The role of bacteria and mast cells is an emerging area of medical research.
Mast cells are best recognized for their role in inflammation, allergies, and lectins, however, the role of bacteria and mast cells are also crucial.
Mast cells play a critical role in the defense against pathogens, bacterial, and viral infections.
This natural role of mast cells seems to have slipped off the radar, in favor of inflammation, and yet the activation of mast cells by infections is well recognized in the scientific literature.
A recent discussion paper co-authored by Theoharides highlights the impact on bacteria and mast cells.
This paper so mirrors my observations that I wanted to highlight these views whilst waiting for the research to catch up.
Over the last year or so, I have been using zeolite rather than prescription medication, to successfully detoxify mold, only to find that in addition to mold, zeolite binds histamines providing another way to neutralize excess histamines in the gastrointestinal tract.
Gut bacteria diversity is one of the key drivers of health.
The American Gut Project, and the Twins UK project, found that building diversity had a comparable effect to taking medication, and low diversity to disease. It’s that important.
Within the functional health community, there is a lot of focus on killing pathogens, viruses, and other bad guys. Many functional tests are aimed at identifying them – such as the Gi-Map™ test.
However, less emphasis has been placed on rebuilding or maintaining gut bacteria diversity – which the Ubiome Explorer test measures.
In my experience, you need both, otherwise, health is never quite restored. You are either busy shoveling the water out or busy trying to plug the holes in a leaky gut and biome.
One of the challenges faced by people with histamine intolerance is the removal of high histamine ferments, but fortunately, a wide range of low histamine foods nourish the gut. You do not need to eat sauerkraut to have a good gut biome.