Summer is here in our beautiful city. This is definitely the time many of us indulge in patio drinks, sweet fruits and maybe a few more treats at summer BBQ’s. What you may not realize is these choices may increase the risk of having increased digestive problems such as gas, bloating, loose stools and constipation. Continue reading
Histamine and it’s reaction to the body are often a hot topic in the the spring. Seasonal allergies lead to high amounts of histamine being released in mucus membranes such as the eyes and nose and for some people the small capillaries of the skin. Hives and itchy, watery eyes with a runny nose are common reactions to excess histamine. However, histamine also causes reactions in the gut and other organs when the body is overloaded.
Chronic headaches and migraines, IBS and even premenstrual cramping can be caused by the body’s release and subsequent inability to completely break down histamine. Histamine is an immune compound that is released by mast cells (a type of white blood cell) to enable an appropriate immune response. Mast cells line areas that are in contact with the environment – nose, eyes, face, mouth and gut for example. When a foreign substance comes in contact with these areas, the compound histamine which is released in a chain of reactions.
Back in medical school, one of my favorite herbal instructors told us that to kill off a throat infection, all that was needed was a teaspoon of crushed garlic a few times per day. When asked how to get patients to take this, she had a few tricks up her sleeve. Continue reading
The holiday season is upon us! This is the start to the holiday parties and dinners with family. Although this is a fun time of the year, it can also be a stressful time for many that deal with digestive issues. Many of my patients suffer from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) or SIBO. They manage their digestive symptoms by avoiding specific foods, detoxifying their digestive system, taking probiotics and managing an overgrowth of fungus or bacteria with medications. During the holidays, it can be difficult to maintain these dietary and medication regimes. Continue reading
When we think of boosting our immune system, what often comes to mind is eating extra oranges to boost our vitamin C, taking drops of Echinacea or holding oregano oil under your tongue.
While these are great immune boosters, how can we really build the immune system? Continue reading
Hello everyone. I am currently attending a very interesting conference by the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS) in Atlanta, GA. Such a great city, with incredible history and spectacular weather. Continue reading