Welcome to HolisticNYC, a state of the art Holistic Health/Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition facility in Howard Beach, New York. For over 27 years our practice has been dedicated to health restoration and health maintenance using natural methods.
What is the difference between Traditional Medicine and Holistic/Functional Medicine?
Traditional Medicine primarily “treats” diseases or injuries using drugs and surgery. This approach is necessary in many instances, particularly in emergency medicine where the immediate treatment of: heart attack, stroke, appendicitis, and traumatic injuries can be life saving. However, what about health conditions such as: Obesity, Type II Diabetes, Auto-immune Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), and Migraines. What about Female Hormone Related Conditions such as: Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), Menopause, Pre-menopause, Ovarian Cysts, Fibrocystic Breasts, Endometriosis, and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). For these and many other health conditions, traditional medicines version of “treatment” primarily consists of using drugs to suppress the symptoms related to the disease so that the patient feels a little better but the disease never goes away. The basic concept appears to be drug dependent symptom suppression and life long disease management. Unfortunately, drugs have side effects, and these side effects can require the need for more drugs, creating a viscous cycle of disease and drug dependency. This situation has led many people to wonder if there was a way to restore their good health and eliminate the need for symptom suppressing drugs.
How is Holistic/Functional Medicine Different?
In Holistic/Functional Medicine we do not “treat” disease, we address the underlying Biochemical, Physiological, and Hormonal imbalances that can lead to compromised health. Additionally, we identify and correct, the combination of Nutritional Deficiencies and Dietary Excesses, that can predispose to poor health. The human body has a “built in” ability to heal and repair itself from a state of poor health. It also has an innate ability to maintain itself in a state of good health. Our purpose in Holistic/Functional Medicine is to assist the body in accomplishing this goal, restoring optimum health and function, as well as maintaining that optimum health and function over the long term.
What are some of the natural methods used at HolisticNYC?
Targeted Dietary Strategies; Ketogenic Diets, Vegetarian Ketogenic Diets, Paleo Diets, Carnivore Diets, Low Fermentation Diets, Low Lectin Diets, Carbohydrate Cycling, Intermittent Fasting, Alternate Day fasting, Extended Fasting, Bone Broth Fasting, Juice Fasting, and Water Fasting, are all dietary strategies that can be used alone or in combination, to achieve specific health outcomes.
General Nutritional Supplementation; Basic nutritional supplements can be important to support areas where the average persons diet may be lacking, virtually everyone can benefit from some form of general nutritional supplementation.
Targeted Nutritional Supplementation; Specific nutritional supplementation that is targeted to each persons unique biochemical and physiological imbalances based on their current health condition, as well as their genetic predispositions.
Bio-identical Hormone Replacement; Hormone producing glands can become dysfunctional due to age, disease, or environmental damage. Dysfunctional glands can lead to abnormal hormone levels and abnormal hormone levels can lead to numerous health problems. Dysfunctioning glands can be either temporary or permanent. In cases where glandular dysfunction is permanent, bio-identical hormone replacement can help restore optimum health and function to areas of the body which rely on these very important hormones.