If Someone is NOT getting WELL with Lyme Treatment

What seemed like a nightmare began in June of 2010, my son was having trouble walking, swollen knees and ankles, very tired, and generally not feeling well.  He was Lyme Disease positive and put on 28 days of antibiotics.  At the end of that first 28 days, he was worse than when he started the antibiotics… so the family physician put him on Prednisone to help with the swollen joints and pain.  On day 3 of Prednisone, the seizures began.

He was diagnosed with Lyme, Bartonella, RMSF, Ehrlichia, Babesia, Mycoplasma pneumonia, strep…

I can’t remember all the combo antibiotics he was on…  treating Babesia, Bartonella, and Lyme… and he continued to go downhill. He didn’t herx. He just got worse.

His LLMD said he has to go on IV, the orals just are not working. He got a picc line. IV rocephin… his WBC dove down. That’s when I noticed over the whole treatment period, his WBC had been dipping and his liver enzymes had been climbing. 45 days on the picc line his WBC was 0.8 – we pulled the picc line just before Christmas.

That’s when I found this video on HPU/KPU – Kryptopyrroluria (aka Hemopyrrollactamuria) – and the supporting slides for this presentation on HPU are here

A quote from my HPU research which had me excited about treating HPU successfully:
“Once all of the bodily systems are back online and functioning properly, a few months after introducing the HPU protocol, patients are essentially made invulnerable to Lyme disease, to molds, and even to heavy metals. Their bodies are now much better equipped to deal with these conditions when they have appropriate levels of zinc, biotin, manganese, vitamin B6, and arachidonic acid to support optimal functioning of numerous bodily processes.”

I felt that doing the HPU protocol – which we modified – keeping in mind that the end goal is to rid the body of toxic metals and allow the essential minerals to settle into the jobs they were meant to do — was KEY to healing from Lyme, coinfections and even helped in healing from mold illness – although getting a clean environment is VERY important too.

leukodyniaAt about 56:25 – Dr. Klinghardt goes over the slide titled Leukodynia with pictures of white spots on the fingernails.  He says:

“Called also Leukonychia, these white spots on the fingernails, they are present in about 60% of all HPU patients.  Please, if you don’t see them that doesn’t mean they don’t have it.  If they do have it, you don’t have to go any further with making a diagnosis of the zinc deficiency.”

He did have the white spots on his fingernails… and so did I.

“Interesting thing is, when someone has been lifelong zinc deficient and you actually give them zinc – this gets worse for a whole year.  Because the system wakes up in a different way and now fills in zinc levels in places that were completely substituted with cadmium, nickel, mercury, lead and the zinc goes into those places. And the person wakes up in a strange way where certain aspects of the zinc deficiency may get worse for the first 6 or 8 months.”

That was scary.  May get worse?

Ugh.  He was already so sick!

Practically every treatment warned of getting worse before getting better.  Treating HPU was no different. What a horrible way to heal.  I was really helped by changing my thinking to knowing that on the other side of pain is healing.  The body having pain from treatment is then easier to go through.  Pain sucks though.  Best not to have any!!

Some of the symptoms that HPU can cause:
Symptoms in bold are symptoms I was seeing in my (then) 11 year old son
* Poor Dream Recall
* Nail spots (Leukodynia)
* Poor breakfast appetite
* Stretch marks (striae)
* Pale skin, poor tanning
* Acne, allergy
* Constipation
* Eosinophilia
* Light, sound, odor intolerance
* Tremor, shaking, spasms
* Hypoglycemia, glucose intolerance
* Delayed puberty, impotence
* Anxiety / Nervousness
* Pessimism
* Depression
* Paranoia / Hallucinations
* Perceptual disorganization
* Obesity
* Course eyebrows
* Knee and joint pain
* Cold hands or feet
* Abdominal tenderness
* Mood swings
* Amenorrhea, irregular periods
* B6-responsive anemia
* Stress intolerance
* Emotional liability
* Explosive or episodic anger
* Poor short-term memory
* Crime and delinquency
* Substance abuse
* Attention Deficit / ADHD
* Autism
* Withdrawal
* Abnormal fat distribution

