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What is CIRS?

Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) CIRS is a severe inflammatory condition that occurs when genetic susceptibility and prolonged exposure to mold —usually from exposure to mold within water-damaged homes or buildings— and other biotoxinsresults in the body being overburdened by toxins that it cannot process. On the outside, a person may look perfectly healthy, but on the inside, an inflammatory storm is raging.

Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome
Mold within water-damaged homes or buildings is a cause for Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome.

CIRS Symptoms

Every year millions of people experience brain fog, severe fatigue, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and more. They see countless doctors only to be given labels, including chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, or worse, being told everything is normal or “it’s all in your head.”

The truth is that Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome is a complex and often perplexing medical condition characterized by a broad spectrum of symptoms that can affect nearly every system in the body. These symptoms can vary from person to person, and their severity can fluctuate over time, making diagnosis and management challenging.

Common CIRS Symptoms:

  1. Fatigue: One of the hallmark symptoms of CIRS is debilitating fatigue. Individuals with CIRS often report extreme tiredness that doesn’t improve with rest, impacting their ability to carry out daily activities.
  2. Cognitive Difficulties: Often referred to as “brain fog,” CIRS can lead to cognitive impairments, including difficulties with memory, concentration, and mental clarity. Patients may find it challenging to focus and think clearly.
  3. Muscle and Joint Pain: Unexplained muscle and joint pain is common in CIRS. This pain can be widespread and chronic, making physical activities difficult and uncomfortable.
  4. Headaches: Frequent and often severe headaches are a typical symptom. These headaches can be migraines or tension-type headaches and may not respond well to conventional pain relief measures.
  5. Respiratory Issues: Many CIRS patients experience respiratory problems, such as shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing. These symptoms can be particularly troubling, especially if there’s no history of asthma or allergies.
  6. Gastrointestinal Problems: Digestive issues, including abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, and food sensitivities, are not uncommon in CIRS patients. These symptoms can be disruptive to daily life and nutrition.
  7. Sensitivity to Light and Sound: Some individuals with CIRS become highly sensitive to light and sound, which can exacerbate other symptoms and significantly impact their quality of life.
  8. Skin Rashes: Skin problems, including rashes and unusual skin sensitivities, can occur. These skin issues are often mysterious and do not respond to typical treatments.
  9. Frequent Infections: CIRS can compromise the immune system, making individuals more susceptible to infections, both viral and bacterial. This further contributes to their health challenges.
  10. Neurological Symptoms: Beyond cognitive difficulties, neurological symptoms may include dizziness, balance problems, and numbness or tingling in the extremities.
Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome
The Shoemaker protocol is a CIRS treatment that has helped patients recover from CIRS and mold toxicity.

Treatment for CIRS

CIRS is real and can have significant impacts on your health.  The good news is that there are approaches available to manage these impacts! Talk to GWCIM specialists Dr. Jonah Yakel and Dr. Mikhail Kogan about the Shoemaker Protocol.