Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Can Food Allergies Be Cured?
So my question to you today is can food allergies be cured? Allergy shots have been available for environmental allergies since 1911, but desensitization treatment for food allergies is still in development. A vaccine for peanut allergy is said to be just a few years away from the market, but no other food allergens have attracted the research dollars that peanuts have, and no other treatment is currently so close to fruition.
Some individual allergists are experimenting with oral desensitization treatment for non-anaphylactic allergens. This involves introducing very small amounts of a trigger food orally, under strict medical supervision. According to Dr. Adrian Wu in the Hong Kong Medical Journal, "a recent study of oral egg desensitization in seven children with non-anaphylactic reactions to egg showed that five subjects could be desensitized to tolerate at least 8 g of egg without reaction."
Alternative (non-medical) treatments abound, but their efficacy is dubious, and some may be downright dangerous. To the desperate parent, a promise of a fuller lifestyle can be just enticing enough to outweigh any doubts they might have about whether the proffering practitioner is competent, professional or even licensed. Some alternative treatments may rely on applied kinesiology, accupressure, yoga, biofeedback, herbal medicine, hypnosis, art and music therapy, and even chiropractic spinal manipulation. While some anecdotal evidence is available about the results of these therapies, no clinical studies to date support any of these treatments.
I am interested to hear what you all have tried in the way of food allergy therapies. Has anything worked for you aside from avoidance? Have you heard of an alternative therapy you're tempted to try? Share your stories in the comments....
Shared with Real Food Wednesday at Kelly the Kitchen Kop and Fresh Bites Friday at Real Food Whole Health.
Labels: Life with Food Allergies