Editor: We know that for many people an immune response plays a significant role in their symptoms of Tourette syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, and/or autism. This valuable article addresses histamine, a key player in allergic responses. Neutralization of histamine is often offered by environmental physicians (aaem.com). Dr. Robbins explains how histamine neutralization is often approached by environmental physicians.
Histamine is a mediator of the immune response system. It is found naturally in the human body. It is one of the most important mediators produced in allergic reactions and its release triggers allergic symptoms. Histamine acts like a “master key” to the immune defense system, and we have the ability to desensitize you to it.
When used as an adjunct in allergy treatment, histamine neutralization can be a very quick and effective means to turn off allergic reactions without the use of drugs. Histamine neutralization has proven to be very safe for thousands of environmentally sensitive patients.
When we do allergy skin testing, we try to find the histamine “neutralizing dose” or the “just right dose” for optimizing homeostasis or balance for your body chemistry. This is your own body’s “Goldilock’s” dose. We use the allergy desensitization method referred to as serial dilution endpoint titration (maximal tolerated intradermal dose).
The histamine neutralizing dose is the stabilizing dose that can help turn off allergic reactions to foods, inhalants or chemicals. It essentially can tune you up — much like tuning a guitar — and you are back in harmony, no longer feeling out of balance.
Histamine drops or injections can be used daily as needed to turn off allergic reactions to foods or chemicals. They may be used every 20 minutes or until the allergic reaction subsides.
The Role of Histamine
Histamine is found in the gut, skin, respiratory tract, nervous system and genitourinary tract. Histamine plays diverse roles in the body. It plays a role in gastric acid secretion, chemotaxis, and modulation of microcirculation. It also influences fibroblast growth, functions as a neurotransmitter, and is involved in activation of both suppressor and nonsuppressor lymphocytes. Histamine is further involved with induction of auto-anti-idiotypic regulatory antibodies, regulation of alkali secretion in the ileum, and regulation of enzyme secretion from neutrophils.
H1 and H2 receptors are found on cell membranes throughout the body. Histamine is released from lymphocytes, macrophages, neutrophils, basophils, eosinophils, smooth muscle and parietal cells.