Naturopathic medicine has a long history of successfully treating digestive complaints. Digestion is critical for optimal health. Don’t settle for just managing symptoms long term. My treatment protocols are based on the principle of creating an environment where the body can heal itself. I coach my patients on how to remove stressors and irritants in the digestive system, and how to use natural medicines to help repair and restore tissue function and integrity. It is very satisfying to help patients relieve their suffering after years of digestive problems. It is about finding real long-term strategies for truly resolving digestive issues, not just masking symptoms with drugs.
Possible Symptoms of Food Allergies /Intolerances
Food Allergy Testing
Acid Reflux and Naturopathic Medicine
Candida and Intestinal “Good Bacteria” (candida)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome: An Irritating Problem!
I am writing on behalf of my two and a half year old daughter who finally, after a year and a half of pain and discomfort, is now experiencing relief. From the time she was about a year old, Emily was having problems pooping. She would go anywhere from 4-11 days without a bowel movement. In the course of a year and a bit, she saw more than a dozen different doctors who wrote it off as being fairly normal. They gave her 6 or 7 different synthetic laxatives, one after another and one not working for more than a week or so. Finally I made an appointment with Dr. Deidre Macdonald, where I finally had someone listen and I got RESULTS! After having an allergy test done on her (which took maybe 25 minutes at the most) it was determined that she had very high levels of yeast in her GI tract as well as being allergic to wheat, cow’s milk, goats milk, and bananas. Well, no wonder she was always bunged!! So after countless number of hours in the emergency room, and doctors offices, I finally got results after a simple little allergy test. After getting rid of the yeast in her system and a pretty strict diet to get her body normal again, she is “normal”. I am happy to report that she poops at least once a day now with no pain. She sleeps better and eats more now in a day than she ever did before in a week. Thank you, Dr. Macdonald….I am sure to you she was just another client, but to us she was our little baby girl who was in a lot of pain and discomfort. You helped her and for that we are grateful to you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
-Emily Motley – 2.5 years old
The first appointment I made with Dr. Deidre Macdonald was the smartest move health-wise that I had made in a long time.
Up to that time I had for several years had trouble with my digestive system. I had just been to my medical doctor about this, and had been given a prescription, which after taking for a few days made me sicker than before. When I visited Dr. Macdonald, she took the time to find out all about me and my family. She then took more time to listen to all my symptoms. Then she gave me some good common sense advice. She advised me on what foods to eat and what supplements to take. The advice was so good and so thorough that after a few more visits I didn’t need to see her for several years.
I am now seeing her again about other things and being treated with homeopathic medicines, with wonderful results. There are no side effects and I am feeling much better. Thank you so much, Deidre, for taking the time to listen to me.
I am a 61 year old male who has been plagued with digestive problems for the last 12 years. My regular doctors only treated the symptoms with pills but never diagnosed what was causing the problems. I was taking pills for migraine headaches, acid reflux, and diverticulosis (diarrhea) until I went and saw Dr. Macdonald.
She gave me a Vega test and immediately put me on a treatment to clear up my gluten problem, my liver ailments, my acid reflux and my diarrhea. Within one month I was able to stop taking all my pills and stopped living from one washroom to another.
I now only take vitamin supplements and I am able to live a normal life again, thanks largely to Dr. Macdonald and her natural path to medicine.
As a last challenge, Dr. Macdonald has helped me to stop smoking, at least for the last 5 weeks. This is a feat I was not able to do for the past 55 years.
Thank you very much Dr. Deidre Macdonald.
I was diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis about five years ago. After just two months of treatments with Dr. Macdonald, my colonoscopy showed there were no signs of inflammation, I was no longer suffering any symptoms of my proctitis, and my life-long battle with constipation had ceased. Read more
I was diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis about five years ago. I was generally quite healthy and the symptoms seemed to go away after six months of taking suppositories. I just thought it was the stress of being a student, since the doctors didn’t really have any answers as to what could have caused it. But last year the proctitis symptoms came back. I started losing weight and had rectal bleeding, bloating, nausea, and constipation (something I had been plagued with since I was a child). I felt depressed and I couldn’t seem to think straight. I decided to go to my GP to get help, but unfortunately no one knows what causes proctitis, and so I was prescribed suppositories again, and referred to a proctologist. Feeling miserable I went to the drug store to get my prescription filled, and on the counter I saw a flyer for one of Dr. Macdonald seminars on irritable bowel syndrome. I’m not religious, but that had to be a sign from the heavens! The course was so informative I went for a personal consultation. Before hand, I filled out a 10 page questionnaire all about my history, health, and lifestyle (at the initial interview with my GP, I wasn’t even asked if I smoked!). This allowed Dr. Macdonald to see me as a whole person, and not just the immediate symptoms.
I had a Vega test done, which tested my sensitivities to all sorts of foods and other substances. It was uncanny how well that test had worked. A couple of months prior to, and during my illness, I started to dislike drinking milk and eating mushrooms and strawberry jam (foods that I normally love). And to my amazement all three foods showed up as intolerances/allergies with the Vega test! I now had a reason to listen to my body.
I felt very comfortable talking about my symptoms to Dr. Macdonald. I stopped eating certain foods, and started taking supplements to reduce the inflammation and bleeding, as well as improve my digestion. After just a couple of days my husband had commented on how well I seemed. I started a program to enhance my intestinal bacteria, and within a week I felt such mental clarity – like a cloud in my head had been lifted. I also had a few sessions of Bowen therapy, which not only helped to reduce the symptoms of proctitis, it also helped with the upper back and neck pains I was having. After just two months of treatments with Dr. Macdonald, my colonoscopy showed there were no signs of inflammation, I was no longer suffering any symptoms of my proctitis, and my life-long battle with constipation had ceased.
Today I feel 100% – particularly since I have just seen Dr. Macdonald for Bowen therapy on my lower back. Now I can eat a lot of the foods that we had eliminated for the treatment of my symptoms, but I’m more sensitive to when and just how much of these foods I should be eating. I take fish oil, a good probiotic, calcium and vitamins daily. Dr. Macdonald teaches you how the body works, which allows you to listen to it, and then gives you the tools to remedy it. I have never liked going to the doctor’s office, but I always look forward to seeing Dr. Macdonald – who is a warm and compassionate person who really cares about your health and well being. Thank you very much Dr. Macdonald.