Bioidentical Hormone Replacement

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As people get older, things change. The skin becomes less elastic, wrinkles form, skin sagging occurs. The hair becomes less full and changes color. Fat starts accumulating and it’s a lot harder to get rid of. Aches and pains develop in the joints, osteoporosis occurs, coronary artery disease becomes a concern, muscle mass starts to atrophy, the immune system deteriorates allowing cancer to start winning the war, sexual interest (Libido) becomes non-existent and sexual ability dwindles.

This is only a partial list of what occurs. Until recently, all these changes were considered the inevitable events that occur on the journey to the senior years. Most of these changes start in the forties, become readily apparent in our fifties, and become a fact of life in our sixties and seventies, and beyond.

A safe and natural solution to this problem is to use bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to help reduce the aging process and prevent many degenerative disease.

What are Natural, Bioidentical Hormones?

In the iCloud of information from the media and among doctors, the debate rages about the risks of hormone replacement therapy. When understanding this debate it is really important to separate out the different kinds of hormones based on the chemical structure of these hormones. The natural hormones used at the Tahoe Natural Medical Center are identical in chemical structure to human hormones which are safe and even protective. In contrast, the more dangerous, non bio-identical hormones are not the same as human hormones, they are drugs that have hormone effects.

Bio-identical hormones are natural hormones that promote all the benefits of hormones; whereas, non bio-identical hormones commonly called synthetic hormones like Premarin and Provera, are not the same chemical structures as what is natural to the body.

Bio-identical hormones are natural hormones that promote all the benefits of hormones; whereas, non bio-identical hormones commonly called synthetic hormones like Premarin and Provera, are not the same chemical structures as what is natural to the body. As a result, instead of preventing disease they have been shown to cause diseases like cancer and heart disease. They are more like drugs with hormone like effects but have long-term dangerous effects. In contrast, bio-identical hormones have long-term protective and preventative effects against most chronic diseases.

Sex hormones refer to the following hormones: estrogens, progesterone, and testosterone. They are called sex hormones because they are involved with sexual reproduction and differentiation. Estrogen and progesterone are primarily female hormones and testosterone is primarily a male hormone.

Sex hormones are important for healthy sexual function. But they also serve many other critical roles such as preservation of the bones, muscles, skin, hair, and joints; prevention of heart disease, cancer, strokes, dementia; optimal mental and emotional function. The benefits to replacing deficient hormones are obvious.

Other hormones include thyroid and cortisol, the adrenal gland hormone

Thyroid hormones are all bioidentical from desiccated thyroid like Armour thyroid or Nature-Throid to “synthetic” hormones like Synthroid and Cytomel. The benefits of the desiccated tyroid option is that it is a blend of thyroid hormones and other cofactors for thyroid health offering a more comprehensive benfit. The thyroid gland is typically underfunctioning due to stress, environmental toxins, and for women too much estogen. A low thyoid function typically causes fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, and mood changes.

The adrenal hormone cortisol is prescribed for Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome, a common cause of fatigue because the adrenal gland is worn out with chronic stress since it is the stress buffering gland. As the cortisol production drops the adrenaline (epinephrine) increases leading to a tired and wired state. Hydrocortisone (HC) is the adrenal hormone used at Tahoe Natural Medical Center. HC in high dosages is used as a drug to reduce inflammation in certain disease states like Lupus, Crohns, Rheumatoid Arthritis, etc. This higher dose has many side-effects associated with it but at much lower dosages it is used to support the under functioning adrenal glands. It is important to understand the differences in the dose and not the name, this is a problem that even pharmacists don’t seem to understand, which they should know better. HC can help you recovery your energy and vitality when used at the appropriate dose for adrenal gland health.

Hormone replacement therapy has its place within a comprehensive plan to support a persons energy, vitality, and prevention of chronic disease; including how a person eats, moves, sleeps, etc.

Are Natural, Bioidentical Hormones Safe?

Yes and the argument should be if it is safe to not replace hormonal deficiencies. Studies on estrogen replacement therapy in women have shown that women who receive estrogen replacement therapy live longer, have lower incidence of disease, and have a higher quality of life then women who do not receive estrogen. This is also true for progesterone.

