In 2016 I was suffering from severe Asthma. During the spring and early summer I was mostly able to keep attacks at bay by using several prescription medicines every day. However, by late July the weather in Boise was very hot, and the air was filled with dust and smoke from multiple forest fires and road chip sealing. I began having frequent asthma attacks, some of which were severe. I tried to stay indoors as much as possible and several days I worked from home.
I called Dr. Joan Haynes to ask her for advice, and she suggested I make an appointment with Emily Richmond for NAET. Through interviewing and muscle testing, Emily helped me determine which medicines were helping and which ones were making my health worse. She also treated me for air pollution, smoke, dust, chip seal, and my medicines.
I worked with my primary care physician and allergist on a plan to reduce or eliminate the usage of the prescribed asthma medicine. I stopped taking all but one medicine, and greatly reduced how often I needed to use it.
Emily also helped me identify food allergies that were stressing my body and weakening my system, and ended up being the underlying cause for my asthma in the first place. She treated me for these foods as well as for perfumes and chemicals.
Within a short time I was able to get back to working out at the gym without having allergic reactions to nearby perfumes or chemicals. And, after six weeks of beginning those treatments I was able to go backpacking.
Emily, thank you for your expertise and for sharing your work with me!
By Emily Richmond, ABT, Certified NAET Practitioner
I have been growing veggie starts in my green house and when they started drooping I had to figure out what nutrients they needed. I was pleasantly reminded that plants need what we all need: probiotics, prebiotics to feed the probiotics, trace minerals, vitamins, healthy water and sun. Not too much sun, not too little. They can’t be overly hydrated nor under hydrated. Neither plants nor humans can live to our full potential when there are no nutrients left in our soil, which subsequently impacts the food that grows in our soil. Both plants and humans become less resistant to pathogens like viruses, fungus, and bacteria when we don’t give our structure what it needs to thrive.
No single food contains all the vitamins and minerals we need and, therefore, a balanced and varied diet is necessary for an adequate intake. The more depleted our soils become the more we need to supplement. We can supplement the soil in our own gardens, our plant starts, as well as supplement our bodies.
What Humans Need
- Macronutrients – Protein, carbohydrates and fats. Provide us with energy. They are needed in larger quantities than micronutrients and can be received from the calories we consume in our diet.
- Micronutrients – Composed of vitamins and minerals. Processes in your body can only function correctly with the proper balance of minerals.
- Vitamins – Required in minute quantities, compared to the macronutrients, they are as vital to health and need to be considered when determining nutrition status.
- Each of the 13 vitamins known today have specific functions in the body: vitamin A, provitamin A (Beta‐carotene), vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, biotin, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, folic acid, vitamin K, niacin and pantothenic acid.
- Minerals – Inorganic nutrients that also play a key role in ensuring health, well‐being and proper functioning of your body. There are both macrominerals and microminerals (trace minerals) needed in smaller amounts. Some examples of macrominerals are: iron for your blood, sulfur for your muscles, calcium for your bones. Trace minerals are mostly co-factors and are necessary for the function of enzymes in the body. Trace mineral examples are copper, cobalt, chromium, manganese, selenium and zinc.
- Hydration – Find out if you are drinking enough water.
Useful Supplements Offered at Boise Natural Health Clinic
- Multivitamin– Capsules NOT tablets. More than one a day – Thorne has great multivitamins for all ages. Multivitamins support the immune system to do its job and provide the co-factors needed to support detoxification pathways among many other functions.
- Fish Oil DHA/EPA – Carlson’s, Nordic Naturals, Pro Omega Junior for kids. Fish oil provides omega-3 fatty acids to help with inflammation, brain function.
- Probiotics– Multi-strain, at least 5 plus strains of good bacteria, with 5 billion or more organisms, and is refrigerated. HMF powder and BioDoph 7 Plus are offered at our office. Probiotics are “friendly” bacteria that normally live in our digestive system and throughout the body and can help us break down food, absorb nutrients, boost the immune system and create a more balanced microbiome in the digestive tract read more.
- Prebiotics – Promote the growth of beneficial microorganisms in the gastrointestinal tract. Prebiotics are often high-fiber foods such as these.
