Could An Ancient Approach Help Allergies?

"I can understand a spray for pollen but I don't understand the food allergy stuff," said Dr. Natalie Stern, a pediatric homeopath at the Continuum Center for Health and Healing at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, who has found homeopathy useful in treating people with seasonal allergies. "I wouldn't dare be giving [Allertherapy] to somebody I know with anaphylactic shock with peanuts."

Concerns about Allertherapy prompted the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) medical advisory board to release a statement April 1, criticizing the product and its methodology and cautioning people against attempting to treat their allergies without medical supervision, particularly since there is no proven cure for food allergies.

"Our message to everyone is that this is a homeopathic therapy that is unproven scientifically," said Anne Munoz-Furlong, founder of FAAN. "People may spend their money on this product and find that it doesn't work at all, or worse, that reactions occur."

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