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New Research for Peanut Allergies March 16, 2009

This evening, I came across an interesting report from ABC News about peanut allergies. The segment highlighted a recent study that may offer a future treatment for the allergy. 

Not much of a surprise, but they found some success (in a controlled research environment) by treating peanut allergies with… peanuts. This is the same desensitization technique we’ve been using for quite a while to treat allergies (e.g. allergy shots & homeopathic remedies).

Watch the ABC News video  and read the story. Of course, this is by no means an invitation for parents to begin self-treating a child’s peanut allergy with little doses of peanuts. This research is still in its infancy and proper dosing amounts are not fully understood.  It’s also likely that some individuals are too sensitive to undergo this type of therapy.

Here’s more info from Duke University about the research.

One more thing, the ABC News segment brought up a wonderful point: For the soon-to-be moms out there, try to breastfeed for at least 4 months. Breastfeeding has countless benefits, one of which is a reduced risk of food allergies for the child.


Have a wonderful week 🙂


One Response to “New Research for Peanut Allergies”

  1. Jamie Says:

    Well, I personally love nuts so any research that comes out about them, I would love to read. And, don’t you love the “cutting edge” reasearch??? That is crap that people think that they can recycle old methodology, claim it as new and improved, add a little marketing campaign and create a new fad. Even funnier is they can actually convince Americans that these studies are new and bringing some amazingly discovered information. Don’t know who that says more about, the marketers or the consumers…

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