Food Allergy Expert on Treating Peanut Allergy for Kids
Newswise — Dr. Inderpal Randhawa is the Medical Director of Pediatric Respirology, Clinical Immunology and Allergy at Miller Children’s Hospital (one of the top 50 programs nationwide) and CEO of the nonprofit non-profit Southern California Food Allergy Institute, whose Tolerance Induction Program (TIP™) offers true food freedom to people with severe allergies. He is a leading clinical academic scientist with five board certifications in transplant immunology, allergy, pulmonology, pediatrics and internal medicine.
Early in his career, Dr. Randhawa began to question conventional protocols for treating life-threatening food allergies. Grieving to see parents losing their children to life-threatening allergic reactions, he set out to find innovative solutions and change the status quo. His early experiences in lung transplant immunology, coupled with his collaboration with national allergy and immunology specialists, led him to develop safe and innovative solutions now offered by the Southern California Food Allergy Institute.
According to Dr. Randhawa, TIP™ is “data-driven. Everything is a number. The whole program is built that way.”
“In order to treat patients, you can’t just give someone a peanut. We have to understand every part of that peanut and every part of your immune system. Just like matching donor lungs, you have to match the certain protein in your allergen to your immune system so that you become tolerant.
“We know a nut is a nut. But it is strongly linked to pecans, Brazil nuts, pine nuts, coconut. We are looking at a whole family. We take all of that and look at each patient individually, understanding which proteins are high problem, medium problem, and low problem.
“What is the food made of? What are proteins? What are these proteins made of? How are these sequences? And how do they interact with the immune system? No one had asked these questions in the treatment of food allergies. I was able to sequence and understand all of these proteins in the peanut species and look at 26,000 other proteins found in other plant and animal proteins, and cross them efficiently. This is what we do in the Initiation to Tolerance program.
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