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Aussiegirl2008
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   Posted 7/29/2008 10:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
I keep reading good things about going to a Natropath and am considering it. What exactly do they do... is it just to change your diet/ add vitamins etc?? Do you have to continue to take your medication.. or is this in place of medication?
Are Natropaths ever covered by health insurance?
Thanks :)

Keeper
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   Posted 7/29/2008 10:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Mainly the naturopath will give you a new diet plan to follow and then add some supplements to help with healing and building general health. Make sure to get a recommendation to one with experience with Crohn's. You could try the local naturopathic association if you can't get a suggestion from your Crohn's connections. The new diet is usually a real trial. No gluten alone is enough to wreck eating out in a restaurant. I found it a real struggle to follow the diet laid out by my ND. I was told what I could not have, but there was no menu plan or recipes for the stuff I could have. Eating plain rice gets old real fast (or whatever it is you're allowed). Then too you have to read every label to see if you can have any of what's in the bottle/can. I had a private extended health plan that covered a part of the fee, but not any supplements - I'm not in Australia though.

jacenta
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   Posted 7/30/2008 5:53 AM (GMT -7)   
if u have private health insurance yes naturopath visits are covered. im in australia too.

yogaprof
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   Posted 7/30/2008 11:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I was SO reluctant to go to a naturopath, and when I finally did after 2 years of illness it turned my life around. my insurance covered the visit, but not testing and suppliments...but none was too expensive. he had me to saliva and stool tests. the tests showed a gluten intolerance, low adrenal function, and a need to tweak my hormones (as a post-menopausal woman he looked at that, too). I stopped gluten and added a few suppliments. I did most of my own research to stop gluten and am about 95% better than I was before seeing him. I totally committed to stopping gluten and didn't find it that hard. I was reluctant because I thought it all sounded too "woo woo," but I now see that their testing has more range than a doctor's; a lot of research shows that one can have intolerances without full-blown allergy. I am sorry I didn't go a lot sooner and I hope you find someone you like and helps you. yp
49 y/o woman.  Diagnosed 4/06 after colonscopy, SBFT, CT-scan all showed crohns. 3 months later, after pred and remicade, all tests showed no crohns. December '06 had adhesions cut through a laparoscopy. Now taking Glycolax, Ultra Fiber Plus, Florastor, and DHEA. Have become gluten-free diet per naturopath's tests.


Aussiegirl2008
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   Posted 7/30/2008 12:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Would I continue to take my medication?? This is the whole reason I would want to go to a natropath, would love to get off the meds :)

Aussiegirl2008
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   Posted 7/30/2008 12:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the info by the way, it really sounds like it could be very worthwhile...
I am in the LA area, if anyone knows of any natropaths that specialise in Crohns, please let me know :) Thanks!!

Rider Fan
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   Posted 7/30/2008 1:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I wouldn't trust a naturopath who told me to go off my meds....maybe, just MAYBE later, not right away.
Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: 75 mg 6MP. 10mg prednisone (trying to taper). Udo's Choice Probiotics (30 billion).


yogaprof
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   Posted 7/30/2008 2:14 PM (GMT -7)   
mine didn't take me off meds, just suggested additions.
49 y/o woman.  Diagnosed 4/06 after colonscopy, SBFT, CT-scan all showed crohns. 3 months later, after pred and remicade, all tests showed no crohns. December '06 had adhesions cut through a laparoscopy. Now taking Glycolax, Ultra Fiber Plus, Florastor, and DHEA. Have become gluten-free diet per naturopath's tests.


Aussiegirl2008
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   Posted 7/30/2008 2:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Ahhh... I wonder if one day I will ever be able to go off them. Now that would be nice. :)

CrazyHarry
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   Posted 7/30/2008 10:01 PM (GMT -7)   
contact jacqueline kidd of natural health associates. she's in calabasas. (818)222-0422

i had a consultation with her. great gal. the problem was her being way up there in la and me in san diego, so only because of distance things didnt work out. made treatment a pain in the arse (ha ha).

i must add, being med free is fantastic! the naturopath is working for me right now.
Crazy Harry

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Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07


smile1967
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   Posted 7/30/2008 11:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I also wanted to give "alternative" approach a try, so just today I had my first appointment with a doctor who specializes in traditional chinese medicine and accupuncture. He came highly recommended and I was not disappointed. He was not promising to give me "miracle drugs" and cure me. He was very honest, realistic and has a "let try just a few things at a time and see how it goes approach".

