Unlike many other physicians, those at Holtorf Medical Group understand both the interconnectivity of the systems of the body and the importance of addressing the root cause of an individual’s symptoms. They use that knowledge to create patient-specific, multi-system treatment protocols which yield impressive results, such as those recorded in a recent study with over 500 participants. The study explored the connection between chronic conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia (FM), and adrenal dysfunction. By treating the adrenal dysfunction commonly overlooked and missed by standard tests, participants experienced improvement in their overall health and sense of well-being. The data also showed that such treatment is safer and more effective than commonly used treatments. This study provides evidence that Holtorf Medical Group’s method of treating the known causes of illness in CFS, FM, and numerous other chronic conditions is effective. Therefore, these results give hope to the countless individuals, like yourself, looking for relief - relief that the physicians at Holtorf Medical Group provide.
A 500 patient study demonstrated:
94 percent of patients had overall improvement by the 4th visit.
75 percent noted significant overall improvement.
62 percent reported substantial overall improvement.
Prior to treatment at the Holtorf Medical Group, the patients had seen an average of 7.2 different physicians for the treatment of CFS and/or FM without significant improvement.
After seeing 3 other doctors (over a 5 year period)for Hashimoto thyroid disease treatment, I finally found Dr. Holtorf (thank God!). I could write paragraphs on what I’d been through but the bottom line is that I finally found a...
I was a scholarship athlete, ran 4-miles a day 4 to 5 times per week for 30 yrs. Had run 3 successful businesses and was starting a new one. Then one morning I woke up and could barely move. I was so tired I could barely make it down the stairs. I was bedridden for about two months. This began a six year journey of 13 doctors. My symptoms were constant headaches, exhaustion, joint pain, no sleep literally two-three hrs per night with sleeping aids, panic attacks, constant anxiety, would explode at the drop of a hat, total body pain and burning, what seemed like inflamed skin, constant night sweats, bloating stomach, total constipation intestinal palsy if you will, eye pain, severe hearing sensitivity, total muscle atrophy and brain fog. I could go on but you get the picture. It was ruining my family I totally withdrew to my room […]
After seeing 3 other doctors (over a 5 year period)for Hashimoto thyroid disease treatment, I finally found Dr. Holtorf (thank God!). I could write paragraphs on what I’d been through but the bottom line is that I finally found a doctor that is not only a good listener, compassionate & kind, but one who actually thinks “outside the box”. For those of us who don’t respond in a conventional manner to medications, old school “by the book” endocrinologists have repeatedly patted us on the back & said, “Your TSH is fine”, just keep doing what you’re doing. In the meantime, I for one, was sleeping 16 hours a day, spent my life in a mind fog & was fatigued beyond belief (I even slept in my car during my lunch breaks at work). Dr.Holtorf immediately asked the right questions, patiently waiting through my confusion & tears, and made changes to […]
I am so grateful to Doctor Holtorf. I was feeling terrible, and had seen so any doctors, and no one seemed to be able to help me. THEN I found Dr. Holtorf. He took various tests, and then put me on hormone replacement with natural hormones, and I have never felt better. From feeling that there was no tomorrow, to having so much energy and excitement…this has been my dream come true. I am so grateful to Dr. Holtorf and his wonderful staff.
