I had been suffering with allergy symptoms for longer than I care to remember and this year was enough. This was the first time my reactions had left me physically exhausted. Cut grass was the chief culprit. I'd heard and read good things about the Del Vecchio Clinic and I wanted to give this a try. After a course of treatment, I mowed the lawn and trimmed bushes to the point of being so covered in grass and dirt that my wife demanded I rinse off prior to coming back in. I told her I was ready to do this without a mask. Happy to say, not so much as a sneeze during all of this. I haven't breathed this well and enjoyed the smell of the outdoors in so long I can't remember. Before the treatments began, doing what I did would have required several hot showers in the evening just to breathe, including a cocktail of allergy medications and Benadryl at night so I could attempt to sleep followed by avoiding the outdoors altogether today in order to recover. I feel free again. Thank you a million times!
By the way, I can also drink milk products with impunity again. I haven't been able to do that in years.- Scott
Truly, truly speechless, dumbfounded . . . I wanted to take the time to send a heartfelt thank you to you both for your services at the Del Vecchio Clinic. When I came to you I was desperate, with my allergy symptoms getting progressively worse year after year and I'd hit a wall where my both my eyes and nostrils were itchy, watery faucets and my sinuses felt as if they were in a constant throbbing vise grip. I CANNOT BELIEVE what you've done for me!!! I'm in true shock. My sinus pressure became nearly non-existent, my nose and eyes were not itchy and they were barely watering. Eventually, all of my allergy symptoms were gone! Can't thank you enough. - Jonathan
I have to share. The Del Vecchio clinic changed my life. I had lived on the edge of starvation for several years because it seemed that everything I ate made me sick. I would eliminate something because it would make me sick and then something else would start making me sick. I was down to almost nothing. Then a friend gave me their number. I called thinking maybe they could help with some of them. WOW! Did they! After just a few treatments they have me eating anything I want. I used to live in fear of getting something that would really make me sick. Now I no longer live in fear of food. I am even eating sugar and that was a HUGE issue for me. Thank you so much! I am not only thankful to God for food now; I am thankful that I can actually eat it and not be sick. Thanks again. - Kelli
My son Dan was 2 ½ weeks old when I took him to Sam for a horrible rash he’d had since he was a few days old. It turns out he was reactive to my breast milk—poor kid! With one treatment, the rash completely disappeared and I have a much happier, hungrier little boy. – Wendy
My son, Andy is two and a half. Every spring and summer of his life we’ve fought recurring ear infections. He wouldn’t have a cold and would show no symptoms until it was a really bad double ear infection. Many times they’d catch the ear infections on a “well child” visit. And of course, they’d want to treat them with antibiotics, which usually took at least 2 rounds to knock it out. Last summer, after a horrible ear infection that would not leave, I began giving him Zyrtec daily at the suggestion of a doctor, hoping this would help keep his sinuses drained and keep the ear infections at bay. This year, when spring came around and he started pulling on his ears and smacking the sides of his head, I took him to Sam. After one treatment for plant phenolics, Andy was completely better. I continued the Zyrtec for a few days as a precaution, but when I stopped, the ear troubles didn’t start. We’re now in June and Andy has had no troubles with his ear at all this spring. Thank you Sam and AAT! –Beverly
I started getting debilitating migraines in middle school that stayed with me through high school and college. When I was 20, I went to see a traditional allergist, in the hopes that this would help my headaches. I was diagnosed with many food and environmental allergies, corn, peanuts and grapes being the worst among the foods. During this time I was also diagnosed with clinical depression/bipolar disorder and put on more drugs to treat that, without great success. I did a little research on corn and found that it is in literally everything. Immediately upon cutting corn out of my diet, my headaches improved. It took several months to figure out all the hidden sources of corn and even years later I still would goof occasionally. When I discovered that all medicines have corn in some form in them, I went off my depression medications and my lingering depression disappeared.
Removing all the corn from my life made a huge difference in my quality of life, but there were frustrations. The longer I’d been corn-free, the more sensitive I became. I couldn’t eat out at any restaurants. I couldn’t go over to a friend’s house and have a meal. Even the smell of “regular food” would give me a migraine—when there was a potluck at church, I had to stay home. Then I heard about AAT in an online forum for corn allergic people. One of the most sensitive women on the forum went to a practitioner of AAT and suddenly, she could eat out! She could go to the grocery store without getting sick! Simple things for most people, but for those of us with corn allergies, dangerous things to do. As soon as I discovered there was a Asheville AAT clinic, I made an appointment. After only 3 treatments, I could eat normally. I went out and ate a pepperoni pizza. I made myself popcorn and nachos and had absolutely no troubles eating them. The first time I went to the grocery store after my AAT treatments, I was completely overwhelmed. I could buy anything. After having to read labels for years and being so very limited in my safe choices, there were no longer any limitations. I went home without buying anything—there were too many choices!