I asked our pediatrician to check some of the other markers  for HPU

(we ran the tests in bold type – which confirmed the need to treat for HPU)
*WBC < 5000/mcL (due to low levels of zinc)
*High LDL / Low HDL
*Low normal alkaline phosphatase(<60U/L)
*Low omega-6 fatty acids in red cell membrane test
*Low taurine in amino acid profile
*High MCV (size of red blood cells)
*WBC and RBC zinc and manganese levels may be normal while biopsies from bone and CNS are completely deficient
*Bone biopsies are a reliable predictor of HPU
*Severe deficiencies of zinc, manganese, lithium, calcium, magnesium, and molybdenum are often found

We did hair testing to check for levels of toxic metals and levels of essential minerals.

cullen hair toxic

Toxic Metals

Toxic metals were very high while essential minerals were very low – which helped us confirm we needed to treat HPU. The toxic metals are making the body toxic and pushing the essential minerals out of the cells making it impossible for the body to work properly.

cullen hair essential

Essential minerals

HPU is a major factor in people not getting well from chronic disease.  HPU is heavy metal poisoning and it can be treated effectively with oral chelation at home.

I read a lot on mercury poisoning, HPU, KPU, zinc deficiency and safe chelating.  I consulted with several doctors before I put a plan together that worked for us.

From a support group – The Better Health Guy wrote:
The right amount for most people is about 40-50mg elemental zinc a day. More at the beginning up to around 60-80mg of zinc a day. So that’s up to ~8 capsules of Core at first and then ~4 for maintenance. I personally would never do more than this without being closely monitored by your doctor and a heavy detoxification program in place. I did 200+ for a long time and it was one of the most difficult times of my recovery. Many other people have really struggled with KPU at high doses and I personally don’t feel like it is necessary to push that hard and fast as it isn’t easy.All zinc dosages in the US are elemental. So if you get 50mg Zinc Picolinate, that’s 50mg of elemental zinc. If you get 25mg of Zinc gluconate, that’s 25mg of elemental zinc. In Europe, they label differently, but in the US, they list the elemental zinc regardless of which salt is used.

 

Dr. Klinghardt recommends Core by Biopure – we took the ingredients in that supplement and broke them down to individual supplements and bought the most pure supplements we could afford.  I look for veggie caps and as few fillers as I can find.  I use vitacost, amazon and iherb – and sometimes I  use other sources I have access to.

We started taking zinc at increasing doses while increasing vitamin, mineral and taking 2-4 Tablespoons of organic cold pressed oils per day. We got our final protocol by comparing the protocols that were similar (Dr. Klinghardt, Dr. Yu, Cutler, Hubbard)

We did not do IV chelation because there is too much out there about the dangers DMPS by IV and my biggest concern was that I did not want to harm our brains.  When detoxing heavy metals, mobilizing mercury and other extremely toxic substances that are IN YOUR BODY, you want to make sure it is leaving the body, not redistributing to the brain.  Slow, oral chelation, is not risk free either.  That is why I read so many sources before I started any protocol.  I believe the one we chose was effective and safe.

Oral Chelation Rounds

Amalgam Illness

Amalgam Illness – Andrew Cutler

We did around the clock oral chelation with DMSA and then ALA – taking low dose – every 3 hours – 4-5 days a week with a 2-3 day break

We used the book, Amalgam Illness to set up this plan.  If you are going to attempt it, read the book, or work with someone who has read the book who can help you with the details.

We started with low doses of DMSA – did a round, then upped the dose in the next round if there were no reactions during the 4-5 day round.  If there is anything uncomfortable going on during a round, the next round stays at the same dosage or backs down.  It is tedious because you must wake up every 3 hours during the night to take pills.

The gains are worth the difficulty! We saw heavy metal levels decreasing in overall body burden and major mental gains.  The brain fog was lifting after each round.

Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is found in a lot of over the counter supplements and in stand alone supplements. Alpha lipoic acid is unique in that it is both water- and fat-soluble; thus it can be used throughout the body. It is a strong chelator (binds to metals) and the only oral chelator known to cross the blood brain barrier.

From my research, no one with heavy metals should take supplements with ALA until they are SURE they have detoxed the brain of heavy metals. This means doing AT LEAST a few rounds of round the clock (every 3 hours) ALA – before taking ALA as a once a day supplement. If you have any reactions taking supplements with ALA – it could be because you are heavy metal toxic, specifically, your brain is heavy metal toxic.

Since the air we breathe has mercury and other cancer causing toxins – assume you have heavy metals unless you have actively detoxed them and/or done proper testing to make sure you are not heavy metal toxic.

