Douglas L. Weed is a Doctor of Chiropractic care, but today he specializes in functional metabolic medicine.

With functional medicine, “We seek to find root causes for chronic conditions and treat the underlying causes rather than giving medication for symptomatic relief,” said Weed.

Common health issues he treats include low thyroid, hormonal issues and diabetes. “The most prevalent is chronic digestive issues,” added Weed.

Weed works at Heun Chiropractic, Inc. in Napa.

1. How did you get into this business?

When I was in graduate school my back started causing me a significant amount of pain. My father, who was a physician, sent me to see Dr. Richard Heun, a Napa chiropractor and family friend. After my back stopped hurting he suggested that I go to chiropractic school.

2. What’s a common question misconception you get about being a chiropractor?

That we’re quacks. That for some reason we’re not real doctors.

I say I spent 11 years in college, which is three years longer than most doctors.

3. What is it about functional medicine that is interesting to you?

It’s fascinating to find the reasons why someone has the conditions they do.

It’s sort of like being a treasure hunter and then having the tools to deal with those issues and provide the patient with significant relief. It certainly gives you a very good feeling to be able to help somebody.

4. What is the biggest challenge your business/industry has faced?

Two challenges: acceptance by the medical profession as co-equals in our specialty, and better coverage by insurance carriers.

5. Which three people would you most like to have dinner with?

-Albert Einstein, to better understand how he came up with his ideas of specific and general relativity.

-Linus Pauling, because he was the only person to win Nobel prizes in two totally different categories

-Ronald Reagan. My parents were in the Republican central committee in Napa (and Reagan) was a friend of my father’s when I was a kid.

6. What was your first job?

My first real job started when I was in 4th grade and lasted until I was in graduate school.

My brother and I started making candles in our kitchen. We outgrew it and built a shop in the backyard. We also outgrew that and ended up with a factory in Yountville, across from Vintage 1870, until our factory burned down in an arson-set fire in 1972. It was called Heritage Candles by Weed.

7. What’s on your to-do list?

To live in Tuscany and restore an ancient Tuscan stone house and own a vineyard.

8. What’s something people might be surprised to know about you?

I love to design, remodel and build houses.

9. What was your childhood ambition?

I wanted to be president of the United States.

10. Do you still want to be president?

Hell no.

Heun Chiropractic, Inc. is located at 2000 Jefferson St. in Napa.

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