IP publisher Judy Julin talks with Dr. Aaron Orpelli about integrative health and his holistic perspectives on allergies amongst our youth and families.
JJ: “Hello Dr. O. How are you?”
AO: I am great today, thank you. I have a lot of things that I want to share with young families about staying healthy. Statistics on sickness amongst our youth are worsening every year. More people are dying from causes that could be eliminated including stress, heart attacks and cancer. These three causes kill most Americans today. We have incredible technology at our disposal and a better understanding about how the body and the mind work together. Unfortunately, we don’t always use this knowledge to our benefit. We sometimes stay in fear and become hostage to emotions that open the door to many sicknesses.
JJ: Why is it that our kids today have more allergies and sickness than ever before, and what do you propose we do about it?
AO: Let’s start with the statistics. Today we have over 100 million school children suffering from allergies or allergy symptoms. Some schools now completely restrict peanut butter or any peanuts at school. There are more and more reports of children being allergic to peanuts and environmental conditions today than ever before. Foods, the environment, and personal stress are all contributing factors. We cannot say that children today have more stress emotionally, but we can state that the quality and quantity of stressors have changed which contribute to an unhealthy landscape. When you add in GMO’s, more starch in our foods, processed sugar, preservatives, the toxic air in California, the ozone layer depletion, and an increase in electromagnetic fields from cell phones and devices, these together have an harmful impact on our youth and their young immune systems. This in turn causes stress on their bodies, affecting the functioning of the nervous system and how the endocrine system works.
JJ: How might a parent know if their child has an allergy?
AO: Our society is more familiar with allergies that show up on the skin or with breathing problems. If a child eats something and has a hard time breathing, then we immediately know that is an allergic reaction. If there is evidence of eczema, psoriasis or the skin changes color, we also know that something is wrong. But, there are a lot of allergic reactions that affect children emotionally, functionally, and mentally. They can be eating pasta for lunch, for example. They would’ve been eating wheat in the pasta. After their break for recess, the child goes back to math class. Then, their mental processor would be working slower and they would become frustrated thinking that they do not understand it. It’s not that they don’t get it, it’s that the body didn’t overcome the allergy, even if it was a mild allergy to gluten or wheat.
JJ: I also understand that these allergic symptoms can show up 24 or even 48 hours later.
AO: Yes. One medical class of allergies is of the anaphylactic type, with severe reactions affecting the breathing and the blood flow. This can affect children to the point of killing them. When there is a smaller allergy, we may not know about it because it is not so obvious. If our child has a light cough, we ignore it. If our child is tired after lunch, we often don’t relate it to what they ate or to a potential allergy. The kids will sometimes ask me, “How is it that when I have math class in the morning, I do better at it than when I have it in the afternoon, with the same kind of math problems?” There is a simple technique one can perform by lightly massaging a point on the right ribcage (7th rib). If it is tender, that means that person has been exposed to an allergen, either it has been inhaled, drunk, or touched. Another test that you can do is to check the pulse. Check the pulse in the morning to gauge what the resting pulse is. Then check the pulse again after lunch. If it is raised by 5 or 10 beats per minute, this means something in the meal caused an allergic reaction. If you lightly massage that point near the upper rib directly after evidence of an elevated pulse and it is tender, then this is further evidence of an allergen in the system. We first remove all of the things that the child is allergic to from their diet. The minute you remove them, you’ve already given a break to the immune, endocrine systems, and brain functioning for them to start working better, in that they are not fighting all of the time to regain balance in the child’s body. Next is learning how to overcome some of these allergies. If the child were then not exposed to these foods for 21 – 30 days, typically they would be able to handle the food after that in small amounts. If, however, the body creates antibodies and fights with that element right away, even in a small amount, the body will show an allergic reaction. The only way to know these things is to test. There are two kinds of major testing that we can do. One is blood analysis and the other is a skin test to check what the allergy is to a specific product, what class is it, and how much, and then we have more information to figure our how to deal with it.
JJ: Is this, in effect, an overview of your NAET methodology?
