Intravenous (IV) Therapies
The word intravenous (IV) simply means “within a vein”, and this type of therapy is the giving of liquid substances directly into a vein. The fact is, only about 20-30% of the nutrients we eat are absorbed into the body. The rest are lost in the digestion process. IV hydration in Springfield Missouri is the fastest and most effective way to deliver fluids and medications throughout the body. Nearly 100% of the nutrients delivered intravenously are available for use by the cells of the body. Why not ensure 100% absorption of your vitamins and minerals?
Intravenous (IV) therapy is a method of feeding vitamins, minerals, and amino acids directly into the bloodstream to correct intracellular nutrient deficiencies. Oral intake of such high doses is simply not possible due to absorption limitations from the digestive process. Patients can get up to 10 times the nutrients in one treatment as they could get orally in one day. A good example of this is the use of Vitamin C when trying to overcome a cold due to some sort of virus. The antiviral effects of Vitamin C are seen when blood levels are around 10-15 mg/dL. This level is achievable with IV therapy but not orally. Oral dosage typically peaks with blood levels around 1.2-4.0 mg/dL vs. IV therapy of 50-90 mg/dL.
Most complementary IV therapies remain outside of mainstream medical practice. Pharmaceutical companies are not interested in these therapies and have typically been unwilling to spend the large sums needed to prove their effectiveness because they are natural and unable to be patented and controlled for financial profits.
However, IV therapies, especially for viral/bacterial infections, cancer, Lyme disease, and difficult to treat conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, continue to be a major reason our patients refer their friends to our clinic. We feel that the word of mouth growth and the successful health outcomes which inspire our patients to tell their friends, speaks for the therapy. Our Infusion Center offers a relaxing and caring environment for you to experience one of our customized IVs.
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The immune system is the body’s main defense against harmful viruses and other foreign organisms. In order for the system to successfully eliminate potential disease-causing microbes, it needs a healthy balance of nutrients. Our Immune Support intravenous blend provides the specific vitamins and minerals your body needs and may not be receiving from your diet. Immune IVs can be given regularly during cold/flu season to boost your immune system’s ability to fight impending viruses and bacteria.
With acute illnesses, such as fighting the common cold or influenza, your immune system needs all the help it can get. With high doses of vitamin C and other virus-fighting nutrients, such as magnesium chloride, calcium gluconate, and potassium chloride, the Immune Drip IV blend helps boost immunity against viruses. This, in turn, will decrease the duration of an illness, reduce inflammation and other symptoms, as well as restore energy. When administered via IV, patients can safely absorb high doses of vitamin C from 25-50 grams.
Immune Drip IV vitamin therapy is also particularly beneficial when recovering from an injury or surgical procedure. The body draws on a variety of vitamins and minerals, such as B12, Vitamin B-Complex, and Selenium, when repairing bone and tissue damage. By providing a boost of nourishing vitamins and minerals before and after surgery or following an injury, it’s possible to expedite wound healing and support the overall immune system for a full and positive recovery. With the 100% absorption rate achieved through intravenous therapy, oral supplementation of Vitamin C is not needed.
Immune IVs have also been found to be helpful for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme Disease, chronic infections, Hepatitis, and Cancer. A typical treatment can take anywhere from 60-90 minutes.
Recent studies at the NIH (National Institute of Health), conducted by Harvard Medical School researcher, Mark Levin, M.D. have demonstrated the anti-tumor effect of high dosage IV Vitamin C. This same effect does not occur with oral vitamin C. This therapy was originally developed by Nobel Prize Winner, Dr. Linus Pauling, expanded upon by Dr’s. Klenner and Cathcart and, more recently, Hugh Riordan, M.D. Intravenous, high-dosage Vitamin C also reduces the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation for those receiving conventional medical therapies. We have also found that when cancer patients receive IV Vitamin C they report a significant reduction in their pain level.
We provide IV vitamin C therapy as an add-on to standard cancer therapies to help our patients. High dose vitamin C is well tolerated and largely free of side effects since healthy cells in the body are unaffected, while cancer cells are specifically targeted and destroyed.
Things to know when getting ready to receive a High Dose Vitamin C infusion; bring a snack with you or eat before receiving the infusion. This helps to keep your blood sugar levels more consistent during the treatment. You should not take any oral vitamin C, glutathione or NAC in the 24 hours following the infusion. Treatment times can vary based on the dose of Vitamin C and each patient’s tolerance to the therapy. Typically an infusion will take 90-120 minutes to complete.
Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) is an antioxidant that is made by the body and is found in every cell, where it helps turn glucose into energy. Antioxidants are substances that attack “free radicals,” waste products created when the body turns food into energy. Free radicals cause harmful chemical reactions that can damage cells in the body, making it harder for the body to fight off infections. They also damage organs and tissues.
