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Applied Kinesiology - has anyone tried alternative medicine to treat an allergy?

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My daughter is almost 2. It took 3 mild reactions (only reddness and itching) before we narrowed the allergen down to peanuts. I knew that peanut allergies usually get worse so I started looking for possible solutions. Several friends at La Leche League have had their childrens allergies (none as severe as peanut) treated successfully by a Chiropractor using applied kinesiology. Another friend had her son's dairy and wheat allergies (which were more severe) treated by another chiropractor with some hopeful results - no change in the dairy but the wheat allergy went away for 4 months (he ate wheat during that time). There are two MD's here in town that claim to be able to eliminate peanut allergies using techniques based on kinesiology. Anyway I'm looking for more info...real experiences of people would be best - not claims of the practitioner.

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By Alice88 on Oct 29, 2012

Nice blog post about the allergy and how to get rid of it permanently.I will definitely going to follow it for my treatment also.Thanks. http://www.aias.edu.au/courses/massage-college/diploma-kinesiology

On Mar 4, 1999

Lisa, I know you asked for personal experiences with alternative treatments and I have not tried any but I thought you might be interested in the web addresses for the American Chiropractic Association [[url]www.amerchiro.org][/url] and the Canadian Chiropractic Association [[url]www.ccachiro.org][/url]. Both organizations participate in controlled studies of usual vs. alternative therapies in conjunction with medical research facilities around the world and may have information that is of interest to you. Both sites offer the opportunity to e-mail questions to the organization.

Hope this helps you.

On Mar 4, 1999


On Mar 4, 1999

Please don't go back!!! The FAN has never discussed this as an option, nor have the major researchers presented this idea to us as an alternative solution or 'cure'. Avoidance is the only way to prevent a reaction now. This is far too risky and our children's lives are too precious!

On Mar 4, 1999

I would do anything for my child. I will practice avoidance regardless of alternative treatment...the price is to high...and even if the allergy was treated it could come back anytime... BUT one more thing I'm willing to do for my child is open my mind. There are those out there who believe it to be treatable. I'm just trying to gather information and follow all the leads. I don't want my daughter to find out later that it was treatable but only early on when it was still mild. I guess I don't expect to find someone who has used alternative treatment effectively here because...well why would they be here? But negative experiences with attempts at alternative treatment are informative as well.

On Mar 4, 1999

Lisa, I agree with you! My sister is a chiropractor and neuromuscular massage therapist in Marietta, GA. She also has her B.S. in Nutrition. She has mentioned the connection before regarding chiropractic treatments and allergies. My son does see a chiropractor for his allergic rhinitis but I also abstain from any/all peanut products and he continues to see his pediatric allergist yearly as well as his pediatrician. I am in no way going to tell someone what they should do or not do for their child...I can only base things on my own situation.

My feeling is that if I have a "closed" mind regarding "different" style of treatments, then I feel I am not any better off than the people I am trying to educate who have a "closed" mind to the dangers of the peanut allergy. As with anything, education is the key.

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On Mar 4, 1999

Take your child to a board certified allergist. The New England Journal of Medicine in the last month or so had a study that chiropractor manipulation for asthma was no better than placebo. If an adult wants to try alternative medicine so be it, I would not try it on a child.

On Mar 5, 1999

There are no regulations concerning alternative medicines & herbal remedies etc. You have no way to know possible dangers etc except for what chriopractor tells you. Never take one person's word for it when it concerns the lfe of your child. The herbal/alternative medicine world has its place - but it is not for kids. I had researched the use of a few herbal treatments for my older daughter for a different medical problem and was unable to find any evidence whatsoever that they were safe or effective. Safety is the key - especially when it takes so little with a peanut allergy to die - that's not a chance I would take with my kids.

On Mar 5, 1999

I'm sure there are many, many conditions where alternative/herbal/chiropractor treatment is appropriate. BUT not for the treatment of food allergies. This has nothing to do with being closed minded. The more scientific literature you read regarding food allergies you will quickly learn there is no other treatment. Especially with a life-threatening allegy such as nuts (as opposed to wheat.) And if there is such a successful treatment has the "doctor" given you the DATA from FDA regulated clinical trials to support this??? I won't allow my kid to be an experiment.

Allergies are a disease of the immune system, I don't understand the connetion between chiropractic science and immunology.

