Runway Model Spent $1.3 Million From Age 23 To 33 On Failed Treatment.

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I was a runway model until age 23 when I suddenly became a sickly person who had difficulty getting out of bed. Before finding Sponaugle Wellness Institute, I spent 10 years and 1.3 million dollars at California Wellness Centers and famous Universities only to be misdiagnosed. Dr Sponaugle diagnosed me with severe mold toxicity, Lyme Disease and Bartonella, another tick borne illness. When we returned to our home in Los Angeles, we found a massive Black Mold Infestation in our walls just as Dr Sponaugle suspected. Thank you Dr Sponaugle for giving back my life.
Jennifer California


Painless Outpatient Alcohol Detox

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Florida Detox® & Wellness Institute – Painless Outpatient Alcohol Treatment

We are excited to report that we can now treat our alcohol patients in an outpatient setting. Our continuous effort to improve our alcohol detox has led to the development of an intravenous amino acid therapy that accelerates the restoration of alcohol-induced nutritional deficiencies and optimizes brain chemistry with natural medications.

This proprietary treatment prevents alcohol withdrawal and stops alcohol craving. With this scientific alcohol treatment, you do not need to be locked up in an alcohol rehab facility.

You will only spend 2 hours a day in our clinic, the rest of the day you can enjoy world famous Clearwater Beach with your family. We will stop your alcohol craving in just three days.

Scientific Alcohol Treatment – Stops Alcohol Craving 

Alcohol Detox is only the first step of alcohol treatment. Alcohol Detox is worthless if you relapse. Our scientific treatment will optimize your brain chemistry and stop your alcohol craving so you will not relapse to alcohol. Go to our alcohol treatment page to learn more.

Suzanne Somers: “Breaking Through” – Dr. Rick Sponaugle Sheds Light On Surprising Reason For Addiction (VIDEO)

Suzanne Somers interviews Dr. Rick Sponaugle - "Do you Have an Addictive Brain?"

“Did you know that rates of depression, anxiety, and insomnia have TRIPLED since 1980? What the heck is going on with us in this country? Are we all just addictive personalities, is it a matter of overdiagnosing, or is there something else? Suzanne Somers explored those questions and more on this week’s episode of her CafeMom Studios YouTube show, Suzanne Somers Breaking Through.

Somers sat down with addiction specialist Dr. Rick Sponaugle to talk about why it seems like some people have “addictive brains.” As we all know, being addicted to gambling, drugs, shopping, or even “good” things like working hard can be linked to brain chemistry. But there’s something else going on here that you may not have guessed.

Dr. Sponaugle talks about how we’ve seen a major change in brain chemistry in the last 30 years due to antibiotic use in poultry and cows, as well as city water. Sucking out bacteria sounds like a good thing, but what happens when we ingest so many antibiotics that the good bacteria in our guts is eliminated? Gut toxicity. Which can lead to all of those awful mental health challenges that so many Americans are taking prescription meds for. Craaazy!

This isn’t to belittle real mental illness at all — which Suzanne and Dr. Sponaugle note can certainly be an inherited imbalance — but it does seem important for us as a population to realize that our food and our drugs could be seriously affecting our stomachs and our brains. And a few diet tweaks (eating organic meats, drinking highly filtered water, etc.) might make all the difference.

Mold Toxicity Killing Americans Slowly

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Mold Toxicity – Advanced Treatment for Mold Toxicity

Mold Toxicity slowly killing Americans

Mold Toxicity Is Slowly Killing Millions of Americans

Dr Sponaugle has HLA-DRBQ genetics and personally suffered severe mold toxicity in 2006. His hospital office had a massive infestation of Black Mold “Stachy Botrus” hidden behind a water damaged wall. Because of his personal experience, Dr Sponaugle has designed an advanced intravenous mold toxicity treatment that more effectively removes mold toxins in just 4 weeks than 6 months of treatment with oral medications like Cholestyramine and Charcoal based herbal toxin removers.

Since 2006, Dr. Sponaugle has successfully treated over 2,000 patients who unknowingly were suffering from Mold Toxicity! Dr Dennis Hooper, the medical director of the Real Time Mold Toxin lab in Dallas, has informed Dr Sponaugle that he is now 30 to 1 the top mold doctor in North America utilizing their mold toxin testing.

Before coming to Florida Detox & Wellness Institute, many of these mold toxic patients had traveled to multiple states and various medical centers in their failed attempt to discover the underlying causation of their severe depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia syndromes. Many developed addiction issues because of their undiagnosed mold toxicity.

What are mold toxins?

Mold toxins are toxic gases produced by indoor molds. Mold Toxicity occurs when patients accumulate excessive levels of mold toxins in their brain and body. Supposedly, only 25 percent, one of four, Americans have inherited HLA DRBQ genetics and therefore, cannot make antibodies to mold toxins. Ironically, 90 percent of Dr Sponaugle’s addicted and wellness patients have HLA-DRBQ genetics. While the highest prevalence of HLA- DRBQ genetics is in fair-skinned people of Northern European descent, Dr Sponaugle has diagnosed the “mold genetics” in patients from Latin America and Asia.

Hidden mold is always present in water damaged buildings. Most patients are unaware, as was Dr Sponaugle, that they are suffering from gases produced by mold infestations hidden behind water damaged walls, shower tile and above wet ceilings. These harmful toxins go unnoticed when mold is hidden because we cannot see or smell them.

The three out of four Americans who naturally produce antibodies to mold toxins can live and work in water damaged buildings without suffering significant demise in their health. However, because patients with HLA DRBQ genetics have no antibodies to deactivate and remove mold toxins, they develop excessive accumulation of these harmful toxins. Mold toxins are lipophilic meaning their molecular structure consists of fatty acid molecules. For this reason, mold toxins migrate to and deposit in the brain – the brain is the “fattiest” organ, consisting 60 percent of fat.

Dr. Sponaugle has performed sophisticated and unprecedented research in mold toxic patients. He has correlated mold toxin levels in his patients to changes in their brain scans and brain chemistry patterns. As well, Dr Sponaugle has correlated mold toxin levels with global suppression of hormonal output. This research has proven that mold toxicity is causative for many psychological and neurological disorders including, but not limited to the following:

Addiction – Anxiety – Bipolar II – Chronic Fatigue – Depression – Fibromyalgia – Insomnia – Multiple Sclerosis – Neuropathy – OCD – Panic Disorder – Paranoia & Schizoid Syndrome!

Mold Toxicity Causing Panic Disorder and Bipolar Symptoms

Mold toxicity SPECT brain scan vs normal

The extra red and white areas seen on the mold toxic brain scan represent severely over active regions that were causing panic disorder and bipolar symptoms in Daniel, a 19 year-old college student who developed mold toxicity within 7 months of living in a moldy dormitory. Daniel tested positive for three different mold toxins, Aflatoxin, Ochratoxin and Trichothecene.

The government set toxic level for Trichothecenes, the family of mold toxins produced by Stachy Botrus known as black mold is 0.2 parts per billion. Notice that Daniel’s Trichothecene level was 3.2 or 16 times the government set toxic threshold. According to Daniel’s parents, he was the happiest 18 year-old in Chicago before he went to college where he developed severe anxiety, insomnia, panic-disorder and ultimately, Bipolar symptoms – for which Daniel was placed on anti-psychotic medications.

