Nutima Integrative Medicine Blog
Q. What are the benefits of IV Therapy?
A. By giving your cells the nutrients they need to function properly, tissues can recover faster from injuries and workouts, energy and focus improve, and your immune system can fight off bacterial and viral infections more effectively. IV Therapy will help you to remain in peak mental and physical shape. Many people notice the beneficial effects immediately following an infusion.
Q. Why should I do this, when I can just take vitamins?
A. Taking supplements by mouth must be digested through the GI tract and then absorbed. IV nutrients bypass the digestive tract and go directly in the blood, so you can absorb over 100 times the nutrition. This is especially important for anyone with a digestive tract disorder, because absorption may have been impaired for many years and so getting the nutrient status back up is almost only possible with IVs.
Q. Who can benefit from IV treatments?
A. Everyone can benefit from IV treatments to help boost the immune system and energy. The most common conditions that can benefit from IVs are:
- Chronic pain
- Chronic Fatigue
- Chronic infections such as EBV, CMV, Lyme’s disease
- Common colds and Flus
- Nutrient deficiencies caused by gastrointestinal diseases
IgA nephropathy is a condition that is considered to be of unknown cause (“idiopathic” in medical terminology) that causes kidney damage. Over time, this condition can get worse and the kidneys can suffer varying degrees of damage (though some people get better even without treatment). The condition is common in North America, though much more common in the Mediterranean region and Asia.
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is the term used to describe the gradual and progressive loss of kidney function . The underlying causes of CKD can be numerous, though unfortunately (understatement) they are often overlooked. It’s not uncommon for early to mid-stage CKD patients to be delivered a diagnosis, to then be told there’s nothing to be done but wait for the disease to progress (ie wait for their kidneys to fail). Usually in the meantime they will be put on an ACE inhibitor to control their hypertension, if that. And so begins the waiting game for dialysis, without having even considered the underlying causes.
More and more reports are appearing the scientific literature about genetic engineering of medicinal plants, though most of what makes the news is about genetically-modified food plants. In the interest of full disclosure, included below is a listing of herbs reported to have been genetically-modified by modern scientific means. This listing does not necessarily mean these herbs are available in the marketplace, and doesn’t necessarily mean they would be helpful or harmful.
Prostate cancer cells, like many types of cancer (notably breast), have a different metabolic system than healthy cells. Healthy cells primarily use oxygen to make energy, which also requires a lot of the molecule known as citrate. Prostate cancer cells do not; instead they use a system that doesn’t require oxygen and doesn’t use citrate but instead uses choline (Johansson, et al. 2009). Avoiding foods high in choline may be important for reducing the risk of existing prostate cancer from getting worse/more aggressive.
The Budwig diet for prostate cancer has a certain cult following, despite a lack of study of it. Studies on flax oil do not look good in terms of cancer or hardening of the arteries. Flax oil removes many of the anti-cancer components of flax seeds, which do continually show benefits in studies. Because cow milk (and thus cottage cheese) is fairly rich in choline, I do not recommend it in large amounts for prostate cancer patients (see separate blog entry on the problems with choline in prostate cancer). Flax seed meal is fine. Overall, the Budwig diet is not a cure for prostate cancer and may be a problem for it, but is certainly more healthful than the standard American diet.
For more information, read Dr. Weil’s comments on the Budwig Diet.
A large study conducted at a Veteran’s Administration hospital in Tampla, Florida, found that by including information about hemoglobin, red blood cell count, and serum creatinine together with PSA, they could better predict the outcomes of prostate biopsies.