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There is a really, really short answer to the title of this article: DON’T.
WAIT!  For those of you about to jump off the page because you think you ‘need’ to follow all of these diets for your ‘health conditions’ and to ‘fix’ your ‘[gut/thyroid/inflammation/SIBO/dysbiosis/IBS]’ (seriously, fill in the blank…) please read the rest of this article and hopefully it will help you understand how your myriad diet sheets that you’re trying to follow are probably not necessary and may be (OK, I’ll go out on a limb and say ‘are’) doing you more harm than good.

The Science Behind Paleo

Rather than debate for hours about whether there is actually any ‘real’ science behind Paleo (if you want that debate, my previous article on Paleo myths is linked here, with my other article on how I eat, and why linked to here) here I want to explain what each of the diets you’re trying to combine are attempting to achieve.

Remember my mantra – that beyond the basics, nutritional interventions are specific tools for specific circumstances.  If you are attempting to combine a multitude of diets then you have more than likely approached your health (more specifically, your illnesses) in a reductionist manner – splitting off each ‘condition’ and attempting to eat according to its needs.  If you really do have multiple different conditions, the likelihood is that you need the 30,000 foot view approach, not the microscopic food-analysis mentality which multiple diet combining demands.

OK – so Paleo, as Jimmy Moore on his Instagram recently pointed out, has multiple origins and there is much conjecture as to what it really means – but basically, at its simplest, it is a ‘real, whole foods, nutrient-dense diet’.  (Before people get soap-boxy and yell about which foods aren‘t real – remember than anyone judging the terms ‘real food’, ‘unprocessed food’ and even ‘whole food’ are willingly misrepresenting the argument, choosing to play with semantics rather than address the very real fact that Turkey Twizzlers are much further from whole foods than roasted turkey.)
The purpose of Paleo – and the removal of non-nutritive and inflammatory foods – is to reduce both inflammation and oxidative stress within the body.  It removes refined products which create metabolic shifts in the human physiology and preferentially promotes whole foods that contain many nutrients per calorie: high quality animal and plant proteins and fats, broad arrays of vegetables and fruits, organ meats, seafood, shellfish and bone broths.
This shifts the biology into a less taxing space and can – for many – create real and permanent health improvements by removing foods which are inherently draining and aggravating to the body.

The Science Beyond Paleo

Once you move to Autoimmune Paleo, Low-FODMAP, low histamine, low salicylate, oxalate or sulphur diets, these are all working from a slightly different basis.  In all of these diets it is whole foods themselves which are eliminated or included based on their nutrient profile, anti-nutrient profile and/or interaction with a specific person’s biology.
The Autoimmune Paleo diet chooses to eliminate some otherwise perfectly heathy whole foods (eggs, nuts and seeds, nightshade vegetables) because of the way these whole sources of good nutrition actually interact with the biology of someone with autoimmunity.  The anti-nutrients contained within these foods are specifically activating to the immune system – and in someone with autoimmune tendencies this activation is not desirable.
The Low-FODMAP diet focuses again on eliminating nutrient-dense vegetables (amongst other foods such as dairy, grains and non-nutritive sweeteners and sugar alcohols).  With the exception perhaps of the artificial sweeteners, all of these foods can form part of a whole foods, real food diet.  Yet those avoiding FODMAPs (Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols) are choosing to eliminate otherwise healthy, whole foods due to the way they interact with their gastrointestinal system.
The same is true of low histamine, salicylate and oxalate diets – again it is the perfectly healthy whole foods that are being selectively eliminated due to their interaction with a specific person’s digestive tract, immune system and overall wellbeing.
This basically means that if you are choosing whole foods, then eliminating the majority of foods due to the suspicion that you may not be ‘tolerating’ them well, there is high likelihood that you are actually causing more problems than you’re solving.

