Bogus Allergy Treatment: Part III

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Today’s installment will look at the BAX-3000 which promises to diagnose and treat allergies and a variety of other conditions.

To quote from the manufacturer’s website, “The BAX-3000 works by exposing the patient to a potential allergy in the form of a digitized allergen.”  I have no earthly idea what they mean by a digitized allergen.  Maybe it would make my computer sneeze.

They go on, “This digitized allergen actually matches the harmonic frequency of the actual allergen; the body will believe it is in contact with the real thing and will react if it is allergic to this substance.”  This certainly sounds scientific, but makes no sense at all.    Harmonic frequencies are sound waves.  Allergens are molecules.  The immune system does not respond to sound waves.

The device’s FDA approval says nothing about allergy, however, “The BAX-3000 has FDA clearance as a neurological relaxation device. Simply put, the BAX-3000 allows for the re-education of the nervous system via positive conditioning, or relaxation, as defined by the FDA.”  Its classified as a biofeedback device, but not as a potential treatment for allergies.

The problem is that the company doesn’t say, “We’re using biofeedback to treat your perception of allergy symptoms.”  Instead, they say “We’re using digitized allergens and lasers to change the way your immune system responds to allergies.”, and that is dishonest.

Dr. O

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  1. After having Bax-3000 treatments for multiple allergies and having severe allergic reactions to virtually everything I ate. My Perception is I can eat anything and feel better than I have in years. It seems you are afraid youll be losing your pharmaceutical commissions soon? Perhaps you should speak from experience before discouraging people from a treatment that could be life altering.

    • Doctors don’t make commissions from pharmaceutical companies. That would be highly unethical and highly illegal.

      Apart from the occasional ceasar salad at lunch, I don’t accept a dime from the pharmaceutical companies.

  2. I also had the Bax treatment as well other other memebers of my family who I recommended it to. We have all benefited significantly from these treatments and continue to have “touch up” treatments a few times a year. I agree with Audra, how dare you suggest that this treatment is bogus without trying it yourself or talking to others who have tried it and it works! You really are doing a disservice to others and making yourself look lame in the process.

    • I’m glad you feel better, but the plural of anecdote is not data.

      The BAX-3000’s proposed mechanisms remain absurd and ridiculous.

      I don’t need to try it to find out if it works any more than I need to talk to someone who thinks the Earth is flat even though I know it is round.

      Sorry if science seems lame

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