Some people tell me they had blood testing that showed they have no heavy metals – that’s hogwash and the doctor that suggested testing blood for body burden is mistaken.  If you have heavy metals in your blood, you have an active poisoning going on.  You are being exposed or were recently exposed to whatever toxin is in your blood.

After an exposure, heavy metals tend to park themselves in the fat cells and the 2 fattiest organs – the brain and the liver.  You won’t find past exposures in blood.  IF you are able to detox heavy metals, you may be able to find a representation of body burden in the hair.

Some of the sickest people are holding on to those metals and cannot detox them at all, their hair will be harder to read.  It may show very little heavy metals until detoxing agents are applied.  I have seen autistic children test hair and almost not treat heavy metals because the amount found in the hair is so low – they do a couple of rounds of oral chelation – test again and the hair is loaded!

If you have trouble reading your hair test, you can contact me, join one of the support groups for oral chelation that are in this blog, or read the book: Hair Test Interpretation: Finding Hidden Toxicities.

When DMSA has been used in enough chelation rounds (as outlined above) and the body is somewhat cleared of the heavy metal burden, it is okay to start using ALA in around the clock oral chelation rounds.

On days when doing the round the clock rounds of pills, every 3 hours – I would put the pills in pill boxes with times labeling each individual pill box. I would set my alarm on my phone for every 3 hours – and take the pill immediately when the alarm goes off.  It is VERY easy to forget if you have taken a dose. Especially if you are very metal toxic – the oral chelation rounds can make you even more forgetful than you were before – and for me that was a major handicap.

Infrared Sauna Detox

We would take Niacin 2-3 hours before we got in the infrared sauna and we would sweat for 60-90 minutes in the sauna. If it took 15-30 minutes to start sweating we would stay in for an hour or more after the initial sweating.

The first sauna we got was a portable infrared sauna that is like a tent around a chair.  Then we got an infrared dome sauna that you can lie down in and now we have a Clearlight full spectrum infrared sauna

Sauna has been very helpful in getting well.  If you are going to use a sauna, it is important that you replenish essential minerals and eat whole foods with plenty of nutrients.  Most food is depleted of nutrients so please be responsible with making sure your body has what it needs to thrive and be healthy.

The book Clear Body Clear Mind and the research of Simon Yu support sauna detox and give lots of great info for getting well using the sauna to sweat out the toxins and high doses of vitamins and minerals to replenish what is lost when you sweat.

We used binders like activated charcoal, bamboo charcoal, bentonite clay, zeolite, chlorella, diatomaceous earth — these need to be taken away from food and supplements so they don’t absorb nutrients the body needs.  Bedtime is a good time to take binders if you are not taking other supplements at bedtime.

Binders bind! If someone is not pooping regularly and they add a binder, they may have a bigger problem than before.  A couple of natural things that can make poop move – magnesium oxide and vitamin c.  Neither are toxic – so take them until poop is moving regularly.  Regular cycle is at least once per day.  Some say 3 times a day – but I find that inconvenient.  Once in the morning… every morning… is enough.  If you are not moving your bowels – or if you are not peeing – do not start any oral chelation protocol until you are getting toxins out through pee and poop.

When I say “we” did chelation – my son and I were both mercury toxic and we did out treatments at the same time.  We treated HPU from January 2012 to April 2012 – in April, we did a hair test on my son that showed his toxic metals were almost at zero and his essential minerals were in the normal range.  He was still throwing up, having seizures and very sick.

That’s when I started looking for other things that could be keeping him sick.

We found toxic mold… my son was 100% well 4 months after we moved out of our home that was full of toxic mold.  Could he have gotten well so quickly if we had not already treated the toxic metals?  I don’t think so.  I do think the toxic metals have to get out of the body  to let the body release these other toxins (mold, Lyme, other infections).

Here are some other blogs about mercury poisoning:

Natrual Help for Chronic Reactive Arthritis

The Liver is Connected to the Teeth?

Mercury Poisoning Detox – links to Yahoo support groups

Kryptopyrroluria (aka Hemopyrrollactamuria): A Major Piece of the Puzzle in Overcoming Chronic Lyme Disease

My working HPU protocol with some product and dosage specifics

None of this is medical advice. I am sharing what we did in the hopes that it can help you or someone you love who is suffering with chronic illness.  See Disclaimer

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Sizing Hi Tech for Your Home or Building

Hi Tech air reactors have to be sized correctly for your building or your home. If your building is not equipped with the right number of Hi Tech machines, they will not clean the air adequately. Mold, mycotoxins and other tiny toxins that we can’t see move quickly. If you have a Hi Tech air reactor that is rated for 1,600 square feet (Model 101) in a home that is 2500 square feet, it will clean some of the area while the toxins are still active in the other areas and the toxins will blow around so you don’t have a clean area.

