Australian scientists have linked chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) to a genetic defect in immune cell receptors putting to rest once and for all the pathology of this much-maligned condition.
The research undertaken by the National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases (Griffiths University) found that an inherited genetic defect means that cells do not work optimally.
These findings have potentially wider implications as many of the patients studied also had fibromyalgia and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome.
Mast-cell precursors have also been found in the blood of the patients studied. Whilst CFS patients might well fall under the spectrum of mast-cell activation, the Griffiths University research, by identifying the mechanism of action, provides a much more precise diagnosis.
The new guidelines for diagnosing histamine intolerance provides an interesting overview as to some of the challenges that researcher and patients share.
The question they pose is not whether histamine intolerance exists but what is the root cause? Is it actually what we eat?
They then go on to propose new guidelines for diagnosing and managing histamine intolerance.
The following is a summary of their findings and recommendations.
I recently was interviewed by Stephen Anderson for the Holistic Practitioner Podcast on histamine intolerance.
In this episode, we talk about my long struggle with histamine intolerance and how healing myself lead me into the work of helping others suffering from similar issues.
It has been a little quiet on this blog of late as two years ago I was diagnosed with CIRS.
Fortunately, I am now much better, and so I wanted to share with you what I have learned about this syndrome.
Not only does this syndrome affect up to 25% of the population but many of my clients are discovering they have CIRS.
Here is my story. See if any of it sounds familiar.