Healing Through Food

So often, clients come to me saying, “I’m eating really well because I don’t eat……”
Their list normally includes gluten, dairy, soy, sugar, processed food, sometimes they even say ‘fruit’.  They’re often really confused when I say, “But what are you eating?”  They’re frequently bewildered when I say, “But why?”
Nutritional tools like specific diets are designed, much like medication, to resolve and remove symptoms in the short term.  They are, in no way, a lifelong sentence.  Moreover, if you are following nutrient-dense whole food diets and feel the need to further remove some of those whole foods, to me that’s a clear indicator that there is something physically going on that we need to get to the bottom of.

Rather than make enemies of food – and therefore see eliminating all potential symptom-causing foods as evil – we need to focus instead on what it is inside us that is making those foods hard to tolerate.

This is especially true in the case of histamine intolerance, salicylate and oxalates – an inability to process these foods typically has more to do with imbalances of gut flora, nutritional deficiencies and detoxification issues.  If you are giving yourself a headache trying to remember all of the things you have to avoid, the likelihood is that you’re thinking about this from the outside in – rather than focusing on healing from the inside out.
Using food as medicine does not mean religiously dancing around the foods you ‘can’t have’.
And much like prescription drugs, if you are combining diets you have to be aware of the side-effects that come when you take too many ‘medicines’ at once:

Side Effect 1: Nutrient Deficiencies

Most of these nuanced symptom-specific diets are eliminating vegetables.  Whether due to their fibre, phytates, lectins or histamine, normally well-regarded fresh veg is removed, along with a lot of fruit.  Whilst vegetables aren’t calorie-dense, they are very nutrient-dense, as are fruits.  Removing so many foods leaves you at risk of actually leaving yourself definitively short on nutrition, particularly in terms of fibre, vitamins and minerals, carbohydrate and also variety (see Side Effects 2 & 3).
Nutritional deficiencies are a problem because if you’re attempting something like diet combining there is no doubt you are suffering from some form of illness.  That means that nutritional intake, and a plentiful supply of a broad array of beneficial vitamins and minerals, is absolutely vital to halting the illness and to recovery.  A diet of 10 foods, even if judiciously supplemented, is simply not nutrient-dense.  In an attempt to conform to all the add-on rules, you are negating the very first rule of healthy nutrition: nutrients.
This is actually less of a “side effect” and more a guarantee that no matter how carefully you ‘diet’, your protocols will fail.

Side Effect 2: Creating Food Intolerances

The science on this is not so clear cut, but it is perfectly possible to create intolerances to or issues with foods that you eat habitually, particularly if you’re doing this in a nutritionally unvaried, nutrient-lacking diet.  Intestinal permeability is one of the lead dominos in having antibodies created against certain foodstuffs.  As the foods that you eat pass into the blood surrounding the GI tract it is absolutely necessary for the immune system to attack those displaced particles.  The issue with eating the same foods over and over again is that this is repeatedly showing this food to your immune system.  Your immune system will learn soon enough that this food is a real enemy and mount stronger and stronger immune responses.
But more than this, the gut microbiome is a wondrous mass of bacteria that we know are highly responsible for overall health.  They allow us to digest, detoxify, absorb and maintain health.  However, it is directly ‘seeded’ by our food supply.  Narrowing the fuel for your gut to just a few things, largely excluding vegetables fibres which are essential for bacterial growth, might feel good in the short term.  In reality, however, you are pruning your gut bacteria – good and bad – and limiting growth to only a couple of strains that thrive on the foods you are eating.
The effects of this are not yet fully articulated in the scientific literature (there’s a lot of hypotheses which are interesting, but I’m in the camp that views the data thus far as interesting but not yet clinically useful).  However, the suggestion is that limited strains of gut bacteria can have systemic health impacts.  More important to me, however, is that because histamine, FODMAP and salicylate/oxalate digestion issues are normally created due to gut dysbiosis in the first place, avoiding foods that feed diversity in the large intestine is not a way to ‘right’ this dysbiotic situation.  In fact, it seems precisely the opposite of what we are seeking to do.

