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NAET Treatments & Hashimoto’s – The Iron Series

NAET Treatments & Hashimoto’s – The Iron Series

Please note: this is not medical advice, only my own experience. You should consult with a knowledgeable practitioner as you go through this journey. I am listing the supplements I use only as reference. I am not being compensated for this information.

Hi all,

Back to writing after a hiatus due to the holidays and continuing muscles issues. I’m happy to say that the muscle issues are beginning to abate, so I feel like I can, once again, sit at the computer long enough to “talk” with you guys!

A lot has happened since my last muscle episode and I am continuing to try to figure things out in order to get back to some stability here. I mentioned in my previous post that I believed the onset of these issues to be caused by lowering my meds and some supplements too much in combination with taking my NAET treatments too often.

In recent weeks, I have re-introduced my adrenal supplements (Pure Encapsulations adrenal cortex) at 2 per day and Ultra Benfotiamine (Douglas Labs) at 1 per day. This has helped with allergies, depression and energy, as well as with muscle tone.

A couple of weeks ago, my allergies began to flair again. Turns out that the new vitamin D supplement I was trying had vanilla in it and….guess what….I’m allergic to vanilla. So I am back to my original vitamin D supplement (Jarrow) for the time being. This vanilla allergy will be addressed at some point during my NAET treatments, but that will be down the road a piece.

About a week after that flair-up, my allergies started screaming at me again….now what!? I couldn’t figure out what was going on until I finally ended up with a headache. This told me that I had exceeded my histamine safety levels. So, I’ve spent the last week or so trying to get that back under control. I’m not sure why this has raised its ugly head again, but my NAET practitioner believes that it’s due to the fact that I didn’t completely clear my last treatment. Thankfully, this problem seems to be slowly getting under control again. I intend to write a post on histamine, since people with gut issues can very often have this problem, but until then, just know that these supplements can be very helpful in controlling the problem:

  1. Antronex (Standard Process)
  2. Mangosteen
  3. Quercetin
  4. Adequate Vitamin C 
  5. Proper adrenal support (adrenal cortex and/or hydrocortisone and/or adaptogens)

And now back to my NAET treatments! If you are just joining us on this journey and would like to catch up, please click on any or all of the links below to go to posts pertaining to previous treatments:

  1. Brain Body Balance
  2. Egg Mix
  3. Calcium Mix
  4. Vitamin C
  5. Sugar
  6. Base
  7. Rice & Potatoes
  8. Vitamin B
  9. Stomach Acid

I’m calling this post the “iron series” because this has turned out to be a series of FOUR treatments in order to get my body to be at peace with iron, finally. Iron has been a biggie for me since at least my early twenties, and maybe for longer. It was then that I was diagnosed with borderline anemia after complaining about constant fatigue, but the only direction I was given at the time was to eat more red meat and spinach. I did this, but I don’t think it helped much. I believe that I was already struggling with the very early stages of Hashi’s at this point, given my digestive problems since birth and exposure to Epstein-Barre at a young age.

If only someone had been knowledgeable enough about this condition at that point in time to test for markers…

I often wonder how different my life might have been. I know many of you out there probably wonder similar things about your own life.

If you’ve been reading my previous posts about NAET treatments, then you’ve probably realized that all the sessions follow the same blueprint. What has usually been happening is that my practitioner tests to see if I’ve cleared the substance that I was treated for in the last session. Typically, I have and we move on to the next substance in the protocol.

But things got pretty complicated with iron.

All of the iron treatments in this series were the usual “spinal massage”, breathing and energy work, followed by acupuncture. The avoidance period was usually 48 – 50 hours for me.

Here is the list of allowed foods for iron: white rice without fortification, sour dough bread without iron, dairy products, cauliflower, potato, chicken, egg white, light green vegetables, iceberg lettuce, carrots, onions, garlic, berries, melons, tomatoes, pineapple, apple, pear, yellow banana, cucumber, citrus fruits, olive oil, vegetable oil, ginger, garlic.

Now, out of these foods, I can only eat chicken, light green veggies, iceberg lettuce, carrots and ginger, due to food sensitivities and allergies. However, I decided to eat a little goat cheese and cauliflower for this treatment in order to keep from starving to death.

Mind you, I was already having muscle problems (again) when I was doing this avoidance, which turned out to be another mistake on my part. My system really wasn’t strong enough to be able to handle this, so I wasn’t doing myself any favors by going through this treatment at this point in time. But I didn’t really realize it at the time. Additionally, eating cauliflower for 2 days isn’t great for your thyroid gland.

I got through the avoidance and managed to get my energy back after a couple of days. When I went back for the next treatment, my practitioner tested me and found that my body was asking for “combination” treatments of iron and B vitamins, as well as for iron and stomach acid and digestive enzymes.

Combination treatments seem to occur when your body is trying to learn to process a substance, but needs to do it in a certain context.

When doing a combination treatment, you can choose which avoidance protocol to follow out of the substances in the combination. So, for iron and B vitamins, I could either follow the protocol for iron again, or do the protocol for B vitamins.

