Intravenous, or IV, nutrition is a method of administering nutrients that is more efficient than ingesting pills due to limitations of the digestive process. With IV nutrition, the nutrients flow directly into your bloodstream, allowing for a higher rate of absorption. IV Nutrition is useful in cases where a patient needs to overcome a virus, whose elimination may call for a certain level of a particular vitamin. This level is attainable with IV Nutrition but not with medicine consumed orally.
IV Nutritional Therapies Frequently Asked Questions
What is intravenous nutritional therapy?
IV nutritional therapy is a treatment by which vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other nutrients are slowly administered via a small needle in the patient's vein.
Why consider IV nutritional therapy?
Many illnesses and medical conditions associated with digestive disturbances, such as malabsorption, food sensitivities, and leaky gut syndrome cause the body to fail at absorbing many crucial nutrients. Stressful situations can cause the body to use certain nutrients at a faster rate or require higher amounts for proper healing. Some common medications deplete the body's supply of particular nutrients, creating deficiencies over time.
How does IV nutritional therapy work?
When nutrients are delivered intravenously, the digestive system is bypassed and 100% nutrient absorption is achieved. Introducing nutrients intravenously opens circulation to the cells of your body so that they can easily obtain the nutrients needed to repair, heal, and function.
What can be treated with IV nutritional therapy?
IV nutritional therapy can be used to treat the following conditions:
- Adrenal fatigue
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Weak immune response
- Increase recovery time from illness/injury
- Detoxify free radicals and heavy metals
What are the benefits of IV nutritional therapies?
- Injectable solutions are not affected by malabsorption
- Total amount of solution is absorbed and available to the tissues
- Nutrients are given to the cells at a high concentration
- High doses of nutrients can be delivered without intestinal irritation
What are the risks and side effects of IV nutritional therapies?
Risks of intravenous nutritional therapy comfort, bruising, and pain at the site of injection; inflammation of the vein used for injection; severe allergic reactions.
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IV Chelation Frequently Asked Questions
What is chelation ?
Chelation is the process by which a metal or mineral (such as calcium, lead, cadmium, iron, arsenic, aluminum) is bonded to another substance. In this case, EDTA (ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid) an amino acid, is the substance used.
What is chelation therapy?
Chelation is a treatment by which a small amino acid (EDTA) is slowly administered intravenously to the patient over several hours under medical supervision. The EDTA bonds with unbalanced metals in the body and redistributes them in a healthy way. Abnormally situated metals such as iron, as well as toxic elements such as lead, mercury, and aluminum are removed using chelation therapy.
What is IV chelation therapy?
Intravenous EDTA chelation therapy reverses and slows the progression of atherosclerotic heart disease, hardening of the arteries, and other age-related and degenerative diseases. Chelation can be an alternative for angioplasty, stents, and bypass surgery.
Is chelation therapy a new treatment?
Chelation therapy has been practiced since 1948, when it was first used as a treatment for lead poisoning.
Do I have to be hospitalized for chelation therapy?
No, chelation therapy is an out-patient treatment available in a physician's office or clinic.
How many treatments do I need?
Chelation therapy usually consists of a series of anywhere from 10-30 separate infusions, depending on each patient's individual health status. Thirty treatments is the average number required for optimal treatment for patient with arterial blockages. Your medical provider will determine the number of treatments appropriate for you.
How long do the treatments take? What are the treatments like?
Each chelation treatment takes approximately three hours. The IV fluid containing the EDTA is administered through a small needle placed in the vein of a patient's arm. The treatment is painless with very little discomfort. Patients are seated in reclining chairs and can read, watch TV, talk on the phone, etc. while receiving treatment.
Are there any risks or side effects?
Chelation therapy is non-toxic and virtually risk-free when compared to other treatments. Patients usually drive themselves home following treatment. The risk of significant side effects, when properly administered, is less than 10,000 patients treated.
Occasionally, patients may suffer minor discomfort at site of IV infusion. Some temporarily experience mild nausea, dizziness, or headache immediately following treatment, but these conditions are easily relieved. Occasionally, patients may suffer minor discomfort at site of IV infusion. Some temporarily experience mild nausea, dizziness, or headache immediately following treatment, but these conditions are easily relieved.
What types of exams and tests are required prior to chelation therapy?
Prior to beginning chelation therapy, a complete medical history is obtained. Diet is analyzed for nutritional soundness and balance. Copies of pertinent medical records and hospital admissions summaries may be requested. A thorough physical examination will be performed. A complete list of all medications taken will be recorded. Allergies will be noted.
Blood and urine specimens will be collected in a battery of tests to insure that no conditions exist which should be treated differently or might be worsened by chelation therapy. Kidney function will be carefully assessed. An electrocardiogram is obtained. Noninvasive tests may be performed to determine the status of arterial blood flow prior to treatment. Consultations with other medical specialists may occur.
Is chelation therapy FDA approved?
Intravenous use of EDTA is currently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment patients with severe heavy metal poisoning, abnormally high levels of calcium in the blood, and dangerous levels of certain drugs. It is commonly used as an off-label treatment for vascular disease or circulatory disease or atherosclerosis.
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Customized Vitamin Testing
Did you know that your body may be missing pertinent vitamins and nutrients it needs to function optimally? Or that a deficiency in these nutrients can lead to contraction of a virus? With a visit to The Wellness and Aesthetics Medical Center, you can correct these deficiencies and begin living with a higher quality of life.
Customized vitamin therapy is important, since each individual has unique body requirements and different nutritional needs. The Wellness and Aesthetics Medical Center's customized vitamin therapy provides your body the essential nutrients that may be missing from your daily diet. We utilize individualized measurements of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals to ensure superior results for our patients.
We can use your medical history and your laboratory findings to find out where you are deficient in vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids and other nutritional supplements to compound your own personalized nutritional pack. If you tried to bake a cake and had no floor you could not make a cake. In the same way, your body needs to have all the nutritional supplements, vitamins and minerals to make the hormones, proteins, cofactors, and other vital body processes. We can then optimize these nutritional supplements to help you reverse or slow down the aging process and improve other health concerns.