Food Allergy Treatment May Be in the Works

By Dana Shultz for Diets In Review

It seems most people I know these days have some kind of food allergy. I myself was lactose intolerant as a child. One of my friends was forced to go gluten- and diary-free in the midst of an auto immune disorder. And now a dear friend of mine has had to eliminate almost everything she loves from her diet as her body seems to be rejecting everything she feeds it.

The more prevalent food allergies become, the more people grow curious about how these sensitivities have developed and why they’re now such a common occurrence in our society.

Recently we reported on a study that found food allergies more prevalent in children living in urban areas as opposed to those living in rural areas. And while researchers weren’t certain as to why this is, they speculated it was urban children’s limited exposure to allergens and/or pollutants.

Whatever the cause may be, scientists – and parents alike – are frantically searching for a treatment for these food allergies that can sometimes sometimes spark life-threatening reactions. And according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers may be gaining some ground in this area.

According to a recent article from CNN, researchers have had success with a new treatment technique called immunotherapy, which is the idea of giving an allergic child an extremely small amount of the allergen and increase the dosage over time. Doing so will hopefully help build the child’s resistance to the allergy, which will in turn decrease in severity or diminish entirely.

Immunotherapy has only been tested in small trials using peanuts and milk. In one such study researchers examined 55 children who were allergic to eggs, 40 of whom received immunotherapy and 15 received a placebo treatment. Twenty-two months later 75 percent of the children who received immunotherapy were considered desensitized to eggs, which gave researchers great hope that they were coming upon at least a lead in the cure for food allergies.

Until immunotherapy undergoes further testing, researchers are careful to caution people not to try this on their own as the results could be potentially dangerous. But if trials continue to prove successful, a treatment could be widely available within five to 10 years.

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30 comments

Aud Nordby
Aud nordby3 years ago

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Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson3 years ago

my 2 year old son and my one year old niece are allergic to carrots and carrot juice. very frustrating

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton3 years ago

Thanks.

a             y m.
g d c.3 years ago

hmmm

Jane R.
Jane R.3 years ago

How recent is the article you talk about? Immunotherapy has been around for many, many years. I'm interested to know what they are doing differently now. When I was a young girl my mother took allergy shots. I am no longer "young" so I don't see what's new about these shots. If something is different, then I hope they work for everyone!

Dale Overall

Interesting, when I was young we never heard of peanut allergies. My only allergy was to shell fish as my body does not have the enzymes to digest these. Instead of lobster I can eat organic chicken or cantaloupe.

One wonders about all the refined foods now processed, along with the food colouring, additives and foods simply filled with chemicals. I imagine there were food allergies in the distant past but these days there are so many that just were not all that numerous decades ago.

Now we even have genetically modified foods, hormones/antibiotics in factory farm meat (stay with organic farms be it meat or veggies as we hardly need those pesticides on fruit either). Packaged foods with long shelf life may be convenient but at what cost?

paul m.
paul m.3 years ago

Just eat it .....

Paul Blake ND
Paul Blake3 years ago

Carry a load of toxins around in your colon and I guess you could expect to have a lot of different health problems including allergies. Do anyone really think that treating each allergy one at a time is going to solve the root problem of the toxic load we all carry since so much garbage is allowed into our air, food and water.

Poisons Found in a Toxic Colon
Insecticides, lead, aluminum silver, gold, selenium, mercury, cadmium, strontium, cesium, and many kinds of inorganic dust including traces of nerve gases. Other Chemicals: Phenol, Cadaverin, Agamatine, Indol, Sulphurretted Hydrogen, Cresol, Butyric Acid, Botulin, Putrescin, Urrobilin, Histidine, Ammonia, Muscarine, Methylmercaptan, Indican, Methygandinine, Idoethylamine, Sulpherroglobine, Ptomarropine, Pentamethy Lendiamine, Neurin, Sepsin.

These are just the tip of the iceberg, with over 10,000 chemicals in the air, water, and food in America, 3,000 of which have never been tested for toxicity. It’s no wonder Alzheimer’s disease is reaching epidemic numbers along with over 150 other new autoimmune diseases that modern medicine admits, “we do not understand the cause for these diseases”.

Happy Healthy Trails
Doc Blake

Heather Marvin
Heather Marv3 years ago

Removing all of the rubbish from our foods would be a giant step in the right direction. And no wonder the children in rural areas are less sick as opposed to children in urban, it is all of that beautiful clean air, not choked up by cars etc.

Melinda K.
Past Member 3 years ago

Most intolerances are easy enough to manage but the more serious allergies are dangerous and most parents would love to have their children treated to be safe from potentially fatal reaction.