Naturopathic Medicine

What is Naturopathic Medicine and how can it assist in optimizing your health?

Dr. Lehman places special emphasis on the foundational aspects of health and well-being while respecting the fact that each individual requires and deserves personalized care. As a Naturopathic Doctor practicing in a rheumatology setting, Dr. Lehman has special training and expertise in helping those with autoimmune disorders, chronic illness, and infection.


Dr. Lehman's San Diego practice is guided by the following principles:

  1. First do no harm. The naturopathic doctor seeks to employ the least invasive and least forceful means of diagnosis and therapy necessary while diminishing the chance of harmful side-effects.

  2. The healing power of nature. Recognizing the inherent self-healing properties of all living things, the naturopathic doctor seeks to identify and facilitate the removal of the obstacles that may be preventing a patient from the path to recovery.

  3. Identify and treat the cause. Rather than simply eliminating or suppressing symptoms that manifest themselves on the surface, the naturopathic doctor endeavors to treat the underlying root cause of the patient’s condition.

  4. Treat the whole person. When treating one’s patient, the naturopathic doctor takes into account all of the intricate facets that make each patient unique in order to truly harmonize the chosen therapeutic protocol (the biopsychosocial model of health).

  5. Doctor and teacher Naturopathic doctors are not only clinicians but also educators and patient advocates while empowering their patients to make fully informed decisions regarding their health and wellness.

  6. Prevention. Naturopathic medicine endeavors to prevent illness before a patient’s genetics, risk factors, and other propensity for disease are allowed to fully manifest themselves.

Dr. Lehman brings an expansive set of services to San Diego that complement those offered by IFSMED.

NOTE: Under the current health insurance system, most patients in California do not have insurance coverage for services rendered by a naturopathic doctor.


Services Provided

MEDICAL CONSULTATIONS


Discovery Session* - 20 minutes - complimentary

This "pre-appointment" is designed to provide prospective patients with a brief introduction to what Naturopathic Medicine is and how our services may compliment or augment your existing wellness practices. As our future visits will be an investment in your health, consider this visit an opportunity to discern whether our services will be the right match for you and your health aspirations.


* Please understand that due to the brief nature of this conversation, no formal diagnoses or therapeutic protocols will be provided during this session.

Initial Appointment - 60-80 minutes - $300

Take a deep dive into your personal health history. We will discuss your chief concerns and begin the formulation of a personalized therapeutic plan to get to the root of what ails you.


Discuss diagnostic or screening laboratory testing that may be necessary to shed a brighter light on your unique condition and discern the most appropriate place to start. Therapies include, but are certainly not limited to, a thorough evaluation of your diet and nutritional needs, as well as an assessment of your other determinants of health (i.e. — hydration, sleep, exercise, and stress management).


Follow-Up Appointments - 40-60 minutes - $160-$240

Follow through on the outcomes of the initial visit and accountability toward the goals of ongoing care being provided. Cover any changes since your last visit, to go over your most recent lab work, and/or adjust your therapeutic protocol. Depending on the particular needs of the visit, these appointments are scheduled in 40 or 60 minute increments.


Looking for caring and compassionate naturopathic services in San Diego? Call for an appointment 858-794-9192


INTRAVENOUS NUTRIENT THERAPY


IV nutrient therapy is a medical treatment that allows your doctor to provide you with vitamins, minerals, and other nourishing substances directly into circulation, which bypasses the digestive tract and any potential issues of malabsorption. These vital nutrients are infused together within a base solution that very effectively hydrates your body at the cellular level. Higher therapeutic doses of nutrients can be given than is otherwise possible by mouth without intestinal irritation.


Advanced Detoxification and Drainage - $250

For those experiencing symptoms of mild to moderate body toxicity (i.e. — headaches, brain fog, fatigue, mild body aches, skin disruptions, and minor alterations in bowel habits). The formula includes deeply nourishing vitamins and minerals combined with synergistic homeopathic remedies directed at reinforcing your organs of elimination (liver/intestines, kidneys, and lymphatic vessels) in a base solution targeting systemic hydration.Optimally combined with a glutathione push for its additional support of detoxification & immune-modulation.


Detoxification and Drainage - $200

Enhance the function of your organs of elimination (liver/intestines, kidneys, and lymphatic vessels) and works best when combined with other forms of detoxification support (nutritional cleanse, sauna with oxygen therapy, and/or exercise with oxygen therapy, etc.).Recommended as a series of 6 weekly or bi-weekly infusions.


Energy and Clarity - $200

Provide your cells with the necessary signaling to properly and efficiently run the biochemical engine housed within the mitochondria.Recommended as a series of 4 weekly or bi-weekly infusions.


Immunity and Resilience - $200

Designed to call your immune cells into action and direct your defenses to where they are needed most.Recommended bi-weekly during an acute infection or weekly throughout autumn and winter to establish ongoing resilience.


Rest and Recovery - $200

Assist in the facilitation of restful sleep by gently eliciting relaxation pathways without forcing sedation.Recommended as a series of weekly or bi-weekly infusions as needed for deep recuperation.


