Experts estimate that up to 20% of adults suffer from allergic rhinitis, or hay fever. Long-term immunotherapy for the treatment of common allergies involves 'desensitizing' patients by injecting them with tiny amounts of the allergen. Now, researchers report that immunotherapy can provide a prolonged clinical benefit that persists for at least 3 years after discontinuation of therapy. The new study provides the best evidence to date that allergen immunotherapy has long-term, perhaps permanent, benefits.
The New England Journal of Medicine August 12, 1999;341:468-475, 522-524.
COMMENT: Traditional allergy treatments are one of medicine’s safer and better approaches. However, it has great room for improvement. My experience with conventional allergy testing, whether done through the blood (RAST) or skin is that only 20-30% of patients do exceptionally well with it. It is also highly inconvenient, as patients need to go to the doctor’s office every week for months or years. It clearly does not work for the majority of patients. I have been using a much improved version of this testing which the American Academy of Environmental Medicine teaches called Provocation Neutralization (PN). The success rate for this approach is in the 80-90% range and patient’s can receive their treatment at home. Both systems are time consuming and expensive. A course of PN treatment and testing can run about $1-2,000. However, this is less than many patients are already spending on one year’s worth of allergy medicines, and it is a long-term solution that will, in most cases, provide a permanent treatment. There are also virtually no side effects with the treatment, unlike conventional drugs. I am now convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is far better option than PN testing. Energy medicine techniques like APN (last week’s newsletter), Neuro Emotional Technique (NET), and Total Body Modification (TBM) provide incredibly effective solutions for permanent allergy relief. The treatment is typically effective in greater than 95% of patients and is far more profound. Neither conventional or PN allergy testing can reverse latex allergy. Latex allergy is a very severe allergy and can frequently be life-threatening. Last month, we treated a nurse who would develop anaphylaxis when exposed to a brief brush with latex. She would have to be rushed to the ER for epinephrine treatment. Jody, the therapist who provides this treatment in my office, conducted NET and TBM in one 45minute session and her latex allergy is now gone. It truly is one of the most impressive things I have seen in the practice of medicine. I am very excited about offering these services to my patients, but I currently do not have the staff to do that. That should be remedied in about one month when Lynn, whom Jody is training, is ready to see patients.