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Intravenous Vitamin and Mineral Therapy - I.V.

Intravenous vitamin and mineral therapy is the infusion of vitamins and minerals directly into the bloodstream. IV therapy may be extremely beneficial to patients with certain health conditions.

When you visit Vitalia Healthcare, we will first analyze your medical history and prescribe a vitamin IV customized for your individual needs.

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How IV Therapy Works

Vitamins and minerals administered through IV therapy may replace nutritional deficiencies. As higher doses of essential vitamins and minerals are difficult to deliver by mouth without experiencing uncomfortable gastrointestinal side effects, many patients prefer to be given these substances intravenously. Aging and certain diseases can also cause mal-absorption, making it difficult for the body to properly absorb adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals through the gastrointestinal tract.

Advantages of Vitalia's IV Therapy

Vitamins and minerals administered through an IV may be beneficial to your general wellness. IV therapy allows for much better absorption of the specific vitamins administered, delivering the nutrients where they are needed most. The vitamins and minerals used and the doses used are dependent on the patient’s individual needs, assessed by one of our Naturopathic Doctors at our Vancouver office

At our Vancouver clinic, our range of intravenous nutrient therapies, vitamins, and minerals are tailored to your specific needs and health history. For more information about out intravenous vitamin and mineral therapies, call us today at 1-604-566-WELL (9355).

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 deficiency is common, affecting up to 15% of the general population.

Vitamin B12 deficiency, along with Folate deficiency (Vitamin B9) are two of the most common causes of megaloblastic anemia. The symptoms of megaloblastic anemia include fatigue, weakness, constipation and loss of appetite. Numbness and tingling in the hands or feet can also occur .(4)

One of the most commonly reported general health complaints is a lack of energy. Vitamin B12 may help to increase energy levels, especially in those individuals with low vitamin B12 levels. In clinic practice, we commonly see patients with low vitamin B12 levels report improved energy and mood after receiving vitamin B12 injections. Although studies are limited, there is some research to suggest a relationship between Vitamin B12 deficiency, fatigue and depression. (3)

Overall, a deficiency in B vitamins commonly cause symptoms such as fatigue, increased oxidative stress and inflammation. (2) One study even found night sweats may be associated with vitamin B12 deficiency. (1)

Who is at risk for Vitamin B12 deficiency?

Those at a higher risk for developing a deficiency in Vitamin B12 levels include older adults, people with pernicious anemia, people with low stomach acid, people with malabsorption problems due to digestive problems such as IBS, gastritis, Colitis and Crohns. (5) (6)

Vegetarians who do not eat animal foods may also be a higher risk of developing vitamin B12 deficiency.(7) (8)

Treating Vitamin B12 deficiency

People who are at a risk of developing Vitamin B12 deficiency and who have low B12 levels onblood test may benefit from intramuscular Vitamin B12 injections.

Vitamin B12 deficiency is commonly treated with intramuscular injections as this by passes any limitations to absorbing B12 when taken as a supplement. In most countries vitamin B12 deficiency is treated with intramuscular injections, although studies do suggest oral supplementation at higher doses can also treat vitamin B12 deficiency. (9)

IV drip Vancouver offers vitamin B12 injections. Schedule an appointment with one of our Naturopathic Doctors to discuss your vitamin B levels and if vitamin b injections may help you.

Intravenous Glutathione Therapy

Glutathione is an essential antioxidant produced naturally by the liver from 3 amino acids; Glutamate, Glycine and Cysteine. A poor diet, malabsorption of nutrients, digestive problems and a sluggish liver may contribute to lowered levels of Glutathione in the body. Therefore, proteins are important for supporting glutathione levels along with sulfur rich foods such as cruciferous vegetables.

How It Works

Intravenous Vitamin C

Glutathione is crucial for many processes in the human body, including immune system maintenance, tissue building and repair, and making proteins and chemicals needed in the body. It is considered a ‘potent antioxidant’ and helps to eliminate dangerous free radicals. Glutathione binds to toxins in the body through a process referred to as “conjugation” to allow these toxins to be safely expelled. IV glutathione delivers the nutrient directly to the bloodstream.

