Questions and Answers
Advanced Allergy Therapeutics (AAT) offers a unique and highly effective approach in treating the many symptoms associated with allergies and sensitivities. AAT is a precision-based therapy that treats the organ systems involved in an overreaction. AAT does not treat the immune system; instead, the therapy focuses on inappropriate reactions to a harmless substance in relation to the organs systems to produce rapid, long-term results for the relief of associated symptoms. AAT merges 21st century science with 3,000-year-old acupuncture principles in offering an effective alternative in the treatment of symptoms associated with allergies and sensitivities.
No herbal remedies
UNDERSTANDING ALLERGIES AND SENSITIVITIES
Allergies and sensitivities are caused by an inappropriate reaction to harmless substances.
The word “allergy” comes from the Greek allos, meaning “other”. It was first used in 1906 to refer to an "altered reaction" in the body's immune system.
A “true allergy” is a reaction triggered by the immune system, however there are a vast number of symptoms or conditions caused by sensitivities that may or may not involve the immune system. With reactions involving food, a large percentage of the population believe they have allergies, yet fewer than 2% actually have true allergies. In fact, many suffer from undiagnosed food sensitivities or intolerances. The majority of patients who seek the AAT treatment do not have true allergies; their symptoms are likely to be caused by sensitivities with no immune involvement. Since there are few options for the treatment of sensitivities, other than avoidance, AAT provides a highly effective alternative. Symptoms caused by true allergies, however, also respond well to the treatment as the organs systems involved in the reaction are also addressed.
The use of the word “allergy” has become a generic term used by the public to describe allergies, sensitivities and intolerances.
WHAT IS AAT?
Advanced Allergy Therapeutics (AAT) is a clinically proven treatment that is highly effective in relieving the many symptoms associated with allergies and sensitivities. It is a therapeutic approach that was developed from over 16 years of clinical research. The AAT treatment does not rely on the use of medications, herbal remedies or supplements. The treatment is safe, painless and available to all ages including infants.
Advanced Allergy Therapeutics works directly with the relationship between the major organ systems and inappropriate reactions to harmless substances. While the immune system is responsible for initiating an immune reaction in the case of true allergies, it is the health and state of the organ systems that often determines the type of symptoms that may arise. With both sensitivities and allergies, symptoms typically stem from the organ system affected. For example, one patient may have a reaction to soybean by getting rashes while another patient may react with sinus congestion, heartburn or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The symptoms in each of these cases represent a different organ system involved. By treating the organ system(s) involved in a reaction, the body is able to respond more appropriately.
During treatment, gentle pressure is used on points that correspond with the organ systems involved in a reaction. The degree of stress on the organ systems caused by an allergen or offending agent, is proportional to the degree of the negative reaction. While the stimulation is applied, a subtle representation of the offending substance is introduced to the surface of the skin. The stimulation reduces the stress on the effected organ system, allowing for a more appropriate response.
All holistic fields of medicine are aligned in the approach to treat the whole body. They share the understanding that health conditions may develop as a result of interference in proper functioning caused by various forms of stress or other factors. Reducing the stress or interference allows for optimal health. When the specific organ system is supported and stress is reduced, the whole body is able to respond more appropriately.
AAT does not diagnose allergies, sensitivities or
AAT does not test for allergies or sensitivities. The AAT system simply assesses what may be causing a stress to the body.
AAT does not cure allergies, nor does the therapy treat the immune system. AAT is a highly effective treatment that provides long-term relief from symptoms associated with allergies or sensitivities .
AAT does not treat cases of anaphylaxis or life threatening symptoms. Strict avoidance is always advised in these cases.
A sensitivity or inappropriate reaction may cause symptoms from any organ system in the body. Some systems are prone to reacting to certain families of allergies or substances, such as the respiratory system reacting to pollen. However, a substance may affect any organ system, which could cause a multitude of symptoms varying from case to case. For example, a reaction to wheat may cause hives in one person, digestive issues in another, fatigue, wheezing or Acid Reflux all in different patients. AAT addresses the specific organ systems affected by the allergen or offending substance.
Symptoms include reflux, heartburn, abdominal and intestinal pain, cramping, gas, bloating, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. Primarily caused by reactions to food or other ingestants.
Symptoms include sneezing, congestion, runny nose, wheezing, shortness of breath, coughs, postnasal drip, skin conditions, rashes and itchy, watery eyes. Reactions may be associated with pollens, dust, food, chemicals and animals (including dog and cat dander and bird feathers), air-borne substances and contactants.
Symptoms may include red, itchy, or scaly skin rashes, blisters with oozing and crusting, dry leathery patches or hives. The main cause of dermatological reactions can be a reaction to food but can also be caused by plants, contactants and chemicals.
Headaches and Migraines
May be caused by reactions to food such as chocolate and caffeine, airborne irritants such as pollens and chemicals including household cleaners, perfumes and vehicle fumes.
Tiredness and Fatigue
Many reactions result in lethargy and feelings of fatigue. Tiredness can also occur at certain times of the day, such as in the afternoon after eating.
Symptoms may affect multiple systems in the body, resulting in headaches, irritability, hyperactivity, mood swings, fatigue, tachycardia, or inflammation.