I love clean air1,600-3,200 square feet = TWO Hi Tech Model 101’s.
3,200-4,800 square feet = THREE Hi Tech Model 101’s.
…and so on.

The square footage is based on 8 foot ceilings. So if your ceilings are higher or you have cathedral ceilings, we need to figure out cubic foot area!

Example: If your square foot area is 1600 square feet but your ceilings are 16 feet – you need TWO Model 101’s.

When figuring out the size of a home, many make the mistake of NOT basement or crawlspace in the square footage. If there is air exchange with these areas, they will need to be included in the square footage.

We do not include attic space in square footage. If people have a mold problem in their attic, the Hi Tech air reactors will keep the air in the home safe to breathe but when the machines are shut off, whatever mold is in the attic will seep back into the house. Some common problems that can cause moisture/mold in the attic: roof leak, bathroom fans are vented improperly or the HVAC unit has a moisture problem. If the attic has a known moisture or mold problem (past or present) – you may want to put an air reactor in the attic to take care of it at the source.

At an Indoor Air Quality Association conference, I found out that 50% of a home’s indoor air comes from the basement. That is why we did a full basement/crawlspace encapsulation – we have a partial dirt floor and there were toxins coming out of the dirt that were contributing to our poor indoor air quality.

If you have hostile situation – you know there is something active going on – you will need to:
1. Make repairs or remove and replace the items that are toxic
2. Get extra Hi Tech air reactors – sometimes in hostile situation having a 101 for every 800-1,000 square feet will be necessary to clear the air.
it is always a good idea to contact a Hi Tech expert
It is always a good idea to contact a Hi Tech expert to be sure of how many machines you need for your home.

Hi Tech 101Most of the time, in a home over 1,600, you are going to want to get multiple Model 101’s, rather than one of the larger models. 101’s are portable, 20 pounds with sturdy handles for easily moving them around if you want to relocate them. They do clean at a distance, so moving them around constantly is not necessary.

The Hi Tech air reactors do clean better closest to the machine, so if you have an area you know is a problem or something that you bring in that you know is a problem, it is best to put the machine near the problem.

Hi Tech Model 110Another option is getting a Model 110 – which is the workhorse of the Hi Tech machines – it is rated for up to 5,000 square feet and is often used with one or several Model 101’s. I have seen the 110 clear a hostile environment in two weeks – so you would never know there was an indoor air quality issue in a building!

The Model 110 is larger and is on wheels. If you need to pick it up and move it into a vehicle for transport or another area, you will need 2 people. It is great for larger areas like gymnasiums, schools, commercial buildings, hospitals and other areas with large square footage/cubic foot area.

While the Model 101 will eventually clear the air and leave you with clean air, the Model 110 will do the job quicker. One family I work with lives in a New York apartment building and most of the time, the 101 is enough to keep up with the toxicity… if they feel the apartment has gotten toxic, which often happens because neighboring apartments are toxic, the building is toxic and the outdoor air is toxic, they will run the 110 to do a thorough decontamination.

We also use the Hi Tech 101 in our car… if you are sensitive to mold and other toxins and you are cleaning the air in your home, you want to clean the air in your car, too. Some people don’t even realize that their car is a source of toxins. I run the Hi tech 101 in my car at least once a month… or after I give someone a ride who lives in a sick building.

If you have any questions about your particular situation, contact me directly or set up a phone consult.

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The Coca Pulse Test

The book on the Coca Pulse Test is available for free and it’s 110 pages long – this is an attempt to simplify the test so that you can use it to see if you are allergic to something or herxing/detoxing.

Allergies are dangerous. Detox is necessary.

Holding onto toxins can make us very sick. Lyme Disease and other infections expel toxins into our bodies. Just think about these organisms living inside of us – they pee and poop in our bodies and this alone can add to how sick we feel.

Many chronically ill people get reactions when they take supplements, use products and even when they eat foods. It is important to be be able to distinguish between allergic reactions and detox symptoms.