We live in a toxic world. According to the environmental protection agency, over 80,000 chemicals are used in our industries today. From the preservatives used in our food and the chemicals found in our water, to the pollutants found in our air. Let’s not forget the chemicals some of us knowingly put into our bodies, like alcohol and tobacco.

Many of the chemicals are carcinogenic. They can cause cancer within our body. Our body has ways to protect us from these carcinogenic chemicals. One method involves Glutathione. This is one of the main antioxidant systems our body has to protect us from toxins. Glutathione may enhance the elimination of harmful chemicals and may increase our cells defense system against toxins, although more research is needed. (10) (11)

Intravenous administration may be an effective way to increase blood levels of Glutathione. A simple procedure that takes approximately 20 minutes, may increase your body’s ability to detoxify harmful chemicals(12)

Glutathione may protect cells from premature aging. In one RCT, visio-scan measurements for wrinkles of sun-protected left arm of subjects in the glutathione group were significantly lower than those of the placebo group , especially in ages greater than 40. Glutathione supplementation tended to increase skin elasticity, especially the elasticity of sun-exposed skin, although statistically significant differences could not be demonstrated. (13)

Of course, following a clean diet and healthy lifestyle is the most important part of maintaining good health. Adding intravenous Glutathione may increase your body’s defense against both internal and external toxins.

To learn more about our intravenous glutathione treatment offered at our Vancouver Vitalia Healthcare facility, call us today at 1-604-566-WELL (9355) to speak with a member of our friendly

Chelation Therapy

Chelation therapy is an intravenous infusion of EDTA to bind heavy metals in the body.

Toxic metals may have an adverse effect on the body and may contribute to different health conditions. Cadmium may be associated with coronary artery disease, Cerebrovascular disease and peripheral arterial disease (1-3).

Environmental Lead exposure is an important risk factor for cardiovascular disease and mortality in the US. (4) According to this study, the all- cause mortality attributable to low lead levels in the USA was 18% or 412,000 deaths annually. CVD mortality was 37.4% or 256,000 deaths annually.

The Trial To Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT) trial involved 55,222 infusions of NaEDTA vs placebo. (5) There was a modest improvement in Cardiovascular function with the biggest improvement in all cause mortality seen in the diabetic group (38%). The researchers report:

“In stable patients with a history of MI, the use of an intravenous chelation regimen with disodium EDTA, compared with placebo, modestly reduced the risk of a composite of adverse cardiovascular outcomes, many of which were revascularization procedures. These results provide evidence to guide further research but are not sufficient to support the routine use of chelation therapy for treatment of patients who have had an MI.” (5)

The TACT2 Trial is currently underway in Vancouver, BC to further investigate the hypothesis that heavy metals (particularly lead) is a major cardiovascular risk factor and removing lead from the body will reduce all-cause mortality.

The practice of chelation therapy involves the administration of EDTA, typically given via an intravenous drip over several sessions. Patients are carefully evaluated before being considered suitable for the procedure.

At Vitalia Health Care, Patients are made comfortable while undergoing treatment, as they are allowed to sit, socialize, visit the restroom, drink, and eat. Chelation therapy is also safe when administered by our trained and licensed Naturopathic Doctors in our Vancouver location. In conjunction with a proper diet, healthy lifestyle techniques and natural supplements, patients may achieve improved health.

While the procedure has a high safety profile, blood and urine tests are performed throughout the course of the treatment to monitor vital functions and to ensure that the patient is handling the treatment well. No chelation program should ever be attempted without the guidance of an experienced Medical or Naturopathic Doctor.

For further information on chelation therapy or any of our other healthcare treatments, contact our Vancouver clinic at 604-566-WELL (9355).

(1) Cosselman et al. Nat Rev Cardiol 2015;12:627-42

(2) Menke et al. Circulation 2006; 114-1388-94

(3) Navas-Acien et al. Environ Health Perspective 2007; 115; 472-82.

(4) Lancet Public Health 2018:3;e177-184

(5) Lamas GA. et al. Design of the TACT trial. Am Heart J. 2012 Jan:163(1); 7-12.

