Is Food Making You Sick?: The Strictly Low Histamine Diet (Anglais) Broché – 18 février 2014
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I asked my doctors ( i have changed at list 5 of them) why do i get sinus congestion when i drink alcohol nobody could answer. Another doctor put me on xolair injections for 6 month, which cost me $8000k, didn't work.,doctor told me i have to be on it for one year in order med to work. I have two kids and i told my husband that being on prednison for rest of my life is not an option and i constantly was looking for nontraditional ways to def-fit my sever allergies. I have tried Chinese med but was getting worse. At one point i was on mold free, sugar free diet didn't help, no wonder it is based on protein no carb diet. Then i found this book on amazon ( i bough about 10 different books before) and everything made sense. I have been on histamine free diet for two month, i was lowering my prednison very slowly and as of today i am of it. I don't cough, i do get sinus some time but i use peppermint oil around my nostrils and use homeopathic Similasan, nasal allergy relif and it helps me a lot. I want to scream so everyone will hear me that there is way to cure for almost everything you just need not to give up and keep trying. There is no words to describe my thanks to James L. Gibb.
While I am quite aware of how allergies and the immune system function, managing histamine levels is never given more attention than selecting which antihistamine drug to take. Gibb uses The Swiss Interest Group Histamine Intolerance (SIGHI), The Swiss Allergy Centre, and Dr Janice Joneja to prepare a list of foods, supplements, and therapies that support a low histamine level and another of foods and items to avoid. Most of the book consists of recipes.
I've read this book three times and am still taking away new information that helps me feel better but there are contradictions that confuse me as well. For example, all legumes, pulses, nuts and seeds are to be avoided but yet flaxseed meal and black currant seed oil are therapies. Coconut is recommended often but is classified as a fruit. I have always heard coconut to be a tree nut or a seed depending upon the source. I was surprised to find that wikipedia also lists coconut as a fruit. So do they know about chia seed and how it is a better source for omega 3 than flax seed? Is it to be avoided because it raises histamine levels or they just have not considered it?
This book did answer questions for me that typically have given me sceptical looks from USA-trained physicians. Years of headaches might be replaced with bad skin rashes not because it is a psychological issue but because different histamine receptors are activated. I also wondered why I could eat chicken for lunch and eat another piece that came from the same chicken for dinner that was prepared the exact same way and at the exact same time and have a reaction. This also can be explained by 1) different sites of the chicken can have different levels of histamine and 2) food that is not frozen is breaking down and creating more histamine which results in higher histamine levels in the chicken at dinner time than was present at lunch time. Because of this and the amount of time that passes from when the bird is killed to when it is prepared and consumed also results in increased histamine levels, meat is not recommended. He recommends that protein come from fresh eggs, certain dairy foods and grains which he says resembles a vegetarian diet minus the legumes and pulses.
Also I have been perplexed that when I have tried taking Vitamin C supplements which are highly recommended for allergies, I have bad reactions which to me seems very significant that the recommended therapy exacerbates the symptoms. From learning more about histamine management, I have learned that this is because most Vitamin C supplements are made from fermented corn and anything fermented is to be avoided for histamine maintenance purposes. I have found that the one by Twin Labs that contains quercetin as well is safe for us. US allergists recommends choosing fews to eat that are high in Vitamin C but this diet explains that many foods such as berries that are high in C are also high in histamine so they are to be avoided. Also foods like Spinach which are considered high in Vit C and not high in histamine but still should be avoided because they liberate histamine
Citrus is to be avoided even to the extent of home-made mayo replacing the 1 egg with amchoor. I have realized for a long time that most citrus does not agree with me and I have avoided it with the exception of meyer lemon which is lower acid than Eureka lemons. I wonder if UK and Swiss are aware of Meyer lemons and if they are on the avoid list as well.
Gibb provided more explanations than questions in Is Food Making You Sick? and I strongly urge that every person with allergies read this book to better understand how to manage their histamine levels and symptoms.
Usually there is some introduction about the author and his / her background in all books. Since there is no mention
about the author in the book, I have to conclude he is not a researcher in a university or a regular doctor or naturopath etc.
Second thing about the book is, the title itself has got the sentence "The new bestseller". This mislead me to think
the book is really a best seller and bought it in a hurry. I don't believe it is a best seller.
About the contents - most of the book seems to be filled with recipes. The actual theory of histamines and related information
is about 60 - 70 pages, but all of which is quoting other research, and very qualitative (meaning not quantitative). I was hoping
for more quantitative information, like how much histamine is there in certain foods, or what tests you can do etc.