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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2006 6:20 am 
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The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ACAI) has issued a superbly reasoned analysis of about 30 allergy-related tests and treatments that "have been promoted in the absence of any scientific rationale." [Mullins RJ. Unorthodox techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of allergy, asthma and immune disorders.

ASCIA Position Statement, Oct 2004] Its report concludes:

"Treatment based on inaccurate, false positive or clinically irrelevant results is not only misleading, but can lead to ineffective and at times expensive treatments, and delay more effective therapy. Sometimes harmful therapy may result, such as unnecessary dietary avoidance and risk of malnutrition, particularly in children. For example, Rona and Chinn found that around one half of parents who thought that their child was food allergic or intolerant altered their child's diet, but only one third sought medical advice, and that some children were 4 cm shorter than controls. [Rona RJ, Chinn S. Parent's perceptions of food intolerance in primary school children. British Medical Journal 294: 863-866, 1987] Unnecessary environmental and chemical avoidance, creating a perception of organic illness where none exists, or advising physical interventions when psychosocial factors are the source of symptoms, can impact on employment and social functioning. Claims of being able to "cure" food allergies have potentially dangerous consequences for those with true life-threatening reactions. Similarly, substitution of homeopathic "vaccines" for those with proven effectiveness has both individual and public health implications."

Daughter: asthma, allergies to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, most legumes (not soy and green beans) & penicillin. Developing hayfever type allergies.
Husband: no allergies
Me: Oral Allergy Syndrome, Allergic to Birch trees

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2006 3:15 pm 
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Thanks for posting this, Susan, a useful resource. When I was at Elm Street magazine, we did an investigative article on some of the questionable tests that people do, and the huge amount of money the practitioners take from them.

It is disturbing. Not to mention dangerous when you start eliminating useful foods/nutrients from your diet when you don't need to.

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