HOW IT WORKS

1. How long does a typical session of nutritional IV therapy take?

During your first visit to a naturopathic doctor to inquire about nutritional IV therapy, you will need to undergo an initial medical history. You and your naturopathic doctor will also discuss what vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients your body may benefit from and in what dosages.

The average intravenous vitamin infusion takes approximately 45 to 90 minutes to administer. Glutathione administration period is about 30 minutes.

2. Are the supplies used during IV therapy medical grade?

All the equipment used to administer an IV, such as needles, tubing, and fluid bags, are sterile, just like you would find at your local hospital. Professional clinics use only hospital-grade ingredients and equipment to ensure the safety of their patients.

3. Does vitamin and mineral IV therapy hurt?

It’s true that everyone’s threshold for pain is different. Therefore, some individuals will have no problem undergoing IV therapy, while others may find the insertion of the needle into a vein somewhat painful. At IV Drip we will do our best to minimize discomfort and keep you comfortable during your treatment. Please discuss any concerns with your naturopathic doctor.

4. How often do intravenous vitamin drips have to be administered to be effective?

What type of vitamins and minerals you may benefit from will be determined during your first appointment with a naturopathic doctor.

For more information about vitamin drips or to schedule an appointment, contact IV Drip Vancouver today.

About Us

Vitalia Health Care is pleased to announce our new IV division, IV Drip Vancouver. With over 16 years of experience in IV therapy, our team of Naturopathic Doctors at Vitalia Health Care provide IV vitamin therapy in a professional, clean and comfortable environment. IV Drip Vancouver aims to provide the best IV experience with its team of Naturopathic Doctors who have expertise in creating unique IV vitamin formulas and administering the treatment safely and effectively.

Located in Vancouver, BC, the IV Drip center offers IV vitamin therapy in a comfortable atmosphere with a private VIP room available. Every patient can enjoy a complimentary beverage, relax, take a nap, watch a movie or even catch up on work during their treatment.

IV Drip Vancouver aims to help individuals with a wide range of health goals: whether you are looking for increased energy (1), improving your immune system (2), improving your mood (3), improving your complexion (4), reducing PMS symptoms (5) or reducing seasonal allergy symptoms (6), IV therapy may help.

After your first visit where you will meet one of our experienced Naturopathic Doctors to discuss your current health goals, a customized IV of vitamins, minerals and amino acids will be made to meet your individual and unique health needs.

We look forward to providing you with the best IV experience –book your appointment today!

What types of IV therapy do we offer?

We offer both intramuscular and intravenous infusions. IM injections are administered within a few minutes. IV infusions take longer (about 45 min) and administer higher doses of vitamins and minerals.

Why IV Therapy?

The intravenous administration of vitamins and minerals may achieve blood levels much higher than what can be obtainable with diet or oral supplementation (7). Depending on the IV administered and your individual health concerns, a tailored approach will be taken to ensure you have the appropriate IV infusion.

References

1. The Effect of Intravenous Vitamin C in People with Fatigue. Korean J Fam Med. 2006;27(5):391-395.Published online May 10, 2006

1. The Effect of Intravenous Vitamin C in People with Fatigue. Korean J Fam Med. 2006;27(5):391-395.Published online May 10, 2006

3. Eby GA, Eby KL. Rapid recovery from major depression using magnesium treatment. Med Hypotheses. 2006;67(2):362-70. Epub 2006 Mar 20. DOI:10.1016/j.mehy.2006.01.047

4. Weschawalit S, Thongthip S, Phutrakool P, Asawanonda P. Glutathione and its antiaging and antimelanogenic effects. Clin Cosmet Investig Dermatol. 2017;10:147–153. Published 2017 Apr 27. https://doi:10.2147/CCID.S128339

5. Pearlstein T, Steiner M. Non-antidepressant treatment of premenstrual syndrome. J Clin Psychiatry. 2000;61 Suppl 12:22-27.

6. Hagel, A.F., Layritz, C.M., Hagel, W.H. et al. Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Arch Pharmacol (2013) 386: 789. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00210-013-0880-1

7. Gaby A. Intravenous Nutrient Therapy: the “Myers” Cocktail. Alternative Medicine Review. 2002 7(5):389-403. http://e-csa.com/ichikawa_pdf/bib%237%20Gaby.pdf

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