The Project Allergy Story
We created Project Allergy as a resource for everyone who is affected by food allergies, environmental allergies, and asthma. By discussing allergies together in a supportive environment, we hope that you will not only find important information, but that you will also connect with others who are going through the same experiences. You can find a local support group in your area or discuss your problems, solutions and ideas in our allergy forum.
There are over 60 million people in the US alone that suffer from allergies and asthma (Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America), and those numbers are increasing every day. No one can tell us why, although the experts seem to have various theories. Let's share our ideas and together we will find solutions to make changes in our own health, the lives of our families, and the communities in which we live. We can make a difference.
Janet and Nancy, Project Allergy Co-Founders
We almost lost our infant to asthma
In 1999 my 19 month old son was sleeping a lot later than his usual 7am. When we went to check on him, he was pale and lethargic. Our pediatrician met us at his office that Sunday morning, but after he couldn't find his pulse/oxygen machine, he called the local hospital. There were no pediatric beds available, so we were told to go home and call if our son got worse.
My husband looked at me and said, "If the doctor thinks he needs to be hospitalized, who cares if they have a pediatric bed, were going!" Thank goodness for his wisdom, for had we gone home, our son would probably not be with us today. We rushed him to the local hospital where his pulse/oxygen levels were in the low 70's. After 12 hours in the ER, a team of doctors arrived to transport him to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. After 5 days in CHOP, our son was stable enough to go home. When we changed pediatricians, we were told that they didn't want to label our son with "Asthma" and therefore were not putting him on any preventative medicines. Three weeks later, we were back at CHOP for 4 days.
It was at this point that we asked our insurance company to refer us to the Best of the Best. We've been with Dr. Irene Haralabatos at Allergic Disease Associates - The Asthma Center ever since. Our son, who is now 9, has been through many trying years. From problems with adverse reactions to meds, to depression from not being allowed playdates in friends' homes with pets, to medicines that didn't work, she has been a beacon of hope and health.
The need to share my story and help connect people with allergies and asthma around the world has driven me to create Project Allergy. I hope that you will share your story and that it will, in turn, help save the life of someone suffering from asthma and allergies.
Our son's strange behavior was due to allergies
My long journey with allergies began years ago when my oldest son was about 8 years old. He was having intense mood swings and angry outbursts. He was suddenly defiant and paranoid that people were criticizing him when they weren't. He couldn't sleep, he felt hot and hungry all the time, and he couldn't seem to sit still for dinner. Eventually, his behavior got out of control, and his rages lasted for hours.
After taking him to several different specialists who disagreed on the diagnosis and trying him on an antidepressant that made his symptoms worse, we decided to try him on the Feingold Program, which removes artificial colors and flavors, salicylates, and several preservatives. Within 3 days, his behavior began to improve, and I knew we were on the right track. Then we visited a Doctor of Environmental Medicine who offered a regimen of nutritional supplements and started him on an allergy treatment called Provocative Neutralization, which identifies allergies and treats them with sublingual drops. My son was allergic to almost everything they tested him for, even the foods that he had previously tested negative for on a blood test.
The neutralizing allergy drops changed everything. My son is a completely different person now. The rages have stopped, his emotions are stable, and he's back to being the sweet, sensitive boy we know and love. But he wants you all to know his story, so you can learn from it. We hope that you find the answers you need as well.