This is how I cured my pneumonia last year. Just as exciting was it meant I didn’t need to resort to taking antibiotics. Although antibiotics are needed in certain cases, infusions remain a viable alternative if you have been checked and deemed as suitable by a doctor trained in giving infusions. I also use these vitamin infusions whenever I feel run down or like I’m coming down with a virus aka a ‘cold’, ‘flu’ or ‘stomach bug’. This 30-45 minute infusion contains high dose vitamin C, vitamin B complex and Magnesium. There are other uses for Vitamin and Mineral infusions.
Vitamin/mineral infusions aka Intravenous Micronutrient Therapies (IVMT) have been popular with the rich and famous for years. In a nutshell, intravenous (IV) vitamin therapy is a treatment for administering vitamins and minerals directly into your blood. This means that higher than normal blood levels can be achieved.
Vit C infusions are used for:
- Viral/bacterial infections
- Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS)
- Post-surgery well-being/recovery
- Cancer (reduction of risk and as part of cancer treatment)
- Reducing side effects of cancer treatments
- Auto-immune disorders
- Cardiovascular disease
- Mercury amalgam removals
- Detoxification of: heavy metals (e.g. lead and mercury), poisons and drugs
- Vit C insufficiency
Vitamin B complex infusions are used for:
- Energy depletion
- Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
Magnesium infusions are used for:
- Viral infections
- Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), Fibromyalgia
- Crohn’s disease
- Detoxification therapy
- Magnesium deficiency
Vitamins and minerals are involved in many important process in our body. These processes deplete the vitamins and minerals, and is the reason why we need to replenish these stores. If we eat an organic, freshly grown, stored correctly, in-season plant based diet all the time then we may gain enough vitamins and minerals from our diet. However, for most people this is not likely. Apart from environmental stresses such as pollution; bacteria; viruses; fungi; and chemicals in our environment, on our food and in our water; there are the added stresses of everyday life. These are from work, relationships or general day to day life and cause the release of stress hormones which also uses up our vitamins and minerals.
In addition, as most of us eat a mainly packaged food diet (and this can include so called ‘healthy’ muesli bars) we use up our vitamins and minerals even more to break down these toxic foods. Yes, even muesli bars can be toxic due to all the extra chemicals in them. An easy way to identify these toxins is to look for anything in the ingredients list that your grandmother wouldn’t recognise. Also, our environment is such that we are exposed to a toxic soup of chemicals with 1,500 new chemicals added to the environment every year.
People have said to me, as long as I eat the recommended daily intake (RDI) then I’ll be fine’. However the RDI was derived to help determine the level of a vitamin or mineral needed to avoid disease. This is therefore not the same as the level required to provide optimal health, which is often significantly higher.
Whilst there are maximum safe limits for some vitamins and minerals, for example vitamin A, these are not used in infusions. Some doctors may say that high doses of vitamin C causes kidney stones in some patients but a careful review of the literature reveals this is not true, except from rare cases of people who have a tendency towards making oxalate stones and even for these people it is a rare possibility.
Possible side effects include a sensation of heat, which is likely due to the magnesium in the infusion. Magnesium may also cause slightly lower blood pressure with lightheadedness but this is usually avoided by giving the infusion slowly over about 45 minutes. Some patients, such as those taking digoxin, should avoid treatment and a doctors consultation is always needed to ensure infusions are appropriate and safe for you. All IV infusions include risks of pain, infection, or inflammation at the injection site, which is the same risk for all procedures that break the surface of the skin, e.g. vaccinations.
All supplements, whether oral or via infusion ideally need to be prescribed by a practitioner trained in prescribing supplement regimes that are individualised for you. Supplements can cause problems if not prescribed. A classic example would be zinc which can cause problems if too high a dose is used for too long. Another example is fish oils which are often found stored just on pharmacy and health food shop shelves at room temperature. However these need to be stored in the fridge to avoid the oils becoming oxidised. Oxidised oils are damaging to our body and negate the benefits of the fish oils.
Talk to the professionals at Dr Wellness for a tailored supplement regime that will help you on your Wellness Journey.
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Love and best wishes for your Wellness Journey,
Dr Tracy x