Dr. Holtorf was able to improve my thyroid condition even though I had already been treated for this condition for 20+ years. Dr. Holtorf was able to treat my under treated thyroid problem and I have never felt better. He is familiar with how my hormones interact with one another and was able to tell more about me medically than anyone else has. If I experience a problem that he is not familiar with, he actually conducts research and gets back to me with alternate ways to treat me. This man is a blessing, and I highly recommend him to anyone in the area or willing to fly to see him. I did – I live on the east coast but I flew in just to see him based upon other recommendations – it was totally worth it. I am now feeling like I haven’t felt since before my pregnancies […]
Dr. Wightman, Thank you for being the doctor that finally figured out that Lyme disease is what was keeping me sick for the last 5 years, after seeing 12 doctors with NO success! I am still trying to grasp this unfortunate disease that has taken my very successful and passionate 26 year career as an architect, along with being a triathlete since my early 20’s, my very active lifestyle and traveling the world. My life just stopped. It’s still hard to believe! I was living life to the fullest. The quote I live by is “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined” Thoreau I know in my heart you can help me get my life back, maybe not 100%, but hopefully to get me back working as an architect. My passion in life!! I trust and believe in you, but as you know I […]
For some time I’ve wanted to write a letter about my recovery. I wanted to wait until the quality of my life was substantially better, to show all the new patients the extent in which they can expect their health to improve. My story is this: I have been very ill since 1990. Some of my symptoms included: seizures, gastrointestinal pain, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, headaches, muscle weakness, unexplained weight gain, paralysis of limbs and entire body for days at a time, and severe heart pain. Due to a diagnosis of severe endometriosis, I had a hysterectomy at age 21. I had four or five other surgeries which brought no comfort, only more complications. I went to every Dr, every healer, every alternative medicine clinic both here and in other countries with no relief in sight. Because the physicians could find no consistent diagnosis, my insurance sent me to a pain […]
In 1992, I began having symptoms of overwhelming fatigue, dizziness, muscle stiffness, widespread body pain, mental confusion, flu like feeling, etc., etc. Naturally, I went to the doctor, and then to many doctors, all of whom said they couldn’t find anything wrong with me. Additionally, I started gaining weight, despite what I ate! I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue/Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS). I was given several medications and supplements, which did help initially. In 1995 I was unfortunately also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia (FMS) and started treatments for this condition. None of the medications, or treatments were helping I tried to continue working in my position as an Administrative Vice President, but the ongoing stress associated with my job, as well as other factors, continued to make my condition worsen. In March 1995, my body decided it didn’t want to endure anymore of the constant battering I was putting it through, […]
I have been a patient of Dr. Wightman for about two years now and have always been impressed with his kindness. I feel well taken care of both physically and emotionally. When I first came to Holtorf Medical Group I was at my wit’s end having suffered from heat flashes, disturbed sleep patterns, weight gain, mental fogginess and low energy for the past 14 years. I had tried many other treatments from acupuncture and homeopathic remedies to western medical doctors but nothing had helped relieve my symptoms. On my very first visit to the HMG I received help from Dr. Wightman who gave me a Vitamin B shot, herbs to help me sleep and improve my energy and found the right regime of bioidentical hormones to suit me. After taking the hormones for only a few days I was amazed to have such quick results with nearly all my symptoms. […]
I have been going to Holtorf Medical Group for a year now. I was able to return to work. I am up now 6 out of 7 days a week. They listen and do extensive lab work. They are very encouraging and have been able to prescribe the proper treatment. I was very, very sick when I went to Holtorf, needing a miracle. I know some treatments can cost a lot of money and I sold my home and have relocated in order to afford the medications. I even had to move away from my family but it was that or be miserable. I chose to live and be a member of the human race and not locked up in my home in bed. What you read on their website is true.
Amazing is probably the best description of my experience at Holtorf Medical Group. I almost forgot what it was like to feel this good each and every day. And to think my previous primary care physician just wanted me to take some Prozac. The nurse practitioner, who saw me and the entire staff at Holtorf are the most caring professionals anyone could hope to find in the medical industry. And most importantly, they all get it. I am always happy to give my highest recommendation to my family and friends on the “fountain of youth” I was blessed enough to find in Torrance. I myself will be a patient here for remainder of my life.
I want to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Holtorf and Dr. Laufer for their true compassion and understanding that they and the staff have given me. I have only met one other physician in my life, so far, that has that same attitude toward their patients. I am now in my 4th month of treatment for CFS, hashimotos thyroid disease, fibromyalgia and totally unbalanced numerous other hormones and minerals. I recently made a trip to Southern California from Las Vegas, NV where I reside and the doctors were totally tuned in to me. I was really struggling that day with the cfs issues and the combination treatments made an instant change in my clarity and energy. They were tuned into my needs–I was completely unaware until the afternoon when I felt a burst of energy and relaxation that I have not felt in years; that I realized he was […]
I have had a very good experience with Dr. Laufer. He listens and cares about you and what effects your health. He has helped me feel much better and given me real things to work with. Other endocrinologists have just tested and retested and done nothing at all to help. He has a very good grasp of his field and explains things so you understand. I travel quite a way to see him and he is worth it!
I went through 6 doctors searching for answers. I was in extreme pain and every dr just wanted me to go on medication and not listen to me. However, when I went to see Dr. Laufer he listened to me and treated me as an individual. What works for other patients might not work for me and he treats his patients in that way. I have seen him now for 3 years and I am much better now and my body is slowly improving. I have serious illinesses such as Chronic Lyme Disease a Thyroid problem and Fibromyaligia. He spends a good 30 mintues with me each appointment and will do phone appointments when I am unable to come in.
