Research Alternative Medicine before Shunning It

I have two children in elementary school now and every year at the beginning of the school year at open house, it is inevitable that at least one parent stands up to discuss his child’s allergy, or we at least receive a letter from the parents or school nurse describing a classmate’s life-threatening food allergy. One of our daughter’s does have a food allergy, and we have written those letters and done those talks. But we are not as afraid as we used to be. We have also done alternative treatments with excellent results and when we see the fear other parents have, we can very well relate.

When we encounter someone with a child with a food allergy, or for that matter any allergy, my husband feels strongly that we should always share our alternative treatment (NAET) story in hopes that it may alleviate some of the fear these other parents have. I, on the other hand, am a little more cautious than he, maybe because of the looks I’ve received when we start talking about “alternative practitioners” or “acupressure.” I like to wade into the world of alternative treatment when discussing it with others; he likes to dive right in, regardless of the temperature of our audience.

I don’t know if the odd looks are maybe curious interest, or perhaps they are are-you-crazy looks. We have told people about alternative forms of allergy treatment regarding not only food allergies, but also pollen allergies and asthma. So far, only one of the many people we have told about NAET has tried it. And it was successful. A handful of others swear they are going to get more information from us, or that they are “definitely” going to give it a try, they just need to find some time.

What we don’t understand, is why not? NAET, along with some other alternative treatments like dietary change or additions, is a noninvasive practice that can aleve symptoms or at least the severity of the symptoms. People are ready to take their children (or themselves for that matter) into the allergist and begin a regimen of uncomfortable shots, and that’s usually after completing a painful skin test, yet they balk at the thought of trying something unconventional, but pain free.

I understand the questioning of anything that isn’t mainstream; it’s not “proven” or FDA approved. I’ve questioned plenty of recommendations that I’ve received over the years for various medical solutions, some I’ve ended up adding to my regimen, some I’ve ended up tossing out with the bath water. But on the other hand, there is a lot out there that is FDA approved that might not necessarily be the best option for you, and not just in the realm of allergy relief.

The bottom line, what I believe in is research (and I mean your own) and an open mind. Whether it’s an alternative treatment or whether it’s a new doctor, do your background checking, your investigative work. Ask questions, do a little online exploration or make some phone calls. You are your ultimate authority, but be one with an open mind. Just as it is best to learn about something before accepting it, do the same before you reject it. You may be in for a pleasant, not to mention healthful, surprise.

– Heather Legg


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