So much can be achieved with diet. Patrice has trained in naturopathy which includes nutrition as well as herbal medicine, massage, counselling and many adjunct therapies. The first appointment is about taking the case. This can take up to two hours, and is where client and practitioner get to know each other.
The case history is comprehensive. It covers your main problems, family health history, your lifestyle, your current diet, and a full review of systems, such as cardiovascular, renal, reproductive etc. It's very helpful if you can bring recent blood test results, a list or the actual medications or supplements you're taking, and a diet diary.
Patrice's particular interests include gut dysbiosis, probiotics and IBS, including SIBO, rheumatic autoimmune diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, lupus etc), and treating MTHFR polymorphisms.
After the session, Patrice may research any issues that have come up to find the latest studies and opinions on treatment. Drug and supplement interactions are checked, and a report is written which you receive at your second consultation (1 hour). If there are interesting studies, Patrice may download and print them for you so you know more about the condition.
Patrice will go through the report with you, and you can ask questions. It summarises your health problems, gives full dietary suggestions and advice, recommends supplements that are appropriate, and any lifestyle changes which you may need to make for improvement. Any budgetary issues with supplements will be discussed, and supplements ordered.
Your health changes over time, and it's important to check back with Patrice at regular intervals. If there's nothing much wrong, then six monthly is fine. At that point she can recheck symptoms, alter supplements, offer advice and help you stick to your dietary goals. If your health issues are complex, more frequent checkups are desirable.
It's important to note that many physical health problems can be very much to do with emotional issues. Sometimes that's hard for people to see easily, but it can be obvious to the practitioner. For example, kidney infections could be to do with being "pissed off". Obesity can arise not only by eating too much and exercising too little, but also by putting a protective layer around to avoid being hurt. It's important to look at what your disease may be giving you (attention, protection, dependance ...) and see if you really do want to get better. Rebirthing/breathwork can be great for clearing issues like that.