Why IV nutrient therapy?
Let's face it: the food we eat today isn't nearly as nutritious as it used to be. In the quest for bigger, tastier, juicier, crunchier, higher yield, and more colorful food, nutritional value is usually forgotten. Add into that the overworked soils, growth-pushing fertilizers, pesticides and GMO's (genetically modified organisms) and you're left with more and more toxins and less and less nutrition. And this is to say nothing about the toxins we breathe in, drink, and rub on our bodies every day. With the ever-increasing load of toxins and decreasing nutrition in our foods, many turn to "vitamin supplements" which can be tremendously helpful. The problem is that for many people, either their disease has progressed too far or they are unable to properly digest and assimilate enough vitamins to do the trick. In those cases, getting the nutrients intravenously can be a great option!
What Kind of Nutrients?
Apart from water, one of the biggest supplement nutrients we put in our IV's is vitamin C. Humans are just about the only animal that doesn't make their own vitamin C but still need it, so it is usually gotten through diet. Most of us don't get nearly enough.
Vitamin C can help with fighting any infection, detoxification, autoimmune processes, healing, growth and many other things. In addition to vitamin C we often give various B vitamins, and essential minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, etc. Other IV nutrients can include things like glutathione and Alpha Lipoid Acid (ALA).
How is it Done?
Before we start any IV's on a patient, we see them for a complete medical evaluation. Different conditions require different protocols.
Typically we tailor the IV nutrients to the needs of the patient, oftentimes starting at a lower dose and working up on the dose as tolerated.
While it is not uncommon for a patient to feel significantly improved after a single IV, it can take a while for many patients to notice a significant sustained difference. Remember, you didn't become sick or nutrient depleted overnight, and it can take some time for things to correct.
Often times we will combine the IV nutrients with Major Auto-Hemotherapy (MAH) and/or Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation (UBI), as well as various other treatment modalities depending on a patient's condition.
What is the HOCATT Platinum?
HOCATT stands for Hyperthermic Ozone and Carbonic Acid Transdermal Therapy, and is a professional grade individual steam sauna that provides multiple different treatment modalities simultaneously. This has been used worldwide successfully both in the treatment of chronic disease and in the optimization of elite athletes. The HOCATT Platinum is the absolute latest from the company, and takes their amazing therapies to a new level. Because of the multiple therapies involved, results can be as good as, or even better than, many IV therapies (without the poke).
History of HOCATT
HOCATT is the brainchild of Andre Smith, with the initial prototype designed in 2002, and the first machines put on the market in 2004. Since its inception, HOCATT has been all about integration of as many of the greatest health therapies as possible into a single, synergistic experience, allowing for greater benefit than through any of the individual modalities alone. Over the years, more and more therapies have been added. HOCATT has become so successful the some versions have been used by hundreds of doctors worldwide and over 250,000 patients. Introduced in 2017, the absolute latest version, the HOCATT Platinum provides even more amazing benefits than the already incredible previous models. Vance Medical is the first clinic in the world to be using this amazing new machine.
Which Therapies are Included?
HOCATT Platinum includes the following therapies:
HOCATT can Improve:
(per the Signature Health (HOCATT) website)
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How Does a Session Typically Go?
In a typical HOCATT session, the patient sits in the machine with the doors closed and the head coming out the top. There is a wrap around the neck, preventing any of the ozone or other gasses escaping the chamber, and a tube with pure oxygen is gently blown in front of the patient's nostrils. With the individualized program set by the technician, the patient can relax while receiving the multiple therapies during the treatment. Typically there will be relaxing music playing the entire time. The session will typically last about 30 minutes, after which the patient dries off with a towel provided and goes on to have a fantastic day!
How Do I Sign Up?
This part is simple! Just call our clinic at 208-258-7558 to schedule! Individual treatments or packages can be easily ordered.
What is MTHFR?
MTHFR stands for MethyleneTetraHydroFolate Reductase. It is a gene that processes folic acid, one of the essential nutrients, to a form your body can use. "OK," you may ask, "what's that got to do with anything?" Read on to find out....
History of MTHFR
Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase (MTHFR) is a gene that was discovered while they were working on the Human Genome Project. Defects in this gene were found to be very common in the population, so they decided to look into this further. While there are many possible defects in the gene, the most common ones are C677T and A1298C. The names have to do with where on the gene the defect is and what the abnormality is...
What does MTHFR Do?
Diagnosis can sometimes be made by family history but often it requires a specialized blood test. Elevated folate and B12 levels can be suggestive of this disorder. Occasionally the diagnosis is made presumptively. Treatment consists of treating with pre-activated vitamins - ones that are already in a form your body can use. Not uncommonly people will do remarkably well with these therapies alone, although some people need additional assistance with their various diagnoses.