Unlike other antioxidants, which work only in water (such as vitamin C) or fatty tissues (such as vitamin E), alpha-lipoic acid is both fat- and water-soluble. That means it can work throughout the body. In addition, antioxidants are depleted as they attack free radicals, but evidence suggests alpha-lipoic acid may help regenerate these other antioxidants and make them active again. One example of this is it’s ability to recycle glutathione- the body’s main antioxidant use to defend against free radicals.
Alpha-lipoic acid can lower blood sugar levels in diabetic patients. Its ability to kill free radicals may help reduce pain, burning, itching, tingling, and numbness in people who have nerve damage caused by diabetes (called peripheral neuropathy). Alpha-lipoic acid has been used for years for this purpose in Europe, and at least one study found that intravenous (IV) doses of alpha-lipoic acid helped reduce symptoms.
ALA can also be used for cardiac autonomic neuropathy, retinopathy, cataracts, dementia, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), HIV/AIDS, cancer, liver disease, Wilson’s disease, cardiovascular disease, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), intermittent claudication, and Lyme disease.
If you are receiving an ALA infusion you should expect the treatment to take 60-90 minutes and for it to be protected from light by being covered with an amber colored bag and ran through amber tubing. You should avoid taking ALA orally the day of your infusion.
Many people today are increasingly exposed to toxic heavy metals such as lead, aluminum, mercury and cadmium. Excessive toxic metal exposure from the air, food, water, dental amalgams, and other sources is becoming a recognized and established underlying cause of both acute and chronic disease. There is ongoing medical research validating the link between chronic diseases like heart disease and dementia and environmental exposure to toxic metals. Therefore, potential treatments for heavy metal toxicity, including IV chelation therapy, has became increasingly popular among Integrative Medicine practitioners. Chelation Therapy is an important medical treatment performed in our office for the removal of toxic metals such as lead and mercury from the body’s bloodstream and tissues.
The word “chelation” comes from the Greek word chele or claw and refers to the chemical process of grabbing onto heavy metal ions. Chelation is not a new thing, it has been around for decades. Over 60 years ago, angina or heart related chest pain was found to improve in some patients who received chelation therapy. Doctor Blumer near Zurich, Switzerland has given tens of thousands of chelation treatments without adverse effects and followed his patients for up to 30 years afterward. He has reported an unbelievable 80-90% reduction in the incidence of heart attacks and cancer in his patients who took at least 30 of these. Today several hundred doctors in the U.S. currently utilize IV chelation with a man-made amino acid called EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) as a treatment for angina and other forms of heart disease. Because so many people were receiving chelation treatments, the NIH funded a $40 million trial called TACT (The Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy) to explore its use as a treatment for heart disease. Much to the amazement of many cardiologists who participated in the trial and others, chelation therapy was shown to be significantly superior to placebo in the treatment of cardiovascular disease in patients with prior heart attacks. The improvement in diabetic patients was nearly 40 percent better than placebo! The results were so successful that the NIH has funded further studies to corroborate these findings.
Although there is less published research in these areas, chelation therapy is also being used to treat macular degeneration; osteoporosis; mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease associated with heavy metal toxicity; autoimmune diseases, especially scleroderma; migraines, and fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome with high levels of toxic metals detected with a challenge test.
Prior to receiving chelation therapy, a challenge test should be performed. During this test, a lower dose of chelating agents is given and urine collected for 6 hours following to assess which heavy metals are present.
To effectively chelate most heavy metals, 20-30 treatments are required. Treatments take 30 minutes or less and are typically administered 1-2 times per week. If you are receiving a chelation therapy you should avoid taking in minerals 24 hours prior to the treatment.
GLutathione is a tripeptide derived from 3 simple building blocks- glutamic acid, cysteine, and glycine. It is the primary antioxidant produced by every cell in our body, especially the brain, liver, intestine and kidneys. It is one of the most important molecules we have in our body, especially for preventing diseases. It is our primary defense against free radicals. It is quite honestly the secret ingredient or molecule needed to prevent cancer, heart disease, dementia autism, and aging. It is the MASTER DETOXIFIER and able to prevent damage to important cellular components caused by reactive oxygen species such as free radicals, peroxides, lipid peroxides, and heavy metals. It regulates Nitric Oxide, which dilates arteries. Glutathione enhances the function of citrulline as part of the nitric oxide cycle. It also directly detoxifies carcinogens, toxins, poisons, drugs, alcohol, and heavy metals such as mercury, lead, and arsenic. It activates the immune system and enhances the response of cytokines, lymphocytes, T cells and NK cells. It plays a fundamental role in DNA synthesis and repair. It is used in metabolic and biochemical reactions such protein synthesis, prostaglandin synthesis, amino acid transport, and enzyme activation. How can it be possible that this antioxidant does so much and that there are more than 89,000 medical articles about it but you have never heard of it? Fortunately, we know of this critical life giving molecule and include it in almost all of our IV infusions.
