• Dodge Cold & Flu Season this Year with IV therapy

    We all know the small voice in our heads that screams “take cover!” when a co-worker comes to work sniffling or your child returns from school feverish. There are the people who appear to be resilient and never fall vulnerable to viruses and then there are those of us who seem know its only a matter of time before the virus catches us. For the later group, have you ever heard of intravenous therapy because it may be your Trojan horse!

    How is IV therapy different than taking vitamins?

    Intravenous therapy is a method of delivering high doses of vitamins and minerals directly into the blood stream in order to bypass the gastrointestinal system. This is particularly important for the administration of vitamin C as there is a limitation to the amount of vitamin C that can be absorbed from the intestines at one time. If you ingest a higher amount than tolerable it will serve as an osmotic laxative and lead to transient diarrhea.

    This poses two issues:

    • It is difficult and inconvenient to take a dose of vitamin C hourly in order to achieve (potentially) adequate vitamin C levels to support the immune system
    • Levels of vitamin C shown to be effective at overcoming more aggressive viral infections (such as Epstein Barr virus, Herpes simplex Virus and the ever-strengthening flu virus) is impossible to achieve via oral dosing. 

    How is IV therapy different than taking an Advil or Tylenol?

    There are numerous other effective naturopathic interventions to boost the immune system, which I will save for another article, but by far the most efficient and immediate relief would be achieved via IV therapy. Typically viruses are self-limiting which means they will self-resolve with time and without treatment (if they do not lead to other pathologies). However, in today’s society we rarely allow our body’s to rest and recover fully before immersing ourselves in the demands of daily life and not to mention re-exposure to other bacteria and viruses!  We commonly resort to Advil and Tylenol to suppress our symptoms and “get through the day”. This does not provide any support to your immune system to win the battle against the virus.

    The mechanism of treating an infection with high dose nutrients via IV therapy involves supporting your endogenous immune system to help your white blood cells overcome the virus in a shorter amount of time and also prevent a possible opportunistic bacterial infection from developing, which can be seen commonly with respiratory infections leading to pneumonia for example.

    IV therapy can safely be combined with conventional treatments such as Advil and Tylenol; however, by combing treatments you are not simply suppressing symptoms but also helping your body overcome and build resilience to falling vulnerable to another virus.  

    What vitamins and minerals are contained in the IV bag?

    Not only do we provide a high dose of Vitamin C which may provide added energy, antioxidant protection as well as support to your immune system to fight the infection, but we also include B vitamins to support energy and focus as well as HCL (hydrochloric acid) which serves to improve white blood cell production.

    Depending on the virus being treated, contents will vary in order to be as individualized to your symptoms as well as the virus you are fighting.

    Haven’t received IV therapy? What to expect on your first visit.

    Your first visit will involve a pre-screening to assess for safety of treatment and to determine your individual treatment plan. An in-depth look at your health history, medications, supplements and allergies as well as indicated physical exams will be completed to tailor treatment optimally. This will take 15-30 minutes. Subsequent IV treatments will be between 30-60 minutes in length. While receiving treatment feel free to bring a favourite book, an iPad to watch a show or your laptop to get some work off your to-do list!

    We require 4 days prior to your appointment in order to place an order to the compounding pharmacy (so best to order when you start to feel a flu starting!) or we can order the bag “rush” which would be an additional $20.00 for next day treatment.

     

    If you have any further questions or would like to book an IV therapy appointment please don’t hesitate to call us at (416) 304-9088, email  info@lemonwaterwellness.ca or book online.

    Extra tip:

    Oral dosing of Vitamin C is absorbed in the small intestine. On contrary to popular belief, taking the time-released vitamin C formulas are not necessarily as effective since only a percentage of the vitamin C supplement will be released within the small intestine for absorption where the remainder may only be released in the large intestine where it will not be as well absorbed into the blood stream.

    Stay tuned for more articles explaining how IV therapy can aid in recovery from other viral infections including but not limited to:

    • Shingles
    • Post-herpetic neuralgia
    • Mono (Epstein Barr Virus)

     

  • Nebulizer Glutathione - For Lungs and Respiratory-Related Conditions

    • Everything you should know
    • What is Glutathione?
    • What is a Nebulizer?
    • Who is a good candidate and much more…

    What is Glutathione?

    Glutathione is often referred to as the “mother of all antioxidants”, serving as one of the main molecules to maintain health and prevent the development of chronic disease. It is produced naturally in the body as an assembly of 3 amino acids – glycine, cysteine and glutamine.

