Dedication and persistence paid off when chiropractor Susanne Bennett found a natural cure for her son’s life-threatening allergies
SUSANNE BENNETT DIDN’T START OUT wanting to be an allergy doctor. Far from it. Bennett was pre-med at UCLA and looking forward to a career in sports medicine. But when one of her professors abruptly left teaching to enter chiropractic school, Bennett was intrigued. An athlete all her life, she saw chiropractic as a great way to help athletes perform better, heal their injuries, ease pain, and generally make people better without pharmaceuticals. It was a trifecta of philosophy, temperament, and interest. Four years later, she graduated from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic.
Within seven years, she had a busy and glamorous Los Angeles practice. She put in a stint with the L.A. Raiders, and worked extensively with athletes from soccer to rodeo. She ran a large rehab clinic packed with patients who needed her help. She got married, and had a beautiful son, Cody. She was living her dream. Then Cody got sick. Not just “stuffy nose sick,” mind you. We’re talking head-to-toe rashes, hives, and other reactions of all sorts. “At 5 months old, he started getting asthma,” Visit amazingwellnessmag.com to download a copy of Dr. Bennett’s Allergy/Sensitivity Symptom Checklist. says Bennett. “He couldn’t breathe. It was such a horrible experience. I could never go to sleep, I was so scared for him.”
The symptoms piled up. One night, Cody’s lips turned blue. The mystery deepened. Conventional medicine didn’t have a lot to offer. “Their drug and hospitalization options just sounded scarier and scarier,” says Bennett. “Things got so bad that our family doctor advised us to carry an EpiPen—an emergency injection that could save our son’s life—at all times.”
So Bennett decided to take things into her own hands and went on a mission to find out what was making her son sick. “I became 100 percent committed to finding an answer,” she says. “I read hundreds of scientific articles and dozens of books, and contacted doctor after doctor. Finally, little by little, I began to put the puzzle pieces together. I learned about foods that can trigger allergies and foods that can heal. I learned about how the water we drink can contribute to allergies. I learned about how to keep an allergy-free home, and how to clean the air we breathe.”
Cody was allergy free by the time he was 4 years old. Soon, other parents began bringing their kids to see Bennett, who also tried out her nutritional theories and elimination diets on her athlete patients. They started losing weight, she says. “They could breathe better. Their performance went straight through the roof.”
Her practice tripled. A book deal followed, and now, The 7-Day Allergy Makeover is available in bookstores everywhere. (You can also order online at the7dayallergymakeoverbook.com.)
The power of Bennett’s approach lies in her view of allergy symptoms.