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Meet the Doctor

My name is Robert Gilliland. I’m a licensed chiropractic physician and board certified in Integrative Medicine. I have a bachelors degree in Environmental Science and post-graduate training in neurology, nutrition, functional endocrinology and functional blood chemistry analysis.

What I actually do is called functional or integrative medicine – a combination of traditional medicine and alternative medicine. I use the tests from the medical side to find the underlying cause of the problem and natural therapies from the alternative side to address the underlying cause of the problem, not just mask the symptoms.

I moved to Southwest Florida in 2008 with my lovely wife Sarah and our three beautiful children; Amber, Ashley and Matthew. 

I got into healthcare in 1990, not because I wanted to but because I had to. I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in 1983 and no one could help me.

My medical doctors and specialist gave me drugs that did little for my symptoms and nothing for the underlying cause. The specialists told me, “We don’t know what causes it, there is no cure for it and your only option is to take drugs for the rest of your life.”

For the next 7 years my remission times were getting shorter and shorter even though I was taking more and more drugs to suppress my immune system. I finally got fed up and decided to find an answer myself.

“There comes a time when, if what you’re doing isn’t working, you have stop and try something else.”

I started out in traditional medicine because that’s where I thought I would find an answer. After all, traditional medicine had all the advantages – doctors, hospitals, research and development, medical schools, drug companies and a ton of money. With all those resources you would think they would have the best chance at finding a cure or at least a better solution.

Unfortunately, traditional medicine was a dead end and I walked away after 2 years. Desperate, I turned to alternative medicine. The problem was, I was raised in a medical family. My father was a respiratory therapist and my sister was a nurse. I was brought up to believe that medical doctors were real doctors and alternative doctors were quacks.

However, I needed a solution and I really didn’t care where that solution came from. I was to the point where I would have tried voodoo if I thought it would have helped.

My father warned me that those ‘quacks’ might make it worse but I didn’t think it could get any worse. There comes a time when, if what you’re doing isn’t working, you have stop and try something else.

Albert Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

So I checked out all the alternative options and chose chiropractic because a chiropractic license had a very broad scope of practice. The only thing I couldn’t do with a chiropractic license was preform surgery and prescribe drugs. Since I had already checked those two off my list, chiropractic seemed to be the best option.

Unfortunately, chiropractic didn’t offer a solution either.

So, I had gone to school for over 10 years and still didn’t have the answer. I was bummed out but I wasn’t giving up because I knew that there had to be an answer.

After graduating I continued doing my research in both traditional medicine (PubMed) and alternative medicine (Mercola.com is an excellent resource), went to seminars and experimented on myself.

Twenty-five years after being diagnosed I had amassed a laundry list of symptoms; 3 autoimmune conditions, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, tendonitis, bursitis, joint pain, back pain, sinus problems, etc. etc., so I didn’t have to rely on what some random study said. I knew when something worked.

I finally found the answer I was looking for by combining what I had learned in traditional medicine and alternative medicine – with a few tweaks.

The problem with traditional medicine is that it isn’t looking for the underlying cause of the problem – it simply looks for conditions/diseases that can managed with drugs.

The problem with alternative medicine is that it uses qualitative data instead of quantitative data, making it difficult to find the underlying cause of the problem.

The problem with alternative medicine is that it uses qualitative data instead of quantitative data, making it difficult to find the underlying cause of the problem.

This is why so many people who are looking for real solutions continue to suffer.

“The problem with traditional medicine is that it isn’t looking for the underlying cause of the problem…”

I limit my practice to difficult chronic conditions such as autoimmune conditions, unresolved thyroid and metabolic issues because there are so few doctors who offer real help.

I became a doctor to fix myself and I accomplished my goal; I am drug-free and symptom-free. Now it is my joyful obligation to help others because no one should have to go through what I went through just to feel normal.

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27499 Riverview Ctr Blvd., Bonita Springs, FL 34134

(239) 444-3106

DrG@swfthyroid.com

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