My Journey to Naturopathy: Part 1



My first visit with the Naturopath Doctor was exciting.

In a 1-hour consultation, I felt like we made more progress with my health issues than the past few years with my regular family physician.

My regular family physician tends to dismiss everything I tell him and I feel like I’ve had no resolve for any of my digestive and reproductive issues. [I’m not saying that all family physicians are like this. I know there are great doctors out there.] I’m looking for a new doctor, but no one seems to be taking on new patients right now, especially because I already have a physician. I would have to first terminate my relationship with my current doctor and go on a wait list, which of course is a big risk when I’m not guaranteed to find a doctor right away. So I’m still on the hunt.

This is partly what made me seek out a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. Because it’s a private health care service, finding a doctor is easy and quick. The only downside is the cost. My insurance covers $15 per appointment, so most of the expense is coming out of my pocket. I’ve heard so many great things about ND’s, so I feel like the benefit will outweigh the cost.

I arrived about 15 minutes early and was greeted by the ND himself. He gives me a warm smile with kind eyes, while shaking my hand with what I think is the gentlest handshake I’ve ever felt. I feel like I’m crushing his hand and I quickly loosen my grip. I’m given a few forms to fill out which are mainly about my health history and present concerns that I would like to address. After filling out about 4 pages, we head into his exam room for the consultation.

The next hour was life changing.

After a brief chat, the doctor told me about his training and background. Impressive to say the least.

“What do you know about Naturopathy?”

Oh shit.

I mumbled something about treating the whole person and made wild gestures with my hands.

He smiled and nodded in a way that made me feel like a genius. I like him already.

I learned that Naturopathy is based on a holistic approach to health. In other words, it looks at the person as a whole. All of the psychological, physical, and social issues that make us who we are today are taken into account. You cannot treat an illness until you find and address the root cause of the illness. The goal is to help the body heal itself rather than using medication (unless necessary, of course).

The doctor told me that his main areas of clinical interest are gastrointestinal health, detoxification, and treatment of anxiety and stress related disorders.  

The next hour was filled with relief. He listened to me as if what I was saying was the most important thing in the world. He didn’t dismiss anything I said. He was empathetic.

He even cracked jokes when he sensed that I was starting to squirm when talking about my poop.

That’s a good doctor.


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1 Mackenzie @ Eat. Exercise. Evolve September 29, 2011

Sounds great! I hope you two figure things out!


2 Moni'sMeals September 29, 2011

Ang, I am so happy for you, I think this approach is the way to go for you and it only compliments the lifestyle you live (with being into natural foods and health.) Best of luck.

It is the BEST feeling to find a doctor on board with you and who really cares about your needs and concerns. I have to say, I have had MANY awful experiences in this big city where I live (LA). They see a ton of people in a day (so waiting 2 hours to see them for maybe 5 mins!), no follow up, no concern, etc. When I lived in a smaller town, wow I felt like a queen. I am still keeping my positive outlook that I will too find a great doctor that also, does not charge a small fortune!! :)

ps Yes he is a great doctor, with that question if you know what I mean, haha. ;)


3 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 29, 2011

Thanks Moni :)

ps- I’m in such a small town there is NO doctor…lol.


4 Lizzie September 29, 2011

So great that you are off to a good start. But please also applaud yourself – takes courage to make the steps to feel better :) Looking forward to hearing more about it!


5 Tia September 29, 2011

Moving outside of the standard health system is courageous. People are so quick to dismiss alternative angles from which we can view our health. Good for you, Ang.


6 Radha September 29, 2011

You certainly have my attention. I am looking forward to part 2. I hope you are feeling better. I love you ange and want the best for you. You are a light in my world. Love to Eric and Sketchie <33


7 Ashley September 29, 2011

So happy for you. :)


8 Jacqueline September 29, 2011

I don’t think you should wholly dismiss our MD’s. I think its a matter of finding one who isn’t seeing a huge amount of patients and getting people to come in and out without really paying attention to what they are saying or how they are feeling. Especially if you feel like you have an issue that does need to be looked at by modern medicine, it is great to use an ND for alternative therapy and as a complement to modern medicine but do not give up on the MD’s who are at your disposal. We are lucky in Canada that we don’t have to pay for things out of our pocket like CT scans or ultrasounds, which will diagnose serious issues and cost a fortune for people without insurance in other countries.
My GP sounds a lot like your ND and it took me a long time to find her. I also find that a lot of issues are a manifestation of anxiety and MD’s see that and so may act dismissive towards certain symptoms especially if they know you have an anxiety or stress disorder (in which case they should refer you to the proper therapist who can take more time to discuss in depth what is going on). Anyways, I am still glad you had a positive experience with the ND and I hope you heal fast!


9 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 29, 2011

I’m not dismissing traditional physicians. I said that I’m actively looking for a new family doctor and I def. still want to continue seeing one on a regular basis. I truly believe there are great doctors out there! Sometimes it just takes time to find the right one.


10 Sarah September 29, 2011

This is sub exciting news to hear! I am currently awaiting my nutrtition consulting course to start, but can truly appreciate the benefits of the homeopathic doctor! So much time is spent at the traditional doctors office when they seem to have tunnel vision when looking into the root of an illness. Wishing you the best of luck! Xo


11 Beth September 29, 2011

Sounds so productive! I’ve been considering doing this myself, so I’m watching you expectantly to see how things work out for you!
PS: I don’t know what I ever ate before I found your blog because I use your recipes for nearly everything I make now. I always have the Lightened-Up Granola and the chocolate chip cookie dough balls on hand, as well as frozen bananas, and last night I tried the Salt and Vinegar Chips. Husband loved them!


12 Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty September 29, 2011

awwwh.. left hanging!! I can’t wait to hear more. I’ve been a few times, but mine was no good at all. She pushed her own brand of stuff on me, costing over $600 per month, when I said I couldn’t afford it she said “well it’s for the cost of your health”… thank you!! haha


13 Candice September 29, 2011

That’s awesome :) I can’t wait to hear more.


14 Michelle Hunt (PeachyPalate) September 29, 2011

I’ve been suffering for years with digestive problems and was told by a professor of medicine the only option was major surgery. I recently decided to visit a herbalist and I have been feeling amazing. The difference is astounding. It just shows that “conventional” isn’t the only option. So glad I sought out alternatives, even if it did take me a few years!


15 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 29, 2011

I’m happy to hear that :)


16 Jen @ September 29, 2011

Glad you had a good experience!


17 Felicia (Natural + Balanced) September 29, 2011

you will continue to have such a positive experience with this angela! i’m so happy you are going the holistic route with your health issues. i went back to school for a masters in acupuncture and holistic medicine (after working as a nurse and realizing what our healthcare system really is about, and wanting to help people in a different approach) and our entire approach is treating the patient as a whole, taking note of their spirit and surroundings, etc. everyone is different, theres no cookie cutter one-pill-cures all, and thats the beauty of this medicine! good luck to you, and i’m looking forward to reading about your experience!


18 Karen September 29, 2011

Thanks so much for sharing this with us…you are so generous Angela! It’s so rare for healthy living bloggers to share the less positive sides of their lives, but when you do so you become even more relatable and your blog so much more educational re. real issues that affect us all. I’ve been pondering taking this path for similar issues, so I can’t wait to hear the next installment…


19 Ashley September 29, 2011

I’m so happy that you are making progress with your health issues. I too have had digestive problems (I was diagnosed with Crohns Disease). My regular doctor never suggested any natural ways of healing my symptoms. He just prescribed stronger and stronger drugs till my symptoms were lessened. I did my own research and have made significant changes in my diet with awesome results. I really wish I would have met with and neuropathic doctor earlier. It could have saved me from all my symptoms early. Thank you for spreading this message!


20 Kristina @ spabettie September 29, 2011

I am excited for you, Angela! while I still visit my GP on occasion (and even made her meet WITH me and my ND!), I am so very happy with natural medicine, and gladly pay the cost myself.

again, I am VERY excited for you!!


21 christina September 29, 2011

After 3 years of being very sick and countless physicians, I was lucky enough to find a great ND. My Candida problem was quickly found, and I am feeling better than I have in years! Now I have enrolled in nutrition school, and it is my Passion to educated people on the healing power of whole foods and Integrative nutrition. I really enjoy your recipes, and am very inspired by people like you! :)


22 jennyv September 29, 2011

Good for you for going off the beaten path! My husband is a chiropractor and it is exciting to see that people are seeing that many general practicioners are not helping them to get well. They are looking to alleviate SYMPTOMS — not go to the cause of the problem. Chiropractors remove pressure on the central nervous system which allows the nerve impluses to flow freely from the brain to every cell, tissue and organ in the body. The focus in our office is much like a naturopath — stress management, eating healthy foods, getting adequate exercise, and detoxification. I love naturopaths as they are looking to adress the individuals health by looking at the mind, body, etc. Good luck w/ everything :)


23 Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans September 29, 2011

I love the idea of a doctor that actually listens. I often feel rushed and that much of what I have to say is dismissed when I visit my physician and that has led to me going less often. I believe I would greatly benefit form the opportunity to review my health from a holistic perspective.


