By: Henry Ehrlich
This has been a big year for Dr. Xiu-Min Li. It has been my privilege to help her with her work.
At the end of May she received the award of the Future of Health Technology Institute given annually at MIT.
It was a real honor to follow in the footsteps of giants such as Dr. Marvin Minsky (aka, the father of artificial intelligence) and Dr. Raymond Kurzweil (aka the Thomas Edison for the 21st century).
That was followed by the publication of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western Science, and the Fight Against Allergic Disease, which Dr. Li and I wrote together.
Another big milestone was the East-West Integrative Medical Practice and Scientific Technology for Allergies & Wellness held at Mount Sinai, Dr. Li’s home base. (See program below to get a feel for the breadth of this landmark meeting.) I spend a great deal of time on Dr. Li’s various initiatives. It remains as it was originally described to me a fascinating departure from mainstream allergy science and practice. Highlights from this conference will be posted as video in the months to come.
For more information on Dr. Li’s clinical practice, go to liintegrativehealth.com
East-West Integrative Medical Practice and Scientific Technology
for Allergies & Wellness
Date and Time: Saturday, Oct 15, 2016 (8am-3:30pm)
Location: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (New York, NY)
Mission: Provide an integrative forum to discuss scientific advances in the area of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for allergies and wellness, bridge international collaborations for research and education, and offer clinical applications of integrative models of treatment for allergic disorders.
Target Audience: Western and Eastern health care providers, medical scientists, educators, students, and patient families.
All participants will leave with the following understanding of:
Current environment of integrative medicine in the United States, including public perceptions, regulation, and training. Accepted standards of care for common allergic disorders and the role of TCM research for developing novel therapies for allergy, asthma and wellness. Clinical opportunities for integration of TCM for allergic conditions such as asthma, food allergy and eczema.
Xiu-Min Li MD, Chair Henry Ehrlich, Executive Meeting Director
Paul Ehrlich MD, Co-Chair Sharon M. Hamlin, Co-Executive Meeting Coordinator
Danna Chung MD, Co-Chair Changda Liu PhD, Co-Executive Meeting Coordinator
Li Yun Ming, Co-Chair Ying Song MD, Co-Executive Meeting Coordinator
Overview of integrative medicines for allergies and wellness
Ms. Winston, a leading voice for the promotion of integrative wellness, will provide opening remarks and introduce Dr. Xiu-Min Li.
Xiu-Min Li MD (Moderator), Professor, Pediatric Allergy/Immunology; Director, Center of Integrative Center for Allergies and Wellness, Mount Sinai
Dr Li will offer an overview of her Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) research and practices for allergies/wellness.
Renata Engler MD, Professor, Medicine and Pediatrics, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Dr Engler will review the evolving climate related to integrative medicine and the science supporting this approach.
Renata Bushko MS, Founder, Future Health Technology Institute
Ms Bushko will discuss applications of information technology and investment in health care and health promotion as it applies to the future of integrative medicine.
Yuong Ming MD PhD, Past President of American Traditional Chinese Medicine Society
Dr. Li will provide insight into the current evaluation of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture and the critical issues of TCM clinical evaluation
Integrative medicine for asthma, food allergy and IBD
Paul Ehrlich MD (Moderator), Allergist/Immunologist
Dr Ehrlich will present the current allopathic standard of diagnosis and care for asthma.
Scott Sicherer MD, Professor, Pediatric Allergy/Immunology; Chief, Division of Allergy/Immunology at Mount Sinai Dr Sicherer will discuss the growing worldwide epidemic of allergy. He will review the current food allergy standard of care, diagnostic testing options, and potential future breakthroughs including TCM therapies.
David Dunkin MD, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Gastroenterology at Mount Sinai
Dr Dunkin will review the potential of Chinese medicine and purified compounds for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Integrative medicine focusing on IgE regulation, mast cells and inflammation:
Bridging the laboratory to the clinic
Ashley Xia MD (Moderator), Director Data Science and Chemical Analysis Program, Division of Endocrinology, NIDDK/NIH.
Dr Xia will review the role of IgE and mast cell regulation in allergy, and present computational modeling to demonstrate the complex systems perspective of TCM approaches and how to understand common diagnostic molecular markers such as IgE
Jing-Ke Weng PhD, Member, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research; Assistant Professor of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Weng will discuss his research investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying traditional herbal remedies, ways to harness the healing powers of plants, and biosynthesis of plant active compounds.
