Food allergies and sensitivities are an important and complex cause of illness. The symptoms occur more frequently than most people realize and finding the culprits may take deeper investigation than conventional methods. The incidence and severity of food and environmental allergies has increased dramatically during the last 15 years. Some physicians claim that food allergies are the leading cause of most undiagnosed symptoms. Others maintain that at least 60% of the American population suffers from symptoms associated with food reactions due to the following possibilities:
We have also found that a main cause of increased food allergies is the breakdown of the energy system of the body known as the adrenal system (part of your immune system). Constant stress causes heightened sensitivity to the immune system. The now overactive process begins to attack everything from benign foods to the body’s own tissue. Without addressing this cause of illness, many healthcare practitioners are treating secondary symptoms while missing the root.
It has also been well documented that partially-digested or undigested dietary protein can cross the intestinal barrier intact and be absorbed into the blood stream. The immune system must decide how to deal with this non-self protein. Is it friend or foe? If viewed as an enemy (something that shouldn’t be on the inside of the GI tract), an allergic response can occur; this reaction can be localized, systemic, or at specific distant sites.
Food reactions can be delayed or immediate in nature. Delayed food sensitivities account for more than 80% of food based allergic reactions. Digestive transit time is 24-72 hrs so the foods that you eat today could cause symptoms 2-3 days later. It can make it impossible to determine the cause as the symptoms can be very vague and not generally associated with an allergy (i.e. joint pain, rashes, headaches and fatigue). A sensitivity may slowly develop by repetitive eating of a food. Immediate reactions are sensitivities that occur directly after consuming a food or exposure to an allergen occurs. Immediate reactions are much easier to identify and cause classic symptoms such as digestive pain, fatigue, skin reactions, and congestion.
You may have an allergy if you experience any of the following symptoms: (in addition to a host of other conditions)
At SOPHIA, we use a non-invasive, drug-free, natural solution called NAET (Nambutripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques) to eliminate allergies of all types and intensities using a blend of selective energy balancing, testing and treatment procedures that combine acupressure, conventional medicine, kinesiology, homeopathy and nutritional disciplines of medicine to bring better health in a person. For example, NAET can be used on infants and children prior to various vaccinations to eliminate any potential side effects.
The system was developed by Dr Devi S. Nambudripad who has treated thousands of patients with her techniques since 1983. Our practitioner has trained extensively with her in advanced techniques of the system for many years, and has had significant success similar to that of Dr. Devi, the founder. An allergy means an altered reactivity. When people come close to the energy field of a substance that they are sensitive to at any level, a repulsion of the 2 fields takes place. This repulsion, which is frequently ignored, causes an energy disturbance in our meridians, which creates disorganization of body function.
These disturbances are measured by standard diagnostic allergic reactivity tests. Energy medicine has also developed various devices to measure these reactions such as DMA (Digital Meridian Analysis) and LSA (Limbic Stress Assessment). In oriental medicine, we use a diagnostic system that dates back to 3322 B.C. called Neuromuscular Strength Testing (NST). (Refer to Testing and Treatment for more details.) Our bodies have an amazing way of responding to disturbances in its energy field. We access this by testing the strength of any target muscle such as the arm. If a strong muscle is tested in the presence of an allergen, it may weaken indicating reactivity. Scientific research has shown that NST has comparable accuracy to conventional blood tests for allergies yet requires no invasive procedures. (See Resources.)
Once the allergen is identified, a simple (gentle) form of massage and acupressure is performed to remove the adverse reaction between your body and the substance. This “elimination” enhances your natural ability to absorb and assimilate the necessary elements from the foods and eliminate the unwanted and toxic reactions that affect your body and cause illness. After a clearing treatment, one can continue to be exposed to the allergen without reaction.
This system is not a magic cure for anything. It is a tried and true system based on solid oriental medical theory. The best part is that after you have cleared a substance, you can go back to consuming it or being exposed with no ill effect. NAET addresses the root cause of illness and re-establishes health. Since most illnesses can be traced back to some form of allergy or sensitivity, NAET evaluation and treatment could be beneficial to everyone regardless of age, from infants to adults.
See patient testimonials in How We Have Helped Others.