My Own Struggle with Mast Cells Gone Wild

Published 12/15/2013. Last updated 2/6/2014. See The Role of Mast Cells for information about what they are and how they serve the body.       The mast cells in my gut gave me a lot of grief about a year after I’d vanquished my Clostridium difficile infection and was back to eating more or … Continue reading My Own Struggle with Mast Cells Gone Wild

More on Overactive Mast Cells and How to Calm Them Down

I wrote earlier about an essential part of our immune systems called mast cells and the period when mine went wild, reacting to pretty much anything I ate or drank as if Attila’s Huns were at the gate and needed to be attacked at all costs – even if they killed me in the process. … Continue reading More on Overactive Mast Cells and How to Calm Them Down

The Role of Mast Cells

Published 12/15/2013. Updated 1/4/2014. Mast cells, located in our skin and mucosa, are an essential part of our immune defenses. These unique cells are tasked with activating our immune systems to defend us from harmful invaders. Mast cells commonly reside at the body’s various borders, where they act as goalies to defend us against pathogens … Continue reading The Role of Mast Cells

HISTAMINE INTOLERANCE

  Have you been finding that exposure to an ever increasing number of foods, smells, or chemicals causes skin outbreaks, stuffy sinuses, a headache, brain fog, exhaustion, an upset GI tract, or just an overall unwell feeling? If you notice evidence that your body has become chronically  inflamed and you have an array of symptoms … Continue reading HISTAMINE INTOLERANCE

How To Make Yourself Less Attractive to Mosquitoes

Last updated 6/17/2014. Are you one of those people who attract every mosquito in the neighborhood while others around you don’t get a single bite?       Mosquitoes have been around for about 170 million years – considerably longer than modern man. Archeological and fossil evidence says Homo Sapiens evolved around 276,000 years ago. … Continue reading How To Make Yourself Less Attractive to Mosquitoes

Asthma

Published on 12/22/2013. Last updated 1/17/2014. Asthma is an obstructive lung disease caused by over reaction of the airways to various stimuli. It is classified as an autoimmune disease. In asthmatics, the air passages in the lungs become inflamed, affecting the sensitivity of the nerve endings there so they become easily irritated. During an attack, … Continue reading Asthma

Saccharomyces boulardii

Published 12/16/2014. Updated 1/4/2014. Now we turn specifically to Saccharomyces boulardii – generally regarded as a powerhouse in the group of probiotics that keep our guts and bodies in good balance. This amazing probiotic yeast, along with dietary changes and other probiotics, helped restore my health from a nasty Clostridium difficile infection, when my mast … Continue reading Saccharomyces boulardii

MALFUNCTIONING PYLORIC & ILEOCECAL VALVES – AND HOW TO FIX THEM

  I learned something very helpful from my recent thermography. After weeks of intense intestinal distress, I now know (at least in part) what the cause was and how to fix it. Turns out my symptoms (bloating, burping, gas, feeling full after eating only a little, abdominal pain, fever spikes, spastic diarrhea, insomnia – feeling … Continue reading MALFUNCTIONING PYLORIC & ILEOCECAL VALVES – AND HOW TO FIX THEM

Genetically Modified Organisms – Our Food

Updated 4/9/2016.   DEFINITIONS You’ve no doubt heard about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) but perhaps not understood why many countries have already banned them and  why so many people in the US want foods containing them to be labeled so we can make the choice to avoid eating them. GMO stands for GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISM. … Continue reading Genetically Modified Organisms – Our Food