From Pain to Purpose…


It’s the summer of 2000, and something is deeply and terribly
wrong with my health. One night, my wife lovingly asks,

“What do you feel?”

I have heavy anxiety and dread. But there is a deeper feeling,
harder to describe, and much more raw and visceral,

“I feel like I just want to cry.”

Less than a year before, I was 34 &

life was great.

I was married with two kids, and professionally, I was a successful chiropractor with one of the largest clinics in Pennsylvania. I was in the best shape of my life, weightlifting daily and doing 100-mile bike rides often. Life was good.

Suddenly, without explanation,

I feel like a Zombie.

I can’t do more than a few bicep curls
without feeling wiped out.

Whatever is plaguing me gets worse: anxiety, insomnia, brain fog, panic attacks, nervousness, auditory and chemical sensitivities, mood swings, irritability, irrational anger, severe gastrointestinal disturbances, dizziness, ringing in my ears, and twitching facial muscles.

Soon I can’t sleep through the night, and I become so sound sensitive that I fly into fits of rage over small things like the voices of my kids playing.

I’m such a physical wreck that I lay down between
appointments at my clinic and pray for cancellations.

I wasn’t

a good doctor.
a good father.
a good husband.

I felt like a failure.

Something is deeply and terribly wrong with me, and I can’t figure out what.
My greatest fear isn’t dying, it’s living the rest of my life this way.

Things got so bad and
I know my wife was scared.

It was harder on her in many ways. It caused her to reach out to God in despair.
In one of those moments, she heard God speak to her heart.

“God is not only going to get you well, but you’re
going to take a message to the world.”

I saw her heart, but her words did not encourage me.
My response was,

“If this is what God has for me, I don’t want it!
I can’t even help myself, let alone the world!”

The days dragged on…

With what little energy I have, I read everything that might explain my condition, which now includes low body temperature, thinning hair, and becoming “skinny fat.”

I try addressing my adrenals and thyroid but to no avail.

My wife forces me to go to the head of toxicology at Allegheny General, where I pay $5,000 out of pocket for blood work, but the doctor says, “There’s nothing wrong with you. You’re just under a lot of stress. You just need a good psychotropic drug.”

Another specialist, a gastroenterologist, also suggests the same.

People think I’m crazy. I begin thinking I might be.

I’m sick for three years, suffering symptoms that no medical professionals can explain or justify.


I reach out to one of the top endocrinologists whose book I read to learn more about the thyroid. He seemed to have a good understanding of the causes of thyroid conditions.

He says,

“Dan, I think you might have mercury poisoning.”

I say,

“I thought so too. About a year ago, I read about
Mad Hatter’s disease. These were people who were
making felt hats who were poisoned from the
mercury used in the process. I did a blood test but
it came out negative.”

“Wrong test,” he replies. “Do a urine challenge utilizing a chelator.”

I did.

The test was positive
for heavy metals.

My studies had pointed to the possibility that my health problems might be related to the pituitary hypothalamus complex, the “control tower” in the brain, that regulates your thyroid, adrenals, and hormones – the part of your brain, according to studies, where many neurotoxins accumulate and cause damage.

No wonder my attempts at helping my thyroid and adrenals didn’t work. The control tower was the problem.

I called the endocrinologist again,
“How do you think I got this?”

“Did you have any dental work done around the time you got sick?” he asks.

Then the memory came rushing back…
so I call my dentist.

“When did you take out my amalgam fillings?”

He looked up the date. When he told me, I realized
I got sick days after he took them out.

I cried finally having put two-and-two together.

I had an explanation!

I was suffering from a neurotoxic illness that had built up from mercury fillings, lead-based paints, toxic molds, genetic predisposition, and even contact lens solution which contained mercury back in the 70’s, 80s and early ‘90s.

Neurotoxins had been accumulating in my body, until the removal of my amalgam fillings finally triggered a devastating health crisis. (A perfect storm).

I desperately wanted my life back, so I learned everything I could about getting this stuff safely and effectively out of my brain and the cells in my body. 
I researched everything related. And I applied everything I learned. (It’s what I teach today).

Steadily, my health improved.

(In years, not months).

By 2005, finally, I could enjoy simple, wonderful things such as going out to dinner with my family again.

God led me to every bit of the information that gave me my life back.

I could be a good husband again. I could play with my children. I could be a good doctor. And God expanded our family, with a baby and six weeks later, a set of inherited twins. (That’s a whole different amazing story.)

