"The information in the Adrenal Fatigue book regarding the winding road to recovery was extremely accurate. I found that I would make forward progress, then hit a plateau or even have a setback, but would then move forward again. It’s been about 3 years now since I first got sick and I'm back to my energetic self again."


"After dozens of diagnostic tests on everything from my gall bladder to my heart found nothing seriously wrong, my doctor decided that I was just overly stressed and the cure was "a little rest". But I knew a week of just resting was not going to cure me because, by this point, I was barely functioning"


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Is your health professional actually giving you professional care?

 Here are ten simple tips to guide you in what to look for when choosing a health-care professional:

1. Spends enough time with you and   listens  A typical initial consultation with a natural health care practitioner is anywhere from 45 minutes up to 1 ½ hours, but with a medical doctor may only last 6 – 10 minutes. You should have enough time to describe all your complaints, as well as being able to ask all the questions you have. Your practitioner will be (or should be!) relaxed and make you feel at ease, not keeping a constant eye on the clock or the computer. Does he or she make or take personal calls, or appear to be preoccupied with other business? Maybe you are in the wrong clinic. Do you feel that your practitioner is listening to you, or is he or she doing all the talking? Did you know that more than half of medical doctors survey in New Zealand are themselves stressed or burned out?
2. Takes a complete medical history
On your first visit, your practitioner should ask extensive questions on your medical history and take your case thoroughly. If you see a natural health care practitioner, he or she should be competent enough to at least have a greater knowledge of your disease and their treatments than yourself, the person actually presenting with the complaints. Medical doctors generally get it right here, (but we all make mistakes!) they have extensive hospital training and are trained to spot serious health problems at the onset. Does she enquire into what medications you are taking, ask for blood-test results and perhaps even check out any specialist reports you may bring with you? This shows a high regard for your current medical care, and will certainly put you more at ease right from the beginning.
3. Is professionally qualified and registered
We take it for granted with medical doctors, who generally have a high level of training. Your natural health care practitioner’s qualifications may range from a 6 week course right through to somebody with a Master’s degree and seven years of full-time university study. Don’t be afraid to ask and check out the qualifications and experience of your practitioner. Does your health care practitioner have any professional registrations? These should be displayed, along with the appropriate certificates, diplomas or degrees of qualification. Feel free to enquire where he or she qualified from, if they are professionally registered and how long they have been in practice for. You have a right, after all, you are entrusting them with your most precious asset: your health!
4. Performs a basic screen each visit
Basic health checks such as blood pressure and weight are important. It is surprising to me that some patients have never even had their blood pressure checked by their natural health practitioner, but most always by their doctor. Avoid practitioners who fail to write things down or don’t take any notes each time they see you. They should be able to grab your file in a few seconds and be very familiar with what they recommended previously. Does he or she keep neat files; is the room neat and tidy? What is their appearance like? Your sixth sense will tell you if something doesn’t quite add up.
5. Will help explain what is wrong with you, and takes the time to answer your concerns.
Your practitioner should be willing to discuss all aspects of your illness, helping you to understand what is going on, what the diagnosis means if one has been made and help to allay any fears or anxieties you may have. Be aware of instant or snap diagnoses, claims of a cure, or practitioners who ridicule or belittle other practitioners or treatments in the health care field. True health care professionals never do this.
6. Can see you in emergency situations
A good and caring practitioner will keep some time free for patients who need attention with urgent health problems. Can you call him or her two days later with a concern regarding the treatment, and have a quick word about a strong effect from something prescribed? Are you not even giving two minutes on the phone to allay your concerns, and told rather to make another appointment? Do you find that he or she won’t return your call, not even after a few weeks? It may be time to look elsewhere for healthcare.
7. Keep track of all the medications you take
Your practitioner should review all medicines you are taking, including any prescribed or over the counter drugs like Panadol, herbal as well as nutritional medicines. Any conscientious practitioner will understand drug-nutrient or herb interactions and will always be on the lookout for potentially harmful interactions and ask you if you are experiencing any side-effects. Does your practitioner do this? This is a very important aspect of any health care practice. I find regularly in my practice that patients on several drugs approach me with strong symptoms, of which many are the side effects from their prescribed drugs!  What a waste of time and their hard earned money when they try to counteract these drug-induced complaints with vitamins and mineral supplements. It is prudent to remember that the fourth leading cause of death in America is from the conventional Western medical health care system and particularly from pharmaceutical drugs. (Journal of American Medical Association July 2000) Do we have any reason to believe that such similar grim statistics are any different in NZ?
8. Makes fees available, and is willing to discuss all of the charges
You should be able to obtain a list of all the charges for various procedures, appointments and tests. If there is any reluctance or confusion when you enquire about fees, this is a warning sign that your practitioner may not be right for you.
9. Arranges follow up visits periodically
Not every health problem is solved the moment you leave your practitioner’s office. A caring practitioner should like to see you periodically so that he or she can monitor your progress. Follow-up appointments are important and should be scheduled regularly until you show good improvement in your health. If you have not shown any progress in your condition after several treatments, you should be able to discuss this freely and decide with your practitioner if their treatments are really right for you. You are not obliged to “book ahead” for ten treatments and expect to pay fees upfront for treatments you have not had.
10. Is willing to work in with your medical doctor or naturopath
Most “enlightened” professional health care practitioners today embrace medical science and the healing power of nature, rather than ridicule one or the other. By willing to work in with your doctor or naturopath, your practitioner is showing you that he or she is a true health care professional, and not a “fanatical zealot”. Many professional natural therapists today have Bachelor of Health Science degrees. This is quite different from the days when diplomas were sufficient. However, you may find that your doctor could show reserve or perhaps even mock your treatments with your natural medicine health care practitioner. I like the saying: “condemnation without investigation is the highest form of arrogance”. Don’t let your doctor put you off; you decide what healthcare is right for you. You may need to find a doctor who is willing to accept your stand to embrace the healing powers of nature. The choice is ultimately yours.
It is important to remember that medicine can be like a religion, and don’t we have some extremists there!