On Mar 5, 1999

I do believe that all comments and suggestions are made out of genuine concern for all involved. Many, including mine, are based somewhat on fear. I have been given much advice along the way, asking me to change the way I handle this allergy. That's why I'm on this site. After four years of reading everything I can get my hands on, I know I still have so much more to learn. We are all trying to achieve the same end-result. I am willing to read about this approach to managing allergies. Are there any articles available out there??

On Mar 5, 1999

Mary Catherine, I agree with your sense of this situation. While I probably am not going to try any alternative therapies for my son, I am trying to keep an open mind. That is also why I posted the Chiropractic Associations websites. These are mainstream, legitimate governing bodies in their respective countries and I hoped that they could answer Lisa's questions. I have tried this approach with library patron's questions and have received balanced replies, including one that said don't believe your chiropractor if he/she is promising 'x' [not an allergy question]. I would be happy to hear from Lisa regarding any responses she gets if she tries this approach.

On Mar 5, 1999

I do appreciate everyone's input! This thing is scary as heck. All of us are loving mothers or we wouldn't be here. Frankly, I don't expect to find someone who has had positive experience with alternative treatment here....why would they be on this site?

I have found one book that has been very helpful and mind expanding on the subject of allergies, their affect on energy flow in the body, and how kinesiology works. It also explains how to perform kinesiology as test for various allergies, all in the privacy of your home. It claims you can eliminate any allergy and sites case studies to support the author's claims. The book is "Say Goodbye to Illness" by Devi Nambudripad.

Also, "Take Charge of Your Child's Health" by George Wootan M.D. who recommends using applied kinesiology as a means of testing for allergies. He says it is about as accurate, or inaccurate, as the other forms of testing (blood and skin) but is less invasive/risky/expensive -Dr. Wootan recommends a book "A Touch for Health" by Thies which I have ordered through the Library system but not yet received.

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On Mar 14, 1999

Hi all ~ I know this is a "touchy" subject, but in all fairness to everyone, I just wanted to address Brenda's question regarding chiropractic science and immunology:

According to the medical profession, studies are related to neurodystrophic hypothesis. It looks at the relationship between the immune system and the nervous system. Chiropractic is based on the nervous system and that the nervous system regulates everything in the body.

Recent Studies: 1980 Vora and Bates - The effects of spinal manipulation on the immune system; this was not a controlled study.

JMPT - September 1991, vol. 14 #7

"Comparative Population Study" - American Chiro Journal Sept. 1993 - Compares info from people who grew up under medical care vs. chiro care

All the info on nutritional research are all done on studies.

I am not a medical doctor, nor a chiropractic physician. I just wanted to address Brenda's question without "stepping on anyone's toes."

I hope I have accomplished this!

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On Jul 19, 2001

I think strict avoidance is absolutely necessary expecailly in the case of a Peanut allergy. I am, however, taking my son for accupuncture treatments called lacer where no needles are used. I am using this as a tool in hopes that it may help his body to outgrow the allergy. I will never feed him anything with peanuts only if we took a challenge test at the doctor's office. I think that Chinese medicine has things to offer that Western medicine does not. Real life example was when my dog was hit by a care and we were told she had such severe nerve damage we would have to amputate. I took her for accupuncture for two years. She is running better than ever. It was the accupuncture that saved her leg and also helped her overall healing. My philosophy is it doesn't hurt to try new methods, but don't go out and feed your child the known allergen. Wait until you get a confirmation from your docotor that your child has outgrown the allergy.

On Jul 21, 2001

I have done both rast testing and applied kinesiology for my allergic son (not PA, however) when he was a baby. My son's pediatrician did not believe me when I said I felt he had allergies, so he refused to refer me to a pediatric allergist. On the advice of a friend, I went to a chiropracter who practiced kines. He was the one who diagnosed his allergies, and we avoided all foods he had a problem with. Several months later, I had to beg the dr. to refer him to an allergist. He finally did, and the rast tests were done. I couldn't believe it, but the allergist confirmed everything the chiro. had already diagnosed. I found it to be a positive experience, non-invasive and easy for my son to tolerate. I, however, do not have an anaphylactic child.

My personal opinion on this is that there is a lot of information out there, both "conventional" and "non-conventional" and I think there is a lot to be said for both. You know your own child better than anyone, so you should be the judge of how you treat their symptoms. For me, the combination of west and east medicine worked, and I would pursue alternative treatments again. But I would never dream to tell anyone else what to do.

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