using code BIOMED, if you're interested.
This topic is SO SO SO SO misunderstood. Intensification itself is blissful. It is the body FINALLY feeling better and healing. It isn't scary. However, in order for the body to do the heavy lifting and heal, the body's defenses are "lowered." This makes one more susceptible to mold hits. This is why it is intense. But the season of healing itself - intensification - is quite joyful and rewarding. Which is why people do it in the first place :)
Are we blessed, or cursed? Is life good, or bad? Is the glass half empty, or half full? You have to admit that just about ANY circumstance can be seen through either polarity. In this episode I am going to talk about the reality of my near-death experience, and why I think mold avoidance is a blessing.
My podcast is getting big with dozens of episodes. Not all episodes are tailored toward beginners. This is a good one to start with, and not too long. Also, this episode mentions some other episodes you can listen to in order to get started. What are we focusing on today? First of all, on REALIZING that mold avoidance is a massive paradigm shift. Then, on HOW to help transition into the new paradigm (because it isn't always easy or intuitive). If you're not new to mold avoidance, you can skip this episode!
I can't believe I never published this episode; I found it in my drafts from a few months ago. This might be one of my favorite concepts of all time. And when you listen to this, don't forget to evaluate your life not just as of TODAY, but also looking forward 2, 5, 10 years from now. Choose Your Hard!
Although exercise is kind of a boring topic and one that we are very familiar with if we've read Erik's work, I actually found quite a few surprises, twists & turns, and lessons related to this topic. So I feel that this podcast episode is packed with insights that go a lot deeper than simply using exercise to detox. Hope you enjoy it!
One of my mentors said, "the goal of mold avoidance is to eventually be able to detox in less and less good locations." Which makes a lot of sense: early on, we require really insanely pristine areas to heal. Obviously, it wouldn't be ideal to stay like that forever. So as you progress through avoidance, the "win" is to be able to have that kind of detox occur, but in imperfect locations. This is where the power curve comes in.
When I was super sick, it was always alarming how the "latest and greatest" therapies didn't do much for me. I knew I was much, much sicker than the people who were helped by those therapies. So, when mold avoidance started working (but when it also was taking forever to heal with mold avoidance) I was encouraged. I knew I was very sick and I knew the right medicine would not be a quick fix.
Listen up! No one is listening to this. Mold avoidance is a bodily function. It is like your pancreas. We don't all make flowery "you do you" Instagram posts about our pancreas. The pancreas just does what it does. Mold avoidance isn't something you make up and express your creativity with. It is a function you learn how to understand. Skip this episode if you already get it :)
Reactivity (the degree to which mold toxins harm you) and sensitivity (the degree to which you are aware of mold exposure) are two variables which change drastically during recovery. I find this topic fascinating and insightful.
Wow, what a question. Due to the travel restrictions and lockdown these days, a lot more people are advocating for a "moderate" form of mold avoidance that is more practical for the current times. And, I can't say that I disagree with that idea. However, instead of getting caught in the crossfire with this debate, I am going to instead tell you a portion of my own story, and let you come to your own conclusions.
This topic is so important on multiple levels. First, a personal level: please stop asking me what I think about your convoluted theories on where the "bad mold" comes from. You aren't qualified to have useful theories, and I'm not qualified to evaluate them. Second, realize that the people I've seen stay the sickest for the longest, are those who insist that their own opinions are somehow superior to established mold avoidance wisdom.
Someone had listened to some of my podcast episodes but still didn't have a clear understanding of this difference. So I realized I needed to zoom out a little, and offer a birds-eye comparison. Please, also watch my related video. My YouTube channel is "Bryan Rosner," go watch the 7-minute video, "mold tests vs. mold avoidance."
I try very hard to keep this podcast practical. However, sometimes the "backstory" is what drives home the significance of what we are experiencing today. Let's dive into wacky stories about sewage dumping in Mexico, the Mafia in Tahoe, and why you may be missing clues about what's keeping you sick. (Note: credit for original discoveries and publication of some of these concepts goes to Erik Johnson & Lisa Petrison of Paradigm Change).
One of my mentors said, "go where you feel happy." Today's episode starts off with a survey I conducted in which 85% of participants reported experiencing euphoria when in a pristine location. I talk about what this means...but we end up getting into some other really important topics as well. I hope you enjoy the episode!
(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.