Natural Solutions For Allergies
By: Dr. Peggy Malone
On this week’s episode of my television show ‘Living Well’, I chatted with Naturopathic Doctor Megan Soloy-Theil as well as Holistic Nutritionist/Allergist Nicole Kuipers. We chatted Naturopathic Medicine as well as natural solutions for a number of ailments. Nicole gave some great information on some interesting natural solutions for allergies.
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. The naturopathic philosophy is to stimulate the healing power of the body and treat the underlying cause of disease. Naturopathic Medicine emphasizes disease as a process rather than as an entity.
Treating both acute and chronic conditions, naturopathic treatments are chosen based on the individual patient – their physical mental emotional and spiritual factors. In addition to diet and lifestyle changes, natural therapies including botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, homeopathy and traditional Chinese medicine/acupuncture, may also be used during treatments.
In Canada, the naturopathic medical profession’s includes accredited educational institutions, professional licensing, national standards of practice, and a commitment to state-of-the-art scientific research.
Naturopathic Medicine is often fully covered with extended health care plan.
Whatever choice you make for your health, complementary and alternative health care providers such as Naturopathic Doctor, Holistic Nutritionist, energy therapist, or homeopathic doctors can play a vital role in your team.
1) What is a Holistic Nutritionist & Holistic Allergist?
A Holistic Nutritionist is a professional trained in natural nutrition and complimentary therapies whose principal function is to educate individuals about the powerful health benefits of optimal nutrition. A Holistic Nutritionist works with clients to discover the underlying cause of health related problems. They identify and help correct the nutritional cause of disease. They are qualified to formulate personalized diet, supplemental and lifestyle programs. The goal of a Holistic Nutritionist is to enable the body to heal itself by nourishing the body, mind and spirit.
A Holistic Allergist is a professional trained in natural, non-invasive, and painless allergy, sensitivity and intolerance desensitization through a procedure referred to as Bioenergetic Intolerance Elimination (BIE). The principal function of a Holistic Allergist is to utilize biofeedback analysis in conjunction with electro-acupuncture to effectively desensitize symptoms of allergy, intolerance and sensitivity. Holistic Allergists are trained and qualified to utilize BIE to help the body to restore itself to homeostasis (balance) so that the body can heal itself naturally. BIE simply clears blockages in energy within the body’s cells while reintroducing healthy energetic frequencies back into the body, allowing the cells to adapt to a healthy state.
2) How do you find being a Holistic Allergist benefits your clients from a Nutrition standpoint?
Being both a Holistic Allergist and Holistic Nutritionist I feel that my clients get the benefit of utilizing both specialities to address the underlying cause of nutritional imbalances. In addition clients may unknowingly have vitamin and mineral imbalances or even food allergies, intolerances or sensitivities which impede the way that their body is able to metabolize and utilize the nutrients in the food that they are consuming. This can lead to many adverse health effects long-term. For clients that have chronic nutritional imbalances or deficiencies, or allergies/sensitivities/intolerances to foods, we are able to look to sensitivities being the potential underlying cause and address that through effective sensitivity rebalancing so that the client can achieve visible health improvement. Whether a client is looking to achieve optimal nutrition for weight loss, weight gain, or even just general overall wellbeing, rebalancing nutrient and food sensitivities can have a dramatic effect in the overall levels of health.
3) What are sensitivities and how are they different from intolerances or allergies?
As a Holistic Allergist I use the terms allergy, sensitivity and intolerance interchangeably depending on the type, intensity and severity of the reaction that occurs within the body. To further differentiate between sensitivities, intolerances and allergies, allergies typically involve an immune system response where as sensitivities and intolerances do not necessarily elicit an immune system response. At times they can depending on the substance, but many people can have sensitivities or intolerances that produce a wide range of symptoms that do not involve an immune system response. For further clarification:
- i. Allergies are reactions to specific components in substances which can be environmental or food based which involve an immune system response. The immune system incorrectly perceives the substances and produces antibodies as response. This causes cells to release chemical mediators such as histamine in response to the allergy causing a wide variety of symptoms typically associated with the allergic response.
- ii. A sensitivity or intolerance is an abnormal reaction to substances that do not involve the immune system but involve the body as a whole. Sensitivities can range from a minor irritation to an extreme reaction. The substance in which our body reacts to, which is generally non-threatening, is viewed by our body as a threat to our general well being. Intolerance, therefore, is merely the body’s rejection of a foreign substance resulting in pathology.
4) What is Bio-Energetic Intolerance Elimination (BIE)?
BioEnergetic Intolerance Elimination (BIE) is a safe, effective, non-invasive, natural method of assessing and alleviating symptoms of allergies, sensitivities and intolerances.
5) How does BIE work to desensitize individuals?
