My 12 year old son was diagnosed with a life threatening peanut allergy when he was a year old. Last March, our family was fortunate enough to learn that The New England Food Allergy Treatment Center in West Hartford, CT was conducting a treatment study program which uses oral immunotheraphy (similar to the Duke Study) to help desensitize even severly allergic patients. The program is designed to eliminate symptoms that may otherwise occur from cross contamination or accidental small exposures.
Prior to beginning, our family was very apprehensive as we have spent the last 11 years carefully avoiding even minute traces of peanut. However, my son is now approaching the maximum dose of peanut meal utilized and our family could not be more thrilled with the program, as well as the staff of the center. His quality of life will be tremendously improved by his participation, and our worry will be significantly reduced! We drive 2.5 hours each way for treatment every other week, and we would gladly drive further if that was required! Thank you NEFATC!!! You can take a look at their web page http://www.nefoodallergy.org or call them to learn more about the program to see if it might be right for your family too!