Hello, I’m Dr. Elliot Hirshorn. I’m a board-certified Chiropractic Neurologist and practitioner of functional medicine at New Life Functional Neurology & Endocrinology.
Too many close loved ones have suffered from chronic health problems, including myself. Believe it or not, I used to weigh more than 25 pounds heavier than I am right now. I was also chronically fatigued. Picture this, before becoming a doctor, I was a high school science teacher. I came home everyday around 3pm, relaxed on the couch and quickly fell asleep. Why? Because, unbeknownst to me, I was not in good health. I was heading down a road that would ultimately lead to things like diabetes, peripheral neuropathy and maybe even autoimmune issues like thyroid disease.
I decided years ago to become a patient of my own, so to speak, and apply the principles of functional medicine to myself. I change my eating habits and my lifestyle, starting getting proper nutrition and I lost over 25 pounds. Close loved ones have suffered from chronic health conditions including heart disease, diabetes and ADHD. I’ve even lost my Nana to Alzheimer’s and my brother to post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
Chronic health conditions are personal to me and it’s my mission to help people with these health issues to get to the root causes so we can properly address them and literally give people their lives back!
One of the largest group of patients not getting the care they need in the traditional medical model is thyroid patients.
The most significant problem is that these patients are not having the cause of their thyroid disorder properly identified. When we use our extensive testing to determine the cause of a patient’s thyroid problem, we can then properly address it. This formula allow us to literally change people’s lives.
Let me give you a few examples. One patient felt like she was literally going to die when she first came to us but is now able to accomplish her life’s purpose by helping others in ministry. Several other patients also come to mind that wanted to get off of certain medications and by following our program were able to meet that goal. Another patient summarized the extent of her success in our office by saying that coming to see me was the beginning of the end of her health issues.
Let me share with you one specific example of a thyroid patient case in detail. This patient stated that her main goal was to identify the causes of her symptoms and to have a plan to address them. Perfect, that’s exactly what we do.
Her symptoms included brain fog, memory issues, sleep problems, alternating constipation and diarrhea, tingling in her hands, and chronic pain just to name a few. In her case, the medical world already identified that she had Hashimotos’ disease as the cause of her thyroid concerns. The problem, however, was they had no plan to address it. We ran extensive testing to determine if any other body tissues were being destroyed by her immune system and also what triggers were driving the autoimmune responses. The results were informative and guided our therapeutic approach. She had multiple tissue autoimmunity driven by multiple food sensitivities. What does that mean? Her immune system was attacking her gut, her heart and her nerves, explaining all of her symptoms. Common foods she was eating like beef, okra and certain nuts were driving this autoimmune response, making it worse every time she ate these foods.
She would never have gotten this information let alone a plan to address it from the traditional medical model. But, our program to address these issues will change her life!