The Food Allergy Fix: An Integrative and Evidence-Based Approach to Food Allergen Desensitization


Food Allergy Fix


Attending a Chicago Cubs baseball game is a dream come true for a seven-year-old baseball fan living near the Windy City. But when you’re a seven-year-old baseball fan with a peanut allergy, Wrigley Field isn’t just “The Friendly Confines” in which to enjoy America’s favorite pastime—it’s also a potential minefield of dangerous peanut residue.

Charlie is that seven-year old. He sits in front of me today, grinning from ear-to-ear because he knows he will soon be watching his beloved Cubbies LIVE IN ACTION! He keeps wiggling while sitting on the exam table, unable to contain his excitement. Across the room, Charlie’s mother rapidly taps her fingers together, her anticipation tempered by a twinge of anxiety. Today is Charlie’s food allergen desensitization graduation, a milestone that’s been in the works since he first stepped foot into my office over a year ago.

Food Allergy Fix

Part One

Before he visited my clinic, Charlie had been rushed to the emergency room multiple times due to accidental peanut exposure. So, it seems nothing short of a miracle that today, he will eat twenty-four peanuts in my office! How can this be? Well, Charlie has been pursuing a program of oral immunotherapy (OIT) to gradually increase his tolerance to peanuts. After today’s medically supervised graduation is complete, he will be able to eat peanuts and walk confidently into “peanuty” situations, instead of avoiding them entirely. This is no small feat, considering the restrictive lifestyle Charlie was leading before therapy.

Until he began treatment, Charlie’s parents took a commonly-advised approach to handling his peanut allergy: strict avoidance. Did it keep Charlie safe? Sure, but it also led to lifestyle limitations for both him and his family. There were school activities he could not participate in, places he could not go. Grocery shopping was ominous: Would they miss something on a label? Birthday parties and eating out felt dangerous, rather than fun. And a Cubs game? Out of the question. It was simply too anxiety-provoking.

The long road from avoidance to tolerance ends today! Charlie’s exam room is filled with balloons and homemade signs, and my medical assistants poke their heads in the door as they walk past to offer their congratulations. In the corner sits a basket of peanut M&M’s and Reese’s candies next to an ENORMOUS golden trophy in the shape of (you guessed it!) a peanut. To say Charlie and his family are ready for this day is an understatement—his freedom has been a long time coming, and they can taste it.

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About the Author

“I believe in empowering patients to optimize health by teaching them to understand how their bodies work.”

Dr. Sakina Shikari Bajowala is an internationally recognized physician, best-selling author, speaker, and health advocate.

The Medical Director of Kaneland Allergy and Asthma Center, Dr. Bajowala is an expert in the highly specialized field of food allergen desensitization. She has successfully treated hundreds of patients with life-threatening food allergies, and has developed her own integrative protocols to optimize the safety and efficacy of this immunomodulatory procedure. Dr. Bajowala is also the author of the #1 best-selling book, “The Food Allergy Fix: An Integrative and Evidence-Based Approach to Food Allergen Desensitization”, and is a dynamic educator and speaker on the topic of integrative food allergy treatments.

Dr. Bajowala dedicates her volunteer time to variety of advocacy efforts, including food allergy, physician wellness, consumer safety, and environmental health.

Undergraduate: A.B. – University of Chicago, 1999
Medical: M.D. – Rush Medical College, 2003
Residency: Pediatrics – University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, 2006
Fellowship: Allergy and Immunology – Rush University Medical Center, 2008

Certified to the Highest National Standards by
American Board of Pediatrics, 2006
American Board of Allergy & Immunology, 2008



what authors are saying...

“Dr. Bajowala tackles a complex therapy with wisdom, thoroughness, and clarity. A must-read for anyone considering immunotherapy for food allergies.”

– Henry Ehrlich, editor; author Food Allergies: Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western Science, and the Search for a Cure

what advocates are saying...

“Adored by her patients, esteemed by her colleagues, guiding us with grace and unyielding integrity, “Dr. B” has been answering our OIT questions since 2012, culminating in this perfectly-timed and timeless book. The world is ready for this resource that could very well be a lifeline for millions.”
–  Liseetsa Mann, founder of OIT Works, Inc.

what doctors are saying...

“Dr. Bajowala’s first person account of her experiences bringing an exciting new food allergy treatment to her patients will engage everyone in the food allergy community; patients and parents, primary healthcare providers and allergists. Her experiences will be reassuring to families considering embarking on food therapy and allergists who are thinking about offering this life-changing therapy to their patients.”

– Richard Wasserman, M.D. Ph.D.

what patients are saying...

“Dr. Bajowala’s book will answer many of your questions about OIT. She does an excellent job of explaining the whole process… from waiting for your first appointment to what maintenance looks like…most importantly, she explained things in a way that is easy for anyone to understand!

My daughter is an OIT graduate and I still get tears in my eyes when I think about how life changing this has been for our family. I will forever be grateful and will continue to tell people about OIT…and now I have a wonderful new resource to recommend!”

Practice Philosophy

“The most important role of a physician is that of an educator.
I believe in empowering patients to optimize health by teaching them to understand how their bodies work.”