Food Allergy TREATMENT. There is hope!

Oral Immunotherapy Program Overview for Peanut,Milk, Egg & Wheat food allergies -As of March 2011- Changes have occurred in the program since that date.

Dr. Richard L. Wasserman, M.D., Ph.D. of Dallas Allergy Immunology offers oral immunotherapy treatment for patients with the life-threatening food allergies mentioned above. It is 1 of only a handful of full treatment programs in United States. This is not a clinical trial.

The following is an excerpt from his website


DallasAllergyImmunology is pleased to announce a new oral immunotherapy program that provides a long-term solution for wheat, egg, peanut and milk allergic patients. At the end of this 5-6 month program patients with wheat, egg, peanut or milk allergy will be able to consume these foods with no allergic reactions. The program introduces minute doses of wheat, egg, peanut or milk in solution over a period of three to four months. The program then progresses to small doses of the whole food for an additional two to three months, resulting in tolerance to these foods allowing the children to consume wheat, eggs, peanuts and/or milk without any adverse reactions.

We have a number of children who have graduated from the program and are now eating eggs, and peanuts or drinking milk without reactions. This program is designed for a child of school age or older who will be old enough to understand the reasons for participating and be actively engaged in the process.  (end of excerpt)

My son Alexander is peanut allergic. We are documenting his treatment and progress on this blog and writing other food allergy posts.
You will be able to learn about our first hand experience as we participate in this program. You'll also find posts on Milk Allergy treatment and over time on Egg and Wheat allergies.
Search the BLOG ARCHIVES for posts on our experience, doctor interviews, videos, very helpful links and information on food allergies. 

BackgroundOn November 18, 2010 my son Alexander was to begin this new oral immunotherapy program in order to provide a long-term solution for his peanut allergy.
Our "Treatment Day 1" was  delayed until Dec. 2nd, 2010.  Click here to see "Roadblocks" post for more details.

What is the treatment program success?
The peanut program began in January 2008.  
Overall Program
As of March 2011 a total of 84 patients have graduated successfully from the overall program treating 4 food allergies. There have been a few patients who have dropped out for various reasons. 

Peanut Treatment Program
46 have graduated from the Peanut program and can eat peanuts. 
Contact Dr. Wasserman's office at 972-566-7788 for more details.
Click here to go to his website.

Perhaps this is the solution you have been praying for- Hallelujah! We hope.

Thanks for joining us on our journey- Julie B


Anonymous said...

Hey, I am studying peanuts for a project at school and i was wondering if you could give me more information about the treatment he received. Did it work? If you can explain more about it that would be great! Thanx! -V

Julie Brice Beiersdorf said...

Hi V, Click in the SEARCH THIS BLOG box on the right side of the page. Type in the word TREATMENT.
A list of my prior posts will appear. Page 1 and Page 2 have posts with information that will be most helpful to you.
Read each one- starting with "Peanut Allergy Treatment Day 1". If you have questions I am happy to answer them. Thanks-Julie

Mario said...

Hi Julie,

Thank you for maintaining this blog. We just discovered that our 13-month old son is allergic to peanuts. We were given the ok from our pediatrician to introduce peanuts/nuts and after his second direct ingestion of peanut butter he broke out into hives. We find hope in your experience and everything that we've been reading about immunotherapy recently.

Can you tell me if they are administering Xolair (prescription-drug) along with the peanut doses? Or does the treatment involve only the ingestion of peanuts in increasing amounts?

Thank you so much.


Julie Brice Beiersdorf said...

Hi Mario.
You are up late (if you are in the U.S.
I am sorry to hear of your son's peanut allergy. My son was diagnosed at 22 months.
This new treatment is working. Alexander's dose just increased today to 12 peanut per day divided into 2 doses.
As for your question. No Xolair is not being administered. Only peanuts. Read my post from Dec 2nd, 2010 about Treatment Day 1. This may help a little. Thanks for your post. I really want to help others in the same situation.

Anonymous said...

Is this treatment working for somebody that experienced a anaphylactis shock when younger (1 year old, now he is five and still allergic to eggs)?

Jeny said...

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Julie Brice Beiersdorf said...

Hi Jeny,
Thank you for reading my post. I appreciate your kind feedback. The OIT process has been remarkable for Alexander and so many others. -Julie

Fred Smith said...

It's so amazing that there is an allergy treatment in Idaho. I thought that I'd never be able to eat peanut butter, ever. Thank you for sharing!

shaheen Asif said...

Food allergens are proteins that unfortunately withstood the high temperatures of cooking as well as the acidic substances and enzymes of the gastrointestinal system

Julie Brice Beiersdorf said...

Dear Fred,
I am glad to hear there is treatment where you live. It is rare to find. Someday treatment will go mainstream. I think it will be a while.
Julie Brice Beiersdorf

Angelina Matteson said...

This is a good initiative to get rid of allergies. Now the people in US (where allergy is the 5th leading disease) will surely heave a sigh of relief.

Claudia APP said...

Hi Julie,

I have visited your site a few times now, and every time i read about your son it gives me hope. I have a four 1/2 year-old son who is severely allergic to peanuts (and to a lesser extent, to soy, corn, egg white). He is also allergic to dust mites and has eczema.

My problem is that we live in Brisbane Australia, and to my knowledge, peanut allergy has not arrived here yet. I feel like I'm running against time, and have considered more than once moving to the US for 1/2 a year so Ryan can get treatment.

Hope you and your family stay well. God bless you. Claudia

Julie Brice Beiersdorf said...

Dear Claudia,
You are so kind to post your comment. It is heart wrenching at times when your child has a peanut allergy. I am sure you feel this way for Ryan.
You may consider a trip here with Ryan to consult with Dr. Wasserman.
You could email them and ask if that would be helpful in terms of making a decision to come here for treatment. Perhaps request a phone discussion with him or Skype session.
I know many people have travelled a great distance to get treatment. Some have moved here temporarily.
Feel free to keep in touch.
I am here to help.
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. ”-Numbers 6:24-26
-Julie Brice Beiersdorf said...


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amy s said...

I have a 21 month old who is allergic to peanuts, we have already introduced the desensitization but have hit multiple roadblocks due to he will now not ingest anything with peanuts. The minute he tastes, or gets the tingling sensation that is associated with his allergy he spits out whatever is in his mouth. Causing contact hives and such, also I have no idea how much he actually ingests. I don't know what to do! I have tried peanut butter, the peanut puffs and we have now graduated to a tiny bit of peanut powder (I had to start over with a 1/8 tsp). I have been able to get him to drink some from a smoothie but now he won't drink smoothies! I'm at a loss and so frustrated.

Julie Brice Beiersdorf said...

Hi Amy,
Are you trying to desensitize your child youself? Or under supervision by an allergist experienced in this field?

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