The most important voice you can hear from about how the New England Food Allergy Treatment Center is desensitizing individuals with food allergies is best heard from our satisfied patients and family members.
Although we have many satisfied clients, below you will find a sample of testimonials provided by our patients across all ages.
The more we can spread the word about how the food allergy desensitization programs are changing individuals lives and producing sustainable outcomes, the better we are all contributing to healthy life styles.
If you have questions, or would like to share your personal experience don’t hesitate to contact us with your testimonial.
Jack – 13 years old
Jack has been desensitized to peanut and receiving the maintenance dose. His mother reports: “In just a six month period, my son’s life has changed dramatically. Diagnosed as an infant with a severe peanut allergy, he has lived his life in fear of a fatal allergic reaction, avoiding all baked goods that were not made at home, reading labels before ever taking a bite,and discussing his allergy with waiters at restaurants. We have kept a peanut-free home and he has gone to a peanut-free school and camp, to keep him safe and reduce the anxiety of his allergy. Now Jack is desensitized and able to tolerate the equivalent of three peanuts per day. He actually eats 3 peanut butter m&m’s once a day, as his dose, and enjoys every bite. We no longer have a peanut-free house and he is no longer living in fear of an accidental ingestion. Jack is now able to go to parties, restaurants or friend’s houses and eat without reading labels or discussing the ingredients with the waiters/chefs. He knows that he no longer has to worry about a fatal reaction, as he recently ate half a peanut butter cookie at a party by mistake and did not have a single symptom. In Jack’s words, he feels liberated. More importantly, he no longer feels like he has a life-threatening medical condition that sets him apart from his peers and affects his daily life. We feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to be treated by NEFATC. The staff was incredibly friendly and supportive. The six months went by quickly and Jack had very few symptoms from his doses. The treatment process was very easy to do at home, with the doses being premeasured and provided to us by the Treatment Center. Jack is grateful for the care he received and happy to be starting his teen years now desensitized to peanuts.”
Dana – 17 years old
Becoming part of this study has been remarkably life changing. Before I learned about the treatment, I had to be particularly careful about everything I ate. Being in the program now, I’m still cautious, but I know it works. On a recent trip overseas, I accidentally ate crackers with peanuts in them. Here’s the best part: nothing happened! Now I’m not scared to go off to college in a year because I know that, thanks to NEFATC, I’ll be safe. The treatment works to build up tolerance and prevent reactions in rare situations, like mine. Everyone with peanut allergies should strongly consider this, if not for the results, then for the peace of mind.
Noah – 9 years old
Hi, my name is Noah. I am 10 years old. My mom discovered my peanut allergy when I was 1 year old. My doctors said that if I were exposed to peanuts, there was a 95% chance that I would have a reaction. I was the first patient in the food allergy treatment, and 2 months ago I started eating peanut butter M & Ms. I had no reactions during the whole study. At the end you get to eat either M & Ms or candy bar recipes that NEFATC gives you. It is very safe and fun! Now I’m able to eat things that have nut traces. For example, now I can eat Kit Kats and Milky Ways. We can also go places without Mom bringing special food. For example, we went to a public event where there was cake and I ate it. Now we just have to look and see if there are actual peanuts in the product. I’m so glad that I did this study. If you have a peanut allergy, I strongly recommend you do it too! Hi, I’m Noah’s Mom. As Noah mentioned above, he has had a severe peanut allergy for most of his life. Noah went through the study without any reactions or complications. Here is a sample of an email that I sent to family and friends after he reached the top dose: Here are just some things he’s been able to do:
- Ride any where he wants on the school bus
- Eat a cake from a bakery
- Accept a birthday party invitation which involves eating at a restaurant
- Go with family to a friends’ house for lunch without bringing his own “safe food”
- Sign up to participate in eating lunch that the school provides on Fun Day (like a field day)
- And of course, eat his required “dose” of 3 peanut butter M&Ms each day!