At the beginning of this year I made the decision to see a naturopath and find a general practitioner I liked and trusted. Visiting a naturopathic doctor was something I had always wanted to do, so I did my research and scheduled my first appointment.
Going into the appointment I was excited for how my health would be reviewed and treated. Truth be told, I don’t tend to trust general practitioners as they tend to jump to assumptions about my health based on my body weight. Obviously, body weight is an important assessment, but it’s just one assessment. I was hopeful that the naturopath would be honest about my body weight, but then give me advice on how to improve my health naturally.
After scheduling my appointment with the naturopath she sent me a large packet to fill out. I answered questions about my past and present, what I wanted to change about my health, and the steps I am currently taking to be a healthier person. The main things I wanted to talk to her about were my body weight, my eczema and asthma, muscle tenderness, and plantar fasciitis.
When I arrived at the doctor’s I filled out a few additional papers, specific to insurance and payment, and then went back to see the doctor. Sadly, most naturopaths, at least in Maryland, do not take insurance. I did request a superbill to submit to my insurance, so we’ll see if they cover any of the costs.
When I sat down with the doctor we literally just talked for 2 hours. I talked to her about my health, what’s working, and what’s not working. With my body weight, I was really honest with her about wanting to lose the excess weight. She asked me bluntly, “Are you not losing weight by choice or do you think there’s something preventing you from losing weight”? Truth be told, it’s me! Now, weight loss doesn’t come as easy as it used to, which she said is common, but it was good to hear that it’s unlikely my weight loss will be prevented by anything medical.
Next we talked about my eczema, asthma, and some digestive problems I’ve had. This is where things got fun as we started to talk about food as fuel and as a healer. What we determined my likely culprits to be were:
-Vitamin B deficiency
-Fatty acid deficiency
-Toxicity in the body (liver)
-Possible food allergies
Based on these culprits we created a treatment plan. Some to implement right away and others to consider. I told her I would look into seeing a chiropractor and dermatologist. I also said I would consider a 3 week anti-inflammatory diet (I can share more on that if y’all are interested). I also agreed to adding very specific vitamins and supplements to my diet. We agreed to add the following…
–Pure Encapsulations Nutrient 950 with Vitamin K
–Seroyal Super EFA liquid (I’ve been adding this to my tea and/or coffee)
–Pure Encapsulations – EPA/DHA Essentials – Ultra-Pure, Molecularly Distilled Fish Oil Concentrate
-Drink green tea as much as possible (I buy tea bags at Trader Joe’s and loose leaf at David’s Tea)
-Eat more seaweed (I buy packs at Trader Joe’s and Costco)
-Eat 3 Brazil nuts each day for added selenium (I buy mine at Trader Joe’s)
We closed out the appointment with talk about blood testing and my upcoming appointment with a general practitioner. She ordered a full blood test (I don’t remember all we screened) and she reviewed the results after they came in. All in all, my blood tests looked really good. I did have a Vitamin D deficiency, which was to be expected.
My visit to a Naturopath was really, really positive and I’m glad I did it! I do want to explore my food allergies and will look at doing the 3 week anti-inflammatory diet after the OrangeTheory transformation challenge ends. I have been taking my vitamins and supplements regularly and am feeling good. I haven’t seen dramatic changes to my health, but I am feeling better. I am going to follow up with the doctor before summer and will get my blood tested again then.