Autoimmune Diseases - A Functional Medicine Approach

Autoimmune Diseases – An Integrative Medicine Approach

As one of the most prevalent and chronic illnesses in the country, autoimmune diseases affect 23.5 million Americans with severe pain, disability, and even death. Recent studies from the National Institutes of Health over the last decade now report that more people suffer from this collection of chronic illnesses than from cancer or heart disease. Although these alarming rates continue to rise, there is a lack of awareness that inhibits necessary treatment. Many people affected by autoimmune conditions suffer without realizing their condition is treatable through functional medicine.

Autoimmune disease arises from an abnormal immune response against the tissues and organs of the body. This can be restricted to certain organs, such as the thyroid gland or kidneys, or can involve tissues in different organ systems, such as the basement membrane in the lungs. These harmful diseases arise from consistent exposure to toxins in the environment, a diet void of nutritional value, and the chronic use of harmful medication.

Among the wide variety of treatment options, prevention is the first step to reversing the chronic diseases that arise from autoimmune conditions. Many of the first symptoms, such as chronic fatigue, muscle and joint paint, or simple bodily discomfort can be warning signs of a larger and more complex problem. With simple blood tests, autoimmune disease can be diagnosed at an early stage, giving doctors the ability to naturally balance your immune system before any irreversible damage is done to the brain, joints, thyroid, blood vessels, or other vital organ systems.

As an experienced functional medicine expert, I can assess the numerous factors that can affect your immune system – potential environmental toxins, lifestyle, stress, diet, medication, allergies, and sleep habits – to uncover the root cause of your autoimmune diseases. If you would like to get more information or schedule a consultation, call our office at 212-696-4325.


Elena Klimenko, MD is New York City’s leading integrative medicine physician, providing treatment for autoimmune disease with an effective approach through functional medicine.
You Are What You Eat, Drink, Breathe, Touch & Don't Eliminate

You Are What You Eat, Drink, Breathe, Touch & Don’t Eliminate

Residents in New York City are exposed to a number of harmful and toxic elements on a daily basis – the average being over 120 different toxins before you reach your office by 9:00 am! Whether from pollution, car exhaustion, construction sites, industrial waste, unpurified water, or exposed foods, your body can become inundated with toxic and detrimental substances. It is important for your health and overall wellbeing to have a safe method of detoxifying your body.

Toxic elements appear in all facets of your modern lifestyle. From cosmetics and skin care products to processed foods and even perfume and cologne, your body is constantly absorbing these toxins into your skin, blood, and internal organs. As the body becomes more overwhelmed with the absorption of these contaminants, it begins to take a negative toll on major biological functions. Many feel brain fog, lack of concentration, memory loss, and a sluggishness of cognitive functions. Additionally, many begin to feel higher levels of anxiety and stress, which can ripple into other physical manifestations.

While the exposure to the environmental toxins in inevitable, we must support our body to detoxify daily to maintain healthy body. An integrative medical approach to detoxification provides an effective way to refresh and revitalize your body. Utilizing both advanced and traditional practices, an integrative medicine specialist will guide you to detoxify your body’s internal organs of the harmful environmental toxins. Purge your body of detrimental pollutants and restore your body’s natural vitality with an holistic approach!

Elena Klimenko, MD, NYC’s leading integrative medicine doctor, specializes in a homeopathic and functional medical approach to detoxification, facilitating and improving your body’s natural healing processes.
Holistic Treatment For Your Digestive Issues With The '4R Protocol'

Holistic Treatment For Your Digestive Issues With The ‘4R Protocol’

Maintaining a healthy digestive system is a key component of one’s overall health. The digestive system directly breaks down and absorbs nutrients, and when disrupted, can have serious effects on all other systems of the body. An imbalance in your digestive performance leads to nausea, bloating, diarrhea, malnutrition, and significant weight loss. Due to the sensitivity and volatile reactions that can occur with gastrointestinal issues, many turn to functional medicine doctor for a soothing and effective homeopathic solution.

A functional medicine specialist can offers alternative medical solutions to those suffering with serious digestive issues. Through a comprehensive approach and holistic treatments, patients can be accurately diagnosed with common bacterial imbalances, like dysbiosis (an imbalance of beneficial and harmful microorganisms in the gut), and receive natural and effective solutions.

One of the most effective functional medicine treatment options for patients suffering with dysbiosis is the “4R Protocol,” which formulates a solution with four main components:

  • Remove what is harmful: By eliminating harmful foods or foods causing allergic reactions or intolerance, medication, poor quality fats, refined carbohydrates and sugars, so your body may be able to naturally reorient its digestive tribulations. It also include removing harmful microorganisms from the gut, like yeast, parasites and other non-beneficial bacteria.
  • Replace what is lacking: Substitute what is needed for normal digestion and absorption, such as supplement of hydrochloric acid and pancreatic enzymes, with natural and soothing herbal sources.
  • Reinnoculate what is missing: Introduce favorable microbes back into your digestive system to enhance the growth of the beneficial bacteria. Additional supplements like prebiotics, insulin, and fiber, can also be effective at promoting positive bacteria.
  • Repair what is damaged: After serious digestive issues, stomach and intestinal lining may be damaged. Support healing the intestinal lining with beneficial foods and nutrients like amino acids, healthy fatty acids, zinc, pantothenic acid, and vitamin C, all from natural sources.

Don’t suffer with painful digestive turmoil like irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease.

Elena Klimenko, MD is New York City’s leading integrative medicine physician, providing treatment for dysbiosis and other serious gastrointestinal syndromes with an effective approach through functional medicine. Click here to fill out a new patient evaluation form and set up an appointment today!


