Vitamin B12 with MIC Injection

We are now offering in addition to our vitamin B12 injections, a new weight loss injection! This new injectable called the MIC shot includes methionine, inositol and choline (MIC) to help reduce fat! These are lipotropic agents that work to prevent excess fat buildup in the liver and the body, aid in the metabolism of fats and help reduce blood cholesterol. The MIC shot can be added to your vitamin B12 injection, so you only get one injection. $10 add on to the vitamin B12 shot.

Hcg for Weight Loss & Hormone Balancing

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  • 45-min initial visit + assessment + 2 wk meal plan
  • 15-min follow-up visit
  • hCG meal plan
  • Prescription hCG (injections or sublingual prescription drops) – not homeopathic
  • Syringes
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This is a prescription medication which requires daily injections or sublingual drops for one month. The process begins with an initial assessment to determine whether this is the best method of weight loss for you. Blood work will be done before the prescription in order to obtain a baseline of how your immune system and organs are functioning. A nutritional program is also used in coordination with the injections. Weight loss is quick with this protocol. To avoid feeling badly, and to get optimal results, we recommend our detox program prior to starting the shots. The detox meal plan is included in the price (supplements are extra).

You may want to do the 30 day program several times a year with the nutritional program for best results.

About Us

At California Natural Health, we have the best health care team consisting of naturopathic doctors, a registered dietitican, acupuncturist and a registered massage therapist. We provide patients with a multi-disciplinary approach to their health.

Dr. Austin is the clinic director and resident doctor on-site. As a naturopathic doctor, Dr. Austin treats patients with any ailments (acute or chronic conditions), all ages and both men and women. We believe in doing the most natural route of treatment consisting of nutrition, exercise and lifestyle adjustments,  herbs and supplement help, before relying on medication. We see many patients in our office that have weight concerns, or who have diabetes or high cholesterol. These patients just need guidance on what they could do to change their lifestyle. Once they make the necessary adjustments and are followed up with regularly to ensure they are doing well, we could avoid medication.  We spent 30 – 60 minutes with each patient.

We help wean patients off their medications when we can, and work with them to ensure their bodies are functioning at optimal health. We are always looking to treat the cause, rather than symptoms. Dr. Austin will prescribe medication when deemed necessary, and has a great deal of experience with thyroid conditions and with natural hormone replacement therapy.

THE CALIFORNIA NATURAL HEALTH CLINIC TEAM:

Dr. Kelly Austin, ND (Clinic Director).  Dr. Austin received her degree in naturopathic medicine from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2004. She practiced in Canada for several years before relocating to San Diego. She has spent the majority of her career working in corporate settings helping the employees establish a healthy lifestyle, and lecturing for many international organizations. Dr. Austin has a special focus on hormone (endocrine) metabolism and lifestyle medicine. She has a passion for teaching patients how all the hormones work together to ensure optimal health. The hormones effect mood, digestion, sleep, libido, appetite, body composition, energy, and heart health. Every hormone is connected to each other and must be treated as a whole. Looking at just estrogen, thryoid hormone, cortisol or insulin by themselves is in error. Dr. Austin teaches her patients lifestyle changes that will stick for life and reverse and prevent chronic illness.
Through addressing the underlying causes, she works with her patients to provide them with the most up to date research.
Dr. Austin’s special interests also include clinical nutrition, eating disorders, weight management, and mental health. She is a DAN! Doctor and sees many patients with Autism and Down Syndrome. She is also a certified fitness instructor. You can find her in several local fitness facilities helping many achieve their health & fitness goals.

Dr. Jon Kalman, ND has a special interest in restorative Medicine. His focus is on pain relief to provide his patients a better quality of life. His treatments consist of prolotherapy, platelet rich plasma therapy, nutritional and supplement support for pain relief and IV pain relief therapy. Areas of focus include arthritis, degenerative illnesses, athletic injuries and chronic pain. Dr. Kalman joins the California Natural Health Team from Colorado! We are happy to have him as part of our clinic.

 

 

Jennifer Strouse is a Registered Nurse and Licensed Massage Therapist.
She received a Bachelor of Science in Herbal Sciences from Bastyr University in 2006 where she studied the phytochemistry of plants and their influence upon human biochemistry.  She also obtained a Masters of Science in Regenerative Studies from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and completed a thesis project on medicinal plant landscape design.
She is passionate about educating patients on how plants and nutrition beneficially impact biochemical pathways in the body.  She is also a Metagenics Lifestyle Educator in First Line Therapy in which she designs diet plans that promote beneficial health outcomes including weight loss, reduced inflammation, and increased energy.