He did do some accupuncture today, it was actually very relaxing. Then he suggested I start on a liver detoxifier liquid that I put these drops in my water each day, and he also gave me a B12 injection today.

He definiately wanted me to stay on the entocort and just see how it goes for now. I called my GI this morning to let him know that this was the next step I wanted to try, rather than just uping the dose of entocort. Unfortunately I find out that he is away on holidays until September! Now I can't follow his advice on when and how to wean from the entocort. Oh well, just wait and see.

I go next Tuesday and Friday for more accupunture and see what else he recommends. I feel excited (but realistic) I know this isn't a quick fix, but I feel positive about this being a new start on how to help my body fight this DD, with proper diet, want to start my yoga again, meditation, and of course the darn meds when we need them. I just want to try and stay away from the big guns for as long as possible.

He did not discuss diet of any sort today. I don't know if he will, but I have all the books and know what to do ?? its just a matter of being very dedicated.After surgery when I was feeling so good it was so easy to pretend to be "normal" and eat and enjoy to some extent. How soon that can change.

The visit today cost me $100, that included the accupuncture, drops and b12 injection. In Canada, this is not covered by our medical insurance.

Hope you find someone that you feel comfortable with to give the naturopath route a try, the way I look at it is there's nothing to lose!

Shelley
  • 41 yr old farmwife!! and mom of boys 11 and 9
  • resection surgery Feb. 2008
  • Pentasa, Entocort (when needed), citalopram,probiotic
 


CrazyHarry
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   Posted 7/31/2008 10:08 PM (GMT -7)   
smile1967 -

i do acupuncture monthly. i dont know if it is helping with the crohn's or not, but i feel like a million bucks afterwards. it has helped me with other ailments and problems though, so i truly believe that there is something to it. i did it intensely for a few months, going at least once a week (got very expensive) and i didnt notice any benefit crohn's wise. i've used some chinese herbs before, but i didnt notice anything with them either. but herbs are supposed to take a while to take effect, so perhaps i wasnt on them long enough. very glad though you are happy with your acupuncturist/herbablist. that is a big plus.

if you can, learn how to meditate and then do that with the acupuncture. totally intensifies it imho. i always have to take a bit before i drive home and then feel like i shouldnt be driving due to the state of relaxation after treatment. kinda like leaving the bar at 2 am - you need to get home but you know you are in no condition to drive but you do it anyway cos you need to get home (a bit exaggerated but a good example at the same time).
Crazy Harry

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Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07


smile1967
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   Posted 8/1/2008 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Crazy Harry, I am glad you enjoy the accupunture so much and yes I can see how it can get very expensive. I am learing how to meditate now, so I can see how it will benefit during a session. I will let you know after my next weeks sessions how it went and if he gave me any herbs to try, I might have some questions.

Shelley
  • 41 yr old farmwife!! and mom of boys 11 and 9
  • resection surgery Feb. 2008
  • Pentasa, Entocort (when needed), citalopram,probiotic
 


yogaprof
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   Posted 8/1/2008 12:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I didn't get any relief from my gut from accupuncture, but l love it for relaxing and for muscle-pain.
49 y/o woman.  Diagnosed 4/06 after colonscopy, SBFT, CT-scan all showed crohns. 3 months later, after pred and remicade, all tests showed no crohns. December '06 had adhesions cut through a laparoscopy. Now taking Glycolax, Ultra Fiber Plus, Florastor, and DHEA. Have become gluten-free diet per naturopath's tests.


Sugarmarie
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   Posted 8/1/2008 6:51 PM (GMT -7)   
A naturopath was the one who told me to stop all gluten products and it has changed my life for the better. I have seen GI's since 1999 and none of them ever told me anything about Gluten they all said eat whatever you want diet has nothing to do with your problem. WRONG!!!!!!
Confucius say : He who goes to bed with itchy butt wakes up with stinky finger.

Words of wisdom: Never trust a fart

:) Sugarmarie A.K.A. Poopy Pants :)


Sugarmarie
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   Posted 8/1/2008 6:54 PM (GMT -7)   
http://www.naturopath4you.com/

Here ya go a GREAT Natruropath copy and paste above link
Confucius say : He who goes to bed with itchy butt wakes up with stinky finger.

Words of wisdom: Never trust a fart

:) Sugarmarie A.K.A. Poopy Pants :)

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