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My name’s Joe and I'm a Mental Health Journalist based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Through my struggles with anxiety, depression, trauma and addiction, I wish to show others, that everyone is capable of improving their circumstances.

I'm sharing my story, as an experiment, to see if it is possible live a life of health, wellness, and happiness.

Naturopathic Doctor - A New Hope (Sorry Star Wars- I Jacked This Title)

Friday, January 12, 2018

Today, I went to a Naturopathic Doctor. It was immensely helpful.

As I’d mentioned earlier, I’ve been really hoping to get some blood work done to test to see if my hormone levels are off kilter. I’ve gotten the idea from a Joe Rogan podcast where Dr. Mark Gordon was speaking of veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury, that have had great success with overcoming PTSD, anxiety and depression, after having they’re hormones rebalanced using hormone replacement therapy.

His theory is that over time, minor and major, damage to the brain causes the glands that make hormones to be damaged. This causes the hormone manufacturing process to malfunction and in turn causes an unhealthy amount of hormones to be produced, whether this is through excess production or lack of production. The result is that the individual has detrimental physical and mental health side effects.

In my case, I feel like I’ve tried so many different methodologies, techniques and therapies to try to battle my own mental health demons that it’s worth looking into .

My consultation went very well and Dr. Mistry of the Port Moody Intergrative Health Center was very caring and took the time to understand my past and present situation.

She made some suggestions on what changes I could make, mainly to do with my diet and physical regimen...but more than that she gave me some solutions on how to get the necessary blood work and hormone testing I so desperately seek.

Though these tests are somewhat costly, at this point it is absolutely necessary for me to move forward with them, as I feel like my physical and mental health, and future livelihood depends on it.

I have to see if typical medical coverage will assist in bearing some of the costs, although because naturopathic medicine is still not completely mainstream, I may have to bear the full burden financially. It is something I am willing to do.

It just sucks that conventional medicine is still so primitive. I work really hard at trying to uncover solutions for my mental health issues, and even if I do uncover possible therapies that could be helpful and beneficial, they are largely out of reach financially.

Citizens should have access to the help and treatment they need, whatever they may be. These are just my thoughts though, and I intend to uncover practical, effective, affordable solutions for people with mental health issues.


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