Emily T Posted August 13, 2013 Share Posted August 13, 2013 So I went to see the naturopath yesterday to get some help on my ongoing digestive issues (constipation, gas, bloating, and inability to lose belly weight). She was really impressed by my food log! She was very nice and it was amazing to have a doctor sit with me and talk to me for more than three straight hours. The personalized care was appreciated. She helped me to evaluate my supplements and provided advice on what to keep taking and what to ditch. Given the whole30, in order to get a better idea of what is bothering my stomach, the doctor strongly urged me to take the ALCAT food intolerance test so we could determine if I am sensitive to any foods or food groups. She also urged me to get a comprehensive stool analysis to rule out parasites and examine bacteria and yeast issues. Finally, she strongly recommended this liver detoxing cleanse. Its two days of fasting drinking some powdered protein thing, and then 5 days of raw vegetables and fruits. Combined, the tests and detox kit would run me over $1300 because its not covered by insurance. I'm not sold on the detox. My question for the forum - has anyone here ever done a detoxing cleanse? Is it worth it? Compared the whole30, is it beneficial? Drinking powdered anything doesn't feel like a good idea to me but maybe I am wrong. On the tests - While I think the testing would be beneficial, I cannot afford it. Has anyone here had the ALCAT test? Is it worth the steep price? I have an appointment with another doctor on Thursday - a physician covered by my insurance with some background in naturopathy and digestive disorders. I am hoping she can prescribe some similar stool tests that are covered. In the meantime, I decided that starting Saturday I am going to try a FODMAP elimination diet, because I've tried everything else, why not? There are a couple of other reasons I suspect FODMAPs but I don't want to get my hopes up that this is the problem and then be disappointed. The last day of my whole30 is Sunday, essentially the FODMAP diet will overlap two days, so no room for painful off-roading. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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