Utah doctor ‘frees’ children from isolating food allergies

Food allergies affect more than 15 million Americans. Thanks to a one-of-a-kind treatment program here in Utah, that number could change.

A year ago, Dr. Douglas Jones of the Rocky Mountain Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology began treatment on two families.

Abby Ethan and Emma are having the time of their lives! Peanuts and nuts in all forms and candy they used to only dream about!

A year ago, life was very different. Abby Hoyal and Ethan Horne have always been allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. Ethan’s little sister Emma has been allergic to eggs, milk and wheat. These severe food allergies had made life miserable for their families.

“It was scary, it was a nightmare,” said Michelle, Ethan and Emma’s mother. 

“She just had to avoid everything, her anxiety levels got so bad that she got to the point where she wouldn’t go anywhere. She did not want to go to a restaurant, she wouldn’t go to her friend’s house, she hated school,” said Am Hoyal, Abby’s mother.

“If I ate any kind of nut I would go into anaphylaxis and I would have to get a shot and go to the hospital,” said Ethan.

But now, thanks to Dr. Douglas Jones of the Rocky Mountain Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, that fear of coming into contact with a life-threatening food and the isolation that comes with it, is a thing of the past.

“It’s life changing,” said Abby.

“It is a miracle. It has completely changed our lives,” said Michelle.

“We’ve got unprecedented patient results with so many families. Everybody that has gone beginning to end with our program and has completed it, we’re a hundred percent,” said Dr. Jones.

So how does Dr. Jones do it? He does it by prescribing the same food that makes people sick. He starts with a very small dose of whatever they’re allergic to and increases the dose over time.

Jones says that during the gradual introduction, the body develops a natural tolerance to the allergy.

Dr. Jones has been successfully treating the Horne and Hoyal families for about a year.

“So we went from not being able to touch a trace to eating above and beyond what she wants. She’s no longer allergic to any tree nuts,” said Amy.

“Emma is cured of the milk, the eggs and the nuts, and then Ethan he finished the nuts and cashews,” said Michelle.

Jones says that being able to eat the forbidden foods offers hope and freedom to his patients.

“It’s the simple pleasures of opening a jar of peanut butter. It brings us so much happiness,” said Amy.

“You go from a point where you really can’t do anything to where you’re free. You can eat what you want. You can do what you want. You can go where you want. I can sit where I want. I can hang out with my friends,” said Abby.

Jones remembers this definitely wasn’t the case a year ago.

“Initially when they first came in, everyone of them was timid difficult to look me in the eye. Now through going through the program, they have a lot more confidence, they’re happier. They’re more relaxed, they’re at ease,” said Jones.

“They’ve blossomed. They’re just more like kids,” said Michelle.

So a year after starting their allergy treatments with Dr. Jones, Abby, Ethan and Emma are finally free. Free from the life-threatening fears and the isolation of food allergies.

“This has changed our lives completely. Life is so much better. We can live. We can live our lives,” said Michelle.

“It’s amazing to not have allergies anymore,” said Abby.

Dr. Jones has successfully treated more than 50 patients. He emphasizes that it’s not just for kids. His program works on allergy sufferers of all ages.

If you’d like to learn more, Rocky Mountain Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology is holding free allergy treatment seminars.

Tues. May 5
Salt Lake Community College
RockyMountainAllergy.com (for more info and how to register)

Wed. May 6
Davis Hospital
RockyMountainAllergy.com (for more info and how to register)

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