IV & Injection therapy is a powerful, quick way to get you the nutrients you need. Vitamins, minerals and amino acids are delivered directly into the blood stream, and therefore it is a much more effective mode of delivery, compared to taking oral supplements. Oral supplements are broken down by our digestive system, and therefore we are not absorbing 100% of what we are taking.
With respect to cancer treatments, the most common IV therapies are intravenous vitamin C (IVC) and intravenous mistletoe. The reason most people with cancer seek intravenous therapies are to help them fight cancer by boosting their immune system. Other ways IV therapies can benefit people with cancer are to reduce pain, prevent weight loss, lower inflammation, decrease nausea, improve sleep and enhance mood.
From the time you enter our clinic to the time you leave, you can expect your appointment to last anywhere from 1-2.5 hours, depending on the type of IV you receive. You can bring a book, or listen to music, or even bring your laptop and watch a movie. Most people find the experience very relaxing and therapeutic.
Let’s take a look at some common injection and IV therapies offered by the clinic.
B12 shots are a great way to boost those energy levels and most people feel an increase in energy almost immediately. Vitamin B12 will be an important injection for you to receive if you have inflammation in your digestive tract, as this inflammation may prevent you from absorbing B12 from your food. Also, if you are vegan, vegetarian or have reduced your intake of meat, you will likely not be meeting your dietary requirements of B12, and injection therapy may be a good idea for you.
People who are receiving chemotherapy are almost guaranteed to have an inflamed digestive tract. Additionally, anyone who has received radiation to the pelvis or abdomen often experience severe diarrhea, contributing to a possible B12 deficiency. Finally, many people have had to undergo surgeries where parts of their intestines are removed. This also makes it more difficult for people to get adequate vitamin B12 levels.
Vitamin B12 injections are an ideal treatment for improving energy and mood, and is a safe and natural method for helping you to maintain or improve your health.
Feeling exhausted from too much stress, also known as “adrenal fatigue”, is almost ubiquitous these days. Adrenal fatigue can result from not taking care of yourself properly. Not only do we have a million responsibilities, but if we are also managing a chronic illness, like cancer, then we will be even more stressed.
Adrenal injections are useful for managing stress. They can also help you feel better from all the other symptoms that go along with chronic stress, such as weight gain, food cravings, and poor sleep. The medicinal ingredients include all of our B vitamins (which can improve mood), folic acid (which can protect our DNA from stress), and AMP (which can improve energy).
Most patients do weekly injections for 4-6 weeks, and report better sleep, improved mood, and most importantly, an increased feeling of calmness. Managing stress is critically important for everyone, and this is a quick and easy way to give your body the nutrients it needs to support you through difficult times.
Weight Loss Injections
Weight loss injections can help accelerate weight loss in problem areas, such as the abdomen, back, legs and arms. Maintaining a healthy weight is as important as maintaining a healthy body composition. Body composition refers to the ratio of fat versus muscle. We obviously want less fat and more muscle.
The injections are done on a weekly basis for 8 weeks, and then bi-weekly for another 8 weeks. They are meant to keep you on track and most importantly, get you results. Weight loss is important for anyone managing a chronic illness, and can even help you to decrease your dose of medications used for diabetes and high blood pressure. Weight loss also reduces your risk of developing cancer, and decreases the risk of cancer recurrence.
Nutritional IVs are a blend of vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, B vitamins, and minerals like magnesium and calcium. Nutritional IVs can be a great way to get high doses of vitamins directly into your system very quickly and very safely. They are also very hydrating, and most people feel like a million bucks after their treatment.
Nutritional IVs are very high in vitamin C, and they are often prescribed prior to surgery. Surgery is known to lower vitamin C, and vitamin C is needed for wound healing as it is involved in collagen formation. Many people report excellent healing from surgery, and feeling better than they anticipated.
Nutritional IVs are also very effective for improving energy and decreasing fatigue. These IVs are commonly prescribed during convalescence, the period of taking the time to recover after an illness, or after lengthy conventional treatments such as chemotherapy. A very common complaint after chemotherapy is “just not feeling great.” Nutritional IVs are a gentle and effective way to help you recover.
Intravenous Vitamin C
Intravenous vitamin C (IVC) involves the delivery of either 25 grams, 50 grams or 75 grams of vitamin C into your bloodstream. It is impossible to take that amount of vitamin C orally, as massive oral doses cause digestive upset. The main indication for IVC is cancer. For more detailed information, see my dedicated page about intravenous vitamin C for cancer.
There are numerous high quality studies that all support the fact that IVC is extremely safe for cancer patients. The side effects are minimal, or none at all. It is safe for all cancer types, and for all stages.
IVC is considered an oxidative therapy. This means that at high doses in the formulae our clinic specifically designs, IVC creates free radicals, which build up in cancer cells and essentially creates an environment where cancer is unable to thrive. When cancer cells come into contact with high dose vitamin C in the blood stream, the cells allow the vitamin C to enter. Once inside, vitamin C breaks down to hydrogen peroxide, a free radical that is then free to cause DNA damage and disrupt the cancer cell’s mitochondria. This means that cancer cells no longer have the energy to grow and divide, and they either go silent, or even die. The way that IVC works against cancer cells is well supported in research studies.
Unfortunately, IVC is yet to be entirely effective against cancer as a sole therapy. It is best used as a supportive therapy in conjunction with chemotherapy. IVC is also an excellent treatment for preventing the side effects of chemotherapy, such as fatigue, pain, insomnia and nausea. There are numerous studies supporting the fact that IVC can help to improve quality of life.
Glutathione is one of the most powerful antioxidants our bodies have. It is very important to protect our cell’s from damage, and helps to recycle other antioxidants. It is mostly indicated for supporting our liver for detoxification. An IV “push” involves the nutrients being pushed into your vein slowly with a syringe, as opposed to a slower “drip” in an IV bag. It is a quick, effective treatment to help your body detoxify from the many toxins it encounters on a daily basis.
Another important condition a glutathione push can help with is chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy. This can be a debilitating condition that develops after chemotherapy, and can manifest as feelings of tingling, numbness, shooting pains or burning. Glutathione has been able to improve these symptoms in some patients.
Ask me how injection and IV therapies might fit into your treatment plan. Book an appointment today!