Anaphylaxis and Naturopaths?

So I have a question for you guys! After every reaction I have, a family friend insists I try a naturopath. This is something I am really apprehensive about as my allergies are so life threatening and I would worry that I would be allergic to one of their natural treatments. My friend thinks it will help my immune system and help prevent reactions. What I was wondering is if you guys have ever tried a naturopath for your food allergies? I found this article on allergic living magazines website which pretty much sums up what I am feeling! http://allergicliving.com/index.php/2010/07/02/food-allergy-naturopath-concerns/

I have no intentions of going to a naturopath for my allergies but I just want to know what you guys think! Hope all my Canadian followers are enjoying Canada’s day weekend! I am on my deck right now curled up in my snuggie as I write this!

Bye for now 🙂

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15 thoughts on “Anaphylaxis and Naturopaths?

      • where is that bed a breakfast? The home my mom grew up in and I spent many a good time in, is a bed a breakfast now…. a cousin is running it:)
        Donnalou

  1. I have been the naturopath route but it was for my eldest son’s eczema…I too am leery about it for food allergies. Clinical studies are currently being conducted for food allergies…I will wait for their results. Happy Canada Day…love the bonfire…makes me want a S’more! ! 🙂

  2. The ingredients in vitamins and other supplements are not regulated by the Canadian government 😦 they can have ANYThiNG in them and not be labeled properly. My husband who is PA had a severe reaction to a calcium supplement, who knows where it came from or what was in it! Our allergist advises against supplements and points out rightly that there is no benefit from naturopathic cures that you can’t just get for free by just eating well and living healthy.

  3. First of all… It has to be kind of frustrating to be recommended a naturopath for something that cannot be cured… However I can see how supporting your immune system could help you recover post-reaction more quickly.

    My experience with an integrative medicine doctor (a dr who is an MD as well as a naturopath) was she gave me a long list of foods I am sensitive to and was knowledgable about allergy families. If anything,I felt she was overly cautious about my potential exposure since we were dealing with intolerances, not life threatening allergies like you have. I’d recommend an integrative medicine doctor over a regular naturopath because they have a background that allows them to understand the treatments your allergist is using. You could also call around and ask the receptionist if the doctor has experience working with patients with such severe allergies.

    If you go that route in an effort to boost your immune system, you should personally call every single supplement supplier that makes any supplement you will be taking. If they cannot tell you exactly what their process is for producing the supplement and guarantee it is free of the allergens in question, do not take it. Many supplement companies are reputable and good for their word. I’d do a little research on forums.

  4. Don’t do it!! We did NAET with my daughter when she was two. She is ana to dairy, eggs and peanuts. Before she started it, we could take her into pizza places, etc… with no problems. Now, there are certain grocery stores that cook pizza.. can’t go in them. Can’t cook with dairy or eggs at all – She has asthma attacks. Even at school, her class schedule is worked around what is for lunch so that she is no where close to the cafeteria when dairy or eggs are heated. 😦 Go with your gut! Your friends just simply won’t get it if they are not living it. It’s not worth the risk IMO.

  5. I am extremely allergic to peanuts. I majored in Biology in college and a few years back, I started working at an allergy testing laboratory. The doctor that worked there with me was a naturopath. Being deeply suspicious of natural remedies and their potential for a severe allergic reaction, I didn’t really trust anything she said.

    However, after working closely with her for months and months, I started to really like her, and I was curious about what naturopathic suggestions she would have to help alleviate my asthma, eczema, and allergic reactions. One day in January, after everybody in the office had been out sick with severe stomach flu for at least a week, I went to her office, feeling queasy and I said, “help.” I asked her what she recommended so I wouldn’t get this horrible sickness.everybody got. My allergies, asthma, and eczema mean that when I get sick, I get way sicker than normal people. My immune system seems to only be interested in attacking me, not the viruses. She told me to take massive vitamin C until I had diarrhea(I know, gross, but I was desperate not to get sick) and then drink massive water, and take 30,000 IU of vitamin D. What? But I was feeling worse by the hour, so I followed her advice when I got home from work that day, Friday. The next day, I projectile vomited 3 times in the morning. I couldn’t even keep water down and I was so sick and thirsty. And then I started getting better rapidly. Following the Naturopath’s advice, I was sick for half a day.

    I then asked her for some naturopathic advice, and here’s what worked:
    -Taking fish oil (purified of mercury & dioxin) supplements. Helps with the eczema.
    -Vitamin C supplements. Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine.
    -Zinc, & magnesium supplements.
    -Fresh ground echinacea tea (I get it in bulk from a natural herb store)

    Before I started the supplement regimen, my asthma & eczema were a heck of a lot worse than they are now, and I feel way better in general. I also eat fresh vegetables (preferably organic) of all kinds every day.

    I’ve also had experience with Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture. Although I was warned by my doctors about taking the Chinese herbs, I never had a problem, and actually only taking Chinese herbs prepared by my acupuncturist, along with getting acupuncture every two weeks, I was able to go off benadryl, and zyrtec completely. I cannot explain this with the knowledge I learned in Biology. But TCM is a healing system using energy, and apparently I am really sensitive to energy.

    So it’s weird. Although my education and my Western doctors say that this could be potentially dangerous thing for me to try, my personal experience has demonstrated these healing modalities to be quite safe and effective. Do research before you book an appointment, Yelp is a great resource to go to for reviews on your local alternative healer.

    Having multiple allergies means I am exquisitely sensitive. I’ve had some intense experiences at the acupuncturist, most every time, I feel my chi shift. It’s amazing for me and it really does work. When I get acupuncture when I have sinus congested and asthma, 5 minutes after the needles go in, my airways relax like I have been breathing through a nebulizer, and the sinuses in my head drain and I feel way clearer.

    Having multiple severe allergies, it is easy to be overly cautious and live in fear. But a healthy dose of reasonable advice from a naturopath, and the occasional acupuncture session does wonders to heal the havoc wrecked on your body from allergies. So I would recommend to go for it, try alternative medicine, I did, and it was the right choice for me.

  6. I’ve considered it, especially during times of desperation. What I ended up doing for chronic pain (and what I think would be a good idea for you as well) is to talk to a nutrition specialist. They’re not MDs, but they did go to medical school. It’s a little less hippie-dippie, but they give you a simple list of what to avoid eating and what you should eat, and what level of exercise you need to help strengthen your immune system and overall health. I’m sure they know more about allergies than naturopaths too.

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