Monday, September 15, 2008


I went to see Amy Derksen, ND, on Friday September 12th. She will replace Dr. Carolyn Humphreys as my naturopath.

I was very worried about finding a new doctor. No one will truly replace Carolyn, who has been such a support to me, but I wanted someone who at least works in a similar enough fashion that they could continue the treatment that has been so successful for me. Carolyn has learned from the most prominent alternative doctors in the Seattle area, and luckily there are a handful of other naturopaths who have also been studying with these doctors.

Amy Derksen was my first choice because she is known for specializing in Lyme, and she uses muscle testing, which Carolyn also uses and which has been a lynch pin in my treatment program.

From the start I liked Amy Derksen. She was friendly and direct, and her expertise in Lyme was apparent. Using muscle testing, she quickly evaluated the program Carolyn had me on, and declared it was quite good. She didn’t want to change it, which was a relief. I am on this crazy combination of supplements because it works for me, and I was worried that a new doctor would try to mess with it.

Amy did give me a few more things to take—more than a few, actually. Closer to 6. This is where her Lyme expertise comes in. She said I am doing very well with my Lyme treatment, that the antibioitics are doing their job. Now it’s time to take care of the viruses that have run rampant while my immune system has been knocked down. She also had a few things to help with lymph drainage.

One good reminder was for me to keep jumping on my rebounder, which is a mini trampoline. (Purchased on ebay for $35 dollars!) This helps lymph drainage. Who said Lyme disease isn't fun?

This all made good sense to me, and I left my appointment feeling relieved that I seem to have found someone I can work with.


Lorelei said...

Naomi - I just discovered your blog and love it. I also live in Seattle and am being treated for Lyme disease. I'd love to chat with you about the doc and naturopath you are using. Is there a way for us to connect?

Anonymous said...

I wish you the best, but WHY don't you see a Board-Certified Internist? Many of these naturopaths who "specialize" in Lyme Disease are terribly arrogant, poorly trained, and their patients remain chronically sick.