What is LDI?
Low Dose Immunotherapy (LDI) is a therapy that is almost identical to the Low Dose Allergy (LDA) therapy (see our LDA page). While LDA works very well for many types of allergies, LDI can work for various autoimmune disorders and chronic infections.
LDA vs LDI
After Dr Shrader developed LDA for multiple different types of allergies, he noted that various autoimmune disorders tended to be associated with possible low-lying infections with various bacteria. He made some LDA formulations using antigens for some of these, and had very good success treating several different autoimmune disorders including Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn's, and others. Dr Ty Vincent later came along and extended the idea to treat Lyme Disease as well as coming up with several other formulations which work very well for several other diseases and infections..
Differences between LDA and LDI
Probably the biggest difference between LDA and LDI is who came up with the therapy - Dr Shrader trademarked the LDA name, so Dr Vincent coined LDI. There are also some differences in how they are dosed and used - LDA typically has relatively fixed doses while LDI requires a very wide variety of dosing with everyone having their own specific dose. Typically with LDI, if you give a dose that's too high you can make the disease symptoms worse, too low a dose will usually do nothing, and "just right" can potentially work wonders. Because of the possibility of dosing too high we often start at a dose we think will be too low and work up from there.
What is LDA?
Low Dose Allergen (LDA) therapy is an amazing option for treating most forms of allergies. This includes most forms of inhaled allergens (hayfever, pollen, pet dander, etc), food allergens (dairy, gluten, corn, etc), and even chemical sensitivities (perfumes, formaldehyde, etc).
History of LDA
LDA therapy stems from the research of Dr Leonard McEwen, a British physician who developed Enzyme Potentiated Desensitization (EPD) therapy out of research done in the 1960's. This was used quite successfully here in the U.S. until 2002 when it was banned by the FDA. Dr Butch Shrader continued Dr McEwen's research and developed a next-generation form of the same kind of therapy he named Low Dose Allergen (LDA) therapy.
How does it work?
With LDA therapy hundreds of different antigens (things people might be allergic to) are premixed and injected into the skin along with an enzyme called "beta glucuronidase." This enzyme tells your body to quit reacting to those antigens so much. It does this by raising the levels of the T-Regulator cells - the ones that calm down the immune response to that particular antigen.
Differences between LDA and "Regular Allergy Shots"
At first glance, LDA appears similar to "regular allergy shots." Both involve intermittent injections to treat allergic conditions. But that's where the similarities end...
What is Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN)?
Naltrexone is a medicine that is used sometimes to treat people with narcotic addiction and alcoholism. In very low doses, however (less than 10% of a usual dose), naltrexone is believed to help regulate people's immune systems, thereby helping with several different disease processes.
History of LDN Therapy
In the 1980's the drug naltrexone was developed as a medicine to help people who were heroin addicts. The action of the drug is to block opiate medicines to prevent people getting high while taking heroin. Dr Bihari, the researcher testing the lowest dose of the medicine, found that at the low dose it didn't help the addiction, but did prevent his AIDS patients from getting sick. Since then this therapy has been used successfully not only for HIV but for many other diseases / conditions.
How Does It Work?
At the regular dose Naltrexone blocks the opioid receptors in the body for a full 24 hours. At a very low dose, however, it blocks them for a much shorter time (usually 2-4 hours), during which time your body makes more endorphins (the natural morphines in the body). When the medicine wears off, you body now has more of the endorphins than it had before, which can help cut down on chronic pain. Endorphins also help modulate the immune system, allowing your body to better fight the things it should be fighting and not fight the things it shouldn't.
Diseases LDN is Effective For
(per the Low Dose Naltrexone website)
ALS, Alzheimer's, Autism, MS, Parkinson's, PTSD, etc
AS, Behcet's, Celiac, Chronic Fatigue, Crohn's, Fibromyalgia, Hashimoto's, IBS, MG, Pemphigoid, Psoriasis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, etc.
Bladder, Brest, Carcinoid, Colon/Rectal, Liver, Lung, Melanoma, Ovarian, Pancreatic, Prostate, etc.
Common Colds (URI's), Emphysema (COPD), HIV/AIDS, Depression (Major; and Bipolar)
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How Do I Get It?
Because LDN is a low dose, it needs to be made at a compounding pharmacy (you can only get the "regular dose" at most pharmacies). The fact that the dose is low brings the cost down significantly, but the need for custom compounding brings it up to a medium price range. Each patient has their own particular dose that works best for them - it's definitely not a "one size fits all."
LDN is usually taken at night time just before going to bed. Occasionally patients take it in the morning. Most people tolerate the medicine very well, with the only common side effects of:
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