Saturday, August 6, 2016

The Loneliness of the Modern Nomad

By Kira M. Newman

A new book explores what it means to settle down and love where you live.

For the past five years, I haven’t lived anywhere for more than six months. I spent 28 days in Lisbon, three months in Bali, and a random half-year in downtown Las Vegas. With just two suitcases in tow, I was lucky enough to scuba-dive in Thailand, explore the ruins of Pompeii, and do karaoke with a Korean movie star.
According to Melody Warnick, author of the new book This Is Where You Belong, that makes me a Mover with a capital M. And I have plenty of company: These days, the average American moves nearly 12 times in their lifetime, and 12 percent of Americans move in a given year.
But moving continuously has its downsides, according to Warnick. Research shows that people who like their hometown and their neighbors are less anxious and have higher well-being. They’re less likely to experience physical ailments, heart attacks, or stroke; and they even live longer. And one survey found that the happier residents are with their town, the more it prospers economically.
Warnick was once a Mover, but eventually chose to settle down in Blacksburg, Virginia. Her book chronicles her journey toward “place attachment,” a series of research-backed experiments and practices designed to make her love where she lives. Many of these practices—from eating local to organizing collective art projects—come down to community, belonging, and social connection. These are what truly make us love where we live, which also means that we can learn to love nearly any place (or at least like it a little more).
“More than anything else, relationships with people are what make you feel at home in your town,” Warnick writes. “So many of my Love Where You Live experiments had worked because they managed to make me like people in Blacksburg.”
For example, Warnick made a commitment to buy and eat local, and she found herself joining a community-supported agriculture group, shopping at stores she had never before set foot in, and going to the farmers market. Compared to a grocery store, it turns out, people are three times more likely to visit farmers markets with someone else, and have ten times the conversations with sellers once they get there. Plus, local mom-and-pop shops are known for friendlier customer service, writes Warnick; she had a bit of a revelation when she bought a t-shirt at a Blacksburg skateboard shop during a “cash mob,” and the owner thanked her warmly. 
“That moment was when it clicked for me that this store was owned by an actual human being,” she writes. “I understood…how what I buy affects my local community.” 
Neighborliness may be on the decline—these days, 28 percent of Americans don’t know any of their neighbors by name—but that doesn’t mean it’s any less crucial to keeping us rooted. People who have the strongest social connections nearby (six extended family members within a half-hour drive) are the most satisfied and least restless group, Warnick writes. One Danish study found that a company trying to convince a potential employee to move to a new city would have to pay them an extra $12,500 if they lived next door to their sister. Good relationships with neighbors can be the pull that makes us stay, even when our town doesn’t boast the best restaurants or the cheapest rents.
Place-attached Stayers—the opposite of Movers—are more likely to volunteer, another practice that’s inherently social. Volunteering can make residents feel part of the local “we,” Warnick explains. Joining a giving circle, where groups of people combine their funds and collectively select a charity recipient, is a fast track to community engagement for newcomers and renters.
Even creative projects, another practice Warnick recommends for boosting place attachment, can build relationships. We don’t learn to love where we live by sitting in our apartment and painting the beautiful skyline; we do it by setting up art classes for teens or (in Warnick’s case) organizing a sidewalk chalk event. A place is its people; even enjoying gourmet restaurants and sprawling parks brings us into contact with others.
Warnick’s book helps clarify what I’d missed by living out of a suitcase. Though I feel incredibly fortunate for having had the opportunity to travel so much, moving continuously has made it hard to find that sense of community. When you’re living somewhere for months at a time, the effort it takes to form friendships is almost not worth it—particularly if you’re an introvert like me, who would happily skip the getting-to-know-you part of a relationship and land safely in the comfort of intimacy and deep conversation. After five years of this, I am just a bit lonely.
That’s partly why I, like Warnick, am settling down. I can still travel, and will, but I now realize how important it is to have a place and a community. Inspired by her book, I valiantly try to chat with people in the elevator instead of standing mutely; I felt a surge of gratitude for the perfect indie coffee shop I discovered, just steps from my apartment; and I hope to convince my partner to come see a Blue Jays game—one of Toronto’s quintessential communal experiences—even though we are baseball-indifferent. I’m aware now that if I want Toronto to be my home, I have to make it so, through a spirit of exploration, appreciation, and openness. 
Some might think I’m crazy to give up jet setting, but to me the choice is clear: I want to belong.

Daily Inspirational Quote for August 6, 2016

“The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t said.”

I know this sounds a bit strange but, if you think about it, it does make sense. How many times have you said something to someone because it is what you know they want to hear but not really what you actually wanted to say? The same could also apply to comments or remarks to you from someone else. However, I believe we are also astute when it comes to knowing when something isn’t being said, either due to consideration of our feelings or because they don’t feel they have the right words to convey what they mean or feel. Sometimes, it’s better to say nothing at all rather than say the wrong thing at the wrong time.


