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1St Visit With Naturopath

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I have mixed feelings - on one hand, she told me everything I already know - to improve my diet, take a multi-vitamin cocktail, to get more exercise and to take a month long hormone test because it sounds like I am deficient in progesterone. She agreed that saw palmetto could be overloading my body with estrogen. She also recommended therapy to deal with the emotional stuff - which she said can be a huge factor.

She recommended a therapist who practices Radix therapy - I'd never heard of it before, but read a bit and it's a body psychotherapy that supposedly removes blocked negative emotions. My gut is telling me I need this kind of therapy, as opposed to more talk therapy. Intellectually, I understand what is going on with me. I need something to tap into my subconscious to help me let go of all of my self destructive and sabotaging tendencies. Sooooo, I'm going to check it out. My insurance does not cover mental health, so I'll be paying for this out of pocket too.

So $500 later, I have a plan. I can't start the hormone test until my next period starts. I am to stop taking saw palmetto because it is probably interfering with my hormones. I am to start living and eating more healthily.

I know this is the right answer - I know my health is well worth the $500 bucks ($250 for the hormone test+ $175 dr visit + $65 for 1 month supply of vitamin cocktail). The truth is I was hoping for a quick fix - a magic pill to cure everything. But I also feel vaguely guilty, like I need to justify spending this much money on myself.

Talking to someone for over an hour about what is going on with me was a weird experience - I felt overwhelmed with emotions and started to cry. I don't really know why. Part of it is I am ashamed that I don't know how to take care of myself (which is me being hard on myself). Another part is admitting how vulnerable I am. And admitting how out of control my life is - I obsess over my skin way too much and it's hurting so many different facets of my life. Basically, for most of the month of October I got hardly any work done. I bailed on doing things with friends. I ignored emails. ( and over an email no one even knows that my face is broken out, yet I still ignored emails). Now I'm trying to catch up.

So I have a lot of work ahead of me. At first I was freaked out over the money I am going to have to spend, but in the larger scheme of things, it's really not that much. If anything, this financial commitment is going to force me to really try. BTW I don't want to dissuade anyone from going to a naturopath or spending money on doctors, whether it's a dermatologist or therapist or both. I've noticed that a lot of us are suffering in silence, feeling like we have to cure ourselves. There is nothing wrong with seeking professional help. There is nothing wrong with spending money for the sake of our health. Of course, all of this advice is already on the internet, so in a way I did waste my money. But it's done now. THe next step is to continue to explore this emotional stuff. I'd never heard of radix therapy so I am grateful she told me about it.

So yeah. I guess that's it for now.


about the magic pill thing...for me the magic pill is amoxicillin for others its accutane. It works naturally to prevent the reproduction of bacteria. Before I started taking amoxicillin I had severe cystic scarring pus oozing sores all over my face. I am also an organic food eater and shop strictly at my neighborhood coop. I dont eat anything that isnt organic. Yet I still embrace Western medicine because it works for me. I feel like we are miles apart because you are seeking homeopathic remedies and I use regular meds. I also see a psychiatrist and talk therapist instead of a "healer" type person. I wish I could meet you half way but bacteria really needs to be treated with an antibiotic and you can keep your system balanced with probiotic beverages and kefir or even eating yogurt 1-2 times a day.I really hope you can clear your skin in a way that you are comfortable with but after years of avoiding anti-biotics and using homeopathic remedies I finally went to a dermatologist again and started taking everything she gave me. And it worked. I dont break out anymore. I know there is some contraversy about the long-term effects of antibiotics but I am more afraid of the long term effects of untreated cystic acne. The emotional damage, being a beautiful woman with a red bumpy face. It is a nightmare. I almost feel like I chose the dark side of the force as long as my skin is cleared. I have been a vegan (worst acne of my life) I have tried tea tree oil-did nothing. After 12 days on amoxicillin, my skin was smooth. I was in shock. If you read my blogs you'll see I use a lot of conventional medications. Retin-A, clindamycin, benzaclin, anti-bacterial soap and antibiotics...loads of them. If you find a natural path regimen that clears your acne I'd love to hear about it. I want to respect natural medicine and I wish you the best seeking a cure.

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about the magic pill thing...for me the magic pill is amoxicillin for others its accutane.

Hey - I do appreciate your concern but I'm not forgoing traditional treatment for all natural, alternative medicine. I actually have a stash of doxycycline that I take for flare ups, and I use retin a micro and obagi clear pretty regularly. Amoxicilin no longer works for me since I used it a lot as a teenager. If I could use antibiotics indefinitely and not have the effects wear off , then I'd be happy sticking with them. I've just come to realize that my biggest issue is hormones - I break out like clock work around my cycle. I also get depression and anxiety around my cycle too, so there is something clearly going on with my hormones that is having a negative impact on my life. And I obsess about my skin to the point that it could hurt my career and relationships - so again there is much more there then just a few breakouts that can be knocked out with a pill, whether it's antibiotics, accutane, spiro or a shitload of vitamins.

I may end up on spiro, but it's important for me to understand what's going on with my body and my emotions, instead of just blindly trying things hoping they work, have them work for awhile, and then stop working and/or cause crazy side effects. Because that's what I've been doing for the past 5 years. And if I'm going to figure out what's going on with me, I need professional help but I've never gotten that level of care or attention from a conventional doctor. I went to my doctor last winter about my anxiety and depression and she didn't offer to test me for a vitamin d deficiency or check my hormone levels. We just talked about going on antidepressants.

So that's why I'm on the path I'm on. I need to figure out what's going on with me internally so I can find something that works - maybe not 100% of the time, but works most of the time. I totally get where you're coming from - I'm not willing to try highly restrictive diets or spend loads of money on psuedo-science faith healing (even though that's probably what Radix therapy sounds like to you). I figure I'll keep an open mind, I'll try things and I'll write about what happens, both good and bad.

Good luck to both of us, right? :)

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Good luck, it sounds like you're on the right track with professional guidance. I hope you find something that works! Hang in there!

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