I was lying in bed this morning listening to BBC Breakfast news. They were doing a review of the newspapers and my ears pricked up when they started talking about a mobile phone sensor which could test to see if a food is off or not. I know enough to realize that food goes off because it produces biogenic amines, of which histamine is one, and I was suddenly sitting bolt upright in bed feeling very excited!
Unfortunately the news presenter didn’t say which paper the article was in, so I simply Googled ‘phone sensor histamine 2018’ and found the research the piece was based on, which is taking place at the City University of Hong Kong. The researchers were looking mainly at ways to test for spoiled foods, but I wanted them to know there was a huge world-wide patient population desperate for a way to easily test for histamine in foods because they suffered from either HIT, MCAD or both so I emailed the lead researcher A. L. Roy Vellaisamy PhD to briefly explain about us all and tell him how vital his device could be for us.
I couldn’t believe my eyes when, just a few hours later and on a Sunday, Roy mailed me back to say he’d read my blog and learned loads about how big an issue histamine in foods is for us. Not only that, but he asked if I’d be willing to test his mobile sensor as they were trying to fine tune the device. Is The Pope Catholic?! Of course I’d like to test the device!! Being able to test for histamine in foods on a mobile phone would revolutionize not only my, but most of your, lives.
I’m now just waiting to hear back about the logistics and what I’d have to do – I’ll keep you posted 😀