Category: NAET Allergy Desensitization

Preventing and Treating Seasonal Allergies

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

  1. 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

  1. Exercise –  cardio and weight bearing – hold standing yoga poses. Workup to 1 minute per side, squats, lunges, and weights.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Take probiotics and eat fermented foods to support your gut microbiome. Healing your gut will help increase absorption of your food and supplements.
  5. Reduce your exposure to chemical pollutants: Research the products you use on Environmental Working Group, including your perfumes,  laundry soaps, and house hold cleaners.
  6. Eat organic. Print The Clean 15 and The Dirt Dozen  from the Environmental Working Groups for shopping.
  7. Keep your blood sugar levels regulated – try spirulina, nettles, goji berries and protein with every meal
  8. 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.
  9. Hydration reduces inflammation. Drink purified water – 1/2 your weight  in ounces daily, more if you exercise.
  10. Yoga for allergies  – click here for link.
  11. Use acupressure points on your face for sinus congestion.
  12. 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.
  13. Replace or clean out air filters in your home and car.
  14. 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.

Histamine Intolerance

Dr. Emily Dickerson, ND

Usually when we think histamine, we often think hives, hay fever, and skin rashes. However, did you know that it can also cause a myriad of other symptoms such as diarrhea, migraines, sinus congestion, headaches, coughing, difficulty breathi
ng, a racing heart, and
low blood pressure? Histamine is a hidden offender for many people. About 1% of the population is histamine intolerant, and due to the vagueness of its symptoms, it has the potential to be even more prevalent.

Histamine functions as a chemical neurotransmitter, meaning that it communicates with your brain much like neurotransmitters serotonin, epinephrine, and dopamine. This also means that it has impact through
out the body, not just in a specific location.

Histamine can be found in our food. In fact, histamine is much higher in some foods than in others. Histamine intolerance causes many symptoms, which makes it difficult to detect and diagnose for many patients and their healthcare providers. Symptoms can be due to food allergies causing leaky gut, or due to a high intake of histamine-rich foods directly instigating a pro-inflammatory response.

The symptoms of histamine intolerance are caused by an excess of histamine. Excess histamine is often caused by a deficiency of diamine oxidase (DAO), the main enzyme responsible for the breakdown of ingested histamine. A deficiency in DAO can be caused by inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract, most notably due to a disturbance in the healthy gut flora. Histamine Intolerance has been shown to be related to SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth) and dysbiosis (gut flora imbalance). An imbalance in your gut flora can cause a histamine intolerance because some types of excess bacteria actually make histamine from undigested food. This buildup of histamine causes the body to have an increased sensitivity to high histamine foods.

Histamine Rich Foods:

– Very high histamine foods: seafood, canned or smoked fish
– High histamine foods: aged cheese, fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, yogurt, kefir, alcohol, vinegar, meat
– Medium histamine foods: spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, eggplant, canned vegetables, dried fruit, strawberries, papaya, avocado, pineapple

Other foods can cause triggers even if they are not high histamine foods. They do so by triggering the body to increase more of its own histamine. This group includes strawberries, onions, and kiwi.

Histamine functions as a chemical neurotransmitter, meaning that it communicates with your brain much like neurotransmitters serotonin, epinephrine, and dopamine. This also means that it has impact throughout the body, not just in a specific location.

Treatment:

Evaluation and treatment for Histamine Intolerance is multifaceted. While it is good to be aware of the histamine rich foods, don’t simply avoid them, as many have high nutritional benefit and may not be causing your individual symptoms. It is important to have a healthcare provider guide you through the process of identifying your food sensitivities. Testing for a diamine oxidase is inaccurate and unnecessary, thus not done often. It is essential that we look to the diet for potential histamine triggers and that we support a healthy gut flora and appropriate immune response in order to address histamine intolerance.

