When facing persistent conditions that interrupt your life, sometimes you need help beyond what traditional medicine provides to get back to full health.
Dr. John P. Salerno, DO, is an innovator in the practice of complementary medicine. In his practice, the Salerno Center for Complementary Medicine in New York City, he provides his patients with holistic therapies and techniques that, along with their traditional medical treatments, speed their recovery. His medical approach treats the whole person—mind, body and spirit—not just a list of symptoms.
Dr. Salerno spreads the word of good health in his three published books, as a lecturer, and as a popular media personality.
From Baseball to Medicine: Dr. Salerno’s Career Journey
Finding His Career
Dr. Salerno wanted to strengthen his body as an athlete in high school and college. So, his aunt introduced him to the value of nutrition.
“I liked the healthy, nutritional lifestyle,” Dr. Salerno said. “Later, after injury, I couldn’t go further with baseball. Meanwhile, I was a people person, and I liked science, so I decided to pursue medicine and take more of a nutritional approach.”
His complementary medicine uses the best of traditional medicine with his alternative healing practices to give patients their best chance to live healthier lives.
“My background was originally in traditional medicine because that’s pretty much all they taught in school. Now it’s mostly all complementary and integrative. It’s fun and very different,” Dr. Salerno said.
Developing His Practice
Dr. Salerno has built a successful practice where patients come from across the country and as far as China and Abu Dhabi.
“They come to see me in New York City for anti-aging, cancers, heart disease, preventative medicine and heavy metal detox. I had people from Switzerland who were toxic from the nickel in watchmaking,” he said.
Dr. Salerno worked with Dr. Robert Atkins, whose diet plan gained popularity in the 1990s, and he took over the practice when Dr. Atkins passed away in 2003.
Dr. Salerno’s Practice
What Is Complementary Medicine?
Complementary and alternative medicine encompass a wide array of services and treatments not typically included in traditional medical practices. Depending on the doctor, they may include acupuncture, homeopathy, massage, herbs, nutrition, healthy diets, yoga, tai chi and meditation.
The alternative approach replaces traditional medicine, while the complementary approach works with and adds to it. This combination is called “integrative medicine.”
What Does Dr. Salerno Treat?
At the Salerno Center for Complementary Medicine, Dr. Salerno and his team build a personalized treatment plan for each patient to cleanse the body and restore health. They treat chronic diseases (e.g., rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis) and other conditions such as hair loss, digestive issues, menopause and heavy metal toxicity.
“My office does pretty much everything, including weight loss, anti-aging, arthritis, memory loss and chronic fatigue. You name it; we deal with it,” Dr. Salerno said.
What Are Dr. Salerno’s Treatment Techniques?
Dr. Salerno has developed new techniques using bio-identical hormones, cutting-edge heavy metal treatments, powerful allergy lab work and stem cells. His therapies are designed to address specific conditions, such as nutrition, diabetes, stress and environmental illnesses. Many of Dr. Salerno’s treatments involve changes in diet and lifestyle.
“I think of medicine as a last resort. I look at the whole patient, their lifestyle and their diet. What we put into our bodies, what we fuel our bodies with, is critically important for overall health,” Dr. Salerno said.
One therapy that Dr. Salerno is primarily known for is IV vitamin therapy. The IV solutions are personalized to address patients’ specific conditions.
“I have 30 different IV vitamin protocols that I developed that are disease-specific,” Dr. Salerno said.
The intravenous delivery quickly directs vitamins, hydration and, if needed, detox agents into the bloodstream. It bypasses the digestive system to ensure maximum absorption. Dr. Salerno often uses it himself.
“I try to practice what I preach. I do a lot of vitamin drips on myself to stay healthy and as fit as I can. My patients will frequently see me do this,” he said.
IV therapy can benefit patients with various conditions, including cigarette smoking, addiction, high stress, a weakened immune system or infections and toxification.
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“I’m doing the IV component and supplying them with my vitamin protocols,” he said. “They’ll have a menu of IV vitamin drips for energy, memory or any issues from arthritis to athletic performance.”
One Patient’s Case
“A well-known celebrity came to me not feeling well. I discovered that he had been eating tuna and swordfish for every meal, following his personal trainer’s advice. But those fish have the highest levels of mercury. So, he needed to get tested,” Dr. Salerno said.
Test results showed the highest mercury levels Dr. Salerno had ever seen. His patient’s life was in danger.
“I advised him to stop eating fish and taught him how to detoxify his body. Treatment included IV vitamin drips and stem cells. Fortunately, he recovered and is doing well,” Dr. Salerno said.
“I am co-developing Inspiritol, an all-natural treatment for COVID-19, long COVID-19, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and chronic fatigue,” Dr. Salerno said.
Created with engineer George Hoag, Inspiritol is inhaled through a nebulizer to treat respiratory distress. It comprises antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial elements.
“A hallmark of Inspiritol-treated patients is a rapid increase of oxygen in their blood and decreases in fatigue and difficulty thinking, commonly referred to as ‘brain fog,'” Dr. Salerno said.
Inspiritol is currently in the FDA-approval process to conduct clinical trials.Dr. Salerno developed it initially to be placed inside of vapes because the nutrient can cure lung damage. Inhaling it puts that nutrient straight into the lungs.
” Now, it is going to the FDA for treatment by inhalation therapy,” Dr. Salerno said.
A Parting Reminder
Dr. Salerno and his team at the Salerno Center for Complementary Medicine strengthen the effectiveness of their patients’ healthcare through their natural treatments and therapies. Dr. Salerno firmly believes in a holistic approach, and they consistently produce long-lasting, health-restoring results.
“I like to see the smiles and the results as people come in and tell me how good they finally feel. After 30 years, they’re finally feeling like themselves again. Seeing their rejuvenation is very, very rewarding,” Dr. Salerno concluded.