I decided to stick with the iron protocol because it’s easier, even though it still wasn’t great for my system overall. Once again, I was faced with 2 days of chicken, cauliflower, lettuce, carrots and some goat cheese. When I returned for the next treatment, thankfully I had cleared the combination.

Next was the combination of iron with stomach acid and digestive enzymes. I could choose from these three substances for my avoidance protocol. I chose stomach acid, since the protocol is essentially eggs and veggies and I was totally sick of chicken and cauliflower by now. The avoidance wasn’t a problem in terms of the foods, but I was continuing to have issues with my muscles and it was at this point that it dawned on me that all the deprivation I was going through with these treatments might be connected to these issues.

I decided to postpone my next treatment for a couple of weeks in order to give my body time to rest. My practitioner was on board with this decision, thankfully. In the meantime, I was making regular trips to the chiropractor and massage therapist in an attempt to get things calmed down a bit.

It turned out that my shoulder blade had actually rotated outward.

No wonder I was in so much pain! This thing just decided to do this in the middle of the night one night and I woke up the next morning with very little lateral movement in my arm. All the musculature around my shoulder blade had constricted to the point where the shoulder blade had no choice but to rotate.

It has been a very slow process getting these muscles to calm down and relax in order to allow the bone to go back into place, but I am finally there, thank goodness.

When I went back for my next treatment, my practitioner tested to see if I had cleared the iron/stomach acid/digestive enzymes combination. Unfortunately, I only cleared the iron with the digestive enzymes, so we had to treat again for the iron and stomach acid. Since I had enjoyed a few weeks off from treatments, I was ok with eating veggie omelettes for 2 days again…and I decided to wait another couple of weeks before another treatment in order to protect the recovery I was having with my muscles.

I did manage to finally clear the iron and stomach acid the next time around. YAY. Now on to something new and different  🙂

Onward and Upward!

Vanessa

Vanessa Gunter, D.M.A., M.A.

 

NAET Treatments & Hashimoto’s: Treatment #9 – Stomach Acid

NAET Treatments & Hashimoto’s: Treatment #9 – Stomach Acid

I’ve been away from blogging for a few weeks – too much going on, physically and otherwise. So, it’s time to try to catch up. If you haven’t read any of my other posts on NAET and Hashi’s, you can read about all the treatments that took place previous to this one by clicking on the following links:

  1. Brain Body Balance
  2. Egg Mix
  3. Calcium Mix
  4. Vitamin C
  5. Sugar
  6. Base
  7. Rice & Potatoes
  8. Vitamin B

As I mentioned in my last post, I ended up having another episode with my muscles after the last treatment. I have now concluded that this was the result of a combination of reducing my meds perhaps too far and also subjecting myself to these treatments too often.

Every period of deprivation that you have to go through with these treatments takes a toll on your body and, depending on your individual situation, your body may or may not be up to the task. I have found out that we are going to have slow down a bit with these treatments and spread them out a bit more.

I actually ended up having four more weekly treatments before coming to this conclusion. Since my right arm and shoulder were basically out of commission due to muscle knots and pain, my practitioner muscle-tested me with the other arm. After the fourth treatment (treatment #12), I finally decided I needed a break.

Everyone is unique. You may not be able to do weekly treatments. You might need to do every 2 weeks instead.

Make sure you listen to your body carefully in order to avoid unnecessary hardships by going through the treatments too quickly.

In talking with my practitioner, it became clear that my situation is complicated enough that we are going to have get a little creative in order to get me through all of these treatments without adverse side effects, like this muscle episode I’m having right now.

Other than the muscle issues, I had no other side effects from the last treatment, good or bad. My practitioner tested me to make sure I cleared the vitamin B and I did – thank goodness – because I would not want to have to go through that again.

The rest of the session went as usual – testing for the new substance, in this case, stomach acid, followed by spinal “massage”, energy work and acupuncture. It was determined that I would have to avoid stomach acid for 48 hours.

The avoidance protocol for stomach acid is much less extreme than what it was for vitamin B. You have to avoid sugars, starches, fruits, grains, meats, and coffee. This basically leaves you with eggs and veggies, which is why  my acupuncturist calls it the “omelette” treatment. Of course, I also had to stay off of my hydrochloric acid supplement and my multi, unfortunately, because it has betaine in it.

Even so, I felt I got through the 48 hours pretty well, although I did notice more pain in my muscles during the avoidance period. That extra pain went away about 24 hours after getting back to normal with my diet and supplements, although the baseline pain I’ve been having remained. So, it’s back to the chiropractor and massage therapist in between these treatments now.

On the upside, I was able to reduce my stomach acid supplement a bit after this treatment. This was the only effect I noticed.

Next we are going to tackle iron, which is a biggie for me. Stay tuned!

Moving forward to better health,

Vanessa

Vanessa Gunter, D.M.A., M.A.

 

 

NAET Treatments & Hashimoto’s: Treatment #8 – Vitamin B

NAET Treatments & Hashimoto’s: Treatment #8 – Vitamin B

Disclosure: you may find links in this article to various products I use. I am NOT being compensated in any way for this advertising. They are simply products that I have found to work well for me.

