Does this Cure for Kids’ Allergies Sound a Bit Crazy?

Food allergies can completely change a family's life, both in large and in small ways. From family functions to school parties, the fear of knowing that your child's life is in danger simply from the food that someone else chooses to eat is overwhelming. 

For families that have to deal with food allergies, life can feel like it's one series of worries about the next meal or snack after another. Children with food allergies can be prone to depression because they may be isolated at school, such as having to sit at a special allergy table, or because there are children who are making fun of them. And parents have to worry 24/7, not only about educating their child about their own diet, but about worrying if other people will adhere to the “rules” about food allergies. Even today, after food allergies and awareness have drastically risen, there are still people who don't take food allergies seriously. 

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The point is this: food allergies are serious and impact every part of life, which is why many parents would be desperate to try an all-natural treatment that claims to completely cure food allergies. But does it actually work? And what the heck is it?

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The alleged all-natural treatment for allergies is actually a set of practices called the Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Techniques, or NAET, for short. The techniques were supposedly developed by Dr. Devi S. Nambudripad back in 1983, and according to the official NAET website, they involve using a “non-invasive, drug-free, natural solution to alleviate allergies of all types and intensities using a blend of selective energy-balancing, testing, and treatment procedures from acupuncture/acupressure, allopathy, chiropractic, nutritional, and kinesiological disciplines of medicine” to treat and cure allergies. 

The website claims that there are 12,000 people trained in these techniques across the world and that they have had great success, although they are careful to say that they only “treat” allergies and would never claim to “cure” them completely. They claim they can “treat” reactions to egg, milk, peanuts, penicillin, aspirin, mushrooms, shellfish, latex, grass, ragweed, flowers, perfume, animal dander, animal epithelial, makeup, chemicals, and cigarette smoke (why would you want this alleviated??), and the full success may take several treatments in-office. 

So is it effective? Well, we can't say for sure. There is much excitement on the NAET website about an “official” study that shows the efficacy of the techniques, but before we get too excited, there is only one person involved in this study, and it was done by the doctor himself. So, yeah, not really proving anything there. 

But that being said, I do know people who have had success with the NAET techniques, and seeing a child who was suffering go to being a happy kid with no worries is a pretty huge and convincing testament to me. I definitely want to believe it's possible, that's for sure. 

And I have to be entirely honest with you, I know it sounds flaky, but there are doctors who practice this technique who do other health treatment as well and I'm actually considering taking one of my children to one of their practitioners simply because Western medicine hasn't provided us with an answer yet. I figure if it can't hurt, it might be worth a shot. 

And as always, because we're taking about kids and health, here, is your official disclaimer to keep in mind that you should never use our discussions here as an excuse to treat your kid's allergies on your own. Always do your own research and talk to your own personal doctor before starting or stopping any medical treatments for your child, especially when allergies are involved. 

Would you try NAET to relieve your child's allergies? 

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Does this Cure for Kids’ Allergies Sound a Bit Crazy?

Chaunie Brusie is a writer, mom of four, and founder of The Stay Strong Mom, a community + gift box service for moms after loss. ... More

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