What fun about peanut allergy

Australian researchers have made a breakthrough in the treatment of peanut allergy in children.

A small clinical trial conducted at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute has led to two-thirds of children treated with an experimental immunotherapy treatment being cured of their allergy. Importantly, this desensitisation to peanuts persisted for up to four years after treatment.

Give them a tiny and then rising amount of the crucial protein and the body trains itself.

Hmm, so, now, about hormesis……

19 thoughts on “What fun about peanut allergy”

  1. One can only hope that the community of unfortunate people who can’t eat most things, has not yet reached the same status as those aggressively retarded deaf folks who oppose cochlear implants.

  2. I know we can all google stuff now but they just dropped probiotic in there like we all know what the hell that is? Assuming its stuff that germs can grow in..but was it Agar or yakult?

  3. I did the same with Aspirin about 5 years ago. I’ve got a condition known as Samter’s Triad: asthma, nasal polyps and sensitivity to Aspirin. Went into hospital for a week to be monitored as I was given increasing doses of Aspirin. I responded well by not responding so was discharged and now take Aspirin every day. Polyps have not returned so far though I still have the odd asthmatic episode.

    Thing that peed me off was that the condition has been known about for nearly 100 years and Aspirin desensitisation as a treatment has been around long before I developed nasal polyps in 1983, but none of my early ENT specialists either told me what I had or offered Aspirin desensitisation, they just kept cutting out the polyps along with bits of my sinuses that belonged there for nigh on 30 years until my sinuses no longer bear any similarity to medical text books.

  4. Yummy, Israeli peanut-flavoured corn puffs to the rescue! Kids love them, and so do adults.

    Israeli consumption of Bamba, Israel’s popular peanut-flavored corn puff snack, is likely the reason that Israeli children have a low incidence of peanut allergies, say health reports. Source

  5. Paul, you can oppose cochlear implants for yourself and your kids, you don’t get to prevent it in others.
    Not everyone wants to pay the price.

    The idea of desensitising an allergy has been around for decades, it has its problems including causing the very thing it tries to prevent.
    There are those of us who can be desensitized to something and those of us who would be killed by such methods. Most people with sensitivity to something can be desensitised with care, medical help and luck. When the last 2 are missing it can be a funeral.
    Humans, a wide range of reactions to the same trigger.

  6. The ‘peanut’ is a bean. Can anyone enlighten me as to why peanut allergy and allergy to true nuts seem to be associated? Similarity of proteins? Specifically enzymes? What is it?

    I have an allergy to Brazil nuts: I can eat one or two but not more. I found the explanation in Jim Watson’s book on DNA: it’s an enzyme. Unfortunately Watson’s book is an American publication and therefore has an appalling index, so to find the reference again I’d have to go through it page by page.

  7. The media link peanut and nut allergies due to the word ‘nut’. Those with the allergies tend not to.
    Though a few will be allergic to both.

  8. Aspirin as a polyp supressant? That’s interesting. I’ve had nasal polyps, and they’ve recently come back, but moved further back so they’re now in my throat.

  9. Allergic to gluten and shellfish (not fish you moron!). Sensitivity increasing with repeated doses. Now really bad and honestly you can avoid crustaceans easily enough. Gluten on the other hand…. and no it isn’t a fucking fad thing. (Sorry – got given a small slice of toast once and told it was gluten free – it wasn’t – by someone who thought it was just a preference. Three weeks off work later…)

    Desensitisation seems a cracking idea, under medical supervision, but how do they know you are suitable without trying it? Do they placebo dose you at the start to get over the nerves and then start small? What? Keen to find out for personal reasons.

  10. Andrew again, what is classed as gluten allergy includes allergies to a whole host of trace chemicals, which might not even include gluten. If I can find the paper, I will post a link, but blogger Chiefio probably has an easy path to it

  11. Andrew again – at least you can avoid shellfish. Gluten is easy enough to avoid, I don’t have coeliacs but grew up with someone who did. As you say a small amount and you are off.
    Try avoiding the cold, walk into a shop and get hit by aircon. Get on a bus and have someone open a window.
    Its 24C in here and I’m about to put the heating back on, well insulated house the heating hasn’t been on since 10am.
    Most people cannot stand coming to my house due to the heat here, 24 is as low as I’ll go for them. Usually 26 to 30C.

    Not sure if anyone has tried desensitisation study with gluten, I focus on my own and my opposite allergies mostly.
    Have heard of people with my allergy who have been part of desensitisation – cold shower (under medical supervision, the only way we can have a cold shower), cold bath, holding ice cubes etc. Who have become worse.
    Rare even to come across a nut allergy person, with the full blown allergy (rather than sensitivity) who has been ‘cured’.
    The few ‘cures’ I have heard of for that were sensitive rather than hospitalisation / land the plane immediately types.

  12. jgh,

    That’s not how it works, the Aspirin sensitivity, nasal polyps and asthma are linked in Samter’s Triad. By removing sensitivity to Aspirin, you reduce or eliminate the other two. If your nasal polyps are not associated with a sensitivity to Aspirin, then Aspirin desensitisation will not work.

  13. @diogenes. Thanks. My problem is slightly more complex that IBS as I get neurological symptoms well. Ataxia, memory loss, blurred vision and a whole host of other stuff. Doctors not particularly interested to be honest and love the “if a gluten free diet makes you better then stick to it” on the basis that tests cost money and why test if I think I know the answer. Oh hum. At least the peanut brigade have a light at the end of the tunnel after decades. Once gluten sensitivity is taken more seriously we can wait another decade or two for therapy.

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