Earthscapes: Art that Goes Out with the Tide

For Andres Amador, the earth is his canvas, literally. Instead of paintbrushes or pencils, Amador uses garden rakes to create beautifully crafted designs in the sand. From his hands emerge bold graphics, symmetrical sequences and organic patterns. The medium of using sand means sustainable designs that come from the earth and return to the earth. While there is no permanence to Amador’s art, he does not feel a loss after the tide reclaims his work — he feels complete.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Daily Inspirational Quote for August 5, 2016

“Storms make trees take deeper roots.”

I guess this is because the rain unleashed by a storm soaks into the earth, nourishing the roots and enabling them to grow even deeper. Compare this to us as human beings. The “storms” that we experience portrayed by the trials and tribulations of everyday life and the “rain” as how we deal with them. By allowing ourselves to absorb and learn from what we are experiencing, we nourish our ability to gain strength in order to make us even stronger so that the next time a “storm” strikes we are more prepared to deal with it.


Sagar Kabra: A Doctor Who Strove to Light the World

"In rural India, it is not uncommon for a person to pass before their time, their life cut short by the injustices of poverty, hunger, accident, and disease. Often these deaths go unnoticed, and the stories of these lives unheard. Sagar Kabra was familiar with this reality from his time working as a resident physician at Jan Swasthya Sahyog, an ...

Thursday, August 4, 2016

49 Health 'Facts' You've Been Told All Your Life That Are Totally Wrong

Carrots give you night vision. Swimming after eating will give you cramps. You need to drink eight glasses of water a day. Organic food is more nutritious and free of pesticides.

Nope, nope, nope, and nope.
Who hasn't shared these and other amazing-sounding notions about health and the human body, only to feel embarrassed later on — when you find out the information was inaccurate or flat-out wrong?
It's time to put an end to these alluring myths, misconceptions, and inaccuracies passed down through the ages.
To help the cause we've rounded up and corrected dozens of the most popular health "facts" that we've heard.

Is Artistic Inspiration Contagious?

By Scott Barry Kaufman

A new study tries to measure the impact of reading on creativity and the motivation to write.

“The central, final, inescapable fact is that inspired words create life in us because they are themselves alive,” wrote English classical scholar Cecil Maurice Bowra in 1955.
Did he have a point? Is inspiration contagious? Do inspired works of art inspire the audience to create works of their own? There is a long tradition in the humanities that suggests it does. Plato once argued that inspiration is transmitted to the audience through the Muse. Remarkably, however, this has only just been tested scientifically.
In a recent study, Todd Thrash and colleagues conducted the first ever test of “inspiration contagion,” using poetry as the vehicle. They looked at specific qualities of a text and the qualities of the reader. It’s a rich study, with 36,020 interactions between all of the variables! Here are the essential findings.
  • The more writers privately reported that they felt inspired while writing, the more the average reader reported being inspired. This is despite the fact that there was no actual contact between the reader and the writer other than the text itself! As the researchers note, “This finding attests to the power of the written word as a vehicle for sharing the peaks of human experience among individuals separated in time or place.”
  • The more the writers were inspired, the more an independent group rated the poems as insightful, pleasant, original, and sublime. However, only insightfulness and pleasantness had a positive impact on the inspiration of the average reader. In fact, originality had a negative effect on the inspiration of the average reader. It’s not clear why originality had a negative effect on transmission of inspiration, but one possibility is that originality produces discomfort in the average reader, and might make the reader consciously aware of the separation between the writer and reader.
  • Readers higher in openness to new experiences were more tolerant of the new and sublime. The more that the reader was open to new experiences, the more they experienced inspiration transmission, and the less the originality and sublimity of the text hindered transmission.
  • Reader inspiration was not the only outcome of writer inspiration. Writer inspiration also brought out feelings of awe and chills in the average reader. These feelings of enthrallment were transmitted particularly through the insightfulness and sublimity of the text. This is interesting, considering that both insightfulness and sublimity roughly correspond to truth and beauty. As the researchers note, “These findings link deeply felt bodily responses of the reader to a deeply felt motivation in writers, suggesting a resonance driven by a shared perception of what is true and sublime about the human experience.”
  • While poems written by writers who put in more effort were also more inspiring to the reader, effort did not predict any other emotions in the reader, such as awe or chills.
These inspiration contagion findings have far-reaching implications. First, for aspiring writers. Many consider the prospect of writing to be daunting, mostly because it is assumed that good writing requires drudgery and utter originality. Indeed, if thought in that way, writing does sound scary!
However, these findings suggest that good writing is more like talking, an expression of one’s inner state of being. Perhaps the most helpful way for aspiring writers to view writing is as a natural vehicle for capturing personal insights and expressing them. These insights can be valuable and inspiring to the reader whether or not they are also perceived as original or arising from intense effort. As Tolstoy put it:
People are taught how to write many-paged composition, without having anything they wish to say, on a theme about which they have never thought… This is taught in schools.
I really like the “self-as-author” metaphor that the researchers use: “The author confronts a blank page, unsure what to say, and the self struggles with an unwritten future… Both find their voice when inspired, and the author-self, at last, speaks with authority and authenticity.”
Inspirational writing speaks from a deep truth of the person writing it, which is often a deep truth that many of us can resonate with. As a writer, do not view writing as a separate activity, but as an expression of your deepest self and existential experiences.
There are also implications of inspiration contagion for spirituality and sacred texts, academic transmission, and interpersonal communication. We are often inspired by people who say things that we have all wanted to say, but we didn’t have the language to express it. Inspiration contagion also may play a role in both the origins and evolution of culture.
Clearly, the artist cannot be separated from the art. I hope to see more research along these lines. I’ll leave the last word here to the researchers:
The inspired writer participates in the sweep of history, producing a text that is not just valuable but that enlightens, inspires, and raises the hairs on the arms of future generation of thinkers.
© 2016 Scott Barry Kaufman, All Rights Reserved. This piece was originally published by Scientific American.

