There is hardly any human disease or condition in which allergic factors are not involved,” claims California chiropractor and acupuncturist Devi S. Nambudripad. ÒA substance under the sun, including sunlight itself can cause an allergic reaction someone.” In other words, you are potentially allergic to anything. if you check with enough people, as Dr. Nambudripad has, you’ll find allergies to all kinds of food clothing, plants, chemicals, vitamins, water, vaccines, furniture, plastic, metals, wedding rings, piano keys, heat, acrylic fingernails, saliva–even your own adrenaline. Undiagnosed allergies can produce symptoms, illnesses, and even chronic diseases that affect every system and organ in your body. Chronic fatigue, migraines, hyperactivity, arthritis, asthma, anxiety, depression, backaches, addictions an can be allergy-based.
In her book, Say Goodbye to Illness, Dr. Nambudripad promises to “revolutionize the practice of medicine.” Diagnosing hidden allergies in itself is not revolutionary, but Dr. Nambudripad has developed techniques to desensitize a person to the allergens, and continue to coexist w the substance that made him or her sick. Her technique, called the Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET) retrains the brain and nervous system to no longer react the offending substance. “We can reprogram our brains to perceive unsuitable energie5 suitable ones and use them for our benefit rather than allowing them to cause energy blockages and imbalances,” says Dr. Nambudripad.
Newly married 19-year-old Susan came to Dr. Nambudripad complaining of lower b@ pain as well as fever, chills and severe headaches. A urine test suggested a possible kidney infection. Aspirin and a light antibiotic helped reduce her symptoms. Then, after drinking a cup of fenugreek herbal tea, she again experienced chills, muscular stiffness and high fever. Within 30 minutes of testing Susan for allergy to fenugreek tea, Dr. Nambudripad was a to reduce her temperature to normal.
Thomas, a 28-year-old computer programmer, started experiencing extreme fatigue a year after taking a new job. He was so tired, he began to hate going to work. His job performance dropped, and soon he was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. When he took time from work and stayed at home, he started to feet better. But when he returned to work, got worse again.
This cycle continued for four years until Dr. Nambudripad tested him and found he was allergic to computer screen radiation and the plastic screen of his keyboard. After one session with Dr. Nambudripad he was able to resume work with no further difficulties.
How is it possible that such brief treatment should resolve problems that usually are cured only by avoiding the allergenic sub- stance? According to Dr. Nambudripad, in allergies, the brain and energy system interpret a particular substance as potentially harmful to your body.
It may be somethingÑa diamond ring, a carob-coated cherry, a peanut-that is harmless or pleasurable for others, but for you is toxic. “With the first bit of most allergic foods, the brain begins to block the energy channels to prevent the entrance of the adverse energy of the food into the body,” Dr. Nambudripad explains. The blockage of these channels causes symptoms in particular systems. For example, in Susan’s case, it was the blocking of her kidney meridian that generated the allergic symptoms of fever, chills, headaches and kidney infection.
The NAET system involves the patient holding the suspected substance while Dr. Nambudripad exerts pressure on the opposite arm to test the strength of certain muscles.
Allergenic substances weaken muscles, so if your arm goes down, you’re probably allergic to the substance you’re holding. [To perform this test yourself with a partner, see “How to Be Your Own Allergy Detective.”]
This method can be used to rest a suspected substance. But in cases where the allergen is totally unknown, Dr. Nambudripad uses a faster, computerized system of muscle testing based on electro-acupuncture and biofeedback. She uses a device which registers minute changes in electrical response through your skin as you hold different materials.
Once the allergen is known, Dr. Nambudripad uses acupressure to treat the relevant meridian. In Susan’s case, Dr. Nambudripad treated her kidney meridian while Susan held fenugreek tea in her hand. “This produces a totally new, permanent and irreversible response to the allergen,” says Dr. Nambudripad. Her system undoes the body’s conditioned response and allows it to coexist with the formerly offending substance.
Dr. Nambudripad developed the principles of NAET through her own illnesses. When she arrived in Los Angeles 20 years ago from India, she was suffering from multiple problems-eczema, arthritis, bronchitis, insomnia, sinusitis and migraine among them. An acupuncturist finally tested her for allergies and found that she could cat only white rice and broccoli without negative reactions. Her symptoms began to lift when she lived on a diet of only these two foods, but as soon as she tried to add others, her symptoms returned. Was she to five out her life eating nothing but rice and broccoli? One day she stumbled upon a solution.
After eating only a few bites of a carrot, Dr. Nambudripad felt tired and lethargic, as if she were going to faint. Was this to be for-ever on the list of untouchable substances? Instead of succumbing, she gave herself an acupuncture treatment working on the points she knew would keep her from going into shock. Then she slept for 45 minutes. When she awoke, she felt completely different, in a state of well-being. When she looked at her hands, she was still holding pieces of carrot. She then tasted carrots again and found they had lost their allergic bite.
Dr. Nambudripad claims that in twelve years of clinical use, NAET has relieved allergy symptoms in 80 to 90 percent of her patients without avoiding the allergy-producing substance.
In so doing, she has gained a new under- standing of the role of allergies in producing illness.
“Although it has gained acceptance as a separate area of medical study in the last few years,” she says, “allergy has not been given the recognition it deserves as a primary cause of many types of disorder and illness.”