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Apr/May 2014

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Research Roundup: Safety of Oats, Fibromyalgia, IBS and Celiac

In a study of adults with celiac disease, long-term consumption of pure, uncontaminated gluten-free oats had no harmful effects, say researchers from Tampere University in Finland. They studied a group of celiac adults who had been eating oats on a daily basis for up to eight years. This daily intake didn’t result in small-bowel mucosal damage, inflammation or gastrointestinal symptoms. In fact, the small-bowel mucosa looked better in those who had consumed oats in larger amounts or over a longer time period than in those who avoided oats altogether.   More...

Allergies Q & A: Chinese Medicine as Treatment for Food Allergies

Henry Ehrlich, co-author of Asthma Allergies Children: A Parent’s Guide and editor of, has been exploring the work of Xiu-Min Li, MD, and her use of traditional Chinese medicine to treat people with food allergies. Li has developed Food Allergy Herbal Formula-2 (FAHF-2) at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, where she is professor of pediatrics, allergy and immunology. Ehrlich recently penned a book exploring Li’s research, Food Allergies: Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western Science, and the Search for a Cure. He spent months interviewing Li and her colleagues and poring over her published papers to tell the story of FAHF-2. Here, he talks with Living Without and shares insight into what he has learned about this pioneering work.   More...