Wardee: Today in our GAPS series, Katy from Katy She Cooks shares part 2 of her NAET journey, this time how it can compliment GAPS. Or is it the other way around? Or both? Decide for yourself as you read.
It was almost two years ago that I wrote a guest post here at GNOWFGLINS, about our experience curing food allergy using NAET treatments. At the time, several of the comments mentioned others' experiences with the treatments — that they worked for a while, but allergies often returned.
For those unfamiliar with NAET, it's an allergy elimination technique practiced by naturopaths, chiropractors, and other medical professionals that uses a combination of the methods in kinesiology and accupressure to “reset” the central nervous system, and “tell” the body not to react to certain foods (not an official or scientific definition, just my bumbling way to explain it!).
In short, the people leaving those comments were right! With an unhealthy gut, allergies old and new have a way of creeping back up into the body. I found this out first-hand: I was continuing to acquire new allergies even after multiple NAET treatments. An old allergy would have cleared after treatment, but a new one would pop up, causing chronic eczema and sinus drainage. I had also begun showing disconcerting early signs of fibromyalgia, an auto-immune disease that has plagued my mother for many years.
Last fall, our naturopath was feeling similarly frustrated with the limits of NAET when she read Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride's Gut and Psychology Syndrome. In her mind, she had found the solution: until the gut was healed, the body would continue to be offended by new allergens crossing the all-important gut lining into the blood stream.
I read the book at her beckoning, and began the GAPS diet about 8 months ago (I eased in to the full-diet in October, and then retro-actively began the Intro diet in January). The plan? Heal my gut for good so new allergies could be kept at bay.
I began a 30-day intro plan, so each stage lasted about 5 days. After significant die-off symptoms during the first few days, I slowly gained energy, and was happy that a persistent spot of eczema on my leg was completely clear within the first 10 days .
But like most people on the intro diet, I was LIVING for phase 3 when I could finally introduce eggs. Imagine, eating an egg-and-squash pancake! Oh, the joy of eating scrambled eggs for breakfast! Anything but soup!
So you can imagine my great disappointment when I tried eggs, and my eczema flared.
I gave it another five days on phase 2 to clear. Every time I tried to add eggs again, the eczema returned.
At this point, I was tired, frustrated, and losing too much weight (I have a small frame, and was at a healthy weight before the diet began). Even while eating tons of animal fat in every bowl of soup, my pre-pregnancy “skinny” jeans were hanging off my body. My concerned husband drew a line and told me it was too much, something had to change.
I went back to my naturopath, and she used NAET to treat me for an unknown allergy to egg whites. I began eating eggs again, with no eczema. The mild headache I'd always had when eating scrambled eggs disappeared. I was able to continue with the intro, eggs included (which eventually included the coveted grain-free muffins and breads!), eczema-free. It made a huge difference — my weight loss leveled off (I even gained back the pounds once I transitioned to the full diet) and my energy levels increased.
I'm not sure how long it would have taken me to clear the egg allergy without a NAET treatment. But I do know that I couldn't have lasted much longer on that phase of the intro diet.
To be clear: I am not at all suggesting that NAET is necessary for those doing GAPS — I fully believe healing occurs with the diet alone. But in my experience, it was a helpful addition to my treatment plan, as outlined by our healthcare practitioner.*
Our pediatrician, a GAPS-certified and NAET-trained practitioner, agrees: in her experience, using both treatments together is the fastest way to facilitate healing, especially in those with severe or life-threatening allergies (she has used both in treatment of her autistic son).
Of course, only more time will tell if the diet and NAET treatments will work long-term to clear the issues that plagued me. I already have a 95% improvement in chronic pain, which is a huge blessing, and reason enough alone for me to do the diet — but a few problems linger (I still struggle with sinus drainage). I'm hoping a trip next week to our naturopath will offer another NAET treatment, get to the bottom of the drainage, and give my body another boost as I continue to heal on the GAPS diet.**
* The biggest downside to seeing a NAET practitioner is cost — it is often (unfortunately) quite expensive, and most do not take insurance. Ours is extremely reasonable, so it has been within our reach to receive treatments.
** Another benefit from seeing a NAET-trained healthcare provider is the fact that they usually incorporate muscle-testing, which can help discern when a GAPS-related symptom is detox-related or reactive. Muscle testing can also help determine a safe time to transition off the diet.
What are your experiences with NAET and GAPS? Please share! Or if you have general questions or comments, please share those, too.
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