I am a husband of a patient currently seeing Dr. Bullington. First I want to say without her and her staff I do not know where my wife and I would be, let alone I may not even be close to getting half the woman I married, back into my life on a regular basis. Second is the fact that Dr. Bullington does not forget that the Fibromyalgia patients she treats have families. She encourages them to come in and participate in working on a treatment plan. To you Dr. Bullington thank you for helping teach me the ins and outs of fibro to better help my wife . To the Staff, We love you all!!!!!
I am continuing my journey in life with your support and monitoring knowing I am in the hands of a caring doctor and staff.
In the process of getting diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, I saw about 20 different doctors, none of whom understood the illness. My first visit to Dr. Bullington five years ago remains a dramatic turning point in my life. I give her major credit in helping me stay healthy enough to graduate from college, and I firmly believe she is the foremost CFS specialist in the southeast United States.
Just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate Dr Elizabeth Lyster at your Foster City office. She is the first doctor to actually identify and treat various deficiencies that showed low-normal on labs – other doctors would just say they are normal and moved on. I’ve felt better over the last 6 months than I have in the last 10 years. She’s also helped me to lose 50 lbs where when working with a personal trainer at the gym for a year I lost 0 lbs. Thank you for hiring a GREAT doctor!
And my new ND is totally on board with me. Her name is Dr. Nancy Evans and she works out of the Holtorf Medical Group’s Foster City location. She’s an ND specializing in endocrinology and Lyme disease, and I would highly recommend anybody in the Bay Area with thyroid disease or chronic fatigue make an appointment. Not all endocrinologists are created equal. Far from it. She balances western medicine, including pharmaceuticals, with naturopathy, gives you a full hour of time, listens intently, and runs the proper tests to see if a chronic infection could be throwing off your thyroid. She’s not cheap, and the office doesn’t handle insurance, but you can always file an out-of-network claim with your insurance company for reimbursement. Good health doesn’t come cheap or easy. She’s worth the out-of-pocket expense. I highly recommend her to anybody with or without Lyme disease.
Dr. Evans brings a broad perspective in medical and healing modalities to her work, thus she looks at her patients as whole people rather than isolating a set of symptoms like most Western practitioners. I appreciate her emphasis on naturopathic remedies and approaches, while not being afraid to draw on allopathic pharmacoepia and conventional medicine to find the right pathway to healing for her patients. My energy level has increased, my attitude improved, and I feel healthier as a result of our work together so far and following her protocols. Dr. Evans recognizes that health is dynamic and that adjustments are always needing to be made, so my follow-up appointments are not about creating a routine of payment and dependency but rather focus on optimization of my health and well-being. She has a great “bed-side manner” and makes her patients feel comfortable addressing their health challenges and open up to […]
I cant believe how great I feel, after years of typical main stream medicine with no results. I am now feeling like the clock has been set back 20 years. I have a lower back spinal disease after years of poking and prodding by main stream doctors and thousand of dollars spent and no results with pain killers and therapy, I do believe they have it all wrong. I got tired of my medical insurance dictating I have to stay main stream and no results. I took the dive and invested my money with these doctors and it was the best thing I have ever done. I thank you so much for the health and well being you have brought me.
I must say that my girlfriend and I were most impressed. That’s saying a lot as I’ve visited about 10+ different doctors in recent months, some of which resulted in very unfortunate outcomes. However, I am very excited to see Dr. Garabedian again and look forward to his thoughts, findings, and recommendations/protocol. We are very excited to have found Dr. Garabedian and the Holtorf Medical Group as Dr. Garabedian answered/confirmed some questions that I have had for some time and provided some amazing input otherwise that helped reassure me of other health-related suspicions and more. If something more should come to mind I will certainly be in touch. In short, however, the pleasantness of the staff — which includes you of course : ) — along with Dr. Garabedian, speaks volumes and means so much to us/patients that I can’t even express how to thank all of you adequately.