If  you’re just now joining us and would like to catch up on what we’ve done so far, please click on the links below:

  1. Brain Body Balance
  2. Egg Mix
  3. Calcium Mix
  4. Vitamin C
  5. Sugar
  6. Base
  7. Rice & Potatoes

My week following the last treatment for rice and potatoes was uneventful, other than finding out I really don’t want to eat potatoes that much anymore. I think I will opt for rice instead for this treatment coming up. I just like it more.

The avoidance period for this treatment is very challenging. As I mentioned in a previous post, pretty much everything has B vitamins in it, so the only things you can usually eat for this treatment are deep fried fish, deep fried potatoes, white rice and cauliflower. However, I have a brand of veggie chips that I eat (Terra Chips) that claim to be free of vitamin B. I had my practitioner test me for these when I went for the treatment and she said it would be ok for me to eat them. Boy, did that ever turn out to be a lifesaver!

Some people really like deep fried foods, especially if they are still generally adhering to the standard American diet. But, I’ve been off of them for a long, long time and I just really don’t like them so much anymore. I also eliminated rice a couple of years ago after realizing it was contributing to my sugar cravings. As for cauliflower, it’s good for you, but a person with a thyroid problem needs to be judicious about how much is consumed. Cauliflower is considered a goitrogenic food, which means it has the potential to suppress thyroid function, especially if eaten raw. I always cook these foods and try not to eat them more than a few times a week.

I ordered a very small deep fryer in order to fry fish for this treatment, since I didn’t feel I could trust that fish fried at a restaurant would meet all my allergy requirements. I decided to do my frying the day before my treatment, so I wouldn’t have to bother with it after the treatment. I’m usually pretty tired right after these treatments and, many times, that fatigue carries all the way through the avoidance period. Sometimes I only regain my energy the day after coming off of the avoidance period.

Holy Hot Oil! The deep frying was a disaster! I followed the instructions on the fryer and filled it with oil up to the “max line”. When I submerged the basket full of fish into the oil, the oil overflowed onto the counter and all over the floor of the kitchen.

There I was with a truly hot mess on my hands.

My kitties loved this, of course. What an adventure. I did not.

I almost just gave up, but I knew I couldn’t because I would have nothing to eat. So, I just gathered myself and proceeded to clean up everything and try again. I finally managed to make enough fish to last for 2 days, which is my typical avoidance time. I also made enough rice to last for 2 days.

The treatment itself went as usual. We discussed what supplements I would have to avoid: my multivitamin (this always makes life a little harder when I’m not on it) and my 5-htp supplement, which helps me sleep.

My practitioner then muscle tested me for vitamin B and I was very weak. The usual progression of spinal “massage”, energy work, and acupuncture followed. Afterwards, I tested strong for vitamin B.

The avoidance period was not fun. I ate my first meal of fried fish, rice, cauliflower, and Terra chips and, about an hour after eating, my blood sugar started to go down. In order to counteract this, I ate more fish, but I removed the coating first.

Protein always stabilizes my blood sugar.

I knew immediately that I was going to have to cut out the rice and take the coating off of the fish and just eat fish, cauliflower and Terra Chips for the next 2 days. Blech! except for the chips 🙂

So, that’s what I did and I didn’t experience any more issues with my blood sugar after that. But, what a horrible diet to be on. I really hope I don’t have to do anything like that again during these treatments.

My hope for the vitamin B treatment was that it would make a big difference in the state of my muscles, since they tend to get very tight and form knots from time to time, and the B vitamins are critical for muscle function. Unfortunately, the opposite happened, but I don’t think it was because of the treatment. I think the reductions that I took in my meds a couple of weeks ago finally caught up with me. So I increased my LDN (low dose naltrexone) up to 2 mg. to see if that would help.

What’s happening with my muscles now is pretty common when I have an episode. Usually, the left side of my neck and my left shoulder and arm are very tight. This has been a constant since my muscle problems started about 20 years ago. This particular configuration is connected to old injuries sustained while I was playing my flute 8 hours a day for all those years. But what sometimes happens when I have a flare-up is that my right side will suddenly tighten and become very painful for no apparent reason and my left side will actually release. It’s pretty bizarre. This is what happened after this treatment. As a result, I had to go back to the chiropractor and massage therapist for some pain relief as I waited for the increase in my LDN to begin working. This can take anywhere from a couple of days to 2 weeks to happen.

In the meantime, I’m pushing forward with these treatments because I know that, as I get more of them under my belt, everything will continue to improve.

Onward and upward!

Vanessa

Vanessa Gunter, D.M.A., M.A.

NAET Treatments & Hashimoto’s: #7 – Rice & Potatoes

NAET Treatments & Hashimoto’s: #7 – Rice & Potatoes

Following is a list of everything we’ve covered up to this point. Feel free to click on the links to revisit or catch up on any of my previous NAET posts:

  1. Brain Body Balance
  2. Egg Mix
  3. Calcium Mix
  4. Vitamin C
  5. Sugar
  6. Base

As I stated in my last NAET post, following the last treatment, I was able to go off of all of my digestive enzyme supplements! This is a vast improvement for my digestive system and I’m really looking forward to doing stomach acid, which is a few treatments away, to see what differences that might  make.

