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Food Allergy progress

Discussion in 'Adrenal Rx and Leaky Gut Rx' started by Adria, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. Adria

    Adria New Member

    I have Ige medicated allergic reactions since childhood to multiple foods including several types of seafood and fish. I’ve been to specialists all over the country. I’ve had every type of treatment, from immunotherapy (allergy shots) to slow desensization (drops) to the latest drugs like anti-IgE. All treatments had to be discontinued due to anaphylaxis. Due to my history, allergists would only prescribe medication.

    As they say.. "Warning.. do not try this at home"....

    Determined to begin epi-paleo, I made a personal decision to experiment with rapid desensitization. By myself, on myself. This is where very small food proteins are introduced at specific intervals and increasing proportions. Recently this method has become popular treatment in food allergy, especially w/ children. I studied it until I was comfortable to begin.

    I wanted to try shimp. I cannot remember the last time I purposely ate shrimp. But about 10yr ago I went out to lunch at a place where they stir fry your order on a grill. Shrimp must have been on the grill prior as I could faintly taste it, then my mouth began to tingle and swell. That was my latest taste of shrimp.

    So I began at the kitchen table along with my trusted epi-pen and my trusted husband and stared down at a shrimp. I looked at it for a long time before I touched it to my tongue. Each day I increased contact and noted any reaction.

    Now it has been about 6wks and I’m up to eating 5 shrimp per day!

    I believe living optimal is the cure.
  2. Congratulations. You are very brave!
  3. RiverNeighbor

    RiverNeighbor New Member

    Wow, that's amazing!

    Is this the same concept as NAET?
  4. BJK77

    BJK77 Gold

    Wow! Good for you for taking control.
  5. fitness@home

    fitness@home Silver

    Congrats! I admire your determination.

    What's next?
  6. Shijin13

    Shijin13 Guest

    Congrats!!! That is awesome.
  7. Coriander

    Coriander Silver

    Yes, you are very brave! This scares the **** out of me, I'm anaphylactic to peanuts.
  8. nonchalant

    nonchalant Silver

    You are one determined woman, Adria! Congrats on taking control over your life!

    I have a penecillin allergy but I found after 25 years of avoiding it, that I could take it again. (But now I know better, and I'm avoiding it again.)

    And a relative with a peanut allergy is now able to eat peanuts, after avoiding them for years as well. But he is careful to not eat many.
  9. bigknitwit

    bigknitwit Silver

    That is wonderful news.

    I have a friend whose son is highly peanut allergic, as well as allergic to tree nuts, eggs, and lots of environmentals. She enrolled him in a peanut desensitization trial about 2 years ago. The goal of the trial was to take people who were so sensitive that even cross contact was a risk to their lives (ie. airplane travel, etc). Gradually, every 2 weeks, they increased the dose of peanut, starting at 3mg/day, all the way to 3 peanuts/day. Ironically, her son is the only one in the trial who just couldn't make it to 3 peanuts (too much reactivity), but he has made it to 2 peanuts. He has to eat them very day (his "dose") to maintain the desensitization. If he is sick with a fever he needs to avoid the dose, and if he misses for more than a few days, they have to cut back severely and work back up again. He ahs to be careful to not move around much after his dose, or even get too excited (I hypothesize that both lead to an increase in cortisol, which in turn leads to a leakier gut... temporarily, I think?). They have had times when they have not followed the rules, and he ends up with light reactions - pink eyes, stomach aches, etc.

    It has been a mixed blessing for him. On one hand, it allows a little wiggle room in their lives. On the other though, is the constant worry about the chronic exposure to his allergen, and what else that might be doing to him that is not seen on the outside. I wonder if over time and regular exposure, if the IgE numbers will gradually drop. I wonder if inflammation from the exposure could be measured using an HS-CRP. None of these things are in place in this trial.

    Actually, it's crossed my mind that I should look into dong something like this for myself for some of the foods I can no longer tolerate. I may experiment with it once I feel my thyroid labs and overal hormone profile are improved. Please keep updating!
  10. CarolMorris

    CarolMorris New Member

    Congrats Adria...your progress is so encouraging!

    You say...I believe living optimal is the cure. This has crossed my mind and I am so hoping you are correct. I was thinking of starting with the egg that I do not have the anaphalactic reaction instead of the shrimp, mollusks and swordfish that I have the anaphalaxis reaction.

    Can't wait for more updates!
  11. caroline

    caroline Moderator

    Hugs to Dr. K. you do so much for all of us. There are so many success stories here - you should be so proud.
  12. caroline

    caroline Moderator

    Congratulations river - I can only imagine how much courage it took to post your before picture. You look so happy and alive and glowing now and the benefit to your kids is immeasurable. You are all gorgeous. Good luck with the fish thing - it sounds like that is going to be hard work for you .....and I guess you won't be having a MHS anytime soon!

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