Those of you who know a little bit about my story from my first book, The 30-Day Thyroid Reset Plan, will remember that for many years, I suffered from thyroid issues that were driven by gut problems, heavy metals and viruses. But what most people don’t know is that one of the most significant issues—in addition to my thyroid symptoms and my general ill health—was mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS) and, therefore, histamine intolerance.
As a kid, I had terrible heat intolerance. I would often faint in the sun, and I’d get hives out of the blue. When I ate certain foods that contain high levels of histamine, like aged meats, pickles, aged cheeses, citrus fruits and more, my scalp would tingle and a heavy fatigue would wash over me. Later, I also experienced gradually worsening symptoms like migraines, vertigo, heart palpitations, anxiety and panic attacks, acid reflux, a skin condition called seborrheic dermatitis and low blood pressure. Those symptoms never went away.
In fact, in my early twenties, when the thyroid and gut issues were at their worst, almost any food I ate caused my body to react in a negative way. Yet a histamine intolerance diagnosis was still almost a decade away. Luckily, my situation improved a great deal when I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, excess cortisol levels and gut issues like leaky gut, candida and parasites. Thanks to functional medicine, I was able to heal my gut and balance my thyroid and adrenal hormones, as well as eat a much wider variety of foods. However, I still experienced strange symptoms, like migraines, that no one would be able to explain for years.
It wasn’t until I was 32 and began learning about histamine intolerance as a functional-medicine practitioner, that I finally began to piece together the puzzle. That led to a life-changing diagnosis: I realized that my symptoms and food sensitivities were being driven by histamine intolerance brought on by some genetic mutations, like methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR), methylation issues and other underlying causes like Mold Illness, Hormone Imbalances and other underlying causes.
From there, I began following the plan outlined in my books, online program & what I use to work with my patients, continuing to work on my health, and now I’m able to eat most foods without any problems at all. Most of the symptoms I suffered are gone and I live a pretty normal life day-to-day
The practitioners on my team have also experienced their own health issues, specifically histamine intolerance, autoimmune disease, hormone imbalances, gut issues, mold illness and many of the symptoms you are experiencing. I put this team together so that you would have someone who completely understands what you are experiencing first hand.