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EFT for Food/Chemical Sensitivities and Severe Anxiety

Dear EFT Community,

In this article, Annie Hlavats describes how she used EFT to clear lifetime food sensitivities that had gotten worse as she got older, producing many other symptoms, including severe anxiety, panic attacks, and insomnia, as well as chemical sensitivities. Within 2 weeks of tapping, all her symptoms disappeared, to her amazement. 

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By Annie Hlavats

Since childhood, I suffered from various food sensitivities. Over the last 10 years, these sensitivities got progressively worse, expanding from most foods and liquids to most chemicals, including drugs and antibiotics. As a result, I had a very limited diet and was only able to drink filtered water. Obviously, this situation was not sustainable. 

It became critical when, in the summer of 2012, I developed an ear infection, followed by a sinus infection and then a tooth infection, all within a couple of months. Of course, I was prescribed antibiotics, but my reactions were so severe that I could never finish my treatments. I was tested for allergies, but all the results came out negative.

Meanwhile, my tolerance to foods and drugs was only getting worse, despite the test results. Consequently, I developed severe anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, and severe acid reflux. I lost over 20 pounds in a very short time. I was a wreck. 

This continued with no relief in sight for over a year, in spite of all sorts of conventional medical interventions, invasive diagnostic methods, visits to medical specialists, the prescribing of anti-anxiety medications (with horrible side effects), psychotherapy, sleep therapy, therapeutic massages, and various naturopathic treatments, including NAET (allergy) treatments for about one year, which only provided short-lasting relief. I also had to make a few emergency trips to the hospital during this time for insomnia and severe anxiety. 

All the medications I was given only made me feel worse and I gradually had to stop taking them.

Discontinuing the anti-anxiety medications, in particular, was a harrowing experience for me and my family around me. 

After all this, the general diagnostic of all the medical specialists I saw was that there was nothing “medically wrong” with me. I was nevertheless instructed to keep a journal for follow-up. I started meticulously recording my sleep patterns and other symptoms, hoping to see some change. At this point, I was desperate and ready to do anything to get relief.

In the fall 2013, while searching the Internet, I came across an EFT tapping video. I was intrigued by this “new” technique and read The EFT Manual and other information on the subject. I decided to try it on my food sensitivities, which I believed were the cause of my problems.

I put a small sample of each of the foods that I couldn’t tolerate in a small glass container. Then, using one sample at the time, I started tapping. I tapped for my reactions to the foods and at the same time for all sorts of emotions that would come to mind, such as fear, sadness, despair, helplessness, anger, guilt, etc.

I repeated the process for every food on my list and I tapped for about one hour every day. 

I wrote down my experiences in my journal with all the other details that I was recording on a daily basis. Little did I know that, in fact, I was documenting the unfolding of a miracle. Within two weeks of starting the tapping, all my symptoms disappeared! Yes, every single one, and my life went from abject despair to one of hope and excitement. To make a long story short, today I eat all the foods I like and even enjoy wine with dinner at times. When I feel a discomfort, I use the pendulum to confirm it, and if it is positive, I tap on it.

I have regained my freedom and I am able to fully enjoy everything in my life.

Sometimes I have to pinch myself to realize that this happened to me. I am in a constant state of gratitude. I feel free and empowered to have discovered such an effective tool that I can use with confidence anytime, anywhere, and at no cost–a wonderful tool that has given me a new lease on life.