24 Ali September 29, 2011

There are some great doctors working out there in integrative medicine (collaborating with complementary and alternative health professionals). Here’s a link to one such place in Burlington – I’m not sure where you are in Ontario, but if you google integrative clinics you might be able to find someone open-minded and willing to refer out to people such as naturopaths for chronic issues. I find that MDs are great for acute things, but they are not trained very well in terms of nutritional issues.


25 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 29, 2011

Wow that sounds great! Will check it out. Thanks


26 jenna September 29, 2011

i’m very curious to hear more about your experience with the nd.

what are you drinking in the last picture? it looks so warming yet refreshing.


27 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 29, 2011

It’s a lemon herbal tea :)

I’m trying to cut down on the caffeine as the tannins can irritate stomach lining.


28 Ellen September 29, 2011

So glad to hear you met someone you clicked with! I’ve been having some problems myself and keep reminding myself that I have to be my biggest advocate. Speak up and stay strong!


29 Starla September 29, 2011

Cant wait to hear what is next ! Alternative medicine facinates me even though I worked in the health care industry for several years. I see Dr.s just treating symptoms and never getting to the root of the problem…Hope you are better soon.!!


30 Carolyn @ September 29, 2011

I too am excited to hear about part 2 of your visit.

I lucked out with my general practitioner; she feels that diet and exercise can cure a lot of ills rather than prescribing drugs to stifle and ignore the problem. Yes, there are times when one needs medication to overcome a problem – e.g. I have to be on allergy meds all the time because of my allergies to chemicals and perfumes – but a lot of times simple nutrition can cure a lot of ills. I had horrible joint aches in my body, but once I eliminated artificial sweeteners from my diet, it disappeared completely! (turns out I’m also allergic to those nasty chemicals too!)

Glad to hear you had a positive experience and that you’re keeping your mind open to all possibilities with your health.


31 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 29, 2011

That’s interesting about the artificial sweeteners!
I used to eat them all the time and felt so much better when I stopped.


32 Carolyn @ September 29, 2011

Yeah, t’ll only take one Diet Pepsi to make me feel like I’m a 90-year-old arthritic woman! But there are days I miss that diet soda…but I know I’m healthier (and pain-free) without it! :D


33 Jen @newellnd September 29, 2011

What a fantastic introduction to naturopathic medicine for those that may not know about this option of healthcare or for those that are hesitant to visit a naturopath themselves! I believe that an integrative system of healthcare is optimal and allows people to consult with a number of practitioners to achieve their goals. As a naturopathic doctor, I too often hear of people who feel they have to choose between their MD and their ND which is not the case. Both offer different options and different specialties and should be considered as a team that works towards a similar goal – helping you feel vibrant, energized and healthy.


34 AGS September 29, 2011

This is good news. I’m glad you are looking to both an ND and regular MD. I don’t really understand why you are having such a hard time finding a Dr. who is taking patients. Is that common in your area of Canada? It seems there are lots of options for everything where I live (Washington, DC).


35 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 29, 2011

Unfortunately, it’s extremely common to not be able to find a doctor in Canada. I know many ppl who have been on wait lists for a year. :\


36 Maureen Pluthero September 29, 2011

I lived in Mississauga Ontario for 5 years and could not find a doctor taking on new patients except one who was not affiliated with a hospital and who I never felt comformatable with. I have just moved to Hamilton so the search begins anew!


37 Faith @ For the Health of It September 29, 2011

This is going to be such an interesting series! I love hearing alternative health ideas and learning more about the holistic treatment side to medicine. Thank you for sharing this from a first-person perspective!


38 Anna @ On Anna's Plate September 29, 2011

My husband had really, really bad stomach issues (IBS), and all of the “regular” doctors he went to just told him that there was basically very little he could do about it. When we finally went the natural route, he FINALLY saw some results, and now he feels about 95% better, about 95% of the time. I really think that using alternative medicine and holistic methods can be very helpful with certain health issues!!


39 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 29, 2011

That’s so great to hear. :) I’m happy he has found relief!


40 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 29, 2011

Sounds lie a wonderful doc and human being! I’m looking for someone just like that, except I live in NY. :)


41 Maureen Pluthero September 29, 2011

I also had severe stomach issues and thought it was because I was aging however my daughter who was studying to be a Holistic nutritionist (she is not a registered RHN) at the time had me try a vegetarian diet. I cut out all meat, eggs and a lot of processed food and it was life changing how much better I felt. Funny story someone at work asked me why I did not eat meat and I expalained my health issues and how much better I felt not eating meat. She suggested I see a doctor because surely he had a pill I could take so I could still eat meat. Now except for the occasional eating of cheese animal products are not a part of my diet and the stomache issues are a distant memory.


42 Maureen Pluthero September 29, 2011

I mean she is NOW a RHN


43 Karen Cohen September 29, 2011

Hmm.. perhaps this is more of an email question for you Angela but I live in the Burlington area and also need to start looking to a naturopath as I am 29 and hoping to start a family within the next 2 years and would love to have my body be in a happy and healthy place. I am constantly lethargic boarding on depressed at times, and have started eating a more clean way of life and taken up mosksha yoga. It has helped and I feel a lot better but recently on top of life stresses, I as well have IBS and seem to have started a flare up again. I am at my wits end trying to sort it all out. Feeling overwhelmed at times by everyone’s suggestions. Do you mind if I ask who you are seeing as there was a naturopath I was interested in going to in Mississauga but heard that they pushed their “own line” of treatments as well. Your experience has given me new hop!


44 Natasha Kay September 29, 2011

I hope you can find a great naturopath Karen! My friend’s IBS had gotten so bad that she almost had to have her bowels removed. She was able to take control of the disease and stop it in it’s tracks by going gluten-free after seeing a naturopath and getting a specific diet for her condition. I encourage you to keep hunting and don’t give in to the western medicine’s approach of throwing drugs at it until they run out of other options.


45 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 29, 2011

Emailing you the info Karen :)


46 Lindsey September 29, 2011

wait…you live in Mississauga? OMG I have expended family that lives there…That’s funny. It’s a small world. It’s a nice little area.


47 Jen @newellnd September 29, 2011

Hi Karen,
Finding a good “match” is really important when seeking out a practitioner to include as part of your healthcare team. I recommend that people who are interested in visiting a naturopath, see if the practitioner they are considering offers free 15 minute consults so you can determine if your goals and the practitioners methods would be a good fit. I am located in Port Credit, Ontario; please check out my website at or my clinic’s information at; I would love to assist you in either addressing your health concerns or recommending another ND that would be a good fit for your needs.


48 Karen September 29, 2011

Thank you all very much for all the positivity!!!
Thank you Jen I will look into it
Thanks Angela:)


49 [email protected] September 29, 2011

I think this is a great approach. So many doctors these days are taught to just overtreat, and not treat the whole person. I strongly believe nature, and our bodies, have a high capability to heal us without having to use more invasive/chemical methods. Good for you! I hope everything works out great.


50 megan September 29, 2011

I cannot wait to hear part 2!


51 angela @ PattycakesnPancakes September 29, 2011

I’ve seen my share of doctors so I feel like a professional now. Most don’t realize that we don’t know medical terminology and forget to treat us as the patients that we are. I’m so happy that you started a relationship with someone who wants to get to the root of the problem. Congrats !


52 Caitlin @ Vegetarian in the City September 29, 2011

wow glad you found a good dr! it is so hard these days.

Keep us posted!!!


53 Katrina September 29, 2011

This is really interesting. Looking forward to part 2!


54 Tina September 29, 2011

I had digestive & skin problems for a while. I went to tons of different MD and none of them could help me. They just kept wanting to give me pills and I asked if it could be stuff I am eating and they said no. I went to a dcotor for Naturopathy and she help me lot and I don’t have the problems anymore. Good luck and cant wait to read more about your experiance!!


55 Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes September 29, 2011

It sounds like you have made the perfect decision for you!


56 Toby September 29, 2011

Going to an ND is life changing if the patient is truly ready to change. I wish more people would do it, though I think many people don’t want to put forth the effort – they’d rather get a prescription and continue to make unhealthy choices.

Congrats on your new doctor, I look forward to reading about how it goes for you.


