Hello and thank you for visiting Thrive Health! I'm Dr. Scott Richmond. I graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2005. I am a health coach, dad, husband, and who many people call “the mold guy.”
In 2008, I was diagnosed with mold toxicity, MCS (multiple chemical sensitivity), chronic lyme disease, hypothyroid, and heavy metal toxicity. We were living with mold in our home, which led to a very fast downward spiral of disease.
After years of hospitalizations, massive medical bills, and a slow recovery, I finally discovered the missing pieces that led me to a life-changing system of protocols that transformed my life.
At the time, I was a chiropractor based out of Des Moines, Iowa. Many of my own patients were also experiencing significant health challenges, so I started teaching many of them the protocol that I had done. In time, women with thyroid issues were getting healthier. Families were detoxing heavy metals from their bodies and finding more energy.
It took years to refine the protocols I now use today in Thrive Health Centers and after hundreds of clients going through this process, I am confident that people who are determined to transform their health will be able to do so with the tools provided in our program.
“My name is Diane Shoemaker and I found Dr. Scott Richmond when it felt like I was losing hope to ever truly find the guidance I needed to heal. I had been suffering with all kinds of health problems for years that only continued to get worse despite my best efforts, including significant amounts of research, working with all kinds of doctors following all kinds of programs and protocols and spending copious amounts of money, time and energy. Despite all that I had been doing "right", the state of my health and mind was at an all time low, with 85% hair loss, anxiety and anger out the roof, constant respiratory issues, nightmare insomnia, unbearable pain in my neck and back, numbness and tingling in my extremities, very low energy...the list goes on and on. I had to stop working because I was literally disabled and my athletic and social life came to a screeching halt and my marriage was on the rocks. I had recently been diagnosed with Hashimoto's and Lyme disease. I was really really scared. After my first interview with Dr. Scott I felt like I had been caught in a catcher's mitt and was going to be ok because he said he had gone through all of the same things I had and had dug himself out of the hole I was in. I knew I could trust him because of his experience and the fact that he did not offer a salvation fantasy, but said healing takes time, that he was not making any promises that I would heal, or that he would be the one to heal me. Even though I might have wanted to hear guarantees, it felt real and honest and that helped me put faith in him. From the very beginning he came from the angle of empowering me to become my own healer and teach me the tools that had worked for him. We also did extensive lab testing and questionnaires to determine exactly what wasn't working and where I needed the most help. The very first thing we did was identify that my home was infected with mold, off the charts, the worst he had ever seen in fact. My husband and I moved out and got rid of 98% of everything we owned, not an easy thing to do. Replacing most things put us in debt but it was worth it and honestly it changed my relationship with material possessions. Then we went to work on providing my body the nutrition it desperately needed, helped my body with the drainage pathways because I was overloaded with toxins and then later got to work on parasites and heavy metals. While I am not free of all my symptoms, all of them decreased significantly, to a point of manageability. The best thing about working with Dr. Scott is that I am empowered (he is not into creating dependency) and he points out my blind spots or areas that I struggle with and need more work, including, and most importantly, the emotional blockages that manifest as physical illness. I find his philosophy on healing the body refreshing and uplifting because he essentially believes we are already whole and well, we just need to remove the interference. I love that he is always available via email, he is truly present during our phone appointments, and has weekly group coaching calls, which are so helpful and I ALWAYS hear exactly what I need to hear. I always feel encouraged and inspired and to keep going on my journey when it has been really rough. We had to move out of another mold infected home. Even though I found him via an online health summit, I have stopped being a compulsive, frantic information gatherer because 1) it's too much info that I can't implement, 2) Dr. Scott is always growing and learning and sharing the latest info that he's already vetted, and 3) he has the WISDOM on what works and how and when to use it. It's my belief that nothing in life is stagnant and that if I am not getting better then I am getting worse. I can't imagine how much worse off I'd be if I had not started working with Dr. Scott, besides actually being better. I still have a ways to go and am so grateful I can count on Dr. Scott being there for me. I found a needle in a haystack and I'm not letting him go. ” Diane S.
“Everything seemed to be going well until a traumatic event shattered my world. My immune system totally tanked. I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue, followed by mold illness, chronic Lyme and multiple coinfections. I saw a number of providers, but their treatment approaches focusing on Lyme made me feel worse and only improved my symptoms mildly. In the 8 months I’ve worked with Dr. Scott, I’ve gone from completely housebound & unable to consume anything except celery juice, to having a full time job, moving forward with my career in psychology and eating a full array of foods. With Dr. Scott’s support, knowledge, perspective and guidance, I learned powerful tools and strategies that have helped me redirect my health - mind, body, and spirit - giving me the opportunity and confidence to thrive as I confront the challenges ahead." -Diandra H.
"I worked with 5 practitioners prior to finding Dr. Scott. I was 35 pounds overweight, only able to tolerate a handful of foods, and had very little energy. By the time I found Dr. Scott, I was feeling depressed and hopeless. My health situation continued to get worse, and no one could understand why. Within 3 weeks of starting Dr. Scott's protocols, I lost 16 pounds! He was the only practitioner who identified that my body wasn't detoxing well and that heavy metal toxicity and cavitations were areas that needed to be addressed. I've been working with Dr. Scott for one year now. I've lost all of the weight I put on, my energy has skyrocketed, I continue to see improvement in many other areas, and, most importantly, I'm filled with hope that I will be completely healed of my health issues! I'm very grateful for Dr. Scott. Choosing to work with him was, by far, one of the best decisions I've made." -Lisa H.
“Dr. Scott has been coaching me for almost 2 years. Based on his wisdom with many clients and his own health journey Dr. Scott has guided me through some tough times. Dr. Scott’s approach in listening and discerning the next step has been invaluable. I’ve had much needed emotional breakthroughs based on his customizing various techniques for me such as liver and gallbladder flushes. In many ways I’m grateful for having Dr. Scott as my health coach.” Dede
“After seeing your advertisement about the Thyroid and Weight loss event on Facebook, I called your office and explained I didn’t have a thyroid and wondered if this seminar would relate to my problem? You said it would help.
So far I have lost 40+ pounds but more important I am off 15 medications and free of all the chemicals and toxins I have been putting into my body forever. But, most important I feel good, I am enjoying my life and expect I will be enjoying my life for a lot longer!”
“I have been a patient for a little over a year, and hands down this is the best health care I have ever received. By following my specific protocol and keeping an open dialogue with Dr. Richmond I was able to discontinue taking all Rx meds within 6 months. I would have been on medication for the rest of my life had I not taken a leap of faith and contacted Dr. Richmond. I’ve never met a doctor that is as passionate about his work and his cause, which is to help teach patients how to live a healthy lifestyle, as Dr. Richmond. He’s knowledgeable, has a network of colleagues as resources, and his methods get real results.”