Newswise – MONTCLAIR, NJ (May 15, 2021) Approximately 1 million people in the United States have ulcerative colitis, a key inflammatory disease that causes inflammation and sores in the digestive tract. The gastroenterologist Dr. Oleg Shulik recently worked with a patient to develop a holistic approach to treatment that would allow her to stop taking medication to manage her symptoms.
At the end of September 2020, Lisa A., 31, began to experience unusual bowel movements, unlike anything she had previously treated. Lisa was shocked to see blood and mucus in her stool and described her pain as a level 10 on a scale of one to 10. These symptoms affected her daily life as she was unable to continue with her normal routine without feeling unsure whether or not you would have an incident.
“I always had an urgent need to use the toilet,” said Lisa. “I was grateful that I was working from home at the time, otherwise I would not have been able to work.”
In December, Lisa made an appointment with her family doctor, Crystal Tank, MD, who quickly referred her to Oleg Shulik, MD
“Right off the bat, I found Dr. Shulik to be very knowledgeable,” said Lisa. “He immediately took me for a colonoscopy and I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. It was a pretty quick process but the staff was very supportive and the nurses in the treatment room were really nice and made me feel comfortable. That helped. “
After Lisa prescribed two drugs to treat the disease, she told Dr. Shulik that she wants to try a holistic approach before taking any prescription medication. Dr. Shulik recommended that she start taking a vitamin D supplement and suggested a special diet. “We talked about the autoimmune nutritional protocol, an inflammation control diet,” said Dr. Shulik. After Lisa read about the diet, she completely changed her eating habits.
“The main things I cut out were gluten, rice, soy, and white potatoes,” Lisa said. “I was vegan for two years before I was diagnosed, but recently I had started reintroducing grass-fed and organic meat products like salmon, shrimp and chicken. I’ve stopped eating sugar and fried foods, and I’m taking extra vitamin supplements to make sure I’m getting the nutrients I need. I have cooked all of my meals at home so that I have full control over everything I put into my body. “
A month after her colonoscopy and diagnosis, Lisa felt comfortable with Dr. Shulik’s support and recommendations better. And now, almost six months later, she and her doctors have made incredible progress. “To this day, Lisa is symptom-free and does not require any medication to control her condition,” shares Dr. Shulik with.
“Dr. Shulik is a very well trained doctor who took the time to listen and was very supportive of my decision to go the natural route before starting the medication. He allowed me to participate in my treatment and was very cooperative” “I am really grateful for him. I have learned so much and have been able to improve my health so quickly. In just a few months I feel almost 100% normal again.”
Dr. Shulik sees patients at 799 Bloomfield Avenue in Verona, New Jersey. To make an appointment, visit www.MountainsideMedicalGroup.com/gastroenterology or call us at 866-999-5162.
About Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Group
Mountainside Medical Group is a network of physicians specializing in internal medicine, family medicine, obstetrics / gynecology, endocrinology, pulmonology, gastroenterology and plastic surgery founded by Mountainside Medical Center, now part of Hackensack Meridian Health. We believe that people who develop personal relationships with their doctors experience better health and quality of life. Get off to a good start and stay safe with Mountainside Medical Group. The offices are located in Montclair, Bloomfield, Caldwell, Glen Ridge, Nutley, Union, Verona, West Caldwell and Woodland Park. Further information is available at: www.mountainsidedocs.com
Via Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center
Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center has served Montclair and the surrounding New Jersey communities since 1891. The hospital provides patients with access to innovative and effective treatment in specialized centers within the hospital that focus on radiology, women’s health, oncology, surgery, bariatric, neuroscience, stroke and cardiovascular services. Mountainside has been designated a primary stroke center by the Joint Commission and the NJ State Department of Health and Senior Services and is one of the few community hospitals approved by the state for performing emergency cardiac angioplasty and emergency neuroendovascular procedures. To learn more about the Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center, visit www.mountainsidehosp.com.
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