Are you suffering from chronic, debilitating fatigue?

If you’re dealing with a strange illness with no identifiable cause or treatment, Flourish can help.

The root cause likely lies in your genes. And there is a scientifically-proven method that will help you regain your health.

It's called the Shoemaker Protocol. And it works.

Does this sound familiar?

You’ve seen multiple practitioners for help with your
unexplained health issues.

You’ve tried radical nutrition plans and spent thousands of dollars on supplements - but you still don't have energy.

You don’t have a clear reason for what’s causing your fatigue (let alone
a way to solve it).

You’ve been given a less-than-helpful diagnosis like fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivities, or something of the like.

You want to feel fed up and frustrated at your situation, but
you’re just too tired.

It is highly likely you are suffering from Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome, or CIRS. CIRS is a genetically-linked disease that causes your immune system to continually flare up when you are exposed to certain mycotoxins. 

And it has a cure.

It's called the Shoemaker Protocol and I have studied it for years so I can help people just like you.

Mark Volmer

I’m Mark Volmer - Certified Shoemaker Protocol practitioner.

I’m the Clinic Director here at Flourish Clinic and resident expert on all things fatigue. I'm also a doctor of acupuncture and Functional Medicine practitioner.

However, my specialty is CIRS. I find the way the body's immune system reacts to certain mycotoxins absolutely fascinating, and there is nothing more rewarding for me than guiding a CIRS patient back to health.

Meet Claire.

Meet Claire.

Fifteen years ago Claire started feeling tired. Not just tired - exhausted all the time. But with two small children, a career on the rise and a life full of friends and family, she assumed it was normal. Her doctor ran some blood work and when it came back normal he agreed.

A few years later she noticed her stomach was reacting to different foods, so she started eliminating the usual suspects, gluten and dairy. That seemed to settle her gut for a while. But when it flared back up her doctor ran more tests. They were all inconclusive and she ended up with an unhelpful diagnosis of IBS.

Five Years Later...

Claire had to stop working. She initially tried a reduced workload but even five hours per week in front of a screen made her so tired she couldn’t leave her bed for two days. And her stomach was becoming so reactive she was able to tolerate only a handful of foods.

Claire found herself canceling plans with friends and loved ones in favour of staying indoors and resting. Even worse, Claire's children were growing up before her eyes and she didn't have the energy to enjoy them. 

Claire didn’t succumb to the fatigue without a fight. Over the course of five years Claire visited:

  • Her family doctor (many, many times)
  • A rheumatologist
  • An Internist
  • 3 different naturopaths 
  • A health coach out of the USA 
  • 2 acupuncturists 
  • And three massage therapists

Claire has had two MRIs, one CT scan, and close to sixty vials of blood taken for different laboratory tests. She’s been told she has anxiety, depression, SIBO, parasites, candida overgrowth, heavy metal toxicity, and PTSD by natural health practitioners. Her doctor and the conventional medical world tell her she has Fibromyalgia, IBS and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. 

Claire has tried different treatments for each diagnosis. Some improved her health temporarily. But most just made her feel worse. She’s also tried just about every diet there is from keto and carnivore to vegan and paleo.  Nothing has helped. 

Fortunately, Claire found us.

Does Claire’s story sound like you?

Maybe your story is more severe.

Maybe you can’t get out of bed or even remain upright? 

Maybe your fatigue came on so intensely and so suddenly? 

Maybe you’re not where Claire is now but you can see that’s the
direction you’re heading… 

If you’re dealing with fatigue you’re in the right place. 

If you’re dealing with a long list of strange symptoms that no one is able to make sense of, you’re in the right place. 

If you’ve seen 10+ practitioners and not seen any results,
you’re in the right place. 

If you’ve got a less-than-helpful diagnosis like fibromyalgia, CFS, mast cell activation disorder, or multiple chemical sensitivities,
you’re in the right place.

You are not alone. You are not crazy. It is highly likely that you have Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS).

Whether you remember it or not, you were exposed to mycotoxins, likely from black mold, and your immune system has been reacting ever since. The good news is the Shoemaker Protocol will help you get your life back.

