These comparisons are based on MY experiences. Others may have a different experience, since allergies effect us all differently, and physicians may choose to work slightly differently as well.
Advanced Allergy Therapeutics(AAT):
- Is paid for on a per-visit basis.
- Testing is done with strength-testing by the doc, while patient is hooked up to the computer with an arm band.
- Treatment is only for one item/set of items in some cases, and consists of a 'thumper'(for lack of a better term) that is run down the spine a few times while the signal is being transmitted through the arm band.
- Avoid the treated substance for 2 hours.
- You work through a preliminary list of what you proved "weak" towards, and once you get done with that list you can pick and choose what you feel you are having problems with. You will be tested for that suspected allergen and if weak, then you will be treated for it.
- The next time you go in, you will be tested for the previous treatments to be sure they held before you move on to the next testing/treatment.
- I like that there is a lot of one-on-one contact with the doctor. In my opinion, this gives the doctor a fuller picture of where the patient is health-wise and helps to treat the whole person, not just the allergies.
- You can be retested for anything, if you suspect a treatment has not 'held'.
- The avoidance period is a mere 2 hours. After avoiding so many things for nearly a year, I could avoid anything for 2 hours!
- You are not able to treat as many allergens at one time as you are able to with BioAllergenix.
- Can get costly if you have a wide range of allergens.
- Is a much slower process than the BioAllergenix, especially if you have many allergies.
BioAllergenix(also referred to as Allergicare in some forums):
- Is paid for in a lump-sum charge for the year(other docs may choose to do it differently and have different pricing).
- Testing is done by the computer while you are hooked up with 'clamps' on your fingers and it scans through MANY potential allergens.
- The first visit/test will bring up any number of foods in 18 Groups. The first treatment is for egg, and the next treatments will be on different days for whichever food groups that need to be treated. In some cases, many items in a Group will come up, but you can be treated for all of those items in the Group.
- There are many other tests/scans available. They include foods, pollens, pharmaceuticals and illegal drugs, cleaning products, and also include things such as anxiety, ADD, etc. Not sure how it does it, but it does it somehow!
- Treatment involves the computer and a laser-light type tool, which is run over your skull and down your spine multiple times(eyes open, eyes closed, breath in and hold, breath out and hold) and on different points in your arm/hands and feet.
- Avoid the substance(s) until the next day(you can expose yourself to it after one full sleep cycle/night's sleep)
- Once you have made it through the basic scans, you can wait and see how things are working for you as your body gets used to the new way of doing things.
- If you seem to still be having problems, you go in and can request treatment for those problems.
- Has the capability of scanning for thousands of potential allergens in one appointment.
- Scans are relatively quick, as is treatment. Once you get past whatever you test allergic to in the first 18 groups, on the next scans you will be treated for ALL things that come up.
- Since it is paid for in one lump sum, you may be saving a LOT of money with BioAllergenix as opposed to AAT, if you have a lot of different allergies.
- Can go beyond allergens and test for other possible health problems.
- Many may not be able to afford the one lump sum payment, or be able to justify it if they only have a few allergies.
- Once you have gone through a particular scan, you cannot have that scan run again, as your body will not 'read' the same way and may give false information. You can, however, be retreated if you have a suspected allergen(such as ragweed and chenopods in my case).
- The avoidance period after treatment (keep away from the substance until you wake the next day) can be difficult, depending on what you are avoiding. You may be asked to fast completely, so be sure to go to your appointment with a full stomach! Try to schedule late in the day if you can to make it easier on yourself.
- Women who are on the first 3 days of their periods should wait to come in to be scanned/treated.
Both types of treatment have been helpful to me and have been life-changing. I have been somewhat frustrated with BioAllergenix as I was hoping to be allergen-free by now(I started just a few months ago), but perhaps my hopes were a bit too high. In any case, I have been feeling worlds better after having these treatments--better than I have in years! I can handle a sneezing fit here and there, since before I could not breathe through my nose through the months of August and September!
I am also enjoying being able to eat "normal" foods and not have to look at every ingredient on the label before eating anything. (Well, I do still read every label out of habit and watching our diets for unhealthy ingredients, but the point is, I don't HAVE to!)
Above all, I am so glad I can go to public places and not have reactions such as itchy nose, sneezing, itchy throat, and brain fog within minutes of walking in the door and fatigue after leaving. The grocery stores and church potluck days were not my favorite days for some time, merely because of the smell of the foods and people's fabric softener, perfumes, etc! But since being treated, I have gone to these places without thinking too much about it and have not had the brain fog and fatigue I dealt with for so long!
Praising God for working through these treatments and helping me feel better! Thank You, Lord!