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Cheaper Than Therapy

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


Turns out my therapist – the one who helped me identify my carb addiction ( wheatontrial.wordpress.c
) and shared with me some helpful insights on coping with anxiety ( wp.me/p1N36Q-23 ) – isn’t in-network with my insurance plan. We were both told something different when I began seeing her late January, and were caught off guard when the bills started coming at the end of March. I stopped making appointments with her at the end of April so that I could get things squared away with the insurance company and avoid being billed further.

The good news is that my insurance company recognized their error and are handling the outstanding bills, but the bad news is that – now that everybody is aware she’s out of network – I can’t see her anymore. Well, let’s be clear, I can always see her and pay out of pocket – but my issues aren’t so severe that I am willing to go broke over them.

But having to start over with someone new who IS in-network and tell all of these horribly embarrassing stories sounds so unappealing to me. I’d like to be able to say “Hey New Doc, here’s my blog address, take a week to catch up and I’ll see you when I get back from vacation.”


So I don’t really know what I’m going to do. Perhaps I’ll go the Exotic Healing Foods route. There are three medicinal herbs and plants identified that can help with anxiety ( www.shape.com/lifestyle/

- Kava
- Passion Flower
- Ashwagandha (a phonetic spelling would be appreciated so I don’t sound silly when I start looking for it)

It turns out that these are all looked on favorably in the primal community as well:

- 6 tea ingredients that can help you unwind, relax, and chill out ( www.marksdailyapple.com/
- And 6 more tea ingredients that can help you unwind, relax, and chill out ( www.marksdailyapple.com/

I already searched the Wheat Belly Blog – no mention of any of these natural remedies.

There’s another one I’d like to check out for it’s anti-stress/anti-inflammatory properties – camu camu. But where does one find these magic healing potions? I already checked Teavana ( wp.me/p1N36Q-5x ) - they don’t have it – although I was reminded that I still need to try their Chocolate Bananas Foster tea. Doubtful there’s any healing properties in that one, except for maybe its ability to stop me from going out in search of the real deal.

Fortunately, there’s not much you CAN’T find on Amazon. Not cheap, but less than paying a professional!
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    Thanks all! Woubbie, I will definitely check out that book, my library doesn't have it sadly. Still waiting on Wheat Belly at the library (four months now!)
    1835 days ago
  • OOLALA53
    I once went to a therapist (not about food) who actually did suggest that I write a bio of a few pages that I sent by mail (before computers) for him to read before we started some sessions. I can't remember how he got me to streamline it so I wasn't telling the details of my , but it was useful for both of us. I think I was paying out of pocket AND it was toward the end of his career, so maybe he didn't really need the money.

    Good luck with this.
    1835 days ago
    Oh hey, I see you're a runner - have you looked at this book yet:


    These are the researchers that trained this guy:

    1835 days ago
    I've found that B Complex vitamins make a noticeable difference. I usually get the ones listed as "Stress Complex" - they have C and some other stuff too.
    1835 days ago
    Have you read Wheat Belly? I'm thinking about buying it.
    1835 days ago
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