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Alternative Medicine Making a Big Impact In Edgewater and Andersonville

gnosisAlternative medicine has made a big impact in Andersonville and Edgewater with the opening of several groups and individual businesses dedicated to a different approach to healthcare.

According to National Health Statistics Reports published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Feb. 10, 2015, complementary health approaches include an array of modalities and products with a history of use or origins outside of conventional Western medicine.

From Kwai Fah Acupuncture Clinic, to RE: Chiropractic + Wellness, to Chiropractic for Life LLC, local residents are finding outlets for care that often complement, as the CDC’s study found, conventional medical care. In general in the United States, according to the study, most people are not replacing traditional medicine with alternative healthcare methods. But they are coming to practitioners of alternative medicine to improve their health and wellbeing, to relieve symptoms associated with chronic diseases, or to seek relief from the side effects of conventional medicine.

One such business is a part of that growing trend in Edgewater.

Before Cia Kamara came to Gnosis Natural Health in Edgewater, she was sick every month. She was having to call off work or remain in bed all day on weekends as a result of vertigo, fluid retention, fatigue, joint pain and stiffness, and upper respiratory infections.

Enter Claire Boye-Doe, a Nutrition Response Testing practitioner and owner of the store located at 5756 N. Ridge Ave., Unit 3. In the seven months that Kamara has been seeing Boye-Doe, she has only had one respiratory illness and one episode of vertigo. The respiratory illness was resolved overnight using nutritional remedies, and the vertigo was the result of an allergic reaction. Kamara has also been able to reduce her use of prescription medication to control fluid retention, fatigue, and joint stiffness and pain. Instead of taking two pills per day, she now only takes one pill per week.

“The program works,” she wrote in an email provided to EVB.

Kamara is not Boye-Doe’s only success story since the mother of three opened Gnosis Natural Health in September 2014. But Kamara’s transformational health story is partly the result of Boye-Doe’s efforts to change her own life, too.

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, the Rogers Park resident earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering before working in the hard drive business in Silicon Valley for 8 ½ years. She then moved to Chicago to work for another engineering company, specializing in advanced development in the music industry. When changes were made to her department, she had a choice: Move to another area of the company, or enter an entirely new field that has always held her interest.

She decided to register for a clinical training school in Clearwater, Florida, called Ulan Nutritional Systems. “All types of modalities” have taken courses at the school, including nurses, acupuncturists, dentists, and chiropractors, she said. The program allows students to take what they learn, apply it to patients, and then return for more classes. Boye-Doe is currently working to finish the third and final level of the program which equates to a PhD level of this clinical training program. She has studied with Ulan for two years.

Boye-Doe said she is dedicated to helping people optimize their health as part of this alternative healthcare program. She is not opposed to Western medicine, saying it is critical and needed, especially in emergency situations. But as a Nutrition Response Testing practitioner, she said she is able to address the root of the problem instead of coming up with Band-Aid-like solutions.

“I’m able to be very effective and I get to actually have the satisfaction of fixing someone’s (ailments),” she said. “That is appealing to my personality.”

Typically, patients come to Boye-Doe for the treatment of allergies/asthma, arthritis, neck and back pain, weight, headaches/migraines, heart health, mental health, digestive health, skin and beauty, sleep disorders, women’s health, and stress and fatigue. Her patients range from infants to senior citizens.

Boye-Doe will be at the Edgewater Farmers Market on Aug. 29 and again on Sept. 19. There, she will offer free health screenings for those who may be wondering if they are gluten intolerant, or if their stomach has problems with lettuce, for instance.


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