The Benefits of Intravenous Nutrition
Toronto SEMI has a Naturopathic Doctor who administers Intravenous Nutrition!
Intravenous nutrition, in the form of a modified 'Myers cocktail', consists of magnesium, calcium, B vitamins, B12, vitamin C, and trace minerals (including zinc, selenium). It can be used in the treatment of a range of clinical conditions and symptoms, and to optimize health and well-being.
For optimal health, imagine each and every cell in the body requiring optimal levels of nutrients in order to carry out its vital functions. Not all cells in the body require the same nutrients, at the same levels. During different situations we may require more of a certain nutrient to meet our needs. Without adequate levels of the nutrients each cell needs, function will be compromised and as a result systems in the body become out of balance. This can lead to potential symptoms and leaving us at risk for developing conditions, injuries, and illness.
How Does IV Nutrition Work?For a substance to cross a cell wall, there needs to be a concentration gradient. In other words, a cell deficient in vitamins, needs to be surrounded by a high concentration of that nutrient to enter the cell to benefit from their therapeutic effect.
Research shows that IV nutrition is more effective than oral dosage in achieving these high concentrations of nutrients surrounding the cell. IV nutrition in the form of a modified 'Myers cocktail' allows the injection of vital nutrients into the bloodstream. This high concentration allows the nutrient to enter depleted cells, restoring them to optimal levels. This can restore cellular function and overall health.
Various nutrients also exert a pharmacological effect at these high concentrations. Vitamin C has well documented antiviral and antihistaminic effects at a concentration achievable with IV but not oral dosing. Such effects have implications for treating acute infections, and various allergic conditions including asthma, rhinitis, and atopic dermatitis. Magnesium has a muscular relaxation effect on both bronchial and vascular smooth muscles, implementing its effects in cardiovascular disease, peripheral vascular disease, and asthma, in addition to a skeletal muscle relaxation effect that relieves hypertonic muscles or spasms.
What Does IV Nutrition Treat?IV nutrition has been used successfully to treat a number of health conditions including:
- Fatigue (including chronic fatigue syndrome)
- Musculoskeletal Pain
- Promoting Optimal Recovery
- Acute migraines, Tension and Cluster Headaches
- Acute viral/bacterial infections, the IV can be administered during acute infection to speed recovery
- Boosting immune function in situations of frequent or recurrent infections
- PMS, cramps
- Depression, Anxiety
- Anti-cancer treatment, as adjunctive care
- Skin conditions, including urticaria, eczema, psoriasis, acne
- Neurological and vascular health including peripheral neuropathy, neurogenic pain syndromes, peripheral vascualar health
- Visual health, particularly macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy
- Cardiovascular conditions, including acute angina and CHF
- Gastrointestinal conditions where nutrient absorption might be compromised, including inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn's, Colitis), Celiac disease, and irritable bowel syndrome
- Intravenous nutrition can be an integral part of your overall health plan in conjunction with your existing healthcare team
For more information on intravenous nutrition and other naturopathic options, including support and information on engaging in an active and healthy lifestyle, please consult Dr Kim Whitaker, ND to see if this treatment might be right for you to improve your health and performance.
References:Massey. Reduction of Fibromyalgia Symptoms through intravenous nutrient therapy: results of a pilot clinical trial. Altern Ther Health Med. 2002. May-Jun; 13(3): 32-4.
Virginia Osborne, ND. Intravenous Nutritional Therapy for Physicians. Toronto, ON, Sept 07.
Gaby. Intravenous Nutrient Therapy: "The 'Myers' Cocktail." Altern Med Review. 2002. Oct; 7(5):389-403
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