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article imageMilk therapy results show some success

By Tim Sandle     Mar 8, 2013 in Food
A gradual and steadily increasing dose of milk proteins appears to have some success in helping some people with allergies to dairy foods, according to a new research study.
Following a months-long program of exposure to increasing amounts of milk, for people with dairy allergies, those treated found that they were able to tolerate dairy products.
The findings were reported by researchers from Israel at a recent meeting of the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology.
In the study, 280 people aged between 4 to 27 began a program. At the start they consumed less than 1 milligram of milk protein. This was followed by increases, every 15 to 30 minutes, during the day until they consumed up to 120 milligrams. The patients were treated in a clinic for four days.
If a person developed an allergic symptom, such as throat swelling or abdominal pain,they were returned to a dose that they could tolerate. Lactose intolerance is a common digestive problem where the body is unable to digest lactose, a type of sugar mainly found in milk and dairy products.
According to Science News, at the end of each day, the participants went home and twice a day consumed the highest dose of milk that they could tolerate in the clinic. The participants returned to the clinic monthly to continue to receive escalating doses. Of the 280 patients treated for at least seven months, 160 were able to consume 7,200 milligrams of milk protein, the equivalent of about one-fourth of a liter of milk, without a reaction by the end of the study. A further 66 patients could consume smaller amounts of milk regularly. For the other participants, the program was not successful.
The study was conducted by Michael Levy, an allergist at Assaf Harofeh Medical Center in Zerifin.
Whilst the program had some success in some people, it was not successful in all, suggesting that the reasons for dairy intolerance varies between people and no single program of treatment is likely to be successful.
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