Still, most allergists have been told by their governing organizations, that oral-immunotherpy (OIT) is not safe in a private practice setting.
Most allergists-immunonologists have a 4 year undergraduate degree, 4 years of medical school, and at least 3-8 years of residency and internships. Many of our OIT Allergists have multiple interdisciplinary and advanced degrees. They are more than qualified to teach and learn from each other.
We consider our OIT Allergists to be the
of Food Allergy Treatment.
To date, OIT is the only proven “safe and effective” food allergy treatment; yet, desensitization can be extremely dangerous if performed improperly. There are hundreds of scientific studies and journal publications filled with data that supports our mission that OIT should become the standard of care for food allergies. We have over 70, 000 members in our original Facebook support groups with thousands more in spin-off OIT support groups– usually doctor or food specific. Tens of thousands of patients have completed food allergy desensitization treatment without the use of manufactured prescriptions or accessory drugs and supplements. Typically, food itself is the only ingredient required.
Before an allergist is invited into our Society and listed on our OIT Provider List, they go through a rigorous vetting process which includes extensive interviews, submissions of qualifications, pseudo-mentorships/training with our veteran OIT Allergists, detailed feedback from our OIT Community, and sometimes time to treat several patients and acclimate their staff to the necessary changes that will take place in their offices.
We are the original creators and driving force of the OIT movement.
Members of our Society and support groups, routinely suggest and develop Guidelines to make sure that our experienced board certified OIT Allergists and their multi disciplined medical teams adhere to strict safety practices, professional and ethical conduct, and remain fully committed to their patients. Since we are the very first patients, advocates, and doctors offering OIT in a private practice setting, we have been the greatest influence on how physicians implement OIT treatment through the consideration, waitlist, increase, and maintenance phases.
The amount of time spent with OIT families is significantly greater compared to routine office visits. OIT doses are taken every day by as many patients as an office can safely treat. Most of our Allergists provide a specific, after-hours “OIT Hotline” of sorts to their OIT families. They do not want their patients to wait, worry, or wonder what to do in the event that something unexpected happens.
While some doctors and families celebrate “graduation” from the office visit stage of treatment, in reality, patients are maintaining their doses, relationships with their allergists, and annual check-ups for life– comparable to seeing your dentist but only once a year. Since our doctors are linked together by the Society and Private Practice OIT Provider List, funded by our OIT Works, Inc. nonprofit, it is easy to switch OIT Allergists if need be. There is no room for competition and ego in OIT. There are over 18 million food allergic people in the United States alone and only 4,460 allergists, and not all of them want to offer OIT.
Within a few years, most of our doctors hire additional allergists, supporting staff, and expand the number of their locations. Often times, they build a specific OIT Food Allergy Treatment Center in order to meet the needs of their patients. Our Mission is to continue OIT expansion until every major city has an OIT Allergist.
There is tremendous opportunity in Oral Immunotherapy. It is our honor to pave the way to a much safer future for people who are anaphylactic to food. If this medical condition required complex concoctions of chemicals, expensive prescriptions, or ongoing, detrimental, and invasive surgeries, the treatment would not be so simple and probably not as successful. What it takes are qualified, board certified allergists who will rise out of standard, non-effective routines and meet the needs of their patients.
Our Private Practice OIT Allergists have a near-perfect success rate. That is unheard of in modern medicine. And we use food that is already FDA approved and available in grocery stores, schools, restaurants, ball parks, hotel lobbies, gas stations, society world-wide. The very thing that could potentially kill you, becomes the very thing that saves your life.
We face our fears and take ownership of our medical conditions not expecting or requiring that the rest of the world changes for us.
We are doing more than just desensitizing the patient – we’re reminding them every day that they have a peanut allergy, which is something that is not found in the avoidance-management strategy.