Vitamin Therapies & Heavy Metal Chelation
What is Intravenous (IV) Vitamin Therapy?
Intravenous therapy delivers many different sterile vitamin, mineral, or amino acids directly into the bloodstream where they can circulate and be delivered directly to the tissues and cells of the body. IV therapy is often used for individuals whom suffer from nutrient malabsorption, malnutrition or those whom require nutrients to be delivered in an alternative manner.
Who administers and supervises my IV Vitamin Therapy?
Your IV therapy will be administered by your Naturopathic Physician who has all undergone training in the administration of intravenous nutrient therapy. If this therapy is indicated for your individual health needs, your Naturopathic Physician 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.
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
- B Vitamin Injections
What is Neural Therapy
Neural therapy is a physical therapy that was first developed in Germany and has been practiced around the world since the 1940’s . 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 help address pain and dysfunction.
Heavy Metal Testing and Chelation Therapy
Heavy metal burden 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 burden 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