57 Sara September 29, 2011

This sounds a lot like my experience with my Tibetan physician. It’s nice to go to someone who considers everything about you to be interrelated, as opposed to “I’m just looking at this ONE symptom and ignoring the rest” sort of situations. Good luck with the rest!! :)


58 Tracy @ Tracy's Treats September 29, 2011

I’ve always been really interested in natural medicine and healing, so I’m really looking forward to reading more about your visit! I’m glad the doctor was so pleasant and comforting!


59 Jenni Allan September 29, 2011

We started our journey with a Naturopath 4 years ago, it has been a life changing and amazing journey and I haven’t looked back. We’ve stopped going to our regular physician altogether as I haven’t come up with anything that my Naturopath couldn’t help us to correct. I am excited for you, and with you. I wish you the best of luck in your journey and hope that you can find the same level of health we have come to know and love!


60 Christa September 29, 2011

Thank you so much for sharing this, Angela! Looking forward to part 2 very much!


61 Cait's Plate September 29, 2011

HAHA! That IS a good doctor!!


62 GrainFreeGroupie September 29, 2011

So many people have all the same issues, I’m really looking forward to part 2 and hearing about your progress!


63 kathleen @ the daily crumb September 29, 2011

this is so exciting, angela! i don’t have any experience with naturopathy, but i have been frustrated (to say the least) with western medicine recently. to me it’s a catch 22. so many options with all of the medical advances today, but at what point does treatment just become a band aid that covers up the real problem?


64 Christina September 29, 2011

After my daughter was born I had to see a ND to sort out some of my stomach problems (and her s) and haven’t looked back!! We too have had such a hard time finding a MD and since moving to Prince George there isn’t any taking new patients. It can be so frustrating but after seeing a ND I don’t care as much that we don’t have a MD. So many MDs dismiss stomach related issues (esp. food intolerances) and finding one that doesn’t is close to impossible! My ND connected several seemingly unrelated symptoms and I’ve felt soo much better since! I think you had mentioned you might be having a food intolerance test?? I’m prego so I could be off. I’ve taken 2 food intolerance tests and wanted to suggest the ALCAT as it’s much more accurate. It’s a blood test and expensive, but completely worth it! I could’ve tried the elimination diet but it’s time consuming and more difficult. Hope you’re able to find some relief!!


65 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 29, 2011

Thank you Christina. Congrats on your pregnancy too!

yes I will be getting food sensitivity testing in a couple weeks. Should be interesting. I will ask him about the different methods available.
I’ve had the blood test for food allergies done before. I don’t know if it also tested for sensitivities or just allergies? Maybe I can get my doc to dig that test up…


66 Christina September 29, 2011

Do ask about food sensitivity – I don’t have food allergies but am sensitive to lots of food. The ALCAT tests for those and puts it into 3 different categories – foods you should completely avoid, foods to avoid on a reg. basis (they still recommend cutting those out for 3-6 months then eating it and seeing how your body reacts to it), and foods that are ok. The ALCAT also tests for gluten, casin, whey & candida sensitivities which some food tests don’t. On mine it ended up I have a sensitivity to candida and need to watch my sugar & gluten intake. It’s made all the difference in our worlds … at least when we follow our diets! Not the easiest thing to do for a foodie like me and a toddler!! Good luck!!


67 Tiina McKay September 29, 2011

I highly recommend doing the elimination diet! I personally think it’s most accurate. But you’re right, it’s incredibly time consuming. But very worth it to have good health! :)


68 Anna @ The Guiltless Life September 29, 2011

I LOVE naturopaths, though it can get expensive. What I was lucky enough to find was a medical doctor who really believes in naturopaths and is willing to work with the fact that I have one. My medical doctor believes traditional medicine is best for acute issues (i.e. getting stabbed with a knife) but that naturopathic doctors are better for chronic conditions (chronic digestive issues, muscle pain, yada yada).

Also because naturopathy is expensive, my medical doctor allows me to do the diagnostic tests – sometimes the most expensive part of naturopathy – through him and then go for treatment to my naturopath before trying drugs. I think there’s a really good balance to be had between the two!


69 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 29, 2011

wow that sounds absolutely perfect! what a great approach.


70 [email protected] KatieDid September 29, 2011

I really look forward to hearing the rest of the story. I’m getting to the age now where I will stop being under my parent’s health insurance and should start looking for my own doctor, so all this information is really interesting and helpful to hear. I have already decided I’d like to looks more into holistic healthcare as opposed to conventional healthcare.


71 Jenny @ Simply September 29, 2011

I’m so glad it is working out well for you! I know a lot of people who have had great success with Naturopaths but have never gone to one myself. I’m definitely interested in it so I look forward to reading more about your experience.


72 Tiina McKay September 29, 2011

Awesome you are seeing a ND! These people are the true healers. Doctors jobs require treating symptoms and prescribing medicine, which only make things worse. ND’s and other such healers actually deal with finding the root cause of the symptoms and treat the condition naturally and holistically through diet and lifestyle. HUGE difference. Definitely worth the extra cost. So glad you will be finding answers soon and healing! It’s amazing how fantastic you will feel in such a short amount of time once changes are implemented, and you’ll be shocked to realize how sick you’ve been this whole time, you never really know until you feel great! Oh, I’m so excited for you!! :)


73 Anna September 29, 2011

I find your comment quite rude Tiina. I didn’t bust my butt to be top of my class and volunteer all of my time get into a competitive medical school only to be totally undermined. I’ve had bad experiences with doctors as well, but they’re people too: there are good ones and bad ones. MDs are medical experts, not NDs. Moreover, their recommendations are based on solid medical evidence, which are reviewed yearly by other experts. They won’t recommend you cut out white sugar, dairy or gluten because there are no studies that prove they benefit patients. I have IBS myself and the medications that my doctor prescribed have changed my life. If you are having any gastrointestinal concerns, I highly suggest visiting an MD – only they can rule out malignancies or inflammatory bowel diseases (which require immune-modulating medications – not diet modification).


74 Tiina McKay September 29, 2011

I’m so so sorry Anna! I did not mean to offend you or anyone with my comment! Now that I’m re-reading it, it does come across as very rude. Thanks for calling me out on it. I will attempt to reword my thoughts. I am definitely very grateful to MD’s for what they do, they are definitely very necessary and I’ve needed their help on several occasions and thank God I had the choice. There’s definitely a place for them. But there is definitely a strong need for a connection between the medical world and the alternative healing world.

I actually don’t have anymore digestive disorders or “incurable” autoimmune diseases because I finally got sick of doctors not being able to help me and decided to take matters into my own hands. I healed myself in no time through diet and lifestyle once I started looking into my issues and what was causing all the strife. And I’ve always been very active and I’ve never been on the Standard American Diet. I’ve actually liked all my millions of doctors, they just weren’t able to help me over the past 14 years. So yes, I’ve been very frustrated in the past, and rightfully so I believe.

And the way the system is set up, it’s not really possible for doctors to be able to help with these kinds of issues, which happen to be the root of all diseases (there may not be many studies done to prove it but there are gazillions of people finding answers regardless, and that’s more accurate than anything, it’s priceless to have your health and life back!). Doctors spend a couple minutes talking to you and barely hearing a word you say. Then they prescribe medicine and tell you to come back if it doesn’t work, which it never did for me, or anyone else I know. I just kept going back for more drugs, while my conditions worsened. A lot of people have similar experiences, and I can’t ignore the facts. And it only makes sense to heal health issues naturally at first, and if nothing works, then medication may be necessary. There’s way too much prescribing of medication going on.

I know a lot of amazing people with great hearts that have become doctors for the right reasons, or are still in the process, but they all struggle with the same thing, which is the way the system is set up. It wasn’t my intention to attack doctors for the work they do (although that’s what I did) and will be more mindful of my wording next time. I hardly ever comment here and I didn’t post to start an argument, I really was just excited for Angela to find answers and find relief and got a bit carried away in my support for holistic healers. I’m very happy to hear you’ve been able to find medications that help your body function better. I hope I haven’t offended you further, I’m just trying to explain where I’m coming from and I’m hoping it makes a little bit more sense now.


75 Olya September 29, 2011

I agree with you Tina in respect that we owe to the doctors the cure from many horrible diseases but we owe ourselves a good prevention of these diseases.
It’s fascinating that when I lived in Russia (or India which is even worse in regards to this issue), the doctor would just take a look at you and is ready to prescribe some kind of a drug. In India I was prescribed antibiotics over the phone (!) because I had a sore throat.
When I moved to New Zealand, I found that doctors here are VERY reluctant to prescribe you anything. My friend had to literally force the doctor to prescribe her some sort of a medicine when her symptoms persisted for 3 weeks.