Compiled by Emily Richmond, ABT
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SINUS RELATED PROBLEMS
Neti Pot – up to 3 times daily as need for sinus congestion and allergies.
Nasal Cleansing Instructions
Breathing freely through both nostrils aids in the flow of energy throughout the body. Proper cleansing – combined with proper diet – will help maintain a homeodynamic balance by helping to keep the nasal passages open and increasing oxygen to the body. Nasal Cleansing is beneficial for sufferers of chronic and acute sinusitis and rhinitis. It removes pollen, other irritants, and mucus. The salt solution helps soothe and heal the mucus membranes and decrease inflammation.
Some studies suggest that nasal cleansing on a daily basis throughout the year isn’t recommended as it can disrupt beneficial organisms. Nasal cleansing is best used prior to and during seasonal allergy season, for acute sinusitis and rhinitis, and to remove other unwanted pollution and allergens as needed.
With a Neti Pot:
Neti Pots (a special ceramic pot) or a food grade plastic pot (more ideal for use in the shower) can be purchased at health food stores or Boise Natural Health Clinic.
- Mix 1 /4 tsp. of non-iodized sea salt in 8 ounces of lukewarm distilled water in your Neti Pot. Shake and let the salt dissolve. Baking soda can be used instead of salt, if salt is too irritating.
- Start with the nostril that feels most open. Tilt your head to the side with the open nostril on top, ear parallel to the ceiling. Place it so the nostril closes around the spout. Bending from the hips, lean over the sink and keep the chin slightly higher than the forehead. Tilt the Neti Pot to allow the water to gently and slowly flow into the upper nostril. This can also be done in the shower.
- As the water flows through the upper nostril, breathe evenly through the mouth, adjust your head position to allow water into the sinuses. Keeping your chin tucked toward your body will help and prevent water from running down the throat. When positioned ideally, the solution will come out the opposite nostril rather than down the throat or out the mouth. Pour half the water through each nostril.
If the Water Won’t Go Through
- For a congested person, periodically remove the Net Pot, raise the head up and start blowing GENTLY to remove dislodged materials. Do not blow so hard that your ears pop. Keep tissue handy. Alternate which nostril you pour the water into to help break down the mucus from each side.
- After the technique is repeated a few times, the water will come out the opposite nostril, indicating a clear passageway.
- After emptying the pot, blow freely through both nostrils to clear the nose of excess water and mucus. Do not close off one nostril when doing this, as it could force water back into the eusatchain tube and into the ear.
All the Water Must Come Out
- If there are any problems in clearing the nostrils, kneel down and bring your forehead to the floor, and again blow freely through both nostrils as before. If you are in the shower, try bending forward so the top of the head hangs down. Turn the head to the side, with one finger close the lower nostril gently blow out the upper nostril.
- Move the head to a horizontal position, face toward the floor and blow out the same nostril. GENTLY blow a few times in each position. Alternate the last 2 steps several times as necessary.
Without a Neti Pot:
If you do not have a Neti Pot, nasal cleansing can be done in a similar manner with a paper cup by pinching the side into a spout or you can use your hand. Follow the directions above, but instead of using a Neti Pot, use a paper cup to pour water into the nostrils. Or using salt water in your cupped hand slowly inhale the water through one nostril, blowing it out the other.
Other Allergy Solutions
If you are tired of your allergies. Call Emily Richmond and Boise Natural Health Clinic (208)383-0405 for a 10 minute free consult to see if NAET allergy desensitization is a good fit for you.
By Emily Richmond, ABT, NAET Certified Practitioner
I was recently interviewed on “Talk Dirt to Me” a local Radio Boise talk show. We discussed seasonal allergy prevention and treatment. I decided to post an overview of the helpful tips discussed.
As a person who suffered from seasonal allergies,I tried every treatment I knew about: Western, eastern, and dietary. Some things helped reduce the symptoms for a short period. The treatment that solved my root issue and allowed me to stop regularly taking allergy medications and supplements was NAET. I am going to share with you many things that you can use to try to manage your symptoms. But I can’t stress enough the freedom that comes from treating your allergens with NAET, so that your body stops over-reacting. In addition, you don’t have to maintain the majority of the steps below just to get relief once you have had NAET treatments. Not everything on the list will work for everyone and no single thing will manage it all. Please schedule with us to help you develop the approach that is best for you.
