Welcome to this post: Dr. Will Cole Review: Epstein Barr & Mold. Note, everything I share in this post is solely based on my own experience; this is not medical advice.
About Dr. Will Cole
Firstly, Dr. Will Cole is a leading functional medicine expert. Moreover, he consults people around the world via webcam. Also, he helps patients locally in Pittsburgh. Too, he specializes in clinically investigating underlying factors of chronic disease. Dr. Will Cole customizes health programs for all autoimmune conditions. These include thyroid issues, hormonal dysfunctions, digestive disorders, and brain problems.
Too, Dr. Cole was named one of the top 50 functional medicine and integrative doctors in the nation. Too, he is a health expert and course instructor for the world’s largest wellness brands such as MindBodyGreen and Goop.
Cole Natural Health Centers
Additionally, Dr. Will Cole is uniquely skilled and experienced. Too, he is adept at finding the root physiological, biochemical, and hormonal causes underlying many diseases. Also, Dr. Cole has broken free from the limiting approach of “standard care.” Moreover, traditional medicine most often calls upon drugs and hormones as a first defense against these diseases. Moreover, this is advised without a real inspection as to the root underlying causes. Too, other contributing factors to each individual’s presenting complaints become overlooked.
Personalized, Functional Medicine Care
Also, Dr. Cole uses breakthrough diagnostic testing and analysis. Too, that’s rarely done in conventional settings. And, the goal remains to uncover the hidden causes of why people feel the way they feel. Also, he also takes great pride in delivering personalized healthcare treatment to patients. In addition, he provides an environment that supports and inspires patients to reverse their poor health. See his Functional Medicine tab for more information.
Dr. Will Cole Review: Epstein Barr & Mold
I think back to a time before I was a patient of Dr. Cole. I remember thinking that if I could get Dr. Cole’s help, it would change my life. Fast forward to present day on the protocol he has laid out for me, that is definitely true. One of the biggest components at this point is knowing what’s going on inside my body. Too, I learned what’s holding me back. Moreover, I’ve gained a sense of direction to healthfully move forward.
Furthermore, here’s some clarification & backstory. The symptoms that led me to recruit Dr. Will Cole’s help include itching/tingling after meals. Too, general inflammation in the body, joint pain and inability to improve athletic performance. Over the last 2 years, these symptoms have been at a peak, but it’s been affecting me for about 4 years.
Skype Meeting with Dr. Will Cole
Meeting with Dr. Cole has given me a ton of clarity. Too, this may sound trivial, but I’m someone who was trying any and everything to feel better. However, there was no sure direction. Morevoer, I was just trying things left and right. I did not know if they were helping address what’s going on under the hood.
Having a clearer sense of what I need to do to help myself, that has direct correlations to what’s actually going on in my body has been everything. It’s been frustrating to look back at several years of struggling, but also empowering to now have better tools to move forward.
A significant aspect of what Dr. Cole provides was helping me understand an aerial view of my health with all things considered. For instance, he helped me see how my gene variants are impairing my body’s ability to heal from my current infections. Then, helping me understand how to better equip my body to handle those burdens. Too, I have some genetic handicaps (you may as well, it’s not super rare). Thus, my body needs some targeted support to get back to a state of wellness.
A synchronistic side note is that Dr. Cole is on the expert panel for one of my favorite natural supplement brands. He is on the expert panel for NOW Foods. This is a beloved brand who I have partnered with since 2018.
Also, super important to note is that my description of the testing + findings is my own. Thus, I am paraphrasing (to the best of my ability). Moreover, these are the biggest takeaways from the information I was provided. As always, I’m not suggesting this for any of you. Furthermore, I’m simply sharing my experience with the hopes that it provides insight.
Testing I Had Done
-Advanced Intestinal Permeability Screen (Blood draw)
-Dutch Test (Urine/Saliva Collection)
-Cyrex (Blood draw)
-Quest Diagnostic Blood Panel (Blood draw)
-23 and Me Genetic Testing (saliva)
The Test Findings
-3 types of mold found in my system
-Several genetic variants: (Single SNPs: MTHFR A1298C, MTR A2756G, SHMT1 C1420T and Double SNPs: COMT V158M, COMT H62H, VDR Taq, MTRR A66G, CBS C699T)
Functionally high glucose. Iron imbalance (see HFE results). Immune imbalance. Functionally high TSH. Thyroid antibodies. Functionally low selenium. Functionally low iodine. Liver imbalance. Functionally low CO2, Functionally low BU, and Functionally low calcium. Too, Functionally low magnesium RBC, Functionally low vitamin d, and Functionally high leptin. C3a – low. MSH- low.
Viral loads: EBV (Epstein Barr Virus) – showing a possible reactivated or past infection. We are looking to keep these from retriggering as they lay dormant in the liver and thyroid.