76 Tiina McKay September 30, 2011

Wow Olya! Such differences in all these different cultures! My only experience with doctors is in the past 14 years in the US (several different states) because I never went to doctors while growing up (in Bulgaria – I’m sure they have their own issues there too). And that’s shocking about prescribing antibiotics over the phone for a sore throat! Crazy. I thought it was bad here, lol! They better be handing out probiotics like candy in that case too! :)

On a slightly different note, I’ve been taking a lot of classes lately on Food Politics in the US and it’s absolutely fascinating. And incredibly aggravating. It’s made me question everything about the way the whole system is set up to promote more wealth for corrupt companies who market junk while the US population (and the world’s) is falling sicker and sicker every year. It’s so incredibly ridiculous that all of it is so easily preventable, but we never even think of the possibility that our own government is killing it’s own people for profit. As a result, I’m now even more of a huge proponent of critical thinking and standing up for what’s right, regardless of who might initially get upset with my opinions! I really believe in the work that I do, and have seen so many people find health through holistic means that I can’t ignore it’s value in today’s society. Sorry, reeaaally went off on a tangent there, but felt like it was important to share.

Thanks for your comment to my post! :)


77 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes September 29, 2011

I love my ND! They rock! Great post :)


78 bitt of raw September 29, 2011

glad you had a good experience! beware some NDs like to pretend that veganism causes tons of problems. stick to your guns if you know that’s the best diet for you.


79 Becca September 29, 2011

Dear Angela,

I’ve been reading your blog daily for over a year now. I’ve commented every once and awhile, but not as regularly as I should. I’ve made SO many of your recipes, love your photography, and always enjoy reading your Road to Recovery and Career Happiness series.

Anywho, I felt like I should come out of hiding today more than any other day because I am studying naturopathic medicine to become a naturopathic doctor (ND)! I am studying at CCNM (, a school located in Toronto. I am in my second year of studies (it is a four year program on top of an undergraduate degree), and I must say the program and studies are fascinating .

I am so happy that you had a great experience with an ND. Our field of medicine has so much to offer so I am glad you are seeking help from us and are sharing your experience on your blog. If your experience goes well and you continue to share your journey on your blog, then maybe you’ll inspire more people to seek out the advice of an ND.

If you have any questions about our training, about CCNM, about the profession, or about naturopathic medicine as a whole, please feel free to contact me :)

Your blog has given me so much. I’m so happy that I can give back to you in the form of being apart of this profession (the profession that can hopefully improve your health)!


80 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 29, 2011

Hey Becca, Thank you so much for your comment!
How exciting that you are in training to become a ND. I wish you all the best with everything. I can imagine what a satisfying career it would be.


81 Ally September 29, 2011

Thank you for this post! In so many ways I feel like you and I have lived parallel lives (i.e. eating disorder for years, vegan, tummy issues and reproductive challenges, blogger, visiting an ND, and the comparisons go on…). Heading to an ND can be a bit unnerving, especially if you have family members that seriously doubt your choice. Your post reminded me of some of the most basic reasons I continue to work with my ND. In the end, there is no price – monetary or otherwise – that outweighs one’s health.


82 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 29, 2011

Soul sistas :)


83 Cherie September 29, 2011

Wow. Good luck with your journey. I’ve had nothing but good experiences with seeing a naturopath.
I know reproductive/fertility issues can be especially frustrating, that was the main motivation behind all of the dietary changes I’ve made. And while I didn’t get the results I had hoped for, I’m still glad I made the switch.


84 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 29, 2011

I haven’t been to see a naturopath yet, but I really want to. I think the holistic approach that they take is great (or so I’ve heard) and very much needed after such a strong focus in the past of treatment of illnesses rather than prevention. Can’t wait to hear more about what you learn!


85 Amber K September 29, 2011

Wow, that sounds like an amazing experience and a completely different one than what I usually get at my doctor’s office. I usually have to deal with the long waits followed by the appointment that seems to last about a minute. All of a sudden I’ll find myself standing outside the office wondering what just happened. I don’t think I can afford a naturopath right now, but I think they would be able to provide me with a lot more answers!


86 Becky September 29, 2011

Naturopaths are great. I was having digestive issues for years and the Dr.’s just kept saying oh its IBS, there is nothing we can do. Through a naturopath I found out my stomach issues were due to being in a state on constant inflammation due to taking a strong batch of antibiotics. I had to go through a 6 month elimination/anti inflammation diet but now I am back to eating what ever I like with no pain! Traditional Chinese Medicine has also done wonders for me.

For cost, see if there is a Naturopath school near you. They give treatments at a much lower rate and I find the treatments just as effective because EVERYTHING they do is signed off by a ND to make sure that they are doing what is best for you. Good luck with it!


87 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 29, 2011

I’m glad to hear you found relief!

Thanks for the tip…I will check that out :)


88 Alysha @ She's on the Run September 29, 2011

This post is so interesting – especially learning what you go through in terms of Canadian healthcare (versus the US). It’s so weird that you have to “break up” from your doctor and then you don’t know when you will get a new one. Here, it’s rare when doctors aren’t accepting new patients.

I hope everything turns out well! I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for you!


89 Ryan September 29, 2011

I have been seeing a naturopath since April…my main concern is that she uses Standard Process supplements (which I know are great), but they contain gelatin and dairy sometimes. She also uses a homeopathic brand. How should I approach this? Would it be rude to ask her to only use the homeopathic brand?


90 [email protected] September 29, 2011

Just part one is making me feel like I need to find a naturopath. I had a physical a few weeks ago and expressed some of my frustrations in a post, about how doctors use medications too much rather than holistic healing approaches. Can’t wait to hear the rest!


91 Lauren (PB&G) September 29, 2011

Thank you so much for sharing! I actually have been watching reruns of the X-Files (blast from the past!!) lately and a few of the episodes touch on the subject of Naturopathy. I hope it works out for you! I don’t have much faith in the doctors in my area but do not live near a doctor that practices Naturopathy. My local health food store is pretty knowledgable, though!


92 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh September 29, 2011

Sounds good so far! (Poop and all! LOL)

Can’t wait to read more about your visit.


93 Carissa September 29, 2011

That’s amazing! I hope that the rest of your visits are just as good and that he’s able to help you. I read that most general doctors are only required to take 1 class on nutrition, which scares me. Maybe some take more, but a lot don’t. I feel strongly that nutrition is one of the best ways to help your body, so it seems like all doctors should have taken more.


94 Beth September 29, 2011

Sounds like you have found yourself a great ND!
I have been seeing an ND since 2004 and really enjoy the change from going to an MD. Have also referred friends & family to NDs with great results.

Looking forward to hearing more about your journey.


95 Leah September 29, 2011

I’ve never heard of Naturopathy. So glad to have learned about it here! My current Dr. is super dismissive too. My thought is, “it’s my health and MY body, don’t you think you should at least consider what I’m telling you?” I went in for a cold and he saw my weight and said, “Ever heard of exercise?” And I said, “Yes, I go to spinning class 3 days a week and go for hikes on the other days.” He had no idea that I just lost 20lbs. What a jerk.
Sounds like Naturopathy may be the new road I need to explore…

Thanks Angela!


96 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 29, 2011

Wow I’m so sorry you went through that. I hope you’re able to find a doctor who is more sensitive and caring.
And congrats on your weight loss! That’s incredible.


97 Olya September 29, 2011

That is so rude of him! Good on you for doing all the exercises and the weight loss!
I find some people tend to stereotype and then make hurtful comments.


98 Anna @ Food Fitness Frolicking September 29, 2011

Sounds like you’re off to a good start! Have a wonderful day!

Oh, and don’t forget to check out my FIRST GIVEAWAY!! :)

I think you’ll like it! :)


99 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit September 29, 2011

Holisic is awesome, isn’t it? I’m so happy I chose to be a holistic nutritionist. Looking at the body as a whole rather than focusing on one main issue has to be the most logic approach to wellness. Pointing out my clients’ food, lifestyle, and spiritual challenges and how they relate to their overall wellness has been so beneficial for them!
I’m happy you found a ND that you like, and that seems to be quite lighthearted!


100 Sara September 29, 2011

I’m so glad it was positive, can’t wait to hear the rest!


101 Christy @ Stylishly Inspired September 29, 2011

That’s awesome that you found a good Naturopath! I would love to start seeing one at some point, or at least an MD with a major Holistic focus. In the meantime I’ve been studying to be a Holistic Health Counselor, which I love, and has helped me a lot in terms of self/preventative care and how to take care of myself so I only need to go to the Doc when I’m really ill. I would love to take my education further by getting into Clinical Nutrition etc at some point. It’s amazing what Holistic Minded practitioners do. I can’t wait for the day when there are more of them and it’s more mainstream! It’s getting there… Good luck and can’t wait to read more!!!


