Amine Doctor & Book Referrals

I have come to realize that very few doctors know what amines (and salicylic acid, tyramine, histamine allergies, glutamates, etc) are, which makes it terribly difficult to diagnose. Without a doctor that will recognize the symptoms, it never gets identified. Therefore, I offer you a list of doctors who have properly identified an amine (or related) allergy in the past for myself and other people in the food allergy community. If you have a doctor (or book/resource) to add, please let me know. I hope this helps you in your own journey to find help.

Suggested Reading Materials:

  • Allergy Friendly Food: The Essential Guide to Avoiding Allergies, Additives, and Problem Chemicals. By Anne R. Swain, Dr. Velencia L. Soutter and Dr. Robert H. Loblay from the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital’s Allergy Unit.
  • Dealing with Food Allergies. By Janice Vickerstaff Joneja.
  • RPAH Elimination Diet Handbook with food & shopping guide. By Anne Swain, Velencia Soutter, and Robert Loblay from the Royal Price Alfred Hospital’s Allergy Unit.

Helpful Links:

Low Amine Recipes Blog Reader Recommended Reading Materials:

  • The Magnesium Miracle. By Carolyn Dean MD ND.

Doctors In Washington state (my doctor):

Heidi Turner, MS, RD, CD

FoodLogic, PLLC

@ The Seattle Arthritis Clinic
10330 Meridian Avenue North, Suite 250
Seattle, WA 98133

Doctors In London:

Immune Clinic London

Dirk Budka

c/o Integrated Medicine Centre
121 Crawford Street
London W1U 6BE
020 7224 5111

Published on September 7, 2011 at 10:16 am  Comments (17)  

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  1. This is great info. I didn’t know what a histamine allergy was medically called. I have a histamine allergy. Along with being allergic to wheat/gluten, beef, eggs, dairy, yeast, green beans, tree nuts, pineapple, spinach and clams. The name of my disease is Eosinophilic Esophagitis.

    If I have wine, I have asthma the same evening and the next day. Now I know it’s an amine allergy. I’m going to have to keep track of how I feel after eating other amine foods. I’m going to keep researching this. It’s very interesting – thanks!


    • Cheryl,

      Technically amines are different than histamines. Definitely related, though amine… Hist-amine… Yup. However, I’d bet that a lot of the same foods are reactive.

      I’m glad that you found my blog, and I hope you follow it and find it a useful resource as time goes on!

      Also, you may look into diamine oxidase (sp?). I bought some, called Histame. It had the opposite reaction that I thought it would. Instead of easing my amine joint-related allergies, I broke out in hives more often. Go figure. But since histamines are different, you might at least do some preliminary research to see if it’s something that might help you!

  2. I am so glad that I stumbled on your blog! My 12 y/o son has been having gastric problems (sometimes very severe) since he was about 4 or 5 y/o following a month long cycle with a bacterial stomach virus. My grandmother, mother, sister, myself, and my daughter have similar symptoms to varying degrees, plus Eczema. My mother and brother have the auto-immune disease, systemic lupus; and rheumatoid arthritis runs in that side of the family. In lieu of that, I took my own family off of dairy (lactose) and wheat. We have recently been on a very restricted diet that is basically vegan, yeast-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free, which has proved to give us practically complete relief from all the symptoms we’ve had.

    The pediatric g.i. specialist has diagnosed my 2 sons with IBS and put the 12 y/o on a common med for that, which has not done much more than give him enough relief he can tolerate eating instead of starving. He continues to suffer with nausea, abdominal pains, joint pain, allergies, etc.

    I am definitely going to read the suggested informative materials you’ve listed and look further into this. Tomatoes have been one of the foods my son hasn’t been able to tolerate, so I believe it is definitely worth investigating.

    Thank you for sharing your experience and wonderful recipes!

    • You’re so very welcome. I hope you will find it useful. You’ll have to let me know how it goes, and what you think of the recipes. Best of luck to you and your family!

  3. My grandson recently was diagnosed with Sato condition, CVS (Cyclic Vomiting Syndome), abdominable migraines. He is, of course, a-typical as his symptoms are not exactly like other children. Check it out online; no cure, treatment is sketchy, it’s a brain-neuro thing (though sometimes referred to brain-gut symptoms), has something to do with his hormones. Seems to stump doctors, as we are learning! We’d love to be able to curtail the onset of his attack. He is right now home from the hospital. Vomited once this morning. He is sleeping in a darkened room and we are praying this subsides. Or, if he vomits 3 times he must go to the hospital for an IV and pain medicine which a stay can last 6-9 days.

    • So rough, I’m so sorry to hear it! Does he also have an amine sensitivity?

  4. Thank you for your extensive information. I have recently experienced arrhythmia and am relieved to know it may be amine-related.Episodes have been precipated by amine foods. We continue to investigate and your site has offered us help. Dr. Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, has written and lectured, researched extensively on Magnesium Deficiency. I hope Lisa, the Mother of the 12 year old boy, will read The Magnesium Miracle. Also, Linda Schrieber may find help in this book. Best wishes to all of us who are on this journey. Patti

    • You’re very welcome. Thank you for adding your resource! Here’s to hoping it may help some of us!

      Michelle Ferris

  5. My 17yr old son has been diagnosed with food intolerances to dairy, wheat, barley, malt, soy, peas, grapes and, brewer’s yeast. He still complains of sinus problems, reflux, stomach pains, IBS, nausea and generally feling unwell. He is very limited with his diet and quite fussy. What is the simplest way to approach the amine & salicylate diet considering his other food intolerances?

    • I would check out FAILSAFE meals, since they are amine and sals free. My blog focuses on amines only, and sals are often the “opposite” end of the food spectrum. I would not want to lead you astray. Best of luck to you and your son, though!

  6. Please research Dr. Carolyn Dean and Magnesium. You will be amazed. Very best wishes.

    • I’ll have to do that! Thanks for the tip!

  7. Thank you for your site. I have a tyramine intolerance and keep getting conflicting data on sweet potatoes. Can you help.

    • High in tyramines, low in histamines. If tyramines are your problem, avoid them. Sorry it wasn’t better news. :/

  8. Greek Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash (low-amine, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, nut-free, paleo), served with Black Bean Dip Quesadillas. This recipe is losted in your recipes? Talk about conflicting info.

  9. I live in Belgium, oh my God, this is difficult, when will I find a great Doctor who will help me with probably amine, gluten, lactose -intolerance. For the moment I am trying to help myself…. this is difficult…

    • Help thyself! Check out the books… they were extremely helpful in my own situation.

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