Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Syndrome: My story of hope and NAET

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Syndrome (MCS) is a frustrating immune and neurogenic dysregulation causing symptoms that significantly handicap a persons life.  Often beginning with an environmental exposure of some kind which is followed by symptoms in response to previously tolerated low-level exposures, resulting in in reactions affecting the central nervous system, respiratory and mucosal, or gastrointestinal system. Once a person is sensitized this can spread to unrelated compounds, becoming more easily reactive, until the person is “sick” all the time.  An extremely wide variety of symptoms can result including: fatigue, difficulty concentrating, depression, memory loss, weakness, dizziness, headaches, and pain. This may also be called Environmental Illness or sick building syndrome. MCS is often debated with skepticism in medical circles, but for the sufferers it is all too real.

My story:

About 10 years ago, I was living in Los Angeles, raising 4 children ages 2-13, with my husband.  Life was very busy and I’ve always been subject to stress and some anxiety.  Altogether I was really pretty typical of a woman in the middle of raising her family. My only ongoing health issues were migraines (genetic), insomnia, and a little bursitis in my hip from an injury.  This bursitis led me to take prescription strength Naproxen for 7 years.  I was becoming concerned that this might eventually hurt me in some way so started looking for herbal remedies to relieve the inflammation. Boswellia is an ayurvedic herb often used for arthritis and I was excited to find that this worked even better than the prescription!  However, after taking it for 2 weeks I felt like I had the flu. I was suspicious that this wasn’t a normal flu, and stopped taking the Boswellia just in case I was sensitive to it.  I recovered and a couple of weeks later, because I loved the pain relief of Boswellia, I tried it again. My body went CRAZY! My skin was on fire, I had blisters in my mouth and a sore throat. Completely freaked out, my husband took me to the emergency room, where the doctor, who had no idea what was wrong with me, gave me an opioid and said he would like to know what was wrong with me if I ever figured it out. Well, it appeared I was extremely allergic to boswellia. However, as the weeks went on I discovered I began reacting to my migraine meds, then fruit that had chemicals sprayed on it, then perfumes in the air, then any drug, cleaners, anything that was chemically based, then…I was reacting constantly and I had no idea to what anymore because it seemed like everything!

At this point I was in tears everyday. I was trying not to speak because my throat was so inflamed, not easy with four kids! I was having four untreatable migraines a week. Doctors looked at me like I might be crazy because they couldn’t fix it, and they couldn’t give me a prescription because I’d react to it. This was really the lowest, most desperate time of my life.  I went into research mode and finally found something talked about on health boards called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. How amazing it is to find that you’re not alone in the suffering!  This is what led me to something called Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques (NAET).

I read that NAET helped people to tolerate things that they had previously reacted to. It really seemed like voodoo, but when you’re desperate….! I had no experience with alternative medicine whatsoever. But my husband and I agreed that I had to try it as life was unlivable at that point. I saw an Acupuncturist/Naturopathic doctor who said she thought NAET was rather perfect for what I was experiencing. Finally someone who didn’t think I was crazy and had confidence that I could be helped! I began going once or twice a week. The first thing she treated me for was Grains.  This resulted in an 90% decrease in the frequency of my migraines! I was impressed. Even better, after being treated for 3 months, I no longer was reacting to things all the time. I felt normal again, I could take a prescription again if I needed to, life became alot less hazardous.  NAET allowed me to go on with my life.

I was so amazed by this treatment that I went to school and got my Master’s degree in Oriental Medicine and eventually trained in NAET. It is my privilege now to help others struggling through similar health issues.

If this sounds like something you need Please call me for a complimentary consultation  973-454-8594 Services in Montclair NJ.

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Seasonal Allergy Relief with NAET

You may be suffering from what is commonly called “hayfever”, a disorder of the immune system causing symptoms such as sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, and a runny nose.  Seasonal allergies are caused by the body’s hypersensitive reaction to substances in the environment, mold, pollen, dust and many others.

I have a few tricks in my bag to help you with these persistant symptoms. A study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, showed that acupuncture can significantly reduce allergic rhinitis symptoms! And another study published in Allergy” European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that 85% of hayfever sufferers, who received weekly acupuncture treatments, showed significant and persistant improvements in their symptoms (November 2008). The treatments are directed toward clearing the nasal passages, supporting the immune system and strengthening it to prevent allergic reactions from recurring.

