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Considering NAET for autism treatment?

naetA 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.

Parent of autistic child reports progress with NAET

naetA blogger who calls herself “Muckraking Maven” has taken the plunge and started NAET treatments for her autistic son. Her husband thought she was crazy. But she evaluated the study showing that NAET has helped autistics, talked to parents of autistics who had been helped by NAET, and embarked.

Of course you know I also embarked on NAET for my two Aspies. My 25-year-old daughter “Shannon” has recovered from her Asperger’s, and is making her way into normal life. My 20-year-old son “Mike” is doing well in many, many ways. These changes occurred after at least a year of NAET treatments.

Muckraking Maven also has some great news to report. Check out her post, complete with videos.

Such an amazing conversation …

I had an amazing conversation with my daughter “Shannon” today. She’s the one who lost eye contact with us at age four and eventually got an ADD diagnosis that solidified into an Asperger’s diagnosis at age 11. She’s now 25.

Autism is like living in a house of mirrors: all you can see is yourself. That makes it extremely difficult to reach out to other people in any meaningful way. You can’t imagine what others are thinking, what they are like.

We were talking about her best friend, someone she has found recently.  Shannon hasn’t had a close friend, ever, though in the past year or so she’s been able to relate to people in a whole new way. She hadn’t found someone dwelling in the same groove, so to speak. But now she has.

Shannon and the friend have been enjoying each others’ company for hours at a time, doing stuff like enjoying the City Museum (a unique attraction we have here in St. Louis), eating lunch, and whatnot.

Me: “Does she know you used to have Asperger’s?”

Shannon: (smiles) “Yes.”

I’m savoring it. “Used to have Asperger’s.” How’s that for cool??

For anyone just joining this blog, Shannon has experienced recovery from  her autism in the past couple of years through N.A.E.T., a treatment for the immune system based on acupuncture theory. In case you didn’t know, autism isn’t something one normally recovers from.

Shannon’s about to take the big step and move away from home to another town six hours away.  The sky’s the limit for her now! I am so thankful.

More on the study showing NAET helps autistics

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, is the one who initiated the recent study showing that NAET measurably benefitted 23 out of 30 autistic kids. Those 23 no longer had to be in special ed classes after a year of NAET treatment. In contrast, all 30 in the control group remained in special ed classes.

Teitelbaum initiated the study, not the NAET originator Devi S. Nambudripad, as I had thought. Teitelbaum was permanently relieved of his hay fever by an NAET treatment, wanted to learn more about it, and eventually became a proponent of it.

NAET is of course the same treatment that has recovered my daughter “Shannon” from her Asperger’s after a year.  My son “Mike” has shown some improvement, I think, but the jury is still out.

Read more from Teitelbaum in Psychology Today:

NAET, cure for autism

Another family whose child was recovered from autism by NAET

NAET/Autism Success Story

My daughter “Shannon” isn’t the only one who recovered through NAET! (And Mike, we are hoping.) Another family with a four-year old whose only speech was echoing what he heard tells their story of recovery through NAET.

These case studies fall on the heels of news of a study where NAET led to significant, measurable improvements for most autistic children in the study after a year of treatment. “Clinically, 23 of the 30 children in the treatment group were able to return to regular school classes with their healthy, non-autistic peers after treatment while all of the children in the control group continued to require special education.”

NAET was developed in 1983 by Devi S. Nambudripad, MD, PhD, L.Ac., DC. The initials stand for Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Technique. It’s a non-invasive, drug-free, alternative therapy for allergy elimination that uses a combination of acupressure, allopathy, chiropractic methods, nutrition and kinesiology to identify specific allergens and desensitize patients to them. Dr. Nambudripad has trained over 10,000 licensed medical practitioners in the protocol. It improves a variety of ailments, including fibromyalgia.

Read more about the study here. The study was paid for by the NAET people, but don’t dismiss it for that reason! Did you know that ALL drug studies are funded by the drug makers? That’s the system we live with. The key is to have responsible researchers who carefully document what they are doing and publish in a peer-reviewed journal. That did happen here.

A study finds NAET improves autism dramatically

Cara, a reader, sent me a link to a study comparing two groups of 30 autistic kids, ages 2.5 to 10 years, all in special education classrooms. One group got NAET treatments for a year, and the other didn’t. Both groups continued whatever  therapies they had been doing before.

Twenty-six of the NAET kids completed the year of treatment. Twenty-three of those were able to return to regular school classes with their healthy, non-autistic peers after 1 year of treatment; meanwhile all of the 30 children in the untreated control group continued to need special education.  The treated kids’ autism test scores improved dramatically over the untreated kids’ scores.