    The critical roles of glutathione in the body:

    • Direct chemical neutralization of damaging free radicals produced by Phase I liver metabolism of chemical toxins.
    • Cofactor of several antioxidant enzymes
    • Regeneration of vitamins C and E
    • One of approximately 7 liver Phase II reactions, which conjugate the activated intermediates produced by Phase I to make them water soluble for excretion by the kidneys
    • Transportation of mercury out of cells and the brain
    • Regulation of cellular proliferation and apoptosis (natural and healthy cell death)
    • Vital to mitochondrial function (energy unit of each cell) and maintenance of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA)

    Dr. Mark Hyman, MD explains, “The secret of its power is the sulfur (SH) chemical group it contains. Sulfur is a sticky, smelly molecule. Its acts like fly paper and all the bad things in the body stick onto it, including free radicals and toxins like mercury and other heavy metals. Normally, glutathione is recycled in the body, except when the toxic load becomes too great”.

    We can provide glutathione via IV therapy, oral repletion as well as through inhalation. For lung and respiratory-related conditions, inhalation is the most effective delivery method.

    What is a nebulizer?

    In medicine, a nebulizer is a drug delivery device used to administer medications (both pharmaceuticals or neutraceuticals) in the form of a mist inhaled into the lungs.

    Why is glutathione important for respiratory health?

    Glutathione (GSH) is known to be in high concentrations within the epithelial lining fluid (ELF) of the lower respiratory tract, which refers to the layer of cells which first come into contact with inhaled air. In fact the ELF concentration of GSH is 140 times that of blood serum concentrations with a redox ratio of greater than 9:1.

    GSH is the body’s first line of defense against oxidative stress imposed from the outside world including but not limited to pollution, cigarette smoke, bacteria and viruses, amongst many other invaders. In respiratory disease, cellular damage and injury is mediated by an increased oxidant burden and/or decreased antioxidant defenses. By ensuring we provide the body with adequate glutathione to counteract the increased demand, we may improve respiratory function and alveolar health.

    Glutathione is only beneficial for lung conditions when it is delivered directly to the pulmonary tissue – this is best achieved using a nebulizer

    This therapy may be helpful in the following conditions:

    • Chronic congestion
    • Chronic rhinitis
    • Chronis sinusitis
    • Post-viral cough
    • Upper and lower respiratory tract infections
    • Bronchitis
    • Bronchiectasis
    • Pneumonia
    • Chronic otitis media with effusion
    • COPD
    • Cystic fibrosis
    • Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
    • Cigarette smoking detox-support
    • Multiple chemical sensitivity disorder
    • Non-sulfite sensitive asthma
    • Farmer’s lung

    Who is a good candidate for this therapy?

    Adults and children can both benefit from nebulized glutathione when indicated.

    A note for children:

    • They will need to sit still for the duration of the treatment which lasts for approximately 10-15 minutes
    • They will need to wear a mas that covers their nose and mouth
    • There is no pain associated with treatment

    Parents are encourages to bring along a favourite book, iPad or any other device or toy to keep their child occupied and calm for the treatment. Parents are welcome to hold their children or sit right beside them during treatment.

    Who is not a good candidate for this treatment?

    Any individual who has a sensitivity to sulfites is not a safe candidate for treatment as the GSH may lead to bronchoconstriction or trigger an asthma flair. Before your first treatment, you will collect a urine sample and test for this sensitivity in order to prevent this from occurring.

    Nebulized glutathione is NOT used as a treatment for primary lung cancer

    How often are treatments required?

    This varies on a case-by-case basis and commonly depends on the condition being treated. Typically, 1-2 times per week for 4-6 weeks is most common. Thereafter, depending on the individual’s progress, a maintenance plan of 1 treatment every 2-6 weeks may be indicated in order to prevent recurrence.

    In the case of a severe and progressive condition with acute exacerbations, treatments may be administered every few days or even twice daily for best results. This will be determined by your practitioner with assessment.

    Treatment can be monitored by organizing spirometry tests before the first treatment and then periodically throughout treatment to compare objective results to determine effect.

    What is the cost of the therapy?

    The cost of each session will vary depending upon the dosage of glutathione required for an effective treatment plan. This may range between $50-$100 per treatment. You will require a mask which you can bring to each appointment as well which would be a one time cost of $5.00.

    Are there any side-effects?

    Minor side effects uch as transient coughing and an unpleasant odor are common with this treatment

    Are there any risks?

    An allergic reaction is possible if you are sensitive to sulfites. We will try to minimize this risk by recommending a sulfite urine test to be completed prior to initiating treatment.

    How do I access this therapy?

    This is only available to patients of Lemon Water Wellness who are currently under the care of one of our naturopathic doctors.

    If you are not a naturopathic patient at our clinic, you will need to have an initial visit with one of our NDs for an assessment prior to beginning this therapy.

  • Functional Lab Testing at Lemon Water Wellness

    Functional laboratory testing offers the opportunity to dig deeper and truly uncover the root cause of disease. Using functional testing allows us to identify imbalances, deficiencies and underlying physiological patterns for a more targeted and successful treatment approach.

