Food Allergies: Traditional Chinese Medicine,
Western Science, and the Search for a Cure
List Price: 17.95
Available: February 2014
Food Allergies: Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western Science, and the Search for a Cure is the first book-length account of the work of Dr. Xiu-Min Li on her work to adapt ancient herbal medicines to cure “modern” diseases, and to prove their efficacy using the best that science has to offer. Born and educated in China, Dr. Li was simultaneously trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Western medicine. Author Henry Ehrlich calls her a “Rosetta Stone” because she can think simultaneously in both systems and recognize the potential of thousands of TCM remedies for treating diseases of the immune system that defy conventional remedies, not just food allergies, but eczema and asthma, and potentially for autoimmune disorders. Her research has produced a bonanza of insight into the functioning of the immune system. The book begins with an introduction to Dr. Li’s fascinating personal story and the moment when she decided to devote herself to the problem of food allergies, as well as a comprehensive and absorbing explanation to the allergy epidemic. This is followed by detailed, but readable accounts of the laboratory science that has shown convincingly in mice that food allergies can be treated, up through the current phase-2 trials in humans. The author calls it a kind of “love letter to science.” The book concludes with a visionary look at the future of this this therapy, both from the point of view of science and clinical medical practice. Dr. Arnold Levinson calls Food Allergies… “A masterful job of distilling a lot of complex material into verbiage that can be understood by the non-scientist, albeit a sharp non-scientist, and accomplished in an entertaining style.
Henry Ehrlich is coauthor of Asthma Allergies Children: A Parent’s Guide with pediatric allergists Dr. Larry Chiaramonte and Dr. Paul Ehrlich. Henry is also editor of the website AsthmaAllergiesChildren.com, widely regarded as the liveliest site on the web devoted to the subject. He also edited Children’s Allergies and Asthma: One of Nature’s Dirty Tricks, an e-book anthology of 89 original posts from the website’s first two years. Dr. Lisa Sanders, author of Every Patient Tells a Story and whose New York Times column “Diagnosis” inspired the TV drama House MD calls Asthma Allergies Children: A Parent’s Guide “A veritable bible for parents of allergic kids. I enjoyed Asthma Allergies Children tremendously. It is full of the kind of great stories that teach both patients and doctors more than mere facts. The science is explained in language you don’t need an MD to follow.” A former speechwriter with no medical background except as a patient, Ehrlich is the author of a number of previous books, including Writing Effective Speeches and the Wylie Book of Business Quotations. He became involved with pediatric allergies when his coauthors approached him for help with a book in 2002 and he advised them that it wouldn’t be worth reading if it didn’t incorporate their “bedside manner” and storytelling gifts. They revised it and launched it in conjunction with their website in 2010 on the theory that “medicine moves faster than print.” Food Allergies: Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western Science, and the Search for a Cure started when Ehrlich met Dr. Xiu-Min Li at Mount Sinai Medical School in Manhattan and was convinced that this unusual combination of old and new presented a uniquely promising approach to treating one of the most frustrating and potentially lethal modern diseases.