Side Effect 3: Not Eating Enough

This is an area of real interest to me.  Hypocaloric diets (i.e. calorically insufficient diets) are interesting because they are perhaps one of the least healthy things you can do to your body and are yet repeatedly recommended by doctors in practice as a means of ‘healthy weight loss’.
As with everything in the body, there are always levels at which certain behaviours are healthy – and levels to which the same behaviour becomes a negative, or unhealthy.  So too with hypocaloric diets (i.e. diets too low in calories).  Crossing a certain line will result in a down regulation of metabolism, and yet crossing an even further down line you become at risk of completely deregulating all systems within the body.  Once this line is crossed, the net effect on health outcomes are catastrophic.  The main problem with diet combining is that in choosing this nutritional approach, the line where under-eating becomes intensely problematic is incredibly easy to cross.
I am actually working separately on a pretty science-y, detailed blog post about all of the interesting things about under-eating and autoimmune conditions, under-eating and gastrointestinal conditions and the whole web of issues that crop up when chronically under-consuming calories.  Trust me, hunger is the least of your worries…
When you are juggling all of the diets sheets you remove most of the carbohydrate sources.  But you also struggle mentally and physically to consume the amount of fat and protein you need to replace those carbohydrates – and in those with impaired digestion (pretty much a given if you’re thinking you need to do all of these diets) you are likely to have a reduced ability to break down and assimilate nutrients from these denser sources of calories (proteins and fats).  This means that you end up woefully under-nourished from a sheer quantity perspective.
For now, to keep this more brief than my longer article will detail, the net effects of chronically under-consuming calories are as broad as you can think of: from mental fatigue and brain fog to physical lethargy and lack of energy, through to mass hormonal dysregulation – everything from sex hormones to appetite and fullness hormones, the regulation of insulin, sleep hormones, the adrenal hormones and everything in between.  Additionally, to add insult to injury, many of those hormones play key roles in immune system regulation and inflammation.

That means that by attempting to control inflammation and immune system dysregulation by combining a heap of diets together, the under-eating that results will actually directly increase inflammation and aggravate the immune system.  Not the desired effect, huh?

Side Effect 4: Psychological Stress

Much like the stress of caloric insufficiency above, stress of any kind will negate efforts you go to to heal.  Psychological stress is an important factor in that – especially if that psychological stress is directly associated with your healing attempts and your body.
Juggling dietary specificity is a nightmare.  Even being gluten free is challenging, so being AIP, FODMAP, histamine and everything else free is literally impossible to maintain for any length of time.  This has direct impact on social relationships, being able to have fun and interact with others outside of the home.  Cooking and preparing, thinking about food, it all becomes a deep chore and a necessary realm of anxiety and excessive care.
You are not truly following an AIP protocol if you are not also looking into lifestyle and mental/emotional stressors.  Like with Side Effect 1 – in attempting to bolt additions on to the AIP template you are literally flouting a part of the original protocol.  Not only is this not a healthy exercise because of the reasons stated above, but the whole act of trying to be so careful creates a stress which instigates a lack of health within your life.

