Mold Avoidance Basics


This page provides descriptions of some especially important information resources for those considering pursuing mold avoidance.

A more comprehensive list of Mold Avoidance Resources also is available.

Many individuals with chronic multisystem illness have reported feeling much improved when they succeed in avoiding exposures to even very small amounts of certain mold toxins and cyanobacteria toxins.

Avoiding biotoxins this scrupulously is a challenging undertaking, however.

Following are descriptions of some useful resources for those interested in pursuing this approach to improving their health.

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Back from the Edge

A short and easily readable introduction to many mold avoidance topics is presented in the book Back from the Edge, which summarizes the life history of mold avoidance pioneer Erik Johnson.

Back from the Edge is currently available for free to those signing up for occasional emails from Paradigm Change.

The book also is available in Amazon Kindle format.



A Beginner’s Guide to Mold Avoidance

This book – written by Lisa Petrison and Erik Johnson – is designed to provide a summary of the basics of mold avoidance to those interested in pursuing it or just in learning about it.

(Note: Tent camping is not required to pursue this approach.)

A free PDF version of the book currently is available to those signing up to receive occasional emails about mold avoidance from Mold Avoiders.

The book also is available in Amazon Kindle and paperback formats.

Online is a page of links to readings and products related to information in the book.



Erik on Avoidance

The book Erik on Avoidance is a compilation of writings (2000-2015) about mold avoidance by Erik Johnson.

Although the book is dense and not as easy-to-read as the Beginner’s Guide, a high percentage of individuals who have done particularly well with mold avoidance have cited it as their top resource for learning helpful information about the topic.

The book is currently available in PDF format for immediate downloading.

An Amazon Kindle version also is available.



Mold Avoiders Forum

The Mold Avoiders discussion forum is intended to serve the needs of individuals who are pursuing or are planning to pursue the approach to mold avoidance pioneered by Erik Johnson and described in the book A Beginner’s Guide to Mold Avoidance.

All topics relevant to mold avoidance and additional healing therapies may be discussed in the forum. 

The forum is run by Mold Avoiders and Paradigm Change founder Lisa Petrison. 

Only those who have applied and been approved as Mold Avoiders Participants can read or post in the forum.

Participants need to have read the book A Beginner’s Guide to Mold Avoidance and to agree to abide by the Mold Avoiders Rules. 

Additional information may be found in the Paradigm Change blog article “Ten Things To Know When Joining Mold Avoiders.”



Mold Avoiders Facebook Group

The Mold Avoiders Facebook group is designed for casual conversations among those individuals who are pursuing the approach to healing discussed in the book A Beginner’s Guide to Mold Avoidance. 

It is run by Paradigm Change and Mold Avoiders founder Lisa Petrison. 

Discussion topics may include new articles or videos on relevant topics; participant photos or stories; and member polls. 

Questions about mold avoidance and other healing approaches also may be posted in the Facebook group, but only by those who have been approved as Mold Avoiders Participants.

While anyone may join the group to read the content, only those who have read the book A Beginner’s Guide to Mold Avoidance and who agree to follow the Mold Avoiders Rules may participate in the group. 

Additional information may be found in the Paradigm Change blog article “Ten Things To Know When Joining Mold Avoiders.”



Mold Avoidance Safety

An article on the Mold Avoiders site discusses some of the issues that those pursuing mold avoidance have reported encountering and provides some thoughts on reducing risks.

Please be sure to read this Mold Avoidance Safety article before beginning to pursue mold avoidance using the approach discussed on this website. 



Living Clean in a Dirty World

The Living Clean website presents links to recommended articles from a variety of sources relevant to those working to recover their health from mold-related illness. 

The site includes links to many articles and videos about mold avoidance as well as a selection of especially interesting articles about adjunctive health treatments. 

Materials are organized by topic and curated by Paradigm Change. 



Paradigm Change

The Paradigm Change website provides basic information on issues related to toxic mold illness useful for patients, practitioners and researchers. 

The Paradigm Change blog presents in-depth articles on topics of current relevance to those interested in issues relevant to toxic mold, as well as on ME/CFS and other similar conditions. 



NOTE:  All information provided via Mold Avoiders and Paradigm Change is for educational use only, with the sole goal of communicating the experiences and observations of those who have pursued mold avoidance themselves. It is not medical advice and should not be considered a substitute for consultation with a qualified physician. Patients are encouraged to collect as much information as they can from a variety of sources and then to discuss that information with a licensed and trusted health care provider before proceeding with any treatment options.



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