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wondering if anyone has gone to see a naturopathic doctor to try and get help with their IBS. I would say I am IBS-A but don't get bad consitpation, mostly urgency, frequency episodes every couple weeks.would love to hear your experience with naturopathy...I also want to know who I could go to , that can test me for food allergies / sensitivies? I am in BC canada!!
 

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http://www.drhalbrown.com/I did not see him for IBS, rather eczema, which was a simultaneous problem. While the major cause of my skin conditions were work related chemical sensitivities, in the time that has passed, it is pretty apparent that some of those same foods he found as problematical for me not only contribute to a long running eczemic flare I am still dealing with, but also to some softening and urgency issues, years and years since this has been a major problem. I lived in the Yukon at that time; but the only answer I could get from doctors was a string of steroid medicines. He was worth the airfare and the vacation time I had to take to see him. I quite liked his approach to my health, unlike what I was getting from the traditional medical community. Also, and just as a side note. if you think this is food related, you might find a trip to the IBS Treatment Center in Seattle worth a go. I think the cost for the initial assessment is about $1000 but it sounds as though the testing is pretty thorough. www.ibstreatmentcenter.comAnother resource might be NowLeap for a similar food-based program. www.nowleap.com/Mark
 

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All of Mark's suggestions are good. But you also might try to locate a quality nutritionist who undertsands food allergies and sensitivities as well as gut issues like IBS. You can ask friends and family, doctors, hospitals, etc. Ask everyone you run into, it's the way to find quality care-givers.
 

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I just started seeing a naturopathic doctor this month for IBS. She's also a general MD so luckily my insurance pays for everything just like with any doctor. She's started me out on food suggestions and supplements - Thorne seems to be the flavor of the moment with naturopaths around here. In addition to IBS, she also wants to focus on my GERD and dysmenorrhea. I've usually been IBS-A but lately it has been more D. I take lomotil everyday but have been able to slowly decrease the dosage since it makes me very constipated. Without drugs, I will just go to the bathroom repeatedly until there's nothing left then have no bms for days and days. Next bm is C and stays that way until enough food builds up then back to D. I got tired of just taking whatever drug, supplement, or treatment people have suggested so I did a bit of research and found my ND.I was referred to a nutritionist in grad school but she wasn't any help at all to me. At our first session, she told me there was no point in helping me since whatever she suggested I wasn't going to do it anyway. She was supposed to be very good and knowledgeable about IBSers - supposed to be. Good thing about NDs is that they do understand IBS/digestive issues and that you probably need supplement/medicinal support to get from point a to point b rather than just throw a list of foods at you and tell you to get to it. The only reason I trust the one I'm going to is that she is a real licensed physician in addition to obtaining her ND degree from an accredited school, she actually listened to me and knows that we will have to take baby steps, and she created a wellness plan especially for me that addressed all my concerns. I can and have called her any time I have questions about what to eat, how to eat, how to take supplements, and what to do with current drugs. I'm very detailed oriented so I need a similarly minded health care professional to keep me on the right path.As for food allergy testing, when I was younger I got tested by a regular Allergy and Immunology Specialist. I would think most Canadian hospitals and clinics have some on staff just like in the states. It's not a highly specialized specialization - if that makes any sense.
 
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