3 years ago, I was sitting in my doctor’s office when I first heard about the terms “histamine intolerance” and “mast cell activation syndrome”. I’ve always had a number of seemingly unrelated issues from hyper-sensitive skin to allergies and headaches but I had never, for a moment, thought they might be interrelated. My doctor informed me that I likely had MCAS (or HIT, possibly both) and that it was a very common condition that impacted 1 in 14 people. Why had I never heard of these conditions? I went home and googled all my symptoms (this time together) and found scant, disparate information, leaving me more confused. So I decided to build this site for people like me …and you… to learn more about these seemingly widespread but little-known conditions.
This site is a consolidation of everything I have learned, with support and information from experts on how to manage HIT and MCAS so you can live a better life. In the past, I always treated the symptoms of my conditions (18 doctors and countless migraine medication for headaches, 2 years of allergy shots for rhinitis and sensitive skin, antibiotics for gut health and IC), and most of the time, my issues were never resolved and eventually subsided on their own, only to reappear a few months later. I also had the added challenge of becoming dependent on antihistamines (which I believe has unknowingly happened to many people) so I decided to completely stop prescription medication or over-the-counter antihistamines and focus on a natural protocol. I still have flare-ups (mostly during allergy season) and headaches but I am significantly better than when I started my journey and most importantly, I know what I’m dealing with so I have learned to identify my triggers. My hope is that this site can help some of you identify the best protocol, understand your triggers, or find a good doctor or nutritionist.
I am the Founder of the Bypath and a lifelong learner. I have over 15 years of experience in technology, investing, strategy & fundraising. I have BA in Computer Science from Smith College, an MBA from Columbia Business School, and am currently completing an MST in Social Innovation at Cambridge University. I believe in the mind/body connection and have training / certifications in Vedic Meditation, PSYCH-K, Mindfulness, and Neuro Linguist Programming (NLP).