Naturopath

Posted on: Tue, 01/17/2006 - 8:58am
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Has anyone have a child who has seen a Naturopath to help with his/her the peanut allergy?

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Posted on: Tue, 01/17/2006 - 1:00pm
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Sorry, would throw a BIG caution to anyone!

Posted on: Tue, 01/17/2006 - 1:09pm
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Prior to our seeing an allergist, we had heard about this chiropractor guy who did some natural remedy type things. This guy "tested" my son (at the time he was about 11 months old) for "allergies" using vials of allergens held in your hand then testing your strength (keep in mind I was holding my son, he put the sealed vials against ds while I held out my other arm and he tried to press it down, decreased strength=allergy). I remember thinking, what a load of **** , but I stuck to his dietary suggestions, and lo and behold, the eczema (infected and bleeding) got better, as did his lungs and his overall health improved ( no longer barfing up/reflux type problems). It was then that I asked for an allergist referral (I had no idea this could have been the cause of his problems) and the chiro was pretty on track with the allergist's findings.
Keep in mind the chiro never suggested he could "cure" anything, there was never anything invasive. For us it provided some relief to my son, and started us on the path to finding an allergist. The chiro does now do a "desensitization" thing with a light of some sort. Although he did desensitize ds to peanut a couple years ago, he said absolutely DO NOT change what you're doing, he does not claim to cure. DS's PN rast has gone down (from 13 to 3.? I think), was it avoidance or the magic light of the one we affectionately call the "witch doctor", guess we'll never know.
I guess my point is to do no harm first, RUN from anyone claiming they can cure it. I would never give my son any herbal stuff, the unknowns are too great. The one thing I have tried to keep up on are the pro-biotics, I think they have done great things for my kids.
I think chiro's are good for ear infections too, knock on wood we have not had an ear infection since we cleaned up ds's diet four years ago, but I think if he had one now I'd try chiro before antibiotics ( which they really don't like to give for ear infections anymore anyways).
Just be careful. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Posted on: Wed, 01/18/2006 - 8:27am
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I have to say that my son's naturopath made an incredible difference in his health. We were in a rather desperate situation as my son at 2 years of age was literally down to 5 or 6 food substances that he could tolerate without an allergic reaction and it seemed the more he ate something he would develop an allergy to it too. And how can you rotate a diet of 6 things? I was in tears. Plus the horrible eczema, asthma. My poor child.
We spent hundreds and hundreds of pounds on doctors, tests, dieticians but got no where. Finally, and I can't remember who, but someone recommended this naturopath who lives about 45 mintues away. I had to wait 4 months for an appointment and she has people coming from all over the country to her (I'm in Ireland).
Now, I will preface this by saying that I had irritable bowel syndrome in my early 30s and I was in misery and no doctor or specialists gave me any relief. At my wit's end I went to an acupuncturist school (in San Francisco where I lived at the time) where they do clinics (i.e. cheaper) but mostly you'd get students practising on you under supervision. Well, I got a few students and they didn't do me much good but THEN I got this fantastic teacher. I went weekly for sessions and had to brew these totally noxious teas that stank and everyone at work made fun of my little glass jar of brown liquid. BUT after about 4 months of this I was CURED. Completely. Utterly. Anyone can scoff or be sceptical if they want but I was cured. I continued to go to him weekly until he travelled to China to study and I moved to Ireland but to be honest if my health or my children's health was ever is serious jeopardy I would track him down.
So, I wasn't that hostile to the thought of alternative medicine upon taking my son to the naturopath. BUT I also knew (and this is the most important thing) that you can get excellent, knowledgeable practitioners that can really help you OR you can get a quack or someone out to make a buck. That is my biggest recommendation to you if you seek out a naturopath - get referals and recomendations. Plenty of them. And bear in mind that if you find someone who doesn't help you there may still be someone who can.
I also agree with hblmom in that don't trust anyone who says they can CURE an allergy. They're on the take.
So, I took my son to the naturopath and she did this bioresonance thing on him where he held these metal tubes and she put allergens in a metal cup and held this bar and if it vibrated that meant he was allergic. OK. Fine, I know what that sounds like and even I was sceptical. Very sceptical, after that.
But she said that he was the most allergic person that she'd ever seen and when I told her my financial situation she gave me an unbelievable deal on his treatments (basically bioresonance). The various homeopathic medicines, flower essences, probiotics, vitamins, etc. she didn't supply so couldn't give me a deal on and they cost a fortune. And I knew that she wasn't hurting for business as her waiting room was always very full. She fit him into a weekly schedule where he would have to sit on a chair with this mat and hold onto these bars for about an hour and a half.
At the same time he was put on probiotics and digestive enzymes (there is a theory that a lot of allergies can be due to leaky gut syndrome and step one is to promote general health in the gut, hence probiotics and digestive enzymes). He was given some immune stimulants (homeopathic), vitamin C, flower essences and Evening Primrose Oil (I highly, highly recommend this in the treatment of eczema). A couple of other things that I don't remember now 5 years later.
That, plus two major illnesses at the time (chicken pox and very seroius staph infection in his hands - eczema) and presto: eczema gone (except from hands), severity of reactions diminished (meaning he wasn't as reactive to every single thing that passed his lips), and able to eat things he was a little iffy on.
Now, he is absolutely NOT cured of anything. He still gets flare ups of eczema but he is not crying himself to sleep and scratching himself bloody from it. In fact his flareups are usually only on his hands. but he is so much healthier and he can EAT.

