It is not easy to live in these pandemic days where fear and misinformation is spreading everywhere. It is becoming more and more challenging for honest people to protect themselves and their families. All they want is to be informed and have access to an alternative medical solution that will not create unnecessary health risks, and in the same time will give them the peace of mind that they did whatever was needed to keep their immune system strong and prepare to fight, if necessary. If you are one of those people, I’m sure you will be interested to get more informations about these new services offered at our clinic, at CurAge Spa, in the West island of Montreal: intravenous vitamin C and glutathione.
Let’s first start with an introduction of what IV therapy is and a little bit of history.
Is IV therapy a new-emerging field of medicine? Clearly, not. As early as the 1600s doctors knew that medications could be injected into a vein. While IV Therapy is more than a century old, the most advances were made in the last 25 years. An important aspect of these therapies is that they bypass the gut. As we know, today, many people are struggling with gut issues. Nutritional deficiencies, lack of sleep, too much EMF, stress and indoor and outdoor pollution, are huge contributors to the majority of “ modern “ diseases: SIBO, Chron, IBS, cardiovascular problems, autoimmunity, or brain related problems like Alzeihmer, Parkinson or dementia, to mention only a few.
Now, some people think that making good nutritional choices is enough. We do not need any intravenous therapies or supplements. Unfortunately, the agricultural practices dramatically changed in the last few decades, leaving us with a very depleted soil of macronutrients, so the chances to get all your antioxidants and minerals from fruits and vegetables are clearly not possible anymore. Also, the gut issues that many people struggle with, make it very difficult, if not impossible, to absorb even the small amount of nutrients that we can get from a healthy diet.
Food intolerances tests and bio-hormonal therapies, combined with other blood tests, also offered at CuAge Med ( the clinic attached to CurAge Spa), will help you to get to the root of your problems. A healthy gut and a balanced hormonal system are extremely important in order for you to get the quality of life you deserve and a powerful immune system, so important, especially in our days.
Many athletes, to prepare for demanding competitions use IV therapies to boost their energy, strengthen their immune system.
Anti-aging therapies like IV Vitamin C and Glutathione are a great complement to other esthetic services offered at CurAge Med like Botox and Hyaluronic acid fillers.
Other important IV therapies benefits are: the boost and the tremendous help to people struggling with autoimmune diseases, fatigue, depression, decrease pain and inflammation including mental clarity and brain cognition support.
Bypassing the gut, an important barrier for many supplements and drugs, IV therapies get directly into the blood , increasing its bioavailability.
Actually the bioavailability of vitamin C or any other vitamins or nutrients using IV administration is 100% because it bypasses all the absorption barriers. As many of us today have absorption problems, this is a great way to get fast therapeutic results.
Not everyone is actually a good candidate for Intravenous vitamin C: for example those with congestive heart failure or some on specific medications or with specific allergies. Before any intravenous therapy, the candidate will have to consult the medical practitioner.
In what concerns the intravenous vitamin C, there are a lot of studies showing its efficacy in detoxification, cancer and infectious diseases.
As ascorbic acid is very acidic, in IV it is used sodium ascorbate buffered with sodium bicarbonate for a neutral PH. Sodium ascorbate looks like sugar, so the pancreas is easily tricked , so it releases a lot of insulin. That could result in an hypoglycemic episode, so the person who receives it should be well hydrated and have access to a snack before/or during/and after the treatment. Sodium ascorbate can also have a diuretic effect, that’s why hydration is extremely important.
A deficiency of the G6PD enzyme causes serum H2O2 (hydrogen peroxide) levels to rise, leading to cell destruction. Candidates for IVC treatment must be screened for adequate levels of G6PD if dosing is to exceed 30 grams per IV session. This enzyme deficiency is not common, but for higher doses of IV Vitamin C it should be checked. This is a genetic disease and is related to the processing of carbohydrates. This enzyme protects the red blood cells from destruction.
Before the administration of higher doses of IV Vitamin C you will be tested for CBC (complete blood count), UA (urinalysis), CMP (a comprehensive metabolic panel), G6PD. Assessing the electrolytes is also important.
IV Vitamin C is also beneficial for cancer, destroying the cancerous cells while protecting the healthy ones. Vitamin C induces the creation of a toxic chemical compound called peroxide. Normal cells have big resources of catalase, an enzyme that transforms the peroxide in water, while the cancerous cells having 10-100X less catalase, are destroyed.
Another benefit of vitamin C, backed by science, is its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect. Has been used with success in acute pancreatitis, cancer, autoimmune diseases, fibromyalgia, viral and bacterial infections.
Bypassing the gut and directly accessing the vascular compartment, vitamin C affects the extra and intra cellular fluid.
For immune system and antioxidant support, IV Vitamin C can be combined with glutathione.
Can IV Vitamin C be painful? Yes, a local pain can be felt if the infusion rate is too rapid.
What about Glutathione? Less known by lay people than vitamin C, glutathione is a master antioxidant, produced by the body, primarily synthesized in the liver. Why is it called a master antioxidant? It is involved in DNA and protein synthesis and repair, in immune system functions and prevention of oxidative damage. It is a tri-peptide (cysteine, glycine, glutamic acid) and is found in high concentration, in almost every cell. Intravenous therapy is the best and most efficient way to increase its levels. It is also neuroprotective.
The level of glutathione decreases substantially with age, with increased stress and exposure to different pollutants, either from food, environment or bad habits like alcohol or cigarettes. Every single important system from our body is influenced by the glutathione: from the nervous system to the gut, immune system or lungs. Also helps other antioxidants like vitamin C and E to be maintained in their active form. It is also used to prevent anemia, to help those with neurological diseases like Parkinson, to improve blood flow in atherosclerosis, diabetes, lung and gastrointestinal disease. Any person struggling with neurological and cognitive issues, especially those that passed through chemotherapy should at least consider getting IV glutathione. Has an absolute safe profile with no side effects.
IV Glutathione is great for detoxification, anti-aging, autoimmune diseases,even for neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson and MS.
It has antiviral effects by inhibiting the activity of enzymes that help the flu virus colonise cells lining the mouth and throat.
So, the clinical indications for intravenous glutathione are: toxic metal syndrome, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, electromagnetic sensitivities, neurodegenerative diseases, liver, gut, kidney disease, auto-immune and chronic inflammation.
Studies also showed that intravenous glutathione reduces the side-effects of chemotherapy. Glutathione depletion is also seen in people with respiratory issues like asthma or COPD ( stands for Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
What is the common outcome? Increased energy, clear mind, improved memory!
In conclusion, if you want like in aesthetic, instant gratification, intravenous therapy is the way to go. Are you looking for to strengthen your immune system to protect from the flu and cold season, detoxification, decreased fatigue or athletic performance? Then, consult the medical practitioner at CurAge Med and get informed about these amazing intravenous therapies. You will not regret it.