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Integrative Medicine

Nutritional and Herbal Medicine

Combining medical nutrition with a comprehensive understanding of herbal medicine, Dr. Kulick selectively recommends herbs as part of other medical regimen and prescriptions to his patients in NYC.

Herbal remedies have been used by millions of people for thousands of years. When done properly, natural remedies successfully coexist and supplement healthcare regimens. As a medical doctor with profound knowledge of both conventional and alternative methods, Dr. Kulick is uniquely qualified to create the perfect blend for your health.

Functional medicine offers an answer to the current epidemic of chronic disease, with its systems-based, science-driven approach to individualized medicine, focusing on underlying causes rather than simply treating symptoms.

Why Nutrition/Herbs are important

The goal of herbal medicine is both prevention and cure.

Diabetes, obesity, heart disease, stroke and dementia are ravaging our health in the 21st century. The statistics are staggering: 72% of Americans are either overweight (38%) or obese (34%). 90 million Americans have either diabetes or pre-diabetes. More than 1 in 3 U.S. adults (81 million) currently live with one or more types of cardiovascular disease. Cancer is also a preventable cause of death significantly linked to diet and environmental factors. Allergies affect millions.

Most people don’t realize that nutrition IS a form of medicine. In addition, for all prescription medicines have done to cure us, they have also been shown to be a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States.

Healthy foods not only fuel the body for optimal performance but the right diet and supplemental vitamins are vital for the active prevention and management of chronic disease. Many patients are not completely informed as to the benefits, risks, and appropriate dosages of the various vitamins they consume. Without proper supervision, more harm than good may be done. Ironically, Dr. Kulick may eliminate vitamins the patient has “heard about” in favor of those more conducive to their particular needs.

It is important to recognize how complex and interrelated our bodies are—that distress in one organ may contribute to disease in another. This is why it is vital to look beyond the symptoms and discover the cause. Most people have never heard of Increased Intestinal Permeability or “Leaky Gut Syndrome,” yet it is a powerful concept in medicine that cuts across the boundary lines of specific diseases. The small intestine is the largest organ in your body and two-thirds of your immune system lies within its walls. Once the walls are compromised and the intestinal lining is permeable, molecules that cannot ordinarily pass through, are absorbed into your blood stream and stimulate a low lever inflammatory response. Intestinal Permeability describes the mechanism that results in chronic inflammation.

Leaky Gut Syndrome can cause or contribute to a variety of seemingly unrelated conditions including chronic fatigue, depression, arthritis, allergies, and hives. Studies exist and are supported by NIH (National Institute of Health) that ties many common maladies to low level chronic inflammation. These include arthritis, heart disease, dementia, osteoporosis and cancer.

It is already well known that severe gluten allergies cause the absorption of unrecognizable molecules resulting in psoriasis, uveitis, iritis, and fatigue. Other food allergies or drug sensitivities overuse of antibiotics, and anti-inflammatories can also cause leaky gut syndrome and thus precipitate inflammation. Counteracting inflammation and removing the precipitating cause is often at the root of correcting chronic inflammation and feeling better.

Increased Intestinal Permeability often goes undetected for years as patients wrestle with symptoms.

How it works

Even herbalists concede that pharmaceuticals are more effective in acute situations such as elevated blood pressure where the condition poses imminent danger. However, given time, over the long term herbs can help patients resist disease while providing nutritional and immunological support.

Methodology

Dr. Kulick supervises an elimination diet, which is more reliable and reproducible than a blood test.

This follows an overall health review which includes assessing for nutritional deficiencies, food allergies, metabolism, and impaired functioning of any of the body’s systems. You will be asked about antibiotic use and other prescription drugs. A detailed, customized plan of nutrition and other therapies are then developed in cooperation with the patient to meet specific goals. Once the specific cause or causes are identified, they are removed and the body begins to repair itself. If the liver cannot cleanse the body it can be helped with a combination of herbs and amino acids. If the whole process has drained the adrenal glands, it can be addressed in similar fashion once the liver is stable.

Dr. Kulick will advise and prescribe his patients in NYC, specific supplements, diets and lifestyle changes to reduce complications and improve the patient’s overall quality of life. Intravenous supplementation of vitamins and amino acids may also be recommended.

Side effects—healthier mind and body.