Mast cells can determine how our bodies react to environmental triggers like sugar, pesticides, perfume, pollution, and other causes of inflammation. If you get mast cell activation it makes you extra sensitive to these and many more things.
Mast cells are types of white blood cells found in almost all cells of the body including the skin, gut, eyes, lungs, nerves, brain, mouth, eyes, and in the the immune system. They help the immune system to stay in balance or “regulate.” Mast cells are involved in allergic reactions, and are often noted in histamine reactions. Mast cells help us heal, and they help the blood brain barrier function which helps protect your brain from toxins.
Dr. Martin Pall, specialist in Genetics, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry/Biophysics, notes that mast cell activation commonly occurs after exposure to chemicals, and is especially prevalent after exposure to electromagnetic field radiation.
Please listen to my live radio show interview on mast cell activation with specialist, Dr. Beth O’Hara. It’s radio show #42.
Some questions we discuss on the show are:
1. What are Mast Cells?
2. What is Mast Cell Activation Syndrome?
3. What are the symptoms of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome?
4. How is Mast Cell Activation Syndrome related to Autism?
5. How can someone know if their child might have mast cell involvement?
6. What can cause Mast Cell Activation in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders?
7. What are the next steps if a parent suspects their child may have Mast Cell Activation?
8. Some common diets and supplements used with ASD can make ASD symptoms worse if there is Mast Cell Activation involvement. What are some things that need to be adapted with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome?
Beth O’Hara is a Functional Naturopath, specializing in complex chronic health conditions related to Mast Cell Activation, including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Mold Toxicity, Histamine Intolerance, and Chemical Sensitivities. She is the founder and owner of Mast Cell 360, a Functional Naturopathy Practice designed to look at all factors surrounding health conditions – genetic, biochemical, mental, emotional, social, and environmental. She is a doctoral candidate in Functional Naturopathy through the New Eden School of Natural Health. She holds a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Bachelor’s in Physiological Psychology, She is certified in Functional Genomic Analysis. She is a Research Adviser for the Nutrigenetic Research Institute. She presents at Functional Medicine Conferences and will be speaking next at the 2019 Environmental Toxins & Genomics Conference.
Beth focuses on discovering the unique root factors underlying each client’s illness, utilizing comprehensive genetic interpretation, symptom and health history discovery, and lab analysis as well as providing emotional support for the journey.
She is a passionate advocate for those who fall through the cracks in traditional healthcare.