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Intravenous nutrient in San Marcos, 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 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 by-passed, one can achieve considerably 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 individuals experiencing infections or as part of adjunctive immune support for those with cancer. Dosages might 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 efficient.

IV Therapy

Normal healthy cells are able to neutralize the effects of hydrogen peroxide with an enzyme called catalase. Since cancer cells do not have 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 delivering 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 may 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 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 disorders might benefit from glutathione, lipoic acid, phosphatidylcholine, and other unique nutrients. IV's may be provided to those with chronic infections or fatigue.

Duration of Treatment

Treatment time can vary. Time can vary from 30 minutes to two hours. Individuals 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 be sure organs of detoxification such as the liver and kidneys are functioning properly. Repeat testing is commonly done intermittently throughout a series of treatments.


Intravenous Nutrient Therapy is typically conducted without incident. Patients' vital signs are tested before as well as after therapy. Initial treatment usually includes a lower dose to confirm the individual tolerates the therapy with dosages increased over future treatments. Allergic reactions or other side effects are uncommon 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 conventional 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. Using 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. 

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

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