IV Nutrient Therapy

Intravenous Nutrient Therapy (IV Nutrient Therapy) is a method of using modern science along with natural healing agents to help the body in the prevention and treatment of illness. Nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, and other healing substances are infused directly into the bloodstream. Because the digestive system is bypassed, one can achieve considerably higher levels of nutrients in the bloodstream and ultimately in the cells of the body where they are utilized most effectively.

High Dose Intravenous Vitamin C: Intravenous vitamin C is used at high doses to help patients suffering from infections or as part of adjunctive immune support for those with cancer. Dosages can range from 25 to 100 grams per treatment. Your immune system naturally produces some hydrogen peroxide in response to infections and cancer. High doses of IVC kick this natural process into high gear. Hydrogen peroxide acts as an oxidant, helping to destroy cancer and other foreign invaders. IVC augments what your immune system is already doing, making the process much more efficient.

IV Therapy

Normal healthy cells are able to neutralize the effects of hydrogen peroxide with an enzyme known as catalase. Since cancer cells do not have this enzyme it results in cell death. A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the United States of America showed that IVC selectively destroys cancer cells by providing hydrogen peroxide to tissues.

Intravenous vitamin C is used at high doses to help individuals dealing with infections or as part of adjunctive immune support for those with cancer. Dosages might range from 25 to 100 grams per treatment.

Individualized Treatment

Depending on an individual’s state of health, lab testing, and particular condition( s) Dr. Stengler customizes a treatment specifically for every patient throughout the Encinitas area. Examples include B vitamins and magnesium for fatigue, vitamin C, zinc, glutathione, and selenium for immune system improvement and detoxification.

Amino acids or fatty acid replacement are beneficial for those with weight loss such as those found in Crohn’s disease or cancer.

Individuals with heavy metal toxicity might be provided EDTA, DMPS, glutathione, and other detoxification agents. Those with neurological conditions may benefit from glutathione, lipoic acid, phosphatidylcholine, and other unique nutrients. IVs may be provided to those with chronic infections or fatigue.

Duration of Treatment

Treatment time can vary. Time can vary from thirty minutes to two hours. Patients sit or recline back in a lounge-style chair during their medically administered treatment in Encinitas.


Our physicians order blood tests prior to initiating IV therapy to be sure organs of detoxification such as the liver and kidneys are functioning properly. Repeat testing is typically done intermittently throughout a series of treatments.


Intravenous Nutrient Therapy is typically conducted without incident. Patients’ vital signs are tested before and after therapy. Initial treatment generally includes a lower dose to confirm the individual tolerates the therapy with dosages increased over subsequent treatments. Allergic reactions or other side effects are rare but possible.

Cancer and Infections

Intravenous vitamin C (IVC) is receiving attention in the medical community for its benefit for those with cancer. Dr. Stengler and other holistic doctors and Oncologists have found it valuable as a complementary therapy to traditional treatments. 

It is also great therapy for those with acute and chronic infections. Examples include the common cold, flu, bronchitis, hepatitis, mononucleosis, pneumonia, and others.

Fatigue and Fibromyalgia

We have had great success at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine in helping patients with fatigue and fibromyalgia. Using Intravenous Nutrients such as B vitamins, magnesium, glutathione, and other nutrients allows for the cells to be supercharged. This allows for improved energy levels and less pain. 

For further information about Dr. Stengler’s practice and his clinic in Encinitas, California, please visit our website at MarkStengler.com or give us a call at (760) 274-2377.