I’m not one for reviews or questionnaires but I’m happy to follow up this time. Simply, Dr Evans exceeded my expectations in every possible way. She’s the exact right balance of academics, science, compassion and poise. She’s approachable, intelligent and extraordinary in presence of mind and heart. I felt listened to, understood, identified, challenged and mostly inspired to have a trusted professional partner to negotiate real health issues with. It is a great relief. Thank you so much, Lisa
Dr. Charlie and Garabedian Clinic Staff, This Lyme Disease Awareness picture puzzle represents so much of my journey that started in July 2011. When people ask what my symptoms have been, I tell them everything except seizures and passing out. Before July 2011, my life was whole. I was on no medication and had enough energy for five people. All of that changed with Lyme. Gradually the various symptoms took over and left me weak and bedridden. When I got to your clinic in June 2013, things only started to get better and continue to get better even though recovery has been slow. You have done what no doctor has been able to do before you and that is get me on the road to feeling better. I was about ready to give up and lost all hope very quickly. Thank you for helping me take all the individual puzzle […]
I’ve had such amazing results and I owe it all to Dr. Evans! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love your friendly & supportive staff. Especially Kim Potter!
Dear Dr. Holtorf, My name is Norma and I am a patient at your Foster City clinic. I have been a patient for more than a year this time around. [I was a previuos patient years ago. My first experience with Holtorf, sadly was not a pleasant one; however this note is a not about then]. I have witnessed and personally experienced changes in physician staff and endured a busy clinic environment. I have been a healthcare provider for over 25 years. I confess that I have high expectations in the patient care arena as I tend to expect no less than what I have provided over the years with all my heart to my patients! It wasn’t until I became a patient that I truly was able to see all the perspectives in a patient care setting. It is extremely important to me that I take this opportunity to […]
Thank you for this opportunity to tell you my story and express my gratitude for Holtorf Medical Group & Dr. Wightman. It’s difficult to start with a 5.5 year history and a blank sheet of paper. I can certainly tell a shorter story or hit the main points you feel are important. As for this email, I’m telling you more of the story so you have my background. Maybe this will also give you a sense of just how grateful I am for having found Dr. Wightman. In June of 2012 I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and had a fairly educated naturopath managing my thyroid levels. But by June of 2014 I was desperate. I was pretty informed about low thyroid issues through social media discussion boards, but I was having serious problems. Everyone talked about brain fog, but I needed to use GPS to find my way home […]
Very impressed and admire the knowledge, skills, and professionalism. Exceptional care of me as a patient, very helpful, excellent doctor. Answered my many questions, patient and kind doctor. Truly cares to help me feel better and does her best every time I see her. Ideal doctor. – YG
Dear Dr. Wightman and Cristina, I wanted you both to know how very much your kindness has meant to me. In a time when I’ve experienced some unexpected challenges, you both came through to provide such solace…along with sound, medical solutions. I have never been more grateful to have this level of insight and expertise on my side. Thank you so much for walking me through those days. And thank you for being part of a practice where the discussion and treatments span the breadth of possibilities. Having traveled many medical roads in this lifetime, I recognize the value of all you do and the opportunities you offer to find better health and happiness. In that spirit, I wish for you and yours the HAPPIEST of holidays! Any may 2018 be the best year yet on every level!
I have been seeing Dr. Laufer for about 6 years. Right from the start, he has been patient, going through all 5 years of medical records diligently since my symptoms appeared, listening not to just the main issue and symptoms, but all of them each time I see him, spending as much time as I need with him. I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease the year before by another doctor who unfortunately passed away. I was lucky to find that both doctors belonged to the same medical group and worked with the same science / fact based practices. This means that they work with what I call integrated medicine, both sides (medical and natural). I did the antibiotics before I came to Dr. Laufer, they didn’t help, they destroyed my intestinal tract. Dr. Laufer has spent these 6 years building me back up. After spending the first few years in […]
The most important thing to understand about women’s health is that each woman is unique. Optimizing our health involves a broader view of ourselves as complex beings. The following 5 aspects of health are key in recognizing a holistic approach to women’s health. Energy As medical practitioners, fatigue is a primary concern from our patients. This symptom can be due to a wide variety of causes including lack of sleep, poor nutrition, hormone imbalances, infections, and/or stress. The treatment plan for tackling fatigue should involve a complex approach by treating the woman as a whole and looking into a range of potential causes. Immune Our immune system acts by warding off potential threats such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, and toxins that may be present in the environment we live in. More than finding ways to attack the “enemies”, a better long-term approach to boosting and supporting our immune systems from […]Continue Reading