Medical Breakthrough (Do not try this at home)

Jerry WalchStarred Page By Jerry Walch, 23rd Jul 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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There may be a cure for egg allergies in children on the horizon, and that cure is eating eggs! Really! According to a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The research that the report was based on seems to indicate that the overblown immune reactions behind allergies could be eliminated by feeding patients a little, then a little more, then even more, of the offending food—until the immune system gets desensitized and doesn’t react to it any more.

DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME WITH YOUR CHILD!!!

Remember, the only medically recognized treatment for any food allergy at the present time is the complete avoidance of the foods causing the allergic reaction. The experiment that I am about to describe here was performed under very tightly controlled conditions with medical professionals on duty around the clock. I repeat, Do not try this procedure at home with your child. This procedure could send your child into anaphylactic shock.

The children involved in the study.

The study involved 55 children ranging in age from 5 to 11 years of age. All of the subject children had immunological allergies severe enough that they would not fade away of their own accord (Food allergies often go away as kids grow older.), yet not severe enough to send them into anaphylactic shock. The 55 subjects were divided into two groups and studied for a 24-month period. One group of 40 received white egg powder while the second group of 15 received a placebo.

A Double-Blind Experiment.

A double-blind experiment is an experiment in which those conducting the experiment does not know which subjects are in which group. In this case only those administering the white egg powder or the placebo knew who was getting which. Those conducting the actual research did not know which was the experimental subjects and which were the control subjects. The double-blind totally eliminated any biases on the part of the researcher/observer.

The ten month test results.

At 10 months, the children were fed some egg-white powder in several doses—and at that point, 14 of the children on the egg therapy group could eat the entire 5 grams without having an allergic reaction and eight others could eat part of the dose before they reacted. None of the children in the cornstarch group passed this test.

The 22 month test results.

At 22 months, the egg group received another egg-powder challenge—this time with twice as much egg powder, 10 grams. Thirty of the 40 children could now eat it all without reacting to it.

Retested at 23 and 24 ½ months.

Twenty-nine of those who passed the test then stopped eating any egg powder and were tested again 4 to 6 weeks later—this was done to see if the improvement would last. Tests were with 10 grams of egg powder and also a whole cooked egg.
Eleven children passed. Those who didn’t pass could still eat more egg than they used to be able to before.
References:
New England Journal of Medicine 2012; 367:233-243

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Allergic, Allergic Reaction, Allergies, Allergy, Allergy Treatment, Allergy Treatments, Egg Allergies, Eggs, Food Allergies, Food Allergy, Medical Breakthrough

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Jerry Walch is a 71 year old freelance writer for hire living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has been writing since the late 1970s, and writes for both the print and online media. He specializes in

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
23rd Jul 2012 (#)

You research and present your articles so very well Jerry. We can all learn from you.
This kind of treatment is the same principle that applies in homeopathy, I think.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
23rd Jul 2012 (#)

Actually, Steve, Homeopathy is a method of treating disease with small amounts of remedies that, in large amounts in healthy people, produce symptoms similar to those being treated. I do not think that you could even force feed a person who does not have an allergy to eggs enough eggs to send them into anaphylactic shock.

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author avatar stevetheblogger
23rd Jul 2012 (#)

Jerry wonderful article gives new meaning to the slogan the British egg marketing board used in the 1960's. "Go to work on an Egg" and if it did not have a lion stamped on it you just did not eat it. I am a strong believer that we keep our kids to clean and clean our houses with tho many chemicals. Children do not have the time to build up resistance.Let them eat dirt when young and to be honest back in the 1950's I never heard of a nut allergy and in New Brunswick Canada you are not allowed to wear scents,aftershave or wash with a scented soap while visiting a public building and this includes Doctors and Hospitals. As normal a great article.
Best Wishes
Steve

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author avatar Jerry Walch
23rd Jul 2012 (#)

Well, Steve,back in the day when I was knee-high to a grasshopper growing up down on the farm, we thought nothing of pulling up a carrot or turnip and eating right then and there. Swallowing a little dirt did not bother us any, but we did not use all the chemicals on our crops that farmers use today.
Thanks for reading and commenting, Steve.

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author avatar Buzz
24th Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks for this interesting and intriguing article, Jerry.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
24th Jul 2012 (#)

Thank you for reading and commenting, Buzz.

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author avatar Denise O
25th Jul 2012 (#)

I can understand this, it makes sense. I also use 'local' honey to help me combat my allergy problems. A well written and interesting page. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Jerry Walch
27th Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks for reading and commenting.

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author avatar Retired
27th Jul 2012 (#)

Interesting!

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author avatar Jerry Walch
27th Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks for dropping by, rama devi nina.

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author avatar Trillionaire
29th May 2013 (#)

This is a very interesting article, thanks for sharing.

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