Diet:

  • An Elimination-Rechallenge Diet focusing on histamine-rich foods can be helpful in identifying a histamine intolerance. The Elimination Rechallenge Diet is the “Gold Standard“ for both conventional and alternative medicine alike for identifying food triggers and matching those triggers with a symptom profile. It can be useful in finding not only a histamine intolerance, but additional food sensitivities that may be present. In utilizing this technique, you will want to take special note of the histamine-rich foods during the elimination-rechallenge process. A healthcare provider can help you identify these patterns and get your diet and your health back on track.
  • Also useful is a Food Sensitivity Panel, which is a blood test that shows your body’s immune response when exposed to different foods. This will not diagnose a histamine intolerance, but can tell us if there are foods causing inflammation in the gut and potentially disrupting the delicate ecosystem within the gastrointestinal tract. This can be helpful in identifying foods that may be triggering inflammation and causing leaky gut and other symptoms. A Food Sensitivity Panel is followed by a streamlined Elimination Rechallenge Diet. If you have had a food sensitivity panel in the past and are still having symptoms, a histamine intolerance may be the problem.
  • Based on the results of the Elimination-Rechallenge Diet and the Food Sensitivity Panel, we can determine a diet that is optimally anti-inflammatory and specific to the individual needs of your body. It is important to have a healthcare provider guide you through the process of identifying food sensitivities.

Gut Flora:

  • If you have a gut flora imbalance, focus on healing your gut tissue and restoring your healthy gut flora in order to decrease your histamine response. A gut healing protocol is often very beneficial while undergoing identification of food triggers and is an essential component of treatment for histamine intolerance.

Allergy Elimination Technique:

Also beneficial for treatment of histamine intolerance is Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET). This technique helps the body to desensitize itself against triggering allergens, such as histamine foods for those that are histamine intolerant. Boise Natural Health’s own Emily Richmond (Yuen) is an experienced practitioner in NAET and is passionate about helping people overcome histamine intolerance.

If this sounds like you, we recommend a complete evaluation. Dr. Dickerson is now seeing patients full time both via telemedicine and in office. To schedule an appointment, call Boise Natural Health Clinic at (208)338-0405.”

Itching from Antihistamine Withdrawal

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.

New Treatment Ideas from the 22nd Annual NAET Symposium

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
  • Asthma
  • 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.

Resources

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.

How Chemicals Increase Food Sensitivities and What You Can Do

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.

Could Gluten be the Cause of Your Symptoms?

By Emily Richmond, ABT

Eating gluten-free isn’t just a fad. An increasing number of people report gastrointestinal or other symptoms when they eat wheat. Only some people have an autoimmune condition Celiac Disease, where they have to strictly avoid gluten. Others of us have an intolerance or sensitivity, now referred to as non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Here’s how you can find out if you suffer from one of these conditions.

What is Gluten?

Gluten is a protein found in many grains, including varieties of wheat (such as: semolina, orzo & couscous), barley, rye, kamut, spelt, Eikorn, bulgar, and cross-breeds. Trace amounts could be found in cross-contaminated oats processed in the same facility as grains with gluten.

Gluten is actually composed of two different proteins: gliadin and glutenin. Gluten affects the elasticity and chewiness of baked goods. There are obvious places that we know to look for gluten: breads, cakes, cookies, pies, crackers.  There are also less obvious places to look: ice cream, beer, soy sauce, condiments, malt vinegar, processed foods, cream based soups, gravies and even medications.

Sensitivity, Intolerance or Allergy?

The same gluten proteins that nourish the wheat seeds as they germinate are what inhibits our digestive tract from digesting it easily. The sticky doughiness that we crave is what slows down, gums up and coats the intestines. People may notice feeling fatigued, bloated and gassy after eating a big meal with gluten. To discover if gluten is affecting you we suggest doing an elimination reintroduction challenge. At Boise Natural Health Clinic we can walk you through how to do this properly.

Another option to uncover a gluten sensitivity or intolerance is to have lab work done for IgG and IgA  antibody responses on a food sensitivity panel.  The cost for IgG testing alone is $265. The lab tests a total of 96 common foods including gluten, wheat and other grains. The cost is $390 to run both the IgG and IgA antibody panels. IgA and IgG are delayed antibody reactions (symptoms occur 20 minutes to days after consumption of foods).

