Dr. Will Cole Review: Epstein Barr & Mold

Welcome to this post: Dr. Will Cole Review: Epstein Barr & Mold. Everything I share in this post is solely based on my own experience; this is not medical advice.

About Dr. Will Cole

Dr. Will Cole, leading functional-medicine expert, consults people around the world via webcam and locally in Pittsburgh. He specializes in clinically investigating underlying factors of chronic disease and customizing health programs for thyroid issues, autoimmune conditions, hormonal dysfunctions, digestive disorders, and brain problems.

Dr. Cole was named one of the top 50 functional medicine and integrative doctors in the nation and is a health expert and course instructor for the world’s largest wellness brands such as mindbodygreen and goop.

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Dr. Will Cole, senior clinic director, is uniquely skilled and experienced at finding the root physiological, biochemical and hormonal causes underlying many diseases. Dr. Cole has broken free from the limiting approach of “standard care,” which most often calls upon drugs and hormones as a first defense against these diseases without a real inspection as to the root underlying causes and contributing factors to each individual’s presenting complaints.

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Dr. Cole uses breakthrough diagnostic testing and analysis that’s rarely done in conventional settings to uncover the hidden causes of why people feel the way they feel. He also takes great pride in delivering personalized healthcare treatment to patients as well as providing an environment that supports and inspires patients to reverse their poor health. See Functional Medicine tab for more information.

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Dr. Will Cole Review: Epstein Barr & Mold

Going 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, currently 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 that’s holding me back & having a sense of direction to healthfully move forward.

For some clarification & backstory, the symptoms that led me to recruiting Dr. Will Cole’s help include itching/tingling after meals, general inflammation in the body, joint pain and inability to improve athletic performance (& overall good feeling from exercise). 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. This may sound trivial, but I’m someone who was trying any and everything to feel better. However, there was no sure direction. I was just trying things left and right, not knowing 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. In other words, because I have some genetic handicaps (you may as well, it’s not super rare), my body needs some targeted support to get back to a state of wellness & fight what’s bogging down my body.

A synchronistic side note is that Dr. Cole is on the expert panel for one of my favorite natural supplement brands, NOW Foods, who I have partnered with since about 2018.

Also! Super important to know is that my description of the testing + findings is my own. I am paraphrasing (to the best of my ability) the biggest takeaways from the information I was provided. As always, I’m not suggesting this for any of you, 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)

-Stool collection

-23 and Me Genetic Testing (saliva)

The Test Findings

-Hemochromotosis

-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)

Blood

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 BUN, Functionally low calcium, Functionally low magnesium RBC, Functionally low vitamin d, 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

Stool: 

Normal Bacteria

Enterococcus spp. – high, Clostridia (class) – low, Enterobacter spp. – high, Bacteroidetes – high, Firmicutes – high

Opportunistic Bacteria

Bacillus spp. – high, Enterococcus faecalis – high, Enterococcus faecium – high, Pseudomonas spp. – high, Staphylococcus aures – high, Streptococcus spp. – high, Methanobacteriaceae (family) – high, Klebsiella spp. – high

Fungi/yeast

Candida spp. – high

Intestinal health

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. Through my own research I’ve gathered about autoimmunity; 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 because 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. 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. It’s just about continually acquiring more tools to help yourself & dedicating yourself to keep putting the puzzle pieces together (the puzzle being your health & wellness).

Healing Approach

-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. Several of the brands I mention here are those brands. 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. When I need to restock, I plan to refer to the recommended list from Dr. Cole.

My personalized supplement protocol includes a gut health focus (probiotics, l-glutamine & aloe drink, digestive enzymes, calcium magnesium butyrate), anti-viral & anti-fungal tinctures, Activated Charcoal (a binder) before sweating, and a good source of omega-3s.

-Adopting a keto approach to nutrition while mold exposure is present. Will likely continue this thru detox/healing protocol. I’m focusing on eating foods that are easy to digest and don’t noticeably cause an upset stomach or inflammation. You could say I’m taking a highly intuitive approach with the nutrition aspect.

You can try the probiotic I take, by the brand Seed, and save 15% on your subscription with code FMG15. For quercetin, I take this brand, use code FEELMOREGOODER to save. For tinctures, I look to Nutramedix; use code FEELMOREGOODER for 10% off. For digestive enzymes, I like Seeking Health; use code FEELMOREGOODERAUGUST for 10% off. For activated charcoal, I use Now Foods. Use code JES for 20% off. As an omega-3 source, I take Sunwarrior’s Vegan Omega-3 from sea algae; use code FEELMOREGOODER for 20% off.

Overview

I’m just at the beginning of this protocol and will come back and update this post as time passes. Since getting out of the mold exposure is step number 1, it feels like a bit of a waiting game since we are not moving until August. Furthermore, since 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. At this point, 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 & doing the suggested protocol doesn’t get me to a healthier spot that feels better. 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.

I’m just happy right now to not be having the reactions to food. 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.

Other practices I am doing regularly are saunas (around 200 degrees) and chiropractic visits.

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 other’s stories and support each other. Feel free to comment below!

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