Gastric Banding – A case study


I had a patient yesterday who, last year, had surgery for gastric banding.  Unfortunately, it

hadn’t worked too well for her.  Fortunately, she’s come across nutritional medicine through the USANA network and got referred to me.  By doing a thorough case history and some simple tests I was able to show her that she was nutrient deficient (it’s one thing me knowing it, but quite another that the patient gets it!).  I tested her urine using a test which measures gut bacteria overgrowth.  I did an iridology assessment to ascertain the priorities for her health.  I also got her to fill in some questionnaires which helps me evaluate her hormones, her immune system and her moods.

I recommended she start the pharmaceutical grade multivitamin and minerals and fish oil along with a few other things (gut detox remedies) but was also able to give her some really practical dietary suggestions to help “re-mineralise” her.  For example, she skipped lunch!  So, together we came up with a strategy for getting her to make and drink broths.  She loved to cook and she knew how to make stock so this was a terrific solution for her.

Managing your own health is really important and seeing a doctor is a wise decision but sometime, the naturopathic perspective is truly revolutionary in helping people get their bodies back into proper working order.  Building a relationship with a naturopath is a very prudent idea!

Brenda Rogers

With over 25 years experience as a corporate trainer, naturopath, yoga teacher and wise woman educator, Brenda is the head clinician and coach at Quintessence Health.

"A healthy mind and body simply ensures you have the time and energy to fully express and manifest your life’s purpose – it facilitates the unfolding of joy."

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