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IV Nutritional Vitamin bag

We live in a stress-inducing world, which is a common result of living in a toxic environment. Stress may also evolve from physical illness, excessive physical exhaustion, or it may be propagated by emotional/mental challenges. Stress may be induced by drug therapy, illicit or not. Regardless of the precipitating event, acute/chronic stress creates well known changes in body biochemistry and function.

During episodes of acute/chronic stress, blood is diverted from the gastrointestinal tract and flows in greater quantities to the brain, lungs, heart, and extremities. The adrenal glands, situated on top of the kidneys, increase the production and release of cortisol (a natural body steroid), epinephrine, and norepinephrine in what is called the “fright, flight, or fight” response. If we are going to deal with the stressful event (e.g., running from the tiger), we must think more clearly and have an increase in blood and oxygen to our vital organs and extremities.

Under conditions of long-term stress, the adrenal glands lose the ability to continue functioning at high-levels and adrenal fatigue occurs. If stress continues, regardless of cause, fatigue and increased risk of chronic illness is experienced. This particular stage is called the “maladaptive response,” from which movement back to optimum health is difficult without assistance.

It is well documented that long-term acute/chronic stress leads to decreased immune function, decreased digestive function, reduced brain neurotransmitter production and release, increases in heart disease, decreased nutritional balance in the body, and many other disorders. For example, Alzheimer’s caretakers have been found to have a higher risk for illness due to the continued stress of caring for loved ones afflicted with this insidious disease. This higher risk is directly associated with decreased biological balance and function in the body. If you find yourself constantly tired, fatigued, depressed, anxious, and “getting everything that is going around,” you may well be a candidate for IV nutritional therapy.

IV nutritional therapy is very effective for short-term nutritional support in acute disease states such as viral-caused colds and flu. It has been found extremely useful in treating immune system damage due to cancer chemotherapy. Additionally; I’ve clinically used IV nutrient therapy extensively in detoxification, and ongoing recovery, of alcoholics and drug addicts and found it to be extremely effective. In my  practice, I have seen diabetic ulcers heal with IV nutritional therapy when nothing else seemed to work. This therapy works effectively to help patients recover from any debilitating process including excessive physical exercise. IV therapy also works well for those with chronic bowel diseases because the IV nutrients bypass the necessity of absorption in the compromised digestive system.

Furthermore we live in a culture where our nutritional status has been termed “affluent malnutrition.” We’ve been operating on nutritional deficits for some time in spite of the fact that only a few months ago the American Medical Association finally determined that it’s okay to take a daily multi-vitamin.

Do you suffer from a long-term chronic illness? What is your emotional status relating to your job and relationships? Do you constantly move through life in a state of fear, anxiety, or depression? When was the last time you ate and what did you eat? How much fluid have you taken into your system today and what type of fluids (chemical reactions and interactions occur in the body/mind fluid environment)? When’s the last time you exercised on a regular basis (which improves blood flow and nutrient delivery and toxic waste elimination)? Do you take supplemental nutrients, vitamins, and minerals orally on a regular basis? Have any of your organ systems been altered by surgical means (especially the gastrointestinal tract)? Do you find yourself constantly constipated or suffer from intermittent diarrhea? Any of these conditions can cause profound nutrient deficiencies and altered body/mind functions.

Obviously, except in rare cases, IV nutritional therapy is not a long-term substitute for oral nutritional therapy or healthy life style habits. In conclusion, IV nutritional therapy is considered safe and when administered by a trained health care professional, the risks are minimal. In my clinical practice I’ve seen dramatic results in just a few treatments.

If you think you might be a candidate for IV nutritional therapy, contact a Naturopathic physician or a healthcare professional of your choice for an assessment and treatment.

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Naturopathic physicians are licensed primary care providers who are specialists in holistic diagnosis and natural therapeutics. These physicians are trained to seek out the least invasive intervention required to effect a cure. Often, this is possible with diet counseling and lifestyle modification. Sometimes this requires the use of medication, physical therapeutics, or minor surgery.

They are always looking for the underlying cause of the illness and do not just focus on the most apparent symptoms. Naturopathic physicians refer to specialists as needed, either within the profession, or to allopathic (MD) or osteopathic (DO)colleagues.

Licensed Naturopathic Physicians receive extensive didactic and clinical training in the following modalities:

* Clinical Nutrition

* Dietary Supplementation

* Clinical Psychology

* Naturopathic Manipulative Medicine

* Acupuncture

* Botanical (Herbal) Medicines

* Homeopathic Medicines

* Pharmaceutical (Conventional) Medicines

* Minor Surgery

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Intravenous nutritional therapy consists of several different vitamins and minerals which we use regularly with our patients. During the seasons of flu and colds we practitioners of Naturopathic Medicine will use these treatment regimes on a frequent basis.

Generally, I don’t support the idea of just using Vitamin C only or any one vitamin or mineral when treating patients. The reason for this is that nature never gives mono-nutrient therapy–ever. Most plant and animal foods contain complexes of these vitamins and minerals.

