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Baby had anaphylactic rxn-took her to NAET practitioner

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
My youngest had an anaphylactic response to cashews about a week and a half ago. She'd never had them before, but I decided she could handle chewing and swallowing them, so let someone give her a few. Well, she handled eating them just fine, but broke in hives a few minutes later and her throat swelled. Very scary. I took her to the ER, of course, and got an epipen to carry around, but I wanted to do something more. She was given formula right away at birth for low blood sugar and I think that has made her more allergic. I think she has a leaky gut. She has very pale skin, dark circles under her eyes, and is very clumsy. I've had her checked for anemia and lead poisoning. Her hemoglobin is 11.7 and her lead level is nine, which is under 10, but still alarms me.

Anyway, I took her to NAET practitioner today. He checked me instead of her and will treat her through me. I've heard of this before in homeopathy, so that's okay. What's bothering me is how he came to his conclusions about what to treat her for. He pressed on my arm and if I could not resist then she is allergic to whatever vial I was holding at the time. Sometimes, he pressed really hard and others he pressed hardly at all. I don't get it. He came up with protein (eggs), yeast, minerals, dairy, and organs. Dairy I get, but an allergy to protein, and who's allergic to minerals? And I dont' even know what he means by organs! Liver?

Has anybody heard of NAET or used it? Can you give me any insight. I had researched it some and read/heard some testimonials. I must admit I was going somewhat on faith. I don't want to give tons of money out of my pocket to a quack, though. I'm a little wary.
post #2 of 17
Moving to Health and Healing...
post #3 of 17
If you are not opposed to an allopathic allergist-
The pin pricks with which they test are not the most pleasant, but they aren't horrible either. Then you will know for certain what to avoid
We do the allergist thing, and the only thing you have to watch out for is their methods of treatment. But, if you just want to find out what to avoid you can tell them to shove the rest. Politely, of course
We beleived ds to be allergic to a whole slew of foods, but it turned out that he has a severe dust mite allergy (and peanut, but that's another issue...)
Since we've treated the entire freakin' house for dust mites, he is a different kid.
post #4 of 17
My chiropracter does this sort of thing. When she is adjusting one of the kids, she will adjust me first then lay them on me, belly to belly. I will hold my arm out and she will press on it while touching their spine. I was skeptical at first, but the same spot kept needing adjustment consistently. I guess she could have faked it, but we've been very pleased with her results.

post #5 of 17
My DD is also allergic to cashews. As well as pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, peanuts, and possibly coconut and soy.

I must admit that I am totally skeptical of NAET, though in my darker moments trying to figure out her allergies I totally contemplated it. But I do find those conclusions that your practitioner came up with troubling as well. Minerals are essential for human life, as well as protein. So huh????

Pale skin, dark circles, and clumsiness make me wonder if something else is going on. I am a firm believer in diet/nutrition affecting our body's health. What is your current diet like? And was it similar to your prenatal diet?
post #6 of 17
I don't know about NAET, but I do know about leaky gut... are you giving her probiotics? And taking them yourself? Read the Power of Probiotics thread and think about making your own yogurt, it will make a huge difference.
My guy had formula in hospital too due to a high hematocrit level. I've always regretted it and wish I had pushed for donor milk instead b/c I think it created a leaky gut as well and caused the eczema.
post #7 of 17
We've done NAET.

The practitioner did not press differently to test, it was probably very close to the same amount of pressure, except that when it is something that is NOT okay for your body, your arm will fall easily, when it is okay for your body, you will be able to hold it up with your strength.

Have you read the book by the founder, "Life Without Illness?"

I it's unfortunate that they call it an "allergy" treatment, because we have so many preconceived ideas about what an allergy is or isn't. The foods that they determine may be actual allergies or may be something that your child's body just doesn't absorb properly (things like vitamins or minerals) or things that they body doesn't know how to get rid of (like heavy metals.) My son wasn't "allergic" to lead, but he had an excess in his body that his body didnt' know how to eliminate. The NAET treatment helped him do that & within a week, he had no more lead in his body.

I don't know if this helps you understand it better. If you are unsure, talk to people (including myself) who have used the treatments. Check out Dr. Nambudripad's book & learn a little more before you proceed and find a practitioner (if you choose to do it) that you really believe in and trust.

Please feel free to pm or email me if you'd like more clarification. NAET saved my oldest sons life and I'm quite familiar with it.
post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 
Sigh, I really didn't want this moved. I posted it in PI rather than H & H because I wanted more exposure.

That said I do appreciate all your replies. L.J., I may take you up on your offer. I read thru the handbook last night and that did clear things up for me quite a bit. I guess I should have done that first! It makes sense that she is not absorbing some things properly and if she is treated for those as well as the leaky gut then she can be treated for other things. I am excited to hear that NAET can clear up lead! And I am planning to put her on probiotics. We both eat yoghurt. I can not afford to do NAET, and probiotics for both of us, but I will continue to eat yoghurt. I think I have too much yeast, so that will be helpful for me, as well.
post #9 of 17
Trust your gut. You've got it for a reason. If it felt like he was pressing differently to you, then believe your own nervous system.