Eric Bakker ND

Barbara said,

August 10, 2009 @ 5:14 pm

I think my blood-pressure medication is slowly poisoning me I get all these annoying symptoms like a very dry mouth and lips ( worse at night) aches and pains mild dizziness nausea (relieved most times by eating something) Erratic fast heart beat and sleep deprivation Ringing in mt ears My energy levels arent too bad but probably would be better if I could get a better nights sleep PS I dont think I am just being neurotic and I am not depressed

Barbara said,

August 10, 2009 @ 5:17 pm

My Dr does listen to me but I think she has given up on me too Her latest cooment was “You are between a rock and a hard place “regarding the side effects of my medication which doesnt appear to be working as well as she would like

Eric Bakker ND said,

August 12, 2009 @ 1:37 pm

Hi Barbara,

It is time for you to talk to somebody who can show you that there are various options for treating high blood pressure. Giving somebody a drug to “treat” blood pressure(for the rest of their natural life) is like giving somebody endless credit they can ill afford to pay back. Eventually you pay the ultimate price.
Go to http://www.naturopath.org.nz and look for a naturopath who should be able to assist, make a few enquiries and you will find somebody who can listen to you and help you without making you feel like a hypochondriac!
Most cases of blood pressure are stress driven, especially the “essential” hypertension where no known cause is established. Weight may also be at the heart of this problem, either way you need to look for a solution and not have to feel poisoned because your doctor “can’t be bothered”.


Eric Bakker ND

Barbara said,

August 28, 2009 @ 12:17 pm

Unfortunately there doesnt seem to be anyone her in Invercargill OK there is a lady in Gore which isnt too far away I guess The thing is I know quite a lot of alternative ways to lower my blood pressure but unfortunately ther done seem to work My distolic reading is always fine but it is the systolic that causes the Dr (and me at times) to be concerned 10yrs ago it wasnt a problem

Eric Bakker ND said,

August 28, 2009 @ 9:16 pm

Hi Barbara,

Try relaxation – In a study led reported in 1995 in the journal Hypertension, meditation was compared with progressive muscle relaxation as a means of controlling stress in patients high blood pressure. Of the 197 men and women (out of 213) who completed the screening, the reductions in blood pressure in the meditation group were significantly greater than those in the progressive muscle relaxation group. Meditation reduced systolic blood pressure by more than 10 points and diastolic pressure by more than 6 points (compared with a 5 point reduction for systolic and a 3 point fall for diastolic with progressive muscle relaxation).
Read my article on relaxation. You will find that Systolic BP will drop more significantly with relaxation that diastolic,and there are many ways you can relax. I can recmend a combination of meditation and other relaxation techniques for an even better result. Tai chi is another good option. I have seen many patients reduce their BP without drugs, or using a greatly reduced drug regime when combined with meditation.

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