In today’s email:

  • What are Mast Cells and why you should know about them;
  • Learn to avoid aches & pain from Dr. Robinson;
  • Spotlight;
  • Featured Supplement.

Health Tip

Mast Cell Activation Syndrome

Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS for short) is one of those annoying conditions in which a patient, after having read an article like this one and suffering similar symptoms, asks her doctor and gets one of two disappointing answers: “Never heard of it” (translation: MCAS is fairly new and often overlooked) or “Consulting Dr. Google again?” (Translation: MCAS is probably over diagnosed because there are no good tests for it. This phenomenon has occurred with candida for decades.

First, what are mast cells?

Mast cells are a special type of white blood cell manufactured in your bone marrow that travel just beneath the surfaces of your skin, moist mucosal surfaces like your respiratory tree (nose to lungs), and your digestive tract. Mast cells contain a variety of protective inflammation chemicals, most notably histamine. But like cayenne pepper, you only need a little histamine for its job to be done right. Overly irritate (or ‘activate’) a mast cell, it will burst, release too much histamine, and you’ll feel uncomfortable.

When there are a lot of potential mast cell irritants around (like during allergy season), they’ll trigger release of lots of histamine. You’ll reach for…you guessed it…antihistamines.

Sometimes, when the antihistamines can’t cover everything, doctors will add a ‘mast cell stabilizer’ (like Singulair a/k/a Montelukast) and you can guess what it does. Not neutralizing the histamine but rather preventing the histamine release.

But then, “something” goes wrong with this usually smoothly running system. It’s like the bar gets set too low to trigger this mast cell rupture and histamine release. “Activation” suddenly gets too easy. Patients who never had any allergies, or the mildest of allergy symptoms now have severe allergies, like hives, or food allergies (facial swelling, abdominal pain, diarrhea, wheezing, coughing, chest tightness). When a primary care doctor is told of these symptoms, she recognizes them as “allergies” and prescribes antihistamines and sometimes mast cell stabilizers. But very little else is suggested.

Dr. Robinson’s Daily Vitamins

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Dr. Robinson knows the power of chiropractic and is using the skills and experience to improve the quality of life for his patients. His goal as a chiropractor is to identify how the body is impacted by daily life events and correct the imbalances which can lead to the early degeneration and increased risk for injury and illness.

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Pre and Pro Biotics

  • Supports improved occasional constipation and diarrhea without excess gas, cramping or bloating.
  • Promotes intestinal and colon health.
  • Promotes the absorption of minerals including Calcium and Magnesium.
  • Controls the glycemic index of foods.


If you are experiencing gut issues, inflammation, fatigue and and aches & pains, acupuncture may help with your symptoms. 

Anngela Leone


Anngela Leone is a board certified acupuncturist and herbalist, licensed by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

Anngela offers a healing space and works individually with each patient to address their health concerns and restore natural balance in the body. She sees you as a whole dynamic person and treats the root cause of disease and dysfunction, as well as the symptoms, supporting your physical, mental and emotional well-being.


Did you Know

We Offer Homeopathy?

A system of medicine based on the theory that “like cures like.” Homeopaths encourage healing by administering tiny doses of harmless, highly diluted animal, plant, or mineral substances that in larger quantities would produce illness (just as you are immunized against flu by being given a harmless form of flu). Most chronic and acute illnesses are thought to respond in some way to homeopathic remedies. Homeopathic remedies are regulated by the FDA.


Allergies & Food 


We test for and treat environmental and food allergies as well as food sensitivity.

We have a multitude of testing capabilities for not only environmental and food allergies but also food sensitivities. 


Trigger Point Therapy

Did you know that we offer Trigger Point Therapy at WholeHealth Chicago at our Clybourn Location? 

What Are Trigger Points And What Is Their Relationship To Fibromyalgia And Chronic Pain Or Muscle Problems?

Featured Supplement


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