The Coca Pulse Test
(Neuro-Lingual
Test)

Purpose: A simple 2 1/2 minute self-test to determine if a particular food or supplement causes a stressful reaction. Note: This test may not be valid if you are taking a drug that controls your heart rate, such as a calcium-channel blocker or a beta-blocker.

Procedure:

  1. Sit down, take a deep breath, and relax.
  2. Establish your baseline pulse by counting your heart beat for a full minute and record your pulse in the “Before” space in the Pulse Test Record
  3. Put a sample of a food or supplement to evaluate in your mouth (on your tongue). You may chew but refrain from However, you do need to taste it for approximately one-half minute.
    Note: The sensory information taste signals from your mouth will inform your central nervous system (brain) as to the nature of the test substance. If the test substance (food or supplement) is stressful to the body, you will have a brief reaction that causes your heart to beat faster.
    Test only one food at a time. Testing individual ingredients will yield specific information, compared with testing foods contain- ing multiple ingredients. Testing a banana, for example, yields more specific and therefore more valuable information than testing banana bread
  4. Retake your pulse (the food or the supplement remains in your mouth). Write down your “After” pulse on the Pulse Test Record below.
    Note: An increase of 4 or more is considered the result of a stressful reaction. For 0 Blood Type people an increase of 3 or more is considered a positive reaction. The greater the degree of stressfulness or reactivity, the higher the heart rate will be.
  5. Discard the tested ingredient (do not swallow) and repeat the procedure to test other foods or supplements. Repeat the procedure as frequently as you like, as long as you always return to your normal pulse before testing the next food.
    Note: If a reaction occurred, rinse your mouth out with some purified water and spit the water out. Wait two minutes, then you can retest your pulse to see if it has returned to its baseline. If it hasn’t, wait a couple of minutes more and retest, continue to retest until you have returned to your normal pulse. Once your pulse has returned to its normal rate you can test the next food

Download these instructions for the Coca Pulse Test in a pdf (printable)

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Mold Remediation or Hi Tech?

–> If you’ve ever had a flooded basement, a leaky pipe, or a leaky roof.
–> If food tends to mold easily if you leave it on the counter.
–> If you are achy all over and blaming it on “old age”
–> If you are forgetful bordering early Alzheimer’s Disease

There may be hidden mold or other airborne toxins:
VOC’s, formaldehyde, bacteria, viruses, radon, pesticides, fire retardants, carbon monoxide… our air is just not guaranteed to be good. If you have not tested your indoor air quality, you may have a problem.

Some questions that came up during our $40,000 remediation:
How much is enough?
How much is too much?
Will this work?
How am I going to pay for this?

Why are there so many sick buildings?
1.) rising cost of repairs: some people don’t have the money for adequate repairs
2.) unskilled workers: anyone with a hammer can build a house – no education required
3.) increasingly tight houses: rising costs of fuel, insulate more, stagnant air
4.) outdoor air is not good: even with air exchange, outdoor air is getting worse
5.) not enough people know you can safely clean indoor air of all organic toxins

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Why should we be concerned with air quality?
~92% of people worldwide live with excessive air pollution, contributing to problems like strokes, heart disease and lung cancer ~ World Health Organization, September of 2016

~Americans spend over 90% of their time indoors.

Indoor air has 2 to 5 times more pollutants than outdoor air.

~At least 30% of the buildings in the United States experience indoor air quality problems. ~The World Health Organization, 1984

~Indoor air pollution, commonly called sick building syndrome, costs businesses $60 billion annually ~ U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

In 2007-2011, my family became so sick from mold that when we found out what was making us sick, we did whatever it took to breathe clean air again. We threw out almost everything we owned and spent a ton of MONEY and TIME on mold remediation.
We were homeless, between motel rooms and tents, for 300 days.

The First Time – We Did Mold Remediation
Collectively, our diagnosis and symptoms were: Lyme Disease, Bartonella, Epstein Barr Virus, Mycoplasma, Babesia, Cysts, Lesions, Asthma, Allergies, walking pneumonia, high liver enzymes, nausea, diarrhea, food allergies, headaches, extreme pain, extreme fatigue, seizures, chest pain, depression, mood swings, temperature dis-regulation, weight gain, weight loss, memory loss, dizziness, tinnitus and acne.

We left and took nothing with us.  We practiced extreme avoidance.  Everything was in Ziploc bags and we took very little.  We threw a lot of our stuff out.  We tried to save some stuff by cleaning with various mixtures made for mold.
Here is a detailed blog on what we did to get out and not take the mold with us.