Delayed antibody reactions can be snoring, congestion, headaches, chronic rash, nausea, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, heartburn, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, sluggishness, joint pain, inflammation, canker sores, hemorrhoids, dark circles under the eyes, hyperactivity, anxiety, depression or a weakened immune system with frequent colds. There are many more possible symptoms as well.

You can also add on an IgE panel to your labs to see if you have a true allergy to wheat and/or gluten and other foods. All three panels together (IgG, IgA & IgE) cost $450. An IgE allergy is an immune-mediated hypersensitivity reaction and happens immediately (minutes to 2 hours after exposure) such as: rash, hives, lip or face swelling, vomiting, nausea, increased mucus production, severe cramping, itching or tightness in the throat, watery itchy eyes, dry staccato coughing, a drop in blood pressure or anaphylaxis.

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac Disease is an autoimmune system disorder that affects people with a genetic predisposition. Gluten damages the small intestines because the immune system creates antibodies to the gluten which attack the intestinal lining. People with Celiac Disease often have malnutrition and reduced absorption of calcium, iron, vitamins A, D, E, K and folate. People with Celiac Disease have a significantly increased chance of having another autoimmune system disorder. Strict lifelong avoidance of gluten is required. Many patients with Celiac need to do more than just avoid gluten. They can also have other food sensitivities which are important to uncover. Also improving the health of the intestinal tract maybe warranted. Celiac patients may also want to consider desensitizing themselves to gluten using NAET to reduce the severity of reaction in case of accidental exposure.

If you would like to test to see if you have Celiac Disease, the first step is a blood test for Tissue Transglutaminase Antibodies (tTG-IgA). The tTG-IgA test will be positive in about 98% of patients with Celiac Disease who are on a gluten-containing diet. Read more about the testing.  The cost for the test is $48.

How Boise Natural Health Clinic can Help with Food Allergies, Food Intolerance, or Celiac Disease:

  • Walk you through a formal elimination reintroduction challenge.
  • Order IgG, IgA or IgE lab work.
  • Order tTg-IgA lab work.
  • Help you with menu planning, recipes, and cooking tips for avoiding gluten and/or other intolerances.
  • Help you heal your leaky gut and decrease inflammation.
  • Help you to increase absorption and work to prevent future health issues.
  • Work with you to desensitize your food sensitivities or intolerances with NAET allergy elimination techniques.
  • Help you identify what non-gluten grains may be the best fit through non-invasive NAET muscle sensitivity testing.
  • Psychological and emotional reactions or aversions to food can be addressed with Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).

What Now? I Don’t Want to Avoid These Foods Forever.

NAET goes beyond standard treatments for allergies. It doesn’t require medications or long term avoidance, instead NAET treats the root cause of allergies by desensitizing the body to problematic substances.  NAET appears to increase your overall immune system and enhance your body’s ability to absorb needed nutrients. NAET seems to stimulate your body’s ability to detoxify more efficiently. What this means for you is true freedom from symptoms! NAET is suitable for all ages of patients and can offer relief from food, environmental, chemical sensitivities and more.

NAET identifies items that create blockages in your acupressure meridians through muscle testing. Blockages can result in a wide variety of symptoms. The treatments are done through painless acupressure point manipulation and breathwork to bring the body back into homeostasis. After the treatment, the substance is avoid for 25 hours while the body resets itself so it is no longer as overreactive.

The number of treatments and results vary depending on which of the following you suffer from: IgG, IgA, IgE or autoimmune system disorders. Please schedule for your free 10 minute consultation to see if you would be a good candidate.

To learn more about NAET come join us at our monthly open house or one of the upcoming NAET classes.

Success with NAET

Read the testimonials from an 82 year-old man who is now able to enjoy gluten.

