Reminds me of an episode of This American Life. Yes it's kind of hilarious how people go through life with these misconceptions (I certainly had my fair share due to a sheltered upbringing by immigrant parents)...but some of them really are kind of sweet. » 7/28/14 1:13pm Monday 1:13pm

Echoing finkertinks. What allergy shots (and I'm assuming this treatment) do is switch the type of immune response, not necessarily turn it off. The allergic response is mediated by IgE, and the goal is to switch it to an IgG response, which doesn't have the symptoms associated with allergies. » 7/23/14 1:36pm 7/23/14 1:36pm

Given the racist tones of some of the comments here, just worth noting that there are environmentalists and wildlife conservationists in China who are fighting these traditions. Times are changing, and this type of thing isn't something that every Chinese person partakes in or agrees with. » 7/23/14 12:25pm 7/23/14 12:25pm