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CHAPTER 29: UNPROVED AND CONTROVERSIAL METHODS AND THEORIES IN ALLERGY-IMMUNOLOGY

 

 

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Review article in “Allergy & Asthma Proceedings”,
Vol. 33 No 3, May-June 2012

Authors: Shah R*, Greenberger PA

 

Abstract

Unproved methods and controversial theories in the diagnosis and management of allergy-immunology are those that lack scientific credibility. Some definitions are provided for perspective because in chronic medical conditions, frequently, nonscientifically based treatments are developed that can have a very positive psychological effect on the patients in the absence of objective physical benefit. Standard practice can be described as “the methods of diagnosis and treatment used by reputable physicians in a particular subspecialty or primary care practice” with the understanding that diagnosis and treatment options are consistent with established mechanisms of conditions or diseases[1]. Conventional medicine (Western or allopathic medicine) is that which is practiced by the majority of MDs, DOs, psychologists, RNs, and physical therapists. Complementary medicine uses the practice of conventional medicine with complementary and alternative medicine such as using acupuncture for pain relief in addition to opioids. Alternative medicine implies use of complementary and alternative practices in place of conventional medicine. Unproved and controversial methods and theories do not have supporting data, validation, and sufficient scientific scrutiny, and they should not be used in the practice of allergy-immunology. Some examples of unproven theories about allergic immunologic conditions include allergic toxemia, idiopathic environmental intolerance, association with childhood vaccinations, and adrenal fatigue. Unconventional (unproved) diagnostic methods for allergic-immunologic conditions include cytotoxic tests, provocation-neutralization, electrodermal diagnosis, applied kinesiology assessments, and serum IgG or IgG(4) testing. Unproven treatments and intervention methods for allergic-immunologic conditions include acupuncture, homeopathy (“likes cure likes”), halotherapy, and autologous urine injections.

PMID: 22794702 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE].

 

*Author information: Division of Allergy-Immunology, Department of Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

 


 

REFERENCE

[1]. Terr AI. Controversial and unproved methods in allergy diagnosis and treatment. In Patterson᾿s Allergic Diseases, 7th ed. Grammer LC, and Greenberger PA (Eds). Philadelphia, PA: Walters Kluwer Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 671-681, 2009.

 


 

(Citation: Allergy Asthma Proc. 2012 May-Jun; 33 Suppl 1: S100-2. doi: 10.2500/aap.2012.33.3562)

(Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22794702)

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