A parent contacted me with questions, asking more information about our NAET (Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Treatment) experience in autism treatment. I should say that my daughter has made amazing progress in her ability to relate to others and understand what they may be feeling or thinking. My son, too, is making great strides. She is now 26; he is 21.
1. “My child doesn’t have allergies. I read that NAET helps allergy-related autism. Would it be a waste for me?”
My kids didn’t appear to be allergic to anything much to start with. My daughter did have a problem with cats. So, for them this was not an allergy treatment. It was a treatment that normalized the way their bodies respond to environmental challenges.
NAET defines allergies differently from the rest of the world; it’s sensitivity to substances that you probably didn’t know were bothering you. So “allergy-related autism” in NAET parlance
must mean most autism cases. Don’t ask me what non-allergy-related autism would be. Caused by an injury perhaps?
Personally I am a somewhat allergic individual. My kids not as much. They can stand cats, for instance, and have no food allergies. Yet NAET helped them a whole lot. It took a while, and it took effort– NAET involves avoiding things for 25 hours, and so it’s not for the faint of heart. It also took money, in our case $55 per week for most of a year at least. (Actually they both continued for more than two years, but benefits were apparent after one year.) Insurance did not cover it for us, probably not for you either.
There’s also the study showing most autistic kids benefited in some way from a year of NAET,
I expect you have run across that?
I evaluated the situation and concluded that NAET couldn’t hurt them, and it might help. I am SO GLAD I did. Of course it cost money, and that took some of our savings (a cashed-in life insurance policy). In your case perhaps you have savings or a doting grandparent who is willing to donate some money. Is there something you can give up? We don’t have cable TV and have dumb phones. Etc. Etc. Bottom line, if you don’t do it, you may regret it, and there’ s no going back to that developmental point.
2. “Your kids are doing it for over two years… they are allergic to that many things? Is Naet done infinitely?”
I can give you my theories on what is happening, but the NAET people don’t necessarily agree with me. They don’t have a way to explain it that makes sense either. NAET is not done indefinitely.
I think NAET is manipulating our bodies’ bioelectric field in such a way as to make our bodies respond differently to toxins and other things in the environment that we may encounter. This is the long term effect. I think autism is caused by a buildup of toxins from the environment in the body, which the individual is not able to get rid of (as the result of a genetic predisposition probably). So the autism is improved because the body gradually learns to let go of its stored toxins. My opinion only.
The short term treatment looks like the practitioner is “treating” you for something you’re not allergic to, like tap water, or something you commonly eat with no problem, like red meat. The treatment is designed to allow your body to accept the substance. It really doesn’t seem to make sense, since my kids were never allergic to tap water or red meat or about 99.9 percent of the things they were treated for. I conclude that the word “allergy” in NAET means something different than what it means to most of us.
No doubt in NAET treatment you will go for a while wondering if there will be any changes. For my daughter it took one year to see any benefit (and then it was a whopper). For my son it was a bit longer. But for the kids in the study, marked and measurable improvements were found after one year. So you have to hang in there and be patient.