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It appears my hot streak of finding amazing books and products continues with this book review on Mast Cells United: A Holistic Approach to Mast Cell Activation Syndrome by Amber Walker. Ms. Walker was kind enough to give me a copy to review. I’m happy to report, it didn’t disappoint in the least. This book is as essential to mast cell activation syndrome patients as Jeannie Di Bon’s Hypermobility Without Tears is to people with EDS and HSD.
The first thing I thought when receiving Mast Cells United was “Wow! This is the size of a textbook!” A large book with over 500 pages, Mast Cells United is truly comprehensive, taking your through the MCAS universe from development of the disease, to it’s treatment and management. Best of all, it does so in terms that are easy to understand for both the layperson and the professional. Nor is it by any means a boring book, so don’t let its textbook like presence intimidate you from picking it up. Maybe it’s just me, but even if it weren’t for Walker’s artful presentation of the information, I find learning about my own conditions invigorating and fascinating. I always feel a renewed sense of hope holding such a wealth of information in my hands, because I know it will contribute to my ongoing journey toward a better life with fewer symptoms and hopefully more freedom.
Mast Cell United doesn’t replace the care of a knowledgeable expert, but it can help ensure that you, the person who should be the true expert of your own condition, can make the best, most informed decisions about your care.
Walker begins by talking about her own MCAS journey and explaining exactly what MCAS is and what it isn’t, breaking it all down in easy to understand terms for laypeople and practitioners alike. Before moving on to viable treatment strategies, Walker explains how MCAS can affect each system of the body, common triggers and clinical considerations for diagnosis.
Mast Cells United contains several chapters on treatments. They include conventional and natural treatments, dietary considerations and discusses a wide variety of holistic healing methods that can be utilized to help improve life with MCAS. She also discusses how environmental factors which are rarely discussed, such electromagnetic fields and Radio waves, among many other things can also impact the health of the person with MCAS, spurring the mast cells to degranulate.
Mast Cells United is quickly becoming my MCAS bible. It’s not about whether holistic healing is superior to conventional healing or by any means just a book on theories. It’s about utilizing the full package–whatever works toward leading as whole a life possible with this difficult to diagnose and manage condition and its rife with possibilities. It’s about making life choices that facilitate healing, offers protection and helps us to avoid triggers. It helps you to make good decisions and prepare for the worst while hoping for the best.
I also love having the convenience of a book in my library where I can look up a term in the glossary and learn about it. Where I can go for well organized and trustworthy information. Where I don’t have to worry about screen glare causing a migraine or tiring my eyes too much. With Mast Cells United in my home, it’s easy to seek my answers about this condition quickly.
It’s no secret that I believe mast cell disorder to be at the core of most of the conditions I’ve been diagnosed with and I feel strongly that MCAS is a condition that needs to be worked up for diagnosis for anyone with EDS, Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, IBS, Interstitial Cystitis and others and Mast Cell United spends time exploring these comorbid condition and what we know about the prevalence of mast cell activation syndrome for each. It convinces me more tha ever that waiting until we are in a histamine overload/anaphylaxis crisis to wake up to these connections is way too late to get help. We need to begin testing these patients automatically based on the understanding that many of the symptoms of these conditions overlap with MCAS. In the meantime, f you suspect you have MCAS, no matter how mild, I urge you to get help now! My second recommendation is that you buy this book now rather than waiting for diagnosis. There are many things that can be done in the meantime to improve your quality of life.
When thinking about purchasing Mast Cells United, don’t forget the doctors in your life. Being one of the most underdiagnosed and/or misdiagnosed conditions around today, we need to gift this book to every physician in our lives, most especially our GP’s, Mast Cell Specialists, Allergists, immunologists and rheumatologists.
Where to Purchase Mast Cells United
Mast Cells United: A Holistic Approach to Mast Cell Activation Disorder Paperback: 542 pages Publisher: Amber Walker (March 16, 2019) Language: English ISBN-10: 1733711708 ISBN-13: 978-1733711708
Mast Cells United is surprisingly affordable despite all the wonderful things it’s packed with. It won’t break the bank to get a copy or two, especially if you go for a Kindle ebook! Purchase it at Amazon through this link: Mast Cells United on Amazon. By choosing to purchase through this link today, you’re helping the Zebra Pit to keep publishing this sort of valuable information for medical zebras and spoonies. Thank you for your contribution.
You can also find some great resources, check out Amber’s blog and get more information on the book and Amber Walker by going to http://mastcellsunited.com/
Still not convinced you need Mast Cells United in your library? Check out the reviews and excerpts: Mast Cells United on Amazon
So what have you been reading lately on your condition? I would love to hear all about it in the comments! And if you’re an author, I’m always looking for health and wellness books to review as well as memoirs and novels that delve into the experience of people leading lives with chronic illness. As always thanks for reading and supporting the Zebra Pit. We hope this book brings you much healing and relief!