Ask The Expert: Mast Cell Activation Syndrome

1. Can you discuss the co-existence of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) and Eosinophilic Esophagitis in so many patients? Eosinophilic esophagitis is sometimes suspected in patients whose true diagnosis turns out to be MCAS. I have also seen eosinophilic esophagitis in a small subpopulation of MCAS patients and suspect -- since the EoE can't possibly account for the full range and duration of all the symptoms and findings in those patients -- that the EoE in those patients is just another consequence of their MCAS. This is not hard to envision given that some of the mediators produced by mast cells can drive eosinophil reproduction and activation. I cannot put a specific number on th

Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS): A Hidden Epidemic

Mast cells are an important line of defense for our immune system, but sometimes they go awry and actually attack us. Mast Cell Activation Syndrome There is an epidemic of chronic disease in this country. Millions of Americans suffer from multiple diagnoses given by various doctors. For these diagnoses, they are put on an array of medications in an attempt to "stabilize" their condition. They often do not improve and their health may continue to decline over time. These patients are sometimes told their symptoms are imagined, or “psychosomatic.” Until the root cause of the chronic disease is found, these patients will continue to go from doctor to doctor in search of answers they will m

Why Bartonella is the New Lyme Disease

I was recently interviewed on Lyme Talk Radio about Bartonella. In case you missed it, here is a transcript of our discussion on why Bartonella is the new Lyme Disease. Q: Our research is now indicating that Lyme disease is deadly. Even when people may suspect they have Lyme symptoms, they will not get anything further than the typical CDC test. What is happening? Dr. Dempsey: There is a fear factor and people don’t want to know. They have seen family members and friends suffer and for them to get the diagnosis, they think it is a death sentence. The second reason is from the medical world. The thought is if they test the patient for Lyme disease and it is CDC negative that’s the end of the

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