Side Effect 5: Psychological Food Issues

Most of the autoimmune conditions that I see in practice and in life are the result of, in part, genetics – aggravated or ‘switched on’ by lifestyle, layered over with anxieties.  Anxieties can come in the form of fears, threats to our safety, early childhood or even adult experiences where securities and survival was threatened – whether literally, or just socially, or in terms of our identities.
This foundational anxiety and stress is a big reason why Autoimmune Protocols work.  They are removing a whole pile of stressors and allowing us to see the wood for the trees – both in terms of our body’s inflammation and stressors, but also in terms of our lives, attitudes and the way we live.  The Autoimmune (and even Paleo) approaches ask us to stop panicking for a moment and connect deeply with our bodies and the way they respond to certain elements of food, life, relationships etc.
I have witnessed that if people are seeking more dietary restrictiveness in order to ‘tackle’ their ‘issues’, the reality is that there are deeper problems than whether spinach is too histamine-y for them.  The bigger issues revolve around attempting to derive ‘safety’ from a rule book, rather than find a safety internally and within their own skin.  Don’t get me wrong – the spinach is probably causing them symptoms, for now.  But the symptoms arise out of a seriously dysregulated stress response – the root of which is not in histamine, salicylates, oxalates or FODMAPs, but in other areas – some examples of which are mentioned above.
I can state this as someone for whom this was an actual, real and long-lived issue.  My health crises were so alarming that being able to hold onto foods as ‘enemies’ and lists as ‘bibles’ was very reassuring for a long period during my healing process.  I also witnessed how self worth can be crushed by illness, particularly mysterious or poorly understood illnesses.  In this situation, desperate to prove we are attempting to be well (and not ‘making it all up’, as is often the accusation), self worth can become tied to how well we are performing according to our rule books and diet sheets.
As I’ve mentioned above, those numerous rules are practically impossible to stick to because they’re so damn unhealthy.  Nutrient deficiencies alone will cause cravings for stuff that’s ‘off-plan’.  Caloric restriction will do the same.

But more importantly, if you are ‘diet combining’ you are reinforcing the subtle message that your healing is about avoiding certain foods, rather than about nourishing your body with the food, love, respect, relationships and trust it needs in order to feel safe and secure.

To be really, really clear, it is my belief that the symptoms we are all experiencing are very real.  You are experiencing reactivity to histamine, salicylate, oxalates, sulphur-containing foods.  But the real reason for the reactivity is emerging from somewhere else – a metabolic, physical, emotional, mental and sometimes even ‘soul’-based sense of a lack of safety, increased threat, physical disconnectedness or excess trauma.

Somewhere in this nutritional world we have to recognise that eating is a two-way process.  The food quality, quantity and nutrient-density is absolutely vital – because it’s the building blocks of your biology.  But it’s not the fundamental deal breaker.  The environment into which the food is going is just as key – and that doesn’t just mean your microbiome and GI tract… it means your attitude, your trust of yourself, your ability to surrender the lists and learn to respect, honour, make time for, and ultimately listen to your own body.

If your system is riddled with multiple sensitivities and you are viewing restriction as a route to wellness then I would caution you strongly that you are creating more problems – both physical and psychological.  If you genuinely have gut issues, please work with a practitioner rather than finding yet another food list on the internet that ‘might work’.

If you are eating only a handful of foods, please ask someone for help.  You aren’t going to heal with time or by restricting harder, being ‘better’ or staying ‘on plan’ longer.  You are only delaying your true healing.

So Diet Combining, and those Facebook posts where you gleefully tell everyone that you’re AIP, Low-FODMAP, Low-Histamine and you also can’t tolerate x, y and z… (and gosh isn’t it hard, and aren’t you hard-done-by) please don’t.  You aren’t being ‘good’ by following all of these diets, and you certainly aren’t healing.  Instead, you are perpetuating stress, prolonging misery and more than likely not getting to the root of any of your issues because you’re so caught up in attempting to avoid everything that you think is the problem.  Lists and rules aren’t the solution to your health journey.  Creating your personalised health template is.  And that goes way beyond Paleo, but never just to bolt on more restrictive avoidance regimens.
If you’d like to contact me to see if I can help you work through your issues to get to a place where the world of nutrition isn’t such a stress and you are nourishing yourself rather than locking yourself in avoidance – please know that this is a place I have been personally and know how to move through and out of.  Contact me and ask for help creating your Personalised Health Template today.

