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Intravenous Nutrient in La Mesa, CA

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IV Nutrient Therapy

Intravenous Nutrient Therapy (IV Nutrient Therapy) is a technique of using modern science together 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 by-passed, one can achieve considerably higher levels of nutrients into the bloodstream and ultimately to the cells of the body where they are used most efficiently.

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 may 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 functions as an oxidant, helping to destroy cancer and other foreign invaders. IVC augments what your immune system is already doing, making the process a lot more productive.

IV Therapy

Regular healthy cells are able to neutralize the effects of hydrogen peroxide with an enzyme known as catalase. Since cancer cells lack 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 kills cancer cells by delivering hydrogen peroxide to tissues.

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.

Tailored Treatment

Depending on an individual's state of health, lab testing, and specific 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 found in Crohn's disease or cancer.

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

Length 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 physicians order blood tests prior to starting IV therapy to be sure organs of detoxification such as the liver and kidneys are functioning properly. Repeat testing is often done intermittently during a series of treatments.


Intravenous Nutrient Therapy is generally conducted without incident. Patients' vital signs are tested before and after therapy. Initial treatment usually includes a lower dose to confirm the patient 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 gaining attention in the medical community for its benefit for those with cancer. Dr. Stengler and other holistic physicians and Oncologists have found it beneficial as a complementary therapy to traditional treatments. 

It is also a great therapy for those with severe 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 assisting individuals with fatigue and fibromyalgia. Using Intravenous Nutrients such as B vitamins, magnesium, glutathione, and other nutrients enables the cells to be supercharged. This allows for improved energy levels and less pain. Read the following article by Dr Stengler for a comprehensive review 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 Mesa, California, please visit our website at or give us a call at (760) 274-2377.

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