Some health problems feel more personal than others—like chronic heartburn, bloating, or diarrhea—so it’s surprising to discover that you can get natural relief from your symptoms without seeing a naturopath in person. If you’ve tried over-the-counter medications and dietary changes, if you have seen a certified holistic nutritionist and still aren’t seeing a difference, if your healthcare providers are telling you your endoscopy or colonoscopy results are normal, if you find yourself Googling your symptoms again and again… it’s time to talk to a doctor online.
It’s so simple: if you still have symptoms you still need answers. I help patients just like you discover the reasons for their suffering and find holistic remedies that let them reclaim their lives. And as much as I love to be in the room with my patients, I can provide personalized, hands-on holistic healthcare you can trust right through your computer screen. In fact, an online doctor visit has become an increasingly popular option in my practice because it offers so many benefits:
- A virtual doctor visit helps patients without holistic care options in their community.
Even if you know you want holistic remedies to be a part of your treatment plan, you may have a difficult time convincing your primary care physician or gastroenterologist to provide a referral. And even if you are able to convince your healthcare provider to consider holistic care you may not have a certified naturopathic doctor in your area. As a naturopathic doctor, I am trained in traditional medicine as well as in holistic care. I am authorized to review your medical records and tests, so I can take advantage of modern diagnostics to identify the causes of your symptoms while turning to a full toolbox of proven, minimally invasive natural remedies to help them. There are only 6,000 certified naturopaths in the entire country and only a very few of us specialize in gut health. The demand is much greater than our availability. I wrote my book, Digestive Relief for Life: The Secret to the Mind-Gut Connection, to make it possible for more patients to get access to holistic care for the underlying conditions causing their gastrointestinal symptoms. But if you need more, I’m here for you. Virtual doctor visits let me customize my care for you and your specific gut health issues.
- It may be easier to be more open about your symptoms during an online doctor visit.
Let’s be honest—the symptoms of leaky gut can be totally embarrassing. Many of my patients tell me it is easier to share their struggles through our completely private, secure, HIPAA-compliant videoconferencing chats. There’s something about the physical distance between us that creates a space they feel free to speak honestly and openly. That distance also creates more space for you to stand up for what you want. From our first conversation, my patients know I want them to tell me if something I suggest doesn’t feel right for them. If you know something is a no-go, don’t be polite, just say so! is my personal and professional motto.
- When you talk to a doctor online, you get more time to talk.
Traditional specialists like gastroenterologists and even general practitioners like your family doctor have significant constraints on their time. Most consultations with experts are fifteen minutes or less! And because they genuinely care about their patients and because they have accomplish so much in so little time, mainstream medical doctors can develop a bias for the fast fix (meaning, pharmaceuticals). All too often, patients are given drugs that cover up their symptoms, not cure them. The full hour-long consultation an online doctor visit affords lets us do so much more than review your bloodwork and recommend an antibiotic. We do real work together, diving deep into the way you eat and the way you live, peeling back the layers of your lifestyle to reveal the real reasons for your symptoms—and selecting the natural remedies that will make you feel right again.
- A virtual doctor visit can make you feel better right away.
No, I can’t cure you with one conversation. What I can do in just one hour is make you feel heard and give you real hope. For patients who have gone down so many dead ends and have had so many disappointing results, for patients whose physicians think “it’s all in their head,” that hope can be powerful and have healing properties all its own.
Ready to get serious about your gut health? Schedule your online doctor visit …
The information provided in this blog post is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease or condition. It is not intended to substitute for the treatment and/or diagnosis of an in-person visit or exam with a medical professional. This information does not provide a second opinion or in any way attempt to alter the treatment plans or therapeutic goals/recommendations of your personal physician. It is my role to partner with you to provide ongoing support and accountability as you create an action plan to meet and maintain your health goals.