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Intravenous nutrient in La Jolla, CA

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IV Nutrient Therapy

Intravenous Nutrient Therapy (IV Nutrient Therapy) is a method of using modern science combined with natural healing agents to assist the body in the prevention and treatment of illness. Nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, and other healing substances are infused right into the bloodstream. Since the digestive system is bypassed, one can achieve significantly higher amounts of nutrients into the bloodstream and ultimately to the cells of the body where they are used most productively.

High Dose Intravenous Vitamin C: Intravenous vitamin C is used at high doses to help patients dealing with 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 makes some hydrogen peroxide in response to infections and cancer. High doses of IVC kick this natural process into high gear. Hydrogen peroxide functions as an oxidant, helping to destroy cancer and other foreign invaders. IVC enhances what your immune system is already doing, making the process much more effective.

IV Therapy

Regular healthy cells have the ability to counteract the effects of hydrogen peroxide with an enzyme known as catalase. Since cancer cells lack this enzyme it leads to 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 patients dealing with infections or as part of adjunctive immune support for those with cancer. Dosages might range from 25 to 100 grams per treatment.

Customized Treatment

Depending on a patient's state of health, lab testing, and particular condition( s) Dr. Stengler tailors 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 enhancement and detoxification.

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

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

Duration of Treatment

Treatment time can vary. Time can vary from 30 minutes to two hours. Patients sit or recline back in a lounge-style chair during their medically administered treatment in Encinitas.


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


Intravenous Nutrient Therapy is generally conducted without incident. Individuals' vital signs are tested before as well as after therapy. Initial treatment normally involves a lower dose to confirm the patient tolerates the therapy with dosages increased over subsequent treatments. Allergic reactions or other side effects are uncommon but possible.

Cancer and Infections

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

It is also a 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 wonderful success at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine in helping patients with fatigue and fibromyalgia. The use of Intravenous Nutrients such as B vitamins, magnesium, glutathione, and other nutrients enables the cells to be supercharged. This allows for increased energy levels and less pain. Check out the following article by Dr Stengler for a detailed assessment of the benefits of Intravenous Nutrient Therapy for those with Fatigue and Fibromyalgia.

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

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