Sandra Dougherty became interested in Oriental Medicine in 1995 after being a patient of acupuncture for chronic asthma and severe allergies, which had plagued her for most of her young life. She started using acupuncture regularly. Within a few short months her health completely turned around and she was able to stop taking all the medications that were once a part of her daily healthcare regime.

After experiencing such drastic and life-changing results, and not long after graduating with her BA from San Diego State University, she decided to pursue an education at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, and graduated in 2002 with a Master of Science degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine. While earning her degree, she interned at two different health clinics; the UCSD Free Clinic, San Diego Hospice and Institute for Palliative Medicine, and received her certification of Holistic Health Practitioner in massage. After graduating, she also trained in an additional 2 years in a busy acupuncture clinic to become a specialist in pain management and allergy and asthma disorders. Sandra’s passion is to empower her patients to take control of their health naturally through dietary, lifestyle, and postural changes.

 
THERMOGRAPHY CLINICIAN: C.C.T (Certified Clinical Thermographer): As a certified thermographer, we work directly with patients to provide the highest quality in thermal imaging. We use “state of the art” equipment so that we have crystal clear images, and a very detailed report on our findings. We use actual temperature readings.

 

Common Questions

What is A Naturopathic Doctor?

Naturopathic Doctors are primary care doctors that have a minimum total of seven to eight years of schooling. Very similar to a medical school curriculum, naturopathic medical school also has an additional four years of training in nutrition, supplements, herbs, homeopathy, acupuncture and massage therapy. There are only six accredited naturopathic medical schools in North America. Dr. Austin went to CCNM located in Toronto, Canada.

Naturopathic Doctors practice preventative medicine and will try natural means before prescribing drugs as needed. We treat the cause and focus on the patient’s lifestyle.

Are Naturopathic Doctors opposed to drugs or major surgery?

No. Naturopathic Doctors are licensed to prescribe medications in the state of California. They are not opposed to invasive or suppressive measures when these methods are necessary. Lifestyle changes are the first line of treatment in in most cases.

How does a Naturopathic Doctor work with my MD?

While Naturoapthic Doctors are primary care givers, many patients with insurance have a MD that they are seeing in coordination with a Naturoapathic Doctor. We work very well together to encourage the wellness of the patient.  If there are medications used by the patient that we will be working together to wean off, the MD of the patient can choose to take an active role in this process. Updates of the patient progress  to their MD will be made with the patient’s request.

Does Health Insurance Cover Naturopathic Medicine?

Health savings accounts (HSA) and flex dollars can be used for coverage of our services. We provide the patient with a super bill and receipt to submit into their HSA and flex spending accounts. Some health care plans may provide coverage for naturopathic visits such as PPO’s. Please check with your provider.

Most blood work is covered under a PPO plan as well. We try to do be very conscience with expenses and do what we can in order to keep the costs low for the patient. For patients with HMO’s, we can provide a list of tests needed for your MD to run. This will enable the cost of the tests to be covered under your insurance . For those patients without insurance coverage, we are contracted with a local lab in order to get the lowest price for each test.

What Does a Naturopathic Doctor Do?

As the word “naturopathy” implies, this type of natural medicine uses our understanding of the natural laws of balance to bring about healing in the body. A naturopathic doctor, or N.D., believes that disease is an outward sign of imbalance within the system. Rather than suppress those symptoms, a naturopath addresses the underlying cause of the illness to bring about balance.

An N.D. usually focuses on preventing illness by suggesting ways for patients to improve their lifestyle, including diet and exercise. However, if you are currently experiencing health problems, naturopaths have many non-invasive natural ways of treating them.

What To Expect?

A visit to a naturopathic doctor involves an intense history taking and a complete physical exam. The patient will be required to go over a health questionnaire of complaints to help determine the optimal individualized treatment plan for the client. A treatment protocol will be implemented on the second visit once all of the patient’s information is assessed. A routine blood test is also recommended for all patients, and additional lab work may be referred on an individual basis.

Blood Work

Done after the first visit.

