Vitamin Therapies & Heavy Metal Chelation
What is Intravenous (IV) Vitamin Therapy?
Intravenous therapy is a option to therapeutically deliver nutritional agents to the body. Specially prepared nutrients are administered intravenously, they bypass the digestive organs and are delivered directly into the bloodstream where they can circulate and be delivered directly to the tissues and cells of the body. In many chronic and depleted conditions, the digestive functions may be compromised. IV therapy can provide these patients with nutrients delivered comfortably as part of an integrated naturopathic treatment program.
Who administers and supervises my IV Vitamin Therapy?
Your IV therapy will be administered by one of our Naturopathic Physicians who have all undergone training in the administration of intravenous nutrient therapy. Our Naturopathic Physicians will formulate a IV to suit your particular health concerns.
Where do I actually have my IV vitamin therapy?
Here at the Vancouver Island Naturopathic Clinic, we are dedicated to making sure that our patients are as comfortable as possible and have a positive treatment experience. Your IV vitamin therapy will typically take place within our designated laboratory room or, for patients needing to be reclined during their treatment, or we will conduct the IV therapy in one of our treatment rooms. Many of our patients enjoy reading a book, listening to music, or using their laptops while they have their IV nutrient therapy session!
How long will my IV nutrient therapy take?
Depending on your specific treatment, a treatment may range from 20 minutes to 90 minutes.
What are some examples of commonly administered vitamins and nutrients through IV therapy?
Glutathione is potent antioxidant which quenches dangerous free radicals. It also binds to toxins through a process called "conjugation" so that the toxins can be safely eliminated. When required IV glutathione is often preferred over oral glutathione because oral glutathione is not very stable, meaning stomach acid and enzymes break it down rendering it therapeutically less effective. Therefore we have to use IV glutathione, or nebulized gluthathione because it bypasses the digestive system and administers the glutathione directly into the bloodstream. Conditions that may benefit from IV glutathione include: (please not this is not a conclusive list)
- Neurodegenerative disease including Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and Multiple Sclerosis
- Liver disease (hepatitis, fatty liver disease, cirrhosis)
IV Vitamin C:
Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) is a very well known nutrient. Linus Pauling, Nobel prize-winning chemist began promoting Vitamin C as a universally important nutrient. Vitamin C has many uses and benefits when it comes to one's overall health. High doses of oral vitamin C (greater than 5g/day) causes digestive upset and diarrhea meaning that not much is absorbed and most is excreted through your stool. With IV Vitamin C, your Naturopathic Physician can much larger doses of Vitamin C than could be given orally. We often give Vitamin C as a part of a vitamin cocktail because this allows us to take advantage of synergistic biochemical effects.Conditions that may benefit from IV Vitamin C include: (please not this is not a conclusive list)
- Cold and flu
- Wound healing
- Immune health
- Digestive complaints
I'm interested in learning about IV therapy and feel I may be a good candidate, how do I proceed from here?
In order to learn about or receive IV therapy, call and book an appointment with one of our Naturopathic Physicians by calling 250-881-1806. Your Naturopathic Physician will conduct a thorough intake to ensure that IV therapy is the right choice for you and which combination of nutrients is going to be best to suit your particular health concerns. In order for your Naturopathic Physician to be able to administer IV therapy, they will require you that you have had recent blood work (in the last 3 months) which they can requisition for you or, your through your GP. Blood work that there require includes the following laboratory tests:
- CBC + differential
- Liver function tests--ALT, AST, GGT
- Kidney function tests --urea, BUN, creatinine
- Electrolytes--Potassium, sodium, magnesium
- Other testing as required
Other Injectable Therapies Offered
MIC injections contain a highly-absorbable synergistic blend of minerals, vitamins and amino acids that may help with insulin insensitivity, optimize Vitamin B 12 levels and may help improve energy in those with lowered B12 levels.
B Vitamin Injections
Vitamin B complex injections allow for the rapid absorption of B vitamins by the body cells and tissues. They can help for conditions such fatigue, poor energy, anemia, depression, anxiety, vitamin B deficiency, dermatitis etc.. Vitamin B complex injections are also beneficial for people who have problems in taking or absorbing oral vitamin supplements ex. crohns's disease, ulcerative colitis, vitamin B12 deficiency, celiac, advanced age, and many other conditions.
Neural therapy is a physical therapy that was first developed in Germany and has been safely practiced around the world since the 1940’s with great success. It involves the use of Procaine or Lidocaine, a well-known local anaesthetic that is injected into areas near nerve pain sites, acupuncture points, scars, muscular trigger points, and other tissues to relieve and treat pain and dysfunction. Common conditions treated with neural therapy include acute and chronic muscular pain, joint pain, arthritis pain, sports injuries, and nerve pain. Neural therapy works on the autonomic nervous system, to help attempt to reset it and normalize function. It involves the use of specific injectable preparations, chosen to treat the presenting condition and assist in the healing response.
Heavy Metal Testing and Chelation Therapy
Heavy metal toxicity may occur from acute or chronic environmental exposure and often remains undiagnosed as many symptoms mimic those of many other health conditions. Heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, copper, iron and aluminum impact hundreds of biological pathways in the body impairing optimal health. Common sources include dental fillings, paints, foods, chemicals, body products, children's toys, fabrics, industrial chemicals, household agents, make-ups, foods and many, many more. Free radical activity and the impairment of the bodies metabolic functions may be prevented by riding the body of it's toxic heavy metal load. Symptoms of heavy metal toxicity may include: neurological disorders, cognitive disorders, cardiovascular disease, anxiety, depression, mental health disorders, fatigue, FM, CFS and many other diseases.
Heavy Metal Testing
Heavy metal toxicity is becoming more and more prevalent with the toxins we are putting into our environment. Elevated levels of mercury, lead, cadmium etc can significantly impair biomolecular functions in the body leading to disease. Heavy metals have been associated to conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, alzheimers, osteoporosis, MS, lupus, autoimmune disease, autism and many others. Prior to testing your Doctor will request blood work to assess your health. You will then be asked to complete comprehensive laboratory testing and kidney function testing to ensure chelation safety. To test for heavy metal levels, you will then complete either or both a blood or urine test to assess for both acute exposure and chronic body burden to establish heavy metal levels in the body and to better select the correct course of chelation therapy per heavy metal elevated.
Chelation involves administering a chemical to the body that is able to bind those metal ions and remove them from the blood through the kidneys into the urine. Chelating agents may be administered orally, rectally or intravenously.
Common chelating agents we use are:
- Calcium Disodium EDTA