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Advanced Allergy Therapeutics

Advanced Allergy Therapeutics (AAT) offers a unique and highly effective approach in treating the many symptoms associated with allergies and sensitivities. AAT is a precision-based therapy that treats the organ systems involved in an overreaction. AAT does not treat the immune system; instead, the therapy focuses on inappropriate reactions to a harmless substance in relation to the organs systems to produce rapid, long-term results for the relief of associated symptoms. AAT merges 21st century science with 3,000-year-old traditional acupuncture principles in offering an effective alternative in the treatment of symptoms associated with allergies and sensitivities.

  • Non-invasive

  • No needles

  • No herbal remedies

  • No supplements

  • No avoidance

  • Just results!

Understanding Allergies & Sensitivities 

Allergies and sensitivities are caused by an inappropriate reaction to harmless substances. 

The word “allergy” comes from the Greek allos, meaning “other”.  It was first used in 1906 to refer to an "altered reaction" in the body's immune system.


A “true allergy” is a reaction triggered by the immune system, however there are a vast number of symptoms or conditions caused by sensitivities that may or may not involve the immune system. With reactions involving food, a large percentage of the population believe they have allergies, yet fewer than 2% actually have true allergies. In fact, many suffer from undiagnosed food sensitivities or intolerances. The majority of patients who seek the AAT treatment do not have true allergies; their symptoms are likely to be caused by sensitivities with no immune involvement.  Since there are few options for the treatment of sensitivities, other than avoidance, AAT provides a highly effective alternative.  Symptoms caused by true allergies, however, also respond well to the treatment as the organs systems involved in the reaction are also addressed.


The use of the word “allergy” has become a generic term used by the public to describe allergies, sensitivities and intolerances.  

What is AAT?

Advanced Allergy Therapeutics (AAT) is a clinically proven treatment that is highly effective in relieving the many symptoms associated with allergies and sensitivities. It is a therapeutic approach that was developed from over 26 years of clinical research. The AAT treatment does not rely on the use of medications, herbal remedies or supplements. The treatment is safe, painless and available to all ages including infants.


Advanced Allergy Therapeutics works directly with the relationship between the major organ systems and inappropriate reactions to harmless substances. While the immune system is responsible for initiating an immune reaction in the case of true allergies, it is the health and state of the organ systems that often determines the type of symptoms that may arise. With both sensitivities and allergies, symptoms typically stem from the organ system affected. For example, one patient may have a reaction to soybean by getting rashes while another patient may react with sinus congestion, heartburn or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The symptoms in each of these cases represent a different organ system involved. By treating the organ system(s) involved in a reaction, the body is able to respond more appropriately.


During treatment, gentle pressure is used on points that correspond with the organ systems involved in a reaction. The degree of stress on the organ systems caused by an allergen or offending agent, is proportional to the degree of the negative reaction. While the stimulation is applied, a subtle representation of the offending substance is introduced to the surface of the skin. The stimulation reduces the stress on the affected organ system, allowing for a more appropriate response. 


All holistic fields of medicine are aligned in the approach to treat the whole body.  They share the understanding that health conditions may develop as a result of interference in proper functioning caused by various forms of stress or other factors. Reducing the stress or interference allows for optimal health. When the specific organ system is supported and stress is reduced, the whole body is able to respond more appropriately.


AAT does not diagnose allergies, sensitivities or intolerances.

AAT does not test for allergies or sensitivities. The AAT system simply assesses what may be causing a stress to the body.


AAT does not treat cases of anaphylaxis or life threatening symptoms.  Strict avoidance is always advised in these cases.

Symptoms Treated

A sensitivity or inappropriate reaction may cause symptoms from any organ system in the body.  Some systems are prone to reacting to certain families of allergies or substances, such as the respiratory system reacting to pollen.  However, a substance may affect any organ system, which could cause a multitude of symptoms varying from case to case.  For example, a reaction to wheat may cause hives in one person, digestive issues in another, fatigue, wheezing or Acid Reflux all in different patients.  AAT addresses the specific organ systems affected by the allergen or offending substance.

Digestive System

Symptoms include reflux, heartburn, abdominal and intestinal pain, cramping, gas, bloating, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting.  Primarily caused by reactions to food or other ingestants.


Symptoms may include red, itchy, or scaly skin rashes, blisters with oozing and crusting, dry leathery patches or hives. The main cause of dermatological reactions can be a reaction to food but can also be caused by plants, contactants and chemicals.  

Tiredness & Fatigue

Many reactions result in lethargy and feelings of fatigue.  Tiredness can also occur at certain times of the day, such as in the afternoon after eating.

