Posts Tagged ‘mast cell activation disorder’
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.
Yet mast cells play a critical role in the defense against and clearance of pathogens, bacterial, and viral infections.
There is a significant body of research demonstrating that pathogenic bacteria or bacteria cell-wall products activate mast cell to produce an anti-bacterial response.
This natural role of mast cells seems to have slipped off the radar.
A recent discussion paper co-authored by Theoharides highlights the impact on bacteria and mast cells. I have also updated this post in November 2017 following a highly detailed Swedish review of the role of mast cells in bacterial infections.
This paper so mirrors my observations that I wanted to highlight these views whilst waiting for the research to catch up.
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.
One of the most overlooked ways in which histamine tolerance can be improved is through the stabilisation of blood sugar levels.
In the scientific literature, it is a well established that there is a bi-directional relationship between blood sugar control and histamine levels.
This means that unstable blood sugar can increase histamine levels, and histamine levels can progress the development of diabetes or insulin resistance.