No bio/neurochemical processes in the body works in a vacuum by itself. Complexes of vitamins and minerals push enzyme reactions forward to keep the biological systems working at the highest efficiency. When one is infected with a virus, or bacteria, often the biological systems get overwhelmed using all the reserves possible to fight off the invaders.

Coupled with this is the patient who suffers from vomiting or diarrhea, often becoming weaker from dehydration and the increased loss of these critical nutrients from their systems.

This set of actions and interactions often prolong the length of the illness and in fact can create more problems than the infective agent can cause in and by itself. The key with intravenous therapy is first to make sure that dehydration is not the issue.  All biochemical reactions  happen in this fluid matrix. The second thing that needs to happen is to get the essential vitamins and minerals into the system—because without these essential components no biochemical process can go forward an the normal rate. This includes all cellular function.

All trillion or so cells in the human body/mind need these nutrients for proper function—and that includes the white blood cells that are fighting these infections. If you suffer from vomiting/diarrhea, are dehydrated, and losing these critical nutrients through the process how can you actually fight off the infection to any degree of efficiency?   You can’t—it’s that simple.

The IV’s aren’t a complicated mixture.  We use a lot of Vitamin C. We know that infections in mammals cause the abrupt and sustained fall of Vitamin C from blood, tissue and urine levels and the subsequent localization of the vitamin at the infected site. We also know that low levels of Vitamin C can be associated with the risk of bronchitis.

It also appears that supplementation of Vitamin C may increase serum interferon (produced in the liver) levels in response to viral infections. Also, it has been noted that zinc levels decrease during viral infections. Zinc has been shown to reduce viral illnesses time when used to treat the common cold.

Patients who have a increased susceptibility to infection are often found to be low on selenium. An increase in the ability of mammals to cope with infections has been noted for magnesium. It has been noted that a deficiency of Vitamin B-5 may cause frequent upper respiratory infections. Hopefully, these few observations lead us to the bigger picture—namely that these vitamins are necessary for cellular function.

Working in concert with nature is the primary idea behind nutritional treatment. If you can support and keep the cell healthy, one can keep the organ healthy and thereby keep the organism healthy…and that organism is you…

with respect, Dr. Dave, NMD

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Intravenous nutritional therapy consists of several different vitamins and minerals which we use regularly with our patients. During the seasons of flu and colds we will use these treatment regimes on a regular basis.

Generally, I don’t support the idea of just using Vitamin C only or any one vitamin or mineral when treating patients. The reason for this is that nature never gives mono-nutrient therapy…ever. Most plants and animal foods contain complexes of these vitamins and minerals. No bio/neurochemical processes in the body works in a vacuum by itself…complexes of vitamins and minerals push enzyme reactions forward to keep the biological systems working at the highest efficiency.

When one is infected with a virus, or bacteria, often the biological systems get overwhelmed using all the reserves possible to fight off the invaders. Coupled with this is the patient who suffers from vomiting or diarrhea, often becoming weaker from dehydration and the increased loss of these critical nutrients from their systems. This set of actions and interactions often prolong the length of the illness and in fact can create more problems than the infective agent can cause in and by itself.

The key with intravenous therapy is first to make sure that dehydration is not the issue. All biochemical reactions happen in this fluid matrix. The second thing that needs to happen is to get the essential vitamins and minerals into the system—because without these essential components no biochemical process can go forward at the normal rate. This includes all cellular function. All trillion or so cells in the human body/mind need these nutrients for proper function and that includes the white blood cells that are fighting these infections.

If you suffer from vomiting/diarrhea, are dehydrated, and losing these critical nutrients through the process how can you actually fight off the infection to any degree of efficiency?  You can’t, it’s that simple.

The IV’s aren’t a complicated mixture. We use a lot of Vitamin C. We know that infections in mammals cause the abrupt and sustained fall of Vitamin C from blood, tissue and urine levels and the subsequent localization of the vitamin at the infected site. We also know that low levels of Vitamin C be associated with the risk of bronchitis. It also appears that supplementation of vitamin C may increase serum interferon (produced in the liver) levels in response to viral infections.

Also it has been noted that Zinc levels decrease during viral infections—zinc has been shown to reduce viral illness time when used to treat the common cold. Patients who have an increased susceptibility to infection are often found to be low on selenium.  An increase in the ability of mammals to cope with infections has been noted for magnesium. It has been noted that deficiencies of Vitamin B-5 may cause frequent upper respiratory infections. Hopefully, these few observations lead us to the bigger picture—namely that these vitamins are necessary for cellular function.

Working in concert with nature is the primary idea behind nutritional treatment. If you can support and keep the cell healthy—one can keep the organ healthy and thereby keep the organism healthy…and that organism is you. This is our goal at The Source Naturopathic Medical Clinic.

With respect,

Dr. Dave

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