Mold Desensitization and Food Avoidance


Sherry A. Rogers, M.D.
Syracuse, New York

In previous publications we have shown that there are many more fungi prevalent than we were previously aware of. Now we needed to determine whether these fungi can cause disease. We needed to determine whether people react to them and upon receiving them if their symptoms could be improved and last, whether discontinuing the injections could cause a recurrence of the symptoms. This is not easy to evaluate because mold allergy is rarely an isolated event, rather, the total antigenic load must be dealt with.

Sixteen fungi were selected and added to our pollens, four mold, dust, and mite tests. It was winter season. Not only were positive test results obtained to the fungi, but coincident, dramatic improvement of various recalcitrant conditions occurred within two months, (and in some cases within weeks) of administration of these fungal antigens. Dietary manipulation was essential in most for optimum improvement. Coincident with stopping injections, or discontinuing the diet, the conditions would recur.

Before-and-after photos of patients will be shown.

Patient #1 had an IgE of 33,000 with extremely severe total body eczema. He had sought treatment at the Massachusetts General Hospital and from innumerable dermatologist and allergists in three states. His skin started clearing with the second and third injections and was totally clear in two weeks. After four months of treatment, his IgE was 8,000 I.U. At six months, it was 4,000. Single blind saline substitution of his injection 6 months later caused recurrence within two weeks.

Patient #2 had severe acne conglobata which resulted in keloid formation. He had consulted seven dermatologists in three states with no improvement.

Patient #3 had severe adult facial eczematous dermatitis.

Patient #4 had unbearable total body pruritis and pruritic vasculitis of the ankles.

Patient #5 had idiopathic fluid retention of hands, face and feet, unresponsive to diuretics, often making her unrecognizable to friends. She had consulted internists and endocrinologists.

Patient #6 had hyperactivity and at the age of eight years old was on six amphetamines a day by the Medical Center Pediatric Neurology Department. He was still dangerously uncontrollable and unteachable and it took three adults to hold him down during attacks.

All patients were markedly clear within less than two months (many were clear within two weeks) and had been failures with other methods. Either single-blind substitution of injections with normal saline, or dietary indiscretion could cause recurrence of the conditions.

A discussion will follow of how the fungi were chosen, tested, and given; and how the study could be improved if patients were willing to be part of a study where they might receive placebo.