Exploring the cell's role in mediating adverse reactions from CellScienceSystems on Vimeo.

Event Details

Food allergy has been long recognized and well documented. Other adverse reactions to foods first referred to as “toxic idiopathies” by John Freeman, co inventor of immunotherapy, at the early part of the 1900s can be mediated by and have their impact on the nervous and endocrine systems. It can also be mediated by pharmacologic mechanisms and can also affect any part of the body. There’s a great clinical need to accurately identify triggers of adverse reactivity as they have now been linked with even the most serious of modern maladies and diseases. In fact, inflammation is the hallmark of metabolic syndrome. Given the multitude of pathogenic mechanisms underlying adverse reactions to foods and other environmental exposures it is necessary that a utilizable and cost effective technology be understood so that its application be utilized under the appropriate circumstances.

Key Learning Points

  • The natural ability of certain foods to initiate an inflammatory response and induce metabolic disruptions and counterbalancing mechanisms to prevent that
  • How foods can trigger “danger signals” for the immune system
  • Pharmacologic vs. immunologic reactions to foods
  • Is there a common final pathway of all these mechanisms that can reliably indicate triggers of clinical pathology
  • Cellular testing vs. serologic testing: The advantages of cellular testing