Dr. Karn "Raj" Gupta, MBBS, MPH, AFMCP
Proud alumnus of the Harvard School of Public Health & the Institute for Functional Medicine
Welcome, thanks for visiting my website!
Is my name a mouthful for you? No problem, just call me Raj or Dr. Gupta or even Dr. G!
Let me introduce myself. I'm Dr. Gupta. I am a conventionally-trained physician and am currently in the process of undergoing certification by the Institute for Functional Medicine. I'm also on track to become an Autoimmune Paleo Certified Coach (www.aipcertified.com). If you do decide to work with me, you'll get a perfect blend of traditional healing and functional medicine (I am a graduate of IFM's flagship course, AFMCP). I certainly don't claim that I have all the answers, but I will diligently work in partnership with you to get to the root cause of your health concerns.
I've been in the exact position where you find yourselves in. When I was in medical school, I was diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease and was told by my senior colleagues that I'd have to "live with it." At one point, I was put on an SSRI which is a commonly-used type of antidepressant.
Let me say that again.
I was put on an antidepressant for Inflammatory Bowel Disease. And the mainstream docs have the nerve to say functional medicine is "quackery".
I'll let you figure out who the quacks are.
Basically the conventional doctor was saying, "This is the best I can do for you. It's all in your head. Get over it. Take an antidepressant." Being a naive 20-something, I believed what I was told.
Anyway, being the inquisitive personality that I am, I did not accept that answer. I set out on a path that led me to functional medicine, and for the first time in 6 years, I felt heard. I actually got a GI test for the first time - an advanced DNA-PCR test known as GIMAP which I recommend for all my patients. And lo and behold, I had a raging Giardia and Blastocystis infection that was chewing up my gut mercilessly. It wasn't all in my head!
I also got an Organic Acids test which showed that the years of antidepressants had taken a severe toll on my natural neurotransmitter systems.
The sad thing is that all of my prior tests had failed to detect these problems. The technology just wasn't sensitive enough.
Long story short - with a bit of lifestyle modification, adrenal healing and parasite-killing supplements, two years later I was free of all symptoms of my "lifelong disease."
To this day, my original doctor does not believe how I managed this remarkable turnaround. Of course, there will always be cynics who will be impossible to convince, no matter what the evidence. I just let the cynics dwell in their cynicism.
This is the power of Functional Medicine. Don't just accept what your doctor tells you. Inquire. Research. Challenge. And see where it takes you. I invite you to take this journey with me.
One caveat though: Don't believe everything that Dr. Google tells you!
What is my healing philosophy?
My healing philosophy centers on a simple 3-body system model which includes the hormonal system, the gut and detoxification. Testing is always welcome, but is not required if you wish to work with me. If you're sitting on the fence and are undecided about the functional medicine approach, I encourage you to read the Mayo Clinic's and Cleveland Clinic's studies on this treatment modality (You may contact me for a copy of these studies). I'm a living example of someone who turned his life around using the functional medicine approach.
I speak English, Spanish and Hindi. Wherever you are in the world, I look forward to being your partner in health.
All you need is an internet connection and preferably a webcam, since I do like to see who I'm talking with!