This week's topic
Alternative Allergy Treatment option
Allergies are driving a lot of folks crazy this week so I updated this post from several years ago.
A few years ago, a patient came in to our office for a visit. This little girl had a strong history of asthma and had a regular regimen of medications to manage it. At that visit, the doctor took note that our little patient was no longer taking her medications. Her asthma seemed to have mostly cleared up. The mom explained that they had done some treatments at a local place called Advanced Allergy Solutions and that the medications were no longer needed nearly as much. The Doctor asked me to find out more. The patient's mom was happy to tell me all about it. She herself had done some treatments and that as someone who used to be allergic to dairy, she was now able to enjoy ice cream. For both her and her child the treatments had been life changing.
At our request, Advanced allergy solutions promptly sent over the records but there was simply not a clear translation from this mode of treatment over to "Western Medicine". I was intrigued though. Both of my daughters have seasonal allergies. They also have had trouble with gluten since becoming adults.
Lauren was the first to discover that her frequent migraines went away when she went on a gluten free diet. Alana, my youngest would have severe episodes that made her feel like her throat was closing. This was frightening and upsetting to say the least. Myriads of western MD's had tried unsuccessfully to figure things out before we had ascertained that gluten seemed to be the culprit for her as well. Anything that could ease these symptoms was worth a shot. Even though Alana was on a gluten free diet, gluten is sneaky and she had accidental exposures every so often.
Alana set up an appointment at Advanced Allergy Solutions and she invited me to come along to observe.
They put a cuff on her arm and sent frequencies of different allergens through the cuff. If she was sensitive to something her arm would lift. It was hard to believe what I was seeing, but then......
We looked at the list of allergies that they had identified and to my surprise, I saw that it was very consistent with the results from testing done at UCSF years ago. I had watched the process with the cynical eye of a scientist and was impressed with the results. They told us from the get-go that they don't always have success treating gluten intolerance, but they did treat Alana for some food sensitivities, including wheat. Her symptoms noticeably shifted. When she gets an accidental gluten exposure she still bloats up and feels gross, but she no longer has the same throat tightness. That is an important improvement.
My brother-in-law was also interested in hearing about our experience. He was severely allergic to cats. Richard couldn't go into a house that had a cat without having significant wheezing and distress. He did a couple of treatments with great success. He now can do a cat house visit with the aid of a Zyrtec and have only mild symptoms.
My husband Sandy (Mr. Nurse Judy to those of you who enjoyed his Father’s Day post) got very significant relief from an itchy rash that had been plaguing him for some time, and that had also not responded to western medicine. Fascinatingly, they found that he was allergic to his own histamine. Lauren still has allergies but she used to be super allergic to something here in San Francisco that would set her off every time she came home. Now that she lives here again, she did a few treatments and the symptoms are much better than they used to be.
This is not just ‘a waving of the hands’. This company gets results. Back when I ran this post for the first time, we had a meeting with the Advanced Allergy folks and talked about all sorts of ways that their treatments could benefit people with stomach issues, respiratory issues, attention issues, colic....you get the idea. It of course doesn't fix everything, but for some lucky people it is an absolute magic wand.
Over the years I have certainly told quite a few people about this treatment option, and some of my patients have seen significant success. It is such a different approach than the standard western medicine that we are familiar with, that I sometimes forget to mention it as widely as I should. I just recently had a few success stories so I decided to rerun the post. It still feels a bit mysterious but it is completely non-invasive and reasonably priced so I decided to spread the word and ask them to do a better job explaining what they offer.
Here are some words from the owner Denise Wood
It’s been a pleasure for us over the years to treat not only Nurse Judy but also her family at Advanced Allergy Solutions!
We are a holistic allergy assessment and treatment center dedicated to resolving the symptoms associated with allergies and sensitivities. We have dedicated our clinic to identifying and treating allergies, and have the honor to have helped thousands of patients since we opened our doors in 2010. We understand how stressful it can be when your child is being affected by allergy symptoms, and if you’re looking for more information about how we can help, our staff is happy to answer any questions you might have about our services.
The methods we use at Advanced Allergy Solutions allow us to identify allergies and sensitivities and treat the associated symptoms. Our holistic approach is accurate, painless, and easy for both parent and child. We are able to treat children of all ages, including infants -- our youngest patient to date was two weeks old! There are no needles or scratch tests required for the allergy assessment and no medications will be prescribed for the treatment.
Here are some common symptoms our patients come to us with:
Our goal at Advanced Allergy Solutions is to bring long-lasting relief to those who suffer from allergies and other sensitivities. We are located at Webster and Geary in San Francisco with ample FREE parking. We are excited to continue working with Nurse Judy and the team at Noe Valley Pediatrics. Feel free to give us a call or reach us by email to find out about booking an appointment for your child.