Studies on testosterone replacement in men have shown similar beneficial effects including the prevention and treatment of heart disease, diabetes, dementia, fatigue, endurance, and impotence.

Studies on testosterone replacement in men have shown similar beneficial effects including the prevention and treatment of heart disease, diabetes, dementia, fatigue, endurance, and impotence. There is a recent study that claims that testosterone causes heart disease but it must be understood that it depends on the levels of testosterone; too high or too low does promote heart disease. So, this study shows the importance for optimal levels of testosterone in aging men.

There has never been one study that has indicated that replacing a deficient hormone with a bioidentical hormone is dangerous. Although, it is important to understand that many breast and prostate cancers are hormone responsive. This means that although hormones do not cause cancer, they will grow faster in the presence of hormone replacement therapy. For this reason, during the first year of therapy, men should have regular evaluations of prostate cancer and women should be evaluated for breast cancer.

What is Natural Hormone Replacement?

As we age into our 4th and 5th decade of life, our bodies begin to decrease the production of hormones like estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, thyroid, and adrenal hormones like DHEA, cortisol. These hormones are important for many functions in the body, essential for prevention of many chronic diseases and to promote optimal health and vitality. Natural hormone replacement refers to the medical treatment to replace these hormones, typically with creams, patches, oral pills, or shots.

The question is not if we are going to become hormone deficient, but rather one of when we will become deficient and how significant the deficiencies will be. The rate at which these deficiencies develop determines to a large extent how fast we will age and the level of risk for developing chronic diseases.

Restorative Injection Therapy

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What is Restorative Injection Therapy (RIT)

RIT is a more permanent and non-surgical solution to chronic pain and injuries using Ozone Prolotherapy (Prolozone) and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy to accelerate the regeneration of injured tissue and enhance healing of joints, ligaments, and tendons. Steroid shots can reduce inflammation and pain but in most cases does not rebuild, restore, and heal function; repeated steroid shots can actually damage function. My belief is that RIT should be attempted before more invasive measures like surgery. RIT is minimally invasive with very little recovery time, while being well tolerated by patients.

What is Ozone Prolotherapy (Prolozone) Therapy?

Prolozone therapy uses ozone gas to cause the proliferation and regeneration of new cartilage and collagen at the site of injection; typically in joint spaces and around ligaments and tendons. The injected ozone gas acts as a proliferative agent to increase the blood supply and flow of healing nutrients. More importantly, it stimulates the activity of fibroblasts and chrondroblasts that are critical for healing. These cells synthesize the collagen and cartilage the body uses to repair damaged joints, tendons, and ligaments. This increase in cellular activity strengthens and tightens the injured tissue; thereby stabilizing the area, and removing the cause of pain. A liquid solution of procaine, homeopathic anti-inflammatory, dextrose, Glycyrrhizic acid, and vitamins are injected prior to adding ozone gas to affected area. Adding PRP therapy will super charge the Prolozone healing response.

How PRP Therapy Can Help!

When tissue injury occurs due to chronic or acute stress, platelets collect at the site of injury and begin to repair it. By concentrating these platelets and administering them straight into the injury site, we can deliver a powerful mixture of growth factors and stem cells exactly where you need it, dramatically enhancing your body’s natural healing process. This treatment may lead to a more rapid, more efficient, and more complete restoration of the tissue to a healthy state.

What is PRP?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) contains many components that aid in the natural process of tissue repair and healing like growth factors and stem cells. PRP has been use for over 20 years in numerous surgical fields to enhance bone grafting and accelerate wound healing. Elite athletes like Kobe Bryant, Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning among many others have been using PRP to heal injuries and stay competitive while avoiding surgery. Platelets, the main component of PRP, are essential for turning on the natural process of tissue regeneration. I tell my patients the PRP growth-factor cocktail helps you heal like you are 20 years old again. PRP causes the production of new collagen and cartilage at the site of injection. Wherever there is injury, there are stem cells present for healing but with age the stem cells become more dormant, they are not active. PRP helps to activate these stem cells to super charge the goal of enhancing the body’s ability to heal itself.

How Do You Get The Platelets for PRP Therapy?

