Hello Alicia, I wrote you a long reply yesterday which lost itself in the ether somewhere! I really must get someone to look at my laptop - it keeps doing that. Anyway I threw up my hands in horror and went out to cut some grass instead!
Here goes again. It is REALLY good news to hear that your doctor prescribed cholestyramine! WOW! No such luck here in Devon. Caroline is having phone consults since our visit to California to see the doctor and he said to her "The good news is that we now know what's wrong with you, and the bad news is that we now know what's wrong with you", so we know things are not going to be fast. He also said as far as the cholestyramine is concerned that some is good, more is not better. If the moulds are killed off too quickly the body will have difficulty getting rid of them. She started on a very low dose of one eighth of a teaspoon every other day. She is now taking one quarter of a teaspoon every day, although the last 2 days she has been in such pain all over that she has taken nothing as she feels there was too much kill off. She is aiming to reach one teaspoon per day.
These blogs will fill you in on a bit of the background:
I can really recommend the videos mentioned in each of the blogs, and also Dr. Nathan's book. We have Dr. Shoemaker's books too, but they are quite heavy going. There are also books written by others who have suffered from the condition. There are lots on the USA Amazon site, and we found one here called "Surviving Toxic Black Mold Syndrome" by Mary Beth Short-Ray.
There were several written after Hurricane Katrina caused a large outbreak of the condition several years ago because of the invasion of water into homes and work places. Caroline has found that if you order over £25 worth from Amazon there is no postage charge to Italy.
I have been investigating if there is anywhere that will do the mould testing here but without success. You might also like to check if you have any chronic viruses. These too leave biotoxins in the body and can also cause thyroid problems (and other endocrine problems). This is all a very recent and very steep learning curve for us. You might have more luck finding labs in Italy than here. There is much more research in Italy (Florence) and Germany and of course the USA regarding chronic virus toxins.
I have a long list of references and links in my "Bookmarks" folder which I really must sort into some sort of order. I'll send it to you at some point if you are interested.
Caroline loves it in Piemonte. It is very beautiful. She lives in the countryside miles from anywhere except her village which is about a mile away. The people are SOOOOO lovely.
Do keep in touch and let us know how you get on.
Jane x x