102 char @ char on a mission September 29, 2011

I LOVE going to the naturopath. I’m just so interested in everything mine has to talk about. I ask her a million questions, too!!! I’m glad you got some relief out of going to see yours. I bet you’ll find him SO helpful!!

PS- eating one of your choc chip cookies as I read this…and I might not stop after one (shhh don’t tell anyone lol)


103 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 29, 2011

your secret is safe with me..but leave room for tomorrow’s post!


104 Sam September 29, 2011

I actually travelled to Toronto to see a naturopathic doctor about a year ago with my mom! Quite interesting but very very expensive. In the end I couldn’t handle the money for all the supplements i needed and travelling costs plus appointment costs to keep up with it though :/ i still keep in mind the food things he taught me and also do take the most essential supplements i know i tested low for!


105 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} September 29, 2011

I can’t wait to hear more! I will definitely be seeking out an ND if I have any health issues. I trust their approach much more than that of an MD.


106 Tracy September 29, 2011

I love my Naturopath!! I remember my first visit, feeling so throughly listened to and honored. Also I couldn’t believe how long she spent with me! I am so glad you had the same experience!!


107 Jennifer C September 29, 2011

My daughter sees a naturopathic doctor every few months. I think they are great and they make her feel so comfortable. It’s been great.


108 Janel September 29, 2011

I apparently read the main part of the blog without reading the headline because when I got to the end I was left thinking “Well…..what happened??” I felt as if the rest of the blog had disappeared somewhere and I was getting jipped. It was then that I noticed we are only getting part I! (Whoops!) It was such an interesting read, I cannot wait for Part II! Hopefully you can tell us a few secrets ;)


109 Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy September 29, 2011

I am so glad that your appointment went well!


110 Heather @ Get Haalthy with Heather September 29, 2011

Sounds like such a great start!


111 LC September 29, 2011

Hi Angie,
I’ve been following your blog for quite awhile, and it has been immensely helpful to me for a variety of reasons. I’ve also struggled with eating issues, have been slowly adopting a vegan lifestyle, and have also struggled with phase of life/career issues as well. So, I can very much relate to the content of your site. I appreciate your openness and your playful spirit. I very much look forward to reading your posts each day :)

As a physician in my 3rd year of post-grad training in psychiatry, I hear what you are saying about traditional medicine. Sometimes the rigors of the “system” make it easier (but certainly not excusable) for a doc, if he or she is not keen and vigilant, to stop listening to his or her patient after a short amount of time. I think the research says that doctors tend to cut patients off after as little as 10-15 seconds…that’s amazing to me. How we possibly provide good care in that instance? I’m in a field where all we really do is listen/talk, so I’m fortunate. I believe it is so validating for a patient to just feel HEARD!

On a personal note, I can relate to you because I too have been having strange symptoms over the past year or so, and traditional medicine just wanted to give me a “pill for every ill”. I knew there had to be something different out there.

I found a wellness center in my area in Texas and had my first visit yesterday. They are very much focused on fixing hormonal imbalances, detoxifying the body and supplementing vitamin deficiencies. I’m so looking forward to having visits with someone who actually LISTENS to what my body is going through without dismissing them as “stress” or “in my head”, and am so grateful to be on the path to wellness using natural, holistic methods.

I wish you the best as you continue with your ND and hope that you get to feeling better soon!

And thanks again for the awesome blog! :)


112 Jess September 29, 2011

Thank you for that post Angela! I am in my first year of my naturopathic degree and reading about your wonderful experience really makes me happy. I know that you will be on the path to complete health with your ND. Thank you for blogging about it x


113 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 29, 2011

goodluck with your training!


114 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 29, 2011

I am so happy for you that you found him and that you had a life changing hour.

The first time I saw a natuopath about 8-9 yrs ago, it changed my life. And I only had a handful of follow up visits with him…maybe 4 hrs total. But he set me on a course, set things in motion, helped give me some tools that helped me begin to unlock the mysteries of my GI system, my overall health, food intolerances, and just helped me get on a path to great health. Overall.


So happy for you that you’re on this path too :)


115 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 29, 2011

It’s amazing what they can do in such a little amount of time, right?

Just some of the things he said during the consult made me think about things in totally new ways. Def. light bulbs going off!


116 Mahealani @ Pu`uhonua September 29, 2011

ND’s are great! My mom worked through her menopause and hyperthyroidism using naturopathy and my almost-mom-in-law has been working with her ND before and after breast cancer. I am SO GLAD you had a great experience, can’t wait to hear more about it.
What is that delightful drink in the last photo? Tea with lemon and a glass straw?


117 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 30, 2011

It’s a lemon herbal tea with fresh lemon juice :) Straw is from Glass D’harma.


118 Jacqui September 29, 2011

Hi! As a naturopath, this is really uplifting for me to read this. There’s a lot of pre-conceived notions out there as to what naturopaths can and can’t do, and I love to read so many positive thoughts. Thanks for posting this Angela.


119 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 29, 2011

I’m glad it was uplifting for you to read. That’s exactly how I felt when I left my appointment!


120 Misty September 29, 2011

ANGELA!!! I’m so excited you found an ND that works for you. If you cannot find a Dr try finding a Nurse Practitioner, they are great and have a huge scope of practice! They tend to be open to ND’s and take more time with pateients….at least mine does! I love her!


121 Lisa (bakebikeblog) September 29, 2011

I am so glad to hear that you had a great experience!


122 Katie G September 29, 2011

Hi angela, I have a question!
I just bought some raw hemp protein powder the other day and have only used it once in a green monster. Do you have any other suggestions for using it? :)


123 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 30, 2011

The only thing I use protein powder in is smoothies…I’ve tried it in baked goods and didn’t have great results. I find hemp is especially strong and quite detectable in things.


124 Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf September 29, 2011

So glad you’ve had a good experience with your ND! I’ve been working with a holistic doctor for the past few months, and it’s so refreshing to actually have a doctor LISTEN and not dismiss my symptoms. I wish I could find an OBGYN that was more willing to consider my symptoms to be legitimate issues, but it’s pretty slim pickin’s here in the wild, west frontier. :P


125 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) September 29, 2011

All my MD has ever done for me is prescribe drugs to hide my symptoms rather than find out the cause and cure it. I’ve seen ND’s and they are so thorough. I enjoy their practices much more than the typical MD in the states. That’s just my personal experience.

I’ve also had food sensitivity testing done which showed I’m sensitive to dairy. I’ve made an effort to lower my dairy consumption and I have so many less headaches now – it’s amazing!


126 [email protected] September 29, 2011

yayyy so great that you found the right person for you! :) I truly think naturopathic doctors are awesome because they seem to make a more intimate connection, as well as use natural good-for-you stuff. Thanks for sharing Ang!


127 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 29, 2011

I’m so glad you had such a great first experience! We’re actually learning about counselling techniques in my Clinical Nutrition class right now and my professor really emphasizes the importance of listening to your patients. It’s shocking how SO many health care professionals forget to do that though.

Can’t wait to read part 2! :)


128 Tracy Bryant September 29, 2011

I discovered my ND about 4 years ago. She changed my life. I was getting recurrent sinus infections – two or three every year. My regular doctor prescribed increasingly strong antibiotics that were no longer working. He wouldn’t even make me come in for a visit, he’d just call in a prescription. My ND helped get get to the root of the problem and I’ve only had two sinus infections on the last 4 years. She also got to the bottom of my awful GI issues that I’ve had for almost 20 years. Changed my life. My insurance doesn’t cover it, which is ridiculous – they’ll pay for 3-6 rounds of antibiotics per year, but not the cost of one ND visit to fix the problem. Good for you for investing in your health.


129 Salina September 29, 2011

I know this is going to sound all “conspiracy theory” but I seriously think that health insurance agencies and governments have major stakes in pharmaceutical companies. Its the only thing that makes sense, why else would you ignore something like an ND when HEAPS of people have more positive outcomes than going to a regular GP?? Not to say that GP’s aren’t important, i have a lot of respect for anyone in the medical field.


130 AGS September 30, 2011

Salina, I think you have a point (and certainly I’ve thought this myself). That said, you need to keep in mind that they way medical community treats conditions is based on the scientific assumption of “averages” — and NDs tend to treat patients as individuals. Consequently, there is less opportunity for NDs to back-up their treatment plan with scientific evidence. This in turn makes it harder to hold NDs accountable to certification groups — and, consequently, for determining the cost of treatment. I guess what I’m trying to say is that the ND community has more latitude for treatment plans, which enables two things: (1) individualized care that often results in health gains for patients, (2) more quacks in the ND field, precisely becuase it is less regulated.


