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I must ask, has anyone considered that addressing the Microbiome of children and adults before trying this method might reveal an inability in the gut to process different foods. Consider that children do not play and eat in the dirt any longer, they are bathed with germ killing soaps and in my experience once they have a normal array of good bacteria in the gut and on the skin the health improves. Pin worms cannot even survive in children the gut is so clean. Probiotics that actually reach the gut and are not destroyed in the stomach is my first suggestion. Oh, whatever happened to the doctor who said “let me see your tongue?” A clean tongue may reveal the gut is working properly.
These articles about “safely introducing foods to babies” makes me laugh. Doctors are not at all concerned about “introducing vaccines”, which all contain toxic and neurotoxic ingredients that have been known to cause everything from cancer to death.
Ingestion takes into account a child’s natural defenses. Injection bypasses those natural defenses, including the blood-brain barrier, which is how aluminum and other neurotoxins find their way into the brain causing neurological damage.
Create the disease with vaccines, then create a vaccine for the disease created by vaccines. What a great business model!
The Peanut Allergy Vaccine
There’s now a vaccine for peanut allergies—the potentially life-threatening ailment actually caused by vaccines.
Isn’t that called Homeopathy?
I know this works because I was born with an egg allergy. Rather than stop eating eggs which as a child I had rashes all over my face and body. I decided to eat 1 egg per month, let it cause me the rash but let it work through my body by drinking water. I did this for about 2 years. Today I can safely eat eggs or any food with eggs without having massive rashes or breakouts. If my itching get a bit annoying I take an antihistamine and then I’m fine. I’m allergic to blue cheese and Brie as well, but since I breakout in welts and get diarrhea it’s a bit harder to control. No, I’m not lactose intolerant since I drink milk and eat cheese all the time.
When I was around 35, I worked at HMSA and had a great dental plan. So much so, my dentist wanted to change almost all my crowns. He was the old style amalgam guy, so I got a lot of Mercury poisons. This caused me to get double vision and an allergic reaction to almost everything (leaky gut). My Allergist gave me a homeopathic type therapy, where I took drops with minute amounts of 80% of my allergens. I was cured of most of my allergies, only my seafood allergy existed, which I could deal with. Fast forward to today, My dog had crazy allergies to everything due to vaccinosis. I was desperate and tried an Immune corrector supplement called Transfer factor Plus. I took it too, since my immune system was almost non-existent due to the mercury poison. Guess What, my dog is back to normal and I can now eat seafood. Transfer Factor is a godsend.
It makes me wonder if food allergies are the product of parents not being exposed enough to certain foods that cause the allergies.
This protocol is nothing new. I grew up in the 60’s and as babies and children, we ate everything. My mom let us try little bits of every food. She believed a varied, healthy diet was the best thing for kids. Food allergies were very rare back then. When I had kids of my own, I let them sample all the foods we grown ups ate…only because I didn’t want them to be picky eaters.
Neither one of my children had any kind of food allergy then OR now.
My daughter fed her daughter the same way, she is now 10 and has no food allergies of any kind. I believe the hysteria over food allergies caused more problems than it solved. Instead of exposing children to a varied, healthy diet at an early age, parents’ paranoia just made it worse. I’m not saying to let kids glom down a tablespoon of peanut butter every day, but letting them try new foods in moderation makes sense.
I had a fairly bad allergy to cats from age 18-about 23/24. I would visit my sister, I liked cats, and would weez, get rash on my neck, eyes water, I wold have trouble breathing and driving home. I would still visit off/on, it did seem to get better over time with baby steps. Then when I was about 24/25 my roommates wanted to get a cat. I agreed, they kept the cat out of my room. I had some trouble, but by then I had improved over time. Gradually my alleargy improved more to the point where it was about 80-90% gone. Took many years. Ironically 1 year after my roommates and I went our separate ways, they called me and asked if I wanted the cat. I had her for 13 more years, loved that cat so much, and my allergies disappeared and my wife and I hvae had cats since (been 25 years). I firmly believe you can gradually get rid of almost any allergy with the right treatment and exposure.
Back in the 1940’s, my mother took me to an allergist for my hay fever and hives. We definitely knew I was allergic to chocolate, strawberries, and some seafood. After testing, he told her that it would be easier to tell her what I wasn’t allergic to. He recommended this exact treatment. I could eat anything, just in small quantities. Lo and behold, my allergies went away.
Allergy shots are not a reliable treatment at all!
I’ve had two courses of treatment. First for a couple of years. The second for about 5 years. Both with minimal reduction in symptoms and that benefit decreased rapidly after discontinuing. So even with insurance, I’ve been out of pocket thousands of dollars and lost time. You have to wait 1/2 hour after the injection to see if you have an adverse reaction. Yes, I’ve had those too.
