If you have mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS), then you probably already know—all too well—how psychological stress affects mast cells. But if you want proof, details, and a ton of other fantastic information from one of the world’s top mast cell researchers, check out this new article by Dr. Theo Theoharides: Impact of psychological stress… Continue reading How psychological stress affects mast cells
The Institute for Functional Medicine has collected research on 10 foods that can help fight symptoms related to mast cell activation.
POTS patients may have extra reason to avoid plastic food packaging.
Low-histamine diets are hard enough at the best of times. Here are 12 tips for getting low-histamine (i.e., super fresh) foods during the pandemic.
Citric acid is basically just lemon or lime juice, right? (Nope.) And if it likely had something harmful in it, the USDA would tell us, right? (Nope.) And if an ingredient were made from toxic black mold—in China—the USDA would require safety testing before allowing it in thousands of foods and supplements, right? (Nope.) Ok,… Continue reading Citric acid may contain fragments of mutant toxic black mold?!
Growing evidence suggests that autoimmune conditions can stem from poor gut health AND that many cases of POTS/dysautonomia are autoimmune. Even people without without autoimmune problems should prioritize gut health because growing evidence links it to numerous aspects of health, both physical and mental. So here’s a handy list of 15 ways to promote better gut health:… Continue reading POTS and Gut Health: 15 habits that may help
Do you have trouble swallowing? If so, you are not alone. A 2015 survey of 39 POTS patients found that 41% reported swallowing difficulty (Deb et al., found here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4365108/). POTS is not the only condition associated with dysphagia (trouble swallowing). A recent NPR story reports that every year 1 in 25 people experiences dysphagia, and… Continue reading Have trouble swallowing?
4 ways to save while eating better.
Over the years, our nutrition practice has witnessed countless people discovering three valuable lessons over Lent, and wishing they had internalized them sooner. Lesson 1: The loss is temporary. Giving up a favorite junky food (for Lent or any time) is hard....but only for a few weeks. Once a processed food loses its hold on… Continue reading Food Lessons from Lent
Before I get IVIg I like to eat a breakfast including some fresh salsa, guacamole, pesto, bruschetta or other food that includes crushed raw garlic. Is it because I want others to go running from my bad breath? Nope--it's because crushed raw garlic might have health properties to help prevent all three of my IVIg-related… Continue reading My Pre-IVIg (and Pre-Flight) Snacks