The connection between mold toxins and illness has strong science behind it. Unfortunately, I believe that as long as the top mold illness experts continue to (correctly) advise that relinquishing one’s possessions is critical to recovering, the emotional resistance to the mold connection will remain formidable. For those who have fallen through the cracks of the medical system, however, compelling stories about the link between mold toxins and illness can be life-changing. They can be life-saving. People trapped in illness have a right to know that mold may be involved in their suffering.
That is why I’m so excited about Julie Rehmeyer’s upcoming book: Throughthe Shadowlands:A Science Writer's Odyssey into an Illness Science Doesn't Understand.Julie is a brilliant mind among brilliant minds. An MIT-trained mathematician and an award-winning science and mathematics writer, she also is a contributing editor to Discover Magazine. She’s “been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wired, Slate, Science News, and more. Her stories have been featured on The History Channel and NPR’s All Things Considered.”
I mean WOW, right?
I’m hopeful that the mere existence of a memoir by someone this smart, successful, and respected will be very helpful for those whose health has been affected by mold.
The synopsis for Julie’s book on Amazon:
Science journalist Julie Rehmeyer was so sick she sometimes couldn't turn over in bed. The top specialists in the world were powerless to help, and scientific research on her disease was at a near standstill. She was running out of money. And she was all alone, with no one to care for her.
Having exhausted the plausible ideas, Rehmeyer turned to an implausible one. She followed the advice of strangers she'd met on the Internet. They struck her as crazy--but they had recovered from chronic fatigue syndrome as severe as hers. Leaving behind everything she owned, she drove into the desert, testing the theory that mold in her home and belongings was making her sick. Stripped of the life she'd known and the future she'd imagined, Rehmeyer felt as though she were going to the desert to die.
But she didn't die. She used her scientific savvy and investigative journalism skills to find a path to wellness--and uncovered how shocking scientific neglect and misconduct had forced her, and millions of others, to go it alone. In stunning prose, Rehmeyer describes how her illness transformed her understanding of science, medicine, and spirituality. Through the Shadowlands will bring scientific authority to a misunderstood disease while telling an incredible and compelling story of tenacity, resourcefulness, acceptance, and love.