These tests are one way to know which foods, chemicals or toxic allergens need to be eliminated from your child’s diet and lifestyle.
Food journaling while doing an elimination diet is another approach to eliminating allergy symptoms.
In the case of airborne allergies, supporting the immune system, healing the gut, supporting detox pathways and organs and improving sulfation are all ways to assist the elimination of allergy symptoms.
There are a variety of natural therapies to eliminate allergies and sensitivities that you may want to consider for your child.
Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET)
NAET is a non-invasive, easy, and systematic way of permanently eliminating allergies and sensitivities that your child may have.
NAET is an energy medicine treatment protocol that was developed in 1983 by Dr. Devi S. Nambudripad, Doctor of Oriental Medicine, chiropractor, licensed acupuncturist, R.N. and Ph.D., who trained practitioners all over the world.
The treatment protocol incorporates a combination of chiropractic and Chinese medicine principles that are applied through spinal manipulation, acupuncture, applied kinesiology, acupressure and nutrition.
The practitioner performing the procedure uses Muscle Response Testing (MRT) to determine and confirm the allergen which is usually in a form of a small vial.
The practitioner performs the treatment protocol, and then the patient must eliminate the allergen for a period of 25 hours to completely clear it.
The principle of NAET is to bring the body back into homeostasis, which is perfect energy balance, so that the negative energy blockages from the allergens are permanently eliminated.
Procedures can be repeated if the child has exceptionally high sensitivity.
For further information read Say Good-Bye to Allergy Related Autism or visit www.naet.com
Bio-energetic Sensitivity and Enzyme Therapy (BioSET)
BioSET is a non-invasive, natural therapy similar to NAET.
The treatment protocols include a combination of philosophies and techniques of:
- Functional medicine
- Enzyme therapy
- Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
- Chiropractic care
- Craniosacral therapy
- Integrative medicine
BioSET was developed over 25 years ago by Ellen Cutler, DC, who also trained practitioners world-wide.
BioSET consists of a three-pronged approach to heal the gastrointestinal system and the immune system:
- Enzyme therapy
- Desensitization treatments to clear and reprogram a child’s immune response
For further information read Live Free from Asthma and Allergies: Use the BioSET System to Detoxify and Desensitize Your Body or visit www.drellencutler.com
Low-Dose Allergen (LDA) Therapy
LDA was originally called Enzyme Potentiated Desensitization (EPD) in the 1960s when it was discovered by Frantisek Popper, MD and then perfected by Leonard McKewin, MD later on.
LDA is a low-dose immunotherapy that consists of an enzyme called beta glucuronidase, which has desensitizing properties.
When mixed with a small dosage of an allergen or antigen, this enzyme can stop allergy reactions by shifting the immune system from TH2 (high viral/bacterial prone allergy zone) to TH1 (strong T-cell activated immunity zone).
For further information read The Low Dose Immunotherapy Handbook: Recipes and Lifestyle Tips for Patients on LDA and EPD Treatment.
If you are not yet able to have your child work with an allergy-elimination practitioner as described above, it can be helpful to implement to implement a special diet that focuses on eliminating particular food allergens.
Examples of these diets are:
- Gluten and Casein Free Diet (GFCF): This diet can help children with autism, ADHD, SPD as well as those with asthma and allergies improve their symptoms.
- Low Glutamate Diet: An excess of free glutamate, found in processed foods as well as some natural foods), can cause brain fog, seizures, problems with attention and focus and symptoms of autism, ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder.
- Lutein-Free Diet (Sarah’s Diet): This diet theorizes that children with autism crave opioid-producing foods (gluten and casein-containing foods) as a way to reduce the stress of the immune reaction to lutein, which are found in colored fruits and vegetables.
- Low Oxalate Diet (LOD): Oxalates are molecules found in food that join with calcium to create crystallized “stones” in the body that then contribute to inflammation. Unbound oxalates can interfere with sulfate and iron absorption and can impair brain function. Eliminating foods that are high in oxalates such as Swiss chard and spinach can help.
