Description of a Low Histamine (Histapenic) Child

Dr. Linus Pauling in Orthomolecular Psychiatry gives a composite case history of a low histamine person. The patient is a hyperactive male child who is unnaturally healthy.

For example, the rest of the family may get head colds, but this low histamine child misses the cold, or the virus infection fails to produce a rhinitis. He is hypo-allergic He shows no signs of pain even when seriously bruised or when a venous blood sample is obtained. Corporal punishment is relatively useless because a slap causes little pain. The child is constantly active and sleeps poorly.

His attention span is short so learning is poor. Although his ability in some areas may be high when tested. A high degree of dis-perceptions may be present, such as sensory, time, body, self, and perception of others.

A good example of this profile is Seth, whose parents begged us to test him for imbalances, as he was “unmanageable” at age four. Seth was a chubby, fair skinned, youngster who was phenomenally healthy: no colds, earaches, or infections. He seemed continually agitated and frustrated, sometimes exploding into temper tantrums.

In one of these rages, Seth crushed a light bulb in his hand but showed no pain. His mother said he did not react to any punishment for his antics so discipline had proved relatively useless. His parents were at their wit’s ends to manage him.

Seth’s lab tests showed abnormally low histamine levels. We also checked for food and environmental allergies, heavy metals and nutrient deficiencies. Treatment mainly centered on raising his histamine into the normal range, using a specific natural formula with other nutrients that he lacked. Diet also played an important role.

A high protein diet works best as it provides the needed amino acid, histidine, which easily converts to histamine. Refined carbohydrates, i.e. sugar, white flour, junk foods, were prohibited (Seth had been living on white flour in the form of white bread sandwiches, crackers, potato chips, and pasta. He loved cookies and sweets). The family loved colas and kept a ready supply on hand. Seth’s special diet needs meant no more junk food could be kept in the house.

Within a few weeks the tantrums stopped, and a calmer, more alert youngster emerged. Seth was fortunate to be able to correct his chemistry at such a young age. I often see adults in mid life who have wrestled with too little histamine all their lives. They don’t know what’s wrong with them, but instinctively feel the problem is biochemical.

Copper and Low Histamine

A recent client was living on two anti-depressant drugs, Wellbutrin and Effexor, but still felt anxious and depressed and had bouts of crying. Brett complained that he had lost his sex drive, tired easily, felt irritable and frustrated most of the time.

His growing paranoia had affected his job relationships. Lab testing showed not only low histamine levels but abnormally high hair copper: eight times the normal level. The toxic effect of copper stems from its properties as a nervous stimulant.

Excess copper creates histapenia (low histamine) by decreasing histamine in the brain. Copper contains the enzymes that regulate histamine, and too much copper allows histamine degradation to take place. The lowered histamine levels in turn, allow more copper to accumulate.

High copper in the brain can cause a state of

  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Violence
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Paranoia
  • High Blood Pressure

The formula to raise histamine includes generous amounts of zinc, manganese, niacin (B3) and Vitamin C, all of which lowers copper. It is also imperative to avoid multivitamins that contain copper.

A Susceptible Blood Type

Bret’s blood type is A, and Type As are far more prone to sequestering copper. Among hospitalized schizophrenics there is a disproportionate number with Type A blood, and fifty percent of schizophrenics are histapenic.

A young “Type A” women with histamine levels of twenty two (the norm is 40-60 mg/ml) told me after four months of raising these levels that her “voices had stopped and she missed them.”

Copper and Postpartum Symptoms

Postpartum psychosis also has, as a likely cause, greatly elevated copper and ceruloplasm due to increased estrogen levels during pregnancy. Up to eight percent of female mental hospital admissions follow a psychotic break within two weeks after birthing.

Symptoms are:

  • Disorientation
  • Depression
  • Sleep Disturbances
  • Self-destruction Tendencies
  • Paranoia

The mother may biochemically be so distraught that she rejects her new baby. The same low histamine formula may be used to reduce copper levels. If no treatment is given, copper may gradually drop to normal over the next several months, finally giving a total remission of her psychosis.

