In today’s episode, Dr. Carrie Dennie joins us in a dialogue around the nuances of naturopathic medicine, how to access it and how it could be supremely beneficial in your holistic care practice.
Dennie explains that care depends on the state or province and the regulations, and while in Michigan they are not yet licensed, she suggests creating a holistic healthcare team.
She suggests that people look for an integrative medical doctor, a chiropractor, an acupuncturist, a naturopathic doctor, and a mental health practitioner to make sure that all of the bases are covered.
With this holistic approach, Dr. Dennie believes that people can get the best care possible. She also discusses whether a naturopathic doctor should/shouldn’t be your only provider and stresses the importance of taking charge of one's health and deciding who to talk to and how many people to talk to.
It is important to be prepared for an investment for naturopathic care depending on what avenue one wants to start with. Acupuncture is less of an investment since less time is spent talking, but more time is spent ‘poking’. Naturopathic care is a bigger investment because more time is spent together. Naturopathic care is not out of people's reach, but it does involve an investment.
Locally, at Dr. Dennie’s practice at Integrative Wellness Grand Rapids, initial appointments are two hours, and may require specialty lab tests such as stool testing. Follow-up appointments may be spread out depending on the individual's needs, and 15 minute Q&A sessions are complimentary.
Naturopathic care is cash based, but can be paid for with HSA or FSA funds, which can also be used for other medical expenses. Allergy tests can be expensive, but can be managed with a health savings account.
The conversation highlights the importance of prioritizing health and investing in naturopathic care and shines light on the need for people to truly start investing in their own health and wellness, which may require de-prioritizing less necessary expenses that don’t enhance overall quality of life and longevity.
The speakers also talk about the importance of lifestyle medicine and having a strong foundation for health. They emphasize that naturopathic care is not an expense but an investment that can help people live longer and healthier lives.
And so that's why it's always a big part of my practice to educate people. I want you to understand what I think is going on in your body. I want you to understand why I'm recommending what I recommend so that you can, again, make a better informed decision.
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