1. Not a USian.
2. $50 per visit for my Naturopath
3. and 4. I go when I have specific problems that I know my MD either will not, or cannot help me solve. In other words, I don't go for everything because I live in Canada and can see my MD for regular stuff like pap tests, flu, broken legs, etc.
5. The ND testing can be pricey, but my MD gave me copies of recent blood work (free when ordered by the MD) I had done which I took to my ND.
I have to add that my MD suggested I do Hormone Replacement Therapy to control the increasing migraines I was getting (I am approaching menopause). Uh...no thank you. The ND was able to come up with the same cause for them and suggested two supplements and I have been migraine free for two years now. Virtually none.
Hope that helps.
Female, age 51, 5' 9"
SW - 183 (Jan 22, 2012), CW - 159, GW - healthy.
Met my 2012 goals by losing 24 pounds.
2013 goals are to get fit and strong!