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AMK77
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   Posted 2/10/2009 11:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Anyone see a Naturopath? What were your results? How much did it cost? Was it worth it?

I have an appt. with one next week. Would love to hear other people's experiences.
31 yr old female
Diagnosed 2/29/08 with Mild Universal UC
I've had UC since 2000 but was in remission for most of those 8 years med free
Lialda Colazal & Asacol made symptoms worse, MUCH worse
Not taking any more meds for now. Trying a holistic approach.


Peety
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   Posted 2/10/2009 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
There have been posts about naturopaths a few times.
Mine arranged for the food senstivity testing ($300) and knowing what I should not eat has been very helpful and I felt much better, closest to remission I have been in many, many years.

He also introduced me to probiotics, which I had tried now and then but never really understood. I'm sure they have helped. He also suggested some supplements that might have helped but I could never remember to take them since I rarely eat meals at home and I was supposed to take them before and after meals.

He had me do a thorough blood screen (chem-17?), but suggested I do it with my regular doctor so insurance would cover it, so I did. It revealed details of my anemia, and I got some B-12 shots ($30) from him to tackle that, in addition to Slo-FE.

He told me to do a rotation diet, with certain foods eaten together and not the same food but every four days. Maybe it worked, I've not been able to keep up with it... and now I'm not doing as well as I was when I did.

He also mentioned a cellular test but it was very expensive ($1200 discounted) so I decided to see how I do with everything else for a while.
His office visits were $75 I think.

So I think it was worth it, but I haven't been back for a while because I'm not sure what else he can offer, especially with my lifestyle. I probably spent $1000 total.

I hope this is helpful. Go for it.
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 wheat/gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder, then Forte, now a stronger one (50 billion). Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 


mythmoon
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Total Posts : 135
   Posted 2/10/2009 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I saw a naturopath. It was expensive but my dad was paying for it. The supplements were also really expensive and I didn't really like her...but I got put on the anti-fungal diet and I did pretty well and felt better since for it. I'm not on the diet anymore and I'm not seeing her anymore but yeah, it did help.
21 yr/old Uni student. Vancouver, BC
Imuran 150 mgs/day

Prednisone 7.5 mgs/day
Diagnosed UC Sept. 2007
Cal-Mag, CoQ10, L-glutamine and Iron supps. Also now trying probiotics Bio-K (acidophilus)


VerM
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   Posted 2/10/2009 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I spent like 550.00 CND and NO results, they did all this wierd stuff with some wierd machine, seemed like SO much mumbo jumbo. Then he gave me like 20 bottles of pills that were UBER expensive, none of it did jack. Thats my experience. I think if you buy into all that it might help you, but I was like this is nonsense as soon as I was in there, so maybe thats why I didn't have any succes.

-VerM
I will not be passive.  I will fight until I win.  -VerM


Chester_Lampwick
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Total Posts : 53
   Posted 2/10/2009 8:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Verminister said...
I spent like 550.00 CND and NO results, they did all this wierd stuff with some wierd machine, seemed like SO much mumbo jumbo. Then he gave me like 20 bottles of pills that were UBER expensive, none of it did jack. Thats my experience. I think if you buy into all that it might help you, but I was like this is nonsense as soon as I was in there, so maybe thats why I didn't have any succes.

-VerM


VerM, you definitely robbed yourself of the placebo effect by having that negative attitude. While I tend to agree with you, I'm wondering if maybe it was a "Homeopath" that you went to.

Homeopathy = snake oil

Naturopathy = common sense you could get for free, that might help, but it's fishing

My $0.03 Cdn
Male, Age 36
UC since July 2006 - entire large intestine
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Current Meds:
2x500mg Salofalk three times daily
 
 

 


Peety
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   Posted 2/11/2009 10:53 AM (GMT -6)   
I would add that the Naturopath gave me the best explanation of what was happening in my colon that I had ever heard (before I joined this message board), and why and how probiotics and some diet changes work. He made a lot of sense. Oh, and he had published several articles about digestive diseases, so I had confidence in him because of that.

The supplements he sold me were not any more expensive than good quality supplements you buy anywhere else. From what others have said, it makes sense to resist buying everything they try to sell you if you can't really afford it or the reasoning given for something is not very compelling. I can see how some of them could prey on people, but mine has a thriving business in this earthy college town.
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 wheat/gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder, then Forte, now a stronger one (50 billion). Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 


Kdragon09
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 163
   Posted 2/11/2009 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Mine did a SpectraCell test ($70 with my insurance) immediately and didn't prescribe anything until the results came back. It listed all the nutrients I was low in. He gave me supplements and Co-Q10, B6, Iron, a few others I can't remember, and Vitamin A. He was adament that I take the Vit A everyday. He also gave me Probiotics. I immediately felt relief, but it was short-lived unfortunately. After 8 days the flare came back after I stopped taking the Vitamin A (I was paranoid that I was pregnant and it causes birth defects). I started Lialda soon afterwards, achieved remission and haven't really gone back to anything he gave me except Probiotics. I think the SpectraCell test is great and want to get one now that I'm feeling better!
Female,27, Diagnosed 08/2007 with extensive colitis after flaring for 10 months
 
Pescetarian with vegan tendencies
 
16 weeks pregnant 
 
 Medication: Lialda 4.8 mg/day 
 
***Offer it up to the souls in Purgatory.***
 
  


AMK77
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   Posted 2/11/2009 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Trying2Maintain - congrats on your pregnancy! I just had my second little girl 5 weeks ago. I'm glad you had a positive experience. I'm looking forward to what kind of tests I will get next week. I unfortunately am allergic to the 5ASA's. My GI wants me to start on 6mp after I'm done breastfeeding. The Naturopath I'm seeing also does acupuncture, I might try that as well.
I had an appt. with my GI this morning and told him I was going to see a Naturopath. He said he keeps an open mind about that kind of treatment and to run by any supplements by him first before I take them.
31 yr old female
Diagnosed 2/29/08 with Mild Universal UC
I've had UC since 2000 but was in remission for most of those 8 years med free
Lialda Colazal & Asacol made symptoms worse, MUCH worse
Not taking any meds for now. May be on 6mp soon?


Mitzo
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   Posted 2/12/2009 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I went to a naturopath and spent a bundle and they did a strange test with a kind of electrode on my toe, and discovered I am sensitive to almost all foods. Then they tried to sell me expensive supplements. I just threw up my hands and went back to the toilet paper...

23 years of UC which started after quitting smoking. In and out of flares which are usually triggered by antibiotics. Latest issue is endless diarrhea without blood or mucous.
  • Psyllium powder   
  • Cortenema

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