Expert Profile: Dr. Janice Joneja is a researcher, educator, author, and clinical counselor with thirty years of experience in the area of biochemical and immunological reactions involved in food allergy and intolerance. She holds a Ph.D. in medical microbiology and immunology, and is also a dietitian (RD), registered in the College of Dietitians of British Columbia. She is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at the University of British Columbia, and an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Biosciences at the University of Birmingham in England. She is the author of several books including Dealing with Food Allergies: A Practical Guide to Detecting Culprit Foods and Eating a Healthy, Enjoyable Diet
and Dealing with Food Allergies in Babies and Children.
30 Years ago Janice Joneja found herself in a situation no parent wishes on another. Her son had asthma, eczema and horrible reactions to certain foods including vomiting, migraine headaches and anaphylactic shock (to peanuts).
At the time, very little was known about food allergies. In fact, after her son was hospitalized at age 13, a psychologist recommended he stay with someone else because he deemed “stress at home” the cause of his bad reactions.
Even with a PhD in immunology, Dr Joneja could not help her son get better. The more expert advice she sought out, the more that she realized that the research in this area — and help to struggling parents — was almost nonexistent. So she decided to focus her work and research on food allergies and helping families in need. This led to the development of her company, Vickerstaff Health Services Inc.
After talking with Dr. Joneja, and reading the latest research on food allergies, I found out some surprising tidbits of information. But before getting started, let’s review the basics. (more…)