Testing allergies at the dinner table
The future of allergy detection is here, and it fits on your keychain. It’s been a while since I’ve been this excited to hear of a new product aimed at people living with allergies and histamine intolerance. Discovering allergies and controlling them with medications and by avoidance, helps minimise the effect of histamine intolerance and inflammation on the body. For more on that please read about the inflammation bucket here. Over 50 million (no, that’s not a typo) Americans have food allergies. It just takes a crumb or a trace amount of an allergen to trigger scary reactions. Thankfully Harvard researchers have found the solution for those of us who are getting tired of being hermits terrified of dining beyond our own kitchens. It’s a $40 mobile allergy lab that’s small enough to fit on a keychain. It can test for traces of allergens like gluten and nuts in less than 10 minutes. It uses “integrated exogenous antigen testing”, or iEAT as they’re calling it. The system was created using existing technology for other medical problems like detecting cancer in blood samples, and applied them to resolving the very real concerns of not knowing what on earth is in your food when eating out.