I'm currently at a crossroad in my life that's very out of my control. On the one hand I have a possible career within business management that hangs
on the thread of an accepted or rejected work visa, and on the other hand I have a possible career in the military, which I've always wanted.
However, I've already applied for a military position, of which was rejected. At the time of application I had quite severe Allergies and Asthma, and
certainly don't blame anyone for that rejected application.
10 years later, however, My asthma is entirely gone, and most of my allergies gone with it - minus all fish and some common tree nuts. Still, I fear
that those will be enough to be rejected once again.
So I ended up doing a bit of research into reducing and even curing both Asthma and Allergies. Currently, the most tried and tested method for
allergies is specific immunotherapy (SIT). Essentially the patient is given very diluted doses of whatever it is they're allergic to, and over many
sessions (often taking years), the body either lessens the reaction to the allergen, or it recognizes it as a non-harmful substance and that allergy
It's not the safest method, but it has shown results.
However, there are two new methods and can actually cure it, quickly, and less dangerously.
Nanoparticle Acts Like Trojan Horse to Halt Asthma (link to
And Method 2:
Gene therapy could ‘turn off’ severe allergies
(link to article)
In an entirely new approach to treating asthma and allergies, a biodegradable nanoparticle acts like a Trojan horse, hiding an allergen in a friendly
shell, to convince the immune system not to attack it, according to new Northwestern Medicine research. As a result, the allergic reaction in the
airways is shut down long- term and an asthma attack prevented.
The technology can be applied to food allergies as well. The nanoparticle is currently being tested in a mouse model of peanut allergy, similar to
food allergy in humans.
A single treatment giving life-long protection from severe allergies such as asthma could be made possible by immunology research at The
University of Queensland.
A team led by Associate Professor Ray Steptoe at the UQ Diamantina Institute has been able to ‘turn-off’ the immune response which causes allergic
reaction in animals.
Either way, I'm incredibly excited. I've nearly died several times from all sorts of absurdly innocent things, and both asthma and allergies have been
an incredible detriment to my life. Research like these gives me a lot of hope. But, being an ATS member, I do understand that such things could very
well be buried from major pharma companies that have been profiting massively over the years from allergen medication. Nevertheless, It's good to know
I've actually contacted one of the pharmaceutical companies that's funding one of these procedures to see how the technology is coming along. I'll
keep you posted on their response
edit on 26/9/17 by Ghost147 because: (no reason given)