AO: Yes. Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET) is an alternative method that includes acupuncture, acupressure, nutritional management and chiropractic approaches. We start with wanting to know what the person is allergic to. The best way to determine this is through a blood test. Because we can expose the blood in the lab to a lot of different foods or environmental elements, up to 200 or 300 different products at the same time. The skin test cannot do this. A skin test can have a false positive or negative, whereas a blood test has a lot less chance of that happening. The blood test will also give you two numbers (the class and number) of the reaction to the specific food. At that point, with this information, we begin to adjust the metabolic rate of the body. This is the most important element. This is the physical machine that our body runs on. So when we test the basics of how the body runs and fix it, now the quality of the functioning of the body increases many times, so that even an allergy that might have come from the environment would disappear because the immune system is stronger. The stronger the immune system; the better protection we have. A weak immune system is like a country without a strong police or military.
JJ: You talk about different aspects that contribute to overall wellbeing. Please explain.
AO: We have what we call the physical body, comprising motions and movement. Some people work hard labor, but most people today are sedentary, sitting and driving, spending most of their time in front of a computer. The body needs stimulation because the muscles only know one thing, and that is to contract. We need to train the muscles to keep our posture correct. We know that one’s posture is associated with one’s state of mind. We can change the state of mind by changing the posture. If we are in a low state of mind, angry depressed, it opens the door to unhappy cells in the body that could start to get sick. It doesn’t matter if a virus attacks us or mentally we are depressed; the virus attacks us more easily due to a weakened immune system. We know that there is a strong correlation between the mind and our immune system.
Another element is the chemical response in the body with regards to food, nutrition, and the medical approaches as to how to change/eliminate symptoms. There are homeopathic remedies that have to do with the energies in the body, nutrition that actually supports with vitamins and minerals, and supplements that support specific functions of the organs in the body. Another element that is very important is that of the spiritual aspect of the being. We are emotional and spiritual beings and when we are feeling connected to a higher power, and it doesn’t matter what religion you align with, but the minute we feel connected, the emotions and body are healthier. Everything functions better because the spiritual arena is who we really are.
JJ: What advice might you offer to parents with respect to these realms that you speak of and how they impact allergies? Do you think modeling from parents is a good way for kids to learn?
AO: I think kids learn more from what they see than what they hear. If the parents smoke and they tell their children not to smoke, the child has more of a propensity to smoke because it was in their home, modeled by their parents. Only if the child had their own inner transformation and learned the reasons why smoking was bad for them, and took that information to heart, might they be less apt to smoke if they see it done by their parents in the home. We see this also in children that are very flexible, yet their parents have bad posture. We find that the children begin to walk like their parents with bad posture, because this is what they saw modeled to them. When parents argue in front of the children, we find the children begin to blame themselves for the fighting. If parents show love and caring, model good citizenry and spiritual ways, the kids will follow this type of protocol. They will learn to respect others, as they respect their parents. When children experience a crisis in the home, this crisis will show itself in school, in some form or another. When the parents scream or bully their child, this is what their child learns. If the child is big and strong in their class, they will oftentimes become the bully, not necessarily because they want to, but this is the only way they know how to react and behave from modeling their home environment.
JJ: So the work that you’re doing in the world includes a comprehensive view on the importance of holistic, integrative health. Can you talk a little bit about your plans for the future and what you hope to contribute?
AO: My plans for the future include a center that is a part of the educational process, which will focus on how to teach the parents to communicate and act on a higher level from their intuition, from love, to help the kids to move forward. Every kid is unique in his or her needs, both in the home and in the school. A child that may be weak in math could turn out to be superior in physics. There was Einstein who failed math but became a superior thought leader. Edison developed more patents in the world without any formal education. Henry Ford and Tesla moved our civilization forward by dedicating their lives to bettering humanity. Everyone was against them and told them they were crazy. Let us support the genius in all of us.
JJ; Thank you for sharing such a hopeful and happy view of what’s in store for our future.
For more information about Dr. Orpelli’s work and NAET, visit drorpelli.com.