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General Information on Naturopathic Medicine

What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a unique field of medicine that focuses on prevention and the natural healing process to holistically treat individuals, thereby enhancing outcomes and reducing healthcare expenses. Naturopathic physicians receive their education and training at accredited institutions. They specialize in diagnosing, preventing, and managing both acute and chronic diseases, aiming to restore and maintain optimal health by supporting the body’s inherent ability to heal itself. Instead of merely alleviating symptoms, naturopathic physicians seek to uncover and address the root causes of illness, creating customized treatment plans for each patient.
Why should I choose a naturopathic doctor?
Choosing a naturopathic doctor (ND) means opting for a practitioner who addresses your entire being, rather than just your symptoms. NDs are equipped to consider the whole individual, which involves investing time to comprehend the genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors influencing your health. During your first meeting, you can expect to spend an hour or more in discussion with your ND.

You’re seeking a customized approach to treatment. NDs recognize that effective treatment varies from person to person. Following your consultation, you will receive a treatment strategy that is specifically designed for you, considering your current health, objectives, and lifestyle.

You’re interested in addressing the underlying causes of your health issues, beyond just the symptoms. Symptoms like sleep disturbances, persistent pain, unusual or stubborn skin conditions, and digestive problems often signal deeper health issues. Naturopathic medicine prioritizes understanding and treating these underlying causes.

You’re keen on actively engaging in your health management. An ND will guide you in understanding your body’s needs to achieve and maintain health, offering a sense of empowerment and optimism through active participation in your health journey.

You’re dealing with chronic pain and wish to avoid long-term reliance on pharmaceuticals like ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or opioids. Chronic pain, lasting six months or more, demands a comprehensive, sustained approach to management. NDs collaborate with you to find the best mix of therapies for healing or managing your pain, enabling you to return to your daily activities.

You’ve exhausted conventional medical options for diagnosis and treatment of your condition. For chronic conditions characterized by fatigue, insomnia, or digestive issues, which are challenging to diagnose and treat, a holistic approach may offer relief. NDs utilize conventional diagnostic tools, including thorough health, disease, and medication histories, physical examinations, and specific lab tests and imaging. They also assess diet, lifestyle, exercise, and socio-emotional factors to identify treatment opportunities and alternatives.

Appointment Scheduling

What are my appointment options?
Our physicians go above and beyond to make sure we get to the bottom of each patient’s history to make the best possible diagnosis and create the most personalized treatment possible. Your appointment options include:
– 30-60, 60-90, or 90-120 Minute New Patient Appointments (Depending on the Provider)
– 15-30, 30-60 or 60-90 Minute Follow Ups
– 15-30, 30-60 or 60-90 Minute Telemedicine Visit
– Consultation (Meet and Greet with the Physician) In-Person or Over the Phone
– Acute Visit
– IV Consultation for a fee (Required for an IV, if not already an established patient)
How do I schedule an appointment?

We see patients by appointment only. You may schedule an appointment by calling our office at 602-441-3455. You can also request that a representative of the office call you by emailing us at [email protected].

What if I need to cancel or reschedule my appointment?
We require a credit card to hold your appointment time and dedicate a provider for your visit. If you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment, we require at least a 24 hours notice. If you do not cancel or reschedule your appointment at least 24 hours in advance, you will be charged to your credit card on file as a “No Show ” fee. We understand that last minute plans may come up or unforeseen circumstances may happen, please contact us a soon as possible so we can work with you to reschedule or cancel without having to charge you for a “No Show” appointment. 

Treatment Plans

Where do I purchase all my supplements and medications?
We make all patients a simplified list recommending how to buy all your supplements and medications. Some are available at our office, but most are sold on our online dispensary called Full script: https://us.fullscript.com/welcome/kmitchell1617839244. We offer all patients 10% off on Full script and they will ship directly to you. After your first visit, you will receive an email invite to create a Full script account. Your doctor will also put all your recommended supplements in a Full script “Prescription” cart for easy buying.

If a supplement is on backorder or unavailable, msg me on Power2Patient and I’ll find you an alternative. Unless we advise you otherwise, please don’t buy supplements off Amazon because they are often “rejects” discarded by the supplement company that don’t meet quality assurance testing. All prescription medications are labeled with an “Rx.” They will be sent to your preferred pharmacy or a compounding pharmacy.

When should I start my treatment?
Choose a good time of the day, month or year when you don’t have a lot of work/personal demands. You might feel a little worse before you feel better, so give yourself some time and space to rest.
When do I take all my supplements and medications?
Your treatment plan will include “Staging Recommendations” on the best time to take everything. Start your plan by adding one supplement per day moving down your list. Go at your own pace. Remember it is a journey, not a race. There is no magic bullet to cure illness, especially a chronic condition, so be patient.