PRP uses the patients’ own blood to concentrate platelets by a factor of 7-10x normal blood levels. It is a simple blood draw procedure to harvest the platelets, typically filling 3-6 vials of blood, which are then spun in a special centrifuge machine to isolate the platelets into what is called the buffy coat layer. An aspirating needle is used to harvest this buffy coat, which is then transferred to a syringe for use in your PRP procedure. The entire process from blood draw to harvesting the PRP takes about 15-20 minutes. Also, since your own blood is used, there is no risk of a transmissible infection and a very low risk of allergic reaction.

What Conditions Are Treated With RIT?

The most common ailments treated with Ozone Prolotherapy (Prolozone) and PRP therapy is usually arthritis pain due to degeneration, tendonitis conditions, and ligament injuries common to sports injuries or motor vehicle accidents. Ozone Prolotherapy (Prolozone) and PRP therapy can be used to treat a variety of acute and chronic pain including the following: Osteoarthritis of knees, hips, shoulders, spine, and thumbs; Tennis and Golfers tendonitis (elbow pain); Plantar Fascitis; Morton’s Neuromas; Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; Trigger Finger; MCL and ACL partial tears and sprains; Bursitis; Sciatica; Lower back pain due to mild to moderate hermiated disc; Sacroiliac pain; Shoulder pain from rotator cuff injuries; Ankle pain; TMJ pain.

Conditions that do not respond to injection therapies are the following: Fibromyalgia, chronic myofascial pain syndrome, pain from cancer, pain from autoimmune conditions like Rheumatoid arthritis, severely herniated discs, central spinal stenosis, complete rotator cuff tears.

Are You a Candidate For Restorative Injection Therapies?

Physical exam, symptoms, and medical history are the primary means for determining whether a person is a candidate for RIT. An MRI or imaging study is not needed but good to review if acquired before treatment. I will order an MRI when the response to treatment is not progressing as expected. Generally, most people of any age with chronic joint, tendon, and ligament pain are candidates for the Ozone prolotherapy (Prolozone) and PRP treatment.  At times, a diagnositic treatment is necessary to determine whether you will respond to the therapy.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The response to treatment varies form person to person and depends upon one’s healing ability, the location and level of injury, and the amount of pain you are experiencing before starting treatments. Age, diet, degree of chronic disease, amount of rest and many other factors affect a person’s healing ability. Some people may only need one or two treatments, while others may need as many as six to eight treatments; along with multiple booster shots. Once you begin treatment, your initial response will determine how many treatments you will need.

What Can I Expect?

You can expect to have some mild stiffness, swelling, and discomfort 1-3 days (rare up to 1 week) after treatment with injection therapies especially when getting treated with the PRP therapy. This is a normal response and is a sign that the treatment is working due to the gentle stimulation of the inflammatory response. Although, not everyone gets this response and it depends on the area being treated.

Actual pain with the injections and after treatment is mild; most people tolerate the injections well. It is important to refrain from vigorous activity for up to 1-2 weeks following the procedure in order to receive the maximum benefit from the restorative injection therapies. Ozone Prolotherapy and PRP therapy relieves pain without the risk of surgery, general anesthesia or hospital without a prolonged recovery period; safe, effective, and lasting results.

For more information or to schedule an appointment call (307)307-0164

HCG Weight Loss Program

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Losing weight is more than just about looking good; being overweight is a significant risk factor for diabetes, cancer, dementia, and heart disease among others. It is estimated that 2 in 3 adults are considered to be overweight or obese in the United States, a national epidemic. Therefore, an effective weight loss program is critical for the prevention of most chronic diseases; along with feeling and looking good. Most low calorie diets are not healthy or effective at losing fat weight and keeping the weight off. The Hcg program at Tahoe Natural Medical Center (TNMC) is a medically supervised diet resulting in safe, healthy, and rapid weight loss ranging between 20-25 lbs in 40 days. The Hcg diet program is not stressful to the body, the weight lost is fat and not muscle, energy and appetite control are excellent, keeping the weight off after the diet is maintained, and hard to lose fatty areas around hips and abdomen are targeted with the Hcg diet.

