My name is Libby Corcoran, and I received my Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Sacred Heart University in 1999. I worked for 19 years as a Physical Therapist before turning my focus to the ground breaking holistic treatment called A.R.T. Allergy Release Technique®. I have a son who had multiple severe anaphylactic food allergies beginning at birth. After years of being told by Western Medicine that there was no treatment for my son, just absolute avoidance of his numerous food allergens, I found A.R.T. He can now safely eat his former food allergens that previously would have been life threatening. This amazing transformation led me to pursue my passion to learn all there is to know about this treatment, and all it has to offer. I have trained extensively with the founder of A.R.T.® Amy Thieringer, and am now a certified A.R.T. practitioner. A.R.T. strengthens the immune system which is essential to treating not only food allergies, but a variety of other conditions as well.
LIFE WITH AN ALLERGIC CHILD
In 2007 my husband and I were blessed with our first child, Cameron. Within the first days of life, he developed rashes, eczema and continuous vomiting. We were new parents and had no clue what was going on. After all, allergies weren’t as prevalent then as they are now. After months of projectile vomiting, asthma, eczema, respiratory issues, facial swelling, etc., an allergy test was finally performed. It revealed that Cam was allergic to everything he was tested for at that time - the “top 8” allergens: milk, eggs, wheat, tree nuts, peanuts, soy, fish, and shellfish. I remember getting that call like it was yesterday. What the heck am I going to feed this poor child? When I would try to introduce new foods that weren’t known allergens, he would promptly react to most of those as well. Upon more testing, Cam was found to be allergic to almost every single food he was tested for. Life began to feel unmanageable. How is my child going to survive in a world where he is constantly surrounded by his allergens - many of which were life threatening?
The anxiety of being the parent of a food allergic child is unbearable at times. You feel alone and isolated. How could others possibly understand that one small drop of harmless food to most, could be deadly to my child? I was the ultimate helicopter mom, I had to be. I attended all play dates, birthday parties, school activities, sporting events, etc. I was always on the lookout for potential dangers for my son. There was no spontaneity in our lives, everything had to be carefully planned so that we were always equipped with safe foods and meds at all times and for all situations. Despite being overly diligent, accidental exposures to his allergens still occurred. Cameron has needed 7 Epi-pens due to anaphylactic reactions, which included ambulance rides and hospital visits. He was always a trooper. After all, he didn’t know life any differently. However, as he got older, he began to notice that he didn’t get to enjoy that fancy birthday cake that everyone was eating. And why does my pizza look so much different than everyone else’s? It was heartbreaking to watch him cry over all that he was missing. Then one day I found Amy Thieringer and A.R.T.®, and learned how she was curing kids with food allergies. I was initially very reluctant to think that anyone could offer hope to my son when every other health care practitioner could not. I was told time and time again that Cam would have these allergies for the rest of his life. Cam’s first appointment to see Amy for A.R.T.® was the first day on his path toward healing. Our family and our lives have been forever changed.