Heal SVT Naturally FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions…

Welcome to my new Series:  SVT FAQs

Dear Fellow SVT-Thrivers, the intention of this new page is to address your burning questions in a way that will clarify the issue and direct your response.  To understand any topic thoroughly will also require reading my e-guides, applying the recommended action steps to gain insight into your health, and possibly seeking one-on-one coaching.

In general, I encourage you to be proactivebut be patient:  take responsibility for your health by learning everything you can about SVT and how to heal naturally. It also means that it takes time to absorb new information and to reflect on how it applies to your body and your life.

Food and SVT are intricately connected. Heal SVT Naturally is the first work of its kind to introduce you to lifestyle medicine for SVT management and prevention. One aspect of this, is a core theory that I have been working on for several years, called The SVT-GUT connection. In my first e-guide, I introduce you to ROOT CAUSE medicine and explain the CORE FOUR healing to SVT which are the Physical, Emotional, Spiritual and Energetic layers to healing.

In my second e-guide, The SVT Prevention Diet-I present to you my complete SVT-Gut connection theory, and give people suffering with SVT and related issues like anxiety, POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome), panic attacks and digestive issues a clear diet plan to follow using food as one of your most effective, (and under-used) SVT management tools.

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Central to healing SVT naturally is to understand the differences between food allergy and food sensitivity testing. This critical information is intended to lead you to get properly tested so that you will know with certainty what foods or environmental substances are contributing to your health problems. The knowledge you gain from testing will support your commitment to make the necessary adjustments in your diet and environment.

Food allergies and food sensitivities have important distinctions for SVT sufferers who want to take control of their health. They can cause different kinds of reactions in your body, occur within different time frames, and require different kinds of tests to determine which you may have.  It’s also possible to suffer from both allergies and sensitivities, and not be able to tell which kind you are experiencing.

Most food allergiestrigger a reaction within minutes and are known as an IgE(or immunoglobulin E)-mediated immune response. Symptoms can range from hives, runny nose, coughing, eye redness, tearing to the more serious difficulty breathing, swelling, wheezing and anaphylactic shock.  This is the body’s way of mounting a response to foreign substances that it cannot tolerate–strawberries, soy, wheat, corn, shellfish, egg, dairy products, nuts or environmental sources such as pollen, molds, dust, trees or bees, to name some of the common ones.

Foodsensitivities can come from many foods as well, but are a different kind of reaction called an IgGor IgA(Immunoglobulin G or A) delayed immune response. Food sensitivities can be obvious or subtle, can occur quickly or up to 72 hours later, and can have long-term impacts on your health. These types of food sensitivities often damage the gut, create chronic inflammation and possibly trigger SVT, which is why I strongly encourage you to get tested for them.

An allergist/Immunologist or internist typically only tests for IgE allergies, which may be useful information for you to have, especially if you are prone to asthma or histamine reactions. However, if you are serious about improving your overall health, especially your propensity for SVT episodes, you must get tested for IgG or IgA sensitivities. This will reveal which substances may likely be contributing to your SVT episodes. The type of practitioners most likely to provide Igg/IgA testing are functional medicine doctors, naturopaths and chiropractors to name a few. You can also seek testing on your own through the labs that I recommend in the e-guides and that will appear in this column next week.

While you may already know or suspect that certain foods are worsening or triggering your SVT or other symptoms, and may be avoiding them, I still recommend getting tested for food and environmental sensitivities.

It is human nature to second guess your intuition or rational decisions when you are feeling weak or have doubts. Complete and proper testing will give you definitive knowledge and the confidence to move forward.


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