Australian researchers are reporting a major breakthrough toward curing peanut allergies, giving parents everywhere hope that they can return to hosting birthday parties without accidentally killing anyone.
gave kids with the allergy a fixed dose of the probioticlactobacillus rhamnosus — an over-the-counter supplement found, among other places, in some yogurts — and a gradually increasing dose of peanut protein over the course of 18 months. At the end of the trial, all but 5 of the kids were able to tolerate peanuts. Based on the size of the study, it suggests 7 out of 9 allergy suffers might respond well to the treatment.
A placebo group over the same time period saw just 4 percent develop a peanut tolerance, meaning the therapy is 20 times more effective than hoping for the best. Promising as the results are, the researchers caution that the study amounts to feeding kids with a potentially fatal allergy the thing they’re allergic to, so parents shouldn’t get any ideas.
After all, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, but what does kill you makes you dead. So maybe wait for a little more research before giving your kid peanuts in their Go-gurt.