Explaining Histamine Intolerance & Mast Cell Activation (How Not to Sound Nuts)
This might seem like a minor issue: not sounding crazy to people when explaining reasons for the diet. But in my world, before I started the blogging, and having a following for people to quantify/qualify whether I’m losing my marbles or not, the act of explaining the histamine intolerance diet to friends, family, and the strangers in whose hands my fate lay in (waiters, hotel owners, doctors), was fraught with stress and unhappiness. I remember explaining my diet to a mast cell doctor I consulted with. He looked at me like I had two heads and told me that if my symptoms were controlled through diet, then obviously there was nothing wrong with me. I spent a good twenty minutes explaining the why’s and how’s, only to be completely brushed off. I furiously strode out of his office and promptly stumbled right into a display case of medical leaflets. The one that caught my eye? Diet for urticaria (hives). Yup, you guessed it, the diet was a really unhealthy version of how I feed myself, what I call the SLHD (standard low histamine diet). Turning around to confront him, I heard lots of justification as to why hives were not linked to mast cells (ex-queeze me?), so I just continued my storm out of the office. I decided then and there not to waste my breath explaining myself to people who weren’t ready to listen to me. That said, I live in the real world and sometimes it’s easier to blend in than call unwanted attention to myself.