MB recently had a flare-up of something that had gone into remission for years. Frustrated with the thought of being on medication potentially forever for something he had never taken medication for, and even more frustrated by the conventional medical treatment he was receiving, I suggested looking into some alternatives, namely an osteopath or acupuncture etc.
After doing some reading on the topic, I discovered acupuncture was not useful for this particular condition, and after getting some weird vibes reading about some of the "out there" osteopath techniques, we decided both those methods were out.
Well, along came the local paper with one of those ads from a local chiropractor/wellness guy promising all sorts of goodies related to this particular condition - as in getting well without Rx medication! Space at the information session was limited!!! ;-)
Color me sucked in again. Years ago I had visited one and after paying for some initial testing - did not follow through when I saw the $6K price tag, especially since much of it was for supplements.
Now, I'm all for supplements in moderation but not potentially hazardous supplements in the long term.
So there we were sitting with another wellness guy.
He performed several "nerve tests" on MB and concluded his brain was out of whack - now, I could have told them this without the testing!!!! ;-)
Here's the interesting thing (interesting if you are a healthy/wellness geek like me who does not always eat healthy): We got home and I tried several of the tests myself - and failed as well - and so did VC to some degree.
For the two of you wondering what the tests were like: Put one of your fingers around and directly above your head with your finger pointing parallel to the ground; close your eyes and put your other finger above your head and see if you can touch the tip of the first finger spot-on. Not so easy, HUH?
Next, march in place like Frankenstein for 60 steps with your eyes closed and see if you wander or stay in the same spot. We both wandered.
When we brought this up on our next visit, that the couple friends we tested also had problems with the test, he concluded that we were all NOT well - and offered to get out the textbook to show us that those were legit tests and that he went to a convention with several doctors a while ago and that they all passed the tests with flying colors because they followed the program.
Let me wrap things up before I bore you to death. Here's the upshot: For 6 months of treatment, which will include funky test designed to get the brain back in balance - (this involves putting a tube of oxygen up your nose while you hear sounds and flashing lights) - and metabolic treatment involving lots of blood work (which I completely agree would be of some value) - plus supplements - we are looking at $7,500 to $8,000 out of pocket.
Now, I'm sure we are not the last to get pulled in by this promise of restoring ones self to good health, but what concerns me is that the next week he was advertising for an info session for another totally different condition. It smacks of used car salesman to me, but then I'm a huge skeptic.
I completely agree with a lot of his dietary changes, but that's something we can try on our own.
More on this topic later but I wanted to throw this out there to get the discussion started. Have you ever tried one of these wellness centers and found success?? No need to divulge medical conditions, just curious if anyone has found life-altering success at one of these centers, because they are everywhere!!
OMG - is this TWO posts in TWO days??? I am like a REAL blogger!