The First Basic 15 NAET Treatments

NAET protocol specifies that the Basic 15 mixtures must be cleared in this order, one mixture per session:

  • BBF (Brain Body Formula)naet-vials-focus-staking_-resize
  • Egg Mix
  • Calcium Mix
  • Vitamin C Mix
  • B Complex Mix
  • Sugar Mix
  • Iron Mix
  • Vitamin A Mix
  • Mineral Mix
  • Salt Mix
  • Grain Mix
  • Yeast Mix
  • Acid (Stomach Acid)
  • Base (Digestive Enzymes)
  • Hormones
  • Organ Mix

 

Are Foods Causing Your Symptoms?

Joan Haynes, ND

Adverse food reactions are very common. If you have health concerns you suspect might be related to the foods you are eating, this article will help guide you on where to go next.

What are adverse food reactions?

Adverse food reactions can be broadly classified into 2 categories. The first category consists of IgE immune-mediated adverse reactions to foods that are termed food allergies. The second category is composed of adverse reactions that are not IgE mediated. These are known as food sensitivities or intolerances. There is some confusion over these definitions. Many people (including doctors!) use the term allergies to refer to what are technically sensitivities or intolerances. “Table A” shows examples of the different terms used. For the purposes of this article we will conform to the technical terms allergy (IgE mediated) and intolerance (non-IgE mediated) respectively.

Sample food allergy panel showing some the the foods tested for IgG, IgA, and IgE mediated reactions.

Are foods causing your symptoms table A.

How common are food allergies and intolerances?

There is some debate over just how common adverse food reactions actually are. Studies suggest the prevalence of food allergies to be between 3% – 10%.(i) In a study looking at prevalence rates of food allergy and intolerance combined, 27% of women and 14% of men reported symptoms related to food reactions. (ii)

There are few good studies determining rates of intolerance alone. A well designed study using the Elimination/Challenge Diet as the testing criteria (the “gold standard” method of testing food intolerances) would likely show a higher prevalence.

What are the symptoms of food allergies?

Symptoms from true food allergies are typically more immediate than their non-IgE immune mediated counterparts. Common symptoms include:

  • Rash or hives
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Itchy skin
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Swelling of the airways to the lungs
  • Anaphylaxis

What are the symptoms of food intolerances?

Food intolerance symptoms are typically delayed 20 minutes up to 48 hours after ingesting the offending food. Signs and symptoms of food intolerance include:

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Sinus congestion
  • Snoring
  • Frequent colds
  • Stomach pain
  • Gas, cramps, or bloating
  • Heartburn
  • Diarrhea
  • Headaches
  • Irritability, nervousness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Hyperactivity, especially in children
  • Joint pain and/or muscle aches

What medical conditions are associated with allergies and food intolerances?

Illnesses that commonly have adverse food reactions as a contributing factor include:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Asthma
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Eczema
  • Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Hives
  • High blood pressure
  • Heartburn (Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease)
  • Autoimmune conditions (Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjogren’s, Crohn’s, Hashimoto’s, etc)
  • Frequent colds & flus
  • Ear infections
  • And many others…

How are food allergies diagnosed?

Skin testing for allergies is used to identify the substances that are causing the allergy symptoms. It is performed by either applying an extract of an allergen to the skin, scratching, or pricking the skin to allow exposure, and then evaluating the skin’s reaction. It may also be done by injecting the allergen under the skin, or by applying it to a patch that is worn on the skin for a specified period of time.

Blood tests (IgE antibodies) for allergies are sometimes performed to find out what triggers an allergic reaction and are often used if a patient has a skin condition or is taking medications, such as antihistamines. Such drugs can interfere with an allergy skin test, which is a common test used to identify allergy triggers, but in general do not interfere with allergy blood tests. IgE blood tests for food allergies are not as accurate as skin testing.

How are food intolerances diagnosed?

There are three main methods that Boise Natural Health physicians utilize for diagnosing food intolerances. Each has its’ benefits and limitations. Two or more methods can be combined as a means of overcoming the limitations of each.

Table B. Are foods causing your symptoms.

How are food allergies and intolerances treated?

