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I'm often asked for referrals across the country for "holistic doctors like you." It's so hard for me to give personal recommendations because I couldn't possibly know that many people. Also, selecting your own practitioner is part of taking responsibility for your own health care. This means creating an environment where you can flourish. I will not accept appointments made by a third party like a husband or a wife or a sister, etc. This never works out. After all, if someone is unwilling to do the work of finding a practitioner, are they going to do the work of actually getting well? Not in my experience. Except of course for very young children.

To find a good fit begin by asking a healthcare provider you know and trust. Your fit with a holistic doctor must be based on your needs and values.If they do not meld the relationship will not be a good therapeutic one. Another source of referrals is from actual patients who are satisfied with the care they receive.

Credentials are important as they demonstrate that at least in the case of board certifications, a doctor has completed rigorous training over a long period of time. Credentials do not always gage the talent of a doctor clinically. Often the doctor with a better emotional IQ is less highly credentialed than one who has tons plaques on the wall but not very good interpersonal skills. It's often true as well that some very gifted "healers" have no real credentials whatsoever. Sometimes, in the case of specialties mine are digestive and skin disorders you are well served by working with the most knowledgeable experienced person there is even if you have to do it long distance. This is why I do this and clients are very appreciative as well.

Ask yourself the most important question there is. Does the holistic doctor seem like a healer? Do you leave their office feeling uplifted and reassured? Do you feel as though you are in good hands? This is paramount to a good therapeutic relationship so trust your gut and intuition on this.

Don't be victimized by Insurance. Over the years Ive heard so many people say that they couldn't come in or take supplements or do much of anything because their "insurance wouldn't pay for it". Invariably these people suffer from bad health compared to those who say they will do whatever it takes to get and stay well.

You and only you are responsible for your health choices. Insurance should really only be reserved for crisis intervention the rest if up to you. Building a healthful life will never be covered by insurance it is up to each and everyone of us and is about choices we make each and every day.

While a holistic doctor is an expert in a body of knowledge, you are the expert of your own body. When you find the right relationship your health cannot help but flourish.

Best of Health and Healing

Dr. Taryn DeCicco
Holistic Doctor
Arlington Heights, IL
847 577 4455

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Author's Bio: 

Dr Taryn DeCicco ND, LAc, LDN of Apple A Day Clinic in Arlington Heights, IL has been practicing Naturopathy, Nutrition, and Acupuncture as a holistic doctor, specializing in acne, skin, digestive disorders, and HPV for over 20 years!