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Patient Care Stories | Alexis Gage, Patient
Alexis Gage, Patient

Alexis Gage
Treated by: Naturopathic Medicine

Iím a surgeon and I had been struggling with hives for about six months. The itching wasnít too bad, but I canít have swollen hands in the operating room or swollen feet while Iím out walking the hospital on call. I had been seeing conventional care providers who prescribed steroids and other pharmaceuticals with potentially serious side effects, but the condition kept getting worse.

I asked a family friend, a Bastyr University graduate practicing on Long Island, about naturopathic options. He suggested making an appointment at Bastyr Center. I met with Dr. Wallace and two student clinicians, who were wonderful. They took a very thorough history and evaluation. I didnít feel rushed, which isnít always the case in todayís health care system. They acted like I was important to them and took time answering my questions.

They suggested two things: a natural powder made from onion root, to take twice a day, and an anti-inflammatory diet. The diet mostly avoids gluten and dairy and emphasizes more organic foods. Things began to dramatically improve. The hives are completely better now. It basically changed my life.

This was my first experience with naturopathic medicine, and it was great. The clinicians couldnít have been more pleasant or better supervised. I like that they gave a written version of our plan for help remembering it. They were helpful and realistic about making diet changes. I made the changes over the course of a week, and didnít feel any changes except for feeling better. The best part is that Iím off medication.

Iíd encourage others to keep an open mind about natural medicine. If youíre working with conventional medicine and itís not working, there are alternatives out there.

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