Further, other than being able to tell you that the immune response and immunoglobulin is involved, the doctors do not have a good understanding of why or how it works–when it does work. Further, there is no treatment for food allergies/sensitivities. You just have to avoid them. The only thing they can “treat” is airborne allergens; dust, animal dander, pollen, mold, yeasts. Or you can move out of state to where your pollens don’t occur or are driven to by wind. Good luck, because you may have to move again later.
Testing involves making scratches on your back and applying a liquid containing potential allergens. “Therapy” follows by injecting you with increasing amounts and concentrations of the identified allergens over time. You wait around to see if there’s an adverse reaction. If so, you get fast acting antihistamine, and epinephrine if it’s life threatening. The shots usually sting, often requiring application of an ice pack on the injection sites to reduce burning sensation.
Yeah, you can “try it” if you’ve got the resources (time, insurance, money, and access to clinic).
Your best bet is avoidance of the irritating substance, followed by using antihistamines if exposed (or best proactively if you think you will be exposed), and then epinephrine injection(s) followed by ER admission if your reaction is severe/life threatening. It also helps if you are not exposed to extensive air pollution. Yeah, good luck with that one too.
Old school antihistamines (e.g., Benedryl/diphenhydramine HCl) act quickly (20 min) and last 4-6 hours; may cause drowsiness, especially with alcohol. Second generation antihistamines (e.g., Claratin, Zyrtec) take about an hour to start being effective and last up to 24 hours, and typically do not cause drowsiness.
My son is currently going through this program and will be eating his first peanut by the end of the month.
It is life changing. We lived in constant fear. People don’t understand. His teacher handed him a Twixt for Halloween. That could have put him in the hospital.
Hard to understand how this seemingly comprehensive article could not mention the LEAP study (New England Journal of Medicine), LEAP-on study, the work of Dr. Gideon Lack (Kings College, London) and the “Bamba” story – Lack’s observation of a real life situation in which children in two communities – very closely linked through genetics, culture and cuisine – had vastly differing incidence of peanut allergy.
From a very early age, virtually all children in the low-allergy community snacked on “Bamba” peanut flavored puffs. (peanut version of Cheetos, cheese puffs, etc)
Here’s a link to the NPR story…..
Since I AM pre-1980 in My Allergy & Asthma life of 45 years,,, I CAN SAY! When EVER the Medical Fields SAY they can ReIntroduce SMALLER Dosage Therapies,,,, THEY HAVE NEVER REALLY WORKED! It’s JUST that THE WORLD FORGOT the CONSEQUENCES of Experimenting AGAIN! PLUS….
It IS MY Experience that NEW ROUNDS of WHERE the FOOD Industry,,, TRIES to GET AWAY with ADDING Levels of such Allergens INTO Products!!! INCLUDING “EPI-PENS” and FLONASE and NOW also Loradine! In which up to 50% of the Solution (or Other Ingredient) IS LACTOSE!
I have NEVER come Across a NUT with/and/or ALSO Asthma,,, THAT ISN’T also at least Sensitive to MILK! And I DON’T mean just an Upset Tummy… I mean a REAL Anaphylaxsis Allergy!!! Which in MY LIFE has Always BEGGED the Question….
WHO are the “STUDIES” REALLY based on????
Fabulous article and wonderful, thoughtful comments (nice change from most Comment threads).
My son has a very severe but not life threatening peanut allergy that his mother discovered by accident as in the article. It’s enough for an EpiPen or its competitor (thank God) Auvi-Q.
I’ll definitely be investigating all the paths to possibly alleviating this that commenters and the article mentioned.
Thank you to all who took the time to comment.
“In the years that followed, for reasons not well understood, food allergies became more common among U.S. children.”
Actually, the reasons are well understood. Check out this podcast by Science Vs that goes through how a scientist figured out what happened
“In 1987, when EpiPens came out, there’s an increase in food allergies.” So, are EpiPens to blame for allergies? I think the answer is yes because parents upon hearing the “allergy/allergies/allergic reaction” freaked out and bought those EpiPens. You know what? People who grew up prior to the 1990s, had 0, that’s “zero” food allergies! Why? We ate more NATURAL foods than processed foods back then. And also because most of these pregnant mothers were either picky eaters or didn’t eat any peanuts before their pregnancy causing an autoimmune rejection response to anything that was avoided prior to those 9-10 months, therefore causing the child to born with such a preventable allergic “disease.” I believe OIT would help if allergic food products are taken a little at a time and maybe also depend on how the allergy developed. I never had allergies until after I went to an annual summer vacation to Canada and came back to the US with food poisoning. Afterwards, I, all of a sudden, became allergic to shrimp. Now, living about 20 years with this shrimp allergy, I found out that if I drank large amounts of water after eating shrimp the allergic reaction never came up at all.
