Dr. Gerry Curatola has been on a passionate crusade, exploring ancient traditional systems of medicine from around the world and delivering the holistic benefits of their wisdom to the modern health care environment. At the same time, he has incorporated into his practices emerging diagnostic and restorative health care technologies. These include 3D scanning and 3D printing systems for restoring the mouth, near- and far-infrared therapies that enhance lymphatic drainage and stimulate healing, PEMF technology to improve microcirculation, and a Tesla technology that strengthens core musculature and rejuvenates appearance.
“I have learned so much since my formal dental education and postdoctoral studies,” says Curatola. “We are in a technology revolution that enables doctors to treat patients in ways that would have seemed inconceivable just a few years ago. At the same time, ancient systems of medicine utilize approaches that enable us to understand and treat the various levels of health and disease. These may be biological, biochemical, energetic, psycho-emotional and also spiritual. We often ignore spiritual components in Western medicine, but now we have technologies that can literally quantify a patient’s electromagnetic field or vital force. Chinese medicine and Ayurveda have recognized this for thousands of years.”
Curatola’s health care adventures, spanning nearly four decades, began with voluntary dentistry with the Peace Corps and Ministry of Health in Jamaica. “Here, I had an early introduction to herbal and plant medicine that was used in the poorest parts of the island by people who did not have access to modern medicines,” he says.
On his first trip to China 20 years ago, Curatola was introduced to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). “Western medicine focuses on treating disease. TCM looks at your entire well-being; I was amazed at how TCM uses one’s tongue and pulses as important diagnostic tools.”
Expeditions to the Swiss Alps and the Dolomites in Italy brought his attention to healing alpine botanicals such as edelweiss, which has antioxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits. Swiss pine eases congestion. Arnica, useful in speeding soft-tissue repair, also eases swelling, allowing fresh blood to flow into areas of damage, and helps relieve pain.
Visits to India sparked his interest in Ayurveda, an ancient traditional medicine. “Ayurveda was one of the first systems of medicine that recognized that you cannot have a ‘clean, healthy body’ without a ‘clean, healthy mouth.’ Oil-pulling, an Ayurvedic technique that helps to clear toxins from soft tissue, can be a simple and effective modality to help break up biofilm, and can increase the health of the gums.”
Curatola has worked to create more than a dozen Ayurvedic formulations to support a host of constitutional problems, from inflammation to GI and immune imbalances. In recent years, he collaborated with a renowned Ayurvedic doctor, Dr. Marianjii, founder of OMazing Products. Before she passed away, she shared with him a number of classic Siddha-Veda formulations that she had created based on years of research. Produced in India by superior extraction methods that maintain extremely high bioactivity and bioavailability, these products are now being incorporated in a line of Siddha-Veda supplements called Optimal Ayurveda GOLD that will be distributed by RH Optimal Nutrition, founded by Curatola. “Dr. Marianjii helped me understand the wisdom of this ancient medical science,” he says. “Optimal Ayurveda GOLD are classic Ayurveda formulations that are the legacy of Dr. Marianjii, and I am thrilled to help carry the torch for her.”
Purist is a sponsor of a benefit memorial dinner which will honor the legacy of Dr. Marianjii and raise support for Curatola’s mission to complete construction of The Dr. Joyti Joshua Ajjarapu Memorial Medical Center, hospital and dental clinic in Ananthavarum, India, dedicated to the underserved in that region. It will be held at Curatola’s home on August 14. rejuv-health.com