Respiratory System

Symptoms include sneezing, congestion, runny nose, wheezing, shortness of breath, coughs, postnasal drip, skin conditions, rashes and itchy, watery eyes.  Reactions may be associated with pollen, dust, food, chemicals and animals (including dog and cat dander and bird feathers), air-borne substances and contactants. 

Headaches & Migraines

May be caused by reactions to food such as chocolate and caffeine, airborne irritants such as pollen and chemicals including household cleaners, perfumes and vehicle fumes

Multiple Symptoms

Symptoms may affect multiple systems in the body, resulting in headaches, irritability, hyperactivity, mood swings, fatigue, tachycardia, or inflammation.  


Chemicals - household cleaners, perfumes, building materials, washing detergent, pesticides   

Occupational sensitivities such as latex or building materials such as paints, glues, carpets, woods or varnishes 


Heat, cold and humidity/dampness

Symptoms associated with an allergy or sensitivity can contribute to common conditions such as: asthma, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  However not all cases involve allergies or sensitivities. 


Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is primarily caused by sensitivities and affects approximately 15% of the population.  Common symptoms include diarrhea, constipation, and bloating and abdominal pain.  


Skin conditions, such as eczema, dermatitis and hives are commonly associated with the symptoms of an allergy or sensitivity.  

Please Be Advised

AAT cannot guarantee any results.  While AAT may be highly effective in the relief of many symptoms associated with allergies or sensitivities, some cases do not respond.


AAT does not treat cases of anaphylaxis or life threatening symptoms.  Strict avoidance is always advised.

Common Allergens or Offending Agents

  • Contactants

  • Inhalants

  • Ingestants

  • Shellfish

  • Red and White Wine, Beer

  • Chemicals, Latex

  • Fruit

  • Food Components

  • Perfumes

  • Berries

  • Airborne Irritants

  • Herbal Remedies

  • Eggs

  • Dust, Dust Mites

  • Nutritional Supplements

  • Nightshades

  • Seasonal Allergies

  • Environmental Allergies

  • Grains

  • Animal Dander

  • Woods, Metals

  • Dairy

  • Fabrics, Upholstery, Plastics

  • Stinging Insects

  • Coffee and Chocolate

  • Detergents, Softeners

  • Sunlight

  • Barometric Pressure

  • Can you be my primary care provider?
    No, we are Functional Medical Specialists and cannot be your primary care provider. We require you to have a primary are provider for acute and general care. As consultants, we do not provide urgent/same-day care.
  • Can you manage my psychiatric medications while I am a patient?
    Yes, if so desired and if deemed appropriate.
  • Can I become a patient if I’m not a resident of California?
    Unfortunately No. However we encourage you to utilize our educational tools to learn more about improving your health through nutrition and lifestyle changes. Check out our quiz to learn more about hidden stressors that can undermine your health.
  • Do you accept insurance, MediCal or Medicare?"
    No. Insurance often limits care and testing options and influences how people decide what’s best for their health, and does not generally cover the extensive detective work done in a functional medicine approach. Without the red tape of insurance, you have the freedom to chose the most helpful path on your journey to wellness. There is no worrying about what may be covered or surprise hidden fees, as all pricing is totally transparent. However if you have a Health Savings Account (HSA), or a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), that can be used towards your membership. And if you have a PPO, we can provide properly coded “super bills” for you to submit to your insurer for partial reimbursement, provided your deductible has been met.
  • What types of lab testing do you offer and how much does it cost?
    Initial testing usually includes an extensive blood panel, urinary organic acids testing, and a comprehensive stool evaluation. If indicated, additional testing could include salivary and/or urine assessment of cortisol and sex hormones (DUTCH/Precision Analytical), urinary mycotoxins (mold) (Great Plains Lab or Real Time Labs), food sensitivity panels (Cyrex or Vibrant America) and specialty immune panels (Cyrex). For our comprehensive functional blood testing, we have contracted with specialty labs at a fraction of the typical cost for these panels, and usually this blood draw can be done conveniently with a mobile phlebotomist who comes to your home.
  • How important is the use of supplements in a treatment plan?
    During your treatment, Dr. McCarthy will recommend appropriate vitamins and supplements for you based on your history and test results. Though we aim to optimize nutrient intake in the diet, supplements are still critical to overcoming imbalances and to achieving results. Depending on your case, the number of supplements will vary, as will the recommended length of treatment. As a member, you will have access to discounted prescription grade supplements though Fullscript’s online formulary.
  • Are appointments via video conference/Zoom?
    All appointments except Autonomic Response Testing sessions are via Zoom.
  • How do I get started?
    We are currently accepting new patients. If you are interested in becoming a patient, please schedule a discovery call.


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