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Unconventional procedure for allergy sufferers – will it work?

Posted Nov 06 2009 10:01pm

I read some interesting stuff in a new post from a fellow member of the Wellsphere online health community. Her name is Cindy and she is beginning a eggs series of 15 treatments using NAET: Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques.

As she wrote in her Wellsphere post after a visit to her integrative medicine clinic: “I ran into Dr. Olsen on my way out and asked him about his work on allergies. He confessed how skeptical he was about the method, which is called NAET (short for Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques). After experimenting with some tough cases, Dr. Olsen is now quite convinced that NAET works, and he encourages anyone who is interested to read NAET: Say Good-Bye to Your Allergies by Devi S. Nambudripad, an M.D. as well as a D.C. and a Ph.D. (Acu).”

She goes on: “I bought the book ( a small pink cover with a clumsy piece of artwork – sigh, not the best marketing for the author, but that’s another story). The author struggled with multiple allergies since she was a young child and writes: ‘ There is no known successful method of treatment for food allergies using Western medicine except avoidance, which means deprivation and frustration.’  Yes, indeed, deprivation and frustration have been my constant companions over the past year, especially when on travel and eating out. The premise of NAET is that, using special techniques, a practitioner can help you reprogram your brain (central nervous system) to accept formerly allergenic foods that are beneficial and allow the body to react normally to various foods and environmental elements of life, thus reducing stress (deprivation and frustration!).”

After her first session, she doesn’t know what to think: “The first session was all about challenging my body with at least 15 vials with common allergens. The next step involves me wearing a vial of one of the allergens (or allergen groups) for 25 hours after the meridian treatment (I’m supposed to work on some of the accupuncture points every two hours also, which I’m behind on today). Apparently, 25 hours is how long it takes for the body to cycle new information about an allergen’s “energy” and and enable all the organs to recognize former allergens as ’safe.’

“Yes, I have a little vial taped to the inside of my leg, halfway between my knee and ankle. A little strange, yes, but I’m not planning to work out in shorts at my gym tonight, so no worries!”

This person is looking for food allergy relief. ‘The immune balance supplementation I take has no research behind it…yet…on food allergies. It does have emerging science showing efficacy with seasonal airborne allergens. In fact, an Embria scientist said told me food allergies and autoimmune conditions may be a whole different beast when it comes to immune balancing through supplementation.

So I’ll be interested to see how she’s faring 14 weeks from now. In the meantime, a lot of nteresting  hoax/no hoax discussion on NAET is found here.  Also, some very good dialogue in Mothering discussion page here.

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