131 suzanne September 29, 2011

SO happy to hear it went well for you. I have been to a holistic nutritionist who used energy medicine to test my needs – it was amazing but unfortunately she was not well versed in vegetarianism so prescribed supplements that had cow heart in them! It was discouraging and I have been reluctant to go to anyone else due to costs of visits and potential supplements they will recommend. I look forward to hearing more about your journey with this.Thanks for being so generous to share with us so we can learn with you!


132 Nobody September 29, 2011

oh, that doctor sounds WONDERFUL. i wish i had one of those. just based on this post, it sounds like we share a lot of similarities as far as the gastro issues go. :0/ i love your blog… my husband and i recently decided to slowly assimilate ourselves towards a vegan diet. i recently found your blog through my search for began recipes and advice. thanks for being so awesome. :)


133 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 30, 2011

Thank you! Glad you are enjoying the blog :)


134 Ana Maria September 29, 2011

I felt the exact same way when I went to visit my Naturopath-Homeopath. She was so kind and such a good listener (I know that some doctors can be this too – it’s a shame that they can’t spend the same amount of time with patients!) In any case, really happy for you and I hope everything works out!


135 Diana @ frontyardfoodie September 29, 2011

Oh my goodness that’s awesome!

The first time I went to the doctor for a real reason (turned out to be Endometriosis) I brought a written list of all the symptoms that I had been experiences….she dismissed ALL of them and put me on the pill. I was so distraught that I switched doctors immediately and found another unsatisfactory experience.

The closest to a good doctor I ever had (have) is my midwife. She has some qualities of a medical doctor that bother me but she is very accepting of how I want to do things in my life and caters everything to that. When I was delivery my baby she followed my birth plan to.the.T. It was amazing.


136 Sophie September 29, 2011

Im excited for you!!! Cant wait till the next part!


137 Kristin September 29, 2011

I’m so glad that your experience was amazing. I tell all my friends that have chronic anything or just don’t feel right to try and ND. They are so amazing! I see them at one of the Naturopathic school clinics, which makes it even more interesting watching the students do their clinicals and talking to the doctor’s about all the training they even go through. So glad you are on a track to a healthier you.


138 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 29, 2011

I love holistic doctors. I see one as well (he is a chirpractor/holistic combo) and he always knows the craziest things before I even breathe a word about my week just by examining me. It’s seriously freaky!


139 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 29, 2011

oh my goodness I need to go to this doctor. I’m going to my second gastroenterologist next week because my first one just didn’t listen to me. He didn’t care about my diet – how is diet not important when dealing with the digestive system???


140 Cassie September 29, 2011

That’s exactly how my first appointment with my naturopath went! Congratulations ! You’ll be healthy in no time : )


141 Christine @ Merf In Progress September 29, 2011

Oh my gosh I can’t wait to read the rest of this!!!


142 maggie September 29, 2011

I dealt and am still dealing with stomach issues..alot has to do with stress..also all woman in my family deals with the same issues. Ever since I went vegan/glutenfree/soyfree with a bit of fish thrown in I’ve felt much better. Cleanses some times work too. Always better to get a REAL specialist like you did..once I went homeopathic I’m never going back. Totally excited to hear about your progress of finding what is causing your tiggers to feeling bad. :)



143 Nicole September 29, 2011

An ND literally saved my life. I had a serious illness, but my GP was constantly dismissing all my symptoms. The naturopath diagnosed me in my first appointment. And no- it wasn’t a money grab. She told me that although there were natural remedies that could be used alongside traditional medicine, the illness I had needed the care of a doctor (MD) and prescription drugs to be treated effectively. I saw another doctor (at a drop-in clinic, since it is impossible to get on as a new patient with a GP here in Canada) who ran the correct tests and treated me. I think there are two issues: 1) Some doctors just want to prescribe pills without bothering to look for underlying causes (in my case, my GP was happy to give me painkillers, but nothing else) 2) Studies have shown that male doctors are significantly more likely to dismiss unusual or “invisible” (i.e. pain, fatigue) symptoms in women as being imagined. It sounds ridiculous, but find almost any woman with a chronic illness and they’ll have story after story of being ignored and dismissed


144 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 30, 2011

Wow Nicole…your story gave me chills. I’m so happy to hear that you got the proper care that you need.
I can relate to your feelings of being dismissed. I couldn’t get over how freeing it felt to just be HEARD by someone. That is half the battle.
Wishing you lots of good health in the future!


145 kyla September 29, 2011

One of my nutrition professors told us once, “You haven’t lived until you’ve had to discuss bowel movements with a 16 year old boy”. 16 year old boy or not, talking sh*t(hehehe) can be uncomfortable with the health care provider too!


146 JGago @ Eat, Drink, & Be Merry! September 29, 2011

I’ve been having issues with bloating after every meal for almost 3 years now. I’m curious, what did the doctor suggest the problem was? I’ve been told I probably have IBS but doctors never gave me any ideas of how to treat it other than trying an elimination diet to see what foods bother me. It’s funny that they are the doctors, yet I’m the one who has to figure out what’s wrong. I always leave feeling more hopeless than before.

Really curious to see what kind of plan the new doc will put you on. I’ve considered my problem might be glutten, but the idea of going g-free is intimidating!


147 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 30, 2011

he’s not sure yet, but im getting food sensitivity testing second week of oct


148 Tiffany September 30, 2011

is it Nurtrion Response Testing you are having? It was just suggested to me to have NRT which is also kinesiology?


149 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 2, 2011

I’m not sure what the testing is, but I will certainly blog about it when I find out :)


150 Nadia September 29, 2011

It’s great that you finally found a good doctor! Naturopath or a holistic nutritionist can change things tremendously if he/she is a good one :)


151 Betsy September 29, 2011

I know you don’t live right in Toronto, but if you have reason to come into the city often enough to make it worthwhile, there is a free clinic (Queen West Community Health Centre) that has Naturopaths on staff! I’ve been seeing one for a couple months and she’s great – educated, a great listener and so lovely – and everything is 100% free!


152 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 30, 2011

Wow, something in life is free? That’s great!
I dont get to Toronto often as it’s over an hour’s drive and we only have one car. I might have to tell Eric about it as he works in Toronto.


153 Kathy September 29, 2011

I want that doctor.

My doctor just dismisses everything I say :P there’s only been 1 doctor who actually seemed like she cared, but sadly, she isn’t my doctor.


154 mi-an dela cruz September 29, 2011

I actually received my MD last year and currently reviewing for my final step 3 of the USMLE. I do love both western and hollistic medicine and I plan to incorporate both in my practice later on. I’m interested in travel medicine and I know that when I go to underdeveloped countries to treat patients with malaria, HIV and TB, I will be able to do so with western medicine. But I also know that for more chronic diseases like HTN, DM etc, i would like to incorporate holistic approach as well. For that reason, I want to get my fellowship in Integrative Medicine (with Dr. Weil!!!). I truly believe in treating the person as a whole and not just the symptoms and that even includes a prescription of yoga class to the over stressed people!! :)


155 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 30, 2011

I love, love, love MD’s who take a holistic approach. I really would love to find one in my area! It sounds like you will have the best of both worlds and will be able to handle anything that comes your way. Good luck!
Oh and training with Dr Weil would be so exciting :)


156 Cupcake Kat September 29, 2011

I loved reading this because my career aspiration is to become a naturopath!


157 Samantha September 30, 2011

Hi Angela,

What a great post to read. I study Naturopathy in Barcelona – Spain and am in my second year now. You know something curious? It was you (among a few other people) who inspired me to study Naturopathy! Yes, you! I was quite lost about what I wanted to do in life (hate my office job) and got very inspired by reading your blog, your history of changing jobs and being your own boss now and do what you like. My own ND also motivated me, and then all of a sudden it hit me: I should become a ND too! Then I would be able to be my own boss (having my own practice) and do what I like most (helping other people being healthy and happy). So, thanks for inspiring me.



158 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 30, 2011

Hi Sam, That’s so amazing to hear. I’m excited for your new career! Even more excited now that I understand the profession a bit better. It seems like such a satisfying job. Good luck!


159 Lisa Broadley September 30, 2011

That’s great Angela! Can’t wait to read Part 2! BTW I still only seen the old banner on your site


160 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 30, 2011

You can hit control + F5 and it should refresh your page. It might be cached…


161 Lisa Broadley September 30, 2011

no it didn’t work :(


162 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 30, 2011

That’s weird…What browser do you use?


163 Lisa Broadley September 30, 2011

I use Google Chrome. Tried it in Internet Explorer and it’s there. Quite striking! I like it!


164 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 30, 2011

Thanks :)
I wonder why it’s not showing in chrome? Hmm.


165 Kristen L September 30, 2011

It didn’t show for me either until I cleared my cache – try that!


