I've been meaning to see a naturopath but I haven't got around to it yet. I've always had the impression though that they'd take one look at me, see my skin isn't great and then just tell me something that's possibly generic and not actually specific to me (like candida etc).There's one at my local health food store that advertises food sensitivity testing. I think they do saliva testing too - not sure. If I do get around to going, hopefully they're a more experienced / reliable naturopath.
But I was just wondering if any of you know how reliable saliva testing is? I don't really know anything about it but I thought I'd read somewhere that it wasn't that accurate, reliable or helpful. I'm just curious about it - so if you have info on it, let me know, - thanks
If you do decide to see a naturopath, do some background research on them (e.g. check if they have patient ratings & reviews)...like with any doctor, not all naturopaths are experts at any particular issue. If they try to give you a bunch of supplements without really trying to get to the root of your individual problems, then it means they are not knowledgeable enough about acne.
Saliva testing (and I also heard good things about urine testing) is better than blood testing if done through a reliable source...this is because saliva testing tests your hormones during different points of your cycle, not just once like blood testing. Hormones fluctuate all the time, which is why saliva testing gives you a better indication of which hormones could be causing an imbalance. Also, many times, it doesn't matter whether your hormones are in the "normal" range (which is still too broad for most women)...it's the RATIO that matters more, e.g if you have very low progesterone compared to testosterone or estrogen.
I remember seeing your photos before you started the regimen, and I'm pretty sure your acne is hormonal...perhaps some of it is sensitivity to products or something like that, but I would say it's probably mostly hormonal. So it might be a good bet to get some hormone tests done when you can.
The other thing I forgot to mention recently is how much acupuncture has helped me. It can take a few tries to find the right practitioner, but honestly, my former acupuncturist (before I moved) was able to diagnose most of my health issues (including anemia) before I even got bloodwork done. They also helped me with digestive issues and stress.... but acupuncture, at least in the beginning, needs to be done regularly and consistently to pay off. It really is the most individualized treatment you will ever get.
Thanks so much for that! Really helpful
I'd definitely research them before hand. Going to a homeopathic doctor (not sure if that's the right term - but they're a medical doctor who also has naturopath qualifications etc) is something I'd consider too. I like the idea of combining both approaches or at least being to hear 'both sides of the story' at once.
I think my acne is related to hormones more than anything else. When I've had blood tests for hormone levels / to see if I have PCOS, they've come back within 'normal' ranges. But it's interesting to know about the ratio difference even if in normal ranges. I don't remember if things were out of balance in that sense. I assume they would be - but I'll have to get all that checked again. Thanks for the info on saliva testing too I'll look into it
That's great acupuncture has helped you. I've also been considering it lately for joint issues. Another thing to look into more seriously!
I think you mean integrative doctors? I went to see one when I moved to a new city, but unfortunately she was more knowledgeable about actual drugs (if even that), and the only "natural" treatments she offered were the standard ones she recommends to all patients: vitamin D tests (which actually did show I was deficient), candida/ parasite cleanse, natural progesterone cream, and an anti-estrogen chinese herb. I didn't feel like she took my particular case into consideration,and the fact that she asked me what tests I think she should order made her lose credibility, lol.
So yeah, as with everything, do your research beforehand and ask for recommendations.