RACHAEL REED – Naturopath
Rachael is a university qualified Naturoapth with a passion for allergy, intolerance and sensitivity. Rachael has run a successful naturopathic clinic for the past 14 years. Rachael currently works at the Brickworks Medical Clinic in Southport, Australia.
In addition to her allergy work, Rachael is trained in natural hormone management by the renowned hormone doctor, Dr Maura McGill. Rachael is the senior hormone assistant at Brickworks Medical Clinic assisting patients with a wide variety of hormone issues including symptoms associated with menopause, PMS, infertility, stress and thyroid issues.
Rachael – My Story
As a child, growing up, I lived with chronic digestive pain. I would experience severe pain, often waking me up in the middle of the night with the feeling my bowel was twisting. Burping, bloating and cramping were a normal occurrence for me. I remember I would always bend over after eating holding my tummy as it would help with the pain.
My mother took me to doctor after doctor trying to find out what was wrong with me. I was tested for everything imaginable and nothing was ever able to give a reason for my symptoms. I had no allergies, nothing ever came back in the blood tests, on paper there was no cause for my symptoms.
Inevitably, the doctor would shake their head and advise my mother that my symptoms were psychosomatic and prescribe anxiety medication for me.
When I was older, I sought out Naturopaths and Nutritionists for help. I was given a sea of concoctions to help with my symptoms. For me, everything I was given always made me worse. The pain with different supplements would be so severe that I could not continue them, I wasted thousands of dollars trying to find something that would help.
In the end I decided I needed to take matters into my own hands and I went about finding my own answers. I studied Human Biology at Curtin University in Western Australia as the first thing I wanted to do was understand how the body worked. I then went on to study Naturopathy at Southern Cross University in Lismore. I wanted to learn how natural medicine could be used to address the underlying cause of my problem. I liked the course at Southern Cross as the course combined science with natural medicine.
When I completed my Naturopathic degree, I had a wealth of knowledge under my belt however, what I had learned had only provided minimal relief for my symptoms. I took my first consulting job in a beautiful clinic in Brisbane. I worked with many patients with digestive issues and expended my knowledge base in working with anti-inflammatory diets, I trained extensively in utilising elimination diets and working with natural food chemicals.
As luck would have it, one day I was contacted by a large natural allergy clinic that had clinics in states all over Australia. They practiced a natural allergy therapy based on a technique designed by an Acupuncturist in the states. It was a non-invasive therapy designed to teach the body not to react to various substances. I had never heard of this treatment approach however my mind was always open to new approaches.
The clinic was looking for practitioners. I went to work for the clinic and part of my training involved undergoing treatments for myself. After just three sessions, I can honestly say, my digestive pain had gone. Something I had lived with my entire life was just gone. I was so taken by the therapy I went back and trained with the original creators of the therapy in the states.
I worked for the Allergy Clinic for years before breaking off to run my own clinic, The Allergy Naturopath. Over the years I have worked with this therapy which I now call Allergy Retraining. I have worked on and enhanced my treatment protocols based on my experience and research and have designed a comprehensive treatment program to accompany the therapy, which I refer to as MAAST therapy.
MAAST is a program designed to look at both underlying causes of allergy, drivers of inflammation and the prevention of allergy in addition to using retraining for symptom relief.
My program continues to advance and improve on a regular basis and I have found it to be incredibly successful in helping people with symptoms like my own, in additional to a range of other symptoms including symptoms of asthma, hay fever, eczema and in later years I have spent a lot of time working with kids where sensitivities are involved in stress, anxiety and behavioural issues.
I have worked in allergy for fourteen years, I take great pride and joy in my work, there is nothing more rewarding than helping people stuck in the allergy inflammation state and seeing lives change just the way mine did.
In my opinion there is a big hole in understanding when it comes to the treatment of the sensitive patient. I run workshops and provide practitioner and patient education in order to increase understanding of sensitivity and intolerance.
I always say to my clients that the rules change when it comes to working with people with sensitivities. Sensitive patients have to be very careful with the medications, supplements and even the healthy foods they chose. Many people are surprised to learn that it is possible for a substance traditionally recommended to help the problem may actually cause the problem if they are sensitive to it.
I believe education is a crucial component in the effective management of the sensitive patient. I spend a large proportion of my time designing educational and training materials for patients and practitioners. I am driven to do this by a need to help prevent people like me going through the same thing I experienced in a world that had no understanding of sensitivity or intolerance.
A crucial part of allergy work is to address the underlying causes of inflammation. In order to do this allergy programs will often involve work looking at gut health, including working with bacteria, fungus and parasites. We often work with the nervous system to support our patients with symptoms of stress, anxiety and fatigue. Allergy plans may also include work to address underlying virus or heavy metals putting stress on the body. Allergy programs a broad and comprehensive and are specifically designed for each person.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story. Feel free to send me an email and tell me your story. I will be happy to let you know if I can help you, or point you in the direction of someone who can.