A long article with the NY times that is definitely worth the read! Dr. Kari Nadeau and her oral immunotherapy treatment trials. What an inspiring story of a dedicated person who is there for her patients 24/7. Article discusses different patients who have allergies and went through with food challenges and the trials.
“Nadeau stresses that oral immunotherapy is still experimental. Her patients are not cured; they are desensitized enough that they can tolerate their former allergens. The reason that she doesn’t call it a cure is that the child must continue to eat a maintenance dose of the food every day to avoid regaining the allergy. She often explains to her patients, “If you get off it for three days, you may become sensitive again.” An egg-allergy trial found that when patients were taken off the maintenance dose for a month, roughly 60 percent regained the allergy (and there was no way to predict who those patients would be).”
Eating out for all of us with food allergies is often scary or worrisome. Even if you have a restaurant you trust as the staff may change, or food ingredients might change. Eating out means trusting someone else with your food. Some chefs and kitchen managers are aware and more understanding than others when it comes to food allergies. Perhaps they have a child or a relative with severe, life-threatening food allergies.
If you haven’t yet seen the following article in the news, I’d recommend having a read. The article discusses a recent guide that was created in collaboration with Anaphylaxis Canada and The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association for Canadian restaurateurs.
During this holiday season, be sure to ask lots of questions and when in doubt, go without. If you are not sure about the food that will be served, eat before the party, and only snack on a few things you feel safe with and are not worried about cross-contamination.