Treatment #7 was for rice and potatoes. This treatment is not considered one of the “Basic 15”, but was a little “side trip” in order to prepare me for doing the vitamin B treatment. The vitamin B treatment is challenging, in terms of what you can eat, so my practitioner wanted to try to give me as many options as possible. Since I normally don’t do well with either rice or potatoes, the hope is that treating me for these foods will allow me to tolerate them more easily.

The treatment began, as usual, with muscle testing to see if I cleared the last treatment, which was for digestive enzymes. I did, so we were able to simply move forward from there. My practitioner then tested me for rice and potatoes and, of course, I was weak.  We went through the usual treatment series: spinal “massage” with breathing and energy work, followed by acupuncture.

The avoidance for this treatment turned out to be very easy for me, since I never eat rice or potatoes anyway. My practitioner instructed me to eat a small amount of rice and potatoes regularly after the avoidance period (which was calculated at 50 hours again) to see how well I tolerate them.

We also discussed what I would be able to eat following the vitamin B treatment, which would be after this treatment. The list was not pretty: deep fried fish, deep fried potatoes, white rice, cauliflower…ugh. I decided I would purchase a very small deep fryer so that I could control this process and use my own gluten-free batter for the fish. I have not eaten deep fried anything in about 30 years and haven’t ever really done my own deep frying, so this should be interesting.

After my avoidance period was over, I did try eating potatoes and rice. I’m not fond of potatoes anymore. I’ve lived too long without them. I do like rice, however, but I know I’ll have to be careful about how much I eat after the vitamin B treatment.

I continued to feel pretty good after this treatment and I have been able to hold onto the reductions I made in my medications so far, so that is a good sign.

The adventure continues….

To healing,

Vanessa

Vanessa Gunter, D.M.A., M.A.

NAET Treatments & Hashmoto’s: Treatment #6 – Base

NAET Treatments & Hashmoto’s: Treatment #6 – Base

To catch up on what we’ve done so far in this series, you can click on any of the links below:

  1. Brain Body Balance
  2. Egg Mix
  3. Calcium Mix
  4. Vitamin C
  5. Sugar

My sixth NAET treatment was for digestive enzymes or, in NAET parlance, “Base”. I was pretty excited about this treatment because I’ve had an enzyme deficiency for a very long time. I was also a little skeptical, I must say. It was hard for me to understand how my body could just begin to produce enzymes again after being unable to for so long. But, I decided to trust the process and just see what might happen.

We began the session with the usual: muscle testing to see if I cleared the last treatment for sugar, and I did. As a result, I should be able to eat some things that contain sugar, but since this is still fairly early on in the treatment process, I decided to be safe and try only a few cooked apples. I was able to eat these with, what seemed to be, no problems, but I continue to be very judicious about how many of these I eat and how often I eat them.

As the session continued, we discussed the supplements I would have to avoid for this digestive enzyme treatment. Obviously, I would have to stay away from digestive enzymes, but, unfortunately, my hydrochloric acid supplement also has enzymes in it, so I would have to avoid that as well. We decided that apple cider vinegar could be used instead if I had problems.

As for food, I would need to avoid eggs, vegetables, beans and dairy products. This left me with a couple of days of eating basically meat, quinoa, and the special bread I make. I joked as I was going through this that I was on a “brown” diet because everything on my plate was brown. Other than the monochrome nature of the food, the diet wasn’t particularly hard to follow and I was able to stay on the majority of my supplements, so that really wasn’t a problem either.

The remainder of the treatment was as before: I was tested for digestive enzymes and found to be weak. This was then followed by spinal “massage” with breathing, which was followed by energy work, and that was followed by acupuncture. My practitioner then retested for the enzymes and I tested strong.

My practitioner also tested to see if we could treat for rice and potatoes at the next session in order to prepare me for the vitamin B treatment coming up. The vitamin B treatment is really challenging as there is very little that you can eat, since almost everything contains vitamin B. Hence, the need to clear my system of any issues it might have with rice and potatoes (and I have a history of problems with both).

My avoidance period was, once again, calculated at 50 hours. At the end of the avoidance period, I decided not to take anymore enzymes and I have been off of them ever since.

I was able to eliminate both of my digestive enzyme supplements with this one treatment.

I continue to be astounded at the changes I am experiencing with these treatments. This is much more improvement than I have had with any other approach I have tried. So exciting!

To continued healing,

Vanessa

Vanessa Gunter, D.M.A., M.A.

NAET Treatments and Hashimoto’s: Treatment #5 – Sugar Mix –

NAET Treatments and Hashimoto’s: Treatment #5 – Sugar Mix –

Here’s a list of all of the previous treatments we have covered:

  1. Brain Body Balance
  2. Egg Mix
  3. Calcium Mix
  4. Vitamin C

You can click on any of these to go back and catch up on anything you may have missed.

Treatment #5 was for sugar. Normally, you would treat for vitamin B at this point in time, but because my body was asking to be treated for digestive enzymes after the calcium treatment and we couldn’t do that until we treated for sugar, we decided to do sugar, then digestive enzymes, then vitamin B. It’s really nice that these treatments can be tailored to the needs of each individual.

