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.
“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 – Advanced Treatment for Mold Toxicity
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!
I have received a lot of very thoughtful and interesting responses to the video blog I posted about the recent study on NFL players and dementia. Here is one from Dr. Rick Sponaugle, Medical Director of Florida Detox and Wellness Institute, that I would like to share with you:
“I have utilized Dr. Amen’s brilliant research and SPECT brain imaging in my addiction practice since 2004. Since then, I have treated many NFL and college level football players who developed Oxycontin addiction from their football injuries.
I encourage all of my professional wrestlers and football players to undergo SPECT imaging at the Amen Clinics a month or so after drug detoxification. Every football player and professional wrestler I have treated for opiate addiction, if they played through college level, NFL or WWE, came back from the Amen Clinic with really ugly, traumatic brain scans.
Most of the players suffered severe temporal lobe damage and subsequently exhibited rage issues, often with spontaneous panic attacks, some with depression. Their wives insisted that they suffered more from their husband’s rage issues, while some of the players considered the rage an occupational advantage, eventually they all admitted it got them into trouble. The players also think that it is normal to experience “deja vu” once a week, not once a year. [Read about temporal lobe trauma in Dr. Amen's Book, Healing Anxiety and Depression.]
With the tremendous advantage I have gained by intense study of Daniel Amen’s research, I have proven that these addicted football players and pro wrestlers, were in fact, using Oxycontin, more for the purpose of quiescing the mini-seizures in their damaged temporal lobes, than for treating their physical knee/back pain.
When treated effectively with high dose pharmaceutical grade GABA or anticonvulsant medication, the players/wrestlers no longer crave or “need” Oxycontin, nor do they abuse alcohol for its GABA A receptor effect.
Alcohol and Oxycontin “like” pain medication, eventually shut down pituitary gland function, creating multiple hormonal deficiencies that are causative for increased pain sensitivity, depression, chronic fatigue and disorders like “Leaky Gut Syndrome.
Hopefully after completing his NFL study, Dr. Amen will commence a study on professional wrestlers and soccer players.” — Dr. Rick Sponaugle
Hear What Former NFL Players Are Saying About the Amen Clinics
In the wake of the recent NFL-commissioned study on brain injuries and the ensuing media storm, I thought you might be interested to hear what an actual NFL player has to say about our program here at the Amen Clinics. If you have been keeping up with my blog, then you probably know that we are currently conducting one of the largest brain-imaging studies on retired NFL football players.
Using sophisticated imaging techniques our goal is to visualize the brains of NFL players to characterize the damage incurred by playing professional football and to provide treatment strategies to improve the players’ brain function and improve their lives.
One of the retired players we scanned for the study is Harry Carson who played for the New York Giants from 1976-1988. Harry was diagnosed in 1990 with post-concussion syndrome and has been dealing with the effects of brain trauma ever since. He recently wrote a blog encouraging other former players to participate in the study:
“If any of you are wrestling with neurological issues that you are aware of or may have been brought to your attention by a loved one I would strongly encourage you to take advantage of the Amen Clinic’s free offer. If you don’t want to do it for yourself, please consider doing it for your families.”
To read the full text of Harry Carson’s blog on the Amen Clinics, click on one of the following links:
To find out more about the NFL study and to see Dr. Amen’s video blog on it, click the following link: http://www.amenclinics.com/blog/1956/dr-amen-on-the-nfl-dementia-debate/