I'm pretty happy with my collection of doctors. I have a family doc, a dermatologist, a rheumatologist. But I was intriugued by the idea of getting advice from a naturopathic physician. They'd been getting a lot of press lately because they are soon to have similar rights to prescribe medicines and order lab tests as MDs here in British Columbia. I liked the idea of a holistic view, especially since I rely so much on specialists.
My initial assement was scheduled for 90 minutes and cost $180. In fact, I spent about 15 minutes with the ND. I got a tour of the facility (it was beautiful, like a spa), waited around a lot (nice herbal tea), and saw a "clinical assistant" who did electro dermal testing.
My actual meeting with the ND consisted entirely of my giving my medical history. I mentioned my meds (Androgel and Humira) and he said he'd never heard of either.
He told me, with no physical exam or any tests, that my problem was toxins. That chief amongst these was the Humira, which poisons me and hides my symptons without addressing my disease. Keep in mind he'd just said he'd never heard of the drug a moment before. He also told me that he had no symptoms like mine, I guess to impress that if I followed his advice I wouldn't either. He said he needed some test results to get the "biochemical topography of your body. You know how important your pH level to your overall health."
Then it was off to electro-dermal testing. Basically, it measured the resistence between two electrodes, one in my left palm and the others on three different fingers of my right hand. The test showed my immune system was strong but my cardiovascular system weak. The tech talked in what I truly think was pseudo-scientific non-sense. She also repeatedly said resistance was measured in volts, when any high-school student can tell you it's measured in Ohms.
Finally, I was presented with the bill ($180) and asked to come back for a test of arterial stiffness ($120) and a toxins screening ($80). Those would be followed by a consultation with the ND for $84.
I feel like this is a big fraud. The norm here in my province is that doctors don't do tests. They send you to a lab, so there's no conflict of interest. The electro-dermal test seemed like nonsense. And the ND seemed to have decided that my problem was toxins from the moment he heard my story. They also made it clear that would be ultimately be selling medications from their own "dispensary" which is also contrary to the ethical norms in my province.
I told the receptionist I'd have to check my calendar about the follow-ups. I have no intention of returning, and I'm thinking about asking for my money back.
Anybody else have experience with naturapathic care? I am being to harsh?
Healing well with psoriasis, PsA, and hypogonadism, and happy to share my experiences.