This is a guest post from Katy Carter of the enjoyable and entertaining blog, Thought for Food. Today, she shares the amazing story of how her son's food allergies were cured. Please welcome Katy to Traditional Cooking School by GNOWFGLINS, and feel free to ask questions in the comments. —Wardee
My son was born with pristine skin, and was the most handsome baby boy I'd ever seen (really! objectively!). But at around 4 months old, he developed severe eczema which spread to most of his body within just a couple of months. His skin would crack and bleed, requiring antibiotic and steroid ointments to fight skin infection. Because his allergy started while I was exclusively breastfeeding, I began what became several months of elimination diets, trying to find the culprits. At 10 months old, he had his first skin testing, responding positive for milk, eggs, and corn.
Over the next 3 years, we coped with his allergy. He was considered a high asthma risk, and was undergoing steroid nebulizer treatments a few times a year. We were never able to eat out (or at a friend's house) unless we brought prepared food for him, and we carried an Epi-pen with us at all times. This was our life, and our allergists and pediatricians, though well-intentioned, offered no alternative for the present or future. “He may grow out of some of it,” was all they could say.
After we moved to Indiana, a friend at church suggested a naturopath (ND) who uses the NAET treatment program for allergy. I considered myself open to alternative medicine, but had absolutely no experience with it. Since we had clearly maximized the care that Western medicine could offer, I was eager to make the appointment.
At our first visit, the ND tested our son (age 4) for allergies. He was severely allergic to most of the base food allergies. These included the foods we already knew — milk, corn, peanuts, walnuts — but also included a host of things that I didn't even know could cause allergic reactions: sugar, iron, vitamin C, salt. But these things also made sense to me — we always knew that “ascorbic acid” was a problem, but we assumed it was because it was sourced from corn. Turns out it was because he was actually allergic to the vitamin C — meaning that his body would not absorb it, therefore further weakening his immune system.
The testing process is an odd thing to watch. It's done by “muscle testing” — my son held a baby food jar in which a vial of a potential allergen was added. The ND held his hand, and felt for a muscle weakening when he held the allergen. She described it like a lie-detector test: our brains actually know what we're allergic to, and our immune system responds with weakness when we're in proximity to the allergen. But it was a strange experience; one that I did not fully accept. On the way home, I wondered how I would tell this crazy story to my already-skeptical husband.
My husband indeed listened with a raised eyebrow. But we formulated a plan with our ND, and started treatment with his worst allergy: milk. If it worked (we were both doubtful!), we'd continue with treatments.
It worked. His allergy to milk was severe enough that it required two separate treatments; but since that week (six months ago!), he has eaten cow's milk products daily with absolutely no reaction.
And not only milk products, but now corn. And peanut butter. And walnuts, and ascorbic acid, and all of those other things that were unknowingly causing problems for him. His skin is clear, and he hasn't had a nebulizer treatment since last winter. Our lives are radically changed; not only for the present, but the future: my son is no longer condemned to a life of asthma — with his allergies combated, he probably won't have it.
My disclaimer is that you can unfortunately always find a quack out there who is eager to make money. So if you or your children have struggled with allergies and intolerances and you are eager to find a solution, try to get a recommendation from a current patient of a naturopath before going. I have used the NAET website to find providers for friends in other cities; it gives a list of each provider's training within the treatment program. An initial meeting with a provider should clearly lay out your treatment options and the payment that will be required. In addition, any good naturopath should stress the importance of a nourishing diet for maintenance of overall health (our ND is a proponent of a traditional diet, and hosts regular viewings of Weston-Price instructional videos).
Of course, now, we see our naturopath regularly. It is true she can't work miracles — we have a 2-year old with periodic fever syndrome; and while the ND's treatments have helped, they haven't stopped the fevers completely. But I believe that the NAET program can work* to relieve food and environment allergies, as well as other health problems that have not been alleviated by traditional medicine. I am always eager to share our story with people who are struggling; it has changed our world, being free from food allergy — leaving our whole family with the ability to enjoy the gift of all of God's natural foods.
Note: NAET practitioners can help with other childhood disorders such as ADD and autism, as well as other chronic issues such as chronic pain, Crohn's, and migraine. Even severe allergies, such as life-threatening peanut allergies, can be helped in such a way that the offensive food is no longer life-threatening.
* I have absolutely no affiliation with the NAET organization, and am not compensated in any way, from any entity, for posting my thoughts.
(Wardee, again.) We might be skeptical of alternative medicine, and I am as likely as anyone to wonder if certain techniques are quackery. But in this case, I find it hard to argue against cold hard facts: Katy's son was extremely allergic to many things, and now he is not. My family's story of healing food sensitivities took a different approach, but I also realize that our allergies were less severe. Had we not seen results from undergoing a gut-healing diet, I feel certain we would have been investigating an approach much like Katy's. I hope you've been encouraged by Katy's story. I encourage you to check out NAET if you're facing uncurable food allergies. As with anything, you should do your own research before embarking on any healing protocol.
And now I have some questions for you. If you've “been there and done that” with food allergies, what methods have you tried (NAET or otherwise)? What worked and what didn't work? What's your family's story with food allergies?
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