A Blog of "All Things MCAS"
As I’ve begun to search for jobs in a new state, I’ve come across some opportunities that are a definite NO. While MCAS triggers vary between patients, it’s safe to say that the following jobs are probably not ideal…. Bus Driver Mechanical vibration and...read more
Endocannabinoids are naturally-occurring substances found within the body. Endocannabinoids are found in breast milk and have also been linked as the source of the “runners high” one can get with exercise. Endocannabinoids are part of a neurotransmitter...read more
One of the most overwhelming aspects of daily life for patients with mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS) lies in dietary decisions, particularly when the gastrointestinal system is inflamed or dysfunctional. Heidi Turner, MS, RDN is an Integrative...read more
Back in July, I had the honor of spending an afternoon with Dr. Sharon Meglathery in her home near Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Meglathery is board-certified in psychiatry and has noted a high percentage of patients suffering from chronic illness, including mast...read more
A frequent question that I get from newly diagnosed patients is “What conditions go hand-in-hand with MCAS?” The short answer is: Research in this area is in it’s infancy. The disease itself has only been coined for a decade, so there’s a scarcity of high...read more
Ticks are most often associated with Lyme disease, but they can also transmit a bunch of other serious health conditions, which often lead to the development of mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS). Summer Carroll is a 29-year-old from Alabama who...read more
What makes a good dream team? Providers who “get it” and are knowledgeable about MCAS are helpful – but the most important factor is finding a provider who is willing to listen and learn with you and perhaps to do a little extra research or reading on...read more
The Controversy Should patients with MCAD be concerned about continual use of over-the-counter antihistamines like H1 and H2 blockers? Some resources cite that long-term regular use of antihistamines can, over time, lead to cognitive problems such as...read more
In Part One, we delved into some of the sources of everyday hidden toxins that may influence patients with chronic illness. This blog post discusses some strategies to 1) eliminate sources of toxins and 2) assist the body in removing toxins that have built up over...read more
I usually love playing B-I-N-G-O, but lately it seems that my body has been stuck in a nightmare-ish game of TOXIC bingo stuck on repeat! And the prize is a whole lotta extra mast cell activation. Patients with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) are...read more
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