IV Therapy for Autoimmune Diseases
Do you feel like you are fighting a lost battle? Does it feel like you take one step forward and 10 steps back? Were you or a loved one experiencing symptoms for months and years, yet doctors waited and did nothing until labs confirmed your autoimmune diagnosis?
Autoimmunity is becoming rampant — according to NIH, “Collectively autoimmune diseases are among the most prevalent diseases in the U.S., affecting more than 23.5 million Americans." Examples of autoimmune and inflammatory conditions include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome, ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, multiple sclerosis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and much more. Some autoimmune diseases can be life-threatening, and most of them are debilitating and the conventional medicine model does not provide many answers. The main approach is to suppress the immune system, the system that is in charge of, among other things, protecting you against infectious organisms and cancer. It’s your immune system that determines friend from foe — you versus the outside. So, in the case of autoimmune diseases your immune system launches an attack against you. Auto- means “self” in Latin, so autoimmunity literally means immunity against self. Although an attack against your own body's organs and systems is not the response that we want from your immune system, the solution is not to suppress it (it should be left as a last resort only). You need to have a functioning immune system, and we need to understand the multifactorial reasons behind your immune system mistaking you for the invaders. We need to calm your immune system and retrain it to recognize you as safe. And, that is where the naturopathic medicine model and functional medicine come into play.
One of the reasons why autoimmunities can be debilitating is the fatigue and depletion that sets in as you move through your journey of dealing with the disease. The exhaustion and lack of energy not only makes it difficult for your body to gather the resources that it needs for its healing process, but it also makes it impossible for you to stay motivated and adhere to your treatment plan. Further, patients with autoimmune conditions often have a poor digestive health — making it even more difficult for them to extract and absorb all the vitamins and minerals that their bodies need from their food. Therefore, one of the treatments that we, at Conscious Human Medicine, use in addressing autoimmunity is Intravenous (IV) nutritional therapy. IV nutritional therapy delivers nutrients directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the stomach and intestines. You will receive a high concentration of nutrients in the fastest and most absorbable manner into your cells.
In addition to its amazing nutrient delivery, IV therapy can help to support your immune system — which is crucial in autoimmune conditions. Each case is unique and we individualize our treatments depending on a patient's needs. As part of our nutritional IV regimen for autoimmune conditions, we use high-dose intravenous vitamin C (IVC) and glutathione. They are helpful agents that aid in boosting your immune system (not aggravating or suppressing it) and your detoxification pathways. Further, we use B vitamins, crucial cofactors for many biochemical reactions in the body, to enhance energy and your overall physical and mental well-being.
The autoimmune disease picture is often complex, and at Conscious Human Medicine we recognize that because the disease is multifactorial, the treatment needs to follow the same pattern. Our first goal is always to understand the root cause(s) of YOUR autoimmune condition, understand what aggravates and flares up YOUR autoimmunity and eliminate those obstacles to cure. We use naturopathic foundations, lifestyle medicine, gut restoration, biofeedback, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy to drastically improve our patient’s quality of life. Using these modalities and more, we work together to get your diet dialed in and make you more resilient in dealing with stress (a huge component in autoimmunity!!!).
The feedback that we have received from our patients is that they feel empowered with knowledge, facilitated with strategies that allow them to not feel debilitated by their condition and encouraged to live full and healthy lives.