I have managed hundreds of patients on the Hcg diet and take a comprehensive approach to weight problems, looking at the factors that are causing weight gain from diet and exercise to medical problems with hormones, blood sugar, inflammation, and chronic disease. Most patients need more than just to be told to improve their diet and exercise more. These are important aspects for achieving long-term weight and health goals but not without including a more comprehensive medical assessment. You can achieve and maintain a healthy weight with the Hcg weight loss program; the program has proven to be successful and well tolerated by many satisfied patients at Tahoe Natural Medical Center.

What is the Hcg weight loss diet?

The Hcg diet is a healthy, low-calorie diet combined with daily injections of the Hcg hormone. The injections are done with a very small, thin needle that is easy to self-administer just under the skin. The purpose of the Hcg hormone is to mobilize the fat reserves but a low calorie diet is necessary to burn off this fat energy in order to cause weight loss.

What is Hcg?

Hcg stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin. Please note that Hcg is not the same as hGH, which is human growth hormone. The Hcg hormone requires a prescription from a doctor, typically as an injection. Hcg is FDA approved for women as an infertility drug to support the ovarian function and stimulates the release of an egg during ovulation. The Hcg dosing used for infertility is much higher than what is used for the purpose of weight loss. Hcg is not FDA approved for weight loss; it is considered an off-label use for this purpose.

How does Hcg work?

Hcg is a natural hormone that is produced in large quantities (millions of units) during pregnancy that functions to ensure a steady supply of calories to the growing fetus by mobilizing stored fat energy. In a person that is not pregnant, it still has the same affect to release fat stores but without a growing fetus to consume the calories a low calorie diet is necessary to burn off the fat calories. I have determined from hundreds of Hcg patients what the optimal starting dose of Hcg is best for most patients to achieve maximum weight loss benefit.


Why the Hcg diet is a healthy way to lose weight rapidly?

It is important to understand that this is not a crash diet, it may look like one but it is important to understand what the Hcg is doing. Essentially, a low calorie diet without Hcg for prolonged periods is stressful on the body. When the body is stressed by starvation, the body will slow its metabolism, burn muscle, and store fat. An Hcg diet properly done will not allow this stress on the body; instead it will maintain the metabolism, burn fat not muscle, and mobilize fat reserves for energy. Hcg reverses all the negative and stressful effects of a low calorie diet. It is important to emphasis that this diet is not stressful to the body when done properly. For example, doing the Hcg drops, cream, tablets or not getting the right amount of Hcg is not doing the diet properly. Hcg Injections are the only proven method for this diet program.


How much weight can be lost?

The expected amount of weight loss typically achieved in a 40 day series is between 20-25 lbs seen in 80% of the participants, 15% lose between 15-20 lbs, and another 5% lose greater then 25 lbs or less than 15 lbs. It is important to realize that the weight lost is fat weight mostly targeting the areas around the hip/abdomen. This is one of the most satisfying results of the Hcg diet program. After finishing the Hcg diet, most people are able to maintain their weight loss.


How will I feel while on the Hcg diet?

Your energy on the diet should not fall below its baseline; you should have good appetite control and energy. Hcg is an excellent appetite suppressant and I challenge patients to skip a day of the Hcg to prove it for them selves. One of the many benefits of this diet program is the elimination diet can help to identify how certain foods like gluten or dairy can be impacting one’s health. It is estimated that about 20% of the participants get crazy good energy while on the program and they don’t want to stop the diet. By doing a food challenge test at the end of the diet, it can be determined what food item is causing the problems.


What does the diet look like?

The Hcg diet may look like a crash diet but it is very important to understand what the Hcg is doing. Hcg mobilizes the energy (calories) stored in fat tissue but in order to burn off this energy, a low 500-calorie diet must be followed. The total calories that you are using for a day come from food (500) and mobilizing fat energy (500 or more) which amounts to approx 1,000 calories per day. This is not a starvation signal to the body. The food on the diet consists of healthy meats, vegetables, rice, and fruit. I can’t do the Hcg shots! I get this a lot but every single person that is afraid of needles and disappoint that they will not be able to do the program are utterly embarrassed after they get enough guts to try the shots. It is a very thin and small ½ inch needle that diabetics use for insulin shots. The injection is just under the skin and hardly noticeable; trust me on this. I will make sure you are 100% comfortable with do the injections. There are oral tablets available by prescription only that dissolve under the tongue. The experience at TNMC is that injections work best and are cheaper. It is recommended that you don’t attempt this diet with over the counter Hcg drops, sprays, or tablets; the dose of Hcg is to small to be effective.


