Today we have a Q&A with Sam Del Vecchioof, acupunturist and a practitioner of Advanced Allergy Therapeutics at his clinic, Alternative Allergy Solutions. You can check out his full bio below. I’m really interested in Sam’s approach as it has some similarities to NAET treatment (which my son, Tristan had done a while ago and that I’m going through now as well), but is quite different, as you’ll read below. You know we love anything holistic, so I was thrilled to learn about these natural treatments for allergies!
ILW: What is Advanced Allergy Therapeutics?
Sam: Advanced Allergy Therapeutics, or AAT, is a clinically proven treatment that is highly effective in relieving the many symptoms associated with allergies and sensitivities. It’s a therapeutic approach that was developed from over 16 years of clinical research. AAT treatment does not rely on the use of medications, herbal remedies or supplements, and is both safe and painless. It 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 soybeans 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.
Sam: 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. I’m basically trying to induce a parasympathetic state in the autonomic nervous system in the presence of whatever substance habitually triggers a reaction. In simple terms, AAT “reboots” the client’s system, leaving behind any “bugs” that have resulted in inappropriate reactions to harmless substances.
ILW: How is it different from NAET treatment?
Sam: Having neither training in, nor experience with NAET, I can only say that I’ve had a large number of clients in my practice who worked with it in the past. Many had results that lasted for years. Both therapies seem to be based on the same fundamental principles, the key difference being AAT’s use of digital technology. My understanding is that NAET relies on samples of the actual offending substance; while the AAT software has a digital library of some 80,000 substances, including all of the components which constitute any given sample. For instance, the chemical composition of wheat is very complex and can be broken down into numerous components, all the way to the molecular level. The body could be reacting to any one of these components. In short, one of AAT’s greatest strengths is its specificity. I have also found that my clinic is able to help clients with far fewer treatments than the number reported to me by former NAET patients.
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ILW: Is AAT safe for infants?
Sam: Yes, I have treated many infants in my practice (starting with 2 weeks old) with a high rate of success. In fact, I have found that infants respond to treatment much more quickly than adults and have a much smaller likelihood of relapse. I always encourage clients to bring in their little ones at the first sign of trouble, usually reflux (colic) or a rash.
ILW: Why did you choose to offer AAT in your clinic?
Sam: My sister suffered with allergies since early childhood, with corn being her biggest problem. After trying for years to help her with acupuncture (I am an acupuncturist) and achieving only a moderate degree of symptom management, I accompanied her to South Carolina, where she planned to try AAT. She had been active for some time on a forum for those with corn sensitivities, and had seen many of the most intractable cases drop off the forum after getting great results with AAT. After just four treatments over two days she was able to eat a bowl of corn without a reaction. It was nothing short of a miracle for our family. Within a few months I was trained in AAT and able to finish her treatments myself. She eats an unlimited diet now, and has for many years. We actually opened The Del Vecchio Clinic together, and she served as our business manager until last year. She has since retired to spend more time with her family, and I have taken on a partner and renamed the clinic Alternative Allergy Solutions.
ILW: Can you tell us about some of the results you’ve seen with AAT?
Sam: I have used AAT to treat everything from acid reflux to psoriasis, with the former being the easiest and the latter the most challenging. Generally speaking, IBS and seasonal allergy sufferers, which form the bulk of my practice, are among the most likely to see results, probably around 75%. Asthma and headaches are more difficult, and skin conditions even more so. Nevertheless, it’s not uncommon for, say, an 8 year-old girl with chronic facial eczema to experience a total remission of symptoms after ten or twelve treatments. Some of the most interesting results I’ve seen are in clients with highly unusual sensitivities, like barometric pressure or solar exposure.
ILW: How can someone find a licensed AAT practitioner in their area?
Sam: The Advanced Allergy Therapeutics website provides a comprehensive directory, which you can find here.
Have you tried either of these natural treatments for allergies? Did it work for you?
Bio: Sam Del Vecchio received a B.A. in Philsophy and Religion at James Madison University and initially became interested in alternative healing while studying massage and yoga in Japan, Thailand, and India. He attended the Daoist Traditions College of Medical Arts and has been a licensed practicing acupuncturist since 2008, during which time he has successfully treated patients with conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, insomnia, cancer, and the common cold. Same introduced AAT to his clinic after seeing the amazing results his sister experienced while using AAT to treat her multiple food allergies. The mission of his clinic, Alternative Allergy Solutions, is to provide comprehensive acupuncture and allergy treatment for a wide variety of symptoms and conditions in a supportive and gentle environment, and enable the patient to take control over their mental, emotional, and physical health.