Infuse. is bringing IV Nutritional Therapy to Camden Whole Health.
What is IV Nutritional Therapy?
Intravenous nutritional therapy is the process of suffusing potent vitamin and mineral infusions directly into the cells of the body through intravenous access, bypassing the digestive process entirely to provide immediate and enhanced nutrition to your entire system. The effects of this incredible therapy can be felt within 20 minutes of infusion. Depending on the mix of vitamins and minerals you choose, the benefits to your body will vary. Benefits include the management of lyme disease, detoxification, reduction of free radicals, treatment of chronic pain, migraines, asthma, fibromyalgia, fatigue, depression, and many more.
At this time, Myer’s Cocktails and glutathione injections are available. Offerings will soon be expanded to meet demand and will include high dose vitamin C. Call #(207)-230-1131 to schedule your infusion, and read on to discover more about this exciting offering.
Who Needs a Myers’ Cocktail?
Because of the high dose of antioxidants, nutrients, and other immune-boosting factors, individuals who have weakened immune systems or diseases that negatively impact nutrition, hydration or immune resilience may benefit from receiving a Myers’ cocktail IV treatment.
Studies have found the Myers’ cocktail benefits patients who:
- Suffer from low energy
- Suffer from chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia
- Have need of fluid volume restoration
- Have impaired nutritional intake
- Are recovering from chronic or acute illness
- Are seeking relief from hangover or withdrawal symptoms2
- Suffer from depression or anxiety
- Have or are recovering from lyme disease
According to Myers’ cocktail studies and reviews, since the cocktails are made of vitamins and minerals, they tend to be well tolerated by many patients. Since treatment is administered intravenously, higher concentrations of the vitamins are more easily absorbed and thus bioavailable to the body.
Benefits of a Myers’ Cocktail Infusion
The Meyer’s Cocktail contains multiple minerals and vitamins to benefit a wide range of health needs.
For example, magnesium has been found to prevent or reduce asthma attacks, chronic fatigue, cardiovascular diseases, fibromyalgia, chronic sinusitis, rhinitis, upper respiratory tract infections, migraines, and more. Pairing magnesium with vitamin B increases the efficacy of improving symptoms from cardiovascular diseases. Indications have been found that vitamin B6 (up to 50 mg per day) and B12 may relieve muscle weakness associated with hyperthyroidism. Those who suffer from acute muscle spasms, poor sleep at night, or high levels of stress may have a magnesium deficiency and may benefit from receiving intravenous treatment to bring their magnesium levels to an optimum state.
Evidence-articles demonstrate measurable improvements in those suffering from chronic fatigue, fibromylagia and depression in patients who received Myer’s cocktails, particularly when given every 3 weeks for 6 months.
How is the Myers’ Cocktail administered?
A Myers’ cocktail IV treatment is administered intravenously by our in-house Family Nurse Pracititioner, Alicia Snow.
Depending on the infusion rate and total bag volume, the treatment usually takes between 30-90 minutes and involves minimal discomfort through the initiation of IV access. The IV administration is performed by seating the patient, placing a tourniquet on their upper arm, and disinfecting the entry point. Then, a small butterfly catheter needle is inserted into the vein. The needle is held in place with a piece of medical tape and the IV bag is connected.
These IVs tend to drip for 30-90 minutes before the bag is depleted. It is recommended that IVs are set to drip slower for first-time users to minimize negative side effects, which may include dizziness, discomfort, or nausea. A slower drip also helps lower the chance of a negative reaction or sensitivity to the magnesium that may be in the infusion.
Oral Application vs. Intravenous
So why not just take these vitamins orally? When taken orally, these same types of vitamins are often not fully absorbed by the digestive system. Many of these vitamins may also upset the digestive tract and can only be taken in small doses orally, limiting the amount of vitamins available for absorption. The bioavailability of most vitamins and nutrients is increased when given via IV instead of orally.
How Often are Treatments Administered?
It is up to the healthcare practitioner and the patient to decide a treatment schedule that will be most beneficial for the patient.
In some cases, optimal results may come with one IV per week over three weeks. If the patient is severely fatigued or has persistent migraines, two treatments per week may better serve these needs. Some patients may benefit from occasional treatments every three to four months to support immune function.
If an individual is suffering from a disease, they may start with frequent doses and then taper down to monthly usage after stabilizing their condition. Whatever the frequency, dosage, or mixture, the intravenous nutrient therapy option is customizable depending on the patient’s needs.
Safety Information and Possible Side Effects
A Myers’ cocktail may have relatively mild side effects. These typically are the same as with any IV:
- Discomfort at infusion site
- Vasovagal reaction (fainting)
A common effect from intravenous doses of magnesium is a warming or “flushing” sensation. It can be felt on the skin in the chest area, pelvic area, or face. It is not usually something that is unpleasant for the patient.
Responses vary between IV recipients. For the first time treatment, a prescriber may only administer a dose of 500-1,000 mg of magnesium before deciding to give a higher dose; this is especially recommended for elderly patients. Reactions usually tend to show within the first 10-30 seconds of treatment. After the patient shows they accept the treatment well, the practitioner can adjust the treatment as needed.
It should also be noted that anytime the body has excess vitamins, it naturally increases excretion. Patients on dialysis or who have kidney issues may not need the same amount of vitamins than a person with healthy kidneys. A patient’s healthcare provider should modify treatment accordingly.
In order to rule out any contraindications to therapy, a brief physician consultation is required for all new patients. This consultation costs $25.00 above the cost of infusion and takes about 25 minutes.
Glutathione is an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals which can cause cellular damage through oxidation. An imbalance of glutathione is present in many pathologies including cancer, neruodegenerative disorders, cystic fibrosis, HIV and aging. Glutathione catalyzes blutatione S-transferases (GST) and glutathione peroxidases (GPx), thus playing a role in detoxification by eliminating toxic electrophilic molecules and reactive peroxidases.
Glutathione is significantly less bioavailable to the body when taken orally.
Glutathion is available via IV push over 5-10 minutes, and via intramuscular injection. Because glutathione is already present in the cells of the body, there are no side effects. The same risk factors for IV infusion apply to glutathione infusion and injection, and are considered safe for all persons except pregnant persons and those allergic to sulfa medications. Side effects are typically limited to injection site discomfort, but occasionally, patients experience mild flu-like symptoms for the first 24 hours as the body detoxifies. When this happens, it typically resolves within 24 hours or less.
For a limited time, Myer’s cocktail infusions cost $175.00 and take up to 90 minutes to infuse. They are typically recommended every 3 weeks for 6 months ( a total of 8 infusions), but may safely be enjoyed individually. Discounts are available when choosing a series of treatments.
Glutathione infusions cost $45.00 and take 5-10 minutes to infuse. A series of 8 injections is ideal for maximum effect, but may be enjoyed individually as well.