166 FlowerChildYoga September 30, 2011

I have a holistic doctor who has been very helpful. His tests were more detailed than any traditional doctors. He found problems I have that thirteen traditional doctors over the past 20 years have not been even close to pinpointing. One suggestion: I am not a vegan, but for the most part meat and animal products gross me out- he found I have a severe B12 deficiency. This may not hurt to get checked out. From what I understand B12 shots are better absorbed by the body than supplements. Very good luck to you. Having complicated health issues is no fun and somewhat consuming. May you find ease and happiness in life, Amy


167 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 30, 2011

Thanks Amy. I’m glad that you found relief for your symptoms.
I had all my blood work (iron and b12, plus a bunch more) done in may which came back normal. I do hope to get my blood work done again soon. I have a suspicion that my iron is low as I’ve been super tired all the time. Best to get it checked out!


168 Stephanie October 19, 2011

Just a quick thought – your body has to convert B12 from cyanocobalamin to methylcobalamin. Most vitamin forms of B12 comes as cyanocobalamin, because its cheaper. I was taking B12 for years until my Naturopath tested me and found that my body is unable to convert it. So I have to take the methylcobalamin form. (That was my best scientific explanation of a bodily function that I have zero comprehension of! Just ask your doc!)


169 kelsey September 30, 2011

angela! you have no idea what perfect timing this is for me right now. oh my god, ever since i returned from my study abroad in Europe [where I, no doubt, lost a ton of weight that i shouldn’t have from so much walking and not as much of my frequent, routine eating (which is both good and bad!) on my two month escapade] my stomach has been so out of whack. bloating and what not that just makes me feel gross and terrible and super self conscious! i am so interested in this path you are taking and I can’t wait to hear more. im seriously thinking about making an appointment with an nd now! keep me posted :]


170 Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers September 30, 2011

Wow that’s awesome! Glad you found a good doctor. I’m looking for a general Physician and Gyno right now and I’m having a hard time, especially with costs. I have health insurance but I only get a discount. My Doctors appointments cost anywhere from $175- $375 a visit. How they changed the health care plans in the states is just horrible. If you get sick you don’t go to the doctors because it costs to much.


171 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers September 30, 2011

Very awesome. I hope the visit (and future visits) are as productive as they are enjoyable. :) Happy Friday


172 Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove September 30, 2011

That’s wonderful! I’m so glad you’re starting to make progress on this!

I have stomach issues, too (it’s constantly grumbling/talking but not in a “I’m hungry” kind-of-way). I’ve gone to allergist but I think I need to see a gastrointestinal doctor.


173 Sascha September 30, 2011

I was wondering if a nuropath doctor is really a doctor. In the Netherlands we have regular doctors and alternative ‘docters’ but they are not allowed to use that title if they are not medically trained. I’m well on my way in getting my MD so I’m a little bit pro-regular and anti-alternative. I do think that regular medicine is sometimes a little to busy practising ‘evidence based medicine’ instead of ‘patient based medicine’. But I also think that some of the negatives of regular medicine have nothing to do with the doctor, but with the system. To make good health care available to everyone it must be cost-effective and long private consults are very nice for patients but they do cost a lot of money and they are not that big a difference in outcome. That is why in the Netherlands the insurance company’s don’t allow GPs to see patients for longer than 10 minutes (unless absolutly necessary) while most doctors would like to take more time for their patients. Like you said, this ND takes the time and so, but you do have to pay a lot for it. That means it will only be available for those who can afford it which makes it an elite ‘doctor’. And of course I do think that if people can afford this and do have the interest in this practise, there is no problem. But I do think that if regular doctors would have more time and resources for their patients (also more time for psychological, physical and social aspects, which is also very important in regular medicine but it must be skipped a lot because of this time-limit) a lot of people that now seek help from alternative doctors are perfectly happy with their regular doctor. And in that case the medical care is much more regulated to guarantee quality and safety.


174 Nicole @ Yuppie Yogini September 30, 2011

Glad you are promoting this type of healthcare. After seeing a Chinese Medicine doctor for many months, I knew more about poop that I ever thought possible! ;)


175 Claire September 30, 2011

I can’t wait to read part 2! I actually work with MDs for a living and have been really frustrated because they never listen to me and always want to medicate my problems rather than look to what the root cause may be. I am VERY lucky because I actually found an MD an another institution who is very holistic and I love her…and she is covered by my insurance. She is also a vegan (as am I) which I think is great because my previous MDs all thought I was crazy for being vegan. I am really happy for you that you found a ND that you love!


176 VeggieGirl September 30, 2011

Wow! Wish I could afford a naturopath doctor!


177 vv September 30, 2011

Hey Angela!! Your visit to the Neuropath doctor sure went well!! I wish I could visit one too!!! I’m facing similar digestion issues like you and have been for a few years now! I recently started visiting a doctor who practices Traditional Chinese Medicine in hopes of fininding a solution to my problems since my regualr family physician wasn’t helping much!! Would love to hear more about your progress and your next visit to the Neuropath doctor! :)


178 Melanie September 30, 2011

Glad you had such a great experience with your visit to the Naturopath. I am so fortunate because my sister is an N.D. They are so knowledgeable and wonderful! Would love to hear more about your visit!


179 Cortnie September 30, 2011

I’m so happy for you, Angela! It’s always awesome to find someone who actually listens to you and is willing to help. I can’t wait to hear more about this journey with Naturopathy. I was recommended to your blog by a friend when she found out I was intent on entering a vegan lifestyle – your recipes and bright outlook have already inspired me so much!



180 Christen September 30, 2011

I need more of this article!!! I just recently went to a naturopath here in Orlando, FL …and my guy….while nice…he was quite odd…and i was there for 4 HOURS!! uuggghhh… he didnt outline (linearly) what my issues where…and didnt correlate what suppliments tied to what issue he identifed in my body……I’d love to hear more about your exp. and more about naturopathic health in general!! So glad you took a step in that direction! and THANK YOU for writing about it!!!


181 Carrie @ No More Tomorrows September 30, 2011

I just discovered you. I’m SO glad I did!! I have been wanting to go the naturopathic route as well. Your post on it was perfect timing for me. Thank you so much for sharing!


182 Ricki September 30, 2011

I feel very lucky that part of my visits to an ND are covered by my workplace health insurance. I have the biggest crush ever on my ND and the utmost respect for his abilities as a healthcare provider. When conventional medicine let me down again and again over my candida issues, he is the one who took me in, treated me with patience, respect and intelligence, and helped me to get better. Worth every single penny.


183 Charissa October 1, 2011

I also can’t wait to read part two. The last time I went to the doctor to discuss digestive issues I ran into the same kind of problems that really left me feeling like it’s all in my head and that my visit was completely pointless. It’s why I don’t like going to the doctor but am interested to see what your doctor said.


184 Hayley @ Oat Couture October 1, 2011

Really glad to hear you had such a good experience with Naturopathy! I’m a big believer in the work they do and I can’t wait to read part 2! Best of luck with it all love!


185 Jenn October 1, 2011

I love my naturopath… and my regular MD! My MD has a degree in Eastern Medicine as well and prefers that route when the patient agrees! I am sooo lucky!


186 MaDeja October 1, 2011

I am having very similar digestive problems to yours. A few months ago I became very ill due to stomach problems that I have yet to discover. I lost 10 pounds, on an average I weigh 90-93 pounds, and I was so weak that I could not even leave my bed. I’ve been to many doctors and recently I found an MD that I am in love with; he thinks that I may have a wheat allergy. A cat scan also revealed, then, that I had a cyst on one of my ovaries. I feel better, but it is really hard bc I get pains, am very fatigued, and a college student.
Although, I do not and have not eaten pork for 10 years, your vegan diet is really inspiring. I’ve stopped eating all red meats at 10. I sincerely enjoy your posts. Would you please give me ideas on what works for you. Most food (especially oily/fried, breads, and meats) makes me feel as though I have to vomit.


187 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 2, 2011

I hope your symptoms improve! That does not sound like any fun. I can relate to the pain of the cysts.
As for diet, Ive been trying to eat more vegetables/fruit and more protein than usual. It seems to be helping a lot.


188 Lisa October 3, 2011

For those who can’t afford to see an ND, I strongly suggest looking for a DO (Doctor of Osteopathy). They are normal docs (you may even see one and not know it) but they are trained to have a more “whole body” approach. I have a DO primary care and also had one as my surgeon last year. They really listen to you and many will be happy to explore alternative treatments with you.


