Food Allergies and a Search for a Cure
Both owners of AD RescueWear have children with food allergies so we like to follow cutting edge research in the area of food allergies, especially in children. If you are a parent of a child with life threatening food allergies, you know how terrifying it is just to go to a birthday party. It’s sad that food allergies can turn an enjoyable social get together into a stressful and worrisome experience. Welcome to the world of having a child with a food allergy.
Food allergies are no longer affecting a small percentage of Americans as was once thought. Food allergies affect 12 million Americans, 3 million of them children, and the incidence of food allergies has doubled in the past 10 years! It's an understatement that they negatively affect family life. As any parent of an allergic child can tell you, if granted one wish, eliminating their child's food allergy would be it! The stress and worry take all the fun out of a simple meal and a play date snack can be life threatening if all involved do not take it serious.
Hope on the Horizon! According to author Henry Ehrlich there may be hope on the horizon! In his new book titled, Food Allergies: Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western Medicine, and the Search for a Cure, Henry gives an in-depth and engaging account of the groundbreaking research of Dr. Xiu-Min Li, Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Allergy Immunology, at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine.
Dr. Xiu-Min Li is renowned for her research and clinical use of traditional Chinese medicine to treat asthma, eczema and allergies. Her research has led to the development of herbal formulas based on traditional Chinese medicine to treat these disorders. The book has great detail about one formula called FAHF-2, which has been shown in mouse studies to decrease and even eliminate many of the allergic symptoms, including the most serious reaction, anaphylaxis. The compounds have been shown to be exceptionally safe in human trials. Beyond the rigors of pharmaceutical proof, Dr. Li has also achieved remarkable success as an integrative practitioner in private practice, treating complex cases, involving not only food allergies but asthma, severe eczema, and even eosinophilic esophagitis, which defy mainstream cures. Describing the dual regulatory system that allows use of certain compounds as dietary supplements even while pharmaceutical trials are ongoing, Ehrlich does a fantastic job of describing the challenges of bringing something this groundbreaking into reality. He calls Dr. Li a “Rosetta Stone” for her ability to take ancient compounds and adapt them to modern conditions. Her research informs her clinical practice, and her clinical practice informs the research. It is a unique combination.
By the end, we have a clear picture of how integrative medicine may hold real hope for curing other diseases outside of IgE-mediated allergies. A great read for anyone with food allergies or caring for an allergic child or anyone who wants to learn more about integrative medicine. This book offers evidence-based hope for all the people and parents struggling with food allergies, and indeed for all conditions associated with what the author calls “an epidemic of progress.”
Both owners of AD RescueWear were thrilled to hear Henry Ehrlich speak about Dr. Li's research and his new book at the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference. Ehrlich is a well known author and speaker.
To purchase this book visit: http://www.amazon.com/Food-Allergies-Traditional-Chinese-Medicine/dp/0984383220
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