Daniel was also abusing Xanax and OxyContin in his attempt to quiet the excessive electrical activity in his brain. Chicago psychiatrists failed to properly diagnose mold toxicity as the underlying causation of Daniel’s panic and Bipolar symptoms. Daniel’s parents and his psychiatrists assumed the “stress of college” was too much for Daniel causing him to have a “nervous breakdown.” Dr Sponaugle has seen hundreds of kids become addicted to OxyContin after moving into a moldy dormitory or their parent’s moldy basement.

Daniel’s parents brought him to Florida Detox & Wellness for his OxyContin and Xanax addiction not realizing they would also discover the true cause of his panic disorder and Bipolar Syndrome. After just two weeks of Dr Sponaugle’s intravenous mold toxicity treatment, Daniel came off his anti-psychotic medications and underwent a successful detox for his Xanax and OxyContin addiction. He no longer craved the Xanax and OxyContin to calm his anxious brain.

Dr Sponaugle has successfully treated hundreds of mold toxic patients who were simply diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder or misdiagnosed with Bipolar Disorder by psychiatrists who remain naïve regarding the effect of mold toxicity on the brain. The majority of these mold toxic patients were abusing opiate pain medications and drugs like Klonopin or Xanax, to calm their anxious brains.

Medical Disorders Caused by Mold Toxicity


Mold toxic patients abuse drugs that calm their anxious brain. They often become addicted to opiate pain medications like OxyContin, benzodiazepines like Xanax and Klonopin or become alcoholics. Alcohol activates the brain’s Xanax receptor.  All three classes of drugs “turn down” the excessive electrical voltage in the mold toxic brain, thus making the patient feel more normal.

Most American physicians remain naïve regarding mold toxicity and unknowingly, are the primary cause of addiction in many mold toxic patients – they prescribe benzodiazepines like Xanax and Klonopin to anxious mold toxic patients. These addicting medications treat the symptoms of mold toxicity, however, they fail to address the underlying cause of the mold toxic patient’s anxiety and panic disorders.

Unfortunately, mold toxic patients often find their way to Dr Sponaugle after they have already spent hundreds of thousands of $$$$$ on multiple rehab centers where they were simply diagnosed as a drug addict, treated for Xanax, Klonopin and OxyContin addiction, but, continued to relapse because they needed those drugs to self-medicate what doctors misdiagnosed.

Anxiety – Insomnia – Panic Disorder – Bipolar Disorder – Fibromyalgia

Excito-neurotoxicity is the medical term used to describe an over electrified brain, the phenomenon in which brain neurons are actually electrified on an hourly basis because of the excessive electrical voltage flowing through the brain. Mold toxic brains produce excessive levels of two powerful electrifying brain chemicals, Glutamate and PEA.

It is the increased activation of Glutamate and PEA nerve receptors throughout the body that produces an over electrified nervous system, thus producing symptoms of anxiety, insomnia, panic disorder, bipolar syndrome and fibromyalgia.

Mold toxic patients experience a gradual progression as they slowly accumulate more mold toxins, their symptoms usually begin with insomnia, then as they spend more time in living and working in mold toxic buildings, their symptoms progress from insomnia, to insomnia and day time anxiety. As they accumulate more toxins, their anxiety can progress into full blown panic disorder and ultimately, in the most severe cases of mold toxicity, patients can develop bipolar symptoms of rage and paranoia.


Initially, mold toxic patients may only notice insomnia at night. As they continue to accumulate more mold toxins in their brain, they begin to notice anxiety during the day, in addition to their night time insomnia.

Anxiety & Panic Disorder

With continued exposure to hidden mold at work or home, mold toxic patients accumulate higher levels of mold toxins and eventually progress from a generalized anxiety disorder to a full blown panic disorder.

Bipolar Disorder

Dr Sponaugle has successfully treated over 400 hundred mold toxic patients who were misdiagnosed as having bipolar disorder, when in fact, they were suffering from undiagnosed Mold Toxicity. These patients were previously treated with Anti-Psychotic medications by ill-knowledgeable psychiatrists who had no knowledge regarding the effect of mold toxins on the brain. Every one of these mold toxic patients was successfully taken off their anti-psychotic medications after they underwent Dr Sponaugle’s intravenous treatment protocol for removal of mold toxins.

Many of these misdiagnosed patients eventually found their way to Florida Detox and Dr Sponaugle because they were seeking addiction treatment for OxyContin addiction, Xanax addiction or Alcoholism. They were using drugs to self-medicate their anxious brains. America’s rehab centers are full of mold toxic patients who will continue to relapse until they are properly diagnosed.

Psychiatrists and Rehab Doctors at America’s Addiction Treatment Centers blame drug addiction as the underlying causation of Bipolar Disorder in many patients, when in fact, in many addicted patients, undiagnosed mold toxicity is the cause of their bipolar symptoms and their need to self- medicate with drugs and alcohol.

One of the most severe cases of mold toxicity seen at Sponaugle Wellness Institute is Gary, a 20 year old male, who prior to being properly diagnosed by Dr Sponaugle, had been arrested via “Baker Act” to the University of Miami psychiatric unit six times in a 9 month period for psychotic behavior. He was charged with Road Rage for ramming cars, something he had never done before. He was ultimately prescribed 6 different psychiatric medications by the psychiatric professors.

Prior to age 20, Gary had no psychological issues and according to his parents, he was a very happy and stable young man. At age 20, Gary got married to his high school sweetheart and moved into a mold toxic condo on Miami Beach. His parents and the university psychiatrists had blamed his psychotic behavior on “the stress of getting married.”  After just two weeks of Dr Sponaugle’s intravenous mold toxicity treatment, Gary no longer acted psychotic and his rage issues ameliorated. Within 4 weeks of Dr Sponaugle’s treatment, Gary was weaned off all 6 of his anti-psychotic medications.

Depression and Chronic Fatigue

Nor-epinephrine Deficiency

Dr. Sponaugle’s research has proven that mold toxicity suppresses the production of Nor-epinephrine output from the A 5 Nucleus, the brain factory that produces 90 percent of our nor-epinephrine. This is one of the primary mechanisms by which Mold Toxicity causes severe depression and severe chronic fatigue. Normally, Nor-epinephrine levels as measured on neurotransmitter testing average 40. Many chronic fatigue patients treated at Sponaugle Wellness suffer such severe mold toxicity that their nor-epinephrine levels are suppressed to 10. These patients not only suffer severe chronic fatigue – they feel like they have a 20 pound cement block attached to each leg. Upon asking, they admit they get dizzy when they first stand up.

Mold Toxicity Suppression of Pituitary Hormonal Output

A mold toxic brain, specifically the hypothalamus, is too sick to properly stimulate the brain’s primary hormonal factory, the pituitary gland. Pituitary insufficiency results in global hormonal deficiencies because the pituitary hormones stimulate downstream hormonal factories – the thyroid gland, adrenal glands and the sex organs.

Hormone Deficiencies – Thyroid Hormone – Cortisol – Testosterone

Epinephrine {Adrenaline} Nor-epinephrine {Nor-adrenaline} and Dopamine are in a sense, first cousins – they belong to the adrenaline family called the catecholamines. They cannot activate their respective nerve receptors in the brain or the body without adequate levels of the specific hormones, Cortisol, Thyroid hormone and Testosterone. Mold toxin induced deficiencies of these hormones cause inactivation of the three adrenaline chemicals thus causing symptoms of severe depression, lethargy and chronic fatigue.


