Happy labor day everyone. I'm home today in Northeast CT and getting chores done as best I can. I wanted to ask what your experiences have been with Naturopaths? I simply can't afford an LLMD and they do not take insurance. I currently am dealing with chronic lyme, babesia, mysoplasma p, likely ebv too. My frustration level with NDs is high right now- I am seeing ND #5 now and it's not getting any better:
I am seeing my 5th ND in 5 years and hope she can help- the prior 4 were only interested in making $ or just did not seem to be a good fit for me. My new clinic is in Manchester CT. I waited 3 months to see the ND that was assigned to me- and I was disappointed after the initial 1 hour visit. She was a real sweetheart- but was new and had just become an ND, and unfortunately I could tell from the questions I asked that she either did not know the answer or was just too inexperienced to help me. After the visit I talked to the office manager- politely explained what I had experienced and was changed to another ND at this clinic who has more experience with Lyme and Co-Infections.
I saw this experienced ND a month after the intial visit I just mentioned- and found her kind, polite, knowledgeable and empathetic. She did start me on a protocol that included Artemisinin, NAC, the Transfactor L Plus, epsom salt baths, and magnesium threonate.
I still felt disappointed because I supplied the 1st inexperienced ND I saw at this clinic with all my most recent blood tests- and realized after this latest appointment with the new experienced ND that she had not even mentioned my blood test results at all!! The visit was only 30 minutes this time and I think because I was pressed for time- I'd forgotten to ask if the had looked at my blood test results.
So here I am today frustrated because since she did not reivew my blood test results- I feel she missed a major aspect of my current health picture. As I said the tests showed IGG for EBV, and also showed some issues with my blood that she needed to look at. It also shows I have MTHFR (homozygous C677T as well as COMT V158M) and that I have very bad reactions to methylated B supplements. So- I logged into the "patient portal" of this clinic- and sent an emai to my ND about
this. A week went by an no reply at all- and today I am starting to get frustrated again with NDs- not that there aren't good ones- it's just that I have yet to find one that is really, truly 100% vested in getting me better. This clinic also takes my insurance where none of the others did. I simply can't afford any LLMDs in my area as none take insurance.
These recent blood tests I had done were in May at a different ND whom I no longer see because the clinic botched one of the tests that I paid for and I stopped seeing them. The ones that did get done right were by Boston Heart, SpectraCell and Empire labs. The Boston Heart report shows a problem with "HDL" Map- indicating it's abnormal. It says ApoA-1 levels are reduced the very large Alpha -1 particle and that lower levels are associated with abnormal HDL metabolism and an increased CVD risk. So- I am concerned. It also showed elevated level of trans fats in my blood which makes no sense. I am vegan organic and avoid transfat completely- so I have no idea how that even happened.
I think what bothers me most is- that when I supplied the 1st inexperienced ND a folder containing all my most recent blood test results as well as genetic results which shows MTHFR- the second supposedly Lyme experienced ND should have reviewed this folder before seeing me. She apparently did not- because she never once mentioned MTHFR or my blood test results. How could she possibly get a clear picture of my current health without first viewing my folder? Inexcusable IMO. I see her in October and will be "armed" with my blood test results in hand, as well as questions.