NUTRIENT INJECTIONS


Detoxification and Drainage - $45

Designed to enhance the function of your organs of elimination (liver/intestines, kidneys, and lymphatic vessels) and works best when combined with other forms of detoxification support (nutritional cleanse, sauna with oxygen therapy, and/or exercise with oxygen therapy, etc.). Recommended as a series of 6 weekly or bi-weekly injections.


Energy and Clarity - $45

Designed to provide your cells with the necessary signaling to properly and efficiently run the biochemical engine housed within the mitochondria. Recommended as a series of 4 weekly or bi-weekly injections.


Immunity and Resilience - $45

Designed to call your immune cells into action and direct your defenses to where they are needed most. Recommended bi-weekly during an acute infection or weekly throughout autumn and winter to establish ongoing resilience.


Rest and Recovery - $45

Designed to assist in the facilitation of restful sleep by gently eliciting relaxation pathways without forcing sedation. Recommended as a series of weekly or bi-weekly injections as needed for deep recuperation.


DETOXIFICATION SOLUTIONS


Therapeutic Sauna

The purpose of sauna therapy is to directly impact cardiovascular, respiratory, mental-emotional, immunological, and musculoskeletal health while engaging the self-healing mechanisms of the body. Though our sauna protocols are highly individualized and customizable based on patient comfort and preferences, typical sessions are <30 minutes in duration and heated to between 105-120°F. We couple each sauna session with the use of pure oxygen being provided through a mask, which promotes systemic oxygenation leading to enhanced cellular energy production, metabolism, and modulation of immunity.


Reasons to enjoy this therapy include:
  • Hypertension
  • Chronic neck, back, and joint/muscle pain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Chronic insomnia
  • Stress reduction
  • Brain fog
  • Obesity
  • Chronic infection
  • Sport injuries
  • Improvement of athletic performance

Reasons to NOT use this therapy:
  • Pre-Existing Cardiac Conditions (arrhythmia, congestive heart failure, uncontrolled hypertension, etc.)
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Acute infection/inflammation (presenting with a fever or other acute symptoms)
  • Acute thermal skin lesions (sunburn or other superficial burns)
  • Thermally-induced seizures/fainting
  • Pregnancy
  • Lack of thermosensitivity

Ozone Steam Sauna with Oxygen Therapy- 30 minutes - $70

This experience combines the traditionally foundational healing therapeutics of a humid steam sauna with the additional benefits of ozone therapy, which include the stimulation of anti-oxidant systems, modulation of the immune system, and inhibition of infectious agents (i.e. - bacteria, fungi, etc.).


Far Infrared Sauna with Oxygen Therapy- 30 minutes - $60

Infrared saunas elicit their health promoting effects by utilizing the emission of energy wavelengths in the infrared range in order to activate the metabolic and physiologic activities of the tissues close to the surface of the skin, namely the superficial blood vessels, sweat glands, and nerve receptors.


Stationary Bicycle with Oxygen Therapy- 15-30 minutes - $2/minute

Prompt your body’s natural detoxification pathways to perform their vital tasks with improved efficiency! While the aerobic exercise innately seeks to improve your cardiovascular health overall, the addition of oxygen therapy enhances the efficiency of your blood flow, encourages your tissues to absorb vital nutrients, and detoxify cellular waste.This therapy is highly complementary to either infusion services or sauna therapies.


Whole-Body Detoxification & Drainage Intensive - $600 (An $800 value!)

This intensive session provides multiple therapies synergistically combined to activate systemic detoxification and drainage from deep within. Over the course of 3-4 hours, you will be guided through the process of gentle detoxification and relaxation.


     All of the following services are included:
  1. Lymphatic Massage or Exercise with Oxygen Therapy
    Either of these "pre-treatment" options are designed to increase the flow of toxins and metabolic waste products out of the tissues and into circulation where they can then be bound and eliminated throughout the next phases of treatment.

  2. IV Chelation + Homeopathic Drainage Infusion
    This stage of the intensive is appropriate to both open up the drainage pathways while also binding/chelating these undesirable substances and carrying them toward their elimination.

  3. Ozone Steam or Far-Infrared Sauna with Oxygen Therapy
    The next stage is the continuance of enhancing both the metabolic processes while further opening the channels of detoxification and drainage through the sweat while also promoting relaxation and subtly revitalizing energy from deep within yourself.

  4. IV Nourishing Re-Mineralization Infusion
    The final phase is not only designed to rehydrate your body but also provide it with deeply nourishing vitamins and minerals to replenish your vitality and restore electrolyte balance after such an intensive session.

Heavy Metal IV Chelation Therapy - $220 initial - $320 ongoing

For people who have documented exposure or clinical signs of heavy metal toxicity, intravenous chelation may be an appropriate next step to bind and eliminate these toxic materials from your system. Chelation is a process of "provoking" your body to bind and eliminate toxic metals by infusing a chelating agent intravenously.


After an initial consult, your first chelation infusion session will include pre-/post urine toxic metal testing to determine the nature and extent of your exposure. This involves the collection of a urine sample the morning of your session, receiving the IV, then collecting another urine sample 6 hours after. Both of these urine samples will be dispatched for laboratory testing and the comparative results will assist in identifying the best next step for your optimal care.


Looking for caring and compassionate naturopathic services in San Diego? Call for an appointment 858-794-9192






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