Kristin Beltaos Nominated for Circle of Moms Top 25 Food Allergy Blogs

I am honored have my blog nominated for the 2012 Circle of Moms Top 25 Food Allergy Blogs! Please take a moment and vote for my food allergy blog. Click on the link, scroll to find me and click vote. Please vote for me DAILY through Oct 17th. The link is below. Thank you!


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 Co-Host on The Motherhood: Managing Stress with Food Allergies

On Tuesday, April 5, 2011, Kristin Beltaos was a Co-Host on The Motherhood: Managing the Anxiety Often Associated with Food Allergies.

To view the summary:

To view the entire talk:

The series will continue:

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 1 p.m. (EDT) Navigating Food Allergies: At Camp, on Sleepovers and Playdates

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at 1 p.m. (EDT) Common Myths About Food Allergies

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 1 p.m. (EDT) Navigating Food Allergies: Advocating for your Child at School

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 1 p.m. (EDT) Recipe Swap and Tips for Cooking and Baking Delicious Allergen-Free Foods

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

Kristin Beltaos on WCCO-TV Comments on

Smartphone App Touts It Can Calculate Women’s Fertility

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — These days, it seems there’s an app for everything, and there is a recent technology that is aimed at couples struggling with infertility.

On the website, British researchers devised an online calculator that detects your odds of conceiving a baby through in-vitro fertilization, or IVF.

Scientists from the Universities of Glasgow and Bristol analyzed more than 144,000 IVF cycles and came up with nine questions for couples, including a woman’s age, IVF history, pregnancy history and years trying to get pregnant. The researchers say your answers predict your IVF success rate, a percentage that can soon be downloaded to your smart phone.

“I have a 14.4 percent chance of conceiving using IVF at the age of 41,” said Kristin Beltaos, a Maple Grove mother of two, who took the online test.

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Lotus Blossom Consulting LLC and A Gift of Miles Partner

Kristin Beltaos, Life Coach and Owner of A Gift of Miles is proud to be a partner of Lotus Blossom Consulting LLC.

Lotus Blossom Consulting offers a unique, unbiased infertility consulting service to help you explore your family building options. We work closely with individuals, same-sex and heterosexual couples throughout the in vitro process which may encompass egg donation, sperm donation, surrogacy or a combination thereof. Mindy Berkson is the owner and fertility consultant of Lotus Blossom Consulting LLC. To learn more about Mindy and her company, visit the website at

A Gift of Miles Reproductive Market mission is to provide individuals and couples a positive, emotionally safe environment to process and communicate their concerns and happiness while embarking on their family building journey. Kristin Beltaos, M.A, life coach and owner, provides empathetic, emotional support and consulting that promotes physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness. Her goal is to support and encourage those on their journey to build their dream of a family. Appointments are available in-person (for Twin Cities clients) and nationally via telephone and Skype.

To view the partnership, please visit Lotus Blossom Consulting LLC Partners Page.

Kristin Beltaos to Speak at the Food Allergy Awareness Supporters Meeting

Food Allergy Awareness Supporters

Date: Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
NEW Location: Conference Room upstairs at Mackenthun’s Fine Foods
851 Marketplace Drive
Waconia, MN 55387

Guest Speaker:
Kristin Beltaos, Life Coach and Owner of A Gift of Miles. Kristin will speak about stress management focusing on families living with food allergies. Tips on how to restore balance in our lives will be shared. Kristin has firsthand experience as a parent of a child with food allergies and we look forward to a meaningful discussion that brings hope and understanding. For more information on Kristin, visit or the FAAS website at: