A Chat With an Allergist: Perfect Example Of Thinking Beyond Black and White

A few months back, I wrote about Bioenergetic Intolerance Elimination (BIE). I was a few sessions in and feeling optimistic (that post here). In a quick word to explain, it’s a natural approach to healing allergies. Well, I am now a few months from my last session ever and I have to say, that crazy shit works! I have not had allergy shots since June. Can I get a HALLELUJAH?

This past week, I had a check in appointment with my allergy doctor. I went in with some trepidation and uncertainty as to how to tell him that I essentially cheated on Western medicine? A friend of mine who was going to a Western doctor as well as an Eastern healer for a chronic autoimmune disease had a very unpleasant, discouraging experience telling her Western doctor. (That doctor was insulted and expressed that if she was going to try some alternative medicine, there was no reason for her to see her then. Pretty crappy right?)

When I met with my doctor, he asked how I have been and how my allergies have been.  A bit shyly, I said, “Well actually I’ve been trying this other thing. It’s called BIE.  Bioenergetic Intolerance Elimination.”  He had no clue what that was and promptly googled it on his computer. I explained the concept of it that essentially when we have allergies, it’s an imbalance in our body. So BIE is like acupuncture minus the needles and works to rebalance.  He was both skeptical and intrigued and so the conversation continued. Unlike my friend’s experience with her doctor, mine was as close to the polar opposite as possible, for which I am very grateful.

I was very impressed by him and his reaction. I feel it speaks volumes to how we SHOULD respond in situations where we are presented with something less conventional to what we might be used to.

 

  1. He did not right off the bat give me his professional medical opinion nor  did he denounce me for finding something else that works. He instead asked me a lot of questions. He sought to understand what this “other thing” is and why I turned to that.

 

  1. When I told him of my friend’s experience with her own doctor, he said this (I paraphrase): “It is not a doctor’s job to berate a patient for researching and trying something different. It is a doctor’s job to inform and educate someone so they can make an informed decision.” Amen to that. We have a right to make decisions for ourselves. Our bodies. Our minds. Our choices.

 

  1. My doctor was born to Chinese parents and raised in the US. He’s of course a Western trained doctor so he’s a science guy, yet he has had much exposure to Eastern ways.  He was admittedly conflicted and said, “There is absolutely no science behind BIE, but as an Eastern practice, there is 2000 years of history behind it.” I think this was such a remarkable comment because it shows that he is willing to accept, or at least learn more before criticizing something, even if it is against his fundamental beliefs.

 

  1.      He also acknowledged that I sought a different approach to healing allergies because essentially Western medicine failed me. I would need shots every 3 to 4 weeks which means that every 3 to 4 weeks, I felt shitty. I was like a runny faucet with eyes that itched like crazy. A real treat basically. He acknowledged also that as a doctor, it is frustrating to not be able to find a system that works for a patient. So he completely understood why I would try something different.

 

  1. We joked before I left that I completely caught him off guard and that I rocked his world a little bit. He gave me his card and said he is interested in learning more.  He wants me to send him articles on BIE. His interest may stop at just satisfying the void he has in a lack of knowledge. Or it might be something that he recognizes as another way to treat patients. Who knows.  My point though is we live in a world now where there are many different schools of thought and many different methods. We cannot always keep doing what we were doing because what worked yesterday may not work tomorrow.

 

It takes humility to be able to accept that there are other ways besides your ways that might actually work. It takes a certain maturity to not jump to a conclusion without even investigating and learning. For many of us, we go right to a decision often or right to dismissing something because it is different from what we know or think.

Think of the times that someone comes to you with a pretty big decision or discovery they have made. Think about how intimidating and scary that can be. So think about how unpleasant of an experience that can be if the other person judges right away without even trying to understand.  Not to mention it does nothing for feeling supported or loved and likely, that will be the end of ever discussing that. Why should that matter to you? Here is why (and I know, I will digress a lot).

It is a cycle. When people believe in something or are passionate about something, they WANT to be able to share that and be open about it. Whether it is a new Eastern healing practice or a new business venture or a new hobby. Whatever it is, if there is passion behind it, then that absolutely and completely is a big part of who someone is. To not be able to talk about it out of fear of being judged not only diminishes them as a person, but it can negatively affects relationships.  (Do you know the range of reactions I have gotten when I have told people my ghost stories or how I believe in angels? Think I am going to talk about that again to someone that gives me the she-crazy-look? Hell to the no).

We should all encourage each other to listen and understand our passions, thoughts, methodologies. We do not have to necessarily be a believer in what they believe, but at least for heaven’s sake believe in them. Believe in their character. Believe in their integrity. Believe in their happiness. Believe in wanting to be part of their success.

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As Much as I Love Being Injected With Cat Dander, Time to Battle Allergies Differently

Allergies will get me every time. I fight them every day (with nasal spray, an inhaler and prescription drugs. I am like a superhero, Allergy Girl!). I fight them every month with good old allergy shots (I have lost count of how many times I have had a tube of cat dander injected into my arm). While this may sound like complaints, I recognize that I am fortunate that allergies are my biggest chronic health issue (knock on wood). Having said that, you should know I am allergic to virtually all environmental things plus household things like mold and dust mites as well as a few foods. I sniffle so much that I don’t even notice that I do it anymore. So it is not surprising that if I could, I would prefer banishing allergy fighting from my every day super hero battles.

When a friend recommended I call a Natural Allergy Healer, I did so with few questions asked. I looked up the site and saw some verbiage about Bioenergetic Intolerance Elimination (BIE). I also read reviews of people who had been treated by her and were raving about how she was able to cure allergies that modern medicine could not.  While part of me is skeptical of something that is based on Eastern knowledge and non- traditional medicine, I figured I have nothing to lose (and a whole lot to gain).

I am two sessions into BIE and while I still have a few more to go, I am fascinated by it and feeling optimistic.  I have been wanting to rave about what BIE is but have been unable to do it any justice in my explanation. So I turned to my bestie, google, and am excited to be able to share with you what I am learning.

Before even starting the BIE treatment (definition on BIE coming later), my healer  first had to establish what I am allergic to and then decide which ones of those she could focus on first. To do this, she performed muscle testing. You are wondering, “What is muscle testing?” Amy B. Scher, Author and Energy Healer, explains it well on her blog .

Muscle Testing: Getting Answers From the Subconscious Mind

Much research has revealed the power of our subconscious minds. The                   subconscious mind is like a human computer, recording everything that has happened in our lives. Through my studies, I have come to believe the subconscious mind knows exactly what is going on with us, and how we can heal from it.

What is Muscle Testing (aka applied kinesiology)?

The body has within it and surrounding it an electrical network or grid, which is pure energy. Because energy runs through the muscles in your body, if anything impacts your electrical system that does not maintain or enhance your body’s balance, your muscles will virtually “short circuit” or weaken (don’t worry, only temporarily). Things that might have an impact on your electrical system are thoughts and emotions, foods, and other substances.

Using your muscles, we can find what events or emotions “weaken” or “strengthen” your body. This process is called applied kinesiology, but often referred to as “muscle testing.” It’s simply a really cool way we can ask your body questions and get clear answers – like a telephone to the subconscious mind.

My healer used a muscle testing method where I would sit on a chair, with my legs uncrossed. She would have me touch my thumb to my pinky on my right hand. Then, she would hand me a vile with an allergen in it which, with my left hand, I would hold against my right forearm. She would say something to the effect of “strong, stay closed, weak open”.  Essentially, if she could detach my fingers (this being “weak”), then it would indicate an allergy. If my fingers stayed closed, that’s the “strong”, indicated not allergic.  Ok, I fully realize this sounds a bit fictious or that perhaps someone could easily control themselves whether their fingers stayed open or closed, but trust me, I fully believe muscle testing is the real deal. I would tell myself desperately DO NOT let her open your fingers, but it would fail vile after vile. For the record, I tested allergic to the same things that my traditional allergy doctor verified (and then some) through skin testing. She identified a multitude of allergens like trees, grass, flowers, weather smog, mold, and the list goes on and on.

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My healer had to then figure out from all those allergens, which she should treat me for first. It would be too much on my body to do them all in one go. If you can allow yourself to accept the theory of kinesiology, it really is not so crazy. Substitute in the definition  cited earlier  “allergens” for “events or emotions”, and that’s what she did. Doing the same muscle testing, she would have me hold viles of what I tested positive on to my arm, and she would ask my body (yes you read that right, she asked my body), “Is it for Missy’s higher good if I treat her for <insert allergen>? Weak for yes, strong for no.”  She went through different combinations and in my first session, she whittled it down to treating me for grasses (about 40 different varieties).

After she figured out what to treat, she started the BIE itself.

(Taken from Back to Wellness):

What is BIE?

Bioenergetic Intolerance Elimination is a simple, natural new approach that enables one’s body to recognize sensitivities or intolerances, assisting in recovery from associated allergy-like symptoms, without the use of needles or drugs.

How does BIE work?

A lightweight state-of-the-art device is used to transmit a low electronic frequency directly onto various acupuncture points (without the use of needles) on the body to stimulate and clear any blockages in energy known as stressors. During this procedure the client is exposed to the frequencies of the substances they are intolerant or sensitive to (not the actual substances themselves). While the blockages are clearing, the body’s cells can adapt to recognize the stressing frequency. When this non-invasive and painless procedure is complete, the body will hopefully no longer see the sensitivity or intolerance as a threat when exposed to it, therefore no longer producing any adverse reactions.

BIE is completely pain free and non-invasive, and it is super quick might I add (a few minutes tops).  The only thing I had to following the session was to stay hydrated by drinking a lot of water.

Truth be told, I was not totally convinced after my first session that BIE had worked. The first few days after, LA had horrendous winds which always aggravate my allergies. I was congested, had a headache and constantly carrying a tissue. By the end of the second week, I was noticing a slight decrease in symptoms. I also conducted my very official verification of how bad allergies are by texting a few of my friends who usually suffer allergies the same times I do.  One had responded that hers had been horrible, and I was pleasantly surprised that I would not describe mine as such. Maybe there is something to be said for BIE…

Two weeks after my first session, I went back for my second BIE treatment. She went through the same muscle testing and guess what! When she retested me for grasses (which is what she treated me for in my first session), my fingers amazingly did not open.  She went through the same exercise of determining what to treat me for and my body decided on weeds, a few household allergens, histamine, smog, and wind and barometric pressure. (Yes even weather can be allergens!) While I was there, I asked if she could test me to see if I am allergic to lip gloss. The few times I wear it, I end up with the most dried out, blotchy looking lips ever. They are painful and ugly so I generally go all natural. I was astounded that she was able to test me with the tube of lip gloss itself and yes, she confirmed I am allergic. While I am prioritizing it low, I am adding it to my list of allergens I want to banish.

I completely buy into what all the cited references say about BIE and muscle testing. I personally believe in BIE  because I believe in energy. Energy in the world, energy in others and energy in ourselves.  One of my life guiding principles is making decisions based on energy. I pick up on the energy of other people and I pick up on the energy of the universe which often tells me what I should or should not do when faced with a tough decision. So to me, it is not that farfetched to believe that we have energy within our bodies that can easily be off-balance (and can just as easily be restored).

I also have gone the traditional Western route for treating allergies for years and years. I am by no means saying that medication and shots do not work. Plenty of people reap full benefit of those treatments and can ultimately be allergy free (and treatment free). I simply am not one of those people. When you get allergy shots (which is your own customized concoction that your doctor puts together based on what you are allergic to), your doctor slowly and gradually increases the dosage of allergens in each injection. The idea is you slowly build a tolerance to them which makes you progressively less sensitive to them. Everyone who gets shots responds differently. The duration of the “build- up” period can vary in the dosage and frequency. Following the build- up period starts the “maintenance” period, where ideally has an end date, and patients no longer need treatment.

To put this in perspective, I had to reach twice the average dosage in the build- up period to even start maintenance. I have had consultations with my doctor and he has said I will most likely never be free of allergy shots. I have been on maintenance about 3 years, which for me means that I am going for two shots every 3-4 weeks. (I do not want to say the shots are horrible but they are by no means pain free. So like I said earlier, after countless shots, I would not mind never having them again).

Even with shots, I am still sensitive to allergies. If it rains or the wind blows, I am sneezing up a storm. My bathroom looks like a pharmacy. I have to puff on my inhaler prior to exercise. And even while my health insurance covers most of the cost of shots and my allergy treatments,  I have still contributed my fair share to their expenses.

Given all those reasons, I have no strong argument to NOT try BIE. Even the cost of BIE is minimal considering if it alleviates allergies, then it alleviates the ongoing cost I am paying to live semi harmoniously with all my pesky allergens. I also simply relish the idea of being able to be outside in nature, WHICH I LOVE, whenever I want.

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I have another session scheduled in two weeks and I will report back! If you are intrigued and live in LA specifically, I highly recommend the healer I have been going to in Studio City. You can find her info here.