What is the Shoemaker Protocol?

The Shoemaker Protocol is the only scientifically validated treatment for CIRS. It was created by Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, MD. He has also led the fight for CIRS to be a recognized medical condition. CIRS treatment is known as the Shoemaker Protocol.

How does the Shoemaker Protocol work?

Before beginning the Shoemaker Protocol, we need to determine exactly what is occurring inside your mitochondria. (Flash back to middle school science and you may remember your mitochondria are the powerhouses of your cells.)

We need to look at your mitochondria because they are the cause of the majority of illnesses that cause fatigue. And the reason why all your lab tests have come back normal is that none of them analyze your mitochondria.

That’s why we use the GENIE test.

The GENIE test

The GENIE test is a genetic test. But it doesn’t test the genes you’re thinking of. The genes you’re familiar with are the ones that come from mom and dad. These genes are found in the nucleus of your cell.

GENIE tests for genes inside of your mitochondria. This is the only test in the world able to look at mitochondrial genes.

Mitochondria create energy for your body. If you’re dealing with fatigue, your mitochondria are affected. In order to precisely identify where your fatigue is coming from, we need to put your mitochondria under the microscope – the GENIE test does just that!

The GENIE test tells us:

  • If you are suffering from CIRS
  • How CIRS is affecting your body
  • What is causing your illness
  • The best path forward for treatment

After we have the results back from the GENIE test, we are able to begin the Shoemaker Protocol.


Here’s how The Shoemaker Protocol works:

Step 1

We test all environments that you regularly spend time for mold. If you aren’t able to leave the environment, Mark will advise you on the best form of remediation according to the results of the GENIE test.

Step Two

You begin treatment with a supplement known as a binder. It adheres to mold toxins within your cells and helps your body excrete them. This step may take several months.

Step Three

A common side effect of CIRS is MARCoNS, a nasal cavity infection. You will get rid of it during this step.

Step Four

Your body will be incredibly sensitive to gluten. We will help you eliminate it from your diet, and look for cross-reactivity with other similar foods.

Step Five

We dive into your hormones and work to correct blood sugar imbalances.

Steps Six through Twelve

Using your hormonal diagnosis, Mark will help you correct your imbalances through targeted supplementation.

Treating CIRS at Flourish Clinic

While groundbreaking, the Shoemaker Protocol is not a quick cure. The first three steps alone may take months to work through.

Unfortunately, there aren’t any health plans that cover diagnostic testing and treatment. There are often unexpected costs each month, and supplements can run into the hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.

Past patients have found the protocol to be incredibly confusing and complex to follow. They require regular contact with Mark to answer the many questions that arise as they work through the steps.

This is why Mark has developed an all-inclusive program so he can work closely with you as you complete the steps. For a monthly fee, you will receive:

A monthly appointment with Mark so he can track your progress, and the ability to contact him directly with your questions.

The opportunity to connect with other CIRS patients in a safe environment. This includes weekly virtual meetings on various topics related to your health held by Sheena Huculak, RN, RHN.

All testing and supplements (including the GENIE test)

Access to a custom app containing in-depth information about CIRS, broken down into easy-to-understand articles.

Mark has found the Flourish CIRS Program to be the best way for his CIRS patients to find success with the Shoemaker Protocol.

It is not a contract program. We end payment when you finish treatment, or when you want to stop.


Yes, CIRS is a very real condition. It has many studies behind it in published, peer-reviewed journals.

The Shoemaker Protocol is complicated. And to become a certified Shoemaker practitioner is not easy. Thus, the internet is full of many different diagnostic and treatment options for mold. Most of which are both ineffective and expensive.

  • $1000CAD a month.

