Peanuts. Sometimes tasty, and sometimes deadly to those who may have a peanut allergy, but there might finally be a cure for the allergy.
Doctors in Australia have been working on this for a few years, and have seen some very promising results. It’s an immunotherapy treatment in which children were given “lactobacillus rhamnosus,” which is a probiotic. The dose was once per day for 18 months. Once the treatment was complete, they found that 82% of those children were able to consume peanuts without any sort of reaction. Four years later, about 70% of the children given the treatment still had no reaction to peanuts.
The treatment was made to work with the immune system, and basically “reprogram” its response to peanuts, and begin to build a tolerance. There’s still work to be done, but those are some impressive results still. The doctors hope that they can start to target other food allergies moving forward, and develop an even better result percentage.