Daily Inspirational Quote for August 4, 2016

“Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.”

This is the type of wealth worth having. Sure, monetary wealth is great and we couldn’t exist without it, but “true” wealth is another story. This is the riches we possess by having the people we love and who love us close by, our health and the health of those we love, the ability to laugh, experience happiness, cry tears of joy, have enough money to pay our way through life without counting every penny. The list is endless but you know what I mean? If we have all that and more, what else could possibly be found wanting in our lives……


The Big Idea Behind Integrative Medicine

"The emerging field of integrative care is as much an idea as a set of practices. The idea is of an ecosystem of support, an intersecting set of relationships that address the whole human package -- body, mind, heart, and soul...I am reminded of the support that the poet W.H. Auden gave Dr. Oliver Sacks when he was composing Awakenings, a book about his work with a group of patients who had been in a decades-long sleep and were now coming back to consciousness. Auden wrote: "You're going to have to go beyond the clinical... Be metaphorical, be mystical, be whatever you need." I find here the implication that it is our deep regard for the human condition that moves us beyond the complacent and routine. It is in our profound respect for service to others that we touch mystery and wholeness."

--by Alan Briskin

Integrative medicine is an ecosystem of support for pursuing your own health and well-being. Inside that ecosystem is someone who cares about you. Integrative medicine is emerging from a successful history of treating physical ailments that often eluded Western modalities of care to become an ecosystem of support for health and wellness. Possibly the most visible sign of this development is the increasing attention of integrative medicine to primary care, where prevention and regard for the whole person is most critical.

What distinguishes integrative medicine as an approach is that it distances itself from the traditional model of a patient dependent on an expert. Rather, it embraces a genuine clinical partnership in which both the patient and the care provider have something to offer in pursuit of the patient’s optimal health. The care provider embodies not only clinical knowledge, which is the result of his or her training, but also qualities not always associated with experts. These include curiosity, emotional support, collaboration, humor, and the ability to articulate options and alternatives without judgment. Patients are participants as well, offering knowledge of what has worked for them in the past, providing information that can't be quantified on a medical report, and finding meaning and purpose in their response to the challenges faced when confronted by illness.

The power of integrative medicine comes from acknowledging the multiple dimensions that can cause illness and an equal respect for the various modalities that can address healing and cure. Freed from a traditional repertoire of either pharmacological or surgical solutions (pills or knife), integrative medicine practitioners have expanded the treatment landscape to include nutrition, bodywork, chiropractic, mindfulness-based stress reduction, integrative psychotherapy, and ancient healing practices such as Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. From exploring the optimal chemistry for our digestive tract to treating autoimmune conditions to finding novel ways to address trauma, integrative medicine is showing us a whole new way to educate ourselves about health and take responsibility for our own well-being.

The emerging field of integrative care is as much an idea as a set of practices. The idea is of an ecosystem of support, an intersecting set of relationships that address the whole human package — body, mind, heart, and soul. And at the center of this ecosystem of support are people who care about you. The ability to be seen by a team of providers and staff who value you as a whole person is a central premise permeating all other techniques and practices.

I am reminded of the support that the poet W.H. Auden gave Dr. Oliver Sacks when he was composing Awakenings, a book about his work with a group of patients who had been in a decades-long sleep and were now coming back to consciousness. Auden wrote: "You’re going to have to go beyond the clinical. … Be metaphorical, be mystical, be whatever you need." I find here the implication that it is our deep regard for the human condition that moves us beyond the complacent and routine. It is in our profound respect for service to others that we touch mystery and wholeness.  At the heart of integrative medicine is a bold invitation to go beyond the clinical, into regions that capture our hearts and imagination. Caring is fundamental. Nothing else really matters without love as an organizing principle. Or as one patient I know told her physician, "I just want someone who gives a damn."

Caring relationships can and should be with our care providers, but they must also be evident in our social networks, our family, and our community, and in our relationship with nature. Beyond the particular type of care we receive is a broader view of health that includes the social and relational. Caring is about how we manifest love in the form of looking out for each other, witnessing, supporting, provoking, and optimizing our capacity to face health and illness, life and death, with dignity. Wise old Hippocrates had it right: Where the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity.

