What does "N.D." mean?

naturopathicN.D. means Naturopathic Doctor. In Utah ND’s are licensed as primary care physicians.

What is a consultation?

A consultation at the Eastside Natural Health Clinic is a free 10-minute period of time where you can consult with Dr. Knorr. You can ask him specific questions and he can give a natural medicine perspective regarding your health concerns. Specific treatments are not given, however, you will have a better perspective about your options. For a consultation please call: 801-474-3684.

What should I bring to my first appointment?

You will be asked to come in 15-20 minutes before the time of your first appointment to complete our confidential patient questionnaire. We often ask patients to bring in any medication and/or supplements they take regularly, and copies of recent lab results and assessments when available.

How do you assess and diagnose someone?

Health, as well as disease, comes from a complex interaction of physical, emotional, dietary, genetic, environmental, spiritual, and lifestyle factors. By taking a complete health history along with physical exam and necessary diagnostic testing an assessment can be completed. Health conditions are best understood when a patient is given the time to tell his/her story.

How long does it take to get better?

Healing is an on-going process, or journey which can have many levels. In naturopathic medicine, symptoms are viewed as messages from the body to be heard and interpreted, not simply eradicated. We avoid suppressing symptoms when possible. Acute conditions often improve rapidly in a number of hours or days. With chronic illness, the healing process depends on the individual's condition. Naturopathic medicine excels at treating chronic illness. Many people begin to improve once they embrace certain lifestyle changes (making dietary improvements, exercising, quitting smoking, etc), and deeper healing occurs over time as you and your doctor continue to understand more deeply the nature of your illness. An old Chinese adage states that it takes one month of therapy and healing for each year that one has been ill.

What type of vitamins/supplements should I take?

This really depends on the state of your health and where you may need metabolic support. Often people benefit from taking a high-quality, hypoallergenic multivitamin that contains beneficial and bio-available nutrients, however, this is not true for everyone. Evaluating your nutritional status and your lifestyle (stress, relaxation, and exercise) is an important step in making a recommendation.

   Are you real doctors?

We are licensed physicians in the state of Utah. We order some conventional tests when necessary, can prescribe antibiotics and other drugs if necessary and work with some insurance companies (see below). We tend to spend more time with you than your conventional physician and treat the underlying cause of your health complaint. Licensed naturopathic physicians have attended four years of post-graduate medical school, and some have completed one year of residency. For more information about naturopathic medical education, see these websites: www.naturopathic.org
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Do you perform routine physical exams?

Yes, we do. We can perform routine health and physical exams for children and adults. Gynecological exams are available for women and include pap smears, STD testing, and pelvic exams. We also offer routine screening laboratory testing. Gynecological exams are available at Dr. Leslie Peterson’s office Full Circle Women’s Care.

What is the difference between homeopathy and naturopathy?

Homeopathy is one of many natural therapies that naturopathic doctors use. It is its own, distinct form of medicine that was established by Samuel Hahnemann, MD, 200 years ago in Germany. Homeopathy is a specific type of energetic therapy that is based on the concept that "like treats like" and stimulates a healing response in the body. In homeopathy the medications are given potency by the process of dilution and succussion. To learn more about homeopathy go to: www.nationalcenterforhomeopathy.org

What insurance companies cover your services?

The Eastside Natural Health Clinic is happy to bill your insurance company for your visit. Doctor Knorr is considered an out of network provider for most insurance providers. He does receive some insurance reimbursement for services provided. Often a deductible first needs to be met. We do ask for payment up front for the visit. Please call our office for further questions.

For all other insurance plans Dr. Knorr is considered an out-of-network provider. We will send in a complimentary insurance bill to your insurance company. Many insurance companies, such as, DMBA, PEHP, Aetna, and Cigna cover naturopathic medical services provided. This does, however, depends on your plan and whether your deductible has been met for the year.

From our experience over the years we have found some insurance companies do not cover naturopathic medical services at all. These includes Intermountain Health Care (IHC), Altius, and Educators Mutual. IHC, however, will cover any ordered diagnostic testing done in their facilities: such as blood work and diagnostic imaging. Federal Medicaid and Medicare do not cover naturopathic medical services.

Naturopathic Medicine is an investment in your health. This investment in your health will create immediate dividends of more energy, more choices, and greater productivity in your life. Patients often say that haven’t felt this good in years. Dr. Knorr will be a partner in your health care and a guide. He will teach you about your choices and encourage you to be responsible for your own health.


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