– Antimicrobials are best spaced out 3-4 days, so you know if one causes a “herx.”

– Antimicrobials are best taken either at least 30 minutes before or 1 hour after food. So I often recommend taking them upon waking when you have an empty stomach or in between meals.

– Vitamins/Minerals/Nutrient Supplements are best taken with food. It is also ok to open and add them to a smoothie or food (like applesauce). Sometimes this causes less GI upset.

– Binders (like activated charcoal) must be taken away from everything except Melatonin is ok. Take binders either 30 minutes before or 1 hours after other supplements, food, and medications.

Why don’t I start my treatment plan with antimicrobials if I have a chronic infection?
With chronic infectious disease, such as Lyme Disease, it is also a biotoxin illness. Thus the liver, detoxification, and lymphatic pathways must be prepared to eliminate all the endotoxins associated with Borrelia and co-infections during the killing phase. We must make sure your phases of detoxification are open and cleared, so you don’t make yourself sicker and create a bigger problem. Doing it in the correct order and at the right pace is very important for your recovery.
What if insurance will not cover a prescription you prescribed?
If your insurance company doesn’t cover your prescription, we recommend checking GoodRx.com for the cheapest location near you which is typically Fry’s or CostCo. To transfer your prescription to another pharmacy, you just call your preferred pharmacy with your prescription number and ask them to transfer it for you.

Lab Work

Where do I get my recommended lab work done?
Our office offers in-house blood draw/processing/shipping for $67 for all standard orders like LabCorp/Quest and specialty labs like Vibrant America. If you have insurance, we submit your information for all standard orders to increase chance they’ll be covered. If you don’t have insurance, we offer discounted cash lab pricing through Professional Co-op. If you decide to not get labs done with us, we can give you a list of the test codes for your PCP to run. We can also submit standing orders for you to get your blood drawn at Labcorp and/or Quest if you like.
How do I prepare for the Vibrant America Tick-borne test?
To increase the accuracy of testing, increase your blood flow and get the bugs out of your tissues. We highly recommend to:

– For 5-7 days prior to the test => supplement Vascuzyme (Empirical Labs) to break open biofilms and dissolve fibrin.

– Day of test => Do 30 minutes of cardio exercise and/or 30-60 minute lymphatic massage right before blood draw. Your blood needs to be drawn as soon as possible afterwards. We offer massage services here at NFM fyi.

Potential Side Effects to Treatment

What if I become constipated during treatment?
It’s vital that you have at least 1-2 bowel movements per day, so you are clearing toxins through your stool. If you become constipated, increase your water intake, get more exercise, and/or add another dose of probiotics. If that doesn’t work you can take magnesium citrate 1-2x/day to promote bowel movements. If that doesn’t work, contact your doctor.
What if the antimicrobials cause an upset stomach and/or nausea?
before to soothe your stomach. Mix 1 scoop into water or drink of choice 1-2x/day. Take a dose of digestive bitters, like Bitters Tonic Vanilla Orange Digestive Support (Vitanica, Fullscript). Drink a cup of tea such as throat coat, fennel, or licorice tea. If the above doesn’t work, try taking all your antimicrobials (EXCEPT for Tetracyclines) with a meal.
What is a “Herx” reaction?
A Jarisch Herxheimer (aka “Herx”) reaction is typically a 1-3 day aggravation of current symptoms due to the sudden release of endotoxins produced by treating (killing) an infectious disease such as Lyme and/or stimulating detoxification pathways. Take note if you have a Herx because it is helpful information to your doctor on whether a treatment is right for you. For example, if you have a strong reaction to an antiviral medication it may be diagnostic that you have a high viral load. The type and degree of reactions you have to treatments also helps your doctor assess if it is indeed a Herx OR an adverse reaction to the treatment. While a herx is often viewed as a positive sign that the medicine is working, if it is too much for you then work with your provider on ways to lessen your Herx. Some common ways to mitigate a Herx reaction include slowing down your treatment plan, increasing binders, increasing lymphatic supports, doing coffee enemas, taking hot epsom salt baths, supplementing tri-salts/molybdenum, water fasting, and/or get colon hydrotherapy.

Payment

Do you accept insurance?
Our providers are not contracted with any private or government insurance companies, but we can provide you with super bills of your visits, so you can apply for insurance reimbursement. We submit all standard lab orders (Labcorp, Sonora Quest) and imaging requests with your insurance information if you have insurance.
When is payment due?
Payment is due at the time of service. We accept ALL major credit cards, HSA, cash, and check. Unfortunately due to the rise in medical supply costs, we are no longer able to offer payment plans at this time.

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