I had the opportunity to talk about all this with Dr. Jeff Draisin, co–medical director of the Institute for Health and Healing. IHH operates a network of clinics in Northern California and has pioneered integrative medicine practice there for nearly 25 years.  Here are seven distinctions he articulated about the emerging field of integrative care. I think he captures something here of essence, particular themes that direct our attention to what matters most and the attributes that together make a whole. Integrative care does the following:

It shifts our understanding of care from a focus on illness and shortcomings to a focus on well-being, personal growth, and transformation.

It cares for the whole person by addressing mind, body, and spirit as three interacting elements that together result in health and well-being.

It helps individuals craft healthy relationships with their physical bodies, mental outlook, and emotional well-being. Beyond fitness and exercise is the relationship we have with our whole self.

It treats nutrition — what we put in our body — as medicine. Beyond diets and supplements is an understanding of what helps our body to feel vital and how best to decrease the effects of toxins.

It embraces the latest discoveries of neuroscience and mind-related health for personal well-being — from mindfulness stress reduction to the benefits of awe and wonder.

It creates a true partnership that joins the best of Western medicine with ancient healing traditions and complementary modalities. The guiding intent is to restore harmony and address imbalances that detract from optimal health.

It values psychological and spiritual forces as food for the soul. Feeling valued, having purpose, and finding meaning are all essential elements of healing and health.

If we pursue health practices and policies along these lines, we will transform health care and bring the art of caring into the heart of medicine.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

12 Signs of a Hormone Imbalance

Your Hormones, Your Health

Feeling bloated, irritable, or just not your best? A hormone imbalance could be to blame. Hormones are chemical “messengers” that impact the way your cells and organs function. It’s normal for your levels to shift at different times of your life, such as before and during your period or a pregnancy, or during menopause. But some medications and health issues can cause them to go up or down, too.

Irregular Periods

Most women’s periods come every 21 to 35 days. If yours doesn’t arrive around the same time every month, or you skip some months, it might mean that you have too much or too little of certain hormones (estrogen and progesterone). If you’re in your 40s or early 50s -- the reason can be perimenopause -- the time before menopause. But irregular periods can be a symptom of health problems like polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Talk to your doctor.

Sleep Problems

If you aren’t getting enough shut-eye, or if the sleep you get isn’t good, your hormones could be at play. Progesterone, a hormone released by your ovaries, helps you catch Zzz's. If your levels are lower than usual, that can make it hard to fall and stay asleep. Low estrogen can trigger hot flashes and night sweats, both of which can make it tough to get the rest you need.

Chronic Acne

A breakout before or during your period is normal. But acne that won’t clear up can be a symptom of hormone problems. An excess of androgens (“male” hormones that both men and women have) can cause your oil glands to overwork. Androgens also affect the skin cells in and around your hair follicles. Both of those things can clog your pores and cause acne.

Memory Fog

Experts aren’t sure exactly how hormones impact your brain. What they do know is that changes in estrogen and progesterone can make your head feel “foggy” and make it harder for you to remember things. Some experts think estrogen might impact brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. Attention and memory problems are especially common during perimenopause and menopause. But they can also be a symptom of other hormone-related conditions, like thyroid disease. Let your doctor know if you're having trouble thinking clearly.

Belly Problems

Your gut is lined with tiny cells called receptors that respond to estrogen and progesterone. When these hormones are higher or lower than usual, you might notice changes in how you're digesting food. That’s why diarrhea, stomach pain, bloating, and nausea can crop up or get worse before and during your period. If you’re having digestive woes as well as issues like acne and fatigue, your hormone levels might be off.

Ongoing Fatigue

Are you tired all the time? Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of a hormone imbalance. Excess progesterone can make you sleepy. And if your thyroid -- the butterfly-shaped gland in your neck -- makes too little thyroid hormone, it can sap your energy. A simple blood test called a thyroid panel can tell you if your levels are too low. If they are, you can get treated for that.

Mood Swings and Depression

Researchers think drops in hormones or fast changes in their levels can cause moodiness and the blues. Estrogen affects key brain chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. But other hormones, that travel the same paths as neurotransmitters, also play a part in how you feel.

Appetite and Weight Gain

When you’re feeling blue or irritated, as you can be when your estrogen levels dip, you may want to eat more. That might be why drops in the hormone are linked to weight gain. The estrogen dip can also impact your body’s levels of leptin, a hunger-revving hormone.


Lots of things can trigger these. But for some women, drops in estrogen bring them on. That’s why it’s common for headaches to strike right before or during your period, when estrogen is on the decline. Regular headaches or ones that often surface around the same time each month can be a clue that your levels of this hormone might be shifting.

Vaginal Dryness

It's normal to have this occasionally. But if you often notice that you're dry or irritated down there, low estrogen may be the reason. The hormone helps vaginal tissue stay moist and comfortable. If your estrogen drops because of an imbalance, it can reduce vaginal fluids and cause tightness.

