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Posted on: Sun, 03/26/2000 - 5:04am
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pI know there are many out there who think I was crazy to try NAET. This show was a perfect example of my reasons. Last year in school before my son was cleared for peanuts with naet, another student waved a peanutbutter sandwich in my son's face. He didn't have a reaction, luckily, but it really scared him, and I had to have serious talks with all involved.br /
My biggest concern was always, what if some other child was cruel and hurt my son, when I wasn't there to protect him?br /
Now I no longer have to live with that fear! Anyone still wonder why I checked out NAET? We still don't have peanuts in the house, but at least we don't have to live in fear either! I am forever grateful to have found a wonderful and caring NAET practitioner who has changed our lives in so many wonderful ways! Allergies don't have to be a life sentence, there is help, and it is being proven to the western medical world!/p

Posted on: Tue, 03/28/2000 - 6:34am
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pHi Christine,/p
pIt's been almost 6 years since I became pregnant, but I'll try to describe what happened while I was on the pill./p
pI started taking the pill at age 19 - I was extremely healthy with no health problems (I should mention, though, that I had "normal" allergies as a young child and outgrew them before my teenage years - mild allergies to dust, mold, grasses). A few months after I began taking the pills, my 20/20 eyesight got a little fuzzy so I was given a slightly corrective prescription for glasses. Several months later, I was experiencing near blackout feelings - extreme dizziness and a feeling I would faint. I was tested for anemia, etc. but everything looked fine. Several months after that I began getting excruciating head pains (not like typical headaches - it was more like a sudden, intense throbbing - took my breath away for a moment then subsided). I went to the doctor who referred me to a specialist - no problems found. A year later, I went to the eye doctor and my eyesight had worsened significantly in one eye only (she'd never seen anything like it). She was concerned and ran some tests, but concluded it was just medically baffling. Some time later, I visited an eye specialist who finally listened to me (all along I'd questioned ALL of these doctors if birth control pills could cause these problems I'd never had before - they all treated me the same way my son's pediatrician did when I said I thought my son might be pa - they all thought I was off base). This doctor who conducted several lengthy tests said the eye problem WAS linked to the pill and that blood clotting behind one eye was causing the eyesight to grow worse! I switched to a lower dosage and considered stopping the pill altogether. One day I was driving home and a head pain hit me so strong I nearly swerved off the road while driving. This time the doctor said to stop taking the pill immediately! Within four weeks I became pregnant. Sum of years on pill: 4/p
pPart two: I never got back on the pill - it scares me. To explain what I mean about "weakening my system" would take a while but it revolves around the idea that my body "reacted" to the pill, stopped "reacting" once I stopped taking it, but continues to respond to everything in a more "sensitized" way. Any medicine I take must be a very low dose or I have problems (another long story). /p
pThis is hard to explain and I'm sure I'm forgetting some of the details. I'll try to find time to reread the journals I used to write - hopefully, that will trigger my memory as to ALL the reasons I was convinced the pill caused my problems./p
pMaybe I'm just a weird case, but even if I'm the only one, I am (at least) ONE who exists!/p
pP.S. I'm not suggesting this could happen to everyone - obviously, it doesn't. But for some reason it was my experience./p
pPlease ask more if you're interested. I'll try to remember more to help./p

Posted on: Wed, 03/29/2000 - 5:19am
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pColleenMarie:br /
I'm a statistician.br /
The reason I know about mitral valve prolapse and Group B strep is that I have both of them so I looked them up in my pregnancy books. /p
pAccording to the "Mayo Clinic Complete Book of Pregnancy" MVP affects 7% of women. (I've also seen a 17% figure in a book called "The Female Heart" written by a cardiologist.) They (Mayo and the cardiologist) recommend that you alert your OB if you have this and "Your physician can assess your degree of risk and decide whether to recommend the use of antibiotics during labor to minimize the risk of endocarditis (an infection on the surface of the mitral valve)"./p
pGroup B Strep: from "What to Expect. . . " ". . . most practitioners do a culture for Group B strep in all their pregnant patients at about 26 to 28 weeks. If the results are positive the woman is treated with antibiotics as soon as her membranes rupture or when she goes into labor. Studies show that this effectively protects the baby from harm." The Mayo Clinic book says that "Up to 20% of women have the bacterium present . . . " (Sorry for the 20-25 figure - I was quoting from memory - but I was close.) One of the TV news magazines had a show recently about babies who either died or were badly harmed by this and the parents were taking legal action because the culture wasn't performed and they weren't given antibiotics./p
pBladder infections and UTI: From "What to Expect": "Urinary tract infections are so common in pregnancy that 10% of pregnant women can expect to develop at least one and those who have already had one have a 1 in 3 chance of an encore. . . Regardless of whether there are symptoms or not, once an infection is diagnosed it should be treated promptly by a physician, with an antibiotic approved for use during pregnancy. . . In 20% to 40% of cases, untreated bladder infection during pregnancy progresses to kidney infection, which is more of a threat to mother and baby."/p

Posted on: Wed, 03/29/2000 - 7:15am
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pColleen,br /
OK, now I understand better what you were saying. I guess the term "weakened immune system" threw me off. I would definitely agree that your body did not react well to whatever was in the birth control pills. I don't think you had a weakened immune system otherwise you would have been struggling with infectious diseases that wouldn't clear up rather than some of the types of problems you were having. The blood clotting thing is definitely a problem with birth control pills and some women. Also, I did hear that it is quite common to become *very* fertile after cessation of birth control. Sometimes the ovaries release multiple eggs and/or more often than once per cycle.br /
Christine/p

Posted on: Wed, 03/29/2000 - 8:56am
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pMy first born son is PA. During my pregnancy I was still working full time and I ate fast food occasionally and I remember eating candy more so than before I was pregnant. He was born C-Section and weighed 9lbs. 15 1/2 oz!! Before his first birthday he had several severe allergic reactions and was diagnosed with PA at 13 months.br /
My second pregnancy I didn't work. I ate very little fast food or candy. But, I had a bladder infection which had to be treated with antibiotics in my 6th month. In my 7th month I was diagnosed with the Strep bacteria and was told I would have to have antibiotics in delivery. My second son was born C-section, also, so I ended up not having to take them. He weighed 9 lbs. 5 oz. Two big boys!! He has shown no signs of allergies, although I'm holding off on peanut butter until he's 3 (he's 17 months). I nursed him for 3 months and couldn't nurse my first born at all. I have wondered if there was something I did during that pregnancy that caused his PA....the candy, the fast food, what did I crave...I only remember craving corn dogs (of all things!!). It's so frustrating, but, I hope soon there will be some kind of breakthrough in scientific research which will clear all these questions up. My husband suffers from allergies although none to food. I just wanted to share these experiences./p

Posted on: Wed, 03/29/2000 - 12:14pm
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pTo think this strand was originally about the TV show!!! What a tangent.../p
pThanks for the responses regarding antibiotics, birth control pills, etc. There may not be any connections but it's wonderful that we can communicate via the internet and begin to "conduct" our own research!/p
pRegarding my terminology ("weakened system"), I realize that wasn't the best way to put it. But I don't know too much about the medical field and have a difficult time putting things into words. This can be a real handicap when visiting a doctor!/p
pmew:br /
Thanks for providing such a detailed explanation - I appreciate your taking the time to respond. I have so much to learn!/p
pI find it interesting that so many of us feel somehow responsible in some way for our children's pa. It's a shame, isn't it? I hope research will begin to shed some light on this allergy./p

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