Mast Cell Activation: Neurology, Mood, Stress, and Mitochondria
Presented by: Ann Haiden, DO
As clinicians, we all see patients who present with a wide array of confusing multi-system symptoms and frustrating intolerances, diagnostic challenges, and previous treatment failures. Symptoms can present as neurologic, neurovascular, mood, or stress related components, often in the setting of gut symptoms. Is there something that can tie many of these symptoms together? Mast cell activation syndrome or disorder is worth considering in these cases. This session will review brain mast cells, microglia, and mood disorders; neurologic, neurovascular, and neuroinflammation symptoms including migraine, stroke, cognitive impairment, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease and POTS; stress conditions; the brain-gut connection; the mitochondria; and current evidence for practical approaches to diagnosis and treatment with an emphasis on lifestyle and natural restorative methods.
This presentation was recorded at the 2020 Integrative Healthcare Symposium Annual Conference.