Helping Little Alyssa Overcome Excessive Vomiting
Little Alyssa, a 3-year-old girl suffering from a rare genetic disorder called incontinentia pigmenti, traveled all the way from Las Vegas, Nevada, seeking my assistance. Alyssa’s condition had left her confined to a pediatric wheelchair, with blistering hyperpigmentation on her skin and complications in her central nervous system. Among her many symptoms were abnormal dentition, alopecia, delayed development, mental retardation, muscle spasms, paralysis, seizures, and vision problems. To manage her condition, Alyssa relied on a combination of medications.
A major concern was Alyssa’s excessive and recurrent vomiting, which prompted her mother to seek help. As an accredited expert in the food intolerance method pioneered by Dr. Otis G. Carroll, I conducted a detailed analysis of a small blood sample to identify any intolerances or sensitivities. The results revealed that Alyssa had an intolerance to potato and soy. Additionally, we determined that she should consume fruit and sugar separately, with at least an 8-hour gap between them.
Armed with this valuable information, I created a special feeding tube formula tailored specifically for Alyssa. The formula consisted of whole organic cow or goat milk, honey or agave as natural sweeteners, an RNA supplement, cod liver oil, and a digestive enzyme infused with probiotics. With the approval of Alyssa’s medical dietician and healthcare team, we also incorporated additional supplements to support her progress. Notably, her improvement has been astounding, allowing us to gradually introduce other whole foods into her dietary plan.
In a recent message from Alyssa’s mother, she expressed her profound gratitude for the transformations her daughter has experienced. With new teeth emerging and having grown nearly 3 inches in just 3 months, Alyssa is now speaking, learning to walk, and experiencing only minimal episodes of vomiting. She has even begun consuming oral pureed food.
Witnessing Alyssa’s progress has filled her mother’s heart with hope and appreciation. From a state of weakness and illness, Alyssa has grown stronger with each passing day. I am humbled by the impact our work has had on her life.
The Pioneering Work of Dr. Otis G. Carroll
Dr. Otis G. Carroll, a notable naturopathic physician practicing from 1917 to 1962 in Spokane, was a trailblazer in the field of natural healing. Inspired by the Thomsonian system’s emphasis on a simple vegetarian diet, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, physiotherapy, and botanical medicine, Dr. Carroll made significant contributions to holistic medicine.
Among his notable achievements was the development of constitutional hydrotherapy, alongside his groundbreaking food intolerance evaluation method now widely known as the Carroll test. Dr. Carroll passed down his therapy and evaluation techniques to selected individuals, including Dr. Leo Scott and Dr. Harold Dick. While Dr. Scott’s knowledge on these methods remains limited, Dr. Harold Dick, alongside Dr. Jared Zeff, served as my mentor. Together, Dr. Zeff and I established the Carroll Institute of Natural Healing in Spokane. As a nonprofit postdoctoral training program, our institute is dedicated to preserving and sharing Dr. Carroll’s teachings.
Dr. Carroll’s practice in Spokane gained renown for successfully treating various health conditions, including tuberculosis and multiple sclerosis. However, it was his chronically ill son, Bill, who inspired him to search for improved treatment methods. This pursuit led him to the work of Albert Abrams, MD, a physiology professor at Stanford University. Dr. Carroll adapted and modified Abrams’ techniques to create a groundbreaking method for evaluating foods that the body struggles to digest and metabolize.
Through his extensive research, Dr. Carroll discovered that certain foods often triggered dysbiosis, maldigestion, intestinal toxemia, and chronic tissue irritation. Surprisingly, fruit, commonly regarded as universally beneficial, turned out to be incompatible with his son’s system. Eliminating fruit from Bill’s diet marked a turning point in his health.
By applying the Carroll food intolerance evaluation across his patient population, Dr. Carroll identified common food intolerance categories. Most patients showed intolerance to dairy, eggs, meat, fruit, potato, or sugar. Moreover, he found that certain combinations of these food groups also caused issues, such as fruit with sugar, potato with grain, dairy with grain, fruit with grain, and sugar with grain.
The Unparalleled Value of the Carroll Test
It is crucial to distinguish the Carroll food intolerance evaluation from allergy tests. While allergy tests identify immediate immune system reactions to specific substances, the Carroll test focuses on a patient’s innate ability to digest particular foods or food groups. These results tend to be lifelong, making the evaluation a lasting tool in the pursuit of optimal health.
At the core of the Carroll evaluation lies a small blood sample. This sample is exposed to various foods in contact with a reagent within an electric circuit. Developed by Dr. Carroll and subsequently upgraded to a solid-state instrument, this innovative method measures minute fluctuations in the current. These fluctuations indicate subtle energy changes in the body, consequently determining the compatibility of the challenged food with the blood sample.
Consuming an incompatible food in its incompletely metabolized form can lead to gut toxemia, the underlying cause of various diseases. Understanding these principles aligns with the philosophy of nature cure and healing.
Mastering the Carroll testing method requires a training period of 3 to 12 months. For those interested, training information and classes are available at the Carroll Institute.
In summary, the Carroll food intolerance evaluation does not diagnose diseases or allergies. Instead, it identifies a patient’s incompatibility with specific food groups or combinations. Dr. Carroll’s legacy lives on in our profession, not only because his method works but because it resonates with the fundamental principles of classic naturopathic medicine. The Carroll Institute is committed to continuing this invaluable evaluation method, ensuring its place in the pursuit of wellness and the healing of acute and chronic diseases.
If you would like to learn more about the Carroll food intolerance evaluation, I encourage you to visit the Carroll Institute or contact me directly.
Letitia Dick-Kronenberg, ND