During the first appointment with Dr. Austin, she will put together a lab requisition form for you to bring to a local lab near your home for the blood draw. What is being tested for is individual and will be determined from the initial meeting when the patient shares their symptoms, health concerns and goals. Blood work is more extensive than what a patient is used to with their doctor as hormones and nutritional tests are usually included in the work up. Blood work is covered under most PPO plans. If you do not have insurance coverage, we will provide you with at cost tests to prevent you being charged insurance prices.

Body Composition Test

Using bio-impedance analysis (BIA), your fat pounds, water in your body, muscle mass and how many calories you need to eat to ensure weight loss will be calculated for you. With this information, we keep track of your weight to ensure you are losing fat pounds and not losing muscle mass. It is recommended to do this test every month to monitor progress. For best results, use this in coordination with our First Line Therapy program.

Thermography Breast Screening

Upcoming dates:
Friday August 9th
Friday September 13th
Friday October 11th

  • Call for your spot today

Thermography is a non-invasive diagnostic exam which uses infrared cameras to detect early signs of pre-cancerous tissue.  By detecting minute variations in normal blood vessel activity, infrared imaging may find thermal signs suggesting a pre-cancerous state of the breast or the presence an early tumor that is not yet large enough to be detected by physical examination, mammography, or other types of structural imaging.

In addition to the exam of the breast and abdominal area, a 30-minute consult to go over the results with the doctor is suggested. Please call our office to book your thermogram or on-line at book online.

Digestive Health:

At California Natural Health, we treat all digestive related concerns such as IBS, gastritis, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s, bloating, and H. Pylori. We do extensive testing ensure nutrition is the number one priority in getting well.


Food and environmental sensitivities
Food and environmental sensitivities are at the root of many chronic symptoms,including congestion, fatigue, IBS, brain fog, and even behavioral issues. A simple blood test can help to determine which sensitivities are present, therefore helping to eliminate bothersome chronic symptoms and improve overall health.

-Alcat

-Cyrex

-Genova

-USBiotek

-ImmunoCap

Nutrition
Optimal nutrition is important for the health and function of the entire body. Nutritional deficiencies are common, and underlie many symptoms and health conditions. A simple test can determine whether one is deficient in nutrients, and can provide a plan for how optimal health can be achieved.

Follow up with your results in a 45 minute one-on-one visit with the doctor. They will recommend the supplements needed and ensure you are on the best quality professional supplements. Guidelines will be discussed about how and when to best take the supplements, how to avoid interactions with medications and also what foods are needed in your diet to ensure adequate nutrition is being met.

-Spectracell – $170 with PPO and HMO insurance, $340 cash, Medicare covers a portion of the test
+ $175 45 minute visit with the doctor to interpret results

-NutrEval/ONE – $99 with certain insurances

Digestion
Digestive health is foundational to the health of the entire body. Testing can determine the health of your entire digestive tract and get to the root of issues and imbalances. Testing can reveal issues with inflammation, enzyme production, infections, parasites, and the balance of probiotic bacteria. Anyone with digestive problems can benefit from a full analysis.

-GI Fx – $99 with some insurances
-CDSA 2.0 – $169 with some insurances

First Line Therapy Program

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  • Week 1 – 15 minute visit follow up + BIA
  • Week 3 – 15 minute visit follow up + BIA
  • Week 4 – 30 minute follow up with doctor
  • Week 5 – 15 minute visit follow up + BIA
  • Week 8 – 15 minute visit follow up + BIA
  • Week 12 – 30 minute follow up with doctor + BIA
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Includes:
Initial 45 minute visit – initial screening to start nutritional program + BIA

What is FirstLine Therapy?

A proven personalized lifestyle medicine program that incorporates therapeutic lifestyle changes (TLC) such as healthy nutrition, nutritional protocols, exercise, and stress management.
You will be working one-on-one with our doctor and FLT nurse to get the best care you need to change your lifestyle. This is a nutritional coaching program for people that need help managing their illness and do not want to take medication or want to wean off their medications. After 12 weeks, these conditions have greatly improved on FLT. Blood work is needed before and after the program. BIAs (Body Impedance Analysis) are done through out the program to ensure you are not losing muscle mass and your correct body composition is being established.

This program called “first line of therapy” is used for treating and reducing the risk of common conditions such as:

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  • Overweight/Obesity
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Conditions related to aging
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  • Fatigue
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Low sex drive
  • Stress-related symptoms
  • Poor memory or lack of mental clarity
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Clinic’s Supplement On-Line Store

Order your vitamin supplements from our on-line store at: https://draustin.mymetagenics.com

They get shipped to your home!