Al­lergy Sleuth

Ded­i­ca­tion and per­sis­tence paid off when chiropractor Su­sanne Ben­nett found a nat­u­ral cure for her son’s life-threat­en­ing al­ler­gies

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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 amaz­ing­well­ness­ 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.”

De­tec­tive Work

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 the7­day­al­ler­gy­makeover­

The power of Ben­nett’s ap­proach lies in her view of al­lergy symp­toms.

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