189 Ann October 4, 2011

I have only recently discovered your blog, and have been loving it since, so I apologize if this is old news, but wanted to let you know that you aren’t alone in your struggle to find a good doc. For more than a yr now I have been struggling to find answers to my digestive problems and have been very frustrated with conventional doctors who have repeatedly given me worthless advice, have seemed less informed than I regarding alternative diets, and have been dismissive of my symptoms. Don’t give up! I am trying several alternative practitioners (now simultaneously so I can hopefully speed up the process)–a chiropractor and a homeopathic dr–as well as a new gi doc (who I think is much better than the others). I also was weary of the costs involved and after many conversations with the insurance co realized I would have to be willing to pay the full price because it seems insurance won’t commit to any coverage until they get a bill (which I have to pay up front since so often they don’t cover homeopathic medicine). Anyway, I decided I had to try despite the costs. So I am waiting for results from some allergy testing etc and hoping that btw the 3 people I am seeing I can find a workable solution. I think I wasted too much time believing that my first gi dr knew what he was doing and want to encourage you to keep looking until you feel you are really being listened to and don’t be afraid to keep asking for better answers. Good luck and best wishes for relief. And, to totally change the subject, I love your ideas and recipes and thank you for inspiring me in the kitchen (even with extensive food restrictions)!


190 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 4, 2011

Thanks for your encouragement Ann :) I wish you all the best with your test results and finding a solution!


191 Christie October 4, 2011

Funny you should post this just this week… I have been thinking about going to see a Naturopath for quite a while now, and being on school holidays from Kindy this week I am researching and hopefully booking an appointment! I always thought ND consultations could be valuable, but I never really thought I had anything they could help me fix… until about a year ago I gained a patch of eczma under one arm, and am getting increasing digestive and hormonal issues… now its my turn I think! Let us know how you get on!


192 Janiek October 4, 2011

Sounds like a nice, good doctor to me. Exited to read p2.


193 Courtney October 4, 2011

I’ve been thinking about becoming a naturopathic doctor, and your post inspired me to really look into it. I’m actually an under physics major, but my passion is waning and I’ve realized I spend most of my spare time researching nutrition and natural cures, so thanks for inspiring me to really look into it! I’ve talked to several naturopathic doctors in my town, and they’ve all been super friendly and are going to let me shadow them so I can see what it’s really like!


194 Tracy @ Commit to Fit October 4, 2011

I just went to a new ND for the first time and in 15 minutes, he was pretty much able to sum up all of my health issues (that I have been trying to figure out for more than 5 years) and talk about a plan of attack. I was in love.


195 Jenny October 5, 2011

Would love to hear part 2 of the story!


196 Sabrina October 5, 2011

Hi Angela!
I’ve been following your blog for about the last year when one of my vegan friends introduced me to it. I’m currently a student at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Arizona and can’t even express how happy I was to see you taking an active interest in the profession, and especially about how positive your first experience was! I’m sure there are others out there who read your blog who will be inspired by your experience and that this will help the profession to grow!
Congratulations on making the first step towards holistic wellness and I hope the rest of your journey is successful in achieving all your health needs!


197 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 6, 2011

Hey Sabrina, goodluck with your studies and future career in naturopathic medicine. How exciting!


198 Ally Chick October 8, 2011

Hi Angela. Just wondering when you are going to write Part 2 of your journey to Naturopathy? We are all looking forward to reading it with gusto.


199 Kitty October 12, 2011

Hi Angela, seeing a Naturopath is great step towards whole health, they’re very popular here in Oz. Hearing how expensive medical treatment is in the States, I’d recommend seeing an ND who is skilled in complementary therapies like acupuncture, live blood analysis etc. that way you get the most out of your visits. BTW if you’ve got sensitive gut issues, live blood analysis might be of help to pinpoint causes. It’s fascinating stuff.
Thanks for your inspirational blogging :) Kitty


200 Tiffany November 14, 2011

I will never regret going to an Naturopath Doctor. I had had digestive problems since I was a teenager (about the past 15 years) after 4 weeks after seeing the Naturopath doctor and doing everything she told me to do, I had no digestive issues. It was incredible! I tell everybody about it and recommend anyone and everyone to make the switch!


201 Jessica November 20, 2011

I also suffer from digestive issues and ovarian cysts. I was vegan for 5 years and had to starting eating meat and other animal products again because my body simply cannot digest whole grains very well. I suffered for years from bloat and constipation despite being extremely active and drinking lots of water. I now avoid almost all grains because the high fiber content is too harsh on my body. I also try to eliminate as much sugar as possible and as a result I feel much better. On a vegan diet I also noticed that I was emotionally more unstable than I am usually am. I felt cognitively sluggish and very moody.

I understand that diet is a very personal choice, and me making the decision to stop being vegan wasn’t easy. I always support local farmers and make sure what I consume was procured as humanely as possible. In the end, I feel so much better mentally and physically now that I stick to a more well-rounded diet without an emphasis on grains and sugar. I hope you’re able to come to a resolution that you can be happy with concerning your diet.


202 Aubrey May 31, 2012

Angela, I definitely think you are on the right track seeing an alternative doctor for digestive problems. I have suffered from horrible digestion my whole life (and so has my mom, grandmother and great grandmother –so I think it’s genetic) and my mom and I started seeing a traditional Chinese herbal doctor last year. My problems (as did my mom’s) completely went away! I never knew that food didn’t have to be painful. Now I can eat just about anything (as long as it’s semi healthy) without a problem :) All the best to you! Keep us posted on your experience!


203 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2012

Thanks for your best wishes!


204 [email protected] May 29, 2013

I’ve had terrible luck with doctors just feeding me medication and am thinking about seeing a neuropath for a whole myriad of issues. Price is holding me back.


205 hkhkhk August 9, 2013

have you been back to the naturopath or are you still seeing him? i’m curious to hear about what additional treatment, etc he has recommended.


206 Jenny November 14, 2013

Loved this! I had a lip/skin issue all summer. I saw 3 doctors and one specialist. Nothing helped. I went to see a woman who had just gotten her naturopath certificate (degree?) and not only was it super affordable, she helped me solve many problems in two visits. Who knew my body wasn’t producing enough bile to digest foods and I had free roaming toxins causing so many ills? Now I’m newer than new…I love seeing how people are looking for alternative was to heal!


207 Corrie March 4, 2014

Hello Angela,

I have recently discovered your website after, again, experiencing very painful gallbladder attacks. As a former student of Nutrition/Dietetics, I strongly believe in the power of nutrition and how it can prevent and treat many illnesses. What I am finding, again, on my new health journey, is how many people in general, including MD’s and Nurses, do not feel the same way as I about the significance of nutrition. I, as you, felt as if the doctors I spoke with were not fully listening to my concerns, my suggestions, and overall my view-point. None of my arguments were taken into account as if I was just some ignorant person who just experienced my first attack and didn’t know a thing about the situation. They were not interestest in my opinions, my eating habits, how my past likely influenced my problems. The Doctor I spoke to was actually quite rude to me and the other doctor I spoke to made this funny smile at me every time I talked about how eating healthy again, specificallyl going Vegan again might really help me. I was not asked to talk to a Nutritionist and was simply given a note that asked me to eat “bland” low-fat foods until my gallbladder was removed. Being the Foodie that I am, I was somewhat insulted by how the third Doctor viewed healthy food, food that is not loaded with fats and Cholesterol as bland. Whenever I mentioned the idea of keeping my gallbladder and going Vegan people laughed at me. “Why eat healthy when you can get it taken out and eat what you want?” “Why waste your money on organic food?” “Eating Vegan will not help you.” “You will never get the protein you need if you go Vegan.” What is interesting is that now that I am eating mostly vegan foods, I have not had any noticeable health issues. Of course, I probably should eventually have it taken out, but still believe that I should continue eating mainly vegan foods after it’s gone. I know it will very much benefit me more than people understand. I just wanted to say that I am thankful that there are people out there, like yourself, who believe in the power of food. My dream is to prove many people wrong. To help people understand that food can change your life and that even if you are an MD or have a Nursing Degree, it does not necessarily mean you fully understand the main cause or treatment of an illness. We are still discovering new findings, daily, about nutrition and our bodies. Everyone’s body is different, every situation is different, and I have this feeling that certain people are not taking the time, or are not given the time, to really research a client’s illness or give them the care they need. Just my thoughts.

Thank you!

Corrie Cunningham


208 christinamom7 August 18, 2014

I’ve been suffering with candida and yeast imbalance for some time and have tried a number of remedies recommended by my Naturopath. I was keen to the Lady Soma Candida Cleanse, because it is an all in one candida cleanse, containing anti-fungals, enzymes and probiotics, so I only need to take one product, instead of a whole series of different formulations. I took the full dose to begin with, and was pleased with the results, which started to kick in within about a week. Now I just take 1 capsule per day of the Lady Soma pill as a maintenance dose and that seems to be keeping things under control for me. For the first time, I feel like I have found a simple long term solution to keeping my candida at bay.


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