Having seen numerous concerns raised about allergens in Soylent’s formulas (past and current), I felt a topic on curing food allergies might be called for. Some people, victims of allergies themselves, will say “we’re such a niche market, we don’t expect Soylent to change the whole thing for us”. I think this is humble, but in truth allergies are a growing epidemic.
“This is becoming an epidemic that we need to be aware of, we need to get educated about,” says Dr. Kari Nadeau, who is the director of the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy Research at Stanford University. “The data shows that it’s very high in our population, probably about 17 to 18 million people in the U.S., and in other countries it’s about 18 million people.”
PBS News Hour recently covered a story on the various treatments being tested for permanent food allergy cures. One such treatment involves using powders to alter the immunoresponse. This was pioneered by Stanford researchers years ago and is starting to make some headway. Another method involves introducing a strain of gut bacteria, Clostridia, that has proven very effective in mice.
Whether it’s Soylent compromising with a separate formula (unfortunately probably with a higher price) or the consumer finding freedom from their cursed ailment, or a combination of the two, I think it’s worth having hope. The future is full of opportunities!
As a side note, I noticed one of the now cured patients from Stanford’s research said she still avoids her previously allergic foods. I suppose the trauma of having a life threatening allergic reaction is one that lasts.