I recently went for a tour of the Bastyr University Naturopathic Clinic in Sorrento Valley. They offer a rigorous science based education to doctors who wish to promote wellness and healing. I was so excited and impressed. I went there because I wanted to know what they could offer to our home care clients. I have always been committed to incorporating complimentary natural health care into our program, but have been stymied by the high costs.
I met a Bastyr doctor at the Union Tribune Senior Fair and I thought Whole Life Home Care and Bastyr would be a natural health care alliance. During my visit, this was confirmed and I learned all of the services that could benefit our families. The best part was their amazing offer for seniors, students and military. They have $20.00 visits! I was ecstatic that all seniors could afford their care.
They provide primary care with a holistic model. “Naturopathic doctors are the only doctors trained to use both conventional diagnostic testing and natural treatments.” The Bastyr student doctor’s offer Herbal Medicine, Nutrition, Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Chiropractic/Osteopathy and many other natural treatments. They provide care for all ages including newborn and pediatric care for families who prefer a less medicalized approach. There are visits with student doctors as well as with their teachers.
Little did I know that I would soon be recommending their services to my own husband. While on vacation in Mexico, my husband’s dune buggy rolled on top of him. He was terribly swollen, bruised, had a large hematoma on his face and had contusions all over his body. He also had some broken ribs. We did visit the hospital in Mexico and they treated him with steroids and pain medicine. When we arrived home, we went to his doctor at Scripps and after a CT scan and chest X-ray, blood tests and a thorough exam, they gave him more pain killers. My husband’s bruising and swelling grew more and more dramatic and painful because he takes blood thinning medicine. He was so uncomfortable and looked hideous, but allopathic medicine had nothing to offer but more pain medicine.
I knew he needed healing at the source, not a band-aid. I knew that he needed the help of a holistic natural approach. I suggested he try out the clinic at Bastyr. He came home with a brown paper bag full of twigs, flowers and leaves to steep in hot water and make a poultice for his face. They also offered the homeopathic ointment arnica, known for healing bruises and skin trauma. The second visit included hot and cold therapy and the third constitutional homeopathy. The results were amazing. As soon as he started their healing program, he began to heal. His face began to resemble the handsome man I loved and best of all he felt so much better. Healing the swelling and bruising was the best pain medicine.
Now that I have experienced the conscientious care that Bastyrs offers, I would like to offer it to you as well. This is how Bastyr describes themselves.
“Our doctors and student clinicians take pride in the individual focus they devote to every patient. You’ll be treated as a whole person, not just a list of symptoms”.
If you do give it a try, be sure to tell them that Vicki at Whole Life Home Care sent you!