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What have Sloes, Covid and allergies got in common? It is becoming clear that there is a link between the spike protein, and increases of histamine levels in people who may never have had such reactions before. I want to update you on what I am seeing in my practice, my personal experience, and also what I have learned from attending webinars and talks by doctors recently.

Over the past year, I couldn’t help noticing that there has been a sharp increase in allergic type symptoms, not related to the usual pollen. I, myself, must have caught covid at some stage because I lost my sense of smell and taste for a while, and was weary over the summer, but the strongest symptom (I now realise) was that I felt that I was boiling over with histamine. I had burning eyes, burning peeling skin, stomach cramps, nausea and fatigue, with some loss of my usual buoyant mood. I noticed this in myself and many of my patients, and was able to learn more, after attending two webinars and a lecture by a doctor on the same pattern. Please bear in mind that this is very new to us all, so forgive me if I am not as clear as I would like to be.

In summary, it seems that in some people, there is an allergic-type reaction to the spike protein of the corona virus, and this seems to set off an ongoing release of inflammatory molecules like histamine, but not necessarily limited only to histamine.

This can occur as a reaction to infection by the virus as well as to the spike protein produced by the vaccination itself. A way to tell is if your symptoms ease after taking anti-histamines, although if other inflammatory molecules are triggered, they won’t be controlled by anti-histamines. I was taking up to four anti-histamines a day, which is not sustainable in the long term because histamine shuts off the brain. Remember, they used to be used as sleeping tablets, and the long-term side effect is dementia – nice!

I have managed to cure myself using a protocol of herbal medicine, homeopathy and nutritional supplements. To my surprise, it didn’t take long, and gratefully, I feel back to my old self again, but I mention this because you might be wondering why yourself or others are suffering from histamine like reactions for no known reason.

Some of the more common symptoms that I have seen are: burning watering eyes, red swollen eyelids, headaches, dizziness, asthma, eczema and extreme skin sensitivity, abdominal cramps, palpitations, breathlessness, nausea and diarrhoea. Anxiety and depression may or may not be related to this reaction.

The other pattern that has been noted is that old illnesses re-emerge, particularly fatigue conditions like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, viral or auto-immune conditions. Possibly, the spike protein stimulates a part of the immune system known as a Th2 immune response (allergic or auto-immune conditions), while it suppresses the Th1 immune response (protects against viruses etc).

I was curious as to why diabetics are so susceptible to covid, and then realised that their blood vessels are weakened by the high blood glucose. When we have an inflammatory reaction, our capillaries swell, and of course, diabetics already have damaged blood vessel walls. When the inner lining of the blood vessels (the endothelium) is damaged due to the inflammation, the cells rupture and bleed, then multiple clots form, and thus we see the huge clotting in the lungs, the strokes and the cardiovascular effects.

What can you do? Keep your immune system strong. Take your vitamin C and D; there are many herbs which can disrupt the viral replication, strengthen the immune system and down-regulate this histamine (and other inflammatory molecules) response. Eat healthy fresh organic food. Don’t forget to make your juices – especially using dark skinned fruits which are rich in anthocyanins, and protect the blood vessels from inflammatory molecules.

Garlic, ginger, clove and cinnamon are natural anti-histaminics. Turmeric and ginger are great anti-inflammatory spices which you can include in your smoothies or as a delicious chai. If you do feel that you are boiling over with histamine, do follow an anti-histamine diet, which is easily found on the internet.

But what about sloe gin? Anthroposophical medicine finds Blackthorn (Sloes) particularly suited for those who are suffering from exhaustion, especially when the heart has been affected by an influenza virus. These dark blue fruits are rich in the wonderful anthocyanins, so if you are feeling winter weary, why not enjoy a little tot of Sloe gin every evening to aid your recovery.

If you prefer a smoothie, try this delicious super food anti-inflammatory drink:

Run through your juicer:

A small knob of fresh turmeric

A small knob of fresh ginger

A small piece of lime

Half an apple

4 sticks of celery

A raw beetroot

A large piece of cucumber

Then pour this into your blender with

½ cup of coconut milk

Some fresh mint.

A handful of fresh or frozen Blueberries,

½ a banana

Whizz up and enjoy.