Mast Cell Disorders
Mast cells are a type of white blood cell. They are genetically coded to respond to the presence of dangerous molecular patterns detected by your innate immune system. Your innate immune system is stocked with an array of “first responder” mechanisms.
When mast cells activate, they can release histamine, prostaglandins, cytokines, leukotrienes, and dozens of other biochemicals. In some people, mast cells become hyper-reactive to molecules that in most people incite no reaction at all. The result is a multi-system, multi-symptom illness that routinely flies under conventional medicine radar.
The link below leads you to Dr. Berndtson’s slides on mast cell disorders. They provide a detailed overview of mast cell physiology and a review of the clinical implications of mast cell hyperactivity. The last few slides review common treatment methods.