For a lot of people, treating for sugar would be a biggie, in terms of avoidance. For me, it was just a normal couple of days because I’ve not been able to tolerate sugar of any kind for a number of years anyway. But for someone who is eating sugar, you would have to avoid the following kinds of sugars: cane, beet, brown, corn, rice, maple, fruit [fructose], date, grape sugars, glucose, maltose, dextrose, glucose, sucrose, lactose, molasses, honey. This means anything to which sugar has been added, in addition to fruit, dairy products, and root vegetables. You would also have to avoid toothpaste and mouthwash! I just used baking soda instead.

Stevia is not included in this list, so if you eat something that is only sweetened with stevia, that should be fine.

As usual, at the beginning of the appointment, we discussed any changes or difficulties that occurred since the last treatment. I told my practitioner that I had to cut way back on my vitamin C after the treatment because I was feeling really anxious. She muscle-tested me for the vitamin C and found that 1500 mg would be the optimal dose.

That was half of what I had required before the treatment!

Since then, I have found that I actually do better with only 1000 mg a day, which is an even bigger reduction from my original 3000 mg a day!

After this, I was muscle-tested for sugar and, of course, my arm just fell to the table when she tested me. If you missed the post where I discuss muscle testing, you can find it here.

My sugar issues have been going on for a really long time. You would not be wrong to characterize my past eating habits as those of someone addicted to sugar. Over the years, I gradually weaned myself off because I knew that sugar was contributing to my fatigue. I finally took myself off of all sugars, including fruit, about 4-5 years ago because even the fruit was making me tired. But elimination has not allowed me to reintroduce any fruit with any success. I’ve suspected SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth) for a while, but tests for SIBO are not usually very conclusive and I’m not willing to drink that horrible sugary stuff they make you drink as part of the test. My biggest hope for this treatment is that it will help to resolve these sugar issues.

After testing, we went through the normal spinal “massage” followed by energy work, followed by acupuncture. Afterward, she tested me again for sugar and I was strong.

As I mentioned earlier, this avoidance period was really no problem for me. The only thing I had to avoid that I eat fairly regularly were root veggies, and avoiding those for 2 days was easy.

When it was over, I didn’t go all out and try to eat every sugary thing out there. I feel like sugar is a big enemy of the body, so I’m not so anxious to re-incorporate it into my diet. I did cook some apples, with no added sugar, and eat some after meals. Apples are really important for handling inflammation and for feeding the muscles, so this is one food I would like to be able to tolerate well again. My body seemed to handle these better than it would have before the treatment. Aside from that, I just stayed with my usual sugarless diet after the avoidance period.

A few days after the treatment, I started feeling wound up and hyper again. I decided to decrease my dose of LDN to 2 mg. This helped some, but after a couple of days, I could tell it was not going to be enough. So, I decided to decrease my thyroid medication as well, from 1.75 grains to 1.25 grains. That seemed to help quite a bit. To reiterate:

I was able to cut my LDN in half and reduce my thyroid medications by 1/2 grain after this treatment!

I have to say, I continue to be surprised by the vast improvements I am experiencing in such a short period of time as a result of these treatments.

I’m hoping that, after I’m done with the “Basic 15” treatments, I will get be able to get more adventurous with trying foods that I haven’t been able to eat for a long time. For now, I’m just really happy to be making my supplement list shorter and feeling stronger as a result. I know there is some point in the treatment sequence where it’s considered safe to start trying new foods again. I’m sure my practitioner will let me know whenever that is and give me some guidance as to how to go about that.

By the way, I found a booklet on the NAET site which details the results of a 10 year study of the effects of NAET treatments on various health issues. It’s really pretty amazing. You can check that out here.

More soon.

Wishing you the best of health,

Vanessa

Vanessa Gunter, D.M.A., M.A.

 

NAET Treatments and Hashimoto’s: The Fourth Treatment – Vitamin C

NAET Treatments and Hashimoto’s: The Fourth Treatment – Vitamin C

If you’ve been following the acupuncture posts I’ve been writing, then you know that this is what we’ve done so far:

You can click on any of the above links to refer back to any posts you haven’t seen yet or would like to read again.

My fourth NAET treatment was for vitamin C. As usual, I looked ahead to see what I would need to avoid and how this would affect my supplements. Once again, I was looking at having to do without a lot of my supplements, but I made a note to myself to discuss this with my practitioner, given how difficult it was for me to get through the last treatment.

The food avoidance was also going to be challenging, as I would need to avoid all fruits and veggies. If I ate french fries, drank soda, or included dairy in my diet, I would’ve had to avoid those as well. So it was going to be a couple of days of meat, eggs, nuts and quinoa.

The beginning of my appointment involved a discussion of my difficulties with the last treatment. Since my practitioner believed that the problem was due to my not clearing the calcium, the first thing she did was muscle test for that. As I stated in my last post, I did clear the calcium, but my body was asking that it be treated for digestive enzymes as soon as possible. This made a lot of sense to me, since my digestive system has been screwed up for as long as I can remember and I’ve been taking digestive enzymes for many years.

Next, she muscle tested to see when we could do the treatment for the enzymes, as this typically occurs a few more treatments down the road. She concluded that we could do it after she treated me for sugar, so we agreed that we would do sugar at the next treatment so that we could then do the enzymes after that. We also agreed that I could use my “workaround routine” in order to take my multivitamin with this treatment. She then muscle tested me for the vitamin C and, of course, my arm fell right to the table.