What are the side-effects?

Hcg is very safe with proper medial supervision. A small number of people have reported hair loss that returns after stopping the Hcg diet. Migraine headaches have also been reported mostly in people with a tendency for them. For women with a history of ovarian cysts, Hcg could cause the growth and rupture of a cyst. I have not seen this in the women with this history in hundreds of patients managed on this program. A gallstone attack and gout are also potential side effects but like an ovarian cyst rupture, I have not seen this in patients that have a history for these conditions. Also, Hcg can raise estrogen levels in women and cause spotting or bleeding. I have only seen this in a few individuals; corrected with bio-identical progesterone cream.


Do I have to exercise or should I not exercise?

It is encouraged to exercise on the diet program. Remember you are getting calories from food and fat reserves, so you have approx 1,000 calories to burn in a day. Most people can tolerate exercise. I have found that moderate to strenuous cardio workouts or activity will cause dizziness in most people, so limit this form of exercise to what is tolerable. The best form of exercise is building muscle because more muscle will increase your resting metabolic rate. More muscle means you will burn more calories at rest; for example, while you are sleeping. Pull off the bed covers at night and you will see how much heat or calories you are burning at rest. For women, you will not get huge muscles like the body builders with weight lifting; this is almost impossible without steroids.


Are weekly office visits necessary?

No, but I need to know how someone is doing on the program on a weekly basis so I can make adjustments to the program. I have patients e-mail or call the office every week. For those that come into the office for B vitamin shots, I check their status at this time.


Is HCG safe for men?

Yes, it is very safe in men. Hcg can increase testosterone and growth hormone levels in men, which may be one of the reasons that men do better with weight loss on this program than women. The other reason is men generally have more muscle mass, which means a higher resting metabolic rate


Where does Hcg come from?

Hcg is sourced from human urine. The pharmacy used at TNMC for the Hcg has very high quality standards that are above industry standards with quality control, sterile compounding, and independent analysis of products. They are one of the few pharmacies that have documentation for every step in the sourcing of the Hcg enforced by Florida’s Pedigree law. I am very confident in the purity of this product, free of any contaminates, reliable strength and poten

Heart Health

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What is Chelation Therapy?

The National Institutes of Health defines chelation therapy as a chemical process in which a substance like a chelating agent (EDTA) is used to bind molecules, such as toxic metals and shuttle them out of the body. EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) is a synthetic amino acid that is delivered intravenously for this purpose. The FDA only approves of EDTA chelation for the removal of lead. Doctors that practice alternative medicine commonly recommend chelation therapy to treat vascular disease.

How Common is EDTA Chelation?

The 2007 National Health Statistics Report compared chelation use since 2002 and noted an increase of 68%, from 66,000 to 111,000 adults using chelation therapy.

How Does Chelation Therapy Help Vascular Disease?

Chelation Therapy helps to improve blood flow due to plaque accumulation in the arteries. From my experience with over 10,000 IV treatments, Chelation therapy is a slam-dunk for preventing and treating vascular diseases like Coronary Artery Disease, Strokes, and Arteriosclerosis, commonly known as hardening of the arteries. The clinical experience of many alternative doctors over the past 50 years using EDTA Chelation for vascular disease has shown it to be effective and safe. Although, many mainstream medical organizations consider the therapeutic value of Chelation therapy for vascular disease to be unproven and potentially dangerous. How Chelation therapy works for this benefit is still unknown. It is thought that the chelating agent is removing the calcium deposits in the arteries associated with plaque accumulation; thus improving blood flow.

Is There Any Scientific Evidence That Chelation Therapy Helps With Vascular Disease?

