What Makes A Good Naturopathic Doctor?

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*Bella*
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   Posted 12/3/2008 5:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok, this may seem like a stupid question, but I found a Naturopath in my area that claims to treat chronic Lyme.

I'm planning on going to see her for a consultation and bring her Zhang's herbs and the list of Burrascano's supplements that I want to get.

The problem is, I wouldn't know a good Naturopath from a bad one. She seems nice (although not entirely knowledgeable about Lyme), and has an office both here and in NY.

She's not cheap, so I really want to be sure before wasting $ to see her.

For those of you who see or have seen Naturopaths, how do I tell a good one from a bad one? Also, if anyone has any recommendations in PA or NJ, please email me!

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   Posted 12/3/2008 6:15 PM (GMT -7)   
cheap prices - haha - just kidding.
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*Bella*
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   Posted 12/3/2008 8:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I know, that would be nice! It seems like nothing is cheap when it comes to Lyme!

peacesoul
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   Posted 12/4/2008 9:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Is she an ND (doctrine) or a naturopathic consultant?
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*Bella*
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   Posted 12/4/2008 6:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Peacesoul, she is an ND.

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   Posted 12/4/2008 7:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Bella,
Where did ur ND graduate from?  There's a reason for my ?? 
 
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peacesoul
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   Posted 12/4/2008 7:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Well an ND is trained exaclty like a doctor and treat all illness the same in that they work with the immune system.
The only way to know if they are any good is to see them or ask for references
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   Posted 12/5/2008 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   

They have to know how to "peel the onion" layer by layer of your body's health problems.  The first naturopath I went to gave me all very good supplements, things my body needed (as determined by blood, saliva, stool tests), yet I didn't get any better.  I was taking 20+ supplements every day.  I now know my body didn't know how to handle that much "good" stuff at the same time. I had been trying to "take chunks out of the onion". For example, my body may have wanted to focus on healing any issues with my gut, yet giving it tons of supplements for my liver function, kidneys, and anemia weren't following what my body needed at that time.

Then you have to go down the path of asking yourself whether you believe in musle testing/your body knows what it needs.  It's contoversial, and even I have my doubts sometimes.  The above naturopath mentioned did not muscle test.

The new naturopath I see (I'm on the west coast) believes in muscle testing regarding foods/food allergies and supplements.  He tests the individual supplements on my body before prescribing them.  My naturopath is also a chiropractor and knows in depth knowlege of neuropathy, among other tidbits like iridology.  I have seen some improvement recently involving my neurological function.

Hope you have success, and sorry I don't have any better advice.

~Sierra


*Bella*
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   Posted 12/6/2008 4:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Ho Soujourner,

She graduated from the University of Buffalo and then the National College of Naturopathic Medicine.

nefferdun
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   Posted 12/7/2008 7:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I think I would also look for someone that is open minded to the need for western medicine and does not claim to be able to cure a person using herbs alone in all cases. I have never seen evidence of muscle testing working. In fact, one chiro gave me iodine after muscle testing which I have a reaction to. A chiro vet used muscle testing on two of my horses and completely missed the problems - not even in the baseball field. I believe it is a waste of time and money. I tend to want to believe these things will work so I was very open minded and hopeful - they just missed the mark and cost me hundreds of dollars.

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   Posted 12/7/2008 12:22 PM (GMT -7)   

She has a colleague who also graduated from National; went on to become a professor and has a trained team under his licensed Naturopathic practice in CT who specialize in Lyme.  Protocol superior.  Could be some long distance colleague to colleague consults on your behalf.

He is brilliant and has been a gift to our family in helping Heth's dad and I save our girl's life.

literally.

He speaks nationally at the west coast convention that she most likely attends and can be consulted by colleagues for research, advice and protocol for Lyme.

I am not sure where you mean by her practicing 'here' and in NY; but if she is on the E.Coast, she may have heard of his work or heard him speak.

If this would be of service to you and yours, feel free to email me for the info.

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