I am graduate of the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, and a licensed Naturopathic Physician in the state of Connecticut. I don’t hold a naturopathic license in New York State as NY does not recognize or license naturopathic doctors at this time.
In additional to Naturopathic degree I have addition training in:
Nutrition from Institute for Integrative Nutrition which I attended the year before starting naturopahtic school.
Numerous muscle testing techniques including Touch for Health and NeuroEmotional technique (NET)
Many people who make careers in natural health have their own stories which led them into this career path. This is my own story.
College and fatigue
In college I had a terribly unhealthy lifestyle, mostly due to very poor eating habits and erratic sleep. When I was 19, I started to feel tired. At first it was gradual – so I ignored it. After a year or two it became clear this was no ordinary tired. It was debilitating.
We live in a culture were “hard work” is a virtue, and slacking is just being “lazy,” so it didn’t even occur to me that this was a health issue. Being tired was an excuse for laziness. Also, the MDs thought I was perfectly healthy. My cholesterol was even in the 130s, wasn’t that a sign of good health?
Nonetheless, school work gradually became more difficult. I had to plan study time around the few hours late at night when I felt functional. Finally, one day I felt that I was almost about to collapse just walking around outside. I was perhaps 22 at the time. It became impossible to ignore or fight through. I didn’t know what to do or why this was happening, so I planned my life around it.
Starting to change lifestyle
After college I found a full time job as a mail carrier. I had no mental energy, but could at least force myself through the physical work. What got me started on recovery was listening to Gary Null everyday on the radio. He taught me about nutrition, toxicity, exercise and motivated me to make huge lifestyle changes. This helped, but I needed more help so started going to alternative health care practitioners.
My first experiences with an integrative medical doctors was a 5 minutes consult for which I was offered a series of 20 rounds of chelation therapy.
Another one kept me in his waiting room for over an hour and half to have a 5 minute discussion basically saying the same thing. They seemed fixated on my amalgam fillings as the cause of fatigue.
Over $10,000 later after removing my amalgam filings and IV chelation therapy I felt absolutely no better off than I was before.
The way I was treated also frustrated me. I hoped that the alternative doctors would be more more respectful than conventional doctors. If anything they spent even less. They answered no questions and in hindsight where only interested in pushing expensive chelation therapy procedures.
At a health fair I saw a chiropractor doing Applied Kinesiology muscle testing demos on people for $10. It honestly looked like nonsense to me, but I was curious and it only cost $10. So I signed myself up.
He had me hold my arm up and pushed it while challenging different points. Each time my muscle locked in place easily. Suddenly with a different point the energy in my arm just dropped. This was one of the single most profound moments of my life. Assumptions I had about how the body worked vanished. I also learned much about the foolishness of being a “skeptic,” when it came to things i knew nothing about.
A few months later I switched over to seeing this chiropractor. He looked over my metal urine test and told me he wished his other patients had test that looked so good. Mercury was not my problem.
I also finally realized what career to go into. I wanted to work in holistic health and help people going through he same things I was. So my immediate goal was to get healthy enough to go back to school to be a naturopathic doctor.
Treating people as I like to be treated
In same cases of fatigue there is one single cause which if treated leads to huge improvement. In my case there was no one things. Getting better was about lifestyle changes, getting off of junk food like soda and piazza, some specific herbal medicine and psychological work. Applied Kinesiology helped. As has some functional medicine lab tests.
I had issues with going to different doctors and being talked down to. In hindsight I don’t understand how a doctor can expect to help someone he/she doesn’t listen to, nor takes the time to get a history.
Based on this experience, these are my goals when working with clients:
All questions will be answered as fully and honestly as possible.
No health concerns will never be dismissed as irrelevant.
I don’t talk down to clients. I don’t say things likes “it’s all in your head.” Blaming the patient is a good way for a practitioner to cover for their own ignorance.
I explain all recommendations to clients. It’s impossible to be self-empowered on your path to wellness if you don’t understand what you are doing.