Posted on: Wed, 01/18/2006 - 1:14pm
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Honestly, my vet recommends some of the same stuff for our dog who has a sensitive stomach (evening primrose, vit C, enzymes and probiotics). She herself sees an accupuncturist. I have seen natural remedies help tremendously. I almost wish she accepted us two legged patients, she's wonderful.

Posted on: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 11:39pm
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Lebovitz- caution why? If these treatments work for some people, why not?
A Naturalpath saved my life by doing NAET treatments. I will not go into it because I have posted it on earlier message boards before.
If it works for you, ....again......why not?
Sandy

Posted on: Sat, 01/21/2006 - 12:15am
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I agree with Lebovitz. She didn't say don't do it - just to use caution.
As far as chiropractors go, I'm sure there are some chiropractors that know their stuff but some of what I've seen chiropractors push is akin to snake oil.
[This message has been edited by Adele (edited January 21, 2006).]

Posted on: Sat, 01/21/2006 - 6:33am
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My daughter and I both see a naturopathic physician, and my husband does as well.
We like her very much. She is well-educated and knows her stuff. I do feel such alternatives can be a good addition to one's health regime and lifestyle.
But for my child's life threatening tree-nut allergy, I go with conventional medical advice all the way. That is what I am most comfortable with.

Posted on: Sat, 01/21/2006 - 7:59am
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I'll try to find an old thread about this where I've posted about our experience (mixed). No time to re-tell the entire story now, because it's lo-o-o-ng.
Amy

Posted on: Tue, 01/17/2006 - 1:00pm
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Sorry, would throw a BIG caution to anyone!

Posted on: Tue, 01/17/2006 - 1:09pm
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Prior to our seeing an allergist, we had heard about this chiropractor guy who did some natural remedy type things. This guy "tested" my son (at the time he was about 11 months old) for "allergies" using vials of allergens held in your hand then testing your strength (keep in mind I was holding my son, he put the sealed vials against ds while I held out my other arm and he tried to press it down, decreased strength=allergy). I remember thinking, what a load of **** , but I stuck to his dietary suggestions, and lo and behold, the eczema (infected and bleeding) got better, as did his lungs and his overall health improved ( no longer barfing up/reflux type problems). It was then that I asked for an allergist referral (I had no idea this could have been the cause of his problems) and the chiro was pretty on track with the allergist's findings.
Keep in mind the chiro never suggested he could "cure" anything, there was never anything invasive. For us it provided some relief to my son, and started us on the path to finding an allergist. The chiro does now do a "desensitization" thing with a light of some sort. Although he did desensitize ds to peanut a couple years ago, he said absolutely DO NOT change what you're doing, he does not claim to cure. DS's PN rast has gone down (from 13 to 3.? I think), was it avoidance or the magic light of the one we affectionately call the "witch doctor", guess we'll never know.
I guess my point is to do no harm first, RUN from anyone claiming they can cure it. I would never give my son any herbal stuff, the unknowns are too great. The one thing I have tried to keep up on are the pro-biotics, I think they have done great things for my kids.
I think chiro's are good for ear infections too, knock on wood we have not had an ear infection since we cleaned up ds's diet four years ago, but I think if he had one now I'd try chiro before antibiotics ( which they really don't like to give for ear infections anymore anyways).
Just be careful. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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