There is an established order for these treatments, but everyone is different, so it’s really important that your practitioner be able to adjust to what your body needs, to the degree that this is possible. If you’re curious about the order and the details regarding what you can and cannot eat or touch during these treatments, you can find a complete listing of the “Basic 15” here.

Next, we went through the usual routine of spinal “massage”, energy work and acupuncture, followed by muscle testing for vitamin C to make sure my body had accepted the treatment. She then calculated how long I would have to avoid vitamin C and it was my usual 50 hours.

I am happy to say that this avoidance period was much easier for me than the last, due in large part, I believe, to being able to take my multivitamin. I did get a little tired toward the end, but I bounced right back after the avoidance period was over.

Over the next couple of days, I noticed that I started feeling tense and wound up. It took me a while to figure out what was going on. It seemed logical that this reaction was connected to the treatment, so I reduced my vitamin C and stopped taking all but one of my histamine supplements. After a day or so, I started to calm down again.

The problem with getting well is that you have to try to figure out what you can do without, but this is a great problem to have.

By the time I got to my next treatment, I was only taking 1000 mg of vitamin C (as opposed to 3000 mg) and one histamine supplement (out of 4) and I felt ok with that!!

Since I had this treatment, I have had to add another histamine supplement back in, but I’ve been fine with the reduction in vitamin C which means that my body is obviously getting more vitamin C out of the food I’m eating. I cannot tell you how exciting that is, because malabsorption has been a problem for me for a very long time.

This is the point of NAET – to help your body recognize and process food again.

This treatment totally restored my faith in this protocol and my hope that I can, once again, be a normally functioning individual. I am really looking forward to upcoming treatments and the progress that I know is going to happen.

In healing,

Vanessa

Vanessa Gunter, D.M.A., M.A.

 

 

NAET Treatments and Hashimoto’s: The Third Treatment – Calcium Mix

NAET Treatments and Hashimoto’s: The Third Treatment – Calcium Mix

Today’s post is about my third NAET treatment. My previous two posts discussed NAET treatments in general and what occurred with my first and second treatments. This third treatment was for calcium, which meant that, after the treatment, I would have to avoid all things containing calcium for a given period of time.

When I first thought about this, prior to the treatment, it didn’t sound like it would be too hard, since I’ve been off of dairy for a long time. But, you don’t realize how many foods and supplements have calcium in them until you have to avoid it. Turns out, I would have to avoid a lot of veggies, beans, nuts, seeds, eggs and about half of my supplements. Two of my medications also had trace amounts of lactose in them. If I had been eating dairy, soy, spinach, or fruits, the avoidance list would have been even longer.

So, the first thing we did at this third treatment was discuss the issues surrounding my medications and supplements. My practitioner provided me with a “workaround routine” that I could use before and after taking my medications. This consisted of a series of acupressure points that assist the body with clearing the small amounts of lactose I would be exposed to after taking these medications.

Next, we went over my supplements. I have to tell you, I was very afraid of letting go of this support because my system has been very weak for a very long time and it was hard for me to imagine that I would be able to function at all without half of my supplements.  My practitioner reassured me that, during the avoidance period, the calcium from the treatment would be circulating through my body, so my body wouldn’t really miss the calcium. But, I was also having to go without my multivitamin, which is a major support piece for me. I agreed to give it a try and to call her if I felt like I was getting into any trouble after the treatment.

The treatment began with my practitioner muscle testing to see if I cleared the Egg Mix from the last treatment, and I did. She then tested the one supplement that we agreed I should probably take (chromium) to be sure I really needed it. Turns out I did, so we agreed I would use my “workaround” for that as well. Following that, she tested me for the calcium – my arm was definitely weak, weak, weak, which indicated that I really did need the treatment.

Next was the spinal “massage” routine that she does, followed by energy work, followed by acupuncture.

I always feel significantly better right after these treatments – rested, clear-headed – it’s really wonderful.

After the acupuncture, she muscle tested me again for the calcium, and my arm was strong this time. She calculated that I would need to avoid calcium for 50 hours following the treatment, so I went home and tried to put together a calcium-free lunch.

I typically eat greens, both at breakfast and at lunch, so I had to avoid those. The only vegetable that I could eat successfully for these 2 days was zucchini, so that’s what I did. I also cooked some quinoa because I couldn’t eat the special bread that I usually make, since it also contained calcium. Basically, I lived on meat, zucchini and quinoa for 2 days. I suppose it could have been worse.

By the end of the first day, I was really, really tired and by the time my 50 hours were up, I felt like total crap.

I called my practitioner on the third day to tell her that I still wasn’t feeling very well and her hypothesis was that I didn’t clear the calcium. But, I felt that the problem was not being able to take my multivitamin. My system was and is just too weak to go through these food and supplement changes without more support. Thankfully, by the fifth day, I was feeling more normal (normal for me, that is), so that by the time I went for my next treatment, I felt up to trying this again.

