I am leaving for a mold sabbatical today (June 5, 2019). I graduated from Rice University in Houston a bit over three weeks ago, and after four years in a moldy, polluted urban jungle, my heart yearns sunshine, nature, and clean air.
My goals for this sabbatical are a bit different from some other people’s. Most people who go on a sabbatical are quite severely ill. So a big goal of theirs is to prevent further decline from bad indoor and outdoor environments. I was moderately ill in Houston, mildly ill back home in New Jersey (and getting better). The environment in NJ feels good enough for me to heal, and I’ve already made massive progress in 3 weeks back.
My goals are:
1. Experience what pristine air feels like, vs good enough air.
Good enough allows for healing, despite low levels of minor issues like certain toxins or EMFs. Pristine air is basically free of those. Generally, pristine locations are remote, with little human population, and are also free of problematic outdoor mold or cyanobacteria toxins.
2. Boost detox.
I picked up a lot of biotoxins, chemical toxins, and heavy metals in Houston. industrial chemical spills or fires are basically a monthly ritual there by this point. And living in a bad (moldy) location leads to impaired detox, and accumulation of toxins from everyday exposures.
I’m already detoxing a lot back in NJ, but there are some things slowing me down here (self-excreted toxins from my family members, EMFs from them using devices). So in a pristine area without toxins or EMFs, detox happens even faster. And I really want to reduce my toxic load before medical school starts. After four years of isolation during college, I would like to have a social life again.
3. Learn to identify good vs bad outdoor areas.
This will help me decide where to move to in the future when I’m finished with medical school. Outdoor air matters for health almost as much as indoor air. In particular, mystery toxin has caused me lots of problems. This is the stuff talked about on the Paradigm Change site by people like Lisa Petrison or Erik Johnson. Life in a bad mystery toxin area (Houston) was absolutely miserable even when I was spending most of my time in buildings with good indoor air.
I’ll be returning on June 26.
Until then I will have limited Internet access.
I’ll be taking careful notes on my preparation, and my observations and health progress during the sabbatical, which I will share with you all.
I hate to admit it, but when I was young and brash, just learning about mold illness, I saw sabbaticals as a sign of weakness. People were so sick and damaged by toxic environments that they could no longer tolerate civilization, forced to spend their days as nomads in the wilderness.
But now, I see taking a mold sabbatical as a sign of strength.
It takes a lot of courage and initiative to go against the norm and do what’s best for your health. To venture out into the unknown with no idea what to expect. To go against the conventional paradigm that the only way one could possibly heal from an illness is to follow a doctor’s instruction and pursue various medical therapies. Yes, these are helpful. But for many people with chronic or environmental illness, location (indoors and outdoors) has proved to be a critical factor that influences how effective these other treatments are.
Mold sabbaticals, mold avoidance, they are liberating. You’re taking responsibility for your health. You’re learning how to identify for yourself which locations will be good to your body, vs which ones will just make you sick. You learn how to do this based on your own perceptions and responses, instead of spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on tests that may not even be accurate.
And once you figure out how your environment is affecting you, you can choose the buildings and areas that are most conducive to your health. The ones that will make living the best life you can more effortless. And you can realize what types of toxicity you may encounter in public living your daily life, identify them, and assess if you can tolerate some exposure to them. Mold avoidance is not hiding from every single ounce of toxin forever. It’s learning to identify what bothers you or not, what you can or can’t tolerate, and living your life based on that so you can do fulfilling things without wrecking your health.
When I’m back I will finish the Direct Elimination Method article series.
For the past few weeks I have been spending a lot of my days on detoxing. The Direct Elimination Method has been a lifesaver. But the overall amount of toxins I am dumping out is so high, it takes many doses of The Direct Elimination Method to clear everything out. When I have, it’s like I’m a whole new person. My brain works so well and fast! Bloating and edema, gone. Meanwhile if I didn’t have The Direct Elimination Method, I would probably be spending most of my days in bed or on the couch.
This massive toxin dumping is par for the course when coming from bad (moldy) locations to better one. I expect it won’t last for more than a couple of weeks, hopefully less than that. And once I don’t have to spend hours a day on detox I will get back to sharing the lessons I’ve learned over the past four years of healing from chronic environmental illness.