The Prescott Area Celiac and Gluten Free Support Group had a terrific meeting last week with speaker Dr Karissa Walton, N.M.D. Naturopathic Physician with INNATE Wellness & Medical Center, 820 Ainsworth Dr., Prescott 928-776-1600
Dr Karissa specializes in treating chronic pain and neurological issues. Of course, she can treat any one of us with all our gluten and food issues. As she states.. statistically 1 out of 130 have celiac, 1 out of 60 have gluten sensitivity and 1 out of 7 have wheat disorders. And, sadly many of the population do not know "what's ailing them". She spoke quite a bit about "gluten ataxia" and in fact there have actually been diagnosed Parkinson's patients that really have gluten ataxia. Ataxia symptoms may vary but can include: trouble using fingers, hands, arms and/or legs..trouble speaking...trouble moving eyes...poor coordination and/or balance...tingling in extremities...gait problems...and damage to the cerebellum (the part of the brain that controls coordination.
It would be impossible for me to summarize the extent of her knowledge imparted to us that day. Subjects that were covered were thyroid, thyroid, thyroid. Oh, my gosh so much info. Intestinal Permeability/Leaky Gut Syndrome and the issues with absorption, which becomes the problem because inflammation prohibits the absorption.
Many of us have heard these subjects discussed before. However, having a physician explain in more detail was invaluable (and a bit overwhelming)
Dr. Karissa is new to the area & Dr. Gemmie's office and is offering new patient/new doctor pricing. Most, if not all, naturopathic practices are "cash pay". I encourage you to call ASAP if you are interested in booking an appointment. Tell Savannah/front office that you are with the Celiac Group and that you were told there was a new patient/new doctor price. My appointment is on Thursday and I am so looking forward to talking to Dr. Karissa one on one.
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Thank you everyone that is interested in our journey to good health.
Renee & Linda