A couple of days ago a new realization filtered into my brain.... The way Dr. Donaldson ("Strong Medicine") designed his dietary recommendations, his approved food list ("allergy bandwagon" he called it) turned out to be LOW HISTAMINE.
I read a little bit about the question a couple of years ago, but while doing the program it didn't occur to me -- i have no idea why it popped into consciousness now. But yeah -- freshly grinding a beef chuck into burger and cooking it the same day decidedly gives you a smaller histamine dose than buying that family pack of ground beef. A lot of the foods Donaldson frowned on are high in histamine irritation: wheat, tomatoes (all nightshades in fact), citrus, strawberries, chocolate.... It seems also that some foods which give me hypothyroid symptoms -- sauerkraut leaps out -- are also high in the nasty bioamine, too.
Oh, and also those "neolithic agents of disease" grains, legumes and polyunsaturated (ie. rancid) seed oils.
I think it's highly likely that i'll feel much better by trying to minimize histamine-containing foods in my diet. According to "thelowhistaminechef.com" one of the huge number of histamine-intolerance symptoms is trouble with the thyroid. Gotta read up more....
The worst part of this is that red wine falls into the "avoid" category. :-(