Then came my


God started sending me clients with neurotoxic illnesses. It became a practice within my practice. Next came invitations to speak on many of the most important natural health stages in the country about my personal victory and extensive new knowledge.

What my wife had heard in her heart came true, “God is not only going to get you well, but you’re going to take a message to the world.”

In 2011, I retired from my chiropractic work. I started coaching people with neurotoxic illnesses and teaching doctors and health care practitioners. In 2020, Pompa Program was launched as a family-run business to take my message directly to people crying out for answers, as I was.

Our mission is to see lives transformed by helping clients and others in our global community restore the extraordinary healing potential God gave to the human body.

Today, the most rewarding aspects of my life are the walking miracles we hear about each day in our virtual community, the lives changed, and the minds renewed to God-guided principles of health and healing.

That’s my story From Pain to Purpose, to Promise. 
I believe God has a promise for you as well.

Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”


Dr. Pompa

Dr. Daniel Pompa is a respected leader in the field of functional medicine, educating practitioners and the public on the origins of inflammation-driven disease, the therapeutic application of the ketogenic diet, fasting, ancestral-based health approaches, cellular healing, and detoxification.

Dr. Pompa received his undergraduate degree in communication from The University of Pittsburgh, and his doctor of chiropractic degree in 1995 from Life University.

He is the author of the books Cellular Healing Diet and Beyond Fasting and he hosted a weekly Cellular Healing TV Podcast and YouTube show.

Dr. Pompa’s speaking engagements land him on some of the largest natural health stages in the world for both the public and practitioners, alongside other leading, cutting-edge health experts. He has spoken at Bulletproof, Paleo f(X), Mindshare, ACAM, PBS, Natures Sunshine, SopMed, NANP, and Systemic Formulas.

Although trained as a chiropractor, his authority is rooted in his own battle, having overcome neurotoxic illness and heavy metal poisoning, using unique cellular detoxification strategies. For the past two decades, Dr. Pompa has been designing, practicing, and teaching his cellular detox strategies around the world, to both practitioners and the public.

Dr. Pompa’s powerful presentations focus on ancient fasting strategies, cellular detox, his multi-therapeutic approach to healing, and common, but frequently misdiagnosed autoimmune, hormone, and neurodegenerative conditions. Dr. Pompa’s own story, which he has titled “From Pain to Purpose…to Promise,” unveils how his health struggles, family tragedy and legal battles have transformed him into a powerful health and longevity evangelist which led him to fulfill his purpose.

He and his wife, Merily, reside in Park City, Utah with their 3 dogs, and 2 cats, and have 5 young adult children who are the next generation to fulfill the Pompa Purpose.

Core Values


What does it mean?
We are curious and actively listen to you.

How do we express it?
We welcome constructive criticism & productive disagreements.

What is the outcome?
New possibilities are discovered, evaluated, and leveraged for the collective advancement of our community and our team.

mission Driven

What does it mean?
To empower people to get their health & lives back.

How do we express it?
By living it and genuinely caring for those we serve..

What is the outcome?
A work environment that is also spreading the message of a healthy lifestyle.

personal Responsibility

What does it mean?
We value people who first seek to understand then work to find a solution to any problems or challenges.

How do we express it?
We learn and grow from our mistakes and experiences.

What is the outcome?
We own our work and take care of our clients and the business.

open and Real Communication

What does it mean?
It means we have difficult conversations, being clear about what is needed in a loving and trusting environment.

How do we express it?
We express it by being open to giving and receiving feedback, then reflecting on that feedback.

What is the outcome?
The outcome will be that we have a Trust Foundation and an environment where everyone feels safe.

walk the Walk

What does it mean?
It means, we Live It to Lead It.

How do we express it?
We express it by empowering everyone to live healthier, happier lives.

What is the outcome?
The outcome will be that of a Non Toxic Environment for our team and those we serve.

enjoy the Journey

What does it mean?
It means, the journey is as important as the destination.

How do we express it?
We express it by smiling, joking, laughing, working hard and playing hard.

What is the outcome?
The outcome will enable us to create a better, more enjoyable environment for our team and for our clients.

results Matter

What does it mean?
It means, we Live It to Lead It.

How do we express it?
We express it by empowering everyone to live healthier, happier lives.

What is the outcome?
The outcome will be that of a Non Toxic Environment for our team and those we serve.