Possible cure for peanut allergies?

With so many people being highly allergic to peanuts we have always been a peanut free facility, even though we get a number of requests from people to sell things like jungle peanuts etc. It's just not worth it to us to jeopardize the health of some of our loyal customers. 

A number of my daughters friends are highly allergic to peanuts, so much so that we keep an epipen in our house "just in case", with us being house of nuts it's always a concern for me even though we don't have much in the way of peanuts, i still like to play it safe. That's why reading articles like this makes me excited, a cure for peanuts would be amazing and would help to put so many parents minds to rest. As one of our friends has observed there are still so many places in the world where peanuts are used in everyday cooking and being able to feel that your child can travel through these places without fear of their lives would be such a relief. 

Here's the article in full, the link to it is here.

"A major breakthrough in allergy treatment shows that a permanent cure for peanut allergy might be close. Eighty-two per cent of children with peanut allergies who underwent the clinical trial suddenly found themselves able to tolerate the killer nut.

Prof. Mimi Tang of Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Australia says she is “very excited about the results,” which would allow allergic kids to consume peanuts without fear of death. Effects from the treatment lasted for years from the original study — 80 per cent were still eating peanuts four years later.

“This is a major step forward in identifying an effective treatment to address the food allergy problem in Western societies,” Tang said in a news release.

Peanut allergies have risen dramatically in recent decades, and the anaphylactic shock that comes with them is extremely deadly. Researchers from AllerGen NCE Inc. estimate that one in thirteen Canadians have a food allergy, and 1.93 per centˇ — over 700,000 — have a serious peanut allergy.

Tang’s trial gave children the probiotic, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, along with peanuts in increasing amounts every day for 18 months, to build up a tolerance. She also ran a placebo trial, in which only four per cent of kids were tolerant to peanuts after the trial.

When Tang followed up four years later, she found that the majority of kids who completed the study had been freely eating peanuts without a care in the world. Over half were eating “moderate to large” amounts.

“The importance of this finding is that these children were able to eat peanut like children who don’t have peanut allergy and still maintain their tolerant state, protected against reactions to peanut,” she said.

Now, Tang is looking at whether the effects of the treatment improved kids’ quality of life, which should be a much easier study." 

Alix Rodrigues
Alix Rodrigues