The title of the online summit, “The Many Manifestations of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) Summit,” is an apt one. If the proponents of mast cell activation syndrome, or MCAS, are right, it can cause just about every symptom in the book. That, of course, appears to make it a natural fit for diseases that produce just about every symptom in the book like chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and fibromyalgia (FM).
The proponents of MCAS agree that it’s not easy to pin down, and that the best course oftentimes is to treat it and see what happens. Other than some hypothesis papers and a few studies, MCAS hasn’t gotten much play in ME/CFS and FM research circles, either, but IBS studies have pretty clearly implicated it in that disease.
ME/CFS experts like Dr. Chheda and Dr. Klimas have been incorporating mast cell treatments into their ME/CFS/FM practices – in Dr. Klimas’s case, for at least the last ten years.
Dr. Klimas, an immunologist, at one point called MCAS the most interesting immune disease going, and last year reported that mast cell activation plays a major role in the post-vaccination problems that some people with ME/CFS are experiencing. (She prescribed mast cell stabilizers for them). One of the world’s foremost mast cell experts, Dr. Theoharis Theoharides, recently became a member of her team at the Institute for Neuroimmune Medicine.
The Many Manifestations of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) Summit
While we get some of the usual themes (how to improve your energy, how to heal from stress, brain retraining), this summit brings in a mostly new crowd that includes some of the main players in the MCAS treatment field such as Lawrence Afrin, MD Jill Carnahan MD, Neil Nathan MD, Mary Beth Ackerly MD, Theo Theoharides Ph.D.
The field’s increasingly broad reach can be seen in some of the topics addressed: endometriosis and MCAS, the brain and MCAS, MCAS and EDS and Lyme disease, dysautonomia and MCAS, and epigenetics and MCAS.
Thankfully, quite a few presentations focus on treatment approaches including “A functional medicine approach to MCAS” Protocols for treating MCAS”, “Treating MCAS in the Complex Patient”, “How to Identify and Manage MCAS”, “MCAS: Common Triggers and Treatment Order”, and “Optimizing Immune Balance”.
For those wanting to learn what MCAS is and how to tell if you have it, Lawence Afrin, MD, the founder of the field, gives a talk on “Mast Cell Activation Syndrome: Diagnosis, Genetics, and Hope”, there’s Lawrence Weinstocks’ “Gastrointestinal Presentations of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome”, and “How to Identify and Manage Histamine Intolerance”.
For those interested in how to test for mold or other toxins, there are: “An Expert’s Guide to Mold Remediation” and “Building Assessments for Environmental Illness”.
The presentations tend to be pretty weighty, with most lasting 50 minutes or so.
Attending the Online Summit
This is the first online MCAS Summit that I can remember and it’s a long one – 7 days (Aug 29th to Sept 4th), with 6 or 7 presentations almost hour-long presentations each day.
Registration is free and will get you some gifts and allow you to watch the presentations the day they are given. It will also give you early access to the following talks:
- “Gastrointestinal Presentations of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome”, “Pyroluria, Anxiety and the Connection with Lyme and MCAS”, “Functional Medicine Approach to MCAS”,
and the ebooks:
- “Mast Cell Activation: Frequently Asked Questions Guide”,
- “Low Histamine Diet Starter Kit Guide”,
- “Introduction to Guided Imagery & Hypnotherapy eBundle”.
Ordering the Summit
Or you can order the Summit and download the entire 7 days and put up your feet and watch the 40-plus presentations at your leisure. Three options are available. Each has a 100%, no questions asked, 30-day money-back guarantee.
- order the entire Summit for $69 (early bird price) and download it
- order the entire Summit and get “Dr. Kelly McCann’s Course “MCAS: How Do You Regain Control?” as well
- order Dr. Kelly McCann’s Course “MCAS: How Do You Regain Control?” and don’t download the Summit.
Ordering any of these packages will also give you eBooks on the effects of histamine gut repair, preparing your body for detox, a guide to detox, how to do a low histamine diet, and low histamine recipes.
Health Rising is an affiliate member of this Summit. Any orders will provide it with some funding.