Recipes

Gluten Free Blackberry Saffron Almond Cake (paleo)

0 Comments 19 April 2014

So much yumminess emanates from my friend Alejandra Ramos’ website Always Order Dessert. Once delicious recipe after the next tumbles effortlessly from this Latina bombshell’s lips, only to be Tweeted by the Domestic Goddess herself, Nigella Lawson. Nigella most recently took a fancy to a Blackberry Saffron Almond cake that I can only describe as heaven […]

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Medical

Diagnosing histamine intolerance & mast cell activation

0 Comments 13 April 2014

I’ve been told, by a number of doctors, that it takes, on average, a decade to diagnose someone with a mast cell disorder. I personally consider histamine intolerance to be a mast cell disorder. It took me almost 30 years and 68 doctors to get to histamine intolerance, and then another three years and two doctors to […]

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Dispatches, Research & News

Fearful of food? The brain is to blame (but is also the cure)

0 Comments 06 April 2014

I’m a logical person. I’ve seen and experienced things in life that colour my perception of the world around me for sure, but not to the extent of what happened to me on the Heathrow – JFK leg of my US trip. You know how there are some French cheeses so stanky that they make […]

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Research & News

Wondering why you react to EVERYTHING you eat?

3 Comments 04 April 2014

Did you know that the act of digestion itself causes histamine release? No, not many people do. I get so many emails from people who are convinced they have multiple amine, food intolerance or allergy issues because they react to everything they ingest. They explore salicylate, amine, oxalate, yeast and other issues obsessively, convinced that once […]

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Optimum Nutrition

Is the antihistamine diet an anti-cancer diet?

0 Comments 31 March 2014

We all know, thanks to the work of Drs Fuhrman, Weill and many, many other leaders in the field of nutrition and real medicine, that the anti-inflammatory diet can prevent cancer, but, despite all the recent research showing promise in treating a number of cancers with antihistamines, the  study of the benefits (or dangers) of modifying […]

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Dispatches

I’m healing, not curing (my histamine intolerance/mast cell disorder)

0 Comments 27 March 2014

The internet worries me. Sure, we have more information at our fingertips than ever before, and that’s part of the problem. Spending hours, days, months, years, researching symptoms can sometimes bring relief: “no I don’t have cancer”, or diagnosis: “it’s actually mast cell disorder/histamine intolerance”, but also further confusion: “I’ve eliminated all histamine, why aren’t […]

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Recipes

Sunflower seed butter cookies (gluten and dairy free)

0 Comments 21 March 2014

  The great thing about staying in a house with kids is that they give you an excuse to go nutty with the cookie batter. The bad news is that, well, you get nutty with the cookie batter! Luckily, my gluten/dairy/nut/white sugar free, medium oxalate cookies are just as high nutrient as the rest of […]

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Research & News

Beanz meanz antihistamines!

2 Comments 17 March 2014

Updated post, originally published in March 2013. A research scientist friend, whose findings on the anti-cancer benefits of spirulina were recently published (see end of post for link), messaged me yesterday, asking if I was aware that yet another food on the “high histamine” or “Histamine NO” lists, actually has antihistamine properties. Indeed I am, […]

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Interviews

Buy, borrow or steal this book. Your body & brain will thank you!

0 Comments 15 March 2014

“…what you really need to translate for people — those for whom Western medicine has done all it can — is this: all the science is pointing to the fact that your brain is your last best cure.” – Anastasia Rowland-Seymour, MD, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins (in a quote to author Donna Jackson Nakazawa).  […]

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Optimum Nutrition

The inflammation bucket (why I can now eat shrimp)

0 Comments 06 March 2014

You’ve heard of the histamine bucket – whereby every little bit of histamine put into the body (food, animal dander, stress, pollen) builds, until it spills over into a reaction. You then need to spend a certain amount of time emptying it in order to feel better (antihistamines, green juice, stress relief). But here’s a […]

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