Alpha Gal – An Infectious Allergy

This article has been making the rounds on social media.  Apparently, a bite by the Lone Star Tick can give you an allergy to red meat.  The tick injects a substance into the blood – galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose (“alpha-gal” for short) that is also found in the meat of non-primate mammals (e.g., cows, pigs, lamb/sheep, buffalo) –…

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Lichen Sclerosus – Getting Worse?

Evidence that perhaps my Lichen Sclerosus is getting worse, rather than better.  I’ve been sticking faithfully to the prescribed steroid ointment schedule, gradually reducing it over time, but parts of me are itchy now that weren’t before, even a couple weeks ago. The only lifestyle factor that seems to have any effect on this for…

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Low Histamine and High Anxiety

I’ve decided to stop worrying about my white blood cell count.  One friend suggested that perhaps it’s just the immune system doing it’s job – actually clearing an infection – and that one high lab result doesn’t indicate a chronic problem.  So I’ll do follow up testing in a few months, and until then just…

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High Leukocytes and Histamine Reactions

Yesterday I posted some of my recent labwork.  I was a little upset to see my white blood cell (WBC) (aka leukocyte) count was high – I’ve never had that happen – and immediately I assumed I must have a horrible infection (at best) or leukemia (at worst).  I did some research on the causes…

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