FAQ

Q: What are some signs of a food intolerance?
A: Intolerances to foods can manifest in many ways including headaches, migraines, eczema, diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, weight challenges, arthritis, fibromyalgia, neurological problems, ear infections, attention deficit disorder and behavioral problems. Food aggravations can manifest in unique ways depending on the individuals. My approach is to make suggestions on the best options for identifying your particular food intolerances; how to avoid and substitute for them; and eventually re-introduce them if appropriate.

Q: What education does an Doctor of Naturopathy receive?
A: A Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine is a four year degree after a bachelor’s and involves studying the basic sciences, classes about organ systems such as gastroenterology or neurology and modalities including pharmacology, psychology, nutrition, homeopathy, hydrotherapy and botanical medicine. Naturopaths learn the art of diagnosis, how to determine optimums in lab values and how to use diagnostic imaging procedures. Most importantly, Naturopathic Doctors learn to think about disease and health from a different philosophy.

Q: What is the difference between a naturopath and a Naturopathic Doctor?
A: Naturopaths in the state of California can receive training from many sources that may result in a certificate or specialty in a form of alternative medicine. It can be a total of 200 hours of herbs or essential oils.

However, Naturopathic Doctors are required to complete a bachelor’s degree before being accepted to medical school.  In Naturopathic Medical school, they must receive training from a four year medical school approved by the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges. After graduation with a doctoral degree, they are required to take Board Exams overseen by the North American Board of Examiners and obtain licensure from their state board. The Naturopathic Medicine Committee, under the California’s Department of Consumer Affairs, defines and regulates the scope of practice as well as requiring regular continuing education credits for Naturopathic Doctors. Dr Shannyn Fowl is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor in the state of California and a member of both the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the California Naturopathic Doctors Association.

Q: How do I know if a doctor is licensed?
A: It’s really important to know that the practitioner treating you is qualified.  You can look up doctors to see if they are actually licensed by going to this website.

Q: Is naturopathic medicine worth the cost?
A: Definitely!  It is an investment that pays off both in prevention and in feeling well now!  The focus of our medicine is to find what is causing the health problems and treat the source of the problem so it does not continue to re-occur. Investing in your health pays off by giving more opportunities to enjoy life and prevents future disease. You are also more productive when you feel well.

Q: Does insurance cover naturopathic care?
A: We are not able to file insurance out of our office, however we are happy to provide a receipt with the codes you will need to self-file insurance if that is a possibility for you. Flexible health plans and health savings plans will cover naturopathic care. Money is often an issue for patients, so we encourage open communication about how your budget may affect your treatment options and can still make progress in their health.

Q: Do you offer no obligation consultations if I am thinking of becoming a patient?
A: Yes. We will fit you into the schedule for a 10 minute visit. This is a good opportunity to meet the doctor and learn how we might work together toward your health goals.

Q: Is the Doctor available as a speaker?
A: Dr Shannyn Fowl offers educational talks to groups on the topic of their choice. Examples of past talks include What is Naturopathic Medicine?, Immune Function and Autoimmunity, Osteoporosis, Autism and What is the Right Diet for Me? Dr. Shannyn has spoken on holistic and alternative medicine topics around the county at support groups, gardens and at the community level.  After the 20-30 minute interactive talk, there is ample time for questions and answers. Call or email the office to inquire about an educational talk for your group.