As it turned out, I did clear the calcium, but my practitioner also discovered that my body really needed to be treated for digestive enzymes as soon as possible, so she felt that this also played into the problems I had after this treatment.

This treatment was a real challenge for me. Not only did I not do well physically after this treatment, but I was pretty low emotionally as well. This would stand to reason, since Hashi’s tends to mess with everything on days that you aren’t feeling well. I started to question whether I could do these treatments, which led to feeling pretty hopeless for a while, since I have tried so many things over the years with only mediocre results. I’m really thankful that my husband is a kind, supportive man who is willing to help me through these depressive episodes. He’s definitely my #1 cheerleader!

Because this treatment was so difficult for me, I really had no idea what to expect going forward, but I was determined that I would continue to take my multivitamin during my avoidance periods, because I knew it would help a lot.

Moral of the story is: trust yourself to know what your body needs and be sure to discuss this honestly with any practitioners you are seeing.

Before going to my fourth treatment, I looked again at what I would be having to avoid so I could shop accordingly. I also looked at my supplements so that I could make decisions about which ones to discuss with my practitioner. I just had to hope that the next treatment would be easier to get through…and it was.

More soon.

To healing,

Vanessa

Vanessa Gunter, D.M.A., M.A.

 

 

NAET Treatments and Hashimoto’s: The Second Treatment – Egg Mix

NAET Treatments and Hashimoto’s: The Second Treatment – Egg Mix

In my previous post, I talked about what NAET is and how it generally works. This was followed by a description of what occurred in my first appointment with my practitioner.

Today, I want to talk about my second treatment, which was for Egg Mix. Egg Mix basically means all things related to chickens. Thankfully, following this treatment, as long as I avoided anything connected to chickens, I could eat or touch pretty much anything else, so the avoidance period would not be too horrible.

At the beginning of this treatment, my practitioner muscle tested me to see if I cleared the Brain Body Balance Formula, and I did. (If you need an explanation of muscle testing, please see my other post here). She had requested at the first treatment that I bring all of my supplements and medications with me. I practically needed a suitcase to haul all of this stuff to my appointment. When she saw how many there were, she decided to just test me for my medications to be sure that the dosage I was taking was on target. It turns out it was, which didn’t surprise me.

Next, she tested me for the egg mix and I was totally weak. I mean, my arm just fell to the table. I guess I didn’t expect to react that strongly to eggs and chicken, because I’ve been eating both for a long time with, what felt like, no problems.

Apparently my body wasn’t handling these things as well as I thought, and that is a lesson in itself. You just never know.

After that, we did the same routine as during the first treatment: spinal “massage” with varied breathing patterns followed by energy work, followed by acupuncture. She let me rest after the acupuncture for about 15 minutes or so and then tested me again for the egg mix and my arm was strong this time. It’s always amazing how that works. She also calculated that I would have to avoid eggs and chicken for 50 hours following the treatment.

If you’ve ever done any acupuncture before, you know that you are always advised to eat something before the session so your blood sugar doesn’t drop. I found out pretty quickly that I also needed to eat something after NAET treatments. Acupuncture always makes me hungry, but I also found myself getting very tired about halfway home from the treatments, so I started bringing an extra snack to eat afterwards.

The next 2 days were spent avoiding eggs and chicken and anything associated with them. Luckily, I don’t sleep on feather pillows or with down blankets, or I would have had to change the bed. But I did need to come up with a different breakfast, since I usually eat eggs. I don’t eat any grains either, so I decided to make baked lamb chops, which were yummy. The recipe is here in case you’re interested. I left out the garlic because I usually don’t handle that very well, but it was still really delicious.

The only other big adjustment to those 2 days involved my husband having to make his own omelettes for breakfast. But, he already knew how to do that, so it wasn’t a big deal. I felt ok for the most part, maybe a little more tired than usual, but that was it. I was grateful that this second treatment was not too difficult because I could tell the ones coming up were going to be more challenging.

After the 2 days were over, I went back to eating eggs and chicken as usual. I didn’t feel any real difference in how my body was handling these things, but I didn’t expect to, given that I hadn’t felt any real reactions to them prior to the treatment. The rest of my week went pretty well – no depression, little or no anxiety, and decent levels of energy.

I began to look ahead at the next treatment to see what I would need to avoid and to start planning ahead for groceries. It’s really important to have a plan in your head regarding what you will eat during your avoidance period for the upcoming treatment, because each treatment is a little different. As I was looking ahead this time, I saw that my supplements were going to be a affected, so I wondered how that would work. I would have my questions answered at the next treatment.

More soon.

In healing,

Vanessa

Vanessa Gunter, D.M.A., M.A.

NAET Treatments and Hashimoto’s: The First Treatment – Brain Body Balance

NAET Treatments and Hashimoto’s: The First Treatment – Brain Body Balance

In my previous post about acupuncture and Hashi’s, I wrote about the fact that I began “specialized” treatments for food sensitivities and allergies in September. In this post, I want to talk about this form of treatment and describe my first visit to my NAET practitioner.

