CIRS is an acronym for Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome and it offers a systems biology approach to treating you if indeed you have CIRS.
Chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and post Lymes inflammation are sub sets of CIRS.
One in three homes in Australia is potentially water damaged and can be a source of CIRS. There are over 24% of individuals who are genetically predisposed to biotoxin illness via HLA genes.
Individuals predisposed via genetics to CIRS exhibit disruptions in their adaptive and innate immune mechanisms when exposed to certain biotoxins.
These biotoxins include mould, vector born bacteria such as Borrelia burgdorferi, ciguatera from fish and cyanobacteria from still water such as ponds. 80% of CIRS patients have been exposed to mould. CIRS now explains why 20% of Lymes patients do not recover and it reframes our understanding of chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia.
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Book in for 15 minutes scoping session with a qualified CIRS practitioner to discuss your symptoms and what you can do to get tested
To assess whether this might be an avenue or treatment for you there are three steps you can take to reach a 98.5 % confirmed diagnosis. The balance of the diagnosis can be done after this stage and can be discussed if indeed you qualify via the following three stages.
Step One: Complete the Mould/Biotoxin Questionnaire. Put a stroke next to every symptom. Each shaded area represents a cluster. One positive answer in a cluster means that you are positive for that cluster. You may be positive for several answers in one cluster but that still accounts as a positive for just one cluster. IF you are positive for 6 or more clusters this result is a positive and you proceed to the next step. If you are unsure then do the test and email it back for us to advise you.
Step Two: Do the VCS test online: Make sure to choose NatMed as the practitioner. https://www.vcstest.com/. You need to do this test in a well lit room. If you need more help you can see Dr. Shoemaker showing this online, his test has a high accuracy for chronic inflammatory response (you can find out more by watching this video). If this is positive for nutritional deficiency or biotoxins then you should move to the next step. Testing positive for both step one and two means there is a 95% statistical chance you have CIRS. Don’t forget to choose NatMed Clinic in the drop down as the practitioner. You will need to donate $14.50 so that we get the report. 10% of CIRS patients test negative for this step so I would recommend you pursue to the next stage if you are highly symptomatic on the questionnaire.
Step Three: Book in with a practitioner to assess your results, your practitioner will write a referral for a telehealth consultation with our Nurse Practitioner to get the HLA genetic test done, a genetic test to determine predisposition to CIRS. This can be done by buccal swab and returns a result within 2 – 3 weeks. The HLA gene test can be done via Medicare.
Statistically, if you are positive for the above three steps, there is a 98.5% likelihood you have CIRS.
I hope you have CIRS as this truly does offer you a way of treating your symptoms that goes well beyond ‘a pill for every symptom’.
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