- Vegan: All animal products including eggs, milk and honey are prohibited. Because there is less saturated fat in this diet, high blood pressure may improve. Protein intake is important for vegans because there are limited sources, so supplementing with vitamin B12 may be necessary. In addition, the high amount of carbohydrates relative to protein may cause insulin resistance and weight gain in some, although not everyone experiences this issue.
- Vegetarian and Pescatarian: Vegetarians do not eat meat; pescatarians eat fish, but not poultry or red meat. These diets can lower the risk for chronic diseases because of the high intake of fruit, vegetables and fiber and healthy fats from fish and a lowering intake of saturated fats from beef and chicken. However, as with a vegan diet, there is a need to focus on enough protein, zinc, iron, calcium and vitamin B12.
- Paleo: This diet avoids processed foods, sugar, legumes, grains (including corn), potatoes and dairy but does allow for the consumption of sweet potatoes and honey. The paleo diet promotes taking healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals and may have cardiovascular benefits. However, there may be a deficiency of calcium, vitamin D and fiber, so be sure to include lots of animal protein and fats for a good source of vitamin D and lots of cruciferous vegetables because they are rich in vitamin C and calcium. A low-sugar and low-fruit Paleo diet (see ketogenic diet below) is an excellent way to control high blood sugar.
- Autoimmune Paleo: This version of the paleo diet eliminates additional foods that the standard Paleo diet does not: eggs, seeds, nuts and nightshade vegetables (potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant). It emphasizes a higher consumption of antioxidant-rich foods and is an excellent way to control inflammation.
- Ketogenic Diet: This diet is similar to the paleo diet but does allow for the consumption of dairy and peanuts (a legume) while eliminating sweet potatoes and honey from the diet. The daily limit for “net carbs”, the remainder of the total amount of carbohydrates in grams minus the amount of fiber in grams, is between 20 grams and 50 grams, which means that most fruit needs to be eliminated. In general, higher amounts of fats versus carbohydrates are consumed. Because this diet forces the body to run on ketones rather than glucose, it is well documented to help those with seizures, high blood sugar and diabetes.
- Mediterranean: This diet includes plenty of olive oil, fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, beans, whole grains and some dairy products. It has been shown to prevent diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cognitive decline.
- Raw Food: This diet avoids meat, dairy, processed foods and cooked foods while enjoying raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Because foods are not cooked, there is a higher nutritional value in non-cooked foods, especially of vitamins C and B as well as of plant-based enzymes. However, cooking destroys harmful bacteria, so a child with a compromised immune system should avoid unpasteurized products and juices.
- The Whole 30: This diet removes grains, dairy, legumes and added sugars and sweeteners from the diet for 30 days. A challenge with these foods can help determine if these foods are triggering food intolerances and sensitivities.
- The Failsafe Diet: This diet eliminates additives, salicylates, amines and high levels of free glutamates. This diet is not suitable for those with food allergies but is well tolerated for those with food chemical sensitivities, autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder and learning disabilities.
- Specific Carbohydrate Diet: This diet was developed by Elaine Gottschall to stop the vicious cycle of malabsorption and microbe overgrowth by removing the source of energy to the microbes: sugars and certain carbohydrates. By doing so, inflammation decreases, the digestive system heals and the immune system can return to normal.
- GAPS (Gut And Psychology Syndrome) Diet: The GAPS diet was developed by Natasha Campbell-McBride MD, who used it to recover her son from autism. It is similar to the paleo diet and the Specific Carbohydrate Diet but allows for homemade, fermented dairy as well as eggs and some legumes. All fruits and vegetables must be well cooked. This diet emphasizes bone broth and fermented foods.
