Itching, driving you nuts? Unexplained rashes and hives? All the scratching keeping you from sleeping? Feel like you are allergic to everything? Skin sensitive to everything? In this episode Doc J explains how the latest foodie trends, stress and modern day vices combine forces to set us up for rashes, hives and chronic itching.

What You’ll Learn In Today’s Episode:


• How foodie farmer’s market trends increase itching
• Why you’re more likely to itch than others
• Why not metabolizing histamine leads to rashes
• How stress increases histamines
• What to do to decrease histamines in the body

Resources From This Episode:
Test for Food Sensitivities – in addition to dyes, food additives and medications – Alcat
• Medications that increase histamines in the body by blocking histamine breakdown by DAO (Diamine Oxidase) – NSAIDs, Cymbalta, Effexor, Prozac, Zoloft, Benadryl, Allergra, Zyrtec, Pepcid, Zantac, Enbrel, Humira, Plaquenil, amlodipine, propranolol, metroprolol, Norvasc, Cardizem.
• Foods to Avoid to lower histamines in the body:
o Shellfish, previously frozen fish, fish not caught that day – canned tuna, sardines
o Fermented foods – kefir, yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, relishes, soy sauce, tamari, buttermilk, sourdough bread
o Fermented drinks – champagne, beer, wine, kombucha
o Aged cheese
o Processed meats
o Night shades – tomato, ketchup, tomato sauce, pasta/pizza sauce, eggplant, potato, ashwagandha, goji berries
o spinach, avocado, cinnamon, chocolate
o left overs – eat food right as you make it – eat fresh foods
o Dry aged steaks
o Histamine Liberators – bananas, papaya, pineapple, nuts, food additives, artificial dyes, food preservatives, shellfish
o Legumes – red beans, chickpeas (hummus is an issue too), soybeans especially but all have lectins and irritate the gut – prevent DAO from breaking down histamines
o Grains – avoid all unless sprouted, or pressure cooked due to lectins and phytates that irritate the gut – prevent DAO from breaking down histamines
o All nuts and seeds
o Alcohol – blocks DAO from breaking down histamines
o Dried, sulfured fruit
o Citrus Fruit

• Foods to Eat to keep histamines in check:
o Wild Caught that day or flash frozen fish
o 100% grass fed, organic beef, buffalo, lamb, elk, venison – flash frozen, butchered within a few days – get from a butcher
o Pasture Raised, Organic Poultry and Eggs
o All squash, fennel, artichoke, arugula, asparagus, beets, bok choy, broccoli, broccoli rabe, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, collard greens, cucumber, garlic, green beans, all dark leafy greens minus spinach, jicama, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, okra, onion, parsnips, pumpkin, radish, rutabaga, rhubarb, sprouts, sweet potato/yam, turnip, watercress, zucchini
o Apples, apricots, blackberries, blueberries, dates/figs, star fruit, quince, grapes, melon, nectarines, peaches, pears, plum, pomegranate, raspberries, watermelon
o Clarified butter – 100% grassfed and organic
o Ghee
o Coconut Oil – unrefined
o Expeller Pressed Olive Oil
o Dried unsweetened coconut

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• Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms that Initiate Pain and Itch
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