Desensitize Your Allergens
- NAET – with Emily Richmond at Boise Natural Health Clinic to non-invasively desensitize your body against seasonal and environmental allergens. Starting in advance of allergy season is optimal. Learn more at the upcoming class on Seasonal Allergy Prevention and Treatment.
Supplementation: Prepare 2-3 Weeks in Advance of Allergy Season for Best Results.
We carry most of the supplements listed.
- Multivitamin – Capsules NOT tablets. More than one a day – Thorne has great multivitamins for all ages. Multivitamins support the immune system to do its job and provide the co-factors needed to support detoxification pathways among other functions.
- Fish Oil – DHA/EPA Carlson’s, Nordic Naturals, Pro Omega Junior for kids, 2 to 4 a day, depending on weight. Fish oil provides omega-3 fatty acids to help with inflammation, seasonal allergies and asthma.
- Probiotics – Multi-strain, at least 5 good bacteria with 5 billion plus beneficial bacteria, refrigerated. HMF Powder, BioDoph 7 Plus, or Kyo-Dophilus 9 by Wakunaga. Probiotics are “friendly” bacteria that normally live in our digestive system and throughout the body. They can help us break down food, absorb nutrients, boost the immune system and create a more balanced microbiome in the digestive tract.
- Astragalus – 1 and 1/2 dropperfuls 3 times daily. It helps support your immune system, adrenals and may help relieve seasonal allergy symptoms when used for 6 weeks. Flavonoids, found in astragalus show antioxidative qualities which counter free radicals.
- Aller-C – Used to help calm the histamine response. Contains vitamin C. quercetin, and bioflavonoids. 2 to 3 capsules, 3 times daily.
- Quercetin – 500 to 1,000 mg a day for maintenance or prevention. Can be taken in place of Aller-C. Quercetin is a bioflavonoid that stabilizes the release of histamine and helps to naturally control allergy symptoms. It is an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant.
- Nettle tea (stinging nettles) – 1 to 3 cups daily. Steep 20 minutes for the most benefit. Nettle is used for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is nutrient-rich in iron and vitamins A and C.
- Local raw honey – Work up to 1 tablespoon daily. Some people believe it may be useful to slowly desensitize people to local pollens by slowly exposing the immune system based on a concept called immunotherapy. Honey raises levels of antioxidants and boost the overall immune system.
Treatment for Acute Allergy Flare-ups
- Quercetin – high dose, 1,500 mg, up to 3 or 4 times daily for acute symptoms for up to a few days. Great for hives, water eyes, sneezing and histamine symptoms from some food intolerances. Quercetin is a bioflavonoid that stabilizes the release of histamine and helps to naturally control allergy symptoms.
- Echinacea or Throat Coat tea (short term – not daily) to help sooth irritated throats (avoid chamomile tea if you have a ragweed allergy).
- Allergy Eye Relief Drops by Similasan – homeopathic eye drops.
- Allergy and Sinus Tincture from BNH – eyebright, goldenseal, horseradish, nettle, yarrow. 2 dropperfuls every 1-2 hours as needed. It is used to help with sinus symptoms, eye symptoms and other hay fever symptoms.
Ways to Support your Immune System and Reduce your Burden
- Exercise – cardio and weight bearing – hold standing yoga poses. Workup to 1 minute per side, squats, lunges, and weights.
- Learn tools to cope with your stress – meditation or Emotional Freedom Techniques, and yoga. Deep breathing practices increase oxygen, help detoxify, clear the air way and decreases stress.
- Eat an anti-inflammatory diet. Eat a whole foods diet. Avoid dairy and gluten and any other food intolerance(s) that you have during high stress and allergy seasons. Eating spicy foods during allergy season may make the histamine response worse.
- Take probiotics and eat fermented foods to support your gut microbiome. Healing your gut will help increase absorption of your food and supplements.
- Reduce your exposure to chemical pollutants: Research the products you use on Environmental Working Group, including your perfumes, laundry soaps, and house hold cleaners.
- Eat organic. Print The Clean 15 and The Dirt Dozen from the Environmental Working Groups for shopping.