Yes, the first large scale study to determine the safety and effectiveness of EDTA Chelation for individuals with vascular disease was the Trial To Access Chelation Therapy (TACT). This significant study was published in the March 2013 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The TACT study enrolled 1,708 patients, aged 50 years or older who had experienced a heart attack at least 6 weeks prior. Most of the participants were at high risk for vascular disease. The study was a randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled study; in other words, the gold standard or the highest level of study design. Patients were randomized to receive 30 infusions of a formula containing vitamin/minerals along with disodium EDTA weekly for 30 weeks followed by a maintenance phase every 2-8 weeks for another 10 treatments. The participants were followed for 5 years after the infusions to monitor for progression of vascular disease.

The TACT investigators reported a clinically modest but statistically significant benefit of EDTA Chelation therapy for vascular disease. An 18% reduction of vascular events like heart attacks/strokes compared to placebo group. A subgroup of participants that were diabetic had a 39% reduction in risk. Much better results would have been recorded if the participants had continued the maintenance infusions on a monthly basis, given the on going risks factors that the participants had.

Alternative doctors using disodium EDTA Chelation therapy on a daily basis for vascular disease do not see their patients getting heart attacks and strokes while on chelation therapy. Also, Angina symptoms go away after approx 15 treatments and stents/bypass surgeries stay viable or open longer. Pleasse note that a loading dose of 20 weekly treatments followed by a monthly maintenance program is essential for the effective use of EDTA Chelation therapy to prevent vascular disease from returning.

What About The Safety and Side Effects of Chelation Therapy?

EDTA Chelation therapy is very safe when properly administered by a doctor who is fully trained and competent in the use of this therapy. Dr. Hanson is certified in the proper use of Chelation theapy with over 5 years of clinical experience. But with any medical procedure there is always the rare chance that someone will have some adverse reaction. The most likely problems associated with EDTA chelation are temporary and benign like headaches, burning sensation at the site where the intravenous treatment is administered or hypocalcemia (low blood levels of calcium) due to infusing the treatment to rapidly. Hypocalcemia can cause severe muscle cramps that are easily corrected with an infusion of calcium. Very rare cases have been reported of kidney damage and bone marrow depression. A few deaths have been reported associated with EDTA chelation but are very rare.

How Many Infusions Are Needed?

The answer to this question depends on your medical history and level of risk for vascular disease. As a general rule, patients at the age of 60 get started on chelation therapy as a preventative measure. Starting with a loading dose of weekly treatments for 20 weeks then monthly maintenance treatments indefinitely. With greater risk including a history of vascular disease will mean starting treatments earlier or more frequent.

How Does Chelation Therapy Compare with Heart Surgeries?

Bypass surgery, angioplasty, and stents are limited by the fact that they only repair small sections of the arterial system while chelation therapy affects the entire vascular system. Most patients have to be on medications along with these procedures along with their side effects. Surgery carries with it substantial risk of death, paralysis, mental impairment, impotence, and chronic pain. Additionally, up to 30% of heart surgeries fail within the first five years. Chelation therapy has long lasting effects and is safer.

What About the Drugs I am Currently Taking?

Chelation can be safely used along with medications for vascular disease such as diuretics, blood thinners, and blood pressure medication. The need for these drugs is often diminished and in some cases can be completely eliminated with a successful course of Chelation therapy.

Allergy Easy Program

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Allergies can be anywhere from annoying to life threatening and include reactions to medications, food, substances in the air, and to things that contact our skin. The Allergy Easy Program offered at Tahoe Natural Medical Center is for allergic reactions from substances in the air like dust, molds, dander, and pollens also known as environmental allergies.

Typically the best treatment for most allergies is avoidance but with stuff in the air it is next to impossible to avoid; you can run but you can’t hide. That is why most treatment options target controlling symptoms with anti-histamines, steroids, and decongestants, among others but they can have troubling side-effects and they are not curative.

Now there is a no-shot, no-testing, simple and easy solution to treat environmental allergies with just a few drops under the tongue. Lets stop running! Before explaining this easy solution let me explain the process of an allergy reaction to better explain how the allergy program works.