Chemicals - household cleaners, perfumes, building materials, washing detergent, pesticides
Occupational sensitivities such as latex or building materials such as paints, glues, carpets, woods or varnishes
Heat, cold and humidity/dampness
Symptoms associated with an allergy or sensitivity can contribute to common conditions such as: asthma, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). However not all cases involve allergies or sensitivities.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is primarily caused by sensitivities and affects approximately 15% of the population. Common symptoms include diarrhea, constipation, and bloating and abdominal pain.
Skin conditions, such as eczema, dermatitis and hives are commonly associated with the symptoms of an allergy or sensitivity.
AAT does no t treat cases of anaphylaxis or life threatening symptoms. Strict avoidance is always advised.
COMMON ALLERGENS OR OFFENDING AGENTS
Red and White Wine, Beer
Dust, Dust Mites
Fabrics, Upholstery, Plastics
Coffee and Chocolate
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How soon will I see results?
Many cases respond quickly to the treatment and achieve long-term results within the first few treatments. However, each case is different and some patients require additional treatment.
How many sessions are needed?
The number of sessions required depends on the number of items causing a reaction. For example, a patient who reacts to five families of substances (dairy, wheat, corn, animal dander and pollen) may require between 5 to 12 sessions to relieve the symptoms or resolve a condition.
Is there an age restriction for the treatments?
No. All ages may be treated, including infants.
How long do I have to wait before I can have contact with the items that were addressed in my session?
Following a session, a patient should avoid the substance that was treated for 2 hours, if possible. Depending on the item addressed, avoidance is not always possible. It is recommended that the patient not have excessive contact with the item until the following day.
Can I have more than one treatment in a day?
Yes. Two treatments can be completed in one day. However, there must be at least 2 hours between sessions.
Do I need to stop taking any of my medications before the treatment?
No, patients do not need to stop taking medication that has been prescribed by a medical doctor without his/her authorization. You may continue taking over the counter medication to control current symptoms, as this will not affect the treatment.
Are any traditional medical allergy tests offered in the clinic?
We do not offer any conventional allergy testing. Patients are encouraged to bring in allergy tests from their physicians.
Are there any guarantees that my symptoms will be relieved?
Unfortunately, we can offer no guarantees; however, the majority of our patients respond favorably to the AAT treatment on a long-term basis. We cannot guarantee that new symptoms will not develop in the future.
Can a food intolerance be treated?
No. A food intolerance is different from an allergy or sensitivity in that there may be an enzyme deficiency, which inhibits the body from properly digesting the substance. Such cases are not affected by the treatment.
Can you treat for anaphylactic symptoms?
No. We do not treat conditions involving anaphylactic reactions. However, patients with an anaphylactic reaction may be treated for other sensitivities that are not life threatening.
INFORMATION FOR NEW PATIENTS
Once I have called and booked an appointment with Dr. Brainerd, what do I need to do to prepare for my first visit?
Please download the AAT New Patient Questionnaire, complete it, and if possible fax it to Dr. Brainerd's office (203-453-5684). If your appointment is more than one week in the future, you may mail it to Dr. Brainerd at 35 Boston Street, Guilford, CT, 06437. Alternatively, please arrive at the office 10-15 minutes early to complete the paperwork.
Please read the following New Patient Information BEFORE your first appointment. This will help ensure that you receive the best possible treatment.
- Successful elimination of the symptoms of allergies/sensitivities may require clearing preliminary allergens determined in the initial assessment, such as sugars or salicylates. If components of allergens are not cleared, the treatment will not be successful. Because of this important factor, the initial allergens are treated in a specific order. For example, sugar needs to be treated before an allergy to alcohol, grains, or fruit.
- After any possible preliminary allergies/sensitivities are cleared, you may eliminate the symptoms of any allergy/sensitivity in any order, including remaining food items, inhalants, environmental allergies, contactants, etc.
- It is possible to treat numerous items in one treatment if they are in the same family. For example, all dairy products (milk, cheese, and yogurt) and calcium may be treated together. But dairy and wheat, or tomatoes and pollens may not be cleared at the same time. The treatment will not be successful.
- The average allergy/sensitivity typically requires only one treatment; however, a case may involve more than one treatment for an allergy/sensitivity to clear. We cannot guarantee that each allergy/sensitivity will only take one treatment.
- When treating a condition (rather than an isolated allergy), multiple items may be contributing. Therefore such conditions may require multiple treatments.
Please bring any allergy tests from medical doctors to the Initial Session.
Prescription or over-the-counter medications will not affect the treatment.
Other therapies (massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, etc) scheduled on the same day as the AAT treatment should be scheduled PRIOR to the AAT treatment, if possible.
If experiencing an acute stage of illness including an elevated temperature, please contact the clinic to reschedule the appointment.
Please adhere to the following guidelines when coming for your first visit::
- Do not smoke or wear strong perfume 2 hours prior to a treatment. These odors can affect the testing and treatment of yourself and other subsequent patients in the clinic.
- Do not eat candy or chew gum during the treatment.
SHORELINE NATURAL HEALTH CARE, LLC, DOES NOT treat anaphylaxis or any life - threatening symptoms. Strict avoidance is always advised.