Success Stories


General Medicine Testimonials

I thank you Dr. Macdonald, for your thorough and knowledgeable guidance to better health.  I admit, I was skeptical at the thought of going to a Naturopath.  One visit and I felt fully confident that you have a deep, medically sound understanding of the body, and that you are methodical, conscientious and caring in your work.  I was really sick, and you had insights as to what might be going on in my body when no one else could help.  You put my mind at ease multiple times.  You were careful with my finances, and though you had many options for testing and medical interventions, I felt you directed me cautiously well in what I should pursue.  I respect your professionalism, and value your genuine interest in my well-being.  My health continues to improve, and most days are symptom free.  Thanks again for your sound collaboration and counsel.
Colleen Amato, RN


Dr. Macdonald was a key player in my battle with cancer.  She was very knowledgeable, kind and compassionate.  So many people were telling me to use natural medicines along with my conventional treatments but I was afraid of wading into unknown territory alone.  Dr. Macdonald showed me a program to help fight cancer, increase the effectiveness of my other treatments and reduce the side effects.  I fared much better than others through chemo and radiation and the doctors were amazed at how well my cancer markers responded to treatment.  I know that the good advice given by Dr. Macdonald was my secret weapon!  I am “in remission” now and am so grateful that I had Dr. Macdonald on my team.
Frank McIver, 59


I have had fibromyalgia for 45 years and also osteoarthritis. I’ve had a lot of pain for many years. I had 10 laser treatments and have had such success that my pain has decreased by 50-60% and some days more. I have felt much better since the treatments. I enjoyed the staff greatly. They were very friendly and helpful. I would recommend laser treatments to anyone with arthritis pain and also the Macdonald Centre for natural Medicine.

-Donna Stewart
59 yo


Hot flashes are an understatement for what I had! Menopause hit me like a ton of bricks. I don’t know what I would have done if Dr. Macdonald hadn’t steered me in the right direction. My mother had breast cancer so I wasn’t going to take drugs for my symptoms. I found relief with balancing my hormones through herbs, lifestyle changes and a homeopathic remedy. Phew!

-Marlyss Henderson, 53


Just wanted to let you know how glad I am that I called upon you to help me with the horrible stressful HOT FLASHES! The medicines you gave me have helped quite a bit. I’ve only had occasional flashes the past week or two, and not the awful sweaty ones, or the ones that made my heart feel like it was racing etc. I haven’t been so tense and stressed as before either. So, thank you.

-Debbie D.


I started my visits to Dr. Macdonald because of a slow recovery I was having from an inner ear infection that had left me with vertigo and fatigue. I was skeptical when she described the Bowen treatment to me as a help for my problems, but reluctantly agreed to a series of treatments over a number of weeks.

A few days after my second treatment, it occurred to me that I had had 2 or 3 days when I felt what I called ‘normal’, not constantly aware of tiredness and of being ‘unwell’.

In the waiting room on the day of my next scheduled appointment, I almost went home before the treatment because of not feeling well. Immediately after the treatment and as I walked to my car, I experienced a sense of normalcy and well being that I could hardly believe. At that point it was clear to me that the Bowen treatments were responsible for this improvement in my energy level and until my vitality returned to a more consistent level. I continued to come in for treatments.

I was of course doing a number of things to improve my health, but the Bowen treatments brought about the most dramatic results.

-Bonnie M.


 

Children’s Health

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


When I first heard of this Naturopathic Doctor, (Dr. Macdonald), I thought that she would be very experienced in Natural Medicines, and when I went to her office, I was quite right but when I listened to all the very smart things she was saying, she was even more experienced than I thought. When it was time to leave from my 1st appointment, I thought about my life, and how much it would change in the most excellent way! When she told me on my next appointment with the nurse that I was allergic to all sorts of things (including milk) I was a bit sad, but I got through it and started on my new diet, (with my flax seed oil and other very healthy medicines). It seemed hard at first to get used to, and my mom had to run all over the place to get me special things to eat, but and now I am not on any medication at all, and I have lost so much weight, and feel much healthier and active. I went on an 8 mile bike ride some days ago, and I had so much energy! And it’s all because of my mom and this wonderful Doctor who made my life a whole lot easier, for a young child with hopes and dreams for a better, happier, and healthier lifestyle. For a kid, who hopes all the people with asthma could experience this experience one day and be a whole lot happier. All to the Naturopathic Doctors, all you!
I’ve never felt this good before, but when I went into a doctor’s office, it was only for 2 minutes or so. Dr. Macdonald spent an hour, or hour and a half, or an hour and 15 minutes with me and made a much bigger difference, much bigger! Thank you.

-Ashley Tennant, 13 years old


I took my 2 year old son to see Dr. Macdonald after he had been diagnosed with asthma and allergies by our family physician. He was on two different types of inhalers from the age of 4 months and was still coughing all day and night.

Dr. Macdonald was quickly able to diagnose his many food and environmental allergies and gave me a great deal of information about what he could eat as well. She was very knowledgeable and reassuring, which allowed us to easily and effectively remove all his food allergies. As a result of not eating all the foods he was allergic to, his immunity is stronger and he no longer has any allergies to house dust, dust mites, grass and mould.

My 2 1/2 year old son is now very healthy, has no cough at all and has not needed to use his inhalers even once in the last 6 months! Thank you so much Dr. Macdonald for saving our son from a lifetime of asthma and allergies!!!

-Lisa Gresko and Paul Lloyd, Courtenay, BC


ADD

My son was diagnosed with ADD but we weren’t comfortable with using drugs to deal with his problems. We were impressed with how thorough and understanding Dr. Macdonald was. She really connected with our son, which is a miracle in itself. With some good coaching, we changed his diet and saw an enormous difference in his behavior. Thanks Dr. Macdonald, for giving us our son back!

-Francine Becker, 46


After only 24 hours of being on Dr. Macdonald’s program for ADD I noticed a difference in my son. He was calmer and more focused. After a week, his teacher noticed a difference in his behavior and after a month everybody else noticed some difference in him. Bryan is better able to stay on task. He will sit and read a book, or colour. He even read a story out loud to his cousins without being asked.

After being on Ritalin for 2 years (with very little effects) I can see Bryan being drug-free in another month.

Thank you to everyone involved in the VEGA testing process and to Dr. Deidre Macdonald, Naturopathic Physician.

-Mrs. Karolee Forster


Allergies / Asthma

I have had asthma for almost 20 years. I was using my inhalers all the time (a lot more than I should have been). I knew certain things made me wheezie, but just kept using my inhalers to relieve the symptoms. I started going to Dr. Macdonald and she said we should try desensitizing me to my allergies. We went ahead and now I use my inhaler maybe 3 or 4 times a week at only one puff. It is so nice to be able to live my life not around an inhaler. I do things I couldn’t do without puffing on my inhaler. This was a great success and I recommend it to others.

-Stephanie O’Rourke, 26 years old


Digestion and Vega Testing

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.

-Shirley Ross


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.

-Mel


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

-Nicole, 30