Inside the Hunt for a Cure
Everyone affected by food allergies wonders: will there ever be a cure? And if not, at least a treatment?
While the only way to “treat” food allergies at the moment is careful avoidance of the food you’re allergic to, there is big news not far away on the hunt for treatments. In the labs and allergy clinics around the globe, scientists are hard at work, testing pills and vaccines on mice and then humans, looking ultimately for the holy grail – a cure.
In our Spring 2010 5th Anniversary Issue, Allergic Living undertook an indepth investigation of the food allergy treatments in the pipeline. We found doctors “teaching” children’s immune systems to eat allergens like peanut or milk by introducing specks of the allergen and gradually and steadily increasing the doses.
We checked in with a top New York researcher, who’s both an allergist and a doctor of Chinese medicine, to find out about the success she is having with a herbal remedy that makes mice with anaphylaxis less allergic. Plus we were able to relay much about a vaccine to overcome peanut allergy.
If you are interested in our full special report, The Future of Allergies, you can still purchase that issue here (note: limited stock left on that issue). We are pleased to now offer part of that extremely popular report online here.