Naturopaths - Anybody had any luck?

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   Posted 7/27/2009 6:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Just wondering if many of you folks have gone to see a Naturopath and if so what is your take good or bad?
My UP is only moderate but I also have some other issues I'd like to get checked out like SIBO, Malabsorption (which I "think" I have) that my doc seems to be unwilling to check out for me. Not that I'm loaded with cash but I think I'd be willing to pay for all the follow up associated with seeing one.
I think (I'm from Canada) you have to pay for all testing, unlike our Medicare system, but I'd just like to get some answers.
Any thoughts/opinions/experiences that you could share are appreciated!

jen h 99
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   Posted 7/28/2009 7:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with UP in January. I had asked my medical doctor if I should be altering my diet and she said "no" and that medication and rest was my only option. However, my various meds just didn't do the trick so I finally made the decision to see a naturopath. It's helped me lessen the symptoms that just weren't going away with the medication.

I have to say that it's the biggest challenge I've had so far with my UP, because so many foods are restricted. However, I really feel like its having a positive effect on my health. Certain symptoms have cleared up, and now the only one I have left is blood on my stool. I no longer have mucus or urgency and the inflammation has gone way way down.

I highly suggest you see a naturopath!!! i think this condition can be best managed wtih a mix of treatments (some western medicine, some naturopathy, some eastern chinese therapies like acupuncture or chinese herbs).

My naturopath charged me $90 for the first appointment, then she put me on a nutrition/supplements plan and I didn't go back for a follow up after I'd been on the plan for 6 weeks. The supplements cost about $150 at the beginning, but after that its a matter of a $20 refill every week or two.

Hope that helps.


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   Posted 7/28/2009 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the information! Certainly gives me something to go on

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   Posted 7/28/2009 4:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I went to one, figured, why not? It worked for my cat.
The first appointment was $300, food sensitivity testing was $300. Then appointments were $80 I think, and I got a few B-12 shots for $30 each. It was worth it, to learn what foods I should not eat and hear his explanation of what UC is. I wasn't good about taking the supplements ("to strengthen my intestines") but I did learn about probiotics from him. A rotation diet he ordered also helped, I think, although it was too hard for me since I eat out so much.

He told me about a cellular test to find out more specifically what minerals I lacked, but that was going to be $1200 so I passed on it for now, no pressure. I never felt he was overcharging or pushing me to buy things, even though it wasn't cheap.

I have to admit I have been having some foods with gluten again, but it's been OK. The Remicade is working better than his diet and supplements.

Other friends have also gone to this guy and have also enjoyed good results. I picked one who had listed some articles he had published about digestive issues. So I think he had good experience.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering. Asacol maintenance for 20+ years; used prednisone & Rowasa for flares.  Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion), salmon oil (omega-3) when I can remember. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; eliminated wheat/gluten from my diet.
Bad flare in March, used prednisone. Humira denied, started Remicade 4/12 and doing great~ learning what normal is~ wow

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