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In the summer of 2012, I was asked if I had ever read anything about mast cells and Gadolinium or NSF. I vaguely remembered mast cells being mentioned in one study, but it obviously didn’t strike me as being important or I would have done some research on it then. But after digging around a bit, I came away thinking that there might be a connection between mast cells and the disease progression of NSF/GASF.
For those who don’t know, mast cells are found in tissues throughout the body, particularly in association with structures such as blood vessels, peripheral nerves, in mucosal membranes, skin and subcutaneous tissue. Mast cells are bone marrow-derived and particularly dependent upon stem cell factor for their survival. They express a variety of phenotypic features within tissues that are determined by their local environment. Mast cells appear to be highly engineered cells with multiple critical biological functions. (more…)
Suspecting or discovering that you are Gadolinium Toxic can be a scary time and you may not know what to do. And if you are like others, the journey to manage your condition will last for an extended period of time.
The 11 Tips we present here will make understanding and managing your condition an easier task. (more…)
(A PDF of this Viewpoint is available for download.)
This is a re-written version of some emails that I have sent on the subject, so please read it with that in mind. They were addressed to several people in the MRI-Gadolinium Toxicity Support Group.
A word before you read this. I usually do not post this kind of thinking on the support group because many people hold out chelation as their only hope. I do not want to squelch their hope and I do not just want to be negative on it. As you will see below, I have tried it and decided that it is not for me. So I just tell my story. Everyone has to make their own decisions.
Let me provide some background. My last contrast MRI (of 8 in total) was in October 2009 when I had three contrast MRIs within a two-week period. (more…)