Another treatment, Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques (NAET),  works beautifully to stop immune reactions to common outdoor allergens.  Using kinesiological testing, an individualized plan will be devised for you to reprogram your body’s response to the offending substance.  Western medical allergy treatment involves drug therapy to control symptoms. NAET and Chinese medical theory sees an allergic response as an energy flow irregularity interfering with normal communication between your brain, nervous system, and organs. Check out what an NAET treatment involves here. This treatment can be performed noninvasively, with out acupuncture needles if preferred, on people of all ages.

Your allergies can be treated naturally! You can avoid the uncomfortable side effects from chronic antihistamine use and allergy shots. I would love to help you feel better and improve your health! Call for a complimentary consultation 973-454-8594 .

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NAET for Skin Disorders

Skin disorders are a common and frustrating health concern with a wide variety of symptoms and disease patterns that present differently in every sufferer.

Skin is the largest organ in the human body, with an area covering roughly 20 square feet, charged with the job of protecting against and sensing your environment. Skin health reflects internal health and is therefore worthy of attention and care.

The therapy I most often employ to treat skin conditions for my patients is Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques (NAET). Allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances to ingested, inhaled, or contacted substances that provoke an abnormal immune system response are often responsible for dermatitis, rashes, hives, itching and more profound immune system derangements like psoriasis, and lupus. NAET has offered symptomatic and impressive results in many conditions, even after decades of suffering.

What is the cause of your symptoms? NAET and acupuncture deal with energy blockages and imbalances in the body’s energetic circulation caused by many factors:

Inherited conditions

Allergies and sensitivities


Lowered immune function due to stress, illness, emotional injury

Malabsorbtion disorders


A few case studies:

A patient came to me recently with eczema affecting his hands and feet for many decades. After one treatment, using NAET to treat for a sensitivity to grains, his eczema cleared up completely, much to his delight! For some, NAET works this fast, while some people need several treatments to completely address their skin problem.

A nurse was experiencing severe contact dermatitis to latex gloves used in her work, causing much pain and annoyance. After treatment with NAET for latex she could touch gloves and other instruments without reacting.

As a teenager, my daughter had annoying tiny blisters on her fingertips.  She was found to be reacting to coffee. After treatment, the blisters healed and she had no more even when drinking coffee once again.

A woman, who had always had severe reactions to poison ivy and oak, has found that after NAET treatments she can be exposed without developing a reaction to these substances that had previously needed steroidal treatments to manage the reaction.

Allergies to jewelry are common due to the gold, nickel, and other metal content. After wearing her wedding ring for 15 years, a 37 year old woman developed blisters and crusting where her gold ring touched her skin.  After one treatment with NAET for gold metal she could wear her ring comfortably again with no reaction.

A friend of mine developed chronic idiopathic hives after an immunization. Life was miserable for her.  After many NAET treatments for basic vitamins, food groups, chemical components of vaccines, and environmental elements she is once again comfortable in her skin and hive free.

NAET is a fascinating and effective treatment for acute, chronic, and frustrating skin disorders in children and adults alike. It’s an absolute delight for me, as a practitioner, to solve these painful and frustrating problems, for my patients.  Using kinesiology, muscle response testing, we can isolate the substance causing the problem and then treat using NAET, systematically dialing down the disordered immune response.

Call for a complimentary consultation at 973-454-8594 in Montclair, New Jersey

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NAET: Living well with Fibromyalgia


The Fibromyalgia struggle

If you are one of the 6% of Americans who struggle with fibromyalgia, you know intimately, the debilitating effects of this “invisible” disease.  Struggling to keep up with your family, job, friends, and the life you want while trying to navigate the choices available for treating your symptoms can be overwhelming.

Sometimes you find yourself giving up rewarding life experiences because you expect to have greater pain as a consequence of being active.  Health care providers and people in your life may brand you as hypochondriac because you “look fine”.  Perhaps your medications have more side effects than you can comfortably live with.  I’d like to tell you about a natural approach you may not have heard of or considered before.

Fibromyalgia and Traditional Chinese Medicine

We come into the world with a constitution inherited from our parents. This means we have strengths and weaknesses biologically that cause imbalances in our system. Each of us ends up with a unique set of symptoms when, due to influences inside of us and in our environment, the imbalances become so pronounced that they manifest as a disease. Yin and Yang are used to illustrate the dance of opposites and interaction of forces in ones physiology.

