Cooking, histamines, MCAS

Cooking method affects histamines

According to a 2017 study on how cooking method affects histamine content of select foods, grilling and frying increased histamines whereas boiling did not. I wish they’d measured the effects of steaming, sautéing and a few other cooking methods, but we know from research on AGE’s (inflammatory compounds called advanced glycation endproducts) that cooking methods… Continue reading Cooking method affects histamines

Food as Medicine, Mental Health, Wellness

Power of fruit and veggies on mental health

Academic journal articles aren’t known for being inspiring, but I came across a paragraph that made me say “Whoa!”  It does such a beautiful job of summarizing the findings on how fruit and vegetable intake (FVI) can affect mental health in so many ways. See if you find this paragraph as powerful as I did. (Note:… Continue reading Power of fruit and veggies on mental health

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Quercetin and Luteolin as Endocrine Disruptors

Patients with MCAS often take the supplements quercetin and/or luteolin, which have been shown to help stabilize mast cells. Quercetin and luteolin are flavonoids, natural compounds found in many different plant foods. I have often used these supplements, favoring the brand Algonot, because it was formulated by the great mast cell researcher Dr. Theo Theoharides.… Continue reading Quercetin and Luteolin as Endocrine Disruptors

MCAS, Mental Health

How psychological stress affects mast cells

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

Food Safety, MCAS

Citric acid may contain fragments of mutant toxic black mold?!

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?!

Food as Medicine, Gut health

POTS and Gut Health: 15 habits that may help

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

POTS nutrition, recipes

Have trouble swallowing?

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?