The Hoffman Center Blog

Blogs and articles by Dr. Bruce Hoffman and the Hoffman Centre for Integrative and Functional Medicine.

Is Your Histamine Intolerance Actually Mast Cell Activation Syndrome?

By Dr. Bruce Hoffman | December 5, 2017

Are you wondering if your histamine intolerance or allergic reactions are actually an issue with your mast cells? Or maybe you’ve experienced chronic symptoms that seem like allergies for as long as you can remember?

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Reversing Alzheimer’s and Preventing Cognitive Decline: Seven Steps You Can Take Today

By Dr. Bruce Hoffman | November 30, 2017

Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating condition for both patients and their families. Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is also on the rise globally. Effective treatment of AD has been of growing concern within the medical community because its prevalence continues to spread. The fact of the matter is that Alzheimer’s treatment demands a different approach.

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12 Tips for Living With Mast Cell Activation Syndrome

By Dr. Bruce Hoffman | November 28, 2017

Living with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) usually results in widespread symptoms that are seemingly unrelated. Unfortunately, most people go many years or even their whole life without a diagnosis.

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How to Tell If You Have Mast Cell Activation Syndrome

By Dr. Bruce Hoffman | November 20, 2017

If you’ve been searching for solutions to your mysterious health symptoms, they could be caused by Mast Cell Activation Syndrome. Mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS) is an immunological condition where mast cells inappropriately secrete mast cell mediators. Mediators include but are not limited to histamine, which can cause widespread and chronic inflammation.

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20 Triggers of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome

By Dr. Bruce Hoffman | November 9, 2017

In an effort to help you notice common triggers, below are 10 non-food and 10 food triggers that commonly provoke mediator release in those with MCAS. 10 Non-Food Triggers of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome If you’re struggling or suspect you have MCAS, it’s in your best interest to reduce your exposure to these triggers, including: … Read more

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Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Histamine: When Your Immune System Runs Rampant

By Dr. Bruce Hoffman | November 8, 2017

There is undoubtedly an escalating epidemic of chronically unwell people in North America. The present method of looking at illness is geared toward a single organ, a single specialty, a single drug, and voila! – let’s hope for a cure.

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Steps of the Shoemaker Protocol

By Dr. Bruce Hoffman | October 31, 2017

Once the diagnosis of Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) from water damaged buildings has been established by history, physical, and labs, the Shoemaker protocol is the only peer reviewed published protocol shown to reverse the symptoms and laboratory findings. The steps are as follows: Remove exposure from water damaged buildings For many people, this is … Read more

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Diagnosing MCAS – Ask Your Doctor for Lab Work

By Dr. Bruce Hoffman | October 9, 2017

Ask Your Doctor for Lab Work MCAS can be difficult to diagnose because lab test results may fluctuate as symptoms wax and wane. Many tests may need to be repeated during times of symptom flare-ups. Poor handling of specimens by the laboratory is also a real issue affecting results. Lab testing may thus result in … Read more

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Allergen Avoidance Recommendations

By Dr. Bruce Hoffman | September 30, 2017

Allergen Avoidance Recommendations The following recommendations will help you minimize your exposure to toxic molds: Eliminate Dampness In Your Home Suggestion 1: Eliminate dampness in your home – check walls and roof for leaks. Waterproof walls and ceilings before painting. Reason: Mold thrives in damp conditions Do Not Wallpaper Walls Suggestion 2: Do not wallpaper … Read more

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Depression, SSRIs and Self-Advocacy

By Dr. Bruce Hoffman | September 20, 2017

Patient self-advocacy, combined with a serious intent to do what it takes to get well, is always at the root of successful health outcomes.

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