IV therapy stands for Intravenous Therapy. Vitamins and minerals are administered directly into the venous system which therefore, allows for 100% absorption into the body. Oral administration of vitamins and minerals (or by mouth) are not as highly absorbed, and even less so if one has any known gastrointestinal issues. Some of these include IBD (irritable bowel disease such as crones or colitis), IBS (irritable bowel disease), gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), and any other possible absorption issues such as multiple food sensitivities, or leaky-gut syndrome.
It is also commonly used to help treat low energy, fatigue, fibromyalgia, or for general health maintenance. The Immune Enhancer IV therapy blend, because of its high dose immune factors are great for helping support the immune system from already existing infections, or as a preventative measure before getting sick. As well, it is also commonly administered before or after long flights, to help rebuild the immune defenses when sitting in a small closed environment with recycled air. The Love Your Liver IV, is wonderful for speeding up the detoxification processes of the liver, or if one has been exposed to environmental toxins as well as, excessive alcohol consumption. Glutathione is the most abundant antioxidant found in the body. It is very poorly absorbed orally, and therefore it is very commonly added as a liver detoxification agent in an IV therapy protocol. It is also well researched in the management of liver detoxification and liver disorders and is known to have anti-aging effects.
Types of IV Therapy Offered at Docere Wellness
Meyers Cocktail IV: Vitamin and mineral IV therapy.
B-complex vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6, B12), vitamin c, magnesium, calcium, multi-trace minerals (zinc, copper, manganese, chromium, selenium).
Immune Enhancer IV: Meyer’s cocktail with extra B-complex vitamins + added high dose immune factors such as:
High dose vitamin c
High dose selenium
High dose zinc.
Love Your Liver IV: Meyer’s cocktail with extra B-complex vitamins + added high dose liver detoxification factors such as:
High dose magnesium
Amino acid (Taurine).
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*These are the most common IV therapy protocols-more to come as requested.
By Amanda Delamer, MSc, ACC, CPCC
I am always amazed at how many times in a day I hear people talk about how busy they are. And how often the response to “how are you?” is “busy”. I totally get it, life is full. This is in not a criticism. It does, however, make me curious about how many people are choosing “busy-ness”, and how many people are thriving in this state? Do our schedules make our choices or do we choose our schedules?
I was working with a client that was holding on tightly to resentment towards her schedule, and ultimately her children because she saw her role in life as a taxi-driver. In time, she came to realize that it was her who was choosing to be a taxi-driver and ultimately making the choices that resulted in her driving around and spending at least 4 hours a day in her car. I remember her saying “oh crap!, it’s me doing this to myself!”.
She had chosen to have each of her kids in four or five activities. She had chosen to fill in every day of the week with an activity resulting in not one day of the week “off”. She had chosen to keep putting her kids in many activities because she was telling herself she is “supposed to” and she “should”. Her kids, on the other hand, were trying to communicate with her that they were not enjoying being so busy and wanted some down-time built into their week. It wasn’t just her that was longing for the “busy-ness” to stop, her family wanted it too.
We started working together when she was ready to press pause and consider making some changes – when she “couldn’t do it anymore”.
What helped? Getting clarity around what she values. Identifying what’s most important to you can help you better understand the “why” behind you being pulled to say “yes” or “no” to something. (Side note: you saying “no” to something or someone does not mean it or they are not important to you).
For this particular client, it was a huge “aha” that she was not acknowledging herself as part of the family. Sounds crazy, yes, but when asked “what works for your family” she realized while she was always sure to consider the impact of a choice on her children and partner, she didn’t always consider or dismissed the impact on herself.
Ultimately, we are responsible for our choices. It can be quite freeing to own that we do not have to be and do all things to and for all people all of the time.
So, what level of “busy-ness” works for you and your family?
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Amanda Delamer is a self-awareness and fulfillment coach. Amanda coaches and supports people in living healthy, balanced and joyful lives. She coaches and honours the whole person – mind, body and spirit. Her clients experience fulfillment in all parts of their lives – health, family, relationships, career, and beyond – and they value and appreciate that all parts of their lives are connected, and that we all have responsibility in and for the world around us. She lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with her husband and three children.