Nan Yang PhD, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Allergy/Immunology at Mount Sinai
Dr. Yang will review the chemical composition study of TCM products, including mass spectrometry and safety analysis.
Kamal Srivastava PhD, Instructor, Pediatric Allergy and Immunology at Mount Sinai
Dr Srivastava will discuss the challenges and excitement of translating “old” formulas into “modern” medicine for inhibition of memory IgE through the murine (mouse) model.
Ying Song MD, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Allergy/Immunology at Mount Sinai
Dr. Song will provide a perspective from the lab, and the role for using integrative TCM formulas for modulation of mast cells and basophils
Anne Maitland MD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Clinical Immunology at Mount Sinai
Dr Maitland will discuss the clinical manifestations of mast cell disorders, current treatment options and role for TCM.
12-1pm LUNCH BREAK
Poster Exhibits (TCM clinical case studies and laboratory research findings)
Changda Liu PhD and Ying Song MD (Moderators)
1. TCM rapidly improves food tolerance (Song Park*, Danna Chung and Xiu-Min Li)
2. TCM improves frequent hives in allergic children (Misu Paul, Song Park*, Danna Chung, and Xiu-Min Li)
3. TCM and Brain Health/Memory (Sarthak Bothra, Changda Liu, Ying Song* and Xiu-Min Li)
4. Acute Anti-IgE Effect of Topical Application of Formulation of Herbal Extracts In a Peanut Allergic Murine Model (Chaoyi Mao, Ying Song*, Zhenwen Zhou, Kamal Srivastava, Changda Liu, Farid Jahouh, Rong Wang, Xiaoping Yan, and Xiu-Min Li)
5. TCM for rapid improving seasonal allergic rhinitis in clinic and animal model (Xiaoke Chen*, Changda Liu, Ying Song, Song Park, Kamal Srivastava and Xiu-Min Li)
6. TCM helps food allergy and improve autism/autism like behavior (Madisyn Primas, Anna Kroner, Linda Zambrano*, Song Park, Changda Liu, Danna Chung and Xiu-Min Li)
7. TCM laboratory safety for pediatric allergy (Philip Mak*, Nan Nan Jiang, Changda Liu, Ying Song, Robin Lo Vecchio, Xiu-Min Li)
8. Severe Atopic Dermatitis unresponsive to standard treatments successfully treated with Traditional Chinese Medicine (Amanda Schneider, Paul Ehrlich, Purvi Parikh*, Song Park, and Xiu-Min Li)
9. Arctigenin Isolated From Arctium lappa L. Inhibits IgE Production (Changda Liu, Kamal D. Srivastava, Nan Yang, Madisyn A. Primas, Renna Bushko*, Kyle Chin, Matthew Batnick and Xiu-Min Li)
10. Rubia cordifolia and Fructus Arctii compounds synergistically inhibit IgE secretion by IgE producing plasma cells in vitro (Yujuan Chen, Nan Yang, Serife Uzun*, Changda Liu, and Xiu-Min Li)
Integrative medicine for eczema
Julia Wisnieweski MD (Moderator), Assistant Professor, Respiratory Medicine and Pediatric Allergy, University of Virginia Dr Wisnieweski will review the pathophysiology of eczema, allopathic and integrative therapies for eczema and details of integrative case study publication.
Sophia Ruan Gushee
Ms. Gushee is the author of A to Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Our Toxic Exposures, and the mother of Dr. Li’s patient. She will describe her daughter’s eczema treatment experience.
Xiu-Min Li MD
Dr Li will coordinate an in-depth workshop on her eczema protocol and her ongoing research
Professional education and collaborations for integrative health practices
Danna Chung MD (Moderator), Assistant Professor, Clinical Immunology; Associate Director, Center of Integrative Center for Allergies and Wellness, Mount Sinai
Dr Chung will review current educational and certification opportunities for integrative medical training.
Sunny Shen PhD, Academic Dean, New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Dr Shen will discuss the masters programs available at New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, compare training models in China versus the US and future opportunities for educational collaborations.
Consul Xing Jijun, Chinese Consulate in New York
Consul Xing will discuss areas of collaboration to promote further understanding of TCM research and practices.
Q&A and Closing Remarks