18 Comments

  1. d tattershall January 27, 2018 at 11:41 pm - Reply

    i am gluten dairy and severley nut allergic and am having a lot of digestive problemsdont know which diet would be best

    • victoriafenton January 30, 2018 at 11:25 am - Reply

      Hi there – in situations like yours it can feel like a challenge to find what to eat, particularly as so many gluten replacements can be nut based. The truth is that there is no ‘one diet’ that will work – the best diet for you will be the one that you create independently. My guidance is that if you having many digestive problems then you would be best seeking the help of a professional who can help you navigate the situation. It is likely that addressing the underlying causes for your digestive distress will open the nutritional landscape up for you, and for this you will require the help of a Functional Medicine practitioner who can assess your case and offer you the assistance you need. Good luck – and do email me if you would like my help on contact@victoriafenton.net

  2. denise ellenberger January 30, 2018 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    Hi
    i had kidney stones and started a low oxalate diet, but now I’ve developed an irritated stomach (probably light form of IBS) and am told to go on fodmap. But in there, there are a lot of high oxalate things like spinach oder nuts, the i am not supposed to eat, which reduces significantly the things i can eat. I’m loosing weight….what am i to do?

    • victoriafenton February 5, 2018 at 1:31 pm - Reply

      Hi Denise – low-FODMAP isn’t an automatic cure for IBS so may not be totally appropriate for you. Dietary oxalates are part of the kidney stone picture, certainly – but my instinct would be that you need a full Functional Medicine assessment (perhaps just a chat with someone qualified to analyse all of your history) to see if maybe the food piece is just one layer of your health picture and there are other nutrient support situations which you may need to address first. Losing weight indicates a lack of adequate calories – and this will be a stressor to your body in and of itself so must be regulated fairly quickly. If you need my support, feel free to email me directly and I would happily take you on as a client. Reach me on contact@victoriafenton.net

  3. Theresa March 10, 2018 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    My husband has MCAS and it is been recommended that he go on an low-histamine and low lectin diet to help him heal. Can I do this with Paleo? Would this lead him to be malnourished between both? I’m wondering if instead of doing both that we just alternate…so on days where we are low lectin maybe be less extreme with low histamine and then vice versa on low histamine days? I’m also learning about anti-histamine foods that can sort of counteract the effects of higher histamine foods so that we can live a little. But it includes foods with lectin. So I’m at a loss as to what to do. Any advice?

    • victoriafenton March 11, 2018 at 6:05 pm - Reply

      Hi Theresa – for anyone with this sort of question it helps to realise that MCAS is highly nuanced and very patient-specific. I can make generalisations, but in truth there is a great deal of individuality and the ‘lists’ that you might be following may simply not be appropriate. My guidance is always to work closely with a practitioner familiar with these conditions and all of the diets used to tackled such situations and they can help you build a completely bespoke diet for your husband. Best, Victoria

  4. Danielle April 19, 2018 at 5:18 am - Reply

    This really speaks to me, since I’m currently following AIP, low FODMAP, low latex, etc. and I’m pretty much left with nothing to eat. What do you recommend doing? Additing small amounts of those foods back in and building up, or something else entirely?

    • victoriafenton April 19, 2018 at 4:20 pm - Reply

      Hi Danielle – thank you for your comment. I regret that I am unable to give out the type of information you’re asking for on this forum. This is a legal requirement, of course, but also – my approach is (and should be) very individual. Each person is very different. The starting point is always evaluating the real ‘why’ behind why your system has become so reactive such that you need such a restrictive diet in the first place. Typically, this is not digestive issues and the issues are far deeper. Without addressing the nervous system reactivity along with the digestive system reactivity you will not be able to expand from the restrictions. I would heartily recommend working very, very closely with a practitioner who doesn’t endorse your restrictions and instead encourages you to assess what’s going on with your body which is underlying the reactiveness that you’re experiencing. I wish you the best of luck.

