How Can an Allergy Treatment Help ADD, ADHD, and Autism?


When I tell people that I specialize in treating allergies, I often get responses like, “My allergy symptoms are mild,” or “My sister has really bad allergies, but luckily, I don’t,” or “I only have allergies in the spring or fall.”  What all of these responses have in common is the assumption that allergies are seasonal and caused by environmental agents like pollen or flowers.

As a practitioner of NAET® (Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques), when I talk about treating allergies, seasonal allergies are just the tip of the iceberg.  According to NAET® theory, an allergic response, which induces the immune system to fight against a perceived invasion, can be caused by nearly anything.  I have had patients who are allergic or sensitive to food, to specific nutrients, vitamins, and minerals within foods like calcium, B vitamins, and salts, to things in the environment, to metals such as nickel, silver, or gold, and one patient who was even allergic to diamond.

When the body is allergic or sensitive to anything that it ingests or comes in contact with regularly, it induces an immune response.  So instead of assimilating or using the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that the body needs to function, it ends up fighting against them.

In some cases of ADD, ADHD, and autism, an allergy or sensitivity may be the root cause of the problem.  If the person is allergic or sensitive to specific nutrients, vitamins, or minerals, the brain will not be receiving what it needs to function properly.  The immune system ends up using the body’s energy to fight against these allergens, which also pulls more energy away from the brain.  A study published in the journal, Integrative Medicine, has shown the NAET® is an effective and well-tolerated treatment for children with allergy-related autism.1

By figuring out what foods and nutrients an individual is allergic to, an NAET® practitioner can then desensitize their patient to those allergens.  Allergies are determined through blood tests that identify specific immunoglobulins, as well as muscle response testing done by the NAET® practitioner.  The treatment to desensitize the allergens involves a combination of activating the sympathetic nervous system, and avoiding the allergen for about a day.  Further treatment may be necessary depending on the severity of the allergy, which will be determined by the results of the blood tests.

Whether or not an individual decides to receive NAET® treatment for all of their allergens, simply knowing that they are allergic or sensitive to certain foods or nutrients provides a useful tool in keeping their immune system from being overactive.  If you know that you are allergic to apples and you avoid eating apples, you will prevent your immune system from having to fight against apples.  By keeping your immune responses at bay, your body will be able to allocate that energy to other places such as brain functioning, growing, and healing.

If you or someone you know suffers from ADD, ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, or even cloudy thinking, consider checking to see if allergies or sensitivities are the root cause behind these issues.  If so, NAET® could be a viable treatment option.

  1. 1. Teitelbaum, J, et al. Improving Communication Skills in Children With Allergy-related Autism Using Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques: A Pilot Study. Integrative Medicine. 2011;10(5):36-43.

Written By: Amey Aubry, L.Ac., Ph.D.