July 6, 2014

My 1st Visit With a Naturopathic Doctor

It’s no secret that I have had a lot of health issues over the past few years – PCOS, Infertility, IBS, not being able to lose as much weight as I’d like.

Unfortunately, whenever I talk to my regular doctor about these, the conversation usually goes something like this –

Doc: “So you’re okay with not having children?”

Me: “Yes, but I want to have a regular period and get my hormones under control.”

Doc: “Okay, so we’ll keep you on birth control.”

Me: “Will birth control get my body in check?”

Doc: “Well, it will give you a monthly period.”

Me: “But I want my body to do that naturally.  I want to FIX the problem.”

Doc: “Well, you’ll need to lose weight, eat healthier and workout.”

Me: {I tell them what I eat and how much I workout}

Doc: “Hmmm….I don’t understand why you aren’t losing more weight then.”

Me: “Me neither.  I really want to figure it out.”

Doc: “Well, for now we’ll keep you on birth control.”

Me: {tries not to cry because I feel hopeless}

I bet there are more of you out there that can relate to this than those who have no idea what this feels like.

For years I wanted to FIX the problem, but instead I was just handed the proverbial band-aid. After years of feeling helpless and hopeless, I decided to take action.

I made an appointment with a Naturopathic doctor. And I was so glad I did.

Before my appointment I had to fill out a 6-page questionnaire about my health history and send it in.

One of the questions was to list 3-6 things I want to accomplish during the time we work together. My answers were:

  1. Get off birth control
  2. Get my PCOS in check & my hormones as regulated as they can be.
  3. Lose weight.

Once I got to her office, we went over the basics and she asked me LOTS of questions about my history with PCOS, my food intake, vitamins/supplements I take, how much I workout, etc. We touched on every subject of my life. We spent almost an hour and a half just talking.

After we were done with that, she came up with a wellness plan for the 4 weeks until I would see her again. I will share some of that later on in the week.

I must say that after my appointment, I mentally felt better than I had in awhile.  I felt justified because she didn’t just brush my concerns off.

She DID let me know that healing may take a long time.  I knew that going in, but I liked how she acknowledged it. She wasn’t giving me the band-aid I was used to.

Once again I am hopeful.

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Have you ever seen a Naturopathic doctor?
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  1. I am so interested in following your journey with your Naturopath. Though I have different issues, I would love to find a more natural approach, and the idea of having a doctor who actually listens is amazing. Is this covered by insurance?
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    • OrganicallyMo says:

      Thanks Debbie! I plan on talking about this more on the blog.
      Unfortunately it is NOT covered by insurance…but so far I feel it’s worth the money. 🙂

  2. I have never been to a naturopathic doctor… Sometimes I feel like they’re just a bunch of baloney, but honestly, I sort of just feel like doctors are too because they are just trying to make a buck off of you by prescribing antibiotics, etc! So perhaps I trust natruopaths more because at least they prescribe natural things!
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    • OrganicallyMo says:

      I definitely think there are quacks in all areas of medicine…which is a huge shame! But you’re right about at least getting prescribed natural remedies!

  3. Isn’t it great when you get someone who will actually listen? That means so much. I’m excited for you and this new journey to wellness!
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  4. i’m so glad you are seeing a naturopath!! have you read the Hormone cure? It is amazing!! by doctor Gottfried. http://www.saragottfriedmd.com/
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  5. Hooray for someone actually listening to you! I swear it seems like mainstream medicine is driven by what they can prescribe. I went a very different route after struggling for years with IF and chronic m/c and had great results almost immediately. Good luck to you!

    • OrganicallyMo says:

      Seriously! “Oh, we have some extra birth control this quarter? Let’s prescribe some more.” I can imagine this happening!
      Glad to know you had quick results! 🙂

  6. Well you just described why I haven’t been back to the dr in the last year since going through menopause. They weren’t interested in figuring out the cause or fixing the whole me. I had a good naturopath in Miami, but have not taken the time in Orlando, thanks for the reminder that it’s worth it
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    • OrganicallyMo says:

      Sooooo worth it! I am done with being told that if I take a pill I will be healthy. Glad I could remind you! 🙂

  7. Let’s chat soon friend… seriously! I have worked with a naturopath for 3 years!!
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  8. fingers crossed for you friend! good luck!
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  9. What a strikingly different experience from a doctor, huh? Love that you’re looking into the alternatives… I’m hopeful for you, too!
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  10. I’m so glad you got someone to listen to you! I really hope this helps!
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  11. I’m so so glad that you feel hopeful again. It is so great to find someone who will listen to your concerns, really listen and not just brush them off because they don’t fit the textbook explanation. I’m hopeful for you too!
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    • OrganicallyMo says:

      Exactly! Everyone is different, so why should my treatment be the carbon copy of yours?!?! We are all wired differently and need different things!

  12. Really interesting to hear this. I have been on birth control for 17 years for the same reason. I don’t really want to be on it any more, but they keep telling me it is the only way.
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    • OrganicallyMo says:

      I am NOT a doctor, but I can tell you that 17 years is too long. I was on it that long as well, with a few breaks here & there. Good luck to you, my friend!


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