The study was performed by researchers at the NAET Autism Treatment Center in Buena Park, CA. It was just published in the October/November 2011 issue of Integrative Medicine—A Clinician’s Journal.

“We found that NAET is an effective, safe and simple treatment for children with allergy-related autism,” said Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, head author. “In human terms, NAET can provide profound and dramatic benefits, giving children with autism and their families their lives back.”

So now I am wondering what allergy-related autism is. Allergy is caused by a malfunction of the immune system. Does NAET work for autism because it repairs the immune system? Is autism (in many cases or all cases?) therefore caused by a malfunction of the immune system? This would make sense with the vaccine-autism theory. Vaccines definitely mess with the immune system, and might in doing that cause autism in susceptible individuals.


NAET, autism and allergy: update

Are you wondering what’s happening at the Wheelers’ with NAET?  “Shannon,” our 24-year-old daughter with Asperger’s, continues to blossom after a year on NAET treatments and some Yasko vitamin therapy. I get so many comments from people who have known her and are delighted that she is now interacting with them. It really is a miracle. She is continuing NAET treatments but less intensively.

“Mike,” our 19-year-old son with Asperger’s, has been doing NAET treatments for a year. We’re cautiously reserving judgment on results at this time.

And, there’s me! I just started NAET too, because I have been getting more and more allergic to things, and that’s driving me nuts. I had a choice: spend money on allergy shots, which aren’t guaranteed to help, or try NAET for about the same amount of money. I decided to try NAET.

I am supposing that the genetics that made my children susceptible to autism are also part of my body. Makes sense–my brother is autistic, so I must be the genetic carrier. Being female, and having grown up in an era with fewer environmental insults, I am not autistic. But I am very allergic. Perhaps our genetics involve faulty removal of toxins from the body, which are building up as I grow older and make me more and more allergic?  For example, I have been limited in the lotions I can use on my face for 20 years. I had found one with just three ingredients that seemed to work well, and used it for 20 years. But a few months ago I found it was giving me a rash. Grr. So now I’m down to one ingredient, coconut oil.

I started NAET with the new year, after taking some money out of an investment to invest in my health. It’s too new for me to provide you with any feedback, other than to remark that avoiding certain substances for 25 hours after a treatment is in fact a pain!

OSU studies environmental causes of autism

A group of researchers at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Health Sciences has set its sights on curing autism.

Unlike other researchers, they’re not focusing on genetics, because genetics aren’t changing enough to produce the autism epidemic. They’re focusing on possible environmental causes. One researcher is looking at heavy metals mercury and cadmium, testing them in prairie voles and finding the voles exposed to the heavy metals exhibiting autism-like behavior–in males only. (Autism primarily strikes males.)  Another researcher is looking at issues of the gut, something parents of autistics have been pointing to for many years. The researchers are looking at alternative treatments. They mention why hyperbaric oxygen chambers can be helpful:  the increased oxygen causes more oxygen and glucose to reach the brain. “It stimulates the brain to function.”

I am thrilled to see these people who seem to be looking at all possibilities, not just the tiny range of possibilities endorsed by mainstream medicine, which has focused on genetic causes and behavioral therapies.  Alternatives include the ones that DAN! doctors have come up with. (DAN! is Defeat Autism Now!, an organization of physicians with autistic children who came up with a protocol of various alternative treatments that have worked for significant numbers of families.)


Another observer says Shannon isn’t autistic

“Shannon,” my 24-year-old daughter, was unable to tell what others were thinking, because of her Asperger’s. The world was a confusing and unpredictable place to her. It’s the reason I homeschooled her from grades 8-12.

But now, after some vitamin therapy under the Yasko protocol and more than a year of NAET treatments, she CAN tell what others are thinking.  She’s a responsive and caring individual. In my book, that means she’s not autistic any more.

My first cousin had the opportunity to get to know Shannon this fall, when Shannon went traveling. She hadn’t known Shannon previously. Here’s what my cousin said:

“I have to tell you I had such a good time getting to know ‘Shannon’ when she was out here …  What a treasure she is!  I was wondering about her autism; she really has emerged from it hasn’t she!  How wonderful!  Have you ever heard of that happening?”

Personally I haven’t heard of recoveries like this for others her age, although there probably are some. There are many reported recoveries from more severe autism for kids who are much younger, like under the age of 5 or 10. All these recoveries come from the alternative medical treatment world.

Comments used by my cousin’s and Shannon’s permission.

Generation Rescue: the organization that will help you

If you are a parent of an autistic child looking for a place to start, a good place would be Generation Rescue at  They will pair you up with a “rescue angel,” a parent of a recovered child, to help you figure out what you need to start with.

One of these parents, Maryann Della Rocco, has a blog post detailing the recovery of her child that I’d like to share with you: