OIT Community: Come Join!

IMG_6250For food allergic people, young and old, interested in doing this same process of OIT/peanut desensitization you can join the Facebook “Private Practice OIT” support group and the OIT 101 support group.

There are 70+ board-certified allergists around the country offering this to patients for peanut, milk, egg, wheat, tree nuts, corn, sesame, barley, wheat, shellfish and other allergens. There are thousands of old posts to read–it can be your own private “OIT Google”! You have to look first for the clinical research and data here on this site  and learn to interpret it to develop the risk-reward profile for your family. We can help you do that!

“OIT 101” vs “Private Practice OIT” group? What’s the difference? The support needed during the process of getting information about OIT (OIT 101) is different than the process of actually going through OIT (Private Practice OIT). Some questioning their treatment path (101) versus others trying to understand what is happening day-to-day because they are committed to OIT and are in it (PP OIT).

So OIT 101 is about those still discovering the possibilities and existence of OIT and the Private Practice OIT group is for those who are sitting in the office freaking out if they are doing the right thing, having questions, feeling fearful, and needing support.

OIT 101 —-> Learning The Basics
Private Practice OIT —-> Implementing OIT


imageWe have other groups on Facebook to join for more info and a community of like-minded allergy families:

OIT Clinical Trials:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/OITtrials/

PAC: Peanut Anaphylaxis Cure: The original group from 2009, filled with the history of OIT in private practice and Liseetsa Mann’s journey to get her son treated with OIT

And we are now INTERNATIONAL and continue to grow!



A little history: When Liseetsa Mann started the Peanut Anaphylaxis Cure Facebook group (PAC), she was trying to raise $2 million for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in 2009 to get OIT / oral immunotherapy treatment for her 5-year-old son who had a peanut allergy. She learned about OIT but could find no one to treat her son. Desperate, she contacted researcher after researcher, begging for help. Everyone told her there was no cure, no treatment. They just needed to practice “strict avoidance” and always carry Epi Pens /epinephrine. Other mothers in online Facebook groups grew tired of her questions and hope, and endless search for OIT. She was banned from many groups.

Finally, Dr. Burks, researcher at Duke University, said he would expand his Duke OIT clinical study at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. CCH agreed to host the studyIMG_9155 if Liseetsa could raise the $2million for expenses. The hospital ended up backing out and all the donations were returned to donors. Liseetsa began to explore moving to Dallas to treat with Dr. Richard Wasserman, a PhD and MD who developed an OIT protocol and was treating patients.

Liseetsa’s local allergist called her one day with good news. “I think I found someone who can help you.” Dr. Scott Nash, one of the investigators in Dr. Burks’ clinical trial, was leaving the study to set up a private practice and agreed to do peanut OIT on her son. The family moved to Raleigh for year for her son to do treatment with Dr. Scott Nash. The Facebook PAC group became the blog for their own OIT journey. Over time, word spread and members joined, eager to learn about OIT.

Liseetsa shared all her knowledge, happy to have found a “tribe” of like-minded parents: those who wanted a better life for their food-allergic children. She became a “Pied Piper” of sorts, and began seeking and finding new OIT allergists and creating her famous “list.” Only doctors who met the standards set by Dr. Nash were included. Not just great doctors, but great human beings. Friendly office staff. Nowhere she would not take her own children. She coached and cheered and comforted OIT parents on late night calls, advocated and helped with any and all problems. Word spread.

imageIn 2013, Liseetsa created the Facebook group “Private Practice OIT ” as a place for families who were doing OIT with board-certified allergists in their own private medical practices. Not studies or academic settings, but a regular doctor. (She created “OIT Trials” for those in trials to get support and talk about their experiences there). Now there are over 5000 members. In the Private Practice Group, discussions are for those in OIT — current and graduated/departed patients and those with appointments to start– it is a WAITING ROOM of sorts. Where we chat and share experiences and ask questions. It’s an unvarnished walk through treatment: with many success stories, and also some failures. And lots of support from a community that “gets it.” There are over 40 individual blogs from families who are going through OIT.

As members shared “Success Stories” in other food allergy support groups, more people joined. Their constant beginner questions were clogging up the feed. People wanting to learn, having fears or questions about OIT and whether it was the right path for them. So in January 2015, Liseetsa created “OIT 101“. The “101” moniker is commonly used for a beginning course–Cooking 101 or Economics 101. So that’s what OIT 101 is: for those who are new, have a lot of questions, aren’t sure about whether OIT is right for them. There are 7,000 members of OIT 101.