Bryan, my own experience does not line up with your theory that maternal dietary avoidance causes preventable allergic disease. My wife has always been a peanut lover, and continued to routinely eat peanut products while pregnant with all of our children. Yet, one of my daughters experienced moderate allergic reactions (dramatically swollen face and arms, no anaphylaxis) to peanut butter when she was a baby. No change in peanut consumption for mom, but one out of four of our kids developed an allergy. Thankfully, my daughter seems to have outgrown her allergy with time (perhaps aided by a form of environmental immunotherapy, given that her siblings have continued to eat peanut products and there are likely trace amounts of peanut on most surfaces in our home).
Nice anecdote… Of course, it’s all nonsensical babbling and one person’s experience – but don’t let that stop you from claiming it’s all THE ONLY TRUTH.
My grandmother was allergic to eggs. My other grandmother was allergic to aspirin. Both of them ate healthy unprocessed food. I had friends with food allergies growing up (in the 70’s and 80’s). What you are claiming is survivor bias. They didn’t survive childhood so you didn’t know them. There is no doubt processed foods are bad and antibiotics cause a host of problems. There is no correlation to EPI pens other than they have saved lives.
You state food allergies didn’t exist prior to growing up in the 1990’s. Incorrect. I had a severe reaction as a teenager in 1986 to a very natural food, cantaloupe. It was a food I had eaten regularly and in large quantities until one day it caused the entire inside of my mouth and some of my throat to swell. My food allergy cannot be from a lack of exposure if one day I could eat the food and the next I couldn’t.
An infection of parasitic worms (hookworms, whipworms) is known to have a regulatory effect on the immune system that can ameliorate many autoimmune disorders, including allergies.
Do a search on “hygiene hypothesis” and “helminthic therapy” for more information.
I had asthma very bad when I was a child. I am 65 now and at the time there wasn’t the treatments they have now so very often I was near death. I grew up in Southern California in an agricultural area and I was allergic to nearly everything. When I was 17 we moved to Colorado where the air was dryer and less pollen. It was in Colorado that my mother got the idea to start sprinkling tiny amounts of bee pollen from the area we lived in, on my food. She gradually increased the amount and it wasn’t long before I no longer had to take the shots and had no signs of food or any other kinds of allergies.
The internet has made the Snake Oil Salesman the Doctor of the 21st Century.
My son was born with a “light” allergy to peanuts, breaking out in hives following the eating of peanuts. We found that smooth peanut butter didn’t give him, unlike his reaction to chunky peanuts (which contain actual peanuts). Today he’s in his 20’s and appears to have no reactions to any peanuts. Not every child is the same, and not everyone has the same reaction.
AR101 is just fat free peanut flour, and nothing else. Something that can be bought at any grocery store for a few bucks, and yet pushed forward by Aimmune with the complicity of the FDA, and once approved it will be sold for thousands of dollars.
That is, yet another FDA validated scam!
Great article with lots of good information.
Unfortunately, I don’t like how the focus of almost every food allergy treatment is almost always OIT and the two FDA food allergy treatments that are in the pipeline.
Another treatment option that works for both environmental AND food allergies that can get people to bite-proof has been available for 50 years in the US and is a safer, less invasive version of OIT in the form of liquid-antigen multi-allergen SLIT. Over 250,000 people have been treated safely and effectively with SLIT at one clinic and now another one has opened on the East coast. This version has essentially no risk of serious reactions or anaphylaxis and people can safely do it at home without the need to be at the doctor’s office frequently.
Dr. Kim, who was mentioned in the study is a big proponent of the faster dosing version of SLIT and can most likely attest to its efficacy and usefulness.
Unfortunately, it’s not sensational like OIT because it takes time to change anything that doesn’t want to change and SLIT is a long term (1-3.5 yrs for buildup) option. Although there are plenty of studies that show it’s effectiveness if you know how to read and interpret the data.
Why are studies going after the more aggressive, riskier option when there’s a safer, more lifestyle-friendly option? Sadly, most families have little to no information about SLIT and most allergists don’t ever mention it as an option. Why? That’s a question to ask. When you do question the main research allergists, they give bad answers that are easily refutable if they talked to anyone using the treatment in private practice.
If you want to help people with environmental allergies, food allergies, FPIES, early introduction, low-income individuals, rural area families, etc…this form of SLIT could easily be an option that would help them all.
An MD referred me to this recently: There’s a new and natural method available in Switzerland. It has extremely high success rates and usually only takes 2 treatments that last about 10 minutes. The method is called EPI, short for “Extraction of Pathological Information”. Plus, there are medical doctors who already support this actively…
It is apparently especially effective for all allergies and food intolerances.
They have videos on http://www.hannesjacob.ch that show the studies they have made (you must enable the English subtitles since the videos are in French). So far, I found 1 Clinical study report in English: http://www.hannesjacob.ch/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/EPI-Extraction-of-Pathological-Information-Clinical-study-report-Christian-Bouillaguet-M.D.-2018.01.30.pdf
This definitely seems worth a try…