If you’ve ever spent time reading about allergies, you might have come across people talking about Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS). People with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome often struggle just to obtain a diagnosis – due to the complexity of the disease and the lack of awareness within the mainstream medical community, patients can go months, if not several years, without relief for their illness.
But is there anything you can do to prevent mold growth in the first place? The answer is yes, and the key to preventing mold may lie with your home’s microbiome.
I’m thrilled to announce I’ll be hosting a Detox and Wellness Retreat in the Swiss Alps this summer.
New research in Finland is finding that the reason could be largely mold. I’ve talked about mold and dementia before, and these findings further support the effect of mycotoxins on inflammation and dementia.
More and more we are discovering toxins in many household products and building materials. So, if you think your home is toxin-free, think again. A recently published study suggests that polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) – well-known neurotoxins and carcinogens – may be lurking in the place you’d least expect: your kitchen cabinets.
Estrogen dominance is at an all time high across the globe. Though there are many theories as to why, it’s likely a complex combination of factors including everything from the food that we eat, to the increase in xenoestrogens in our products, and even glyphosate – the ubiquitous Monsanto herbicide that’s recently come under fire.
When the World Trade Center towers fell, carcinogenic substances were sprayed across an 8 mile radius. Asbestos, lead, beryllium, mercury, dioxins, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and PCBs covered lower Manhattan. Over 17 years later, we are still seeing the effects of this terrible tragedy.
LaCroix is a zero-calorie fizzy water that claims to be all natural and has earned a cult-like status among millennials in recent years. This ever-so-slightly flavored water has been around for over 30 years but recently became more than a household favorite.
Our plastic use is a man-made disaster we must deal with. It takes a lot for me to say something as definitive as this, I always aim for balanced views. But not only are our plastics choking our oceans, they are poisoning our children, and destroying our bodies.
If you’ve ever been to or lived in California, you might have noticed that there are cancer warnings on more products than anywhere else in the country. Now, when you reach for a bag of coffee beans, there is a warning that the coffee you’re about to buy may cause cancer. There are even warnings inside coffee shops on their signage. It’s enough to make you wonder if you should stop drinking coffee altogether.
Last November, a tide of microorganisms hit the gulf coast of Mexico and spread over 130 miles along Florida’s southwest coast. The Florida toxic red tide is caused by a marine algae called Karenia brevis, which emits brevetoxins harmful to human health.
In the functional medicine world, we are all about preventive care. But, there aren’t a ton of resources written on helpful testing – the sort to catch potential health conditions early or look deeper at the root cause of your symptoms.
Add multiple chemical sensitivity to the long list of chronic diseases that have been written off as psychosomatic for far too long. Chronic diseases are inherently complex and confusing for patients and doctors alike.
I believe environmental toxicity is one of the biggest contributors to the rise in chronic illness today. And yet, because doctors don’t really learn about chronic toxic burden in medical school, it’s now become somewhat of an elephant in the room.
Maybe you’ve heard it in the news recently – glyphosate has been in a number of legal cases worldwide and there’s no sign of this trend slowing down. This is good news, since glyphosate (also known as Roundup) is a pesticide that has infiltrated every aspect of our water and food systems and is wreaking havoc on human health.
Women are much more likely to become sick due to environmentally acquired illnesses than men. Though this is a widely accepted fact in the medical community, there isn’t a clear reason as to why this is. Though, there have been a number of factors which have been hypothesized through studies and doctors’ experiences.
We now know there are strong associations between gut health, inflammation, and slow metabolism, weight gain, and diabetes. Although we have known there was a connection for quite a while we weren’t sure was exactly how this was happening.
It’s not just farm workers who are exposed to these chemicals, nearly everyone is now exposed to pesticides on a daily basis. In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has estimated that about 50 million Americans drink groundwater that is contaminated by pesticides. In addition to contaminated drinking water, pesticides are in our food.
We’ve come a long way in our understanding chronic inflammatory response syndrome, also known as CIRS. Though we still have more to understand, living with mold toxicity and CIRS is no longer without solutions. I have some great tips for surviving and thriving after a mold exposure.
If you suffer from severe allergies, histamine intolerance, mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS) or any other condition that causes your histamine levels to be higher or your body to less tolerant – then you know firsthand how powerfully histamine can rule over your life.