Loss of Libido

Most people think of testosterone as a male hormone, but women’s bodies make it, too. If your testosterone levels are lower than usual, you might have less of an interest in sex than you usually do.

Breast Changes

A drop in estrogen can make your breast tissue less dense. And an increase in the hormone can thicken this tissue, even causing new lumps or cysts. Talk to your doctor if you notice breast changes, even if you don’t have any other symptoms that concern you.

Hawaiian Volcano Erupts Into Smiley Face Just as its Flow Reaches the Sea (LOOK)

A volcano in Hawaii broke into a “smiley face” last week as its slow moving lava flow finally reached the ocean.

The Kilauea volcano, active since 1983, has been dribbling toward the sea since May, according to CNN, and offered a helicopter film crew the perfect photo to mark the occasion.

The 6.5 mile-long lava flow is now cooling in the waters of the Pacific, and turning to rock, making the biggest island in Hawaii even bigger.

This ring of fire isn’t the only place in the universe to deliver a grin. A much colder spot, on Mars, is also beaming a happy face.

The much bigger grin was discovered by NASA in 1999, when the Mars Orbiter Camera captured a smiling crater on there Red Planet. The Galle Crater, nicknamed the “Happy Face Crater” crater, has a diameter of about 134 miles (215 kilometers).

Daily Inspirational Quote for August 3, 2016

“Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be.”

There will be times in all our lives when we will feel unfairly done by. I’m sure it’s nothing personal on the part of the Universe, just how things are. It’s up to us, as individuals, to learn to accept these lessons, because that’s just what they are meant to be for us, something to be learned from. The trick is to acknowledge, learn, accept, and trust. Trust that we have taken on board what we need to be aware of at a particular time in our life, and trusting that what will be will be for our benefit in the future.


The Benefits of Learning to Be Kind to Yourself

"Human beings are the only creatures who can make themselves miserable. Other animals certainly suffer when they experience negative events, but only humans can induce negative emotions through self-views, judgments, expectations, regrets and comparisons with others. Because self-thought plays such a central role in human happiness and wellbeing, psychologists have devoted a good deal of attention to understanding how people think about themselves." Here, Mark Leary, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University, shares some key scientific research on self-compassion, citing its wide-reaching benefits -- ranging from university students to those afflicted with disease to the elderly -- offering some revelations on being kind to oneself, and take-aways for what we can each do to boost our own well-being.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

What is Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET)?

NAET - Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Technique

Interpretation By

Dr. Raymond T. Alexander, D.C.

NAET is a combination of several different disciplines in health care. They consist of Acupuncture (points and the meridians (where the points are located)), Medical laboratory analysis, Chiropractic theory, and Kinesiology. Each of these disciplines utilize neurological (nerve) communication of the body for its main healing qualities. The nervous system is the most common denominator in each discipline and the most important of all the systems. The Nervous system consists of the Central, Peripheral, and Autonomic Systems. The Autonomic system communicates with the other nine systems constantly, which are: the Digestive, Circulatory (Cardiovascular), Respiratory, Musculoskeletal, Endocrine, Reproductive, Immune, Integumentary (Skin), and Urinary. Each system when functioning optimally, you will feel healthy. When there is an interference with the communication of the nervous system to any of the systems you will get the opposite feeling, unhealthy. When you become unhealthy, symptoms will develop. The symptoms can affect any one of the organ or glandular systems. When any of the systems in the body has to deal with either too little or too much function then  dis-ease becomes apparent. Symptoms can vary from a mild severity to a full blown out disease state. For lack of a better term I am going to say,  “all symptoms are an Allergic reaction.” Allergy symptoms are usually rated from mild sensitivities to severe anaphylaxis reactions. The definition of an Allergy is an exaggerated or pathological reaction to substances, situations, or physical states that are without comparable effect on the average individual. (

So, why does one individual have a reaction to say Lactose (milk sugar) and another individual has none? There are literally tens of  thousands of substances, situations, and physical states that people react too. What do you react too? 

Mild symptoms or reactions that don’t go away will make you feel like there is something wrong and People will look for solutions while in this Dis-ease state. You’ll either medicate yourself with over the counter allergy medications or if the reactions are more severe you’ll go to a doctor, get tested and possibly treated with allergy shots. I recently was told by a patient that she was allergic to Ibuprofen and Benadryl she would break out in a rash when either substance was taken. What if you’re allergic to allergy shots  or allergy medications. Then you will need an alternative solution.

How does a body get into this dis-ease condition? As the Immune system has a reaction to a substance, situation, or physical element a reaction will occur. A brief understanding of the immune system is warranted. The immune system is the profound protector of our health. It protects us from foreign invaders like bacteria and viruses. It reacts to infections of all kinds. It reacts to injures, with inflammatory substances. It reacts to antigens like foods or dust or bees or the Sun (antigens are substances, situations, physical elements that cause your allergic reaction). The immune system responds  with antibodies It all has to do with the reactions. These reactions are chemical reactions. I will discuss how chemical reactions are one of the basses of this booklet later in the process of finding out how you can get help.

