Cutting-Edge Allergy Care – Three Five Years Too Late

Majid Ali, M.D.

We all need laughs in life. Different folks find them with different strokes. I find them in medical literature. Please consider the titles of the following two publications forty five years apart and see if you can find something to laugh about:

1. Altered States of Bowel Ecology. Circa 1980
2. Gut Microflora in Cutting-Edge Allergy and Asthma Care. Circa 2015

The first of the above two titles was my monograph in which I introduced the term bowel ecology to focus on the role of intestinal flora in gut immunity. The second title was of e- Medical News from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI), 2015). Cutting edge? Right!

In 1974, I received my appointment as Director of Pathology and Laboratory at Holy name Medical center, Teaneck, New Jersey and recognized the need for ecological thinking in clinical medicine. To present my case, I introduced the term gut ecology for broader ecological considerations of the health/dis-ease/disease continuum in the alimentary tract that causes clinical disorders in all parts of the body.

Now to the “cutting edge” advance of AAAI”They’re now using DNA techniques, measuring certain types of RNA that only occur in bacterial or viral species,” meeting program chair Paul Williams, MD, from the Northwest Allergy & Asthma Center in Mount Vernon, Washington, told Medscape Medical News.

“There are millions of organisms inhabiting the gastrointestinal tract that we didn’t know about,” he explained. “It’s not only the species that is important; even the strain of bacteria and the collection are important because they interact with each other and they interact with diet. All of that plays a role in inflammation and immune response.”

The Principles and Practice of Integrative Medicine

During the 1990s, I published the first nine volumes of my 12-volume textbook entitled “The Principles and Practice of Integrative Medicine.” The disruptions of bowel ecology was one of the main running themes in eleven of these volumes (the exception being the second volume entitled “The History and Philosophy of Medicine.”

Now do you see why the “Cutting-Edge” care of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology amused me so much.


The link below is for my article on the Seed, Feed, and Weed restoration of bowel ecology.

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