Mold toxic patients suffer from “total body pain” because of the excessive production of the electrifying neurotransmitters Glutamate and PEA, the excessive inflammation derived from toxic load and deficiencies of the calming neurotransmitters, Taurine and Serotonin, caused by mold toxin induced destruction of the intestinal lining which leads to poor absorption of the essential amino acids, tryptophan and Taurine.

The resultant up-regulation of electrical voltage in the body’s nervous system can be dramatic and directly correlates with the measured level of mold toxins. Dr. Sponaugle has proven that Mold Toxicity is a primary causation of fibromyalgia in many middle-aged women, women who were previously misdiagnosed at ten or more University Medical Centers. Doctors at these centers typically prescribe addicting pain medication and drugs like Lyrica, these medications simply treat the symptoms of fibromyalgia but fail to address the true cause of fibromyalgia.

Mold Toxicity – Multiple Sclerosis

Mold toxins destroy the myelin sheath on brain neurons causing the classic “white spots” seen in Multiple Sclerosis.

Dr Sponaugle diagnoses over 20 patients a year with Multiple Sclerosis via MRI of the brain. Many of these patients are middle-aged females who initially assume they are coming to Florida Detox for addiction treatment. Had these women sought addiction treatment at other rehab centers, unknowing rehab doctors would have been blamed their brain fog on drug addiction or alcoholism. The true cause of their physical and mental demise, Multiple Sclerosis, would have potentially gone undiagnosed for years.

Dr. Sponaugle uses his Brain Wellness Program combined with his Intravenous Mold Toxin Removal Protocol to reverse damage caused by Multiple Sclerosis. See our Multiple Sclerosis page for more information.

Dr. Rick Sponaugle Reverses Alzheimer’s Findings On PET SCAN

Dr. Sponaugle learned how to heal the brains of Alzheimer’s patients through treating the brain damage caused by drug addiction and alcoholism in thousands of his addicted patients. In fact, the brain scan of patients addicted to opiate pain medication can look much worse than the brain scans of Alzheimer’s patients!

It has proven to be extremely effective in treating patients diagnosed with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. Doug as seen below with his wife, Dottie, is one example. We actually achieved complete reversal of Doug’s Alzheimer’s symptoms and the Alzheimer’s findings on his PET scan.

While not all Alzheimer’s patients are willing to share their story, Doug and Dottie have chosen to do so, watch their three video testimonies below. They explain in their video testimonies how Dr. Sponaugle’s Alzheimer’s Treatment reversed all of Doug’s Alzheimer’s symptoms and completely reversed the Alzheimer’s findings on Doug’s PET scan.

Alzheimer’s is revealed on PET brain scans as hypo-metabolism, the medical term used to describe diminished brain activity. As seen below, Dr. Sponaugle’s Alzheimer’s treatment produced a complete reversal of Doug’s moderate Alzheimer’s as noted in the Radiologist’s report.

Doug’s Pet Scan Reports, Before and After Dr. Sponaugle’s Alzheimer’s Treatment

Alzheimer's Treatment

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Doug’s Story – Parkinson’s / Alzheimer’s

“Two neurologists, a PET scan and an extensive Neuropsychological examination all diagnosed my husband with moderate Alzheimer’s Disease. Doug had gotten to the point where his cognition and memory were seriously impaired, he was so depressed he wouldn’t get out of bed until noon. He no longer wanted to socialize, he suffered with mini seizures, he was shuffling his feet when he walked and his driving abilities had declined so much that he was no longer safe.

He was sleeping 16-18 hours a day because he was so depressed. For the past several years, all his doctors, doctors in New York and in Florida, had referred to him as having a “flat affect.” One of our eye doctors, Dr. Dupree, mentioned the work that Dr. Sponaugle was doing to correct problems with peoples brains. He said that he had personally seen before and after brain scans of Dr. Sponaugle’s patients and was sure that he could be helpful to us.  Click to read more…

ED’S STORY: Stroke – Alzheimer’s – Cognitive Coma

Dr. Sponaugle recently treated a 94-year-old gentleman from Clearwater, Florida for Alzheimer’s and worse, a two year cognitive coma. Ed lost all his mental cognition lapsing into a cognitive coma following his second stroke at age 92. His family had heard about Dr. Sponaugle’s brain expertise from a family friend and asked if he could possibly help Ed regain his consciousness.

When Dr. Sponaugle met Ed, he could no longer speak. He had become confused, disoriented, angry and frustrated. He no longer recognized his immediate family, children or grandchildren. In his two year state of a cognitive coma, Ed had required three caretakers, each taking 8 hour shifts to cover a 24 hour day. He could not perform mundane tasks like dressing or going to the bathroom without the assistance of his caretakers.

After just 11 days of Dr. Sponaugle’s Alzheimer’s treatment, Ed woke up from his cognitive coma of two years. This occurred in Dr. Sponaugle’s office in the presence of Ed’s wife and son. Ed immediately recognized his wife and his 58 year old son and then he began singing beautiful Italian songs. Ironically, his night caretaker of two years was shocked as she did not know that Ed spoke Italian.

Dr. Sponaugle’s Brain -Body Wellness protocol not only brought Ed out of a cognitive coma in just 11 days, it brought Ed out of a state of severe heart failure by increasing the pumping function of Ed’s heart by 50 percent. The heart failure was subsequently causing kidney failure. The 50 percent improvement in Ed’s cardiac output was documented by Ed’s cardiologist, Dr. Kalani, with ultrasound of the heart [Echo-cardiogram]. Ed’s “ejection fraction” had increased from 20 percent to 30 percent, a 50 percent improvement.

Before Dr. Sponaugle treated Ed, his urinary creatinine was elevated indicating renal failure, after 11 days of Dr. Sponaugle’s treatment, his creatinine went down from 2.0 to 1.1. Ed’s kidneys were now receiving much better delivery of oxygen via the increased blood flow derived from his stronger heart.

Ed’s neurologist and cardiologist had previously informed his family that Ed was only going to get worse and would eventually be totally bed ridden. After Dr. Sponaugle’s treatment, they were astonished with his transformation. Ed no longer had leg swelling, pedal edema and foot pain from all the swelling in his feet disappeared. Ed no longer slept sitting upright for fear of drowning.

Ed had three different physicians, an internist, a cardiologist and a neurologist, however, they failed to provide the comprehensive wellness treatment needed to strengthen Ed’s heart and ”wake up” his post stroke brain. Their medical training was similar to Dr. Sponaugle’s, American medicine does not teach optimization of brain and body bio-chemicals to improve function. Dr. Sponaugle has learned through research in his patients how to best integrate natural and western medicine with modern brain science, to reverse brain and body aging.

Dr. Sponaugle’s Alzheimer’s Research:

The brain regions that first suffer diminished activity in Alzheimer’s patients are those that function as our “four-second working memory” located in the lateral prefrontal cortex and our “four-day memory” located in the temporal lobes.

Dr. Sponaugle’s clinical research has proven that the Alzheimer’s brain, much like the brain of alcoholics and drug addicts, suffers from numerous deficiencies of brain chemicals and nutrients that are necessary for optimal brain function.

Alzheimer’s patients have typically sustained more decades of toxic exposure to pesticides, industrial chemicals, and environmental toxins from hidden molds in water damaged homes. In addition, older patients tend to suffer more suppression of the immune system and tend to harbor many undiagnosed bacterial infections that cross the blood brain barrier and cause excessive inflammation.

