I got such wonderful help out of my visits with the Naturopath this year, including a better understanding of the disease than I ever got from the GIs in 20 years!
I selected him after studying the website on their practice, which I learned about
from my cat's homeopathic vet. The guy I see practices with his brother, they are Iranian, and he had written many articles about
digestive disorders, is very knowledgeable and has many patients with UC. The food sensitivity testing was $300 and not covered by insurance but was worth every penny, to know and not have to wonder. He also wanted me to get certain blood screens and told me to go to my regular doctor so it would be covered by insurance, so he is sensitive to that. I have found his prices for probiotics to be competitive with what I could buy them for online. His appts are $45-85 each, I also got some B-12 shots at $30 each. All this made me feel better, brought me out of a lingering flare that really had me worried.
He has suggested another cellular screening, but it's about
$1200. He hasn't pushed it although it sounds very intriguing. They test your cells instead of just your blood, for any and all deficiencies. Then you know what supplements you really need.
For now he also suggested certain supplements, including licorice root that is supposed to strenghthen you colon, but I just can't get into the habit of taking them...I wish I could. Also, he gave me a rotational diet plan, which I have only managed to do partly, by trying not to eat the same food but every four days. I just don't eat at home often enough to do it right.
Maybe I got lucky, but I am SO grateful to have found him.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares.
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder at first, now Forte pills. Doing much better, but still having some bad days.