If you’ve read my “about” page, you know that allergies forced me to stop working with animals. But I am allergic to a lot of things, not only animals. I react badly to things like Neosporin, calendula, scented candles, latex, gasoline, mold, cleaning liquids, detergents, etc. I also have seasonal allergies and food allergies that are constantly getting worse, and about a year ago, I happened to mention to my chiropractor that I could no longer eat anything containing soy in any form, and she said that she knew of an acupuncturist in our area who had successfully treated a few of her other patients for their soy allergies, and they were now able to eat it.
I was skeptical at first. I had never ever heard that you can eliminate allergies. I had tried all the allergy medications on the market, but the side effects were worse than my allergies, so I stopped taking them and just suffered through spring, avoided all the foods I reacted to, and had to decline dinner/party invites from friends with pets. My (Western) doctors were no help – all they could offer were the medications.
Then, in one month I started reacting to avocados, chick peas and red peppers, and decided that enough is enough and I might as well give this acupuncturist a try. I called Terry and after she told me how she got rid of her own allergies (and asthma), made an appointment. She warned me that it might be a long process, but I felt I had nothing to lose (well, money, but I was at my wit’s end). I have now been getting NAET treatments for almost a year, and have gotten rid of a whole bunch of allergies. This past spring was the first one in 20 years I have not been a total mess, I can eat many of the foods I had to avoid, and I can spend time with dogs again!
What Is NAET?
NAET stands for Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique and was invented by Dr. Devi Nambudripad (MD, D.C., L.Ac., Ph.D.). She herself had suffered from allergies her entire life, and came up with this way of eliminating them by combining techniques from Oriental and allopathic (Western) medicine, chiropractic, kinesiology, acupuncture, acupressure and nutrition.
Can It Help Animals Too?
Yes! I recently found out that NAET works on animals as well, and since allergies in pets are on the rise, resulting in everything from dermatitis to anaphylaxis, I thought that was very exciting news. It is interesting to note that pets, just like humans, can develop allergies to many things you wouldn’t think of. Foods, grass and pesticides are obvious, but how about tap water, stainless steel, plastics, collars and vitamins? The body’s reaction is also often mistaken for other illnesses. Itching and sneezing, sure, but allergies are not the first thing that comes to mind when your dog has gingivitis, constipation, or diabetes.
Let’s Hear From The Experts
I did a bit of research and found Dr. Rahmie Valentine, O.M.D., L.Ac., Dipl. Ac. & C.H. (NCCAOM), who has been practicing NAET for 20 years and teaches veterinary NAET both in the US and Europe. She currently lives in Bluffton, SC, where she has a holistic medical practice for humans (Low Country Healing Arts) and also offers holistic veterinary care and consultations to various clinics.
Through Dr. Valentine’s Veterinary NAET website, I also found Dr. Mark Newkirk, B.S., M.S., VMD, of Margate Animal Hospital and Alternative Care Center in Margate, NJ, who practices both traditional and alternative veterinary medicine (including NAET).
Dr. Valentine and Dr. Newkirk kindly agreed to be interviewed by me, and below, you’ll see what they had to say about veterinary NAET. (For more info, please visit their websites, links are in the text above. Dr. Newkirk also does phone consultations).