GSH decreases with age, approximately 1% per year. Other causes of glutathione depletion include a poor diet or one with highly processed foods, pollution, toxins, medications such as Tylenol, stress, acute illnesses, alcohol intake, trauma, infections and radiation. Excessively low levels results in rapid cell death. Almost all very ill patients have a glutathione deficiency.
Glutathione is commonly used to treat Heavy Metals Toxicity, Liver Disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Acute Illness, Autoimmunity, Allergies, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Dementia, Anti-Aging, Asthma, Cancer, Chemical Sensitivities, Migraines, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease. It is routinely given after most infusions in our office.
Glutathione is typically given as an IV push and only takes 5-10 minutes. You should avoid taking any oral Glutathione or NAC the day of your infusion.
Competitive athletes push their bodies to the limit, consuming large amounts of vital nutrients as a normal part of metabolism. Metabolism converts carbohydrates, fats, and proteins found in food into energy through a complex series of chemical reactions. These reactions are catalyzed by enzymes. Metabolic enzymes require vitamin and mineral cofactors. These include: Vitamin C, B-complex, Magnesium, and Zinc.
IV nutrient therapy helps athletes to boost performance, increase strength, reduce fatigue and shorten recovery time. The treatments we have found to be most helpful with athletic performance include an array of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and glutathione.
Weekend warriors, yogis, and athletes of all kinds use IV therapy to perform better and recover faster. Our IV services are not exclusive to professional or extreme athletes and can be used pre or post activity. Consider IV therapy to help achieve new personal bests!
NAD+ stands for Nicotinamide (nick-o-tin-a-mide) Adenine (ad-a-nine) Dinucleotide (di-nuke-lee-a-tide). It is an essential molecule found in every cell of your body; a coenzyme of Vitamin B3 (niacin), which means it’s a small helper molecule that binds to a protein molecule in order to activate an enzyme. Enzymes are responsible for over 5,000 different biochemical reactions throughout the body and NAD+ participates in more reactions than any other vitamin-derived molecule. NAD+ is basically the building block of a healthy body that the brain, our internal organs and neurological systems need to function at optimal efficiency.
As we age, our NAD+ levels decline. Addiction, depression, stress and illness also deplete our NAD+ levels. A significant increase in NAD+ levels helps to restore brain functionality. As a result, patients have experienced increased clarity of mind, better problem-solving ability, improved focus and concentration, increased energy, improvement in mood, decreased anxiety levels, and reduced cravings. This revolutionary alternative treatment heals brain-destroying diseases such as alcoholism, addiction, chronic stress, depression and anxiety.
NAD+ is needed for metabolic functions to take place in all the cells in your body, including your brain. Scientists have shown that NAD+ significantly decreases as we age, so it’s beneficial to replenish NAD+ levels so your body can function at optimal levels. NAD+ is involved in these roles throughout the body: Energy production (ATP), DNA repair, Gene expression, Cell signaling, Neurotransmitter, and Enzyme activity:
NAD+ Therapy involves a high dose intravenous infusion of NAD+ that goes straight into the bloodstream. IV therapy allows NAD+ to bypass the digestive system for better absorption. NAD+ works rapidly to repair cells throughout the body and neurons in the brain. When your NAD+ levels are increased, your cells produce more energy, your good genes are “turned on”, DNA is repaired, and many other functions are optimized. Since NAD+ is such a powerful and prolific molecule in the body, high dose IV therapy can be helpful for many different conditions including: Substance abuse, Addiction, Alcoholism, Anxiety, Stress, Depression, PTSD, Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Pain, Neurodegenerative disorders
At the end of treatment with NAD+ therapy, clients have generally reported the following benefits: Increased energy, Improved mood, Increased mental clarity, Increased focus and concentration, Improved memory, Decreased pain, Improved eyesight and hearing, Enhanced sense of purpose, Reduced cravings of substances with Minimal to no withdrawal symptoms during treatment.
If receiving NAD therapy, you should eat no more than a light snack prior to treatment and do not take any glutathione, NAC or Vitamin C the day of treatment.
We recommend doing at least 5 infusions as close in proximity as possible during a two week period, but because of how uncomfortable they can make your body during the infusion, most people will do three infusions the first week and two infusions the second week, and we can personalize the treatment and do more infusions than that based on your health needs. Some patients also like to come in every 6-8 weeks to receive an additional NAD infusion as a boost to help keep their NAD levels high.