Fibromyalgia has abnormal neurotransmitter/receptor patterns manifesting as pain, insomnia, and depression.  Studies show that acupuncture may alter brain chemistry, restoring the balance between the forces of yin and yang, leading to a reduction in symptoms.  Chinese medicine theory brings unique insight to the myriad symptoms, all of which are taken into consideration, when designing your treatment plan.

What does NAET contribute to Fibromyalgia treatment?

Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques (NAET) are based on the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Illness is a warning that gives us signs of energetic disturbances within our bodies.  The brain, through spinal nerves, operates an amazing communication network.  Energetic disturbances anywhere in this system will manifest as nervous, circulatory, gastrointestinal, urinary, muscle or reproductive symptoms. These disturbances also lead to a debilitating drain on the energy available for normal activities of daily life.

NAET can remove the blockages in the energy pathways and restart normal energy circulation.  This will, in turn, help the brain to coordinate with the rest of the body to function optimally.  As one progresses through the treatments, most often systemic improvements in energy, sleep, and pain reduction are observed.  Dr. Devi, the founder of NAET, notes that fibromyalgia is very often allergy/sensitivity related, foods, chemicals, and environmental.  We have seen phenomenal results using the NAET method to reduce and eliminate patients suffering.  Please refer to this page on what an NAET treatment involves.

If you are looking for a different way to heal

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced” -James Baldwin.  One of the most pervasive myths about Fibromyalgia is that it isn’t treatable.  Many of its symptoms can be treated and reduced using the techniques outlined here.

I have helped patients on their way to healing using both acupuncture and NAET.  Both methods can be used concurrently with the program prescribed by your medical doctor.  Counseling on herbal medicine, diet and exercise according to Chinese Medicine principles, as well as identifying emotional components to assist your journey towards health are used as appropriate.  I look forward to being a partner in your quest for vibrant health!

Complimentary consultation is available! Call 973-454-8594


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Oriental medicine will help you beat your cold this winter!


Are you one of those people that seems to catch every cold or bug that comes around?   Have you known the people who literally seem to NEVER get sick?  As you have probably suspected, some people really are more susceptible in this way.  From the Chinese medicine perspective, everyone has a pre-existing balance and state of immunity.  We would say your defensive Qi was weakened and overcome by a pathogen (virus).  If you go to an acupuncturist you will hear that you have a wind, heat or cold condition!  There are things you can do to make yourself, your Qi, stronger and less prone to catching all those virus’s this winter.

You protect your body’s Qi by dressing warmly, protecting your feet, legs, low back, neck from the cold and wind.  It requires a lot of your energy to keep warm, so help yourself out.

Get as much sleep and rest as you can.  Go to bed by 10pm if possible. Your adrenal glands will thank you. Reduce stress if possible.  Emotional stress is as damaging to qi as excessive physical stress! Do what you need to do, talk to someone, meditate, pray, spend time doing what you enjoy.

Optimize your diet for the season! You know how eating a salad or watermelon just isn’t as satisfying in the winter? You need warming foods at this time of year, cooked foods in general, not raw. Choose oatmeal over cold cereal, and things like stews and tea over things that hinder the smooth function of digestion like sugar, wheat products, excessive dairy, and cold beverages.

Of course visit your acupuncturist if your Qi is in a state that makes you a victim of sickness! Acupuncture and herbal therapies are effective in rebuilding the strength of your body’s processes.

So you caught a cold.

If you are coming down with something, here are a few tips to start treating it effectively from the start…

You feel that itchy throat, headache, and sniffle.  A tried and true strategy to encourage your immune system is to SWEAT at the beginning of the attack.  Make a tea or soup using green onions, ginger, and chicken if you like. Peppermint tea is best for sore throats with fever. Cinnamon for shivering and a bit of sweating.  Have it hot and go to bed with tons of blankets, or have a soak in the tub. Our family loves Pho, a wonderful Vietnamese soup, for this purpose! Don’t forget to drink fluids to replace your sweating.

If you have a lot of phlegm avoid foods that encourage its formation… dairy, sugar, wheat products and fried foods. Ginger tea is a good choice.

ACUPUNCTURE! As a profession we have many ways to help you beat the cold at an early stage to prevent it getting worse and lodging in your chest or causing other upheaval with you health. Cupping, qua sha, tuina, herbs and acupuncture all help!  Anti-viral herbs available at your appointment!

Massage the tender spots on either side of your nose and along the underside of your cheekbones to encourage your sinus cavities to empty.

With some self care you can have a much better winter this year!

Susan is an acupuncturist in Montclair, NJ. Please call for a complimentary consultation 973-454-8594.

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