I am so grateful to Sam and Lucia for the incredible difference AAT has made in my quality of life. I have freedom in what I eat, where I go and how I spend my money (buying allergen-free groceries is a very expensive proposition!). It’s completely bizarre not to be the girl with all the wacky food allergies. I can accept invitations from others to eat at their houses and not worry that I’ll pay for it for days afterward. Some friends threw me a baby shower recently and I was able to eat EVERYTHING they brought—meatballs, cake, corn chips. It was wonderful for all of us to be able to share food with friends; food is such an important part of friendship (especially in the South!) and I’m glad I can take part again. - Jennie
The treatment for sugars has had a profound effect on me. Lots of things about my demeanor, cravings (chocolate/sweets), focus and other “personality” symptoms have suddenly become non-existent. My wife noticed the day after the treatment that “something” has changed in me. I think that my reactions to sugar were far more severe than I or anyone had realized. I’m more alert, less depressed and significantly less anxious about things. Treatment to sugar has so far made the most dramatic and noticeable change in my wellbeing. Thanks to both of you! - Josh
After suffering from seasonal allergies and practically year-round congestion for years and years I came to the Del Vecchio Clinic. Sam and Lucia were both were personable and offered a gentle and helpful approach to the treatment--best of all, my symptoms were completely relieved!! And, which I don't cease to be amazed by, my sinuses have been completely clear since the treatment! Thank you!- Chall
The flowers are blooming here and haven't had to take any Claritin . . . Thanks to you I believe. - Tom
I was allergic to hot peppers all my life and after one treatment with Sam at The Del Vecchio Clinic, I was able to actually eat one with no reaction at all! Being symptoms-free is now beginning to open a whole new culinary world for me! Perhaps now I'll go to India. -Cheryl
For more than one year my body was trying to tell me something and regardless of how many traditional attempts to ease the symptoms, I was suffering great pain. About six months into the pain I began to grow very concerned because I was experiencing signs of colon cancer. Fortunately, screenings came back negative and relief set in, but only so much. Pain was still prominent in my daily life, including extreme dizziness, lack of energy, migraine headaches, severe gas and bloating, and the oh-so-awful hemorrhoids (internal and external). During a follow-up visit with the enterologist, I inquired about the possibility of having a food allergy. When his response was that food allergies couldn't possibly affect my colon, I realized western medicine wasn't going to solve my problem. So I began to eliminate things from my diet like white flour and eating more "healthy" options like wheat tortillas. After speaking with Lucia, I understood checking into food sensitivites was my best next option. So I drove all the way from Nashville, Tennessee to investigate. Well worth the drive! As it turns out, I am having a negative reaction to wheat, sugar, dairy, soy, and tomatoes. As a vegetarian, all of those items, excepting sugar, were a major part of my diet. Even though I wasn't able to fit complete treatment into my visit, Sam and Lucia helped to identify foods I could eat that my body recognized as safe. After eliminating the identified foods from my diet, the digestion pain, headaches, lack of energy and dizziness have been disappeared. I had no idea what kind of pain I was suffering until it was actually gone. Within less than a week, I found myself happier, more satisfied because I was no longer dreading using the bathroom or worrying about what is wrong with me and how might it affect me. The best immediate result for me as a bicyclist was the healing of the hemorrhoids. I can ride again and I'm very much looking forward to driving back to Asheville for more treatment so that I can have chocolate cake smothered in chocolate icing for my birthday in July! -Shannon
After being diagnosed with food allergies to wheat, dairy, corn, and a few others at the age of seven, eating for me became and remained very difficult. My allergies would manifest in behavioral symptoms, both anxiety and anger related, and by my twenties I was suffering from a myriad of digestive symptoms, including hemorrhoids, extreme nausea, IBS symptoms, lethargy, and insomnia. Additionally, my food allergies were so severe, especially to corn, I was unable to eat at restaurants or at anyone’s house and had to make my own food from scratch and subsist on a boring and depressing diet of millet and goat cheese. After multiple AAT treatments, all of my symptoms have disappeared. I am now able to go to parties and restaurants and enjoy life just like everyone else, and my even tempered moods have improved every aspect of every relationship I have. AAT completely gave me my life back. – Sara
In the past few years I have grown used to needing more water than those around me, carrying water everywhere, drinking 12 ounces before bed and waking up dehydrated anyway, drinking another 20 ounces before breakfast, etc. And even though I drank at least 12 glasses a day, I would routinely get dehydrated. For me, dehydration meant exhaustion, irritability, and foggy thinking, since I didn’t experience thirst. I thought I just ran hot, which made sense, given my other personality traits. I was offered an AAT session at a seminar and declined, thinking I had never had a recation in my life. Long story short, I was treated for salt and my life has changed dramatically. If I drink anything before bed I end up waking in the night to urinate. I drink reasonable amounts of water when I’m thirsty, and otherwise don’t think about it. It’s only now that I realize just how unusual my relationship with hydration was. -Giovanni
After years of hearing about Sam's work, I finally decided to book an appointment with Sam for my cat allergy. Not only was he able to resolve what had been a severely limiting inability to tolerate my boyfriend's cat, we also went on to work with the debilitating anxiety that I thought was a lifelong sentence. Sam's grasp of SE, along with his attunement as a clinician, has given me a sense of embodied joy and equanimity that I would never have thought possible. -Amy