Challenging negative thinking patterns and behaviors
Dr. Alisha Rawji Bsc, ND.
“In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.” –Deepak Chopra. I absolutely love this quote and I keep it as a daily mantra to remind myself that I am truly in control of how I choose to react to the events that are happening in my life. In a fast-paced and ever-changing world, it is far too easy and very common to get into our own heads. With that, we can often get fixated in ruminating and extremely repetitive thoughts. The most challenging part about it is that it’s difficult to even notice, as our thought patterns and ways of thinking become so ingrained into our psyche, we can often fail to notice that it is actually happening. It becomes our automatic machinery, and we can inevitably be left feeling stuck, trapped, and at times helpless; however, we never truly are. We have the ability to be flexible and malleable in modifying our thought patterns, more so if we have the capacity to recognize what those are.
Hunter et al (2009) from Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care explain how to challenge several of these negative thinking patterns, and how to properly catch yourself in them:
1) All or nothing thinking-you can only see things in extreme opposites of the spectrum or in black and white, and there is no room for anything else or no happy medium. “I am either everything, or I am nothing.”
2) Jumping to conclusions-negative conclusions are made with little or no facts to back them up. “My loved one isn’t home yet, the only possible conclusion is that something bad must have happened to them.”
3) Fortune telling-you assume that things can, and will, certainly end badly. “Because I didn’t get a good grade on my exam, I will ultimately fail out of my program.”
4) Should statements-words like ‘I should ‘I must’ ‘I ought to’ can lead to extreme anxiety and dis-illusions of oneself and one’s values, abilities, and self-worth. “I am of a certain age, which means I should be married by now.”
5) Emotional Reasoning-the notion that because you feel a certain way, the assumptions you make about how you feel must be true. “Since I feel anxious, it must mean that there is something seriously wrong going on.”
There are many other disoriented thinking patterns discussed by Hunter et al (2009), however those are the most common ones that I have encountered in practice. Often, we are a subtle combination of many of them, even within a single day. This is why I love sending home Automatic Negative Thought records (or ANTs), as it gives people a chance to see these thought patterns head on, and it really gives an idea of how their thoughts effect their reality.
Having an aptitude to examine upsetting thought patterns is extremely helpful. It gives an individual the chance to really see those patterns for what they are, as well as to really challenge them. Seeing a thought pattern in front of you, and examining evidence for, as well as evidence against it, really helps rationalize something that is usually at a deeper level, very irrational.
It is very common to see stress, and anxiety manifest into physical illness, and I have seen this time and time again. Stress causes inflammation in the body and can cause serious digestive, joint, and even perpetuate autoimmune disorders (Gabor Mate 2003, When The Body Says No). It is truly fascinating to see what stress reduction and increasing positive mental-emotional coping mechanisms can do, not only for better mental health, but physical health and fitness as well.
I also find it very important to examine physical and organic causes which can perpetuate depression, stress and anxiety, and working to heal those triggers at the same time. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), adrenal fatigue, sleep deprivation, poor diet, cortisol or hormonal imbalances, and vitamin and mineral deficiencies, (often vitamin D3, or B12), as well as ferritin, and iron deficiencies, can all help with identifying any pre-existing states that need to be examined in order to make sure a sincerely holistic and all-encompassing approach is taken.
Adrenal injections, high dose B-complex injections, as well as traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, botanicals, supplements and diet, all work together to ensure an individual’s ability and resilience to stress is at its truly optimal state.
Hunter et al (2009), Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care.
Gabor Mate (2003), When The Body Says No.
By Amanda Delamer, MSc, ACC, CPCC
My family and I just got back from an amazing trip to Argentina. It was so restful and rejuvenating, and I didn’t come back feeling like I needed a vacation following my vacation. Yesterday, I was reflecting on our time away and the joy I experienced, and then remembered that I had experienced some anxiety and panic leading up to our trip.
I don’t know about you, but every time before we go on vacation somewhere hot (i.e., where wearing a bathing suit is involved) a lovely little voice likes to pop into my head and say…”okay, you’ve got X amount of days/weeks to lose X amount of pounds. When you lose some weight you will be ready to have an amazing time on vacation. When you drop 10 pounds you will be happy.”