- Body Ecology Diet: This diet was developed by Donna Gates to heal the gastrointestinal system. While it does allow for the consumption of gluten-free grains, they must not be combined with protein in the same meal. In addition, very few fruits are allowed. By emphasizing an acid/alkaline balance, food combining and fermented foods, expansion/contraction and the “80/20 rule”, the gut is allowed to heal.
- Feingold Diet: This diet, developed by Ben Feingold MD back in the 1970’s, is the original diet that showed that removal of certain foods and ingredients can improve a child’s allergies, mood, behavior and attention. It calls for the removal of artificial colors, artificial flavors and preservatives as well as foods containing high amounts of phenols and salicylates, which includes natural foods.
Allergy and Sensitivity Elimination Tips
Improve Food Digestion
Having your child supplement with digestive enzymes can lower immune responses to potentially allergenic foods.
Heal the Microbiome
Giving your child probiotics, prebiotics, keifers and fermented foods can help heal the microbiome.
In addition, you can work with a practitioner to lower the levels in the gastrointestinal tract of:
- Pathogenic bacteria
- Pathogenic viruses
Increase Healthy Fats
Healthy fats do not cause inflammation and can lower inflammation.
Examples of healthy fats are:
- Coconut oil
- Cod liver oil
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- Animal fats
View our page on Nutrition 101 to learn more about which fats to avoid (such as trans fats and vegetable oils) and which fats to use.
Rebuild the Gut Lining
Because the gastrointestinal tract is home to most of the body’s immune system, a major key to eliminate allergies and sensitivities is to rebuild the lining of the gut with foods and supplements such as:
- Bone broth
- Aloe vera
- Coconut oil
- Slippery elm
- Fermented foods
Open up Detox Pathways
Outsized allergic responses can be caused by a buildup of histamine in the body, which is cleared by the liver.
If the liver is clogged, it can dump out excess toxins into the lymphatic drainage system, which creates a logjam in the rest of the body and contributes to excess histamine buildup.
We recommend having your child work with a naturopath or homeopath because these practitioners understand how to support the liver and how to open up detoxification and elimination pathways.
These practitioners may advise giving your child supplements such as:
- Homeopathic organ-support remedies
- Homeopathic drainage remedies
- N-acetylcysteine (NAC)
- Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)
- Alpha lipoic acid (ALA)
- Milk thistle extract (silymarin)
Lower Histamine Reactions
Certain supplements can help to lower histamine reactions. Example of these supplements are:
- Bioflavonoids such as quercetin
- Vitamin C
Reduce Free-Radical Activity
Antioxidants such as vitamin C and vitamin E can reduce free-radical activity and inflammation, thereby lowering the immune response.
One of the factors affecting your child’s chronic condition may be the genetic mutation called methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR), which affects detoxification.
Methylation also repairs DNA, controls homocysteine levels, keeps inflammation in check and recycles key antioxidants.
Methylation increases sulfation for the excretion of heavy metals and the elimination of allergies (environmental and immune).
Furthermore, methylation improves the production of glutathione, which is the master antioxidant that excretes environmental toxins and pathogens out of the body.
Having normal levels of glutathione enables the body to excrete the environmental toxins efficiently.
Both ozone therapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy can improve oxygen levels in the body, thereby potentially lowering the body’s immune response to allergens.
Shifting the Immune System
Low-dose naltrexone (LDN) is an opiate blocker and anti-inflammatory that comes in a transdermal cream at a very low dose (TD-LDN) that has very little side-effects and no known toxicity.
LDN reduces inflammation by correcting the imbalance between TH1 and TH2 immune responses.
When the immune system shifts into a TH2 state, it is in a more inflammatory immune zone with little oxygen and lots of bacteria, viruses and microbes.
Shifting the immune system from TH2 to TH1 is much more difficult but a very effective way of changing the environment of the immune system so there are more T-cells to fight infection, bacteria, viruses and other pathogens.
LDN may be an effective way for some children with autism to reduce inflammation and improve their immune systems.