    This type of investigation also allows us to detect disease states before they become a chronic issue and hence allows for prevention of disease.

    In some cases, functional lab testing will provide a more sensitive and accurate form of testing.

    The following are the functional lab tests that we offer:  

    Saliva Hormones

    Saliva hormone testing is very useful for finding underlying hormone excesses and deficiencies but needs to be interpreted with care.

    Urine Steroid Hormones

    The dried urine test provides a comprehensive profile of hormone metabolites in a dried urine sample.

    Measuring both hormone metabolites can give a better overall picture of hormone production for more precise clinical diagnosis of hormonal imbalances (issues with estrogen, progesterone and androgens can be detected using this method).

    There are also some metabolites that are important markers for breast cancer risk that can only be measured in urine. 

    With serum and saliva hormone spot-testing, it's possible to track variations in hormone release throughout the day. In contrast, the standard 24-hour urine collection reflects the total hormone output in a 24-hour period.

    IGG Food Sensitivity Test

    This tool tests for IgG antibody complexes that form against specific foods. IgG antibodies attach themselves to the food antigen and create an antibody-antigen complex. In a healthy system, these complexes are removed by cells called macrophages.  However, if they are present in large numbers and the reactive food is still being consumed, the macrophages can’t eliminate them quickly enough.

    The food antigen-antibody complexes accumulate and are deposited in body tissues. Once in tissue, these complexes release inflammation causing chemicals, which may play a role in numerous diseases and conditions.

    There is a growing body of evidence to support the clinical benefits of eliminating IgG reactive foods from the diet.

    IgG food sensitivities have been implicated in the pathogenesis of migraine headaches, irritable bowel syndrome and eczema. IgG reactions have also been linked to the manifestation of symptoms such as bloating, indigestion, weight gain, inability to lose weight and fatigue.

    Candida Panel

    This test detects IgG antibodies against candida. Candida is a type of yeast normally found in the bowel that requires sugars to grow.

    Elevated IgG antibodies to Candida are often found when there is an opportunistic yeast overgrowth. Consuming too many sugar-rich foods and an imbalanced gut microbiome can contribute to overgrowth of Candida.  Symptoms associated with Candida overgrowth include:

    • clouded thinking
    • depression
    • diarrhea
    • fatigue
    • menstrual pain
    • vaginal yeast infections
    • headaches

    Hair Element Analysis

    Hair element analysis shows nutrient status (essential elements) and toxic element exposure for the length of time it took to grow the hair supplied for testing (usually about three months).

    Essential elements are essential because they are needed to maintain health.  For example, potassium and sodium are essential for proper heart function, while calcium and magnesium are essential for bone development and strength.

    Toxic elements usually cause damage by taking the place of essential elements and interfering with their usual function.  For example, calcium helps strengthen bone, but lead can take the place of calcium in bone, making bone less strong.

    Heavy metal exposure and toxicity can be measured through this non-invasive test.

    Heavy metal toxicity has been linked to the following symptoms:

    • Alopecia
    • Depression
    • Fatigue
    • Malabsorption
    • Hypertension
    • Impaired Glucose Tolerance
    • Kidney Function
    • Parkinson's-like Symptoms
    • Sexual Impotence or Decreased Testosterone Production
    • Vision Problems
    • neurological problems
    • memory impairment
    • learning difficulties
    • gastrointestinal problems

    Urine Element Analysis

    Urine element analysis is another simple and inexpensive way to measure levels of essential and heavy metal toxic elements.

    Fatty Acid Profile

    The Fatty Acid Profile measures the percentage of fatty acids in red blood cells from a dried blood spot. Measurements include the Omega-3 Index and Omega-3 score to assess for heart disease risk, the ratio of Arachidonic Acid (AA) to Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) as a marker of inflammation, total Omega-3 fatty acids, total Omega-6 fatty acids along with mono-unsaturated fatty acids, trans fatty acids and saturated fats.  Measurement of fatty acid content in red blood cell membranes shows less biological variability than measurement in plasma or serum.

    Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth Testing (SIBO)

    SIBO is a common clinical condition and can develop in a variety of patient populations.

    SIBO Profiles are non-invasive breath tests which capture exhaled hydrogen (H2) and methane (CH4) gases following patient ingestion of a lactulose solution to evaluate bacterial overgrowth of the small intestine. Symptoms of SIBO are non-specific, including abdominal pain/distention, diarrhea, and flatulence.

    Conditions commonly associated with SIBO include:

    • IBS
    • IBD
    • Celiac Disease
    • Diabetes
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Rosacea
    • Parkinson's Disease
    • Obesity

    Risk factors for development of SIBO include structural issues, motility disorders, organ system dysfunction, elderly age and various medications (recurrent antibiotics, PPIs) that alter the gut microflora populations.