Through extensive testing on Alzheimer’s patients, Dr. Sponaugle has discovered that most Alzheimer’s patients suffer from undiagnosed genetics that yield an overactive COMT enzyme, the enzyme that metabolizes dopamine. Hence, they unknowingly suffered symptoms of dopamine deficiency their entire life – easily bored, easily distracted and slightly impulsive. Patients with an overactive COMT enzyme often chased dopamine through binging alcohol or using other dopamine-ergic drugs like cocaine and opiate pain medications.

The inherited dopamine deficiency becomes more pertinent regarding reduction of dopamine activity and subsequently, diminished cognitive function, after these patients have lived enough decades in American to sustain toxin induced damage to their intestinal lining – they then begin developing significant nutritional deficiencies, specifically, the amino acids, phenylalanine and tyrosine, both are precursors in the production pathway of dopamine.

Dopamine is the brain’s primary “cognition” brain chemical. The brain’s processing or “working” memory resides in the lateral prefrontal cortex of the brain – this brain region is most sensitive to the rise and fall of dopamine levels – and it is dependent on dopamine for optimal function. The lateral prefrontal cortex is the first brain region to “go dark “on SPECT brain imaging demonstrating reduced activity as seen on the Alzheimer SPECT scan below. Compare the normal brain scan on the left to that of an Alzheimer’s patient on the right.

Dr. Sponaugle’s research has thus far proven that most Alzheimer’s patients have HLA DRBQ genetics. Patients with specific HLA DRBQ genetics cannot make antibodies to Mold mycotoxins, Candida mycotoxins and to the toxins produced Neuro-Lyme, Lyme infection in the brain. These patients cannot effectively remove fatty toxins from their brain and body like other patients. When these neurotoxins deposit and accumulate in brain tissue, they destroy brain neurons and surrounding brain tissue, this accelerates the Alzheimer’s process causing earlier Alzheimer’s disease.

Every Alzheimer patient Dr. Sponaugle has successfully treated was suffering from the following undiagnosed conditions; Undiagnosed Benzene toxicity, Mold toxicity and Lyme disease. Many had, in addition, undiagnosed intracellular infections, a brain infected with Mycoplasma and less common, the brain toxic parasite, FL 1953, which is carried by mosquitoes.

None of these patients had been properly worked up or diagnosed, even though they had previously sought Alzheimer’s treatment at multiple medical centers and Alzheimer’s institutions – all had been placed on Alzheimer’s medications by their neurologist which for obvious reasons, failed to effectively treat their Alzheimer’s disease.

These toxins also destroy the intestinal lining thereby causing significant nutritional deficiencies, subsequently the brain is lacking in vital nutrients that are necessary for repair of damaged brain tissue and the production of essential brain neurotransmitters, the chemical messengers that stimulate the brain’s electrical activity.

Through working closely with Alzheimer patients, we have learned that the myriad of biochemical deficiencies and their excessive toxin accumulation cannot be effectively treated with pharmaceutical medications or oral herbals and supplements. He must use intravenous modalities of treatment to achieve success reversal of Alzheimer’s symptoms and reversal of Alzheimer findings on brain scans. Medications like Aricept only address one brain chemical, acetylcholine, and they have proven to have limited success in treating Alzheimer’s patients.

Because the intestinal lining of Alzheimer’s patients has suffered years of toxic exposure, most Alzheimer’s patients have compromised ability to readily absorb the nutrients needed to begin the healing of damaged brain tissue. Furthermore, we have found that it is impossible to accomplish adequate detoxification of brain neurotoxins with oral detoxifying herbals and pharmaceutical medications like, Cholestyramine.

For this reason, Dr. Sponaugle designed his comprehensive Anti-aging Brain Wellness Program for patients who suffer toxin induced destruction of their intestinal mucosa, therefore the program consists of both, oral and intravenous treatment modalities. This program provides more aggressive intravenous detoxification, using all natural medicines and with it, Dr. Sponaugle bypasses the intestine by delivering vital nutrients and natural toxin remover directly into the bloodstream. This program simultaneously “jump starts “the restoration of nutrients that are so vital for reparation of damaged brain tissue and the production of the brain neurotransmitters that stimulate the brain’s electrical activity.


The hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease is memory loss, confusion, depression and diminished mental cognition. The brain is both a chemical and an electrical organ. The Alzheimer’s brain suffers from inadequate chemical and subsequently, diminished electrical activity. Diminished brain function can be measured via several advances in medical technology:

QEEG, qualitative EEG studies measure electrical current in the brain. SPECT scans measure cerebral blood flow which correlates with electrical activity. PET scans measure the brain’s active metabolism of glucose. Glucose metabolism has a direct correlation with brain activity.

Tunnel Vision of American Neurology Regarding Alzheimer’ Disease

Alzheimer’s research in American Medical Centers has focused on the development of new medications from Pharmaceutical companies. Assuming that Big Pharma can design a miracle drug to successfully treat Alzheimer’s disease demonstrates the remarkable tunnel vision of American Medicine. It has become increasingly clear that Alzheimer’s Disease has no single etiology which explains why medications, like Aricept, that enhance brain activity of just one “memory” brain chemical, always fail to effectively treat Alzheimer’s patients.

The True Causation of Alzheimer’s Disease

Dr. Sponaugle’s clinical research has revealed that Alzheimer’s patients suffer multiple neurotransmitter, hormonal and nutritional deficiencies. In addition, Alzheimer brains suffer from decades of cumulative neurotoxicity, the excessive accumulation of environmental toxins that worsens with every decade in industrialized countries like America.

Excessive neurotoxicity causes direct destruction of brain tissue and indirect destruction through toxin stimulation of brain inflammation.

Successful Alzheimer’s treatment requires both, oral and intravenous modalities of treatment, in which multiple biochemical deficiencies are corrected and numerous neurotoxins are removed.

Neurotransmitters – Brain Chemicals

Neurotransmitters, called brain chemicals, are chemical messengers that travel from one brain neuron to another as seen in the Dopamine slide below. Excitatory neurotransmitters are responsible for stimulating increased electrical energy in brain neurons. Memory recall, cognition, alertness and mental performance in general are all dependent on the electrical energy traveling throughout the brain.

Historically speaking, our medical training and the scientific community became hyper-focused on one specific brain chemical, Acetylcholine, as the brain’s “memory neurotransmitter.” For this reason, we developed tunnel vision and myopic thinking regarding the treatment of neurological disorders that are associated with memory impairment like Alzheimer’s disease.

Our myopic thinking has unfortunately, resulted in the too many treatment failures of Alzheimer’s patients because the primary focus of treating physicians has been to prescribe medication that enhances acetylcholine activity in the brain, Aricept is just one example.

Multiple Neurotransmitter Deficiencies

Dr. Sponaugle’s clinical research has proven that Alzheimer’s patients do suffer from suboptimal levels of acetylcholine, however, the enhancement of Acetylcholine alone fails to effectively treat Alzheimer’s because Alzheimer’s patients suffer deficiencies of multiple excitatory neurotransmitters. It is the correction of multiple brain chemical deficiencies and aggressive removal of neurotoxins that has proven to reverse Alzheimer’s symptoms and the hypo-metabolism seen on the PET scans of our Alzheimer’s patients.

Based on our clinical research, optimization of Acetylcholine activity appears to be less important than optimization of other excitatory neurotransmitters such as Dopamine, Glutamate, Histamine and PEA.

Stimulation of the brain’s electrical activity from below normal to optimal levels increases cognition and mental performance, both of which are dependent on the rapidity and intensity of “electrical firing” in brain neurons.

