The Problem with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) and How You Can Heal
Introduction: What is Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS)? Symptoms and Causes
Mast Cell Activation Syndrome is a rare but serious condition that affects the body’s mast cells, which are part of our immune system.
The symptoms of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome can vary greatly from person to person. Some people experience only one or two symptoms while others experience many. There are many things that can cause Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, but most people experience an allergic reaction of some sort for at least one symptom.
Mast Cell Activation Syndrome is a rare but serious condition that affects the body’s mast cells, which are part of our immune system. The condition may be triggered by an environmental allergen or other triggers.
How Mast Cells Work and Why They Can Cause Problems for Those with MCAS
Mast cells are immune system cells that produce histamine and other inflammatory substances when they are activated by an allergen. or environmental hazards.
Mast cells are very similar to basophils, however it is believed the latter come from different precursors.
Basophils and mast cells utilize different routes to enter the circulatory system. Basophils migrate through bone marrow and travel in the blood stream, whereas mast cells move to different parts of the body via connective tissue.
Mast cells contain histamine, which is released when they are triggered. The primary functions of histamine in the body include: allergies, inflammation, and defence against pathogens.
There is evidence to suggest that non-ionizing electromagnetic fields cause an increase in the number of mast cells, their movement, and degranulation.
Causes of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome?
Mast cell activation syndrome is a condition characterized by an immune system overreaction to environmental triggers.
The cause of the condition is not entirely understood, but it is believed that there are two main factors that contribute to the development of mast cell activation syndrome: environmental triggers and genetic predisposition. Environmental triggers may include mold, mould, EMF radiation from power lines and certain electronic devices, electro-hypersensitive people, increased numbers of mast cells in the skin near blood vessels.
The symptoms may include a variety of skin problems such as hives or rashes on the skin, eczema-like lesions with red patches and itching. It can also lead to problems with digestion such as diarrhoea or stomach pain.
What a Building Biologist finds with People Suffering from MCAS
According to a research article by Olle Johannson, electro-hypersensitive people exposed to electromagnetic fields have a different pattern of mast cell distribution where there is a high concentration of mast cells near the skin surface resulting in skin irritations/eczema due to degranulation of the mast cells, resulting in the release of histamines.
In another study, the mycotoxins released from mould growth can result in the secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines, especially from mast cells, which then lead to inflammation. The secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines, especially from mast cells, can occur in all tissues (even the brain), and can result in cognitive issues such as memory loss and poor attention, with extreme cases that children being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
A building biologist often examine the homes of someone suffering from mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS). Building biologists will look for evidence of mold or electromagnetic field radiation. Nearly all cases identified an EMF source or a mold-growth issue within the home. Often, the occupant was sleeping next to a Wi-Fi router or cordless DECT phone, and even sleeping with their smart phone. In other cases, black toxic mold growth or hidden mould growth was identified in the home, which had to be professionally remediated by an IICRC-certified mould remediator.
From a precautionary approach, it is best to eliminate electromagnetic field (EMF) sources within the home and to remediate any mould and moisture issues. This will reduce your environmental hazard exposures while you receive medical treatment from your functional medicine doctor.
How do you treat Mast Cell Activation Syndrome?
To keep a chronic condition such as mast cell activation syndrome under control, find a functional medicine doctor you like and trust to help you. It will take time and patience, but the good news is that treating it will yield good results.
Here’s a Great Video from Dr Ron Ehrlich & Dr Christebelle Yeoh
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