Evolutionary Medicine Conference sponsored by the Palo Alto Institute, the Evolution Institute, the Foundation for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health
How Giving Children Foods They Are Allergic To Can Cure Them, And Other Provocative Approaches
Author: Kerry A. Dolan
Dr. Kari Nadeau is doing what looks like the unthinkable. An allergy specialist and associate professor of pediatrics at Stanford University, Nadeau has been conducting a trial in which she is giving select patients — children — the foods they are allergic to in increasing doses over two to three years in order to induce a tolerance to the allergen. The result? “Now they can eat foods that were causing life-threatening episodes before,” Nadeau explained at a recent conference at Stanford.
Other speakers at the conference raised similar against-the-grain, even heretical approaches to healthcare: Can we lengthen cancer patients’ lives by trying to keep a certain number of the cancer cells alive? Should you really be taking the whole course of antibiotics if you are feeling better? How about fasting before chemotherapy treatment in order to reduce side effects?
These were just some of the provocative questions raised earlier this month at a fascinating one-day conference on the topic of Evolutionary Medicine. Evolutionary what? In this emerging area of medicine and healthcare, researchers and doctors are applying the principals of evolution – think Darwin – to understand how the body reacts the way it does to a whole range of conditions, including disease, eating and human social behavior.
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