Goodbye Epipen: Probiotics May Cure Peanut Allergies

These days, thanks to science, impossible means nothing. Because of nanochip technology, we can repair damaged organs in a single touch. We can even remedy blindness by mimicking the functions of fish eyes. And much to the delight of millions, probiotics may be able to cure peanut allergies.

A course of probiotics combined with an oral immunotherapy treatment using peanuts in kids who are allergic to the nut cured them for at least four years.

After a number of carefully controlled peanut-munching sessions, study founder Mimi Tang requested a follow-up four years later. Out of 12 children who participated in the original study, 7 remained allergy-free.

“We had children who came into the study allergic to peanuts, having to avoid peanut in their diet, being very vigilant around that, carrying a lot of anxiety with that,” Tang said. “And at the end of treatment and even four years later, many of these children who had benefitted from our probiotic peanut therapy could now live like a child who didn’t have peanut allergy.”

Peanuts are the most common allergen in the world and can often be deadly. For the unfortunate ones who have never experienced the delight of a Snickers bar, the moment may come sooner rather than later.

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