Our reserch has revealed that Alzheimer’s patients suffer from multiple nutritional and biochemical deficiencies – amino acids, vitamins, minerals and coenzymes. This combination of deficiencies prevents the necessary manufacturing of excitatory neurotransmitters in the brain.

The gastro-intestinal tract of elderly Americans has suffered decades of insult and injury from excessive exposure to environmental and food laden toxins.

This concept escapes the average American Neurologist because our medical training has historically placed very little emphasis on nutritional education and, far less emphasis on environmental toxicity, medical toxicology and specifically neurotoxicity than European medical training.

Yet, it is in America that we have manufactured over 81,000 synthetic chemicals since 1930, the majority of which have proven to be severely neurotoxic.

Over time, these environmental toxins destroy the intestinal lining causing significant malabsorbtion issues and subsequently numerous deficiencies of the amino acids, vitamins and minerals needed to repair brain tissue and manufacture brain neurotransmitters.

An important component of our Brain Wellness Program is the use of intravenous amino acid and vitamin therapy which by-passes the damaged intestinal tract of Alzheimer’s patients, thereby, delivering vital nutrients directly into the blood stream and on to the brain.

This process “jump starts” the optimization of nutritional status in our Alzheimer’s patients so they can begin reparation of damaged brain tissue, and once again, begin to manufacture vital brain chemicals that stimulate the brain’s electrical function.

Multiple Hormonal Deficiencies

Our clinical research has revealed that the average Alzheimer’s patient suffers from over 20 hormonal deficiencies. The majority of America’s neurologists remain unaware that receptor activation by the brain’s excitatory neurotransmitters is dependent on optimal levels of specific hormones.

American Internists and Neurologists typically fail to recognize the importance of hormones regarding Brain Chemical activation. European research has proven optimal hormonal levels are vital to ensure neurotransmitter activity in the brain.

Neurotransmitter “receptivity” is the ability of a neurotransmitter to “fit on” and activate its brain receptor, receptivity being dependent on specific hormones makes correcting hormonal deficiencies a vital component of Alzheimer’s treatment. Research at Sponaugle Wellness Institute has proven that hormonal deficiencies are often a primary cause of reduced mental performance in Alzheimer’s patients.

Dopamine is a primary cognitive brain chemical. Both Testosterone and Thyroid Hormone must be at optimal levels for Dopamine Receptor activation or “Dopamine Receptivity.”

Adrenaline or Epinephrine cannot readily activate nerve receptors in the brain or body without the hormone Cortisol.

In the female brain, Serotonin cannot activate Serotonin receptors when Estradiol levels fall below a critical level, serotonin receptors actually close and are unavailable for serotonin activation.

One of the many components of Dr. Sponaugle’s Brain Wellness Program is the evaluation and optimization of the hormones that are vital to brain and body function.

Excessive Inflammation

European research has placed more emphasis on the concept that excessive brain inflammation is the primary cause of TAU body formation in the brain. Dr. Sponaugle diagnoses multiple underlying disorders that cause excessive inflammation in Alzheimer’s patients.

A common cause of excessive inflammation in Americans is antibiotic induced Gastrointestinal Dysbiosis, the overgrowth of pathogenic yeast and bacteria in the Gastro-intestinal tract.

Toxins produced by foreign invaders of the intestinal tract destroy the lining of the intestinal tract causing LGS, Leaky Gut Syndrome. In addition, excessive exposure to bio-toxins in our food supply, bio-toxins produced by indoor molds in water damaged buildings and from undiagnosed infections such as Lyme disease and Mycoplasma destroy the gut lining causing Leaky Gut Syndrome.

Environmental Biotoxins – Neurotoxins

American industry has created 81,000 synthetic chemicals since 1930. Scientists have not tested most for their harmful effect on the brain, however, testing has proven that the top 100 are severe neurotoxins, they accumulate in and destroy nervous tissue, especially the brain. Simply living in America for several decades assures excessive exposure to these lipophilic “fatty” neurotoxins.

Neurotoxin-Induced Destruction of Brain Tissue

Molecular Destruction of Fatty Brain Tissue by Fatty Neurotoxins

The human brain has 60 percent fat content, it is the “fattiest” organ in our body. Because the brain is the body organ that is most fatty in structure, “fatty” toxins migrate to and deposit in the brain. Over several decades, excessive accumulation of these neurotoxins in brain tissue displaces the good fatty molecules like Omega 3 with harmful fatty molecules, this destroys the structural integrity of brain tissue.

Fatty neurotoxins destroy the integrity of brain neurons, particularly the myelin sheath [insulation] on the axon of brain neurons. The myelin sheath is 80 percent fat, the fattiest part of our brain and is particularly vulnerable to insult from environmental and industrial chemicals.

When the myelin sheath becomes “sick” and inflamed, it cannot repair, thus myelin destruction continues causing an overall slowing of the brain’s electrical current. This further exacerbates down -regulation of the brain’s metabolic and electrical activity, the hypo-metabolism seen on PET Brain Imaging. Multiple Sclerosis patients demonstrate “white spots” on MRI, these white spots represent scarring of the myelin on brain neurons.

Our research suggests that those patients who develop Alzheimer’s symptoms early in life are patients with genetic susceptibility to toxic overload. Patients with HLA DRBQ genetics more readily accumulate excessive levels of “fatty” toxins.

Neurotoxin-Induced Brain Inflammation

Industrial and environmental fatty toxins are registered by our immune system as foreign invaders; they have no business “hanging out in the brain.” When our immune system attacks “foreign” fatty molecules that deposit in brain tissue, surrounding brain tissue gets caught in the crossfire.

The attack on bio-toxins stimulates excessive production of inflammatory chemicals called cytokines, thus increased inflammation throughout the brain and body.

Brain Inflammation Reducing Brain Blood Flow

Extensive collateral damage occurs when the immune system battles foreign neurotoxins. Brain tissue suffers from the toxin induced inflammation. The brain’s smallest blood vessels, the capillaries, become inflamed, subsequently, the 8 micron diameter capillary lumen “shrinks“ making it more difficult for the 7 micron diameter red blood cells to squeeze through, this reduces cerebral blood flow.

Less blood flow to Brain neurons

Higher risk of Mini-Stroke [TIA} and Stroke [CVA}

Less effective removal of the toxins that initiated the excessive inflation that causes more brain damage.

Less delivery of nutrients for repair of damaged Brain tissue

Less delivery of Oxygen to Brain neurons

Brain Inflammation Causing Hypercoaguability

Neurotoxic induced cytokine production stimulates excessive production of the blood clotting cascade. Excessive production of clotting factors known as Fibrinogen and Thrombin Anti-thrombin III, creates a phenomenon called hypercoaguability – excessive blood clotting.

When in excess, these clotting factors “plug” the tiny 8 micron lumen of the capillaries or “mini-pipes.” The micro-circulation in the brain is greatly diminished because the 7 micron diameter red blood cells have difficulty traveling through the brain’s smallest capillaries.

This further exacerbates neurotoxin build up because of decreased “wash out” of toxins, thus inducing more brain damage in addition to causing micro-hypoxia or lack of oxygen delivery to brain cells.

These fibrin clotting factors also become entangled in brain tissue producing the classic Alzheimer’s TAU bodies.