The only thing I found that was working to clean clothes and the few non-porous things we took with us was ammonia.  So, we stuck with ammonia for the remediation.

We owned a home we could not live in.  And so, we lived in tents, motel rooms and my husband worked on the house that made us sick. I did the research on what to do, and he did the work.

We were sick.  Camping and living in hotel rooms is not “fun” when you are sick, the kids are sick and the dog is sick. We had to do it because we could not find a safe place to rent.

We looked at dozens of homes and apartments.  And I got sick at ALL of them.

A 1984 World Health Organization Committee
report suggested that up to 30 percent of new and
remodeled buildings worldwide may be the subject
of excessive complaints related to indoor air quality

He threw out three quarters of what we owned and ripped the house down to studs.

It was financially and emotionally gut-wrenching. Never-mind how sick we were. Try being homeless when you are sick. It’s almost too much to bear.

Mold remediation was difficult and expensive.

The whole house had to be decontaminated.  This was the system that worked for us.
1.) Ozone blast- which means you have to get all people, plants and pets out of the house because ozone, at the levels you need to kill mold will also kill anything living.
2.) Clean every surface with ammonia and cotton rags – wear mask & gloves
3.) HEPA vacuum

Here are the details of how we did Mold Remediation back in 2011-2012.

It took over 10 months, and over $40,000.  Finally, we were not getting sick in the house anymore.

We moved back in.
We continued to practice “extreme avoidance”  by bagging up all papers and throwing things out or banishing things to the porch or back to the storage unit if they made us sick.

We went back to the 3 step system if I started feeling sick.  Ozone. Ammonia. HEPA.

We were constantly cleaning.

I had to hire someone to do deep cleaning once a week.

We did a HERTSMI test every 6 months or so. For the first 2 1/2 years after the first remediation our HERTSMI’s were a 4 or a 6 – consistently low and enough to keep me feeling our house was fairly safe.  Anything under a 12 is considered safe for most people.

Mold Remediation Has NO GUARANTEE
If you are not testing for toxic mold, you will not know if you have it. I recommend doing the HERTSMI every 6 months… whether you think you have a problem or not!

August, 2014, 31 months after we moved back into our home, our HERTSMI score was a 20.
(anything over 12 is NOT SAFE)

I didn’t want to lose all my stuff again.

I didn’t want to be homeless again.

I didn’t have the money to do another remediation!

I found this testimony of Bill and Ruth Pillings using Hi Tech Air reactors. They had a flood and the mold inspector told them they had to replace the walls. They decided not to. They got Hi Tech. They had mold testing done at their house for a year after and the levels were very close to zero. Listen to them tell the story. 🙂

We Were Getting Sick – Something Had to Be Done!

I remember thinking, “If they can put one of these machines in their house after a flood and they can feel better and the mold can actually disappear… maybe this thing will work?”

Then, I clicked on the name, Ray Robison, which brought me to a page with all the videos Ray Robison uploaded to youtube – and they were all about this machine that was getting rid of mold and pet odors.  One of them was an “Environmental Expert” named Dick Lee who teaches at the college level. He said he saw mold counts and formaldehyde levels go down dramatically.

There was not a company name or a link to any website from those youtube videos — so I had to do my research.  I found out Ray Robison owned a company called Hi Tech Air Solutions out of Moore, Oklahoma.

I got Ray’s phone number off the website and gave him a call.  I told him about our situation and asked him if he thought his machines could help me.

He said, “Yes. – without a doubt”

From August 2014 to November 2014, I researched and asked around to people I knew who had been sick from mold.  No one I knew in the mold community had ever tried a Hi Tech air reactor. I called Ray a couple of more times. He was very helpful answering questions.

I was devastated.  I was frightened.  I did not want to have to leave my home and go live in a tent again.  If I was going to live in a tent I wasn’t doing it in upstate New York again.  Too cold.  I had just spent 3 months on Kauai and my two oldest daughters are living there.

I told my husband, we either get one of these machines or I’m flying back to Kauai and I will camp on the beach, stay with my daughter or stay with friends until I find a place.  The weather is beautiful all the time and I felt great when I was staying in Kapaa.

Then, I went one step further.

I told him we had to buy a machine for my parents.

Here was my thinking: If this does work, I want to help my parents too.  And I want to be able to visit them again.  My mom had been very sick and I could not go into their house without getting very, very sick.

