My visit with Dr. Owen Brown Jr., ND


Finally up and running. Our family’s United front against Sarcoidosis. We’re fighting for a cure!

My visit was very enlightening and very informative. I was taken a back at how knowledgeable he was about what truly makes ones body become sick. Environmental factors vs.traditional medicine. With me, I feel the medicine that I am taking to treat this die-ease is making my body weaker while trying to control the flare-up that is causing pain and discomfort throughout my body.

A friend from my Sarcoidosis support group on mentioned about her visit to a Naturopathic physician. She said how her experience was very positive. She has been doing so much better. After researching what a Naturopath is and what they do, I decided to find me a new physician, because what I have now isn’t working.

Definition of Naturopathic Medicine

Definition of Naturopathic Medicine

House of Delegates Position Paper, Amended 2011 (Click here to download PDF)

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment, and optimal
health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing
process.  The practice of naturopathic medicine includes modern and traditional, scientific, and empirical methods.

The following principles are the foundation of naturopathic medical practice:

  • The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae): Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in people that is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process.
  • Identify and Treat the Causes (ToIle Causam): The naturopathic physician seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.
  • First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere):Naturopathic physicians follow three guidelines to avoid harming the patient:
    • Utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat;
    • Avoid when possible the harmful suppression of symptoms; and
    • Acknowledge, respect, and work with individuals’ self-healing process.
  • Doctor as Teacher (Docere): Naturopathic physicians educate their patients and encourage self-responsibility for health. They also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship.
  • Treat the Whole Person: Naturopathic physicians treat each patient by taking into account individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors. Since total health also includes spiritual health, naturopathic physicians encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual development.
  • Prevention: Naturopathic physicians emphasize the prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease, and by making appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness.

Naturopathic Practice
Naturopathic practice includes the following diagnostic and therapeutic modalities: clinical and laboratory diagnostic testing, nutritional medicine, botanical medicine, naturopathic physical medicine (including naturopathic manipulative therapy), public health measures, hygiene, counseling, minor surgery, homeopathy, acupuncture, prescription medication, intravenous and injection therapy, and naturopathic obstetrics (natural childbirth).



Cold Sweats and Night Shakes

It’s 4 a.m. and I’m up with the freaking chills. Sheet, wool blanket and two comforters later cold shakes becoming controllable. Sarcoidosis SUCKS!!! Can’t wait to see Dr. Kavuru (formerly with the Cleveland Clinic, now practicing at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa) on Monday. Driving to another State to get answers and prayerfully help is finally relieving the stress my family has been dealing with, because of the non help/somewhat from doctors within our State. Now back to the freaking shakes. My hands are even cold whilst I’m typing this. Lord, all I ask is for prayer. I know I’ll get through this because everyone knows, I am and always will be a warrior. I may have Sarcoidosis but it won’t have me!

Just another rant from yours truly ^_~

Marilyn’s Fight for Life Let’s KICK Sarcoidosis

Upcoming Event for Sarcoidosis Awareness Month

Marilyn’s Fight for Life

KICK Sarcoidosis Awareness Balloon ReleaseEvent in connection with JSOF

April 5, 2014 at 4 p.m. Sharp

New Castle, DE 19720

Free Event


T-shirts are available for order:

Oh Wow- This Pain Scale is Pretty Great

I like this one because it relates more to chronic pain sufferers. But ask me to point not verbalize please because I AM IN PAIN.

The Professional Patient

Oh Wow- This Pain Scale is Pretty Great

I’m keen on getting this scale (or this kind of scale) to become the new standard. Help, reblogging, and ideas about how to proceed would all be much appreciated.

Mankoski Pain Scale:

0 – Pain Free

1 – Very minor annoyance – occasional minor twinges. No medication needed.

2 – Minor Annoyance – occasional strong twinges. No medication needed.

3 – Annoying enough to be distracting. Mild painkillers take care of it. (Aspirin, Ibuprofen.)

4 – Can be ignored if you are really involved in your work, but still distracting. Mild painkillers remove pain for 3-4 hours.

5 – Can’t be ignored for more than 30 minutes. Mild painkillers ameliorate pain for 3-4 hours.

6 – Can’t be ignored for any length of time, but you can still go to work and participate in social activities. Stronger painkillers (Codeine, narcotics) reduce pain…

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Rethinking the Traditional Pain Scale

I agree with you. Pain is pain for me and when I come to you for help, please don’t upset me more by trying to categorize what I am feeling.

The Professional Patient

Rethinking the Traditional Pain Scale

I have mixed feelings about some of the proposed methods for communicating about pain, but I’m glad the traditional pain scale is being rethought. I would prefer a scale with one or two sentences per pain level, to make sure patient and doctor are speaking the same language. See my earlier post on that topic.

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The Challenges of Doctor-Patient Communication About Pain, and a Tool That Could Help

The Challenges of Doctor-Patient Communication About Pain, and a Tool That Could Help.


I am one who hates when asked to rate your pain on a scale of 1-10 when you go to the E.R. or in a doctors office.  With chronic pain sufferers it is not that easy to do.  It’s very annoying most of the time because you feel that they just don’t get it.  For patients that are supposed to be less stressed, this is what stresses them.

Agenda-Setting for Doctor Appointments: Healthcare that Feels Like a Doctor/Patient Partnership

Agenda-Setting for Doctor Appointments: Healthcare that Feels Like a Doctor/Patient Partnership.