Healing the Alzheimer’s Brain – Dr. Sponaugle’s Alzheimer’s Treatment Protocol

It becomes obvious that healing the Alzheimer’s Brain requires much more than simply prescribing a few medications. One must heal the Brain on a cellular level. When Dr. Sponaugle attempts to heal the Brain of an Alzheimer’s patient, his goal is to increase blood flow to the Brain, reduce Brain inflammation, remove harmful toxins from the Brain and increase Brain cell metabolism and electrical function by performing restoration of multiple Brain Chemical and Hormonal deficiencies.

This feat is accomplished with a comprehensive Anti-aging Body and Brain Wellness Program that reverses age of the body and the brain. Dr. Sponaugle has learned through healing thousands of addicted brains that we cannot heal the brain without treating a myriad of undiagnosed medical disorders in the body.

Dr. Sponaugle’s comprehensive Alzheimer’s Treatment is based on 5 principle goals and can be completed in six weeks:

Restoration of Numerous Biochemical Deficiencies:

Analysis and optimization of more than 200 vital bio-chemicals including Brain neurotransmitters, hormones, enzymes, amino acids, vitamins and minerals that are deficient in all Alzheimer’s patients. Dr. Sponaugle has designed an intravenous program for Alzheimer’s patients that by-passes the gastrointestinal tract.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Subclinical “Undiagnosed” Brain Infections:

Dr. Sponaugle routinely diagnoses “stealth” infectious agents like Lyme, Bartonella and Mycoplasma in Alzheimer’s patients. These intracellular microorganisms take up residence inside of individual brain neurons causing excessive inflammation, tissue damage and subsequently, acceleration of the Alzheimer’s process. These stealth infections remain below the radar of the average American physician, however, in Europe, scientists have proven they often cause Parkinson’s, MS, ALS and Alzheimer’s.

Removal of Brain Biotoxins – Neurotoxins that Destroy Brain Neurons:

Dr. Sponaugle’s intravenous toxin removal protocol provides much more efficacious removal of harmful bio-toxins than oral modalities of treatment.

It is impossible to measure all of the 81,000 synthetic chemicals manufactured by American Industry since 1930. The majority, including pesticides, are fatty or lipophilic in nature and are removed with Dr. Sponaugle’s intravenous toxin removal protocol.

Several European studies have proven that Melatonin and Serapeptase enhance the removal of TAU bodies from the brain. In Dr. Sponaugle’s family workshop, he teaches families about several herbal medicines that prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Doug’s Story – Dr. Sponaugle’s Perspective

Doug and his wife, Dottie, came to Sponaugle Wellness Institute in February of 2011, seeking help for Doug’s Alzheimer’s disease. They were referred by Dr. Dana Dupree, an accomplished ophthalmologist who specializes in retinal diseases. Dr. Dupree see’s many patients with Alzheimer’s disease and is familiar with my success treating brain disorders like Alzheimer’s.

Doug had 10 years of frightening and progressing Alzheimer’s Symptoms before Doug’s two neurologists made the clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease and later, confirmed it with Doug’s first PET scan which revealed moderate, not mild, and diffuse “hypometabolism. This is a classical Alzheimer’s pattern on PET scan which reveals a severe reduction of brain activity.

Just 3 weeks into our Brain Wellness Program, Doug had miraculous improvement in his cognitive function, at that time he performed his second video testimony. In comparison to his first testimony, Doug had regained his memory, cognitive function and his depression was gone.

Doug in fact, could not only drive his car again, he drove to Washington, DC. He also took his boat out in the Gulf of Mexico, something he had not been able to do for 3 years.

Six weeks into our Brain Wellness Program, Dottie stated she felt Doug’s mental and physical function, including his energy levels, were that of his thirties. Our Brain Wellness Program is actually an Anti-aging – Brain and Body Wellness Program. We have learned to heal the brain, we must heal the entire body, optimize body function in order to heal brain damage caused by years of insult from toxins and oxidative stress.

Our Anti-aging, Brain and Body Wellness Program reverses years of the aging process in both, the Brain and body.

Doug’s Story – Parkinson’s / Alzheimer’s

Doug - Alzheimer's / Parkinson's Symptoms Prio to Dr. Sponaugle's TreatmentDoug first sought Dr. Sponaugle’s help for his Alzheimer’s Disease in February of 2011. Doug’s initial PET scan a year earlier in February of 2010 is seen above on the left, it confirmed his neurologist’s clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Dr. Sponaugle began treating Doug in February of 2011. Within just 3 weeks of treatment, Doug experienced 90 percent reversal of his Alzheimer’s symptoms, see Doug’s second testimony. Doug had a repeat PET scan in June of 2011 before he returned to New York for the summer months. Doug’s second PET scan as seen above on the right, revealed none of the classic Alzheimer’s “hypometabolism” seen on Doug’s PET scan before Dr. Sponaugle’s Alzheimer’s Treatment.

Doug’s reversal of Alzheimer’s symptoms correlates with the Radiologist’s report on the second PET scan. Following Dr. Sponaugle’s care, Doug has no Alzheimer’s symptoms.

No brain fog – no memory loss – no cognitive impairment – no depression!!Doug and Dottie, feel his memory, cognitive function, brain performance and happiness have returned to a level Doug enjoyed in his thirties.

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Dr Rick Sponaugle Applauds Rick Scott For Signing “Pill Mill Bill”

Dr Rick Sponaugle, Medical Director of Florida Detox & Wellness Institute, applauds Governor Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and our own local State Senator Mike Fasano for their efforts in passing the “pill mill” legislation.

Doctors throughout America, including Dr. Phil, have referred patients suffering from OxyContin addiction to Florida Detox for Dr. Sponaugle’s scientific addiction treatment that stops drug and alcohol craving by balancing brain chemistry. Traditional rehab centers use “talk therapy” in their attempt to coach patients through each day of drug craving.

As a Florida physician, it has been embarrassing for Dr. Sponaugle to learn that his patients from Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta and even Toronto had been riding the “Oxy Express” all the way to Florida just so they could buy their “Oxys and Roxys” from unscrupulous drug dealing doctors in Tampa Bay.

Parents throughout America will applaud the crackdown on drug dealing doctors in Florida. Out of state parents often rush their sons/daughters into Dr. Sponaugle’s rehab center stating, “my nephew back in Philly overdosed Saturday night, he and my son were snorting OxyContin they bought right here in Tampa, they were supposedly coming down for the beaches.”

The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program is not perfect, but it will enable Attorney General Pam Bondi to focus on illegitimate “pain specialists“ and the pain clinics whose doctors routinely prescribe opiate pain pills to out of state residents. Common sense dictates that patients with legitimate pain do not need to travel out of state, bypassing several other states to procure opioid pain medicine in Florida.

Furthermore, the exponential increase in physician prescribing of opiate pain medicines since 1990 is not warranted. True pain specialists, not simply the doctor who hangs a pain shingle outside of his office, but, those who actually matriculate in specialty training for pain management as Dr. Sponaugle did at the University of Florida, are taught to use every means possible to avoid prescribing addicting opiate medications.

Medical doctors have known for ten years that patients who take opiate pain medication on a chronic [daily] basis, will within a couple of years, suffer more physical pain from their injury than they experienced immediately following their accident. This well documented phenomenon is called hyperalgesia.

University pain professors suggest we know little regarding the mechanism of hyperalgesia, this void in knowledge is derived from the fact that America’s rehab centers have failed to perform any sophisticated testing on patients with OxyContin addiction.