The Paranoid Profile

Many paranoids become night owls, partially to avoid social contacts, and to avoid the stress and noise that is prevalent during the day. Dr. Pfeiffer points out that geo-magnetic forces of the sun, which have been shown to influence the schizophrenic, are also lessened at night.

Going without sleep for several nights will produce paranoia. Certain drugs like cocaine, amphetamines, or acid (LSD) produce paranoia by interfering with normal sleep.

“Alcohol, barbiturates, and sleeping pills can unmask latent paranoia.”

Dr. Pfeiffer tells about one of the doctors at his hospital who was on Nembutal and who often turned in a fire alarm when the setting sun was reflected in the windows at the hospital!

An anti-epileptic, Dilantin, destroys folic acid, which will finally cause severe paranoia and a state of low histamine over several years of use. The birth control pill also raises copper and can cause similar problems. Accumulation of copper in the brains of aging people produces hearing loss and paranoia.

The prevalence of deafness is as high as thirty percent among younger paranoiacs. The paranoid person has a real genius for detecting tiny inconsistencies, adversities or criticisms in life situations, which no one else notices. These get blown out of proportion in his mind and overemphasized. The biochemical imbalance that needs correcting is his high tissue copper level. The imagined enemy simply dissolves with biochemical rebalancing.

Walt Kelly’s Pogo describes the paranoid dilemma well: “We have met the enemy and it is us.”

The Time Table for Relief of Symptoms in Histapenia

  • Drippy Palms
  • Mind Racing
  • Insomnia
  • Hypomania
  • Hallucinations
  • Obesity

Paranoia One Week One Month One Year Taken from Dr. Carl Pfeiffer, M.D., Ph.D. The Schizophrenias Ours To Conquer

Do You Have Low Histamine?

The following screen will reveal a strong indication of Low Histamine (A lab test will then be a good investment for confirmation).

The Histapenic (Low Histamine) Prescreen Test

  1. Do you get canker sores?
  2. Do you have slow sexual responsiveness or a low libido?
  3. Do you have tension headaches or seldom have headaches?
  4. Do you have heavy growth or body hair?
  5. Do you tend to carry any excess fat in your lower extremities rather than evenly distributed around your body? (pear shaped)
  6. Do you have a lot of dental fillings?
  7. Do you have a head full of grand plans but are easily frustrated?
  8. Are you suspicious of people or feel paranoid?
  9. Have you ever heard voices inside your head?
  10. Are you able to stand pain well?
  11. Do you have ringing in your ears?
  12. Do you get few or no colds?
  13. Do you have low tolerance for medications or drugs?
  14. Do you tire easily?
  15. Do you need at least 8 hours of sleep - are you a slow riser in the morning
  16. Is your mouth usually dry?
  17. Do you have tendency to despair, or have bouts of crying?
  18. Frequent irritability?

No one has all these symptoms. But ten or more symptoms suggest that a lab test for blood histamine is in order.

Contents of Low Histamine Formula

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  • Tryptophan: Converts to serotonin, a calming neurotransmitter that corrects sleep disturbances and lowers agitation.
  • Zinc: Inhibits absorption of copper and permits storage of histamine.
  • Buffered Vitamin C: Excretes copper, protects against copper oxidizing brain tissue.
  • Niacin (B-3) : Raises histamine levels
  • Folic Acid: Produces histamine
  • Vitamin B12 : Produces histamine
  • Manganese: Inhibits absorption of copper
  • Histidine: Raises histamine levels.
  • Quercetin: Helps to store histamine

The Histamine Formulas

The formulas for treating high and low histamine levels are easily obtainable. High quality nutrients used successfully at Health Recovery Center are available from Bio-Recovery (1-800-247-6237). You will be able to get your questions answered at this number as well as having your orders shipped to your door.