  5. Joanne July 5, 2018 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    My Doc, a highly regarded Professor in London, we had to go Private to see him, has diagnosed my mystery illnesses as Ehlers-Danlos, Gastroparesis, Hydradentits supparitavia, and POTS. He has suggested a Low FODMAP and low histamine diet. The thing your saying would happen to me, i.e. nutrient defences etc, I have already got, I came here looking for help with it, can you make reccomendations to someone like me who actually DOES have to follow both, at least for the next 8 weeks
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    • victoriafenton July 5, 2018 at 4:29 pm - Reply

      Hi Joanne – thanks for your comment, but I cannot give guidance online about your specific case. Your conditions are undoubtedly overlapping, but low histamine plus low FODMAP is perfectly do-able – it’s all the other combos mentioned in the title of the article that make everything impossible.
      And yet, I also have to say that I never prescribe these two generalised diets to my own clients with your conditions – because so much more personalisation and specificity is really required. I would strongly suggest you work with a practitioner such as myself who is familiar, hopefully personally (as I am), with at least some of your conditions – and can also conduct Functional testing to identify if there are underlying contributing factors – particularly to the histamine side of things. I know that seems to directly challenge your Professor (and I’d be intrigued to know who you saw because I probably know him personally) but this is why people like me are around – because we understand the individual complexities and can work closely with patients to build nutritional lifestyles (and total healthcare regimens) that support a client’s specific needs.
      Sorry that’s not a simple answer – and I wish you the best of luck with your health journey.

  6. Cindy July 21, 2018 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    Great article. Thank you! I have worked with several natural doctors over the years and now began working with an MD who is also a functional practitioner. I have dysbiosis, IBS, high oxalate, low stomach acid, SIBO, H Pylori, and high Calprotectin and galectin 3…,been dealing with this for years and have been on meds for intense anxiety/panic attacks. My new doctor wants to slowly get me off the benzo and support me in other ways. I can so relate to what you wrote here. I avoid high lectins, FODMAP, and high oxalates and it is extremely stressful to the body and mind. It can be so depressing but many foods do cause inflammation of the joints and muscular pain also. There can be guilt associated with restrictive eating also. Hopefully, I will gain wisdom with this new doctor. We are going to be on a road trip soon and I would love to have the freedom to eat and enjoy some fun foods at times. I would love your thoughts! Cindy

    • victoriafenton July 26, 2018 at 7:25 am - Reply

      Hi Cindy – it sounds like you’ve got some good people in your corner who will help you with this. All I’d say is don’t rely on diet to be the cure – it’s treatments for your hypochlorhydria, SIBO, H. Pylori – and the inflammation – that will make the difference here. Whilst foods cause inflammation for you NOW – it won’t be that way forever – it sounds like the Calprotectin will be driving this and is what needs to be focused on, alongside the bacterial treatments. Not every symptom you get is the end of the world – so if you need to be eating a little more freely this isn’t the end of the world – focus on the treatments that you get to with your new doctor as the cure, rather than all of the foods you’re eliminating. Also – you cannot rush this process. Healing a gut takes time, certainly. But it is time well spent! Good Luck!!!

  7. Lynn Mann September 17, 2019 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    I need a low food list for low histamine, fodmap, oxalate, and salicylate foods. I am very sensitive to some foods in each of them. Do you know of a food list for all 4 of these combine?

    • victoriafenton September 17, 2019 at 4:57 pm - Reply

      Hi Lynn – if you read the article, you will see that I do not at all endorse this approach to healing and that the correct approach when your system is so reactive is one of working to understand the immune hyperactivity, rather than eliminating all foods on those lists. Best, Victoria