- Keep your blood sugar levels regulated – try spirulina, nettles, goji berries and protein with every meal
- Neti Pot aka nasal douching heals your mucus membranes, removes pollen and irritants and reduces inflammation. Start 2 -3 weeks in advance, 1 to 3 times daily. ¼ teaspoon of sea salt in warm distilled water. Or 1/8 tsp of baking soda if too inflamed.
- Hydration reduces inflammation. Drink purified water – 1/2 your weight in ounces daily, more if you exercise.
- Yoga for allergies – click here for link.
- Use acupressure points on your face for sinus congestion.
- Essential oil and steaming – eucalyptus or other sinus opening oils like Breathe. Boil purified water, remove from the stove and let the water cool a little. Put in 5 to 10 drops of essential oil and cover your head with a towel and breath in the warm air to clear your sinuses and airways.
- Replace or clean out air filters in your home and car.
- Keep your pets out of the bedroom.
Call to schedule for free 10 minute consultation to see if NAET is right for you 208-338-0405. Read NAET testimonials here.
I used to feel the weather changes 1 to 2 days in advance. I would get extreme fatigue, headaches and pain. The sinus congestion I experienced left me feeling nauseous, sweaty, and feverish. I would feel awful until I woke up the next day. These symptoms had been going on for almost a decade. I often would have to leave work and go home and sleep because the symptoms would be so severe.
After a couple of NAET treatments for barometric pressure changes my body started being able to adapt better to the pressure fronts and my symptoms started decreasing. By my third treatment my symptoms had decreased by 75%. During all the major arctic storm fronts we had I didn’t miss work at all! I was able to work through any minor symptoms that did occur. I was so optimistic with the noted improvements that I decided to get treated for other things that aggravate me. Thank you Emily Richmond and NAET.
By Emily Richmond, ABT
In the last two weeks, 2 patients have told me about their painful experiences stopping the regular use of over the counter antihistamines on their own. Even with weaning these patients suffered severe allergy symptoms from the withdrawal. Boise Natural Health Clinic has alternatives to these addictive antihistamines and support to help reduce symptoms caused from the withdrawal as well as seasonal allergy desensitization treatments known as NAET.
My patients reported symptoms such as extreme itching, hives, asthma and swelling. They had found information on websites about antihistamine withdrawal and shared their experiences with me. Here is an article I found. It seems that this is a common experience for some sensitive patients and many types of over the counter antihistamines share these withdraw symptoms. Some people online reported itching for six to eight weeks. The medical doctor who wrote part of the article, had experienced severe itching from withdrawal and could find no medical literature written about it. The pharmacist that received hundreds of reports about this alerted the FDA about a specific OTC antihistamine withdrawal but to their knowledge no warnings have been issued.
Are you stuck in a dependent loop with your antihistamine? Every time you try to stop taking your antihistamine do allergic symptoms flare up? Could it be a withdraw reaction to the medication that you are talking? Do you need a safe natural antihistamine alternative? Would you like to stop needing antihistamines all together? Emily Richmond can help. Call 208-338-0405 to schedule a free 10-minute consult. Check out our events page for the next class on NAET Allergy Desensitization.
By Emily Richmond, ABT
In Fall of 2016, I attended another NAET Symposium in Costa Mesa, California. It was so wonderful connecting with international NAET providers and to by inspired by every person presenting and attending. It is amazing to see before and after lab work and photos of case studies and to be inspired to think of new ways to apply NAET. The beautiful thing about this modality is that the provider’s ingenuity is the only real limit of its application. I am so humbled to be part of something that is changing so many patients’ lives. I am truly excited to add to my tool belt and help you receive the benefits.
Presentations and Topics Covered
- Down syndrome
- Heart failure
- Lyme disease
- Alopecia (hair loss)
- Assisting with labor and delivery
- Epigenetics and NAET
- Weight loss and other gastrointestinal issues
- Amazing case studies
- Updates on the current Global Autism Study. If you would like to donate to the Global Autism study you can make a donation here.
- Headaches including migraines
- Neck and backaches
- Increasing sports performance from range of motion and other pain issues
- Ear, nose, and throat conditions (including acute and chronic earaches and infections)
- Ear pain from pressure in airplanes
- Barometric pressure changes
- Home balancing procedures for patients to do for themselves
Dr. Devi Nambudripad, the founder of NAET, also celebrated her retirement with a party after devoting the last 33 years of her life to NAET advancements.
