can affect virtually every part of the body: every organ, every
system, every hormone, every acid and base. Allergies
are your body’s own defenses gone terribly wrong. They are the
result of your immune system attacking an everyday substance like it is
a harmful poison.
Allergies have an enormous impact on the brain and central nervous
system and can cause huge disruptions in the way these systems
develop. There is a very real and strong relationship between
allergies and Autism, Dyslexia, Sensory Intergration Dysfunction,
Fatigue, Hyperactivity, Behavior issues, Emotional problems and the
list goes on. Medical definitions of ADD and Autism often
list allergies as a trait in these children and list a history of
autoimmune (allergy based) disease in the family such as Thyroid or
Diabetes, but they have not made the leap to connect them
directly. Many of our children are diagnosed with Autism,
ADHD, NLD, Dyslexia, Depression, Colic, Asthma and Ear infections yet
very few doctors are telling us to test and treat allergies!
Types/Symptons of Allergies
can be allergic to foods including additives, preservatives, vitamins
and minerals, environmental elements including everything from pollens
to plastics, and to your own body’s hormones, proteins and
chemicals. The symptoms can be food cravings, aches and
pains, concentration, learning difficulties, anxiety, fatigue,
depression, mood swings, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, restlessness,
weakness, hyperactivity, low muscle tone, behavioral outbursts and many
more. Some of the most common allergies are dust, molds, pollens
and foods like milk, sugar, and wheat which also correspond to what our
kids eat most on a daily basis.
our hectic lives are full of stress as we try to balance work and home
life and school work. The stress of a school day on a child
with learning disabilities can be enormous. There is a strong
connection between this stress and fatigue, headaches, hyperactivity
and an endless list of symptoms. Stress often makes many allergy
related symptoms appear or worsen and may work in combination to put
our bodies over the edge they may be teetering on. When we are
under stress is also when allergies tend to develop and you can
actually accumulate more allergies in times of stress as your body’s
immune system goes into overdrive trying to fight against foreign
invaders. If we learn how to stay calm and focused, this
will help us reduce stress and keep many of our symptoms at bay.
Things like physical exercise, meditation, yoga and relaxation
exercises worked into our everyday lives will improve our physical and
Treatments such as shots, antihistamines, and abstinence from the
offending substance may be effective in some cases, but usually do not
help the severely allergic or those who are allergic to many
things. Until recent years, these were your only options.
Now becoming more available are treatments called “energy therapies”
which use your bodies on energy to test and treat for allergies.
Two of these energy therapies are described in the following
and JMT both utilize applied kinesiology (muscle testing), Chinese
acupuncture and chiropractic approaches to diagnose and treat
allergies. Both methods use a methodology that requires you
to be tested and treated for a foundation list of elements including
such things as vitamins, minerals, salts, sugars, eggs, grains and
dairy. Once these allergies have been treated, then you can
go on to address other foods or pollens and so forth.
both JMT and NAET, muscle testing is used to test for
allergies. Different from a traditional scratch test, that
purely looks for a histamine response (usually causing
nasal/respiratory symptoms). Muscle testing goes deeper to find
substances that cause your body to weaken or lose energy. Thus,
enabling a practitioner to detect substances, that could be causing
more subtle symptoms like headaches or hyperactivity.
During the testing, you will be asked to hold a substance (in a diluted
form) in one hand while you hold your other arm tight. If you are
allergic, your arm muscle will weaken and yield to often gentle
pressure applied by the practitioner. This weakening
indicates that substance is causing some harm to your body.
Although highly accurate, muscle testing is not as accurate as the
blood tests, but does offer other advantages. Virtually anything
can be tested. Anything you can bring to your practitioner can be
tested such as medications you are currently taking, flowers from your
garden, a soap or perfume. In most cases, your practitioner will
have a very large library of substances to test on hand. They can
test things like many foods as well as proteins, vitamins, minerals and
amino acids, pollens, dust, mold, plastic and even hormones and
insulin. They can also test for reactions to things like
the MMR and other vaccines some have related to Autism. Muscle
testing can be done for considerably less money then laboratory testing
and results are immediate.
treatments consist of stimulating acupressure points along the spine to
keep energy flowing in the body while in the presence of an
allergen. It feels like a deep/proprioceptive taping that
many people may find relaxing. This stimulation retrains the body
not to respond and weaken when exposed to an offending substance.
So it does not “cure” allergies in that they will always be there if a
blood test is taken, but rather retrains your body to ignore the
allergen eliminating the reaction.
The average person will require 15 visits more or less depending on the
number of allergies to clear. Most people have more allergies
then they know about. These are often called hidden allergies as
their symptoms are mild or they do not occur until a day or more after
JMT is more efficient then NAET in that it treats more allergies in a
single visit. JMT also differs in that it does not require a 24
hour avoidance period in which you cannot come in contact with the
treated substance for 24 hours. This can be difficult for common
things like dust or sugar.
Children tend to have fewer allergies and clear more easily then
adults. Babies and small children can also be treated
through the use of a surrogate. This is when an adult is tested
and treated while holding the hand of the child. The energy and
treatment flows through the adult's body to the child.
forewarned that all allergy practitioners are not equal. Ask
specifically for NAET or JMT and make sure their training is up to date
and they are using the latest and most effective techniques. Ask
if they have experience in treating your particular ailments. Be
wary of practitioners that can only test or treat one allergy at a
time, that do not use the foundation list, or require you to avoid
contact from the allergen for 24 hours. These restrictions are
not required for the latest allergy elimination techniques and may cost
you more time and money as they require more visits.
Practitioners of allergy elimination often have different backgrounds,
skill sets and training. If your insurance covers services from a
Chiropractor or Acupuncturist, you may choose to be treated by such a
person to get the treatment paid for by your insurance.
following links will help you find
a practitioner in your area:
your pediatrician or general practitioner may not offer the latest in
allergy testing, there are some high tech alternatives to the
traditional histamine allergy tests. These tests targets not only
likely causes of immediate (IgE) allergic reactions, but also possible
sources of delayed (IgC) reactions – the so-called "hidden
allergies". The ELISA technology uses state-of-the-art the
Comprehensive Antibody Assessment that identifies hypersensitivities to
over 120 of the most commonly encountered types of food and
these tests are extremely accurate, you are limited to testing what is
offered by the particular test and these methods are expensive costing
hundreds of dollars and not always covered by insurance. They
require blood to be drawn which may be difficult for some
children. The tests in themselves offer no immediate solution
other than abstinence or a rotation diet.