John C. Pittman,
M.D. is originally from Tifton,
Georgia and received a B.S. in biology in 1980 from Valdosta State University
in Valdosta, Ga. He then completed studies for an M.S. in biochemistry and
microbiology in 1981 at the University of Georgia. He received his M.D. degree
from Mercer University in Macon, GA in 1986 and attended the Pediatric
Residency Program at N.C. Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, NC with an
interest in Preventive Medicine. Following residency, he was disillusioned
about his future as a pediatrician due to the heavy focus on pharmaceuticals
and difficulty in promoting prevention, and therefore began working as an
Emergency Physician and was E.R. Director in Rocky Mount and Southport, NC. It
was in the emergency room setting that he realized that lifestyle issues,
especially diet and nutrition, were playing significant roles in the health of
patients and there was no easy pill to take to correct these problems.
It was then that Dr. Pittman began exploring avenues of incorporating holistic medicine with nutrition into a clinical medical practice and he began attending conferences and training courses in nutritional and metabolic medicine. He also began working with well known holistic physicians around the country, learning many things about healthcare that were not taught in school or residency. This intensive period of study culminated in the opening of the Carolina Center in 1994 as a facility in which multiple healing modalities could be brought together to provide help for patients with chronic degenerative illnesses. Since then, Dr. Pittman has intensified his training, gaining certification in chelation therapy, mercury detoxification, and oxidative medicine. Treatment programs at the Carolina Center have been evolving continuously as more information is available to help us understand the links between diet, nutrition, toxicity, chronic infections, and resultant chronic disease.