What is CIRS caused by?
Meet Sarah, a vibrant soul navigating the challenging landscape of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia. For her and countless others, the journey to understanding their conditions often feels like a detective story with elusive clues. One often-overlooked chapter in this tale is Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS). Most websites touch on the basics, but what if there’s more to the story than meets the eye? Let’s embark on a journey into the lesser-explored realms of CIRS, uncovering the hidden culprits that might be shaping Sarah’s narrative.
The Mold Menace: A Common Adversary
Sarah’s story, like many others, intertwines with mold exposure – a common adversary often underestimated. Mold, with its stealthy mycotoxins, can be a silent disruptor, triggering immune responses that contribute to the enigma of CIRS. But CIRS isn’t always caused by molds.
Nevertheless, your home needs to be evaluated for mold growth. At the very least, ensure the following mold species are tested for:
- Aspergilus PenicilloidesAspergillus
- Aspergillus Versicolor
- Chaetomium Globosum
- Stachybotrys Chartarum
- Wallemia Sebi
Do not test for mold via any method other than qPCR (quantitative polymerase chain reaction) or NGS (next generation sequencing). These methodologies will utilize an electrostatic cloth for dust collection. The cloth will be sent to a qualified laboratory for analysis.
Air sampling for mold is useless. Mycotoxins settle on surfaces. It is incredibly rare for them to be circulating through the air at the time of an air sample. Also consider that an air sample will only be testing less than 0.1% of the air in your home. Hardly a sample representative of the whole.
Beyond Mold: Actinomycetes Step into the Spotlight
As Sarah digs deeper into her symptoms, the plot thickens. Actinomycetes, the unsung villains of the tale, emerge from the shadows. These filamentous bacteria, lurking in water-damaged buildings, release biotoxins that add complexity to the narrative. They join the ensemble of triggers, weaving their subtle influence into the intricate dance of CIRS.
Proper testing for actinomycetes should include both your home and your skin. Five known species of actinomycetes can colonize your skin. These include:
- Cornybacterium Amycolatum
- Cornybacterium Simulans
- Cornybacterium Tuberculostearicum
- Cornybacterium Xerosis
- Propionibacterium Acnes (Cutibacterium Acnes)
Should actinomycetes colonize your skin, you become the source of ongoing exposure – not your home. Remember, the first step of the Shoemaker protocol is removal from exposure. If you’re not out of exposure, you’re not going to recover.
Unseen Forces: Endotoxins and the Immune Symphony
But the story doesn’t end there. In the background, another player quietly takes the stage – endotoxins. These lipopolysaccharides from Gram-negative bacteria, lingering in water-damaged environments, become part of the orchestration. They activate the immune symphony, playing a role in the chronic inflammation that defines CIRS.
A new paper by Dr. Shoemaker and Dr. Heyman outlines the pivotal role endotoxins can play on die-back degenerative diseases of the central nervous system. Diseases like Alzheimers, ALS, and Parkinson’s.
Are you still struggling with CIRS symptoms?
You’ve remediated your home from all the mold. You’ve tested it again and again (and again) – You’ve taken binders for months. But you’re not getting better.
What’s going on?
It could be that there is another biotoxin (or two) at play. Actinomycetes and/or endotoxins could be keeping you sick. Thorough indoor environmental sampling should include mold (ERMI/HERTSMI-2), actinomycetes, and endotoxin testing.
Multiple causes of CIRS: A Beacon of Hope for Sarah
In Sarah’s journey, a more thorough understanding of biotoxins becomes her guiding light. Understanding that CIRS is more than a checklist of symptoms, we offer tailored solutions. From personalized assessments to targeted interventions, we acknowledge that each individual’s story is unique. Flourish Clinic is not just a remedy; it’s a partner in Sarah’s quest for wellness.
To best help patients like Sarah, we assist by:
We embrace the complexity of Sarah’s health. Our approach involves a detailed assessment that goes beyond the surface, exploring environmental exposures, symptoms, and genetic factors contributing to the CIRS puzzle. Remember, you’ve got to look at all the different biotoxins now associated with CIRS.
Sarah finds solace in our targeted interventions. Biotin remediation, detoxification protocols, and immune modulation strategies – Flourish Clinic recognizes that treating CIRS is a multifaceted endeavor.
Unraveling the Enigma
As we peel back the layers of CIRS, it becomes evident that mold, actinomycetes, and endotoxins are the architects of this intricate enigma. For Sarah and many others, the path to healing lies in understanding the nuances of their unique stories.
So, what is CIRS caused by?
Could the answers be hidden in the unseen forces of mold, actinomycetes, and endotoxins? The journey continues, and the question lingers – what other hidden culprits might be shaping your story of chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia?