Experience with Advanced Allergy Therapeutics?
March 13, 2011 7:16 PM   Subscribe

Does anyone have any experience with Advanced Allergy Therapeutics (AAT)?

I am fairly certain that I am allergic to my cats and maybe dust. I have not gone through the traditional route for allergies - scratch test, pills, shots, etc. It is not so bad that I am completely miserable, and I would rather not be on medication. I did have seasonal allergies as a kid, but I seem to have grown out of them. I also get migraines if that's relevant. My boyfriend has also had eczema for about 10 years and is currently using an arsenal of prescription drugs/topicals to treat it. Obviously, this is not ideal, long-term solution.

There is an Advanced Allergy Therapeutics clinic close to where we live. I have virtually no experience with alternative medicine, but I am intrigued by this. In my Google research, I have found only absolutely rave reviews for this clinic in San Francisco and AAT in general, and statements like "it sounds like a scam" from people who haven't tried it. I'd like to find out more before trying out this treatment, as it is kind of expensive and not covered by insurance.

I know the clinical research is lacking on this subject matter. What I am looking for is stories from people who have actually gone through AAT - did it work for you? did it only work for a short amount of time? did you have to keep coming back and back for treatment? did it not work at all?? Thanks for your input!
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (1 answer total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
From a blog: "He hooked my left arm up to his laptop via an arm cuff that emits vibrational representations of different substances. As the vibration comes through the cuff, he administers a muscle test where I try to lift his arm up with my right arm. If I can’t lift his arm, then I’m allergic to that substance." The person seemed to like it.

It's a scam.

Glowing testimonials are anecdata sprinkled liberally with placebo effect. If that's what you need to convince you to go, then you have it already. If you want to know if the therapy has any scientific credibility, the answer is no.
posted by kevinsp8 at 8:49 PM on March 13, 2011 [2 favorites]

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