The substances that cause allergic reactions are called allergens. When your body encounters an allergen, your immune system produces IgE antibodies, which acts on mast cells that release histamine. Histamine is the substance that causes a lot of the symptoms associate with allergies like burning and itchy eyes, running nose, sinus congestion, wheezing, hives, among others. Unfortunately in a person with environmental allergies, the immune system is overreacting to benign substances in the environment like pollen. This constant activation of the immune system can drain you of energy.

The goal of allergy treatments that offer a more permanent solution is to desensitize the immune system so it will stop overreacting to these benign substances in the environment and refrain from releasing annoying chemicals like histamine into the body. Desensitization is accomplished by exposing the body to gradually increasing amounts of those things to which it is allergic.

The nice thing about the allergy program offered is that a universal serum is used that makes skin testing unnecessary. It does not matter what you are allergic too, your covered with the universal serum. It has 70 of the most common antigens that are found in North America. So if you move or travel, you will be covered. You are given a very small amount of the serum at first; gradually increasing the dose over time until the body finally becomes accustomed to the allergens. Then, the body will not overreact, and the allergic reaction just fades away, taking with it the allergy misery. Now your immune system can focus on more real threats to the body like bacteria, cancer and viruses; while not draining you of energy.

Allergy shots are an attempt to treat the immune system in this fashion but allergists report that 50% of their patients drop out due to the inconvenience of having to go to the doctor’s office for weekly allergy shots for up to 2 years. It is estimated that it takes any where from 6 months to a year to see improvements in symptoms with allergy shots. In contrast, the Allergy Easy Program uses sublingual immunotherapy or under the tongue drops which are more user friendly, only 2 minutes per day at home to administer the drops. The program is also more effective at controlling symptoms within 3 months typically by the end of the starter kit. A maintenance program is followed for up to a year after the starter kit to complete the program.

Find fast, lasting relief from your allergy symptoms with The Allergy Easy Program. End years of suffering the easy way with these allergy drops.

Call today to schedule an appointment to get you started and stop running away; run toward the solution.

Intravenous Nutrition

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Intravenous (IV) therapies involve administering nutrients like vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and anti-oxidants directly into the blood stream (intravenous). The nutrients bypass absorption within the intestines and avoid metabolism in the liver for a more potent therapeutic benefit. IV treatments make available a larger dose of nutrients that could not be absorbed by the gut providing a powerful intervention for both acute and chronic illness.

For example, high-dose vitamin C at a 40,000 mg (40 grams) would cause a lot of diarrhea if taken by mouth but in an IV infusion the body tolerates the high dose very well and it provides an outstanding treatment for the common cold and flu, knocking it out overnight. This vitamin C blast is the “cure” for the common cold and flu virus, i have not seen it fail in the hundreds of patients that i have treated for this condition.

An IV nutritional infusion that includes 40 grams of vitamin C, along with high-dose magnesium, zinc, selenium among other minerals and all the B vitamins is an excellent treatment for chemotherapy, surgery, and acute illness recovery. The nutritional infusion is excellent for most chronic diseases to help supercharge the bodies healing, vitality, cellular energy, and immunity. This infusion is also good for general health and wellness.

A vitamin C infusion has benefits as a cancer therapy beyond chemotherapy recovery; researchers have found a cytotoxic (killing) effect of high dose vitamin C on cancer cells. It works by increasing the levels of hydrogen peroxide in cancer cells but these cells, unlike normal cells, are not able to neutralize the cytotoxic effect of the hydrogen peroxide. Normal cells have catalase to neutralize the peroxide but cancers cells do not.

IV glutathione and Alpha Lipoic Acid are powerful antioxidants in the body which are best given as an IV treatment. They are an excellent supportive treatment for Parkinsons, Autism, Liver Disease, Neuropathy, and Detox.

IV Chelation therapy is also offered at the Medical Center for heart health and removal of toxic metals, known endocrine disruptors and neurotoxins. See the seperate page on Chelation (Services) for more detail about this therapy for heart health.

These therapies are very safe with the proper expert training and experience. I have extensive training in IV therapeutics along with years of experience treating hundreds of patients, performing approx 10,000 IV infusions.

Intramuscular injections with B vitamins energy and Testosterone injections are also offered at Tahoe Natural Medical Center.