Dr. David M. Gustitus, DC, AFMCP, CACCP
Chiropractic made the impossible possible for me.
As a child I suffered from severe asthma that landed me in the hospital many times. My mom stayed awake with me during my frequent asthma attacks to make sure I was still breathing. Sadly I made her cry when I told her she was lucky that breathing was easy for her. For me, it was like breathing through a straw. When I was 4, a chiropractic adjustment changed my life. It relaxed my lungs within minutes and helped me become physically active, play soccer, and make a Division I college team at Colgate. None of that would have been possible without chiropractic care.
In 2015, I had wake-up call.
After completing 4 sprint triathlons and attaining my 1st degree black belt in taekwondo, I thought I was in great shape. Apparently this was not true. One afternoon, while driving with my daughter, I nearly passed out behind the wheel when turning left. It felt like my heart temporarily stopped and then it recovered. This happened on a daily basis for several weeks and 5 trips to the ER found no answers, just doctors thinking it was all in my head. I was eventually diagnosed with Hashimoto’s autoimmune thyroiditis.
Unfortunately, the only medical approach I was given was to treat my symptoms with drugs. I was frustrated because the medical doctors never addressed why I was having heart palpitations, persistent rashes, gut problems, fatigue, and feeling cold all the time. No one had an answer for why I had autoimmunity in the first place.
Since I could not find a local doctor who offered a root cause, whole body approach to compliment my chiropractic training, I began to take courses in functional medicine. These courses included: Mastering Brain Chemistry, Mastering the Thyroid, Mastering Blood Chemistry, Functional Endocrinology, and Renewing the Aging Brain. I have also begun the certification program with the Institute for Functional Medicine and have completed their course Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice. Beyond this, I attained certification in the Chiropractic Biophysics technique which is one of the most researched and advanced spinal correction techniques in chiropractic. All of this training and knowledge was helpful not just for me to heal, but I brought it into my practice as well.
Today, my autoimmunity is in remission, and I am happier than ever. I have learned to take much better care of my health for me, but more importantly, so that I can be there for my wife, kids, friends, and patients.
I created Whole Body Health to provide the guidance to help you heal your body from the inside out, to not just survive, but to thrive. There are no quick fixes. However, I can tell you that if you commit to the process, your results will be life-changing.
I believe that the best use of our painful experiences and suffering is to use what we have learned from our healing journeys to help guide others on their path to healing.
I know you can do it, and I am here to help.