During an 18 month study of Australian children with severe peanut allergies over 80% of the participants reported their peanut allergy was cured. The participants received daily doses of a probiotic and peanut protein. I’m not sure if I can support these findings yet as they seem too good to be true. Thoughts? It will be interesting to see what our food allergy specialists at U of M Ann Arbor think about this type of therapy and the longevity of the cure.
The truth is scary but it’s imperative to know the facts about anaphylaxis. I emailed this link to all of my close relatives to re-create the “buzz if you will, at the beginning of the new year. Aside from my immediate family anaphylaxis is “out of sight, out of mind” for many of our other relatives. This is a good refresher article. This may be a good article to send to teachers as well.
The costs associated with raising a food-allergic child (in our case 2 children with multiple food allergies) are extremely high from medical testing, increased doctor’s visits, medication costs, specialty food costs, extra time and preparation for food, time off from work to be at children’s school lunch, parties, field trips, playdates, birthday parties, private schools tuition, etc. Why are these costs so high? Insurance companies only pay a portion of food allergy testing, epi-pen auto injectors, etc. whereas diseases like diabetes are more covered. Where is the disconnect?