About Us

Histamine-sensitivity.com is part of the FoodsMatter and FreeFrom Awards family of websites.

Foods Matter is an entirely independent informational website which also includes sections dedicated to coeliac disease and gluten-related disorders, free from food, free from supplements and superfoods, free from recipes, raw foods and sensitive / allergic skin conditions.

The site was launched by Michelle Berriedale-Johnson over 20 years ago as back-up to the Foods Matter magazine, offering information and support both to food allergic and intolerant consumers and to the health professionals caring for them. Since the magazine moved 'on line' in 2010, the sites have grown rapidly and now receive over 1,500,000 unique visitors per year.

The FoodsMatter sites are entirely independent. To help amortise the cost of maintaining the sites we do take advertising and affiliate links. However, these in no way compromise our editorial independence.

Personal stories and information

You will find a number of personal stories on this site; they are only published with the permission of the writers and names may be changed.
Such pieces may only be reproduced with the permission of the writer and that should be sought through FoodsMatter.

Our People

Michelle Berriedale-Johnson (Editor)

Hannah Lawrence (Books)

Dr Janice Joneja (Contributor and author)


Michelle Berriedale-Johnson

Michelle Michelle has been involved with food sensitivity for nearly 30 years, ever since her baby son was diagnosed with milk intolerance.
Since then she has manufactured 'freefrom' food, run a magazine about food sensitivity for both health professionals and patients, written a number of books on food allergy/intolerance, devised over 1,000 'freefrom' recipes and started the hugely successful FreeFrom Food Awards and FreeFrom Eating Out Awards – as well as editing the FoodsMatter family of websites.
She also runs an active blog at www.michellesblog.co.uk

You can contact Michelle by email here.

Hannah Lawrence

HannahHannah edits and manages all of the Berrydales Books output as well as teh Foodsmatter social media sites.

Previously, she worked with the BBC's marketing department, creating many radio and TV advertising campaigns for their various stations including BBC One, Radio One, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4 and Five Live. You can contact her at hannah@foodsmatter.com


Dr Janice Joneja

CressidaDr. Janice Joneja is a researcher, educator, author, and clinical counsellor with over 30 years of experience in the area of biochemical and immunological reactions involved in food allergy and intolerances.

Dr. Joneja holds a Ph.D. in medical microbiology and immunology and was a registered dietitian (RD) for 27 years. She has been a member of the faculty at several Canadian universities, starting her career as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Science, and in the Faculty of Dentistry, at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Since 2001, Dr. Joneja has been a faculty member in the School of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, at the University of Surrey, in England, teaching in the M.Sc. course in Nutritional Medicine. For 12 years, she was head of the Allergy Nutrition Program at the Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre.

Dr. Joneja is the author of eight books and dietetic practice manuals on food allergy, a textbook on Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and several distance education courses. Her most recent books include “The Health Professional’s Guide to Food Allergies and Intolerances”, “Dealing with Food Allergies”, and “Dealing with Food Allergies in Babies and Children”. You can find Dr. Joneja’s books on Amazon.

Dr. Joneja’s work has been published in peer-reviewed scientific and medical journals, as well as in popular magazines. She is a respected lecturer at universities, colleges and hospitals internationally, and regularly appears on television and radio call-in shows as an expert in her field. Dr. Joneja is President of Vickerstaff Health Services, Inc., a practice that provides counselling for people suffering from all aspects of adverse reactions to food, and resources for the professionals and care-givers who support them.