Approximately 1 million people in the United States have ulcerative colitis, a bowl 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 from 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 wouldn’t 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” Lisa reports on her experience. “I am really grateful for him. I learned so much and was 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.
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