Mast Cell ActivationWhen the immune system goes haywire
By Lonnie Marcum
W e’re hearing from increasing numbers of Lyme patients who have suddenly developed serious allergic reactions to foods they used to be able to eat with no problem whatsoever. Many have learned that this can be a sign of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS). Sometimes, the condition is referred to as Mast Cell Activation Disorder (MCAD).
So what exactly is MCAS, anyway? And what can be done about it?
Mast cells are part of the immune system and are present in nearly every tissue of the body. Their purpose is to signal when a toxin, infection or foreign invader has entered the body, so that the immune system can then launch the proper attack.
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