Dr. Xiu-Min Li Keynote Speaker at AFAA Annual Conference

On Saturday, September 17, 2011, the Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Association of Minnesota (AFAA) had its annual medical conference. As an AFAA board member, I had the privilege of dining with our keynote speaker Dr. Xiu-Min Li, Professor, Pediatric Allergy & Immunology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. It was truly a pleasure to get to know this gifted woman who has brought so much promise to the food allergy community.

For those unfamiliar with Dr. Li, she has developed the Food Allergy Herbal Formula-2 (FAHF-2), which is derived from a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) formula for the treatment of food allergies.

Initially, a clinical trial was done on mice where FAHF-2 showed it could block allergic reactions to food lasting as much as six months.

Phase I of the human trial showed FAHF-2 was safe and well tolerated in people with multiple food allergies.  This Phase II trial will determine the effectiveness of FAHF-2 when used as a treatment for food allergy.

As Dr. Li stated, “While this research brings with it so much promise, continued research is important to make some of these herbal remedies progress from dietary supplement to prescription drugs.”

Thank you so much Dr. Li for your dedication to the lives of the food allergic.

For more information on this study as well as Dr. Li, Click Here.

Other great presentations were given by:
Allan Stillerman MD, “The Importance of Well-Done Scientific Clinical Research: It Affects You!”
Katja Rowell MD, “Food Allergies & the Feeding Relationship: Reassurance on “Failure to Thrive”
Kristin Beltaos, MA, “Tame the Chipmunk on the Double Espresso”
Andrea Dorn, “Navigating the Gluten Free World”
Anna Kerr, “Easy Exercises to Reduce Everyday Stress”

Special thank you to Nona Narvaez and Jeff Schaefer, the founders of AFAA. Their tireless work is so appreciated!

Kristin Beltaos Elected to the AFAA Board of Directors

Kristin Beltaos, M.A. was elected to the Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Association of Minnesota (AFAA) board of directors.

AFAA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate, advocate and to support those with life-threatening food allergies, and to support their families. It began in September 2001, and was incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit in May 2003. Members include families, doctors, nurses, dieticians and teachers.

AFAA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose accomplishments include:
* Universal epinephrine availability in Minnesota ambulances
* Immediate access to epinephrine for allergic students in schools
* Amino acid medical insurance coverage
* Allergen-free activities for children and families
* Widespread educational outreach efforts