Today I dive into the inimitable Nester’s 31 Day Challenge 2013, promising to post every day in October on a single topic. Um, yes, I’m a couple of days late getting started, but who’s counting?
It’s going to be all healing all the time for the next 31 days.
But not just any healing–healing for life. Healing with a long-term perspective.
Healing that generates more healing and brings us closer to our true selves, body and mind and soul.
I’ll share how I’m recovering radically from chronic fatigue and emotional trauma, pelvic floor dysfunction and ingratitude, debilitating allergies and anxiety. I promise you haven’t heard of some of these healing methods before. It’s going to be exciting!
See Day #1: Why I’m Wild about NAET below.
Day #5: Day off! (Sunday)
Day #8: Day off thanks to the stomach flu
Day #12: Day off! (Sunday)
Day #1: Why I’m Wild about NAET
NAET: What on Earth Is It?
NAET stands for Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique. Put simply, it’s “energy medicine” related to acupuncture, a protocol for resetting the body so that it doesn’t respond negatively to foods and environmental factors. While many who seek NAET treatment do have overt allergy symptoms (like my son, who has eczema), many of us are just in pain or exhausted or infertile or can’t sleep.
Yes, it’s weird if all you’ve known is Western medicine. If you’re already versed in homeopathy, acupuncture, and other so-called energy modalities, you’ll feel right at home. Occasionally someone has religious objections because they assume that something intangible must be spiritual and possibly dangerous. I think this is an unfortunate misunderstanding.
NAET Works for Me
Fact: After a few dozen NAET treatments, I’m sleeping better than I have in years, with no other changes to my health routines.
I drift off quickly, easily slide back to sleep after being roused by the baby umpteen times a night, and wake up more rested with 4 to 8 interruptions a night than I used to with none.
Fact: Independent of sleep hours, I feel vastly more energetic.
Don’t get me wrong, having a toddler who’s a terrible sleeper takes its toll. I’m tired and some days very, very tired. I recover, though, and overall I’m far less exhausted than I used to be. Perhaps only someone who’s lived with chronic fatigue or insomnia can understand the difference between being “normal really tired” and “chronic fatigue tired.”
All of those closest to me have witnessed and remarked the change in me, and it’s persisted (with a few hiccups, granted) for several months now, even through our cross-country job relocation. WOW.
NAET Works for My Baby
I’ve written before (here, here, and here) about our eczema journey with my son. He’s not cured and I suspect we still have a long road ahead, but NAET has made a huge difference in his symptoms. It’s also helped with sleep (it was like a switch flipped and instantly he stopped waking up screaming; now he merely cries), and even with the constipation that started back when I introduced solids, despite all the care I took to avoid that problem.
Sadly, our recent cross-country move took us away from our NAET practitioner (her name’s Rachel Guinn at Natural Health & Allergy, for anyone living in or traveling to Houston, TX), so I don’t know how much farther we could have gone with NAET. I’ve felt quite distressed about this because feeling better makes me want to feel even better, and I want my son to be fully well, but we’ll see where our road takes us here in New Mexico. I hope and pray for more healing.
NAET Gets Rave Reviews from Others Too
The two NAET practitioners I’ve worked with learned the system because it healed them first. Rachel Guinn at Natural Health & Allergy in Houston, TX, and Sachiko Nakano at One Heart Healthcare in Seattle, WA, both acupuncturists, have stories of their own recovery through NAET. A naturopath practicing NAET in Oklahoma City says almost all of her patients end up getting NAET treatments because nothing else works as well.
A controlled study now validates NAET as an effective treatment for many cases of autism! You can read about that here.
Here’s a great article about an M.D. who practices NAET.
A Word of Clarification
One sticking point in the NAET literature is the claim that the treatment is permanent. After talking to different practitioners, I do believe that the treatments are permanent, but that a body that tends toward fatigue is eventually going to relapse into fatigue again and need some touch-up work. Likewise with eczema or other symptoms.
The idea here is that life takes a toll on us, like it or not, and our bodies do need maintenance. Whatever our body’s favorite flags or weak spots are, those are the ones that will show up when we’ve been battered too hard. Just as we prioritize sleep, nourishing food, movement, and stress-reduction for maintenance and prevention, so we expect to see our healers periodically.
Find the Right Practitioner
All NAET practitioners are not the same. They vary in their experience, training, adherence to the protocol, precision, and other factors. I have heard stories about negative reactions to the treatments, but it sounds like the person administering the treatment was either deviating from NAET protocol or didn’t take sufficient steps to make sure the body could handle the treatment (these are cases of severe known allergies).
So, if you’re interested in NAET, read up about it on their website here and order Say Goodbye to Illness, a tiresome tome that nevertheless gives detailed information about how NAET should be performed. Check out the official practitioner directory, where you can see the person’s level of training. This directory has been weeded out in the past few years, eliminating those who haven’t continued to attend training, so there might be unlisted practitioners in your area who may or may not be of good quality. Ask around.
One woman posted a list of questions to ask a prospective NAET practitioner on mothering.com. You can check that out here. (Keep in mind that you’re generally looking for answers that match Nambudripad’s guidelines.)
That’s my NAET story so far. Have you heard about it? Tried it?