Dr. Sponaugle’s research at Florida Detox has proven that daily consumption of Oxycontin changes the addicted brain in a manner that up regulates electrifying brain chemicals and down regulates relaxing brain chemicals, thus, Oxycontin induced up regulated brian “voltage” amplifies incoming electrical pain signals after they reach the brain.  The 3/10  sciatica pain is amplified to a 7/10.

For this reason, chronic pain patients must constantly raise their dose of Oxycontin, Dr. Sponaugle treats many patients who suffer an OxyContin addictions of 3,000 mgs a day, they were initially prescribed only 30 mgs a day.

Furthermore, SPECT brain research on Dr. Sponaugle’s addicted patients in addition to research from university medical centers has proven that patients suffering high dose Methadone and OxyContin addiction can have much worse looking brain scans than patients abusing street drugs.

MOLD Toxicity CAUSING Depression Anxiety Insomnia ADDICTION

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At Florida Detox & Wellness Institute, Dr Rick Sponaugle is proving that many patients develop alcoholism, OxyContin addiction or Xanax addiction while attempting to self-medicate the following disorders caused by mold toxicity:

Depression –

Dr. Sponaugle was recently informed by the mold toxicity lab in Dallas that he is the top mold toxicity doctor in North America.

The lab director, Dr. Hooper, was amazed that Dr. Sponaugle could diagnose mold toxicity with a 98 percent accuracy when other physicians using their testing average only 10 percent accuracy.

Dr. Sponaugle explained that he has correlated the brain scans of mold toxic patients with their brain chemistry patterns and mold toxin levels.

Similar patterns occur in patients suffering Benzene toxicity from the Gulf OIl Spill whichn is less common than mold toxicity.

Dr. Sponaugle also explained that he had personally suffered mold toxicity, Trichothecene toxicity, which has enhanced his ability to recognize the mold toxicity patient.

Dr. Sponaugle further explained that he has been correlatelating brain neurotransmitter profiles with other indirect biomarkers of mold toxicity for years.

Among these biomarkers – elevated immune markers [C3 A and C4 A ] and severe central hormonal suppression [pituitary hormones] including the following; Growth Hormone, MSH, ADH, TSH, ACTH, FSH and LH.

Dr. Sponaugle says that many patients suffering opiate addiction and Xanax addiction use drugs like Oxycontin and Xanax to “calm their anxious brains.”

These patients normally test positive for HLA-DRBQ genetics, genetics that disallow effeicient removal of mold toxins from their body and brain.

Supposedly only 24 percent of Americans have HLA-DRBQ genetics, however, Dr. Sponaugle diagnoses this genetic disorder in 80 percent of his patients.

This genetic abberation is found more commonly in patients of Irish, English, Scandinavian, German  essentially northern european descent. 

The immune system of patients with HLA-DRBQ genetics does not “tag” fatty toxins as abnormal or “foreign” to the body, hence, these patients do not efficiently remove mold toxins from their brain and body.

In fact, patients with HLA- DRBQ genetics remove mold toxins and other fatty toxins, 468 percent less efficiently, than other patients.

While the symptoms of mold toxicity are many, Dr. Sponaugle says specific symptoms are the driving force as causation of drug addiction and or alcoholism. Initially, patients notice insomnia, then they develop anxiety as well as insomnia. As the brain accumulates higher levels of the mold toxins, Glutamate and PEA, two very strong electrifying brain chemicals, become elevated producing excessive electrical activity in the brain, worst case scenarios develop bipolar symptoms.

Patients self-medicate their brain’s upregulated “electrical voltage” with calming drugs like alcohol, Oxycontin like medication and benzodiazepines such as Xanax and Klonopin.

Dr. Sponaugle has treated many mold toxic patients whose glutamate levels were so high that they exibited bipoolar symptoms and in fact, were sadly diagnosed bioplar by unknowing psychiatrists before coming to Dr. Sponaugle’s clinic. Two young male patients were, in fact, misdiagnosed by University of South Florida psychiatrists as schizophrenic, the university psychiatrists were, of course, naive regarding mold toxicity.

Fortunately, Dr. Steven Stahl of Scripts University in San Diego, recently wrote in his new book on Bipolar and Schizophrenia about the possibility of excessive glutamate, noy just excessive dopamine, being the cause of these disorders. While Dr. stahl did not make the connection with excessive accumulation of mold toxins as the causationn of excessive glutamate production, it is astep in the right direction.

Dr. Sponaugle has found excessive glutamate levels in 9 of 10 patients previuosly diagnosed bipolar, a condition felt by most to be derived from excessive dopamine production, hence, the majority of the medications for Bipolar are dopamine blockers. Dr. Sponaugle recently treated a paranoid 22 year old male who had been misdiagnosed by University of Miami Psychiatrists as bipolar and schizophrenic. When Michael failed to get better after six psychiatric admissions to the University of Miami Psych ward, his parents brought him to Florida Detox for Dr. Sponaugle’s evaluation.

Michael’s history consisted of living in a mold infested apartment on Miami Beach for just six months before he began to develop paranoia. He tested positive for high levels of the Trichothecene Black Mold toxin and Ochratoxin which is produced by Aspergillous Mold. Michael quickly responded to Dr. Sponaugle’s intravenous toxin removal program, his paranoia abated after just one week and after three weeks of treatment his depression and anxiety were gone.

Because mold toxins shut down hormonal production in the brain’s pituitary gland, patients suffer severe depression and severe chronic fatigue. Pure adrenaline [epinephrine] can not activate it’s receptors in the brain and body without cortisol, cortisol deficiency is common in mold toxic patients. Dopamine can not activate the D2 dopamine receptor [happy receptor] in the brain’s pleasure center with0ut adequate testosterone and thyroid hormone, both of these hormones are deficient in mold toxic patients.

Patients who suffer mold toxicity utilize opiate pain pills for the opiate induced dopamine hit in their dopamine deprived pleasure center, this temporarily treats their depression. They also benefit from the relaxing “calcium channel blockade” effect of opiate pain pills which brings quiescence to their “over electrified” brain.

While mold toxic patients experience severe depression and fatigue, they also feel like their brain is “hot wired” or plugged into an electrical outlet. Over time, as the mold toxicity worsens, patients begin to feel, from a physical perspective, as though they have a 25 pound cement block attached to each leg. Their body feels weak, lethargic and in slow motion, yet, their brain is overelectrified, anxious, irritable and often they exibit rage.

Dr. Phil Recommends Florida Detox And Dr Sponaugle For Addiction Treatment

StephanieDr. Phil Refers Stephanie to Florida Detox

On the outside, 36-year-old Stephanie looks perfectly normal. But this single mother of four has a secret. “I’ve been taking Vicodin 12 years now,” she says. “Nobody ever would realize that I’m addicted to painkillers. I lead a normal life. I get up, I go to work, I pay my bills, I do everything I have to do. I started taking the Vicodin for legitimate menstrual cramps, and that feeling was a little euphoric. And if I took two, then, OK, I got a little bit more laundry done. Then the Internet came. I could just take them and take them and have more shipped.

“I became completely addicted within the last year,” she explains. “I don’t feel anything from the painkillers anymore unless I don’t take them. A normal dosage would be five milligrams. I take about 30 10-milligram pills a day, the equivalent of almost 60 pills a day. On a typical day, I take four pills before I get out of bed. And then I get my son up, I get my coffee, I get him breakfast, I take three more. Then I get everybody off to school, myself to work, and that’s when the cycle of three pills pretty much every three hours begins. When I get home and things are stressful, I would take more.”

