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What is the Shoemaker Protocol?

The Shoemaker Protocol, developed by Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, is a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to treating individuals suffering from mold-related illnesses and Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS). The Shoemaker protocol is provided at GWCIM in Washington, D.C. both in person and via virtual consultations. This protocol aims to address the complex and multifaceted nature of mold toxicity, which can have a profound impact on a person’s health and well-being.

The protocol consists of several key components:

Diagnosis and Testing

The first step in the Shoemaker Protocol is proper diagnosis, often involving a detailed medical history, physical examination, and specialized laboratory testing. This may include testing for mycotoxins, inflammatory markers, and immune system function.

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As part of the Shoemaker protocol, mold remediation helps prevent ongoing exposures.

Mold Exposure Remediation

Identifying and removing the source of mold exposure is crucial. Whether it’s in a residential or workplace setting, mold remediation helps prevent ongoing exposure.

Prescription Medications

Dr. Shoemaker’s protocol includes the use of prescription medications to regulate inflammatory markers, support detoxification pathways, and modulate the immune system. Medications like cholestyramine or Welchol are often prescribed to bind mycotoxins and remove them from the body.

Biotoxin Binders

Patients are typically advised to take biotoxin binders like activated charcoal or cholestyramine to help absorb and eliminate mycotoxins circulating in the body.

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Bio-toxin binders, like activated charcoal, are a part of the Shoemaker protocol as they eliminate mycotoxins.

Dietary Plan

A strict dietary approach, known as the “Shoemaker Diet,” is often recommended. It emphasizes nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory foods and avoids those that may exacerbate mold-related symptoms. This diet can help reduce the overall inflammatory load on the body.


Nutritional supplements, including antioxidants and vitamins, are commonly used to support the body’s detoxification and healing processes.

Lifestyle Modifications

Reducing exposure to environmental toxins and promoting overall well-being through lifestyle adjustments is an integral part of the protocol. This includes stress management, proper sleep, and exercise.

Monitoring and Follow-Up

Continuous monitoring of patients’ progress is essential, and adjustments to the treatment plan may be made as necessary.

The Shoemaker Protocol aims to not only alleviate the immediate symptoms but also to restore the patient’s health and vitality by addressing the underlying causes of CIRS and mold toxicity. While some individuals may find significant relief through this protocol, it is crucial to understand that the effectiveness of the treatment may vary from person to person, and results may take time to manifest.

The Shoemaker Protocol is available at George Washington Center for Integrative Medicine in Washington, D.C. Dr. Jonah Yakel is a chiropractor and functional health practitioner who focuses on mold-related illness, inflammation, CIRS, and autoimmune-related conditions. Dr. Yakel works in close collaboration with Dr. Mikhail Kogan to provide the intense follow-up often needed for those recovering from Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) and Mold Toxicity.