We ask our “OIT veterans” to join OIT 101 to share experience, hope and stories. For those who are grateful for OIT, there is no better way to “pay it back” by paying it forward and helping other families.

See a 2010 news clip of Liseetsa and her family in an interview with Channel WLWT in Cincinnati:

78% of us did not get OIT supportABOUT US

We’re just a group of moms who have kids with food allergies. Our families lives were transformed by OIT.

78% of us left our local allergist to go and treat with the amazing board-certified allergists on this site. We are REAL moms with REAL kids who had REAL IGE-mediated anaphylactic food allergies. Previous anaphylactic reactions, hospital stays, airborne reactions, multiple food allergies, we’ve been on airplanes with forced landings, ambulance rides…all of it. We lived in fear.

imageOIT was our solution, and it could be the same for other families. We are happy you found the site. Do not rush into treatment. Take your time here: there is a lot to learn, to absorb, and explore. Everyone will think you are “nuts” (pun intended!). Virtually every one of who us who on the other side of food fear has the same reaction: “What? No way am I am giving my child their allergens!” So recognize this is a normal feeling and belief.

We set this site up because the at-large allergist community has failed us. OIT has been around for YEARS and it is well-known and documented with over 200 studies that it produces desensitization. We are under the care of board-certified allergists who take this responsibility very seriously. Read about them on this site to reassure yourself they are not quacks, or storefront Botox peddlers. What they ARE is amazing human beings and healing doctors. They “doctor.” They use their smarts and brains to help children with food allergies live normal, full lives without the crippling fear of accidental food ingestion.

imageWe also set up this group because the food allergy organizations like FARE and their parent support groups have failed us. We’ve been “beat up”, yelled at, had our comments deleted and been banned from support groups for talking about OIT and how it has saved our kids. Why be in a food allergy support group if they never tell you how you can get rid of it? That there is HOPE! That thousands of children and adults are safely “getting rid” of their once life-threatening food allergies. Even magazines like Allergic Living refuse to acknowledge that OIT in Private Practice is growing and changing lives every day…by the THOUSANDS! Drs. Factor, Lee & Mendolsen have desensitized over 1000 patients, Dr. Baker over 500, and Dr. Mayer over 200. There are thousands more who have been treated with OIT and are free today from the stress of allergy life.

imageBut that’s OK. OUR kids are safe, desensitized, eating their allergens and living NORMAL life. We have no hidden agenda, other than to help guide parents in their knowledge journey and find a board-certified allergist for a consult that could change their family’s life. We don’t care if you choose to “DO” OIT or not….only that if you are interested and curious you have the ability to learn about it. This site exists for you to be able to research it all you want despite many in the food allergy community who do not want you to know you have choices right now.

OIT is a medical treatment. Therefore there are both benefits and risks. Nothing works for everyone, and OIT does not work for 100% of people. As you will see on many of the allergist sites and in news media stories, we see in studies OIT is 80-85% effective, and some of our doctors have success rates of 95%. They turn away few patients. Yes, absolutely, some do fail treatment.

imageWhat you do with the oral immunotherapy information is up to YOU. And your doctor. Enjoy your time on the site and hopefully it answers your questions well. We know how you feel and what you want to know because we’ve answered it already hundreds of times. When the Viaskin patch and the FARE/Aimmune sort-of-OIT capsule get FDA approved in 2018 and 2019 everyone will change their tune about OIT, and we will be saying, “Yes OIT was available in 2009, it’s basically the same thing.” Mother Nature already made a peanut pill: it’s peanuts. And they cost peanuts. A whole generation of kids has had this withheld from them. 10 years where kids could have been treated have been lost.

For safety’s sake, please never attempt any of this on your own. This website and the Facebook support groups don’t offer medical advice: every person who is interested in the treatment must get to a licensed doctor who is a board-certified allergist who can help them manage their unique medical conditions.

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Hope you found this page informative!  Where to go next on our site?

Research & Learn Library: over 400 news stories, media coverage and medical journal articles.

FAQs / Q&A: answers to common questions about OIT

Top 10 OIT Myths: the things we explain over and over

Find an OIT board-certified allergist:  See the Google map and find an allergist near you
OIT Success Stories: read real stories from patients who have completed OIT


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