Horowitz Score = 83
Enterococcus spp. – high, Clostridia (class) – low, Enterobacter spp. – high, Bacteroidetes – high, Firmicutes – high
Bacillus spp. – high, Enterococcus faecalis – high, Enterococcus faecium – high, Pseudomonas spp. – high, Staphylococcus aures – high, Streptococcus spp. – high, Methanobacteriaceae (family) – high, Klebsiella spp. – high
Candida spp. – high
Elastase-1 – low
Advanced Intestinal Barrier Assessment
Zonulin – high, DAO- low, Histamine – high, DAO: histamine ratio – low, LPS IgA – borderline high
Urine/Saliva (irregular cycling female)
Estradiol – borderline high. Progesterone – low. Testosterone – low. Total cortisol – low. Metabolized cortisol – low. Imbalanced cortisol pattern. Vitamin b12 marker – borderline high (potential deficiency). Vitamin b6 marker – borderline high (potential deficiency). Norepinephrine/Epinephrine metabolite – borderline low. Melatonin – borderline low.
Protocol for Healing
To start, I learned on my Skype call with Dr. Cole that my labs are looking like I could be on the verge of an autoimmune condition if left untreated. Too, I’ve learned a good amount through my own autoimmune research. Furthermore, it seems as though many autoimmune conditions are correlated to underlying infections or burdens (i.e. Epstein Barr virus, mold, etc.). To me, it’s encouraging & empowering to know that. As such, it means I need to focus on getting rid of the infection. Since I’ve been looking for a focus, that is a pursuit that’s helpful for me.
Dr. Will Cole told me on our call that had I not already been in such hot pursuit of a healthy lifestyle, seeking stress-mitigating practices, etc., I would be in a much different/worse health spot. Thus, I want to share that for those of you out there that already feel like you do so much for your health but are not healthy. Just know that it does make a difference. Moreover, it’s just about continually acquiring more tools. The aim remains to help yourself & dedicating yourself to keep putting the puzzle pieces together.
-Remove mold exposure (in this case, we are moving to a new residence at the beginning of August). Dr. Cole recommended this site for mold removal/remediation. I’ve also heard Dr. Kasey Holland recommend Mold Finders.
-Donate blood to combat hemochromotosis (I’ve already donated one time; double red, and plan to do that once more)
-Start suggested supplementation.
*Important: several of the supplements that were recommended were ones I already had stocked at home. Too, several of the brands I mention here are those brands. Also, I did purchase the majority of the recommended supplements sent over by Dr. Cole’s team (by brands I’m familiar with in the integrative medicine world, like Xymogen). Just wanted to give you the full scope with that. I am in a unique position currently having such a vast supplement cabinet thru my partnership with NOW Foods. However, I plan to refer to the recommended list from Dr. Cole when I need to restock.
My personalized supplement protocol includes a gut health focus. To start, Probiotics, l-glutamine & aloe drink, and digestive enzymes aid gut health. Too, calcium magnesium butyrate helps efficient digestion. Anti-viral & anti-fungal tinctures help uphold intestinal microbe balance. And, Activated Charcoal (a binder) helps the body purge before sweating. Also, I take a good source of omega-3s to address inflammation.
-Adopting a keto approach to nutrition while mold exposure is present. Too, I will likely continue this thru detox/healing protocol. Also, I’m focusing on eating foods that are easy to digest. Moreover, I focus on foods that don’t noticeably cause an upset stomach nor inflammation. You could say I’m taking a highly intuitive approach to the nutrition aspect.
Links & Codes to Products Mentioned
You can try the probiotic I take, by the brand Seed, and save 15% on your subscription with code FMG15. Too, for quercetin, I take this brand, use code FEELMOREGOODER to save. Also for tinctures, I look to Nutramedix; use code FEELMOREGOODER for 10% off. Too, for digestive enzymes, I like Seeking Health; use code FEELMOREGOODERSEP for 10% off. Also, for activated charcoal, I use Now Foods. Use code JES for 20% off. Too, as an omega-3 source, I take Sunwarrior’s Vegan Omega-3 from sea algae; use code FEELMOREGOODER for 20% off.
Firstly, I’m just at the beginning of this protocol. Thus, I will come back and update this post as time passes. Besides, getting out of the mold exposure is step number 1. Therefore, it feels like a bit of a waiting game since we are not moving until August. Furthermore, note the tinctures are in an alcohol base. I am unable to take them in our current home, as they elicit a histamine/tingling/itching reaction. However, I’m doing everything I can in the meantime and plan to begin them again promptly after moving.
Dr. Will Cole’s team offers ongoing support and follow-up testing as much as the patient desires. However, I’m still implementing and digesting all of the findings and information I’ve been given. Eventually, I may recruit Dr. Cole & his team to assist me after 6 months. Or, if removing the mold exposure on this protocol doesn’t get me to a healthier spot. But, I’m feeling pretty hopeful that the move will be huge. Also, I am aware that detoxifying and cleansing on this deep a level takes time.
Furthermore, I’m just happy right now to not be having the reactions to food. Besides, that felt pretty stifling when it was happening at every meal. Taking digestive enzymes, a source of Omega 3s, & quercetin with every meal has made the biggest difference right now.
In addition, other practices I am doing regularly are saunas (around 200 degrees) and chiropractic visits.
10.8.21 UPDATE: I am feeling better every day! No more reactions to food and zero rashes. Additionally, I just started the Microbe Formulas Foundational Protocol to continue my healing. Too, this protocol doesn’t contain pictures with an alcohol base. Thus, I deem it more suitable for all stages of healing.
Thank you for coming to this post: My Patient Experience with Dr. Will Cole.
Do you or have you had any similar experiences with your health? I’m always curious to hear others’ stories and support each other. Feel free to comment below!