Since Stephanie started keeping track of how many pills she takes she has watched the number go up. “I’m spending about $500 a month on the painkillers. I do my job as a mother, and I do my job as an addict. I do them both very well.”

She starts to cry. “You know, ‘junkie’ is a horrible, dirty, disgusting word, and that’s how I feel. I want the painkillers to go away. I want Stephanie back. It’s been so long, I don’t even know who the real her is. I cry all the time. I’m just so tired of being ashamed. Sometimes I just lie on my bathroom floor and I just sob. I worry about dying. I know that I’m killing myself a little bit every day. Dr. Phil, my secret addiction to painkillers has taken over my life. Can you please help me before it’s too late?”

“There was a time you would get high from it,” observes Dr. Phil, “but now, you don’t even get that. They’re only significant to your experience in their absence.”

Stephanie agrees, explaining that she has tried to quit on her own and has even purposely arranged to run out of pills during the weekend, knowing she couldn’t get more until the following week. But she’d always wind up giving in to her addiction. “I got so sick … and I started to sweat. And I started to get horrible pains in my head and in my stomach, and I just got so ill that I had to go to the doctor. And because I do have some legitimate medical things, they wrote me a [prescription.]”

Pointing out that Stephanie takes four pills before she even gets out of bed, Dr. Phil says, “As you sit here right now, you’ve taken 10 of those pills … So, we’re not talking to you, we’re talking to the drug.”

“I suppose, yes. Absolutely,” she says.

“Tell me why you’re here today. Why here? Why now?” Dr. Phil asks.

“I don’t want to do it for my kids. I don’t want to do it for my health. I know that I’m killing myself literally every single day,” says Stephanie.

“Why have you given yourself permission up until now to do this?” Dr. Phil asks.

“There was a period in my life where really I couldn’t have cared whether I lived or died,” says Stephanie. “I was going through the end of a bad marriage. And you know, I was just I guess self-medicating just to make that part go away.”

“You have four children. You don’t have the right to not care whether you live or die. Do you understand that?” he asks. “You’re taking anywhere between seven, 10, 20, 25 of these pills, and then you’re getting in that minivan and driving on the street with your kids in the car. You don’t have the right to do that. And you know what else? My family’s out there on those streets! … Just because you decide you’ve got a crummy marriage doesn’t mean you can get in a 5000-pound missile under the influence and drive around the kids in the neighborhood.”

Dr. Phil continues: “What happens if you wake up, and one of your children is sick? I mean, really sick, and you’re jacked up on Vicodin? You think you’re going to be thinking well, making good decisions, responding well? Have you deluded yourself into thinking that you’re a high-functioning addict and so it’s no problem? What you are is a junkie.”

Stephanie agrees.

“The same as someone in an alley who’s taking pills that they steal from a store. You’re just smart enough to do it over the Internet. But there’s no difference in the effect that it has on you and there’s no difference in the fact that you are robbing your kids of their mother and you don’t have the right to do that,” says Dr. Phil.

“And by the way, how much money do you make a year, just roughly?” he asks.

“About $22,000,” she says.

Dr. Phil turns to his previous guest, Susan, who works as prostitute and worries that she won’t be able to take care of her kids by having a normal job. “About $22,000 a year, and she’s raising four children. It can be done,” he tells her.

He turns back to Stephanie. “You’ve got yourself in a real pickle, but I am going to help you. And I’m going to tell you what I’m going to do. I’m going to offer you a plan of intervention beginning right now. Today. OK? And you can take it or leave it —”

“Take it,” Stephanie interjects.

“But I will not negotiate,” says Dr. Phil. “I have some representatives here from Florida Detox and they’re going to accompany you to the airport, and you ain’t going home. You’re going to Florida. You’re going to Florida Detox where there is an amazing program that can detoxify you from this drug in your body in about three hours.”

Stephanie cries. “Thank you,” she says.

Dr. Phil expands on what she can expect from the Florida Detox staff. “They’re going to do some psychological testing for you to make sure that you’re where you need to be. Then you’re going to go under a general anesthesia, and your body is going to get treated to detoxify you cellularly so you don’t go into all the reactions that you’ve been having. And then they’re going to monitor you for a day to make sure that your body is doing what it’s supposed to do to get these drugs out of your system.”

Dr. Phil reminds her that there is no easy fix. “This is a lifestyle. I am going to search your house. We are going to kill all of your Internet accounts. We’re going to make people know who you are so you cannot get these drugs, alright? Because it just absolutely cannot happen.” As for her kids, he informs her that Choice Care Nannies will provide a fully-screened nanny to assist her father in taking care of her children while she’s gone.

And finally, Dr. Phil introduces Stephanie to a surprise guest. It’s Dr. Ireland, a pastor from a church that she has visited.

“I know you,” she says as he joins her on stage with some final words of support.

“Stephanie, first, I want you to realize that secrecy and darkness is the basis for being trapped,” says Dr. Ireland. “And when you let the cat out of the bag of your addiction, it now frees you to get healing and walk through a process to wholeness. And our church family, we’re 5,000 people behind you. We’re going to help you.” He offers to help Stephanie with childcare, personal counseling and with her faith. “I just want you to know we’re there for you.”

“Thank you,” she says. “Thank you so much.”

Read more on the Dr. Phil Web Site

Dr. Phil Refers Another Inspired Wife and Mother to Florida Detox

On October 28, 2005, the Dr. Phil show featured a follow-up story of Stephanie’s successful treatment from Vicodin at Florida Detox and how another wife & mother was inspired by her story; and took action to help herself, and her family.

“My life is a living hell,” says Cara. “I am addicted to painkillers. I have been taking too much Vicodin since 2003. I have been suffering from chronic pain for over four years. When my husband went to Iraq as a part of Operation Enduring Freedom, the stress of that made the chronic pain more intense. I’ve been reduced to what feels like a junkie.”

“I currently buy all my medication online,” explains Cara. “It’s very easy to do. I think what I’m doing is probably illegal. I don’t want to think about it.” Cara knows that her addiction is taking away from her role as a mom. “The other day, I wouldn’t even go to lunch with my son because I was waiting on a delivery.”

But everything changed when Cara saw the previous guest, Stephanie, on the show. “I recorded the show. I just watched it over and over again. Stephanie inspired me because her story was mine. I had a light bulb moment when Dr. Phil told Stephanie about Florida Detox. I could see that there was a way to get help. I was ready.” As Cara packs her bags, she explains, “In a couple of days, I am leaving to go to Florida Detox. I’m sick and tired of the pills running my life. I fear that if I continue down the path that I’ve gone, I will lose my husband, my children, everything.

“Cara speaks with Dr. Phil after returning from Florida Detox. She has been clean for two weeks. “I am doing my best. I feel so much better. As Stephanie said, once the chain is lifted, you have the freedom to get well. And that’s where I am right now,” she says.

Dr. Phil reiterates to Cara and Stephanie the importance of meetings. “I have to say to both of you, sobriety is a lifestyle, it’s changing the way you think and feel, what you breathe into your life. It’s every aspect of being different, and those meetings are a critical, critical part of that. I don’t think you have a chance of success if you don’t start making that a lifestyle. If you have to get a babysitter, whatever you have to do, you have to take care of your children’s mother. And I do not believe you can do it without meetings.”

Dr. Phil informs Cara that Florida Detox is going to waive her fees. “That’s one less pressure you’ve got.”

“Thank you,” says Cara.