Dr. Devi debuted her new book on treating emotions called Resetting Your Emotions. This book explains how hidden emotions can lead to complicated health disorders. The book shares self-evaluating and self-balancing procedures.
Dr. Devi’s book Living Pain Free is available for purchase to help you with home acupressure treatments for many of the conditions listed about as well as many more.
Did any of these conditions relate to you? Call to find out if NAET can help.
Call 208-338-0405 to schedule a visit or a 10-minute free consult to see what new ways NAET can improve your life whether you are a new patient or a returning one.
When I came to see Emily Richmond over a year ago, I was limited to eating about ten food items. If I ate anything other than those ten items, I had a variety of reactions such as digestive distress, painful and itchy acne, flu-like body aches, racing heartbeat, headaches, runny nose, and much more. I noticed a trend that scared me, food that was safe was becoming bothersome over time. I knew that if I didn’t get the food intolerance under control then I wouldn’t have anything safe to eat. Plus, I knew that something had to be going on with my body since it was allowing such dysfunction. The NAET process was slow at first but over time I noticed changes that led to hope and ultimately healing. Within three months I started getting compliments from people in my life about how bright my face looked and how much energy I exhibited. Then there were the big milestones, eating foods that I was afraid to eat before. I was delighted to incorporate rice, eggs, garlic, and coconut back into my diet. I was even able to celebrate my friend’s wedding by eating a piece of cake that had gluten and dairy in it! In addition to food, Emily was able to treat other irritants like candida, latex, environmental allergens, and even barometric pressure. I am so thankful for the opportunity to undergo NAET. I have no doubt that if I hadn’t, I would be a very sick and miserable person right now. Instead, I am more relaxed with food and feel healthy which I haven’t felt like in years!
By Emily Richmond (Yuen), ABT
The author of one of my favorite allergy-free cook books called Nourishing Meals shared this great article on the relationship between chemical exposure and food intolerance and/or food allergies. Read the article to learn about how chemicals alter immune cell function, lower vitamin D levels, and cause your immune system to overreact. The article also provides steps to decrease your exposure.
Here at BNH, we help people identify and reduce chemical exposure, guiding them through elimination diets, and helping the body perform better so it can detoxify easier. Emily Richmond also offers NAET to help desensitize the body to chemicals that are causing a negative impact such as headaches, body aches, acne, fatigue, asthma, inattentiveness, and brain fog. Check out this testimonial from a chemically sensitive patient. NAET can be used to desensitize your reactions to many things other than foods and pollens such as: additives, flavoring, colorings, pesticides, perfumes, prescription medication, and cleaners. This is helpful for items that are difficult to avoid as part of daily life in a modern world.
I have energy, I no longer feel heavy and dragged down. For 7 years, I have been exhausted – my life was debilitated by my brain fog and extreme fatigue. My ability to concentrate has improved tremendously and my energy is fantastic. I can now do chores and projects at home that I neglected for years. I tried many other conventional and alternative treatments, I even went to the Mayo clinic and OHSU, with no results. I felt hopeless before NAET with Emily Richmond (Yuen).
My nerves now feel calm. I am no longer constantly on edge. I am much more adaptable and able to cope with stress. Simple things bothered and irritated me, even sounds. I am now desensitized to these sounds that made me want to run away. Before NAET I wanted to be away from everyone because it was such an effort to interact. Now I am fine and enjoy going to family gatherings and talking to people.
I used to feel so defensive and physically shaky and tingly around stressful interactions. I can now stay calm and focused in tough situations.
Emily helped me identify my sensitivity to my pet. She also helped me get chemicals like laundry soaps and toxic cleaners out of my house. So far I have had about 37 treatments.
Other issues that have improved or resolved:
- Rosacea on my face has decreased and the rashes went away
- I was surprised to notice my hair started growing in on my scalp
- Sinus congestion has gotten better, I used to get up several times at night to clear my throat
- My shortness of breath has improved- I am no longer gasping for breath
- My hands used to shaky most of the time- now this is rare
- My body no longer tingles all over
- For the first time I could feel the refreshing feeling of cut grass, it was so pleasant