What is NAET? It stands for Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques.  According to the NAET website, these treatments were discovered by Dr. Devi S. Nambudripad in November of 1983. The treatments are a combination of acupuncture, kinesiology (muscle testing), energy work, chiropractic work and nutritional and supplementation guidance. The treatments adhere to a particular schedule, clearing one allergen or sensitivity at a time, although the schedule is often amended based on what particular issues an individual might be facing. The explanation behind the procedure is that the treatment causes the substance for which you are being treated to circulate throughout your body while you are actually avoiding taking in that substance for a period of time. This allows your body to become reacquainted with the substance and to remember how to process it correctly.

For instance, if you are being treated for vitamin C, then your practitioner will determine how long you will need to avoid all contact with vitamin C after the treatment. This includes not only ingesting vitamin C, but touching it as well. After your avoidance period is over, your body will be absorbing vitamin C better than it was before the treatment because it has “relearned” how to process vitamin C correctly.

The official protocol for NAET states that substances should be avoided for 25 hours; however, my practitioner has found that, if she tests and asks the body how long it needs to clear a particular substance, and follows that advice, then her clients are much more apt to clear everything successfully. My “magic number” to date has been 50 hours. I wish it were 25 because, depending on what you’re trying to avoid, 50 hours can be a mighty long time. It is becoming easier with each treatment, though.

The First Treatment

My first visit was booked for 2 hours, but it actually lasted for 2 1/2 hours. I find that my practitioner is very generous with her time, unless I come on a day when she has a really full schedule.

Most of the first visit was spent discussing my lengthy and complicated medical history. I realized a long time ago that I needed to just create a document with my medical history on it so that when I start with any new practitioner, I can just hand them the page or refer to it myself when answering questions on their intake forms.

We talked at length about all of my issues, most of which she was pretty familiar with since she’s been doing this for a long time. I found her very easy to talk with, which is important for me if I know I’m going to be working with someone long term.

After the intake process, we went into her acupuncture room and she had me lie down on the table. She did some muscle testing to see where my “base” was, so she would have something on which to reference my reactions later.

What is muscle testing, you ask? 

If you do a search for muscle testing, you will find a lot of varied opinions about this technique, but I have found it to be very helpful to me. People out there can say it’s quackery all they want, it has worked for me and continues to work for me. So, you need to stand back and keep an open mind if you’ve never experienced it before.

Conventional medical people always like to say “there are no studies supporting this”, but we have to include patient reports in any treatment modality we investigate and, until people are willing to start investing money in studies for alternative treatments, we won’t have any studies to support those treatments.

The first time I encountered this technique was with a naturopath I was seeing some years ago. She used muscle testing to determine various weaknesses in my body and also to determine which supplements would be best for me. The theory behind the testing is that the inherent strength in your muscles is connected to quality of function in your inner organs, therefore, if you have a weak liver, for instance, and you test for that via the muscles, the muscles will also present with weakness.

Typically, you stand or lie down and hold up one arm, resisting against a push on that arm by the practitioner. If the practitioner touches a part of the body that corresponds with a weak organ, you will not be able to push against the force any longer and your arm will fall. I went into my first experience with this not having any idea what to expect, so I wasn’t “preconditioned” in any way, and I was amazed at how it worked. There is no way that you can force your arm to stay up in these situations – the strength just isn’t there.

My chiropractor uses muscle testing at every session to determine where my muscles are weak so that he can decide what kinds of adjustments to make. As soon as the adjustments are made, my strength comes back in that arm. It has worked beautifully for all the years that I have continued to see him.

So, back to my first NAET treatment.

Once she had her reference base from the initial testing, she tested me for the substance that I was to be treated for that day. The first NAET treatment is always something called “Brain Body Balance Formula”. I have no idea what it’s comprised of, but its purpose is to begin to balance the body in preparation for the second treatment.

When she tested me for this, of course, I was weak. To date, every time she has tested me for a substance prior to the actual treatment, I have been weak. But, this doesn’t surprise me, given how many allergies and sensitivities I have.

After this, she had me turn over on the table and she performed a kind of spinal massage, beginning at my neck and going all the way down to the tailbone. While she was doing this, I was instructed to do different kinds of breathing, like holding my breath, exhaling and holding, breathing rapidly, and breathing normally. She went through these cycles a number of times and then did energy work where she placed her hands on my back for about 5 minutes or so. I have found that this “massage” and energy work always relaxes me.

Acupuncture followed the energy work. She only used about 10-12 points, but, make no mistake, it was still very powerful. She inserted the needles and then gave me time to rest.

At the end of the treatment, she tested me again for the substance for which I was being treated and I was much stronger than during the previous testing. Thankfully, for this first treatment, I did not have to avoid anything, so she didn’t have to test to see how long my avoidance period would be.

It became clear to me within a couple of days that I needed to cut back on my adrenal supplements completely. I have been off of them ever since.

To understand how amazing this is, is to understand that I have not been able to be without those supplements for years and years. I was stunned. I am still on my hydrocortisone, but the long term plan for these treatments is that I will eventually go off of that too.

I will be writing about all of my NAET treatments here, but I have had enough of them by this point in time to tell you that some pretty amazing things have been happening and, for the first time in a long time, I have real hope that I can get well. It’s an incredible feeling.

More soon.

To getting well,

Vanessa

Vanessa Gunter, D.M.A., M.A.