Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Allergy dudes working on a cure
…More and more people are keeling and complaining of food allergies. For now, “don’t eat the food” is the only cure.
….But at the recent meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology in Seattle, some new therapies began to emerge.
…Food allergies affect 3.7% of adults and 6% of children. Allergies and asthma are on the increase.
…People eat more fish, peanuts and other tree nuts, milk, eggs, and soy.
…Eating out is popular—including huge buffets of mixed foods.
…Food allergies cross-react with latex, cockroach poop, dust mite poop and pollen.
…Food proteins are also included in therapies—esp dermatological preparations.
…Other aggravators can include C-sections, antacid use, and infant multivitamins.
…The three approaches besides avoidance: Nti-IgE anibodies, Chinese herbal therapy, and immunotherapy.
…Anti-IgE would protect 75% of the allergic if they are the wrong thing by mistake—but it’s not a vaccine and is expensive and has to be given continuously.
…Mice studies with Chinese herbal FAHF-2 are promising, but mice ain’t men.
…Immunotherapy means giving small amounts of the offending substance to build immunity.
…Effective treatment is 10-20 years out.
…We could get a man on the Moon by then!