Combat Strategy

Those who have made the connection between their illness and toxic mold have become warriors. They are on the front lines. Their enemy is powerful and elusive. Combat strategies become imperative.

There are all sorts of weapons available in the form of supplements, binding agents, and pharmaceuticals, but experts in the field agree: The first line of defense is avoidance.

I read this recently in an article on tactics used by martial artists:

"Standing your ground and attempting to block, pits you against your opponent’s best techniques and allows him to use the advantage of size and strength. This situation can be avoided through evasion and retreat."

Avoidance is tricky. Mold hides. Mycotoxins are invisible. But it's critical to a successful battle plan.

Every time we use a crosswalk or traffic light we practice avoidance. We don't want to be hit by oncoming vehicles so we do our best to stay out of the way. My daughter has a severe nut allergy. Her best defense is to avoid nuts.

Diet is a critical aspect of mold avoidance. Yeasts, peanuts, aged cheese, and dried fruit are a few of the potentially "moldy" foods. The website "Mold Survivor" has an excellent article on diet. Turmeric, cinnamon, and cloves are 3 spices proven to reverse the effects of mold poisoning.

Microbial warfare is not for the faint of heart. It requires vigilance, fortitude, and determination. Those who have been injured in battle know this. I have grown weary of our life in the trenches. It's not easy to stand up under the pressure of battle every day. General Douglas MacArthur said it best: "It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it."

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