Thursday, 29 June 2017

The Beginners Guide To Histamine Intolerance by Dr Janice Joneja

One itchy, scratchy and uncomfortable Sunday morning, between sniffs and coughs, I began reading a book to review that has given me renewed hope for more answers to my symptoms.

I have been intrigued and excited to read a copy of The Beginners Guide To Histamine Intolerance by Dr Janice Joneja. Published by Berrydale Books and edited by Hannah Lawrence.

This book begins by acknowledging that the medical world still has much it would like to learn about histamine intolerance. Also many medical practitioners are not very accepting of histamine intolerance as a condition. There is a strong medical disclaimer that sensibly advises anyone reading the book to seek help from their gp or consultant in addition to using the book. From my personal experience I know that can be a very frustrating process with sometimes very few answers. Many of the symptoms listed in the book tally with my experiences over the years. Some of these symptoms may be caused by other illness and require testing to rule out other causes. If like me, you have already been tested by various specialists and you are still seeking answers then this book may help you too.

The information in the book uses a simple bucket analogy to explain why histamine intolerance is such a tricky condition to get to grips with. The build up of histamine in the body can be caused by multiple triggers and it is the total histamine content that causes the bucket to tip and the symptoms to worsen. It is reassuring to know that there is no evidence of histamine intolerance causing any major medical trauma. I look forward to seeing more research on the long term effect of histamine intolerance and any associated illness. Included was a common sense approach to IBS showing that this area too requires more medical understanding. With this book I am confident that the medical profession are still improving the knowledge of this subject and others that have been previously misunderstood or ignored. 

The book is easy to read and navigate while still covering complex medical terminology. It is fully informative on the subject of histamine intolerance and its similarity to other conditions with the same symptoms. The constructive advice helps you to diagnose, understand and live with histamine intolerance. There are essential sections on which triggers to avoid and which foods are safe to eat. The advice on a trial exclusion diet is the same as the NHS advice I have previously received. In addition the use of the enzyme diamine oxidase and an antihistamine are strongly recommended. The emphasis is strongly weighted towards a monitored exclusion diet, with enzyme and antihistamine medication and a carefully balanced diet to maintain healthy eating and replace lost nutrients.

Many of my questions were answered as I read through the text. The case study section made it much more relevant to a real life situation. It shows that all conditions are complex to diagnose and advise when combined with extra factors such as other health conditions and presenting symptoms which may or may not be associated with histamine intolerance. I would like to see some suggestions as to qualified medical professionals who are knowledgeable in this area. It is very difficult to know who to trust when you have been searching for answers for many years. Suggestions of NHS and private practitioners would give people the chance to make the right appointments at an earlier stage in the diagnosis process. 

The book is available through Amazon in the UK and US

About Dr Janice Joneja:
Dr. Janice Joneja is a researcher, educator, author, and clinical counsellor with over 30 years of experience in biochemical and immunological reactions involved in food allergy and intolerances. Dr. Joneja holds a Ph.D. in medical microbiology and immunology and was a registered dietitian (RD) for 27 years. She is the author of eight books and dietetic practice manuals on food allergy, a textbook on Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and several distance education courses.

Her work has been published in peer-reviewed scientific and medical journals, as well as in popular magazines. She is a respected lecturer at universities, colleges and hospitals internationally, and regularly appears on television and radio call-in shows as an expert in her field.

About Berrydales Books:
Berrydales Books is the new publishing arm of Foods Matter, which was the first site dedicated to freefrom food and living. It offers information and support to food allergic and intolerant consumers, and the health professionals caring for them. It covers everything in the world of freefrom, from new research, to articles, advice, product reviews and recipes. Nearly 100,000 users visit each month.

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