Intravenous Therapy (IV) consists of a safe combination of vitamins, minerals and amino acids which are taylored to your individual needs. These key nutrients are delivered directly into your bloodstream bypassing your digestive system which allows for greater absorption and utilization of nutrients.
What Is IV Nutritional Therapy?
Intravenous (IV) therapy is an effective method of delivering therapeutic doses of vitamins and minerals directly to into the circulatory system. It consists of a safe combination of vitamins, minerals and amino acids which are taylored to your individual needs.
Based on your individual need Dr. Taylor Bean or Dr. Clatyon Bostock ND will formulate a variation of the Myers cocktail with a combination of vitamins and minerals with a range of B vitamins such as Methylfolate, Methylcobalamin or Hydroxycobalmin, B6, B5, B3, along with a variety of minerals and specific amino acids
The main advantage of IV therapy is that it bypasses the absorption required in the digestive tract. Through the use of IV therapy the nutrients are taken up or rather absorbed much more quickly than if it had been taken oral.
Vitamin absorption issues are extremely common and can be caused by a poor diet, birth control pill use, antibiotic use, recreational drug use, low hydrochloric acid, stress, dysbiosis (parasites to bacterial overgrowth), to digestive disorders (such as SIBO, celiac, Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis).
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin B5
- Vitamin B6
- B complex
- Amino acid blends
What To Expect Before Your Receive Any IV Nutritional Therapy
Your Naturopathic Doctor will require at least a 30min initial intake to review your health history to determine what type of IV is best for you. In addition, it is requested that you have updated laboratory work done at least 6-8 weeks before doing any IV. Each of the requested labs can indicate you have current deficiencies or indicate if an IV isn't appropriate for you. In addition, your current laboratory values indicate if you should wait to have an IV and focus on nutritional support instead.
These laboratory tests include:
- G6PD: for anyone who will receive more than 10g of Vitamin C or Artesunate
- CBC + differential
- Kidney function: GFR, creatinine
- Liver function: GGT, ALT, AST, Uric acid
- Electrolytes: Calcium, sodium, Chloride, magnesium
- Fasting blood glucose
The Naturopathic Doctors at our clinic have exclusively been using Glutathione for years with their patients. It is a naturally occurring compound produced in most cells in the body and is composed of 3 amino acids (Cysteine, Glycine and Glutamate). Because it is an antioxidant, it is used in a wide variety of treatments. Glutathione can be administered it in multiple ways - from oral ingestion (liposomal form), intravenously and lastly nebulized which allows for direct administration to the respiratory tract including the lungs (for asthmatics)
How does glutathione help with respiratory disorders?
In respiratory disorders, nebulized Glutathione has shown to be effective for:
- Improving immune system function by increasing the concentration of white blood cells (specifically Cytotoxic T cells)
- Function as a mucolytic: It can help decrease the production and thickness of phlegm produced in the respiratory tract
- Helping increasing total lung capacity, which means increasing the volume of air able to be taken in by the lungs
- Supporting chronic rhinitis by reduces ear fullness, nasal obstruction and rhinorrhea (chronic runny nose)
- As an antioxidant it can help improve oxidative damage on lung tissue – on example would be smoking induced damage to lung tissue
What exactly happens during a nebulized treatment?
The treatment duration is about 10 and 15 minutes. To nebulize glutathione a nebulizer machine is used which consists of wearing a mask over your mouth and then you proceed to take in slow, deep breaths. Because glutathione is a sulphur product, there is a mild sulphurous smell.
For those with severe cases, 2 – 3 treatments per week for 4 weeks is sufficient to improve respiratory function. At this point the dosing is decreased to 1 treatment per week for 3-4 weeks. Milder cases typically require fewer treatments per week.
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Dr. Bean has received advanced IV training with:
- the International IV nutritional Therapy: https://www.ivnutritionaltherapy.com