How does TIP Differ?

Our Goal: Free and Unlimited Eating
The primary goal of TIP is to allow your child — who is anaphylactic to one or many foods – to FREELY eat UNLIMITED amounts of that food, without any symptoms or side effects. For example, if peanuts are an allergic food now, after TIP your child can and should eat any and all types of peanut products with NO LIMITS on how much or how often. That’s the life of a non-allergic person and the outcome of our program.
We welcome all cases
Regardless of what type of risk factors or food anaphylaxis your child may have, SCFAI welcomes your case. We have successfully treated patients with severe asthma, eczema, eosinophilic esophagitis, and more. Our center will utilize data analytics to design a fitting course of therapy for your child. Our approach – built on the continuing study of biomarkers and data – has allowed us to categorize 96% of our patients into one of five food allergy types. The ongoing and ever-growing analytics process across each of these food allergy types drives the success of each child. Even if your child falls out of the 96%, we will take on the challenge.
We are with you for the long term
TIP at SCFAI is a long-term research and treatment model.  This means we partner with you and your child for years to come, ensuring the ongoing success and safety of the program. The TIP process, which allows your child to eat any amount of their previously allergic foods, takes an average of 14 months.  However, once your child has graduated from the program, we continue to monitor his or her immune system via bi-annual and annual checkups.  We are committed to your child’s safety for the years and decades to come.
Less Frequent Maintenance Doses
No other program achieves the maintenance of a patient’s safety and free-eating ability with weekly or less than weekly dosing.  How is this accomplished?  By tracking hundreds of markers for each patient, we can ensure safety is maintained with less frequent maintenance dosing.  Once patients graduate from the Tolerance Induction Program, they no longer have to worry about eating their allergens every day.
Being a Part of Research Counts
SCFAI takes pride in its research capabilities.  Our facility houses a PhD research team and a basic science laboratory that studies blood and immune cells to better understand how we can safely speed up the treatment process.  Our team also includes applied mathematicians and computational biologists who utilize the data to help design newer treatment algorithms.  You can feel good about being a part of a program that not only treats your child’s food allergies, but also allows our research team to advance the food allergy treatment cause for all children.
Allergic to Multiple Nuts?
You only have to eat one to cover the others.  Completely unique to SCFAI, the molecular testing done at our organization allows us to understand the relationship between your child’s immune system and the proteins in the different classes of nuts.  What does this do for you?  It means, for example, if your child is allergic to walnuts, pecans, and hazelnuts, they only have to eat one of them to maintain safety for all three.
Your Data Drives your Treatments
TIP is built on over a decade of diagnostic data collected from the patients we have treated.  This amounts to over 500 million data points. What is the purpose of collecting all that data? The data allows us to use high-powered mathematics and analytics to best understand food allergy and how to safely treat your child to overcome their unique food allergies. Your child’s data directly drives their treatment — down to the milligram of food protein for each dose throughout the program. This means every child receives an entirely unique form of therapy.

It also means that each new case grows the amount of data that we can continually study and analyze – leading to an even better understanding of food allergy and an even more efficient treatment program.

We are here for you
Our state-of-the-art facility is designed to first support the safety of your child, but also to ensure your child feels comfortable and entertained. Each member of our staff is thoroughly trained in all aspects of TIP and is both an ally and a cheerleader for your child’s successful completion of TIP.

SCFAI supports you with a Child Life Room for psychological and emotional support and a YouTube Kitchen Studio where we are actively developing recipes and food samples to help your child enjoy foods they once feared in the most delicious ways possible.  Our growing social media community and electronic record systems are designed to support your needs at home, as well.  In office and online, we are here to support you every step of the way.

Philanthropy Supports your Child
The cost of TIP at SCFAI is tremendous. The work of the facility, analytics, diagnostic testing, research, food protein extraction, food preparation, challenge safety and much more costs tens of thousands of dollars per patient.  As part of this research treatment program, we are proud to let you know that fundraising from SCFAI, a non-profit organization, supports over half the cost of treatment for your child.

We are aware of how the remaining financial cost of treatment impacts your family and are committed to providing accessible and affordable food allergy treatment to all who need it. Your out of pocket costs for the program are limited to the active treatment process time – an average of 14 months. After graduating, the continued security of the program is less than $20 per month.

How does TIP work?