Let’s look at the process that has been helping people change the way an allergy reaction causes symptoms and cause a person to become sick and ill, and how this process can help you. This process is  known around the world as NAET and for over the last twenty-five years, has been helping either reduce or eliminate allergic reactions, and restoring Health.

Principles of NAET

The principle behind NAET is based on a universal principle, chemistry. What do we know about basic chemistry? Chemistry is all around us every day and everywhere. Unless you are in an academic institute and studying chemistry we never give a single thought to how it affects our life on a daily basis. I know you don’t think about how the foods that you eat are broken down into its smallest elements to either feed the cells of your body or use these elements as fuel for energy. We eat every day mostly because we’re hungry or eat more than we should out of habit. What we eat isn’t always the best nutrition for a healthy outcome either. But the bottom line is you are eating and once the food is in your digestive tract the chemical reactions begin, and you can’t stop them. So, if the food you eat is broken down by chemical reactions what is happening. Let’s take an orange for example: It is sweet, juicy, has pulp and tastes great. Here is a list of the nutritional facts of an average Orange:
  • Vitamin C 95.8 mg
  • Vitamin A 405 IU
  • Folate 54 mcg
  • Choline 15.1 mg
  • Calcium 72 mg
  • Magnesium 18 mg
  • Phosphate 25.2 mg
  • Protein 1.7 g
  • Sugars 16.8 g
  • Trace minerals
We can be allergic to anyone of these ingredients.

But, who thinks about each of those ingredients while you’re biting into that juicy orange, nobody I know does. It just tastes good. So, how does this relate to NAET? The scientific workings of NAET has to do with the chemistry of everything that we come in contact with and how our Immune system reacts too it. Why the Immune system? Because…..

Our Immune system is everywhere in our body; white blood cells are carried by the blood to all parts of the body. There are many cells associated with the immune system and is not necessary to go into depth as to the function of these many cells, but just know that the process is complicated. The thymus gland, in the chest, and the bone marrow, also play a role in the immune system. Know that the autonomic nervous system and the immune system play the largest roll in monitoring and the deliverance of the allergic reaction. NAET treatments utilize both of these systems to improve your health.

Let’s try to make sense out of and understand how NAET an alternative health treatment method can change, reduce, or eliminate the allergic reactions causing your body to produce your dis-ease, sickness, or illness.

NAET treatments help to balance the immune system’s chemical reactions. There are millions of chemical reactions taking place every nanosecond in your body, but what if the reactions act like trying to combine oil and water together. You can’t put oil and water together because of the difference in the chemical makeup  of both substances. What if you eat a particular food and the immune system reacts to that food as a foreign substance? Then an allergic reaction takes place. I will explain what I have concluded as to why the allergic reaction takes place further into this booklet. What should puzzle you is that a perfectly good food source with vitamins and minerals can cause one person an allergic reaction and not another. Why is one person allergic to nutritiously good food, pollen, grass, trees, poison ivy, perfume, bees, ants, etc… and not another. Where is the mystery? It lies with the chemistry, nervous, and immune systems. Most of the treatments available are daily over the counter medications that effect the chemistry of the immune system by stopping the reaction but not affecting the cause. NAET, however, an alternative treatment process can and has eliminated the cause of many allergy symptoms in tens of thousands of people around the world.   

The first question people usually ask is, how does it work? It works on the basic principles of chemistry, and the principles of Homeopathy. If you have not ever heard of Homeopathy then this explanation may help. It’s an alternative medicine developed by Samuel Hahneman (1755–1843), based on the hypothesis that a substance that causes the symptoms of a disease in healthy people will cure that disease in sick people. This hypothesis is known as "the law ofsimilars" or "like cures like". Have you ever heard that if you get bit by a venomous snake, you need to catch the snake and use its venom too  make an antidote, so the poison doesn’t kill you it actually cures you. That is what is known as “Like treating Like.” And that is the basis of Homeopathy. “Like treating Like.” So, how does that relate to NAET? It’s the same principle of “ Like treating Like.”

How does someone with an allergy get treated with some substance that they are allergic too, and then they are not allergic to it? In order to understand NAET and the process of the treatment I need to start with basic information that we have all learned about at one time.

Surely, you remember the  periodic table of elements from high school science class.

Each of these elements have electrons, which has either a positive or a negative electrical charge. Now if you don’t remember how these elements come together and create a molecule here is how it works. Basic chemistry. They come together due to the fact that the electrons have  positive and negative charges and they act like magnets; they are attracted to each other. Once the electrons pull together, and attach to each other, this makes them a molecule. Any two elements together will make a molecule, such as H2O or NaCl (Sodium Chloride is table salt).

An example of the Vitamin C molecule looks like this:
As you can see there are Hydrogen and Oxygen elements. The particular number of these H & O make it a Vitamin C molecule.