Lifestyle Medicine From Elena Klimenko, MD: Food for Thought

Lifestyle Medicine From Elena Klimenko, MD: Food for Thought

In this day and age, there’s an abundance of medical terms, which embodies lifestyle medicine. Lifestyle medicine, within the scope of conventional medicine, is an alternative approach to lower the risk for a number of lifestyle-related chronic diseases or to serve as a supplement to the management plan, such as obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Intervention is often prescribed in conjunction with pharmacotherapy: diabetic patients on medication to control the blood glucose levels or exercise intervention to assist in the long term management. The integration of lifestyle practices into medicine to lower the risk for chronic disease, serves as a supplement to therapy. A defined scientific approach to decreasing disease and illness utilizes lifestyle interventions such as nutrition, physical activity, stress reduction, smoking cessation, avoidance of alcohol abuse, and rest.

The study of how simple lifestyle measures, such as proper diet, exercise, and stress reduction, are thoughtfully and comprehensively integrated into conventional Western medicine practices, which includes promoting health through prevention and therapeutic strategies.These strategies include: diet (nutrition), exercise, stress management, smoking cessation, a variety of other non-drug approaches.

A rather excellent alternative use of lifestyle medicine is by coaching patients to improve personal lifestyle choices regarding weight, physical activity/exercise, nutrition, smoking, stress management, and depression management.

Complementary Therapy:

An example of a complementary therapy is using aromatherapy, a therapy in which the scent of essential flowers, herbs, and tree oils is inhaled to promote health and help lessen a patient’s discomfort following surgery.

Alternative Medicine is often used in place of conventional medicine. An example of an alternative therapy is using a special diet to treat cancer instead of undergoing surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy that has been recommended by a conventional doctor.

Types of alternative medicine include:

  • Alternative medical systems (e.g., traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, naturopathy, ayurveda)
  • Mind/Body techniques (e.g., meditation, biofeedback, relaxation, hypnotherapy)
  • Biologically based therapies (e.g., herbal therapies)
  • Body based therapies (e.g., chiropractic, massage, reflexology), and
  • Energy therapies (e.g., reiki, therapeutic touch)

Mind Over Matter:

Mind body Medicine focuses on the interactions among the brain, mind, body, and behavior, and on the powerful ways in which emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and behavioral factors can directly affect health. It’s a fundamental approach that respects and enhances each person’s capacity for self-knowledge and self-care, and it emphasizes techniques that are grounded in this approach.

Restore Your Digestive Balance With an Integrated Medical Approach

Restore Your Digestive Balance With a Functional Medicine Doctor

Did you know that there is more collective bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract than there are cells in your body? The bacteria in your intestines are estimated to be from over 400 different species and can weigh upwards of 4 lbs. While the variety may seem overwhelming, bacteria in your intestines operate in a delicate balance, or symbiosis, which translates to “living in harmony.” “Good” bacteria helps your to break down food, absorb nutrients and produce some vitamins, while “bad” bacteria can compromise your immune system, cause infection, pain, and serious illness. An imbalance of “good” and “bad” bacteria is called dysbiosis, and affects a number of Americans every year.

With a integrated combination of Western medicine and traditional Eastern practices, a functional medicine doctor like myself can help balance your intestinal turbulence naturally. My natural approach includes functional medicine, homeopathy and other alternative medicine modalities.

Those suffering with dysbiosis may have trouble digesting food, producing vitamins, controlling their hormones, and regulating their other body functions. Conditions associated with dysbiosis include:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Chronic acne
  • Development of food allergies
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Depression
  • “Leaky Gut Syndrome” or Increased Intestinal Permeability
  • Autoimmune diseases

These diseases can become debilitating if left untreated, but with an integrated medical approach you can restore the natural balance to your body’s digestive system.

Elena Klimenko, MD is experienced in functional medicine, offering a diverse and intuitive treatment plan for a number of gastrointestinal diseases. Contact Elena Klimenko today for an integrated approach to treating dysbiosis and other serious gastrointestinal syndromes. Click here to fill out an evaluation form and set up an appointment today.


Relieve Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome With Functional Medicine Treatment From Dr. Elena Klimenko

Relieve Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome With A Functional Medicine Doctor

Your digestive system is one of the most important and sensitive biological systems in the body, critical to your overall health and well-being. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a common functional gastrointestinal disorder, produces symptoms that are caused by changes in how your digestive tract works. Patients with IBS often have chronic and grouped symptoms, often leading to pain, malnutrition, and chronic discomfort.

With a fusion of contemporary Western medicine and alternative practices, I can create a natural holistic treatment for those suffering from an assortment of IBS symptoms. I believes that IBS is a “garbage” diagnosis that includes variety of “undiagnosed” by conventional medicine conditions. My holistic treatment approach is highly customized and includes dietary and lifestyle recommendations, functional medicine testing to identify the root cause of IBS in each particular patient’s case.

IBS is diagnosed when a person has had abdominal pain or discomfort at least three times a month over the course of three months. The pain and discomfort of IBS may occur with a change in diet, stool consistency, or a major variation in the consistency to relieve one’s bowels.

The American College of Gastroenterology estimates that IBS affects three to 20 percent of the population with most studies ranging from 10 to 15 percent, however only a mere five percent have been diagnosed with the condition. IBS affects about twice as many women as men and is often found in individuals younger than age 45.

Chronic IBS and other gastrointestinal diseases can be detrimental to your health, but natural treatment is available with the help of homeopathy and a functional medicine doctor.

Elena Klimenko, MD provides a personalized and integrative approach to medicine, offering patients a complete and well-rounded care plan for IBS and other gastrointestinal issues.  New patients can click here to fill out an evaluation form and set an appointment for effective homeopathic medical treatment and relief today.