Functional Dr in Orange County, CA

Answered on November 25, 2013
Created March 26, 2013 at 2:30 PM

I just saw a functional Dr in Orange County who has been practicing for 1 year & not qualified! How do I find a qualified functional Dr in Southern Ca? I checked the websites listed below, but I'm still not sure how to find out if they r qualified?

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on November 25, 2013
at 07:48 PM

Hi Mindy,

If you haven't found anyone yet, I am located in Irvine and I would be glad to speak with you about your options. I have been practicing for 11 years and completed training through the Institute for Functional Medicine and Kalish Institute for Functional Medicine. My contact info is at: www.fxmedicinecenter.com.

All the best,

Dr. Steve



on August 06, 2013
at 08:35 PM

Nearly 10 years ago my wife was finally diagnosed with Sarcoidosis.

We believe that she suffered from this for much longer because she had several occurrences of non-malignant tumors / growths on in various places on various organs going back ~30 years.

In hindsight we believe that these were related auto-immune reactions.
All were either treated (with limited success) with drugs or surgery.

Fast forward to 10 years ago and a diagnosis of Sarcoidosis... off to the rheumatologist to get the standard drug treatment; prednisone, Methotrexate

The side effects were severe and the relief was merely 'ok'. When wanting to discuss the severity of the side effects and other possible treatment options (especially diet), the rheumatologist's comment "hey, what's your concern... the sympotoms are greatly reduced".

That was the end of his involvement.

Through co-workers my wife my found Dr. Rita Ellithorpe at http://www.tlcdoctors.com/about.php

Short answer through diet my wife is off all meds. Her condition is greatly improved. She has learned what works, what causes flares and how to handle them.

Dr. Rita Ellithorpe initially (~2005 / 2006) put my wife on a hugely restrictive diet. What I guess now (after about a year of tweaking my own diet, finally winding up paleo about 8 months ago) would be deemed an "anti-inflammatory protocol".

At the time (2005 / 2006) I really didn't understand the philosophy or approach. In the last year I have read dozens of research papers supporting "slow carb / low sugar" diet.

For nearly a year my wife ate wild salmon, lean meats & LOTS of greens. No fruit, grains, no processed food, no sugar, no dairy, no eggs, no soda, no diet soda. She subsisted on "dinner for breakfast" and supplements. She also lost ~30 lbs.

I give the long answer / background story because Dr. Ellithorpe is definitely not "mainstream"... she's a bit odd / quirky and may not be for everyone BUT her approach has worked. Then again, I'm a bit odd / quirky but all I care about is results!

from her website.....Dr. Ellithorpe provides a practice rooted in a functional approach which integrates the best of standard, western medicine with effective, natural therapies.


on March 26, 2013
at 07:08 PM

I heard good reviews about this doctor - he's located in Santa Ana. http://www.drkaslow.com/

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