The Human Lab Rat in the Lab

When I was 10 months old, I was diagnosed with an anaphylactic food allergy to wheat, rye, oats and barley. As I’ve written about in my article, “Pizza and Oreos Would Have Killed Me, But They’re Now My Medicine,” which can be found here, I was always extremely cautious, for only a couple of crumbs could have put me into anaphylactic shock. And over the years, I’ve had my share of scares, involving trips to the hospital and epi-pen injections. My family and I were hoping that some day, a genius researcher/doctor would appear and help do something about food allergies. We finally found that person and I enrolled in a food allergy study at Stanford University led by Kari Nadeau. Ever since then, my life has changed dramatically.

As I have been a participant in the study for roughly two years now, I have never fully understood what has been happening to me. It occurred to me a few months ago that I should probably try to learn about the science behind my food allergy, and how the oral immunotherapy was scientifically changing my body. These changes in my lifestyle were infinite, but how was all of this —> Read More Here


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