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What Is Mast Cell Activation Syndrome?

August 30, 2019

Hi there, Eric Bakker, Naturopath from New
Zealand. Thanks for coming back and checking out my
channel: The Candida Crusher Channel. I talk about a whole wide range of topics
on this channel. We’re not just purely focused on Candida yeast
infections. We also look at various other kinds of presentations,
parasites, bacteria, gastrointestinal disorders, immune dysfunctions, adrenal problems, thyroid
dysfunctions, many other issues being faced in the clinic on a regular basis. Many of the Candida patients we see will have
many of these kinds of conditions but we also see people presenting with these types of
complaints, obviously who haven’t got Candida. So let’s now talk about a condition called
Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or MCAS. I’ve been asked quite a lot about the past
few months about what MCAS Cell Activation Syndrome is. Is there any solution for it? What is it’s cause, and what problems stem
from this condition? Is it common? Is it rare? How do we treat it? By diet? Et cetera et cetera. So let’s just give you a brief introduction,
first what Mast Cell Activation Syndrome is. So previously, prior to this becoming quite
a prominent syndrome which it is today, we didn’t really think of Mast Cells creating
that much problems for people apart really from, perhaps, being involved in parasitic
infections. These Mast cells will be elevated or maybe
anaphylactic reactions or allergy reactions but what ar Mast cells? Well Mast cells are basically white blood
cells and they’re found common throughout the body but the most common places you’ll
find them are the connective tissue, the skin, the intestinal lining, the cardiovascular
system, the nervous system, the reproductive organs, so these are small white blood cells. They’re long lived. They can live for a long, long time and they
live at the junctions, for example, you know where blood vessels, right on the border of
the blood vessel, right on the lining of the gastrointestinal lining in the bladder, in
the hearts of muscle, they’ll live in areas very close to the border of that organ, where
it’s going to open up into the body for example. So these cells are very reactive cells and
they pick up on things very quickly and then they’re going to release chemicals into the
lymph fluid or the blood stream or wherever they are, they’re going to release chemicals
and these chemicals are going to create actions in the body so some of these chemicals include,
you know, things with weird names like interleukins for example or cytokine. So these chemicals initiate responses much
further away than from this Mast cell, so you could liken Mast cell a bit like the artillery
in a warfare. You’ll shoot a missile somewhere or you’ll
drop a bomb and you don’t know where the target is but you’re going to create a powerful reaction
far away from where you are, whereas we’ve got other types of immune cells which tend
to be more fierce hand to hand combat like neutrophils or white blood cells which are
going to attack things that they can see, whereas Mast cells belong to a part of the
immune system that can’t really see what their doing but they release that chemical anyway
so I’m going to talk in subsequent videos about the actions, what these chemicals can
actually produce in the body and what symptoms can be invoked from these chemicals and also
we’re going to talk further about what you can do on how you can prevent these kind of
reactions to a high degree. We’re seeing more and more of these Mast cell,
kind of, disorders in the past several years and many people are putting it down to environmental
toxins, molds, stress, overpopulation, crowding of the planet but more and more people, I’m
seeing in my clinic are presenting with immune dysfunction and I would absolutely agree. I would put it down to stress, poor diet,
time poor, nutrition poor, all these factors. We’ll talk a lot more about that in subsequent
video. So this is going to be a series on Mast Cell
Activation Syndrome. Thanks for tuning in.


  • Reply Suzy B June 4, 2018 at 9:06 am

    Hi Eric. Thank you for all the awesome knowledge you pass on.
    It can all be rather overwhelming at times.
    I have recently had a bioscreen test and the results are somewhat confusing to me in regards to the 'numbers' of certain bacteria or lack of and the different names etc. If I uploaded the results would you consider discussing them here on YouTube. I'm happy to be used as a case study if its something you would be interested and have the time to do.
    Many many thanks and appreciation for all you do.
    I'm located in Sydney Oz and I adore NZ I've been many times and think it's just a very special place. How blessed you are to call it home.
    Kind regards
    Suzy B

  • Reply Suzy B June 6, 2018 at 7:21 am

    Thanks again Eric. Much appreciated.

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