Food Freedom Conference 2019
On Sunday, June 14th, the Southern California Food Allergy Institute held their first food freedom conference! The SoCal Food Allergy Institute was founded by Dr. Randhawa, where he treats life-threatening food allergies through the Tolerance Induction Program. Don't know what that is? Click here to read about it.
I have a short summary video posted on my IGTV about who spoke at the conference and what it was like. In this blog post, I will talk about the two main points addressed at the conference that I received the most requests to write about: is this too good to be true and why is there no published data.
1. Is this treatment too good to be true?
Dr. Randhawa is a medical doctor with five board certifications including internal medicine, pediatrics and allergy/immunology, and is known for the many other titles that he has through being a professor and a researcher. Dr. Randhawa has been studying food allergies and conducting his own research for well over a decade. The Tolerance Induction Program started in 2005 and has treated over 5,000 patients to date. Most food allergy treatment centers have not treated more than one or two hundred patients, with the largest treating around 1,000 patients.
Why is this not the standard of care or covered by insurance? This is because a third party independent reviewer with the Medical Review Institute of America Inc (MRI) who is board certified by the American Board of Allergy & Immunology and by the American Board of Pediatrics, has deemed that treatment of food allergies (in general) is not considered medically necessary in accordance with the official definition of medically necessary. The conclusion by the reviewer was that the only medical accepted treatments of food allergies is strict avoidance.
This conclusion of strict avoidance was something that neither Dr. Randhawa nor the 5,000 patients being treated would accept. Thus, Dr. Randhawa continues forward regardless of this conclusion. With over a decade of research and treatment, over 5,000 patients treated with a 99.9% success rate, and zero fatalities, this is not too good to be true - it's real.
2. Why is there no published data?
In order for studies to be published in medical journals, the data must be collected in a very specific manner: randomize, control, placebo and trial. Let's go through these terms.
Randomize - In a clinical study, patients are assigned to groups that receive different treatments. The process of assigning patients to these groups by chance is called randomization.
Control - Every clinical study must have positive and negative controls.
Placebo - This means that some patients would be assigned to a group where they are actually not receiving treatment, without knowing.
Trial - All groups would then trial the food at the end, including those who were in the placebo group, meaning there is an 100% chance that some patients will experience anaphylaxis.
Dr. Randhawa shared with the audience that anaphylaxis is not safe under any conditions and he does everything in his power to ensure that his patients avoid experiencing anaphylactic reactions at all costs. He also makes it a point to treat every single patient - no matter the severity of the food allergies, no matter how many food allergies the patient has, and no matter what other conditions the patient has (such as EoE, asthma, other autoimmune disorders, etc.) Because the treatment is extremely individualized, every patient is their own control.
Although Dr. Randhawa has over one trillion data points recorded in a software he has spent years building which allows the treatment to be individualized, safe and effective, medical journals will not publish his data since it is not collected in the standard, official manner.
He has had some data published, and told the audience that he is constantly submitting data to be published, but his data is not accepted.
*Please note: Everything written in this blog post was information that was given at the conference when I attended. It is not my opinion. This blog post is not sponsored by the Southern California Food Allergy Institute.