I have had digestive issues for as long as I can remember. It’s never been anything too serious, I can still go on with my daily life. I’ve been tested for digestive illnesses and they’ve all come back negative, but I’ve just always had a little discomfort.
Over the past few years, it had gotten progressively worse. During times of high stress, my body would decide to just stop working. My metabolism would basically stop, my appetite would disappear, my anxiety would shoot through the roof and I’d be tired. All. The. Time.
I went to several M.D.’s and they all did the exact same thing. They’d ask me my symptoms, tell me to get a blood test and prescribe a plethora of pills I was never going to take. I don’t even like taking aspirin when I have a splitting hangover headache, there’s no way in hell I’m taking 4 pills every day for the rest of my life just so I can process my food properly.
Then one day, my husband and I were picking up our take out sushi on the way home from work and I was looking through the various business cards that had been left on the cashier table. A holistic doctor right down the street with a free 1 hour consultation. I emailed them the next day and they told me to call to make an appointment. Two months later I finally did.
When I arrived at the office I was asked to sit in the waiting room and fill out the paperwork. Seemed pretty standard to me at first, except this paperwork was extensive. Like 4 pages asking me everything from how often I feel anxious to my mood when I’m on my period to how many times I pee in a day.
After filling out the paperwork I sat with the office manager for another 20 minutes while she took my blood pressure and explained the way doctor liked to operate the business. Was I going through a financial hardship, if so they could work something out with me. Did I have a busy work schedule? The doctor would stay late. Am I interested in yoga and meditation? The doctor is fanatic about both and offers both free to his patients. I was impressed but still guarded.
I was then given several brochures to look over explaining the different between holistic and western medicine. I had already done some research on this but was intrigued by what I read. The doctor came out to get me and we went into his office. He asked me a lot about myself, my lifestyle, my dedication to feeling better. He didn’t want patients that just wanted to pay money and feel better. He only wanted patients that were willing to put in the time and effort to feel better. To work on themselves all the time, not just when they’re in his office.
He went over a few things he noticed just based on the questionnaire I had filled out when I got there. He said by first glance it looks like I’ve been on birth control for far too long and my iron levels and imbalanced hormones were the main culprit for the way I was feeling. He’d like me to come back for a 45 minute exam and we could go from there.
My next appointment I laid down on an examination table and the doctor looked at my tongue, felt my abdomen and my spine. He said my hormones were so imbalanced it was causing me to age more quickly than I should on the inside, or in his words “my tank was empty when it should be full, especially with how active and health conscious you are”. He prescribed Ferrofood and an herb tea blend and told me to call him and tell him how I felt after a few days, we’d go from there.
I should mention that this doctor’s office offers a variety of services including acupuncture, cupping and massage. The doctor did not once tell me to pay for or jump right into any of these because he wanted to get a full understanding of the root cause of why I was feeling the way I was before he told me how we can fix it. I understand that some may say this is a crock of shit but I personally feel that prescription drugs (most of the time) are a crock of shit. I feel that I have a better understanding of my body after the examination and I look forward to learning more about natural medicine.
*If you live in my area, feel free to email me and I can provide the doctor’s contact information.