Naturopathy: food sensitivity

For this series on What a Naturopath Does, I am working with K6 Wellness in Dallas. My son is being treated free of cost so that you can see how a naturopath works and know what to expect when visiting a naturopath. I am learning a ton and hope you do too!

visiting a naturopath, part 1

On our first visit to Sharon Krahn at K6 Wellness, I was not sure what to expect! We went into her office, which looked like an office of anyone in corporate America – a desk, two chairs, a computer. No exam table. No crazy voodoo. No vials of strange things or burning incense, if that is what you were expecting (I wasn’t).

I published a short Vine video of what the exam looked like. Basically, my son sat in a chair holding a metal tube that gave information to Sharon’s computer. I will do a more detailed post about the galvanic skin testing and electrodermal screening later.


Little Sir at the naturopath

The information that we got from an hour of the testing was kind of overwhelming at first.

Here is the list of things that he reacted the most negatively to:

cheddar cheese
soy milk
tea
cows milk
almond milk
strawberries
bananas
apples
pineapples
grapes
citrus
quinoa
oats
white rice
gluten
whole wheat
cashews
sunflower seeds
carrots
black beans
string beans
pinto beans
soy beans
salicylic acid
caffeine
red, yellow or blue dye
apple cider vinegar
chocolate
rice vinegar
MSG

Primarily, Sharon was looking for food sensitivities, since the issues he is having are poop related and digestion related. It’s important to remember that a food sensitivity is not the same as an allergy, but they both can tell us that something is wrong.

This article from the Mayo Clinic on food intolerance vs. food allergy is helpful. As the article mentions, there are several possible reasons that someone might develop a food intolerance. In my son’s case, right now he apparently needs additional enzymes and more easily absorbed vitamins because his body isn’t currently processing all the nutrients from his food. The foods on the list are particularly difficult for his body. Some of the symptoms of food sensitivity (listed here on the Australian Food Authority web site) include wheezing and upper respiratory yuckiness. My son has had that for MONTHS!

The treatment right now:

We are going to try to avoid all the things on the list above, as much as possible, until our next appointment at K6 Wellness in 30 days. I had a day or two of panic, which you may have witnessed if you follow this blog on Facebook or Twitter. You can help me by Pinning recipes to the What Little Sir Can Eat Pinterest board created by my friend Millie. If your child has food sensitivities, you might want to follow the board for your own meal planning!

He is taking enzymes at each meal. These will help him digest his food.

He is taking a cellular recharge supplement. It is a homeopathic remedy that improves the body’s ability to hydrate and thus be nourished at a cellular level.

My takeaway

The information received from a naturopath can be overwhelming. We are accustomed to doctors who see us for 15 minutes, write a prescription, perhaps without even discussing the diagnosis, and leave. All the information you get from a naturopath visit can be way more than you anticipated! One of the first things Sharon told me is that I would be overwhelmed when I left, and that was absolutely true. She told me that when I was overwhelmed, I should email her and I did. She was able to really help me put things in perspective and remember why we are making this effort to get my son’s body back to optimal performance.

In my opinion, when you are selecting a naturopath, you should look for someone who is willing to sympathize, hold your hand, and be patient. Not someone who makes you feel guilty for not doing better. I spoke with one of my friends who got a similarly long list from her daughter’s visit to a naturopath. When she questioned the list, the practitioner made my friend feel stupid and guilty. This is NOT what you want! I didn’t feel that way at all at K6 Wellness.

Seek out support for the changes you’re going to make. I am super thankful for all of you, my readers and Twitter followers! Each of you weighed in with sympathy, recipes, and ideas. I hope that you continue to help me on this journey, and please send any questions you might have or suggestions to me any time.

Have you ever had a positive or negative experience at a naturopath that you would like to share? What other questions would you like me to answer in this series?

 

 

What is a Naturopath?

Conventional wisdom holds that we go to a dentist for our teeth and an optometrist for our eyes, but what is a Naturopath? When would I visit a Naturopath and how could a Naturopath help me? Fortunately, Sharon Krahn, a Traditional Naturopath in Dallas and owner of K6 Wellness Center, is here today to help answer those questions with a guest post.

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Sharon Krahn, Traditional Naturopath, DallasI am often asked about the scope of my practice as a Traditional Naturopath. There seems to be an abundance of confusion as to what Naturopathy entails. Jenny and I have had a handful of interesting conversations and I am delighted to have this opportunity to address some of the most common questions surrounding my field.

Q: What is Naturopathy?

First, let me begin by outlining what Naturopathy is NOT:

  • Emergency trauma care – including the ability to reattach severed limbs
  • Anti-technology
  • Dream interpretation
  • Fortune-telling
  • Forsaking all fashion sense and deodorant
  • Casting spells
  • Killing chickens
  • Cauldrons
  • Other spooky practices

What it is:

Naturopathy is the broad study of all natural healing practices and principles as related to physical, emotional/mental and spiritual health. This includes: nutrition, lifestyle modification, herbs, homeopathy, various forms of bodywork, emotional therapies, energy work (physics, not voo-doo), and exercise. While its focus is mainly on healthy living and disease prevention, Naturopathy also offers natural solutions to infections, chronic diseases, addictions, obesity, and many other health challenges.

Q: Why should I use a Naturopath?

I cannot speak for every Naturopath, so I will speak for myself and my practice at K6 Wellness Center. I am trained to work with people to prevent the occurrence of disease and to help people already suffering from many forms of heath issues including allergies, diabetes, heart disease, autism, obesity and auto-immune diseases. Using today’s technology (in the form of electro-dermal screening) we can detect potential issues early and help you develop a plan that will allow your body the resources it needs to heal and to effectively avoid future recurrences.

At K6 Wellness Center, we see clients of all ages for a variety of issues. It is a rare treat to get a new client that is healthy and is simply interested in having a resource for help should the need arise. More commonly, we see people who have reached the end of their “rope” and have been forced to look outside the medical box for answers to their health problems. I delight in these cases because I am deeply committed to discovering the root cause of their problem and correcting it rather than covering the symptoms with a natural “band-aid”. Every person is a unique individual with unique needs. Naturopaths do not dwell on a diagnosis, nor do we diagnose disease. We educate our clients about their unique situation and make individualized recommendations as to how they can resolve their health problems.

The human body is not a series of compartments that have limited interaction. It is a wonderfully designed organism that functions in the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional realm – simultaneously. Naturopathy considers this and addresses each person as such. If you run to the doctor every time you have a sinus infection or if you are “managing” the effects of a chronic disease, consider consulting with a Naturopath to see what the root cause of the problem is and how it can be corrected naturally.

Something to Think About:

Two thirds of Americans are overweight or obese – causing us to be world leaders in Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease and other conditions of “affluenza”. American health care is really more disease management – it has very little to do with health. If you are truly interested in being healthy, go see a Naturopath!

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How about you — have you ever visited a Naturopath? Do you have more questions for Sharon to answer either here or on the K6 Wellness Center blog?