IV Nutritional Therapy: Is It Appropriate For You?

by David A. Arneson, NMD, and Angela Pinkhasova, MD (Russia), NMD (Candidate)


We live in a stress-inducing world, which is a common result of living in a toxic environment. Stress may also evolve from physical illness, excessive physical exhaustion, or it may be propagated by emotional/mental challenges. Stress may be induced by drug therapy, illicit or not. Regardless of the precipitating event, acute/chronic stress creates well known changes in body biochemistry and function.

During episodes of acute/chronic stress, blood is diverted from the gastrointestinal tract and flows in greater quantities to the brain, lungs, heart, and extremities. The adrenal glands, situated on top of the kidneys, increase the production and release of cortisol (a natural body steroid), epinephrine, and norepinephrine in what is called the “fright, flight, or fight” response. If we are going to deal with the stressful event (e.g., running from the tiger), we must think more clearly and have an increase in blood and oxygen to our vital organs and extremities.

Under conditions of long-term stress, the adrenal glands lose the ability to continue functioning at high-levels and adrenal fatigue occurs. If stress continues, regardless of cause, fatigue and increased risk of chronic illness is experienced. This particular stage is called the “maladaptive response,” from which movement back to optimum health is difficult without assistance.

It is well documented that long-term acute/chronic stress leads to decreased immune function, decreased digestive function, reduced brain neurotransmitter production and release, increases in heart disease, decreased nutritional balance in the body, and many other disorders. For example, Alzheimer’s caretakers have been found to have a higher risk for illness due to the continued stress of caring for loved ones afflicted with this insidious disease. This higher risk is directly associated with decreased biological balance and function in the body. If you find yourself constantly tired, fatigued, depressed, anxious, and “getting everything that is going around,” you may well be a candidate for IV nutritional therapy.

IV nutritional therapy is very effective for short-term nutritional support in acute disease states such as viral-caused colds and flu. It has been found extremely useful in treating immune system damage due to cancer chemotherapy. Additionally; I’ve clinically used IV nutrient therapy extensively in detoxification, and ongoing recovery, of alcoholics and drug addicts and found it to be extremely effective. In my  practice, I have seen diabetic ulcers heal with IV nutritional therapy when nothing else seemed to work. This therapy works effectively to help patients recover from any debilitating process including excessive physical exercise. IV therapy also works well for those with chronic bowel diseases because the IV nutrients bypass the necessity of absorption in the compromised digestive system.

Furthermore we live in a culture where our nutritional status has been termed “affluent malnutrition.” We’ve been operating on nutritional deficits for some time in spite of the fact that only a few months ago the American Medical Association finally determined that it’s okay to take a daily multi-vitamin.

Do you suffer from a long-term chronic illness? What is your emotional status relating to your job and relationships? Do you constantly move through life in a state of fear, anxiety, or depression? When was the last time you ate and what did you eat? How much fluid have you taken into your system today and what type of fluids (chemical reactions and interactions occur in the body/mind fluid environment)? When’s the last time you exercised on a regular basis (which improves blood flow and nutrient delivery and toxic waste elimination)? Do you take supplemental nutrients, vitamins, and minerals orally on a regular basis? Have any of your organ systems been altered by surgical means (especially the gastrointestinal tract)? Do you find yourself constantly constipated or suffer from intermittent diarrhea? Any of these conditions can cause profound nutrient deficiencies and altered body/mind functions.

Obviously, except in rare cases, IV nutritional therapy is not a long-term substitute for oral nutritional therapy or healthy life style habits. In conclusion, IV nutritional therapy is considered safe and when administered by a trained health care professional, the risks are minimal. In my clinical practice I’ve seen dramatic results in just a few treatments.

If you think you might be a candidate for IV nutritional therapy, contact us at The Source and we’ll be glad to assess you and see if it’s the right fit for you.

With Respect,

Dr. Dave.