Allergies and food intolerances are very common among my clients due to the immune system being impacted by stress, emotional responses, and habitual thinking patterns around their allergen. During the four days of The Switch, many people are able to start eating gluten and dairy with no symptoms, and people have resolved a wide range of other allergies also. 

A client recently said that she has been allergic to cats since she was a toddler and a random cat walked into her kitchen after Day 2 of The Switch. She had no symptoms at all, even when stroking it, and is now excited to get her own cat.


Your immune system and digestive system work closely together as a powerful army protecting you from invaders. When a macrophage encounters something dangerous, it ingests part of it and places a flag on it to alert a Helper T-cell to come and check it out.  The helper T-cell compares the flag with their own library of danger flags.  If they find a match, they alert the killer T-cells to come immediately and explode the dangerous cell by injecting it with a chemical.   This works well if you have a virus or bacteria but with an allergy, the killer T-cells attack your own healthy cells.  One of the chemicals that is excreted when the cells are exploded is histamine, which creates the runny nose, itches and other allergy symptoms. Immune mistakes happen when your body is stuck in the stress response and is under-resourced, or because of a negative association about a substance.


If allergies is one of  many health problems you experience and/or you know you are often stressed, I would recommend attending The Switch.
The Switch is a four-day programme in a small group setting. You will learn about how stress causes health problems, how mind and belief patterns can unknowingly exacerbate stress, plus how to calm the stress response to allow your body to start healing naturally. The Switch also helps people to identify the underlying cause of their allergies (the bad association that has been subconsciously made about the substance) and resolve that pattern too.  An added bonus of doing The Switch is that you won’t just resolve your allergies – you will have techniques to work on other health issues, emotional patterns or enhance any area of your life. 
If you don’t feel quite ready to jump into a four-day course, you might like to start with our free 45 minute webinar – First Steps to Recovery – to get a basic overview of how stress affects health overall. This is not specifically targeting allergies.


If you fundamentally have great health, feel calm and happy, and the allergy is your only issue, you may not need the whole four-day programme. Instead, you could watch the two-hour webinar – Next Steps for Recovery – to gain some understanding of mind-body interaction and calming techniques, and then do the NLP Allergy Technique in a 1.5 hour individual session to assist your immune system to correct its mistake of reacting to a substance that is not dangerous to the body. This is achieved through a guided visualisation to gently inform your immune system of the changes that it needs to make. This will only address the allergy – you will not learn techniques for use in other areas of your life. 

The NLP Allergy Technique has now been applied thousands of times in clinical and training settings and has been effective in changing the vast majority of allergy symptoms. In a study done in Salt Lake City (Hallbom & Smith, 1987), for example, thirty two individuals were guided through the allergy pattern for a multitude of allergies, including pollen, smoke and foods. All but three showed immediate reduction of their symptoms. A six month follow-up revealed that only three of the individuals who had responded positively had any recurrence of their allergies.


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  1. Get your hope back about recovery being possible by watching some of the movies on this website. Just knowing that there is an answer can help people to relax and calm their stress response and start getting improvements to allergies.
  2. Start actively reducing your stress response by doing things like meditation, breathing exercises, and activities that you find particularly relaxing.
  3. Allergies are often supported by people’s belief that they will happen. If you start actively reassuring yourself that you don’t need to do this response anymore – it is just a faulty message that your immune system has learnt and it can unlearn it – you can start rerouting it. 

One of my multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS) clients said that she arrived at Day 1 of The Switch and the first thing she noticed was a Glade fragrance bottle on the wall. She knows that she normally vomits when they jet out their fragrance every 15 minutes. She saw it and froze!  Then she told herself “Mel says that allergies are just a false brain pathway and I can unlearn it. I’m not going to react. I’m going to unlearn it right now”. So she came into the room, never mentioned the bottle to me, and sat down. She chose to concentrate on the course and the people, and she very quickly forgot the bottle was even there.  And… she never once felt even nauseous, let alone vomiting. She hadn’t even learnt the course yet, but she’d already fixed one of her biggest problems by simply making a decision to.

If these very simple suggestions fix your allergies – FANTASTIC!

If they are not enough for you, that’s OK. You have already read on this page about The Switch, the webinars and the NLP Allergy Technique that can all offer far more comprehensive help to you.


Em attended The Switch for a huge range of health problems including fatigue, pain, allergies, EoE (Eosinophilic oesophagitis), PCOS (poly-cystic ovarian syndrome), CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome) and possible endometriosis.  She filmed herself each day of the course and shares…

Clair developed MCS after exposure to paint fumes every day for a month during a school art project. Her symptoms were so severe that she had to quit school and do Northern Health school from home instead. She was often…

When you are ill for a really long time, it's hard to even remember what life as a healthy person was like.  Watch this movie of a group of previous clients having a fun day out with me, to be…

Mary had Lupus SLE for over 60 years, and reported that she didn’t remember ever feeling well.

Chrissy has had a whole range of different health symptoms for as long as she can remember. She is a fantastic example to others of how you can resolve so many different health problems all at once:

Anna-Marie had Crohn’s Disease for over 10 years and was on steroids to manage it. She felt exhausted most of the time and had a constantly upset bowel, despite a lot of diet restrictions:

For 16 years, Jess had suffered from CFS/ME, brain fog, difficulty concentrating, bad memory, unrelenting fatigue, depression, muscle pain, back pain, light & noise sensitivity, temperature issues and PEM. Now it’s all over! “I am loving life! I feel better…

Lesley had hayfever for 50 years and required medication all summer to cope with grass and pollen. Here is a movie of her actual NLP session with me, plus an interview with her a year later, talking about the amazing…

Wendy has had CFS for so long that her teenage daughter has never known a healthy mum. She cried for hours about being so ill. Suddenly, she is happy and healthy, having attended The Switch at Empower Therapies. Here is…


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