The important thing to understand is that everything is made up of molecules including our body. Molecules are created due to the electron attraction. Another interesting fact: all molecules have electrical frequencies due to the vibrations of the electrons moving around the protons. This is a scientific fact and is measured in Hertz, and not the rental car company. (a little joke).

Vitamins and Minerals have 10,000 – 40,000hz. All molecules can be measured in electrical frequency, hz. Computer Science has developed a way that we can measure every substance’s frequency. Since every substance has a frequency any substance  in the world can be duplicated. Whether it is a liquid you drink; a solid you eat; the fumes you smell at the gas pump. (which is a gas and a liquid).  If you get stung by a bee and you are injected with its toxin, the toxin has a frequency; what about poison ivy, and you accidently rub up against it. If we break all of these substances down they all have molecules and electrical frequencies. I have come to the conclusion that when your body chemistry is reacting unfavorably to an item that you either: touch, eat, smell, are injected with, or are infected with, or physical agents such as heat or cold. You have become bio-un-compatible with the frequencies of those molecules and will cause a reaction that in turn will cause an interference throughout the nervous system and this will effect an immune reaction.  Since the nervous system communicates to all the nine systems, and the  interference in the function of any one of those nine systems, will cause an immune reaction. With this hypotheses’ now your allergic reaction has a cause to the symptoms you are experiencing. Your body is reacting to a substance, situation, or physical element and their frequency. This hypotheses is based on scientific fact, chemistry. Therefore, NAET is a scientifically based procedure and a cure for many allergies, which is a non-invasive treatment. 

Finding Your Allergies

How do we evaluate what you’re allergic to. First a history form is completed by you. I’ll review it with you in a consultation to confirm your data. Additional question will be asked to determine specifics. Then the physical evaluation begins. The evaluation begins by checking the over-all communication of the nervous system to the body. (This also is a non-invasive procedure using Kinesiology.) Although,  there are three sections to the nervous system and each have their own distinction; they are connected and work together as one. One distinction of the autonomic nervous system is that it consists of two systems in one. The Parasympathic and the Sympathic. These two systems work like a gas pedal and a brake to the functions of your body. It’s important to understand that these systems are the primary controlling communications to the organs and glands. As an example: we don’t tell ourselves to digest our food. The food is digested automatically by increasing the digestive enzymes once food is introduced to our mouth, the process begins. The parasympathic nerve impulses stimulate the cells to produce enzymes and the sympathic nerves stop the production of enzymes, hopefully in the correct quantities. I mention quantities because too much or too little will cause a dysfunction to occur. Hence, acid reflux, which can easily be corrected by a prescription of the proper enzymes. The autonomic nerve communication has a major role in your health and your allergies; there is a crossover of communication into the peripheral nerves which go to the muscles. This is important to understand that the nervous systems work and communicate together, they are not separate and the entire body works as a whole, we are not separate parts.

The muscles of the body function by receiving impulses through the peripheral system. The autonomic system receives and sends impulses to organs. This of course is a simplistic understanding of the two systems. Both systems effect each other due to the over flow of impulses. A Muscle sensitivity test (MST) or also known as a neurological sensitivity test (NST) can discover and detect that there is an immune reaction and an interference affecting the nervous system when an allergen is introduced. A NST weak muscle, not resistant to a force, is evident that an allergen is present. The reason the muscle becomes weak is that the allergen causes an interference in the frequency of the nerve  impulses.  The same way two positive or two negative electrons repel each other, an interference in the nerve frequency impulse has taken place. When two electrons of the same polarity approach each other they repel. This is a universal law of physics. You can’t change the fact the two north pole magnets repel. As two positive electrons repel,  an allergen will cause an immune system to have a negative health reaction which is tested by the weakness of nerve impulses, the NST. The decrease of nerve impulses through the peripheral nerves also indicates a decrease in the autonomic nerve impulses. A decrease of impulses, therefore, will decrease the ability  of the immune system to protect you. It all boils down to the molecule of the allergen and either the hyper or hypo response of the immune system. So, the evaluation consists of nerve sensitivity testing (NST), a non-invasive test that is consistent every time and I mean EVERY TIME. If a test is consistent every time, that test is an exact scientific test. If holding a substance causes a weakness in the NST then you are having a reaction to that substance, and that is using your physical nervous system to indicate what you are having reactions too. This is a non-invasive procedure, that even children can be tested.

Treatment Process

Everyone wants to know how, does it work, what is the treatment, will I have to do it again, does Insurance cover the treatments.

