Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker is a 1973 of Duke University and a 1977 graduate of Duke Medical School, completing a Family Practice Residency at Williamsport Hospital in 1980. Dr. Shoemaker began his rural primary care family practice in Pocomoke, Maryland in 1980: where he lives today. Beginning with the outbreak of Pfiesteria Human Illness Syndrome in 1996, Dr. Shoemaker has devoted his career to unveiling the complexities of Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome—caused by exposure to damp buildings, cyanobacterial blooms, dinoflagellates, spirochetes, apicomplexans, and recluse spiders: among others.
Dr. Shoemaker began the first biotoxin illness practice in the US in 2002, and has treated over 10,000 patients with CIRS illnesses. His non-profit research group, the Center for Research on Biotoxin Associated Illnesses, has raised over $2,000,000 for private funding of academic research. As a medical expert, Dr. Shoemaker has testified in over 200 cases.
Shoemaker’s research has led to the publication of 11 books, several book chapters, and over forty peer-reviewed publications. His discovery of the role of VCS, HLA, MMP9, C4a, C3a, VEGF, TGF beta-1, NeuroQuant and several other biomarkers are widely used by healthcare practitioners across the country. Dr. Shoemaker has been training and certifying other healthcare providers since his medical retirement in 2012, and his lecture series now extends to Proficiency Partners through a 27-module training course and exam. Dr. Shoemaker has been instrumental in bringing the academic research basis for CIRS illnesses to the public via their website www.survivingmold.com.
In this anticipated episode, listeners learn about the new data and methods of measuring Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS), what illnesses CIRS entails, what this means for mold experts, and the importance of the original evidence of mold at ground zero for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Added to the episode is a post interview Q&A with our audience members.
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