    Organic Acids Test (OAT)

    Organic acids are metabolic intermediates that are produced in pathways of energy production, detoxification, neurotransmitter breakdown, or intestinal microbial activity. Accumulation of specific organic acids detected in urine indicates a metabolic inhibition or block.

    The metabolic block may be due to a nutrient deficiency, an inherited enzyme deficit, toxic build-up or drug effect. Additionally, several of the biomarkers in this test are markers of intestinal bacterial or yeast overgrowth.

    The organic acids nutritional test is valuable for determining:

    • Functional vitamin and mineral status
    • Amino acid insufficiencies like carnitine and NAC
    • Oxidative damage and antioxidant need
    • Phase I & Phase II detoxification capacity
    • Functional B-complex vitamin need
    • Neurotransmitter metabolites
    • Mitochondrial energy production
    • Methylation sufficiency
    • Lipoic acid and CoQ10 status
    • Bacterial and yeast overgrowth

    Please speak with your Naturopathic Doctor to get more details about functional lab testing and to understand which tests might be valuable in your case.

    The information about the specific tests mentioned above has been referenced from our test providers:

    http://rmalab.com/healthcare-professionals/our-tests

    https://www.gdx.net/product/organix-comprehensive-profile-metabolic-function-test-urine

    https://dutchtest.com/resource/oats-information-sheet/

    http://rmalab.com/our-tests/hormone-testing

    https://www.doctorsdata.com/hair-elements/

  • Acupuncture and the small Intestine

    In the traditional chinese medical system, the small intestine is much more than just its physical traits. TCM pairs energetic meridians so that they form a complete circuit. The small intestine is paired with the heart meridian, Imbalances in the small intestine meridian can lead to problems such as abdominal pain, digestion issues and also appetite problems like overeating or poor appetite. The small intestine meridian starts at outer tip of the pinky finger and runs up the arm, over the scapula of the shoulder, up the neck and ends in front of the ear. The meridian pathway allows for it to be useful in treating not just intestinal and abdominal issues, but also things like earaches, TMJ, shoulder and neck pain.

    In TCM, the small intestine plays both a physical and a mental role. The mental role of the small intestine is to separate the clear thoughts from the turbid ones, This is another way the small intestine is connected to the heart in TCM. The heart in this system is in charge of all of our mental heath. Clear judgement depends on the ability of the small intestine to separate the pure from the impure. When there is dysfunction in the SI, there may also be dysfunction in the mind.

  • Osteopathy Tune-Ups: a key to healthy living

    In recent years, there has been a gradual shift towards preventative healthcare, with a focus on exercise, nutrition, and even mindfulness meditation. What has been slower to take hold is the idea that holistic treatment such as osteopathy can be a key factor in maintaining general health and well-being, preventing injuries before they happen.

    Many of us will only seek out holistic treatment when a symptom, such as back pain, presents itself. A condition or injury will prompt us to lie down on the nearest treatment table, but once those symptoms subside, we’re off to tackle the day without a thought of a check-in later on. Now this might sound logical, if the symptoms are gone why come back? Here I direct you to the axiom, “An ounce of prevention…” well, you know the rest.

    It is not uncommon to go for regular cleanings at the dentist to help prevent cavities and tooth decay, so why not consider the same approach when it comes to your whole body and mind?

    As awareness and understanding of osteopathy is still growing, it is helpful to outline how it can play a significant role in preventing injury, and maintaining wellbeing, and vitality.

    Osteopathic manual therapy is based on the functional unity of the body, meaning that all aspects of the body must work together to maintain health, as no one structure or system acts in isolation. A deep understanding of the anatomical and physiological interrelationships of the body is fundamental to its practice.

    If there is an area that is congested, or perhaps taking on more of a load, the effects will not be confined to that localized area. A local problem can have a global influence. As an example, stagnation of fluid in one area of the body can have a cascading effect on the digestive and immune systems.

    From birth to adulthood, our bodies are constantly adapting to physical and emotional stressors. What we are exposed to and how our bodies adapts and interprets these stresses is unique to each individual. Overtime, when an area becomes overloaded and has less mobility and vitality, it can disrupt the physiology of the body and we begin to lose our ability to adapt. This can express itself as an injury, disruptions in digestion, anxiety, headaches, or simply pain.

    Osteopathy relies on fine tune palpation to identify underlying strains in the body and determine areas of congestion, changes in tissue tension, mobility, and vitality. So rather than being symptom or condition focused, the osteopathic practitioner considers the whole person, identifying their unique ability to adapt, to ultimately facilitate a return to balance.

    The goal of treatment is to work with the natural self-regulation and self-healing abilities of the body, to find a full expression of health. The osteopath helps to realign, and remove adhesions that may interfere with fluid flow, to allow the body to do what it does best. Adapt.

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