F.A.Q.

published by Dr. Marcantel on January 20th, 2010 Print this page

What is a naturopathic physician?

Naturopathic physicians (NMD’s) are primary care physicians clinically trained in conventional medical sciences with an emphasis on preventative care. The goal of naturopathic therapy is to find and eliminate the root causes of symptoms presented by the patient. Click here for more detailed information. We also suggest you take a look at our articles and videos grouped under the heading “Understanding the Naturopathic Approach.”

What does “holistic” treatment mean?

Holistic care considers the patient as a whole, including his physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social, environmental and cultural needs. Click here for more detailed information.

What is “integrative” medicine?

Integrative medicine is the practice of combining alternative (naturopathic) and conventional (allopathic) therapies to take advantage of the strengths of each system and to offset their weaknesses. Click here for more detailed information.

What is “homeopathy”?

Homeopathic medicine is a natural pharmaceutical science that uses very small doses of substances from the plant, mineral, and animal kingdoms to stimulate the body’s own defenses…The primary principle of homeopathy is the law of similars; that is, the principle that a substance will help to heal symptoms similar to those it is known to cause. Literally any substance, plant, mineral, or animal can become a homeopathic remedy. (Homeopathic Medicine for Children and Infants, Dana Ullman, MPH) To read Dr. Marcantel’s article on homeopathy and to learn much more about this topic, click here.

Should I see a naturopathic doctor even if I’m not sick?

Yes. Naturopathic doctors focus on preventive medicine. Believe it or not, they tend to believe it is better to stay healthy than it is to get sick and need a cure. Even if you are currently healthy, there are often lifestyle or diet changes that can help you head off future trouble (particularly if your medical history reveals a genetic or environmental susceptibility to certain problems).

Does Dr. Marcantel do routine physical exams?

Yes. Dr. Marcantel does physical exams on initial visits and on other appointments as needed.

Can I make Dr. Marcantel my primary care physician?

Yes. Dr. Marcantel can serve as your primary care physician. If you already have a PCP, she is happy to communicate with your doctor to coordinate your care.

What does Dr. Marcantel charge for her services?

Our office charges $225 for an initial intake visit. After the initial visit, most follow-up visits will range from 15 minutes to an hour ($55-$195). Other services (such as testing, injections, etc.) may have an additional charge. Please inquire about charges before the services are given. The time required for follow-up visits varies depending on the patient’s needs. For more details about prices and services, please see the Your First Visit and the Fees for Services pages of our site.

Will my insurance cover my visit to Dr. Marcantel?

Dr. Marcantel is not an in-network provider with any health insurance plans, but many of the services we provide may be reimbursable to you depending on your plan. As a service to our patients, Dr. Marcantel’s staff will submit billing claims for reimbursement to most insurance companies. Please see our Insurance Information page for details.

What does Dr. Marcantel think about some of the popular diets like the Beverly Hills Diet, the Cabbage Soup diet, and the 3-Hour diet?

Dr. Marcantel says, “I’m not going to comment here on whether or not they ‘work’; I’m sure the authors of these diets can point to anecdotal evidence that it’s possible to lose weight short-term while following the plans. The question is how nutritionally sound are these diets and is there a chance they may even do more harm than good for some people?” Read her article on Fad Diets to see her recommendations.

I’ve tried lots of diets, but none seem to work for me. Does Dr. Marcantel have a weight loss program?

Dr. Marcantel uses several approaches to help you find an effective weight loss plan. Along with a personalized diet and exercise plan with pharmaceutical grade nutriceutical supplements, she educates the patient on food and menu suggestions and food combinations for effective weight loss, with tips to “jump-start” the metabolism. Ongoing support and food diary monitoring are essential services she provides to help the patient achieve success with the program. Follow this link to our Weight Loss Central section of the website.

Does Dr. Marcantel use the HCG hormone diet plan?

Yes, Dr. Marcantel offers a modified version of the HCG Diet Plan that is very effective for those seeking a physician-supervised quick-loss program. Learn more about it at HCG Diet Central.

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