Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS)

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Chronic Inflammatory

Response Syndrome (CIRS)

Environmentally acquired illness (EAI) is a serious chronic health condition that is often a consequence of your surrounding environment. Previously known as CIRS (Chronic Inflammatory Response System), EAI commonly occurs when a person is exposed to mold, biotoxins, and Lyme over a certain period of time. It can also result from exposure to highly toxic chemicals such as heavy metal, pesticides, dust, and other irritants in the air. 


EAI encompasses a broad range of symptoms, causes, and treatments that vary from person-to-person. It typically involves damage and chronic inflammation in a number of body systems such as your immune system, brain, heart, and lungs among others. If you also have a pre-existing medical condition or are in poor health, EAI can further complicate your everyday lifestyle. 


Symptoms of EAI can vary greatly and are different for each person. They can be as mild as itches, rashes, aches, stiffness, diarrhea, and nausea. Some more serious ailments as a result of EAI can include memory issues, insomnia, anxiety, muscle weakness, and headaches. It can be difficult to determine if most (or any) of these broad symptoms are a direct consequence of EAI, so always consult a doctor to determine your next steps. 


Many buildings often have buildup of mold and toxic material that can be inhaled through your system. This leads to more severe infections and sickness because the toxins are concentrated in a tight, confined space. 


Moreover, EAIs can include other ailments related to the environment such as Lyme Disease and infections like Bartonella, Babesia, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), and mycoplasma. Some people have also experienced Mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS) and multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS). 


Diagnosing EAI and finding the right factors is crucial in this instance. In terms of treatment and prevention, Dr. Reis utilizes methods involving the identification of such triggers that activate your EAI symptoms and working effective solutions to resolve them. An important part of EAI treatment lies in reducing exposure to toxic environmental factors and detoxifying your body.  


If you are worried that you may have EAI, first ask yourself if you feel better or worse when you enter a room or space. If you suffer from headaches or sinus issues when you are in them, it may be a warning that your space is contaminated with toxins and you’ve been exposed to them. In this case, you may want to either clean the space or move out entirely. 


Dangerous chemicals are also another factor to consider as well as nearby pollution or gas leaks that can seriously affect your well-being. 


Dr. Reis believes that adjusting lifestyle changes and avoidance of toxic exposure can prevent your exposure to EAI and its devastating effects. Recovery time can take months to years, but the results are worthwhile for those wanting to lead better, healthier lives.  

If you think you may have CIRS, there are two tests you need to do:

If you fail the symptom analysis and the VCS, there is a very high chance you have CIRS.

I think I may have CIRS. Now what?

Contact us at 704-220-1770 and we will schedule you for your initial consultation. We will ask you send us both the symptom survey and the VCS results.

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