  8. Suze February 17, 2020 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    Hi Victoria,
    Firstly, thank you so much for writing this article. I began to eliminate foods like nightshades because they caused agonising pain in my joints. I eliminated gluten because I could not stay awake if I ate it. I had several great years eating like this. Then nuts began to kill my joints (except macadamias ) legumes also became unbearably painful for me to eat. Then I became incredibly lethargic after eating carbohydrates – flour, pasta etc even if gluten free. So I just ate plain food and did well for a few more years, feeling fantastic and looking great. Then the hives started the skin reactions the itching or burning and I can’t eat oranges or drink juice as I react within minutes, as I do with fermented foods, apple cider vinegar etc. I know literally everything I can’t eat, because my face reflects it within minutes with hives, red veins, swelling. It’s a nightmare and I am becoming very stressed by it but trying very hard not to. I have researched it for years. I was under 2 consultants at hospital and nutritionists, but if I had continued doing what they said, I would not be here now. I was unconscious for 20 hrs a day. Within a week of quitting gluten, I was awake for 8 and my energy levels skyrocketed. They told me not to stop eating it or I’d lose more weight. I’d lost 5 stone. But I didn’t, my weight stabilised and I got better. I have totally lost faith in conventional medicine. I need a functional medicine practitioner to help me. I feel great and I e loads of energy although not as much as I had 6 months ago admittedly, but I find it hard not to lose weight. I eat plenty of really high nutrient food that I can tolerate. I’m scared though. I don’t want my skin to look awful it totally knocks my confidence and I get so depressed. I just cannot do it. I feel totally trapped. It looks fine at present, but last week I had a teaspoon of orange juice as a retrial and had a horrendous reaction which took a whole week to go. I just wanted to hide away. It sounds pathetic but once you’ve suffered from ridicule because of your skin, as I did many years ago. I just couldn’t go through it again. So in order to find some order in the chaos, I sent a stool sample to Viome. It’s come back, but I’d hoped it would list parasites, but it didn’t. I have a list of foods I can eat, avoid and minimise, but there’s stuff I can’t eat on my can eat list and as you probably know. It says on the Viome box, ‘ the end of food confusion’ and I have to say, I feel more confused than ever. I’m retrying the resistant starch now and fingers crossed I’m not doing too bad with it, better than 6 months ago. So I think there’s some progress.
    I probably sound a bit emotional about all this and indeed, I am. I’ m scared too. I really do need help. From being ill 10 years ago, I know above all else that health is everything. I so need someone I can trust. I’ve trained at IIN and done the adapt training with Chris Kresser, but this is out of my league. I’m worried it’s MCAS and frankly, I just don’t know which way to go from here. I’m doing quite a bit at present that is helping but not sure it’s enough. Do you think you can help me please ? Sorry it was protracted. Suze

    • victoriafenton February 25, 2020 at 12:30 pm - Reply

      Hi Suze – thank you so much for writing this – I am heartbroken to hear your story. However, it is not an uncommon one. There is a lot that I work on with root cause resolution with MCAS or histamine ‘stuff’ and there really is no need to feel that restriction is the only solution and that you will have to live like this forever.
      Working with someone like me on MCAS/histamine intolerance/excessive reactivity isn’t always easy. What I know about these conditions is that they are not solely physical. We support everything we can physiologically – but often there are huge emotional components that we work through. I do this – carefully and slowly – with my patients, and often with the support of my extended team who assist with calming the nervous system and recalibrating other elements. There is ALWAYS a reason for these layers of reactivity and I am passionate about supporting patients to find out what their unique constellation of reasons are. If you would like more support from me, email me on contact@victoriafenton.net or victoria@aletheiaclinics.com – I would be delighted to support you if the time is right for you to take those steps. Take care of yourself, please. x

  9. Tnette February 20, 2020 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    Get your DNA raw data and see what your genes say about eating. There are genetic issues with not being able to process histamine and other things so one *may* find themselves having to compile all of these lists. Read up on the issues. Dirty Genes by Ben Lynch is a great start. MastCell360 is another.

    • victoriafenton February 20, 2020 at 8:20 pm - Reply

      Thanks for your comment. But as a trained genetic and epigenetic coach, someone who has read Ben Lynch’s work and goes far further, and someone who works with Beth O’Hara from Mast Cell 360, I still stand by this post. No amount of this severe restriction is a final end point for any of my patients. It shouldn’t be. Genetics are not a foregone conclusion. There is much that can be done. I hope you find any support to heal should you need it.

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