I bought 2 Model 101’s.  With the feeling that these were going to work… but if they didn’t, I could send them back.

There was a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee.

So, I was still doubting.  But extremely hopeful.

I remember the night they arrived.  The tracking number said they would be arrive Wednesday, November 19th – the day after my birthday.  I had a class to teach online at 7pm and I was not feeling good from the mold in my home.  I couldn’t wait for those machines to get here.

The UPS driver got here at 6:40 – I had already called UPS at 5:00 because the package had not gotten here and they explained that they deliver until 7pm and my packages were out for delivery.  I met the UPS driver at the truck.  I wanted my machines!

The Second Time – We Got Hi Tech
We had some of the symptoms coming back: brain fog, nausea, and fatigue.

Our HERTSMI was at 20 in August.

In November of 2014 – we got a Hi Tech air reactor, installed the bulbs, plugged it in and turned the Hi Tech air reactor on.

healthy personThat was the first day of the rest of my life.  We have been breathing cleaner air ever since.  I felt better almost immediately and definitely felt better when I was in the room with the machine for the first few weeks.

Now, I can be any where in my house and the air just feels clean and light.

Our follow up HERTSMI was a 6 – down 14 points.

If somebody comes over from a mold house or brings moldy things in the machine cleans the stuff that comes into the house.  I might feel an initial reaction to mold and other toxins on stuff… but the machine cleans it up.

I travel with Hi Tech and I clean my car with Hi Tech.

I can shop at thrift stores again and the machine cleans the moldy smell off stuff.

I have saved books, artwork, photos, clothes, papers and so much more.

When the Hi Tech 101 helped me so much, I called up Ray, the owner of the company and I said, “I’m going to tell people about these.”

And Ray said, “Then, I’m going to pay you.”

You don’t have to worry about me just telling you about something because I might get a commission. I know it’s instinct to not trust someone’s opinion because they might be just trying to sell something. There is no way I could ever tell you something works if it didn’t work. How could I ever make up such a story?

Money Back GuaranteeAnyway, the company has a money back guarantee. A company just could not offer a money back guarantee if the product didn’t work!

The money back guarantee was one of the biggest reasons I bought a Hi Tech Air Reactor.  If you have any doubt whether or not this could work, the money back guarantee should seal the deal.

I am thrilled every time someone gets to experience clean air the way I have been able to enjoy clean air.  I think every school, library, public building and home should be properly sized for clean air with Hi Tech Air Solutions.

Contact me to Get a Size Estimate for Your Home or Commerial Building.

Because of Hi Tech:

Many people are able to live and work in safe buildings, not sick buildings
Many people have started to heal from chronic illness because they are no longer being poisoned by their air.

It gives me great joy to see people be helped by Hi Tech!

No one should ever have to throw their stuff away and be homeless.

I have a friend who threw her stuff away 5 times over 15 years.  I gave her a Hi Tech 101 and now she and her daughter will never have to throw their stuff out and be homeless again.

Plug it in and Breathe!!!

Every building has some mold or other types of indoor air pollution. Hi Tech can always improve the quality of your indoor air.

Sometimes I recommend some repairs/remediation and Hi Tech.

Never, would I recommend mold remediation only without getting Hi Tech.

Mold remediation has no guarantee. Hi Tech has a guarantee.

You decide.


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Mold Remediation Steps

We moved out of our house on April 16th, 2011. Spore counts of mold (especially stachybotrys) were very high and our Environmental Relative Moldiness Index (ERMI) was 20.3. [This translates to a 32 on the HERTSMI-2 scorecard] We also had aspergillus, cladosporium and wallemia sebi. It took a long time to get our house to where we could live in it without getting sick. We moved back in on February 10th, 2012.Here are our remediation steps:

Step 1. – empty the house of all belongings. The only things we left were appliances and built in cabinets. Even those we moved, cleaned inside and out, and decided whether they could be kept.

Step 2. Rip out any building materials that have a hint of mold on them. Growing or standing. We rented a dumpster that would be taken out of town and burned.

Step 3. Clean everything. We used many cleaners in our process. Some had no effect and I would call them useless. It took 10 months to get it to the point where I was not getting sick in the house anymore. This is by far the most time consuming step.

