I was just at Dr. Rodier's Pioneer Integrative Medicine Clinic in Draper, Utah yesterday getting my annual blood draw and a Myers cocktail infusion. I was interested in novel methods for treating allergies and one of the nurses talked about a new technique the chiropractor, Dr. Gary Olsen, had started offering at the clinic.
I ran into Dr. Olsen on my way out and asked him about his work on allergies. He confessed how skeptical he was about the method, which is called NAET (short for Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Techniques). After experimenting with some tough cases, Dr. Olsen is now quite convinced that NAET works, and he encourages anyone who is interested to read NAET: Say Good-Bye to Your Allergies by Devi S. Nambudripad, an M.D. as well as a D.C. and a Ph.D. (Acu).
I bought the book (a small pink cover with a clumsy piece of artwork - sigh, not the best marketing for the author, but that's another story). The author struggled with multiple allergies since she was a young child and writes: "There is no known successful method of treatment for food allergies using Western medicine except avoidance, which means deprivation and frustration." Yes, indeed, deprivation and frustration have been my constant companions over the past year, especially when on travel and eating "out."
The premise of NAET is that, using special techniques, a practitioner can help you reprogram your brain (central nervous system) to accept formerly allergenic foods that are beneficial and allow the body to react normally to various foods and environmental elements of life, thus reducing stress (deprivation and frustration!).
I will have my first session tomorrow. The process is expected to take 15 sessions (hey, in a lifetime, that's not a lot of time if the sessions create a permanent relief from annoying and health-sapping food allergies!).
I will keep you all posted on my progress. My brother is quite skeptical at this point, but I hope to have news that will convince even him (wouldn't that be great?!).
If you have had an experience with the NAET process, please share your comments below or drop a line to me directly!