I wasn't looking for a cure. I swear. I had fully resigned myself to eating gluten free, inventing gluten free recipes, and getting that special look from the server whenever I ask for a gluten free menu. And after all, being forced to eat healthier wasn't a bad thing, really.
Then one day, a friend of mine over at the Navy Mom blog recommended that I try seeing this allergy doctor. I'm not gonna lie, I kinda thought she was a little cuckoo, because when I looked up the doctor's website their methods sounded hokey. But she swore that they had cured her of a lifelong seafood allergy - and the initial consultation was free!
I think it took 2.3 seconds of imagining her eating fried shrimp before I had convinced myself that it was worth a shot.
I was incredibly apprehensive when I went in for my free consultation. There hadn't been a whole lot of information online, and what I did find was quite odd. I made my husband accompany me because somehow I thought he might help. Instead, he barely kept a straight face throughout the whole consultation. To be fair, the consulting doctor was the least scientific sounding doctor I have ever known. And it didn't help that he kept assuring my husband that he was a very scientific man whilst simultaneously referring to the imbalance in my "life energy".
My husband and I talked a long time afterwards. There is evidence to support the idea that this doctor's methods works, but no one has done enough research or experimenting to figure out exactly how or why. My husband was skeptical, but I pointed out that many scientific truths were belittled for being unscientific in the beginning. What attracted me most was the idea that the doctor very clearly stated that he would never merely suppress the symptoms, but rather he would actually treat the problem. (How different from my nightmare of a last doctor!)
Call me crazy, but I tried it.
They use what's called Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET) which is a combination of acupuncture, acupressure, allopathy, chiropractic, nutritional, kinesiological, and ... "energy balancing" methods. Amazingly, Nambudripad made the initial discovery more than 30 years ago - there should be more research on this already! (Seriously, we need a better term than "energy balancing".)
In my case, the doctor theorized that my stomach wasn't producing enough acid to digest my food well. Since gluten and lactose are both hard to digest, my indigestion problems were masking itself as allergies. So I went through a series of chiropractic and acupressure treatments to get my body back in line with itself and the food I eat. And I am currently under a nutritional treatment to get my stomach back to where it can maintain itself once again.
In the meantime, I'm a happier me, I enjoy an increased amount of energy, and I have the ability to eat whatever the heck I want. My first glutenous meal was the Lord's Supper. (I cried. A lot.)
I wouldn't call myself an all natural person. Sure, I have a few natural remedies here and there handed down to me from my mother. But I don't believe those oils are essential, and you will never find kale in my house. (If you like kale, I don't mean to insult you. It's just that I've always been a meat and potatoes kind of girl.) I probably never would've tried NAET on my own - especially since there are apparently a large number of NAET frauds out there. (Legitimate NAET doctors are listed here).
But all I can say is, it worked. And I'm forever grateful. I CAN eat bread if I want. And I do. But after two years, I've learned my lesson: there is intrinsic value to eating a healthy and well balanced meal. And I can guarantee you that I always will.