  • The GENIE test (value of $1000CAD).
  • Shipping and handling of the GENIE test.
  • All lab tests and supplements related to the Shoemaker Protocol.
  • Blood draws for the GENIE and any other lab tests.
  • Contact with Mark via private messaging.
  • A monthly appointment with Mark.
  • Access to a private app where you learn all about CIRS.
  • Access to a private CIRS group.
  • Bi-weekly CIRS group coaching with Sheena Huculak, Health Coach

Mold can grow anywhere there is water – it only takes 48 hours. This includes newly built homes and offices. Also, an estimated 50% of all buildings have experienced water damage. CIRS can also develop through exposure to blue-green algae blooms, food poisoning from tropical fish, a bite from a brown recluse spider and tick bites. You do not have to be living in a water-damaged building to develop CIRS. The majority of patients do not know when or where their initial exposure occurred. A genetically susceptible individual can develop CIRS after a one-time exposure.

No! All appointments, testing and check-ins can be done virtually.


$1000 per month.

If you have a health spending account, you will be able to put it through your insurance. Insurance companies will not allow you to put this through extended healthcare benefits for acupuncture/massage/chiropractic etc.

Just let us know. After ensuring all of your costs are covered we'll cancel your monthly fee within 24hrs.

On average, fully treating CIRS takes 12-18 months.

The combined CIRS success rate when following the Shoemaker Protocol is 88%. This is based on all Shoemaker-trained practitioners.

We are no longer offering a pay-as-you-go/fee-for-service in treating CIRS. Managing CIRS cases is incredibly time-consuming and requires consistent monitoring by a trained practitioner. We were unable to provide expert care while following the fee-for-service model.

Yes, of course. We understand that life happens and there are times when you’re unable to dedicate yourself to treatment. You can pause your payments and treatment for up to 10 months.

No. This is a one-time treatment. The Shoemaker Protocol turns off the genes that cause CIRS-–for good.


  • I had seen over 62 doctors, specialists, and practitioners in four different countries in 20 years... until we found Mark in December 2019 by searching the internet. My husband and I were always on the lookout for a possible cure for 'electroallergy', the rare condition I lived with for over 20 years. Back in the year 2000, little was known about this condition, with no known cure. We came as far as knowing that there are more people in the world with this same condition.
    In December 2019 my husband found a blog written by Mark about 'electroallergy' as being one of the symptoms from CIRS. When we got a reply back from Mark on January 1, 2020 with the magical words that he could help me, our year started off truly wonderful.
    We called it our year of healing: "Healing 2020".
    For about the 63rd time my hopes were up and we put our trust in yet another treatment, which would hopefully heal me from this condition. This time it seemed we had hit the jackpot. Eight months into treatment, my symptoms were considerably less and this continued as time went by. I could even work on a computer again and have client video calls. Simple things I hadn't been able to do for years, I was doing again.
    Celebration after celebration followed.
    My prayer was answered.
  • I highly recommend Mark. He is a supportive, knowledgeable and gifted functional medicine practitioner. Thank you for helping me regain my vitality.
  • He sees the value in treating a person as a whole body, mind and spirit, and recognizes that healing is a process. Among busy schedules and hectic lives, Mark provides care that reminds you the value of slowing down and making your health a priority. I would not hesitate to refer to Mark.
  • From the moment you walk thru the door you feel welcomed, like old friends picking up right where you left off. You never feel rushed and you continue to be fully supported outside of regular office hours. The lines of communication remain open to allow for any addition concerns or questions. This is worth its weight in gold.

What's my first step?

Your first step is scheduling a complimentary 15 minute phone chat with Mark. This will allow him to learn about your health goals, and let you ask any questions you may have to ensure he's a good fit.

If you're ready to proceed, Mark will order the GENIE test and you will immediately start in the Flourish CIRS treatment program.

While we wait for your GENIE test, you will learn more about CIRS in educational modules put together by the Flourish team. You will also be able to connect with other CIRS patients through our online, moderated program.

We know how isolating CIRS is, and our CIRS patients have found connecting with others to be tremendously helpful.

Once we have the results of your GENIE test, Mark will create a custom plan that will enable him to personally guide you back to health.

Don’t Hesitate

Schedule a free 15 minute consultation to see if the Flourish CIRS Treatment Program is right for you.

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