IV Nutrient Therapy is the infusion of various vitamins and minerals directly into the bloodstream. One of the main advantages of administering nutrients intravenously is that it bypasses the intestinal system allowing for superior absorption of larger amounts relative to oral doses of nutrients.
Dr. Stephanie has completed multiple advanced training courses in administering IV nutrients and chelation therapy. I do not offer a 'choose-your-own-IV-menu', as all treatments are individualized to the patients specific needs and only recommended when medically necessary. At Acacia, I have experience working with people who have complex medical concerns, and I provide the extra care and attention that is required in this population.
What to expect:
For patient safety and for proper formulation of your unique IV therapy protocol, prior to your first treatment, Dr. Stephanie requires an initial consultation for new patients. This can be booked online, or by calling Acacia Health. I often recommend baseline blood work prior to the first treatment. Treatments may be needed 1-3x a week for several weeks and then less frequently after this to maintain benefit.
At Acacia Health, there is a designated IV room where you will sit in comfortable IV therapy chairs for the duration of your treatment. We can provide water and tea; however patients are encouraged to bring snacks. Either myself or a Registered Nurse will administer the treatment, and your blood pressure, pulse, oxygen saturation and possibly blood sugar will be monitored. There is a small amount of discomfort when the catheter is inserted into a large vein in the arm, but after this the treatment is usually painless. During the treatment patients can use their iPads or computers, or listen to music.
This page provides general information about IV therapies that Dr. Stephanie offers. Dr. Stephanie offers free 15-minute meet & greet consultations to answer any questions you may have. These can be booked by calling the Acacia Health Dockside Clinic at 250-475-1522.
Commonly Administered IV’s by Dr. Stephanie
Myers Cocktail Nutrient IVs
Contain a combination of: Vitamin C, Calcium, Magnesium, B Vitamins, Selenium, Zinc, Molybdenum and Multi-trace elements.
Amino acid IVs
Along with the common nutrients added in the myer’s nutrient IVs, there is the addition of an amino acid blend, taurine and glycine. The Amino Acid IVs are administered over a longer period of time (2-3 hours) to allow for the most effective absorption of the amino acids.
Considered to be the most powerful antioxidant available, glutathione enhances the detoxification pathways in the liver and is a cofactor for many enzyme systems throughout the body. Deficiencies in glutathione have been found to be associated with many neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and ALS, as well as age related diseases. When administered orally, Glutathione does not absorb well, therefore administering it intravenously is best. I always utilize a myers cocktail in conjunction with glutathione in order to provide the co-factors necessary to enhance the effects of glutathione.
Chelation therapy is the process of administering a chelator intravenously for the removal of heavy metals from the body. Common chelators that are used intravenously are EDTA and DMPS, depending on the type of heavy metal we are trying to remove. Depending on the level of accumulation of the heavy metals, it typically takes between 20 and 40 chelation treatments, and then there is usually a recommended maintenance period where chelation is done one time per month.
Chelation is not just good for the removal of heavy metals, but also has been shown to be effective in patients with cardiovascular disease (atherosclerosis, angina, past heart attack, coronary artery disease). This was demonstrated in the National Institute of Health funded TACT trial, where patients who had various degrees of atherosclerosis received a regimen of chelation (approximately 40 treatments). Round two of the trial is underway with 1200 patients, who have a history of myocardial infarction (i.e., heart attack) and diabetes, as the greatest benefit from the first trial was shown in this group. This study also determined chelation to be safe as there were minimal adverse events.
‘In the subgroup with diabetes (633 patients), the results were dramatic:
the chelation-based strategy reduced cardiac events by 51% and
reduced total mortality by 43%.’
Further information about Chelation can be found on the Acacia Health webpage.
High Dose IV Vitamin C
High dose IV Vitamin C therapy is offered as an adjunctive treatment for cancer as well as chronic disease. There are many well documented studies articulating the benefit of Vitamin C therapy. See additional references for High Dose IV Vitamin C at the end of this page.
Alpha Lipoic Acid
Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is a potent fat and water soluble antioxidant. It works to increase glutathione levels in red blood cells and lymphocytes. ALA, unlike many other antioxidants, has been shown to cross the blood brain barrier. It also chelates some heavy metals, specifically mercury, arsenic and cadmium. There is research demonstrating its efficacy in improving peripheral neuropathy in diabetic patients and improving peripheral vascular disease. Because of its ability to cross the blood brain barrier, it is also effective in some neurological conditions, such as MS where it has a role in protecting the myelin sheath. A more comprehensive description can be found on the The University of Maryland Medical Centre website.
This page provides general information about IV therapies that Dr. Stephanie offers. Dr. Stephanie offers free 15-minute meet & greet consultations to answer any questions you may have. These can be booked by calling the Acacia Health Dockside Clinic at 250-475-1522