It helps if you have become sensitive to mold. You can become the tester. That was what I did. “Nope. Still can’t live here… clean some more.” My poor husband. Those of you who know Mike, know he worked hard on making our house livable for me and the kids. He probably could have lived there through the entire process, but we couldn’t. My son and I had gotten very sick in that house and from now on we have to be very careful we are not living in sick buildings.

We did decide that a mixture of 50/50 ammonia to water was the best cleaning solution. Giving the best results after cleaning. I still use ammonia and water for cleaning… luckily for me, I don’t react to ammonia. Some do. Some become very sensitive after mold exposure or other environmental toxic exposures. They develop sever Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) and react to everything. Since the mold exposure, I have problems with lotions, hairspray, perfume, make-up, candles, deodorants and probably more… but I am fine with most plastics, cleaning products and most fabrics.

The most helpful tools were the MaxBlaster ozone blaster, a RIGID shop HEPA vacuum, then later the Miele canister HEPA vacuum and a garden sprayer that we kept filled with our ammonia mixture. The ozone blaster has to be on a timer so it shuts off automatically. When no one is going to be in the house for a day or so… run ozone for 12 hours and let it sit for 4 or more hours after to let the O3 turn back to O2. It kills mold, bacteria and viruses… and believe me if you have mold, you probably have bacteria and viruses too! When they say ‘sick building’, that’s what you have.

Ozone blast, clean everything with ammonia, HEPA vacuum, repeat. When the house starts to get cleaner… I was able to pinpoint trouble spots in the home. Concentrate on cleaning that area until you no longer react to it. Sometimes I would get sick from cleaning and I had to take time off… or wait until my husband did it. When we were close to done with the house, I was still reacting to the refrigerator, the stove, the microwave, the dishwasher… some we cleaned, some we got rid of… some we replaced. We had to decide based on how easy they were to get into and clean.

Step 4. Put it back together using the most environmentally friendly products we could afford. Vermont Naturals Polyurethane is my best friend. If something wood that I LOVE is still making me sick… I have been putting Vermont Naturals on it… and it seems to be working for me. Some things are just too emotional to get rid of… like my hope chest, and my grandfather’s cedar bedroom furniture… Not all wood needs a coat of poly… but some does. This is how I am dealing, not sure it is ‘approved’ for mold encapsulation on wood, but it works for me.

Only bring one item into the house at a time so that you can tell what (if anything) is making you sick. I bought three new mattresses and had to take one donated mattress. I had to cover that with mattress covers but we can live with it until we can afford to buy a new one. Thankfully, I am not reacting to plastics or fabrics and I have been able to buy new bedding and couches without being overly careful.

When we went furniture shopping, I was super in tune to whether the place we were shopping for furniture made me react. We spent 4 hours in Huck Finn’s Warehouse in Albany, NY… and I felt sure that they didn’t have any mold. We bought a floor model… and I sniffed it. INHALE BIG. I have to live with this furniture! CAN I?

We started moving things into the house on February 1st. We didn’t move in (sleep there) until February 10th, 2012. It’s March 2nd and I am still feeling fine in the house. Everything in the house is new. We have 2 storage units full of stuff that I cannot go near, nor will I allow it in my house.

Some notes:
My husband wore full hazmat suit when he was ripping out moldy building materials. The mask he used was a Moldex 9000 and we got the hazmat suits from the same company.

We used plastic to close off rooms once they were cleaned and we worked our way through the house, cleaning methodically.

If there were an isolated room with mold, that room should be plastic-ed off from the rest of the house so as not to cross contaminate.

The guidelines we used for mold remediation were the ones that were written for asbestos clean up. Although mold is not regulated like asbestos is… it is quite dangerous and should be treated as the bio-hazard that it is.


latest updatesIn July/August of 2014, I started to get sick in my home again. No new leaks, just not feeling well and not getting any better so I did HERTSMI and it came out to be very high.

I found and purchased a machine that eradicates mold and mycotoxins and I am feeling good in my home again – here is a blog I wrote with the before and after test results.
Hi Tech Air Reactor – Before and After Testing with Mycometrics – HERTSMI – ERMI

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If you decide to purchase a Hi Tech Air Reactor, there is a 30 Day money back guarantee. The reason the company can offer this guarantee is because it works!  

If you have any questions, or you need help with your own toxic home or building, email me through this contact page  or through the “Free 1 on 1 Consultation” tab in the lower right corner of this website.   If what we went through can help you in any way, I want to make your journey through mold easier.

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