Wellbeing is 50% the plan you follow and 50% following through on the plan. Consultation is our key to creating your bespoke roadmap and showing you how to work it thoroughly. It’s at the intersection of health analytics and self-reports where we can identify the barriers to wellbeing in your day-to-day life, and show you how to either avoid them or mitigate their damage. Consultation narrows the breadth of diagnosis so we can treat you appropriately and efficiently.
What to expect
The naturopathic process
I dedicate the first few minutes of your initial appointment to running our in-house Electro Interstitial Scan (with the outbreak of COVID-19, I can no longer perform the EIS scan. While this is a limiting factor, I can still assist you via telemedicine consults. I can’t “see” inside you, but questions can deduce the state of your health).
Once you step into my office, we’ll talk about health. To start, I’ll cross-analyze the results of the EIS test with your self-report questionnaire (our system emails the questionnaire to you when an initial appointment is booked).
If we need more data about your organism following the EIS test and our discussion, I may suggest further tests from independent laboratories like Rocky Mountain Analytical and In-Common Laboratories.
Tests are necessary because they show us how your body relates to its environment at a cellular level, and they do so in a way that just can’t be done by asking questions.
Unless you have an incredibly complex condition that requires additional testing before doing anything, I’ll send you home with a list of lifestyle adjustments to start implementing and a bag of natural supplements to jumpstart the process of optimizing your chemistry and biology.
An emotional experience
Many patients don’t expect the path to wellbeing to be an emotional experience. Because of my title, “Naturopathic Doctor,” new patients assume that treatment will be as dry as an introductory biology seminar.
Being told what’s “wrong” with you is draining, especially when the conversation includes your health habits, rather than a purely analytical diagnostic perspective on lab results.
New patients have become defensive and evasive – as if it’s impossible that they’ve unconsciously created unhealthy habits. The mind wants to protect you, and itself (the ego) from the cognitive dissonance of realizing that, despite your best intentions, you’ve been living in unhealthy ways.
On the other end of the emotional spectrum, I’ve had new patients show vulnerability and cry as they recount the burdens life dropped on their shoulders. After taking care of so many others, there was no time in the day for themselves. The floodgates opened when they sat down in my chair – it was finally their time.
And this is all ok. Getting this aspect of your life together is only as difficult as your past experiences with failure, and not everyone has accepted their balance of intention and good fortune.
These emotions may, but may not, recede after the first consultation. We’re making lifestyle adjustments, not providing a cure-all pill. So, putting our plan into action requires repetition and dedication. Again – emotions are tricky, and we’re rarely fully aware of how they manifest in our decision making.
Downstream, this can look like “forgetting” an ingredient or tool at the store. I say “forgetting” because it’s often the case that your subconscious mind has a different agenda from your conscious self. It doesn’t want to change, and so it “forgets” that you should have bought ground turkey instead of ground beef. But, of course, sometimes the forgetting is genuine – life happens.
Forgetting and procrastinating are the most common complaints I hear from my busy professional patients about where they struggle to implement our plan. To them I say, if you can juggle a full-time corporate job, kids, a spouse, a social life, and your hobbies, then implementing the subtle changes of the Naturopathic Practice is more accessible than our thoughts and emotions make them out to be. It really is as easy as going to a different counter at the grocer’s.
How to prepare for your first naturopathic assessment
Preparation is easy. To be ready for your initial consultation, all you need to do is book in advance and submit the new patient forms that you’ll receive via email.
However, the best way to prepare yourself for the journey ahead is to hold firm in your mind the truth that the degree to which you can improve the experience of your day-to-day life is limitless. I show you how to improve your health, but, ultimately, your success is in your hands.