We talked a lot about the nervous system  and how it works as a process in conjunction with the immune system to recognize a substance that you are allergic too. Your immune system and your nervous system are so sensitive they immediately recognize any substance. Your sensory nerves can detect many substances just by touch. Can you tell if a bug is crawling on your skin? If you are touched by a cotton ball, would you know that it is soft? What if you were to touch the tip of a pin, would you know that it was sharp? Can you feel the difference between a hot spoon or a warm spoon? Can you detect the difference of a cold air-conditioned room as to a hot room, of course you can. The answer to these questions are a simple, yes. And the reason why is because your skin is an extension of your nervous system and particularly the sensory nerves. Your skin develops from the same cells your brain develops from as a fetus. Your nervous system is extremely and I mean extremely sensitive.  Your nervous system is ninety-nine percent sensory. What you’re not aware of is that your nervous system is capable of sensing vibratory frequencies at a very low level. There is a lot of scientific research available about Frequency Medicine and NAET is frequency driven. Remember every molecule has a frequency due to their vibratory motion. Have you ever had your cell phone in your pocket and felt it vibrating but didn’t hear it? I have, and your finger pads are so sensitive they can feel the vibration of the molecules through the glass vials. I am sure there is a scientific way to measure this vibration, but I have not done the research as of this writing. 

So, now you hold a small vial in your hand that has been electrically charge to a particular frequency and a NST is performed. If your muscle becomes weak to a minor force placed upon it, then you are having a pathological reaction to that frequency of that particular substance, this is the definition of an allergy.  A number of substances that were discussed in our consultation will be tested to confirm your reactions to substances that you have confided in. The  test will consist of between twenty and twenty-five substances. There is a basic fifteen which is the NAET protocol, and additional substances that we discussed in your consultation.

I have found that most treatments are permanent but due to a person’s immune system, treatments may need to be boosted occasionally.

The NAET treatment appears to introduce a   memory to the immune system of a particular substance’s vibratory frequency. This is known as immune memory. Our immune systems’ are that powerful. Think of how a vaccination works: you are injected with a virus (flu vaccine) or a bacteria (TB vaccine) so that your immune system can have memory of that virus and hopefully you don’t get the flu. Remember once it’s in your body you have to react to it because it is mixing with your chemistry. But, suppose it doesn’t mix well with your chemistry. Now it becomes an invasive substance in your body and since it is in your body a reaction takes place whether you like it or not. Hopefully, your immune system is not bombarded and compromised, because some people still get the flu even after being vaccinated. It is the same with any substance. It doesn’t have to be a vaccination. Once the substance is in your body you have to react to it one way or another. It can be a food, it can be poison Ivy, it can be a medication that you’ve taken. People have reactions to A LOT of substances, situations, or physical elements and NAET can change the reaction. NAET works the same way as a vaccination can work by allowing your immune system to have the memory of the substance and making it compatible with your immune systems’ cellular frequencies. And remember it is NON-INVASIVE.

Finally, does insurance cover NAET treatment? Unfortunately, it is not. Insurance companies consider NAET experimental.

What Patients say about NAET?

When I brought my son, Barrett, in for NAET treatment, he was having seizures that began after his 5 year old vaccines. He also broke out in a bad rash two months later. He was allergic to all of the basic treatments. He also had terrible spring allergies. Last year was the worst year for pollen and Barrett did not have any reactions. His rashes have completely disappeared. He was severely allergic to peanut butter and chocolate. He would vomit. He was also severely allergic to shrimp and fish. Now he can eat peanut butter and he enjoys chocolate, too. He doesn’t like shrimp now, but he can eat it without any reaction.

J.G., Barrett’s Mother

About a year after moving to Atlanta I became increasingly fatigued. After 6 months of moving I started taking anti-depressants for depression. I took them for a whole year, and then went off of them to see how I’d do on my own. That is when I began feeling fatigued to the point of always wanting to lie down every day, dragging myself and nothing seemed exciting.

I found out about NAET through some family members and went to see Dr. Alexander. He started treating me with the essentials. Many important vitamins were being blocked in my system. Almost right away, my fatigued almost disappeared. I could say that I am more normal. I do not have to lie down after breakfast or in the afternoon any more, and it has been now 7 months. That’s to god for such a finding as this .thanks to Dr. Alexander for his expertise.


For years I have suffered with sinus infections and have taken nearly every form of antibiotic made. I’ve even had sinus surgery which helped only for a short time before the infections returned. My husband and I attended a seminar by Dr. Alexander where he explained NAET. I’ve taken thyroid medication for many years and I was mainly interested in anything new regarding that. We opted to undergo the treatments that Dr. Alexander offered and while those treatments were going on, my sinuses started acting up again. He treated me the first time and within an hour, I was breathing easily. It lasted for 4 days and the next time I was in, he treated me again. Within a short time, I was breathing easily again-with NO antibiotics. After a couple more treatments, my sinuses seemed to be back to normal. While there were a few flare-ups over several months (and again treated successfully), I now have no more sinus infections and have not stuffiness to amount to anything at all. I believe that Dr. Alexander and his treatments are the reasons that I no longer have to deal with sinus infections. I would recommend him to anyone for such treatments.


There are Thousands of testimonials from not only my patients but from patients around the world as there are practitioners worldwide.

I hope this booklet will give you an understanding of how NAET can benefit you, a loved one, friend, or someone you would like to help.

Dr. Raymond T. Alexander, D.C.

Advanced Certified NAET Specialist

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