This voice is certainly not coming from my inner leader, but instead a sneaky saboteur trying to convince me that I will be happier “when”. A few days before our trip to Argentina (where we have family and friends who I will see again) the lovely voice was back letting me know that “you’ll be okay this trip, but think about next time when you have lost some of your baby weight.” Yep, the voice is good, it’s so positive and optimistic, NOT!
With so many years of experience with this lovely little voice…I witness myself moving quite quickly from “when” to “and”. I love my life, I love me as I am, in this moment AND I will continue to live a healthy lifestyle. If that results in dropping a few pounds, great, but the joy I experience in my life and my love for myself, in this moment, is not dependent on it.
So what’s your “when”? When I…lose 10 pounds, get that promotion, have children, finish this big project at work, move into a larger home…Whatever it is, what would it be like to feel joy now, in this moment AND commit to goals that are important to you? You might even find that finishing a project or dropping 10 pounds – that goal that has the “I will be happy when…” attached to it – is really not what is most important, you just have it on your “to do” list because you’re supposed to or you think you should.
What if you experienced joy in your life, loved your life and loved who you are, as you are today, in this moment?
I’m not saying drop your goals, go after them if they are important to you. I’m just throwing out there that experiencing joy and fulfillment is something that is available to you in this moment, if you are willing to let it in. And you can have goals and create change in your life.
Amanda Delamer is a self-awareness and fulfillment coach. Amanda coaches and supports people in living healthy, balanced and fulfilled lives. She coaches and honours the whole person – mind, body and spirit. Her clients experience fulfillment in all parts of their lives – health, family, relationships, career, and beyond – and they value and appreciate that all parts of their lives are connected, and that we all have responsibility in and for the world around us. She lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with her husband and three children.
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by Dr. Michelle Hagel ND
It is a pleasure to share my new love…homemade coconut yogurt! I have had an intolerance to dairy since I was a child, but still consumed it up until a few years ago when symptoms got worse with dairy consumption. I find dairy intolerances and allergies in many patients, so I love to be able to provide alternatives. Coconut yogurt is a wonderful alternative to regular yogurt if you are experiencing negative reactions to dairy or even lactose intolerance. Store bought coconut yogurt can be expensive and have added sugar and flavours. So I have been wanting to try to make my own but the task seemed quite daunting until I borrowed an Instapot. I was sceptical about how ‘amazing’ this pot really could be, but wow did it exceed all expectations.
My favourite thing about yogurt is it contains healthy bacteria or probiotics. I am a huge fan of healthy gut bacteria, probiotics, and fermented foods. When we are able to get the healthy bacteria we need from the foods we eat rather than supplementing, GREAT! Fermenting foods improve the absorbability of nutrients in the yogurt because they are partially broken down by the bacteria.However, when we are consuming flavoured yogurt the additional sugar can counteract the benefits of the healthy bacteria. If you are dairy intolerant I also don’t recommend getting your healthy gut bacteria from traditional dairy yogurt. Try the coconut yogurt, it won’t disappoint. It tastes just like plain yogurt with a hint of coconut, but it isn’t a strong coconut flavour. It is also a great source of healthy fats, to keep you full and satisfied.
Coconut yogurt in a Instapot– This was so easy I can’t believe it.
2 cans coconut cream
1tbsp gelatin (grass fed preferable)
1 package of yogurt culture (can get at health food store)
1. Bring the coconut cream to a boil, there is a boil function in yogurt settings.
2. Let it cool to 100 degrees F (ensure not warmer as it can kill off the good bacteria)
3. Mix in yogurt culture (I have used probiotic capsules and just broken the capsule apart and poured in. My understanding is that this isn’t the best method as some of the bacteria may not survive so it won’t be as high in probiotics as if you were to use a yogurt culture, the taste was identical)
4. Set Instapot to yogurt and leave for about 8 hours
5. After the 8 hours, add 1tbsp gelatin and mix well. Refrigerate overnight (about 8 hours)
6. Enjoy, can add toppings to it if desired