BIE works by realigning/clearing any blockages in the energetic pathways of the body. The existence of these bioenergetic pathways (also known as meridians) has been confirmed through electro-magnetic imaging technology and radioactive tracer isotopes. These pathways allow energetic signals to flow continuously throughout the body via the nervous system. Any number of factors can cause a disruption in the normal (healthy) flow of energy through the body’s meridians. These disruptions interfere with the communication between the brain and body, causing energetic abnormalities which can underlie a wide range of symptoms and conditions, including allergies, sensitivities and intolerances.
During the procedure, the client is exposed to the allergenic substance (which is held in a glass vial), while a hand-held electro-acupuncture device is used (without the use of needles) to transmit a low electronic frequency at various acupuncture points on the body. As the electronic frequency rebalances blocked meridians, the body’s cells interpret the allergen’s energetic frequency as “non-threatening”, thus resulting in the alleviation of adverse reactions to the cleared allergen.
6) How soon will someone notice results?
It is much easier to observe results with ingested sensitivities, rather than that of environmental sensitivities due to the fact that there are literally thousands of potential environmental allergens that one can inhale or absorb through the skin. However, there are potentially hundreds of chemical food additives we can ingest as well. Overt environmental sensitivities can be observed quickly such as sensitivity to animals and pollens.
Most clients find immediate results after the first visit, while others require several visits to detect and desensitize all suspect causes, particularly if an individual has many intolerances. In extreme cases, those with severe intolerances have reported a 4 to 6 week period lapsed after their session before noticing complete symptom alleviation. For very severe sensitivities it can take between 1-5 sessions for one particular allergen.
Proper lifestyle factors play a large role in how quickly a client will notice results. Lifestyle factors such as stress, adequate water intake, daily gentle movement, proper sleep patterns, proper eating habits and drug use play a major role in determining the vitality of the body and maintaining optimal vibrational frequency or vital energy within cells. Lifestyle modification will be discussed during the initial BIE appointment. Overall outcome is largely determined by the client’s immune system status and hydration levels.
7) Are there any side effects?
Most clients experience no side effects at all except the alleviation of their allergic symptoms and sensitivities. However in some cases a client may experience some temporary harmless side effects. When the body has been desensitized to an intolerance or allergy to which it has been exposed to in the past, any damaged tissues will begin to break down and reabsorb back into the body.
In certain rare instances, it is possible to experience short-lived reactions as the body adjusts to the clearing. This effect is known as a “healing crisis” and it is temporary. The odd headache, sore throat, sinus congestion, tired, or lethargic feeling, aches and pains or even, nausea are all signs of your body healing naturally that you may experience after a BIE session. These temporary symptoms are signs of the body regenerating new cells and cleansing itself.
Symptoms due to a healing crisis can start the day after the BIE allergy session or anywhere up to 3 weeks afterwards. Symptoms may last from 1 to 28 days.
For this reason, many are surprised when the intolerances they have been cleared of are still causing problems, during the healing crisis. This is actually a good sign, not a bad one. The body is merely re-experiencing the same allergy symptoms, temporarily, as it now returns on the uphill road of rebalancing and eliminating toxic wastes that caused your allergies. In order to minimize side effects it is important to drink filtered water for the next 72 hours after desensitization sessions.
8 ) Is BIE safe and effective for all ages?
BIE is completely safe, effective and can be used on people of all ages from infants to elders.
9) How long will I stay desensitized to a substance?
Once an intolerance, allergy or sensitivity is removed, the effects are long lasting without requiring yearly visits. However, a number of factors, including lifestyle, diet, stress and individual susceptibility can cause certain reactions to reoccur. A Holistic Allergist can advise you on how you can help reduce this risk of re-occurrence.
It is a rare occurrence (less than 1% chance) that a client re-acquire a sensitivity, intolerance or allergy down the road. If this occurs, one or two desensitization appointments are all it takes to realign the body back to optimal health with long lasting drug-free, pain-free results.
10) What type of substances can be tested?
Currently there are over thousands of substances that can be tested for including foods, food additives, pollens, dander, hormones, viruses, bacteria, fungus, mold, environmental and household chemicals and body metabolites to name a few. A more extensive list of the testable substances can be found on our website under the BIE Protocol sub-heading.
11) What is the typical success rate?
Although 80% of clients report visible improvement in their symptoms after the first visit, some clients require more desensitization appointments depending on the quantity and severity of their sensitivities and their overall level of health.
For more detailed information you can visit the Inner Surface website @ www.innersurface.ca
This episode was a great exploration of some great alternative and complementary health care options. I hope you found the information as interesting as I did.
Dr. Peggy Malone is a Chiropractor and an Athlete who helps other athletes to overcome injury and get back to their sport. Her weekly Television Series 'Living Well" inspires people from all walks of life to take control of their health to be as happy and as healthy as they can be.
A former varsity Basketball and Rugby player, she has since entered the world of endurance athletics where she has completed 2 Ironman Triathlons, 3 Marathons, several Half Marathons and many other Triathlons, Road Races and Off-Road Adventure races of varying distances.
Her own athletic endeavors and injuries have given her valuable insight into working with athletes in her practice for both the care of injuries as well as for the improvement of athletic performance.
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