If you want to do both, you won't catch any flack from me, but I would recommend that you take her to an allergist to find out exactly what she's allergic to in a precise manner. Then you know exactly what to avoid.
post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 
My FP doc said and I;ve read elsewhere that food allergies cannot be reliably tested for with skin or blood tests, so I'm not sure I want to go that route. I also don'twant to give her allergy shots. I don't know. My gut is giving me warning signals. I don't have much choice of practitioners in this area, though. His nurses actually do the treatments. Maybe I will ask them about the different pressures.
post #11 of 17
The blood tests for allergies have gotten better than when they were first introduced. For allergens that can provoke anaphylaxis, I'd trust them. For iffy allergies, maybe you are, maybe you're not, I'd go with what I've experienced a reaction to. For an example from my real life: I know I've had reactions to both pistachios and soy. The RAST tests came back negative for those, as well as all other nuts to which I have not reacted. The question now is, was it the nut I was reacting to or something on the nut? There's no way to know, so I avoid the ones I've experienced problems with.

OTOH, I meant it when I said listen to your gut.

You know that your child has experienced a reaction to cashews. Whether it was to the cashews or to the sulfites that Might have been on them, it would be wise to not give them to your child in the future. If this were my child, I'd avoid all related nuts too for a couple of years at least. If I were still nursing said child, I would also avoid those foods. To the best of my knowledge, that's the only direct link between you. The tendency towards allergies is genetic and inheritable; what any given individual with such genes will ultimately be allergic to, have reactions to, depends on what they're exposed to. That aspect of it is very individual. Testing me to determine what my son is allergic to is .....nonsense IMO. As it happens my son is allergic to penecillin. I am not. See what I'm getting at?

Having been through the testing this summer, truly it is not that bad, but for a 19 month old, I can see holding off on testing and just avoiding the common allergens until she's older. What I as an adult can understand and cope with can't really be explained well to a toddler. Nor would I expect a toddler to cope well with it even if she could understand.

Allergies are PIA issues, but they can be lived with once you get used to them. The avoidance and all that become reflex after a short while.
post #12 of 17
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post #13 of 17
I would simply avoid them (and all nuts) as Meiri said. I was allergic to (and still am) all nuts except almonds. I've never seen sulfites on nuts before unless they were in a trail mix thing with dried fruit. Sulfites are used to preserve fruit and veggies and that wouldn't really apply to a nut. I get anaphylaxis to sulfites. I won't feed my future kids them no matter what. And I'd do that if I were you,too.
post #14 of 17
Originally Posted by Sofiamomma
What's bothering me is how he came to his conclusions about what to treat her for. He pressed on my arm and if I could not resist then she is allergic to whatever vial I was holding at the time. Sometimes, he pressed really hard and others he pressed hardly at all. I don't get it.
I asked my friend to reply to your post. Here is what she wrote:

Many people feel as though the practitioner is pressing harder at times than others, but we are trained to use the same pressure for all muscle response testing. The reason that it feels so different is because when you are holding an item that is causing the sensitivity, you are not able to counter the pressure that is being placed on the muscle. The difference is not from the practitioner, it is from your muscle. When you are holding something that is not an allergen, you are able to remain strong and exert a strong counter pressure.

I took my daughter for NAET as a last resort when she had two nebulizer treatments, and was prescribed albuterol three times before she was a year old. I was amazed by the results, and I decided to become an NAET practitioner because of my positive experience.

Best of luck,
Kara, I remember that too (it seemed like he was pressing harder for some than others) but if personally never set off alarm bells for me because I figured out what Jenn said. I saw 2 NAET practioners. A male chiro and Jenn who practices from home (and is AP ). I prefer seeing Jenn because she is A) my friend and I feel more cozy with her and B) our older kids have a ball together. Anyway, I had to see the male chiro first, because I was in a RUSH to get the treatment (my infant cleared for WHEAT because he was congested and having trouble breathing).

Originally Posted by Sofiamomma
He came up with protein (eggs), yeast, minerals, dairy, and organs. Dairy I get, but an allergy to protein, and who's allergic to minerals? And I dont' even know what he means by organs! Liver?
It's a great suggestion to read the book... I haven't yet. But did you get the workbook? That was helpful to me.

Don't be shy about asking questions.

If you are full of questions (I was too) bring a small pad and ask away!!! Keep a pad to write in the answers (so you don't forget.) The answers were always fascinating. But these folks aren't mind readers... you need to ask.

I'm always asking questions.. "what does this do? why is this important???" and love to learn more.

Keep us posted!
post #15 of 17
You're right to be worried about the lead level. 10 is the level where doctors are mandated to report it to the health department, or somesuch, but 9 is still very worrisome. Damage has already occurred with a level of 9. You want to work at clearing the lead from her system. Cilantro is good for that, for one. If she'll stand the taste, you can add it to any number of recipes.

Here's a good article on lead poisoning:
post #16 of 17
Is this child vaccinated? If so, that may be her problem and you should try and get the toxins out of her body by giving her probiotics and cod liver oil.
post #17 of 17
wow! this is an older thread. It would be interesting to know how this child is doing now.
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