i'm not ready to switch drs,has anyone seen Dr Ronald Hoffman

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   Posted 1/8/2008 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
i understand he is an integrative dr. using natural med with medicine located in nyc, he is another one that does not accept insurance, but if there was any posotive feed back i cwould happily find the money.-thanks
Mom to 19 year old daughter diagnosed 11/07.
asacol 2 3x daily
colazal 3 3x daily
proctofoam 3x daily
mesalamine enema 1x daily
canasa suppostiories 3x daily (usually doesn't get to do 3)
culturelle probiotic 1 daily
chewable vitamin
hydrocortisone enema at bed tme/now every other night

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   Posted 1/8/2008 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Does your daughter want to go with a more natural approach?
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007
Current inflamation in the rectum
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - as needed for flares
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin; Metamucil; Viactiv (Calcium and Vit. D) for Osteopenia; flaxseed

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   Posted 1/8/2008 9:46 PM (GMT -6)   
If your daughter is in the NY Metro Area I would highly recommend going to a GI that is associated with Mount Sinai, it is one of the top GI hospitals in the Country. They have all the resources for IBDs, most of the clinical trials (if you wanted to try that route), excellent nurses who specialize in IBDs, and some of the top GIs in the Country. I have stayed there twice for my UC and I wouldn't go to another hospital for my UC. I love my GI and I couldn't ask for a better doctor (I've meet a lots of GIs over the past few years), unfortuantely he does not take insurance either but I can usually get my insurance company to pay for my visits.

about Dr Hoffman..... personally I wouldn't go to a doctor who has his/her name on the side of bottle of supplements that I know he/she would be trying to sell me and on top of that it looks like he has his own radio show. At first glance he looks more like a businessman than a doctor to me. I know there are lots of people out there who pray on people with IBDs....it's real easy to make unfounded claims of treating or curing IBDs but in reality they are just lies to get you to purchase their products. I tried that route too when I was first dx'd but it was a waste of my money and time, I would have been better off taking that money and buying softer toilet paper.

DX'd with Pan-Colitis June 2005
Current Status: Flaring since May
Current Meds:  50 mgs 6-mp, Colocort, Oral Cyclosporine (500 mgs)
Supplements:  None 

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   Posted 1/9/2008 12:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I checked out his web site a little. I'm skeptical of an MD who doesn't take any kind of insurance and isn't on staff at any hospital.

His charges are pretty outrageous, in my opinion. You pay almost $1500 up front, before you ever get a treatment plan. Then it's $500 for each follow-up, and a required annual physical at $400. This doesn't include any labs, tests or "supplements." The fees for a visit are more than twice what my GI charges, plus the cost of the nutritionist. And you would still need to have a primary care physician and a GI in case you got really sick and needed to go to the hospital, have a scope, etc.

Yes, I have to suspect that he's way more interested in making pots of money for himself than he is in helping anyone.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Intolerant to Asacol and rectal mesalamine preparations.
On Prednisone then Entocort 2001-2006 with only short periods off. 
Current meds are Colazal, Azathioprine Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.

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