Food allergies and intolerances can be treated with avoidance of the offending foods. For those patients who prefer not to do long term avoidance, NAET is a welcome alternative. Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique, or NAET, is an all natural, drug-free treatment for eliminating allergies and food intolerances, and resolving allergy-related conditions, often with lasting results. It is painless, and non-invasive. NAET utilizes neuromuscular sensitivity testing for diagnosing food allergies and intolerances. NAET therapy works by reprogramming the brain and nervous system to stop reacting to the offending foods.

Conclusion

Adverse food reactions can be confusing and frustrating to deal with, especially when there are multiple foods you are reacting to. To date, conventional doctors tend to acknowledge food allergies, and misdiagnose or discount food intolerances. With their strong conventional and alternative medicine training, naturopathic physicians are in a unique position to help you sort through this important issue. Each staff person at Boise Natural Health has struggled in the past with their own adverse food reactions, and come out ahead! We all enjoy better health as a result, and enjoy helping our patients find the same freedom.

How do I learn more?

  • To set up a free 10 minute consult with a BNH physician to help determine if food allergy or intolerance testing is right for you, please call our office at 208-338-0405.
  • To learn more about Elimination/Challenge Diets go to: Elimination Diets
  • To learn more about IgG food intolerance testing go to: US BioTek Food Allergy Panel
  • To learn more about NAET go to: NAET
  • To read patient testimonials about NAET and Boise Natural Health go to: NAET Testimonials

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i J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2011 Jan 12, Epidemiology of food allergy. Sicherer SH.

ii Allergy. 2001 Dec;56(12):1172-9., Epidemiology of food allergy/food intolerance in adults: associations with other
manifestations of atopy., Schäfer T, Böhler E, Ruhdorfer S, Weigl L, Wessner D, Heinrich J, Filipiak B, Wichmann HE, Ring J.

6 Minutes to a Stronger Immune System: Acupoints You can Do at Home for a Weak Immune System

Emily Richmond, ABT

Take 6 minutes out of your day to strengthen your over-burdened immune system.  Rub the following acupressure points clockwise for 1 minute each; repeat daily.

  • LI 11 – on the lateral (outside) edge of the elbow crease.
  • BL 40 – on the center of the back of the knee crease.
  • SP 10 – three finger breadths up from the inside of the knee.

You can help yourself at home by rubbing these points in a large clockwise circle. (Imagine you are facing your body to determine clockwise)  Use the pads of all 4 of your fingers and massage the points clockwise briskly. Pressure can be light or firm; you can also use an acustem vibrating device. These points are treated on each side of the body.

  1. Start on the right elbow at Large Intestine 11 on the lateral (outer) edge of the elbow crease.
  2. Then move to the same point on the left elbow.
  3. Next move to the left thigh, 3 finger breadths above the knee on the medial (inside) of the leg at Spleen 10. To locate SP10 sit down place pointer finger tip at top of knee and grip tender point on inside of knee with your thumb.
  4. Move to the back of the knee crease on the same leg. Massage the center of the of the knee crease (the popliteal fossa) at Bladder 40.
  5. Move to the right side of the body and massage the back of the right knee crease.
  6. Next massage Spleen 10 above the knee on the right thigh.
  7. Complete this circle you have just made around the body by ending at Large Intestine 11 on the right; the same point where you started.

These points have been selected to help give temporary relief to people with low immunity, auto-immune system disorders and low energy.  In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the Spleen is responsible for absorption and utilization of food and fluids. So you use the Spleen points to help with proper nutrients assimilation. We eliminate through the Large Intestine and Bladder so we use those points to help get rid of toxic build up. These points should be rubbed at least once daily but multiple times a day is fine; you can’t overdo tonification and support to these Meridians. By making  a circular pattern around the body, the body will have more power to push the toxins out.  By doing this habit daily your body will begin learning to throw out the toxins on its own, which will increase energy levels by improving nutrient assimilation and detoxification.

Advanced NAET practitioners have been trained to do neuromuscular sensitivity testing on these points to determine how weak a person’s overall immune system is. Advanced practitioners are also trained to use NAET techniques to strengthen many auto-immune system disorders.