You have a new diagnosis in hand, and you know you want to explore natural approaches to wellness, but where do you start? I was in that same situation, and it took years of research for me to become familiar with the players. To give you a starting point (and save you a lot of time), I am compiling this guide with links to aid you in your own research. I am also including some of their recent work. I am not affiliated with any of these people, and I do not necessarily agree with everything they have to say; but I know that their work will be helpful for people who are looking for answers, like I was. This guide is not exhaustive, but it does include my personal standouts whose work I have seen and read about for several years. Many of them have had personal health crises of their own, which led them to seeing the limits of Western Medicine and seeking alternatives to move beyond it for better wellness.
Feeling a little overwhelmed? Read our Wellness Motivation article to help you get started.
How to use this list?
First and foremost, pray about your concern. Ask God specifically to bring you to the information and healing that you seek. Then, look for the topics that you are interested in and click on the names to link to their website. Most of these people have a blog or email subscription that you can take part in for free to stay in the loop on the new information that they are researching and finding. This is a great FREE way to take advantage of their knowledge for yourself. I would not rely specifically on any single person, but find multiple people in the area of interest, and then follow along gaining their insight and becoming knowledgeable. If they have published recently and relevantly, I have included those links as well.
Dr. Alan Christiansen – Naturopathic Medical Doctor specializing in Thyroid, Adrenals & Hashimoto’s
Dr. Izabella Wentz – Doctor of Pharmacy focused on Hashimoto’s and Thyroid
Dr. Datis Kharrazian – A research fellow at Harvard Medical School (with more credentials than I can list), well known and respected for not only Thyroid, but Brain health and Autoimmunity. Listening to him several years ago was when I first understood that we do not only have a problem with Leaky Gut, but with Leaky Brain too, and how very harsh gargling was helping patients to recover from brain injuries.
Dr. Allison Siebecker – Licensed naturopathic doctor who specializes in SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth)
Dr. Michael Ruscio – Functional medicine practitioner who focuses on gut health.
Christa Orecchio – Certified nutritionist, and I call her the expert on Candida.
Dr. Tom O-Bryan, DC – Specializes in gut health and gluten related disorders
Dr. Daniel Kalish – Deals in functional medicine focusing on gut, hormones and detoxification.
Dr. Jillian Teta – Naturopathic doctor specializing in digestion.
Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, PhD – Focuses on autoimmunity and a paleo approach
Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride – GAPS diet (Gut and Psychology Syndrome)
Dr. Shiroko Sokitch, MD – Specializes in understanding both Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine
Reed Davis – Nutritional Therapist and Founder of Functional Diagnostic Nutrition
Chris Kresser – He is fundamental in the paleo diet movement
Dr. Eva Selhub, MD – Passionate about physical, mental and spiritual health
Dr. Trevor Cates – A naturopathic doctor who focuses on healthy skin.
The Truth About Cancer – A website I would recommend to anyone interested in learning more
OraWellness – This is a company founded by a couple who have dedicated their lives to creating strategies and products to help people improve their oral health naturally after their own health struggle. I have used several of their products and liked them, but even more so, I have really enjoyed their integrity in research and information they provide. They are a good blog to follow in this arena.
I would love it if you would share this guide with people you know who could benefit from it. We all need help in our search for answers, and I hope this guide will serve that purpose for you and your loved ones.
Who can I add to this guide? Let me know in the comments.