Roberta Roberts Mittman, L.Ac.
From birth to teenage years and beyond, allergies may play a significant role in a child’s physiological and emotional well-being. Defined as an abnormal reaction of the body to substances called allergens, an allergy is an overreaction of the immune system.
Millions, however, may be in the groups who have an intolerance or hyper- sensitivity to particular substances. Unfortunately, some of these intolerances are so subtle that they fail to show up in conventional blood or allergy tests. Undetected, they may mimic other disorders and remain untreated. For instance, hyperactivity-and asthma may stem from food intolerances while sleeping disorders may be related to fabric sensitivity.
NAET, short for Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique, was developed to assess and desensitize the individual to substances that may be troublesome and – therefore compromise the immune system. Any substance can be the offender, from breast or soymilk in infants to sugar, foods, antibiotics, vaccinations, inhalants in older children-the list is endless.
As one of hundreds of NAET practitioners across-the country, I have found that this natural, alternative technique can, save a child from the stigma of feeling different, from irritability stemming from a food allergy to something as simple as bread and from depressed and/or angry “acting out” disruptive types of behavior.