7-Day Holistic Program Focuses on Treating Your Child's Allergies From the Inside Out
In her new book, Dr. Susanne Bennett, top allergy specialist and mom, suggests that getting to the root of the problem, by making simple, but specific changes will alleviate your child's allergies altogether.
It’s bad enough when you, as an adult, have allergies, but it nearly breaks your heart when you see your little one starting to sneeze, wheeze, cough, and otherwise suffer. My 11-year-old son has struggled with allergies for the majority of his life. As a baby, he constantly had allergic reactions on his skin, and from the age of 3, had to regularly have breathing treatments through the use of his nebulizer to treat his asthma. It hasn’t been fun for him. And I can’t tell you the number of nights I’ve run, panic-stricken, into his room just to confirm that he was breathing, normally. And though his asthma seems to be improving with age, I wished that I would have known another way, other than inhalers, prescription creams and breathable steroids to treat my son’s allergies. And going forward, I want to do all I can to prevent my 16-month-old daughter from developing the same type of allergies and from developing asthma like her big bro. Thankfully, I’ve just learned of a book to help me do just that. Dr. Susanne Bennett, a top natural allergy-specialist and the founder for Wellness for Life Center in Santa Monica, California, has written a book called The 7-Day Allergy Makeover which offers step-by-step instructions on how to heal yourself from allergies from the inside out.
I was able to speak with Dr. Bennett and learn more about not only the contents of the book, but her inspiration to write it. As it turns out, it was her son, and his terrible battle with allergies that led her down this professional path. When her son Cody was only two-year old, he developed allergies which presented in the form of a constant runny nose, eczema and itchy hives all over his body. As he got older, he developed gastrointestinal problems, and after his first birthday, he started to suffer from asthma and anaphylaxis, a life-threatening condition which required Dr. Bennett to carry and EpiPen. Having a medical background and a thriving sports medicine practice, Dr. Bennett spent night after night looking for answers by hitting the medical books on allergies and environmental medicine. She looked for the root cause of her son’s allergies, and found answers in holistic medicine. She discovered that she needed to clean up her household environment, clean up their diet, clean up their air. After making all of the environmental and dietary changes, her son’s condition steadily improved, and he was cured of all his allergies by the age of 4. She changed her practice from sports medicine to allergies and became the natural allergy expert.
In this book, Dr. Bennett, whose had more than 23 years of clinical experience, sets forth a simple holistic program that helps people who suffer from a broad range of allergies. It’s a program that will not only help you get to the root of your discomfort, but will help parents take care of and guard against any allergy problems in their children. Dr. Bennett made it clear that she has written this book not just from the voice of a doctor, but more importantly, as a mother. She stated, “I want people to know that there are options out there for mothers who are trying to treat their children’s allergies. Actions you can incorporate into your life that will make a huge difference.”
Dr. Bennett’s approach is to heal from the inside out. She also believes in a definition of allergies much broader than what medical doctors talk about. “I believe that allergies are not just an IgE reaction with histamine release, having the runny nose and watery eyes. I believe that if you have any type of reaction whether it be respiratory, gastrointestinal, any type of cellular reaction, it’s a sensitivity, an intolerance or an allergy.” Dr. Bennett also informs that, “More often than not, you have hidden allergies that present in headaches, diarrhea, anxiety, insomnia, and muscle aches. If you go through the 7 day makeover program, those symptoms will go away, too.”
Each chapter in The 7 Day Allergy Makeover focuses on a different aspect of health and environment for a person suffering from allergies. Dr. Bennett shows you that in 7 days you can clean up the seven aspects of nutrition, water, air quality, living environment, kitchen, body and stress for yourself and for your whole family. For me, and potentially other parents of children suffering from asthma and other allergies, it’s a relief to know that there are other treatment options out there that are natural, less stressful to the child and possibly more permanent.
Dr. Susanne Bennett, D.C., CCSP, is the founder of the Wellness For Life Center in Santa Monica, California. She specializes in allergies, clinical nutrition, environmental and lifestyle medicine, with an emphasis in pediatric and young adult health care.
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