I went to Deb Epstein because everything I ate bothered me. She diagnosed me with leaky gut. Over the next 20 months or so, I spent somewhere between $5,000 and $7,000.
I improved somewhat, but never did the reactions to everything I ate cease, or even come close to it. She never suggested retesting me, or that perhaps there was something else.
Additionally, every time I complained about something (depression, headaches, insomnia) she would sell me supplements for that as well. At one time, I was taking 40 supplements a day for 6 different things and not getting better.
Every visit was $400-$500 and I’d leave with a grocery bag full of supplements. I finally literally couldn’t choke down all those supplements, or the money she was perfectly happy to have me keep spending, or the fact that I really wasn’t getting better after going on two years.
I recall one time when I started talking about personal issues, and then suggested I talk about my medical issues, but she said it was interesting and she wanted to hear it. She still charged me her regular rate, $210 an hour, double the cost of a real therapist.
I had a different ND suggest I might have acid reflux, so I went to a GI and got an endoscopy. Turns out I have ulcers, which I’m now healing with advice I found on the internet.
***update in response to Dr. Deb’s 3/25/16 response to my review*** I have yet to receive a message from you, and this review is not remotely fraudulent.
I saw you from January through August, and you did indeed charge me thousands and thousands of dollars at $210 per hour for your time and bags and bags fulll of supplements.
At one point you were treating me for leaky gut, high cortisol, headaches, insomnia, depression and anxiety. BTW, I also turned out to have incredibly low iron levels which were a major source of my headaches.
If it makes you feel any better, half a dozen other ND’s fell down on the job as well, treating me for candida and food allergies and telling me I’d get better if I ate warm, cooked foods and did acupuncture.
I can’t see addressing this with you directly, as I would never again let you treat me, the clincher being you simply never sat down with me and said something like “Wow, we’ve been treating you for an awfully long time, and you should be a lot better by now.
Let’s explore why you’re not.” (I also had a parasite, d. fragilis, something else you never checked me for.)
Bottom line for other prospective patients: see for yourself, maybe you’ll have a better experience, but if you’re not improving, then move on.