Mold Avoidance Basics


This page provides information on the most 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 Facebook Group

The Mold Avoiders Facebook group is a recovery help forum for those who are interested in the approach to mold avoidance discussed in the book A Beginner’s Guide to Mold Avoidance.

All participants need to have read the book or to be in the process of reading the book.

All topics relevant to healing from chronic illness in the context of this approach to mold avoidance may be discussed in the group.

All participants need to have read the Mold Avoiders Rules and to do their best to follow them.

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



Mold Avoiders Workshop

Mold Avoiders Workshop is a Facebook group that may be joined only by those individuals who have decided that they are committed to pursuing the general approach to mold avoidance discussed in the book A Beginner’s Guide to Mold Avoidance.

Discussion topics in the group focus on just two specific areas: 1) pursuing avoidance according to the approach discussed in the Beginner’s Guide and 2) using other treatments in the context of pursuing the avoidance approach discussed in the Beginner’s Guide. 

Other kinds of mold avoidance (including the use of laboratory mold tests) and all other discussions should take place only in the general Mold Avoiders group, rather than in the Mold Avoiders Workshop group.

Also, please note that individuals who are currently following the DNRS/Hopper or Gupta “brain retraining” programs may not be members of the Mold Avoiders Workshop group since those approaches are contradictory to the avoidance approach discussed in the Beginner’s Guide.

Mold Avoiders Workshop is moderated by Lisa Petrison.

The group rules are the same as for the general Mold Avoiders group. 



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. 



NOTE:  All information provided via Mold Avoiders 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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