CONNECT 2021 - Mast Cell Disorders ~ Lela Altman, ND, LAc




This presentation will cover:
  • Mast cell mediators and how they affect the body;
  • Different types of mast cell disorders and how to differentiate them;
  • Diagnostic criteria for Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) and Systemic Mastocytosis; and
  • How Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Systemic Mastocytosis differ from allergy and histamine intolerance.
Treatment discussion will include:
  • Pharmaceuticals, including H1 blockers, H2 blockers, leukotriene inhibitors, corticosteroids, low dose naltrexone, etc;
  • Herbal and nutrient treatments and dosing;
  • Histamine reducing diets; and
  • Supporting histamine clearance pathways.
Dr. Altman entered the medical field where she trained to become a Certified Nursing Assistant at William Rainey Harper College. Dr. Altman received her Bachelor of Science from The Evergreen State College where she studied ethnobotany, biology, and chemistry. She also ran an independent laboratory project in which she cloned orchids and researched novel ways to recover infected orchid cultures. During this time she became a medical assistant and went on to train medical assistants after her graduation. Dr. Altman received her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and her Masters of Science in Acupuncture from Bastyr University in 2011. She also attended the New England School of Homeopathy during her medical training and completed a certificate program. She went on to complete a 3-year residency at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health in Naturopathic Primary Care.
Dr. Altman is considered an expert in the field of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and digestive health. She has written articles, given continuing medical education lectures, and performed interviews in several venues on these topics. Dr. Altman also developed and currently supervises the Digestive Wellness Clinic shift at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health and is currently developing a board certification in naturopathic gastroenterology with the Gastroenterology Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Altman also teaches several classes and supervises clinical education at Bastyr University. Additionally, she provides patient care in her private practice and at the teaching clinic at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health and at the Center for Integrative Medicine at the Virginia Mason Medical Center.
*Certified by the WANP for 1.5 Category 1 continuing education credits (including .75 Pharmacology Credits) for Washington NDs*
(Originally presented October 16, 2021)