Ever since reading Healing Without Hurting, I’ve gone on this quest to find either a holistic or a naturalistic doctor for Squeaker. I found one for myself easily, got an appointment, had several tubes of blood drawn, and my appointment to get 8-9 pages of results back will happen tomorrow. Sadly, I could not find a holistic doctor for my children anywhere near us. I wanted to know how to find the right doctor for my boys now that I had found one for myself!
I even sought out the help of Great Plains Laboratory, who does the testing necessary to figure out if my son might have food sensitivities or other issues that we just haven’t had thorough enough testing for yet. They sent me the names of five doctors in the area (by the way, they are awesome for doing the search for me and they will look for you if you ask them to). Most of them just weren’t close enough that I could feasibly take him, which I expected given the area we live in. I narrowed it down to two doctors two hours away. One of them looked terrific and had wonderful reviews. I perused the website, got all psyched about going, and then read the part about billing. They only bill for Medicaid or North Carolina Health Choice. As it turns out, we just make too much money to have those two plans and not enough to afford paying out-of-pocket and billing our insurance company ourselves then waiting to see if they’ll pay us back. So, we couldn’t go there. That brought me down to one option. I called, left a message, and waited two days for them to call be back and tell me they didn’t see children, but they had one person in the area that would see him. I called and left a message and am waiting for a return phone call still–lucky me, this all happens over Christmas break!
The most promising thing I’ve seen so far is that we started Squeaker on yogurt and probiotics because he complained fairly consistently about his tummy hurting. Fairly quickly after doing so, we saw improvements in his demeanor at home. This happened in conjunction with a decrease in one of his medications (as we taper him off of that medication), so it’s possible that taking him off that medication had something to do with the improvement as well, but he’s also not complaining about his tummy hurting, and the tummy pain started long before he started taking this medication. This leads me to think that, indeed, he has a connection between food, his body, and his behavior. I’d love to see if we can do more to help him, but I don’t want to experiment with him without knowing his specific body chemistry.
In conversations with Jenn Kozek, the author of Healing without Hurting: Treating ADHD, Apraxia and Autism Spectrum Disorders Naturally and Effectively without Harmful Medications, I mentioned the difficulty I was having finding a doctor in my area. I mean, I don’t even know what to search for on those insurance links because “holistic” and “naturalistic” doctor come up with zilch within in a 100 mile radius for me. She sent me emails with lists of doctors because she just cares that much and most of the providers had moved away. Typical. You just can turn a profit in this area unless people have Medicaid, and they make billing so difficult around here that even those providers move to areas that have a heavier population. Ultimately, we live in an area that’s under-served when it comes to services for autism. I wouldn’t expect us to find specialists like holistic doctors or naturalists that see children either!
So, she finally sent me a link to a doctor couple that live in the city I work in, as luck would have it. The website says they see patients of all ages. Of course, one of the places I attempted last week said the same thing and then told me they didn’t see children, so we’ll see how it goes. I already emailed them and asked them if “patients of all ages” included 8-year-olds with autism, because this mama has been desperately searching for a practice just like theirs that would take children. If they will see him, I’ll have a local doctor that can answer some of our questions. It looks as if they might work out since they have written articles on autism and nutrition and they use applied kinesiology and work on neurological issues. Hopefully I’ll get a response pretty quickly.
In the meantime, some of the web resources she went through came from her book, which I had forgotten about. I thought I would share a few of them. She has many more resources and a whole wealth of information in her book. You’ll have to read it to find out more.
Here’s the list!
- If all else fails, try Googling naturopathic or holistic in your town or neighboring town and see what comes up. That’s what Jenn Kozek did to get the provider she ultimately found for me.
In the meantime, tomorrow I will get my report and find out what, if anything, ails me. Considering how exhausted I am on a fairly consistent basis, I’m hoping for answers. I’m ready to get on a healthier track, to see a more specialized diet plan, and to begin a result-oriented approach to living. In summary, I’m ready my family to feel energetic, happy, and healthy and, most of all, for me to feel like a part of that so that I can function fully as the super mom I need to be.