Peanut allergies are serious. People can die even with just a tiny exposure. Unless they take a bit of poop bacteria with their peanuts.
It's not your imagination. Food allergies are more visible now than ever. A 2010 study found peanut allergies are increasing. But a new double-blind, long-term clinical trial found success with a pill. A prized probiotic peanut protein pill from poop.
For 18 months, kids took a pill with a specific strain of Lactobacillus rhamnosus part of a bacterial family that was isolated from feces.
Our gut is a veritable metropolis of bacteria that help digest food, work with our immune system and just keep things rolling. Lactobacillus is a probiotic, meaning it may even help other bacteria flourish in the gut. Bacteria helping bacteria. Also in the pill was peanut protein... and the amount of protein increased throughout the treatment.
After that, the kids didn't have terrifying allergic reactions to eating peanuts. It's like a peanut allergy cure! Now, it's been four years, and more than two-thirds of the kids can still eat peanuts! Meanwhile, almost none of the placebo kids can.