Category Archives: IV Therapy

Travel & Wellness Tips To Keep You Healthy

From The Desk of Dr. Stevens

Traveling abroad is usually filled with great anticipation and excitement. Many rewarding experiences abound all around the globe, and nothing is worse than falling ill somewhere very far from home. World travel has become commonplace in recent years and so are the spread of highly infectious diseases. Airports, planes, and fatigue are risk factors for many respiratory diseases and protecting yourself from these may make the difference between a miserable vacation and a pleasant and memorable one. Not all diseases are present uniformly around the world. Traveler’s diarrhea is typical in certain countries such as Mexico, Central America, and South America. Japanese Encephalitis is found in the Far East and Pacific Rim. Malaria, a mosquito-borne infection, is a risk in most of the equatorial countries. Certain diseases have vaccines and certain require medications. Protecting or diminishing the impact of one of these diseases is the focus of our travel medicine clinic – to offer the proper advice for immunizations and medications tailored to your destination. We wish you safe travels and hope you will travel smartly with the right precautions and medications. Bon voyage!

Featured Service: Travel Immunizations
Summer is almost coming to an end and with that vacation as well. For those of you who planned your getaways last minute, or to even plan for next year, there are a few services we offer here that you may be unaware of. If travelling abroad, at times there are certain vaccinations that are needed prior to entering the country. Essential Health & Wellness offers all required travel immunizations, as well as routine immunizations. Travel vaccinations include Japanese Encephalitis, Typhoid, and Yellow Fever. You do not have to be a current patient to receive these vaccinations. If interested, please call our front desk for current pricing. We recommend you refer to the CDC website in order to find your vaccination recommendations.

Featured Supplement: Viracid


When going on vacation you certainly do not want an illness slowing you down. There is always one supplement you should have on hand in case the sniffles creep up on you: Viracid. Viracid helps boost your immune system with a blend of nutrients and botanical herbs. These herbs, such as black elderberry and Echinacea, have been used traditionally for years due to their immune-modulating properties. Results are best seen when taken at the first sign of illness, so keeping it ready in your travel bag is a must. In addition to boosting immune function, it may also help soothe throat irritations and nasal secretions. For illness, it is recommended to take 1-2 capsules per hour. For maintenance, 2 capsules daily. Viracid is available for purchase at our office, so don’t forget to stock up on your way to the airport.

Jennie’s Corner: Protecting Your Immune System
If you are jet-setting soon, whether it’s for work or on our way to a relaxing getaway, being stuck on an airplane can wreak havoc on your immune system. Due to the recycled air flow in the cabin, if a single person on the plane is sick, it could potentially leave you more susceptible to acquiring the illness as well. As mentioned before, Viracid is a wonderful supplement to have on hand, but you may want to consider something a little more intensive to boost your immune system. IV nutrient therapy, but more specifically, a Myer’s Cocktail contains most essential nutrients to help strengthen your defenses against any illness. It is packed with a high dose of Vitamin C to help strengthen your immune system and help fight viruses, as well as other nutrients to help drive your energy. Intravenous nutrients act differently than taking a simple multivitamin by mouth. Since the nutrients are going straight into the bloodstream it packs a more powerful punch against illnesses and keeps you at peak health. Typically infusions take only 30-45 minutes and are recommended right before your trip and possibly consider adding another infusion when you return. With this added to your pre-travel plans, you’re ensuring a productive work trip or a successful getaway.

Have questions? Ready to make your next appointment? Don’t hesitate to contact us! Give us a call, or conveniently send us a message through the Contact page of our website. We’re always here to help you with all of your wellness needs!

From the Desk of Dr. Stevens: Achieving Optimal Health in 2016

This month we are featuring several areas of health and wellness that are integral parts of our practice. We are discussing the value of Myer’s Cocktail, an IV nutritional supplement. You may recall that in one of our previous newsletters we discussed “gut health”. More and more we are seeing the impact of the gut biome and gut inflammation on many disease processes. With sub-optimal gut health we do not absorb our micro-nutrients adequately. This then is the fundamental basis or logic for IV nutrition – bypass the gut.

We also are featuring the wellness exams we offer and one of the more sophisticated tests we perform during the full day exam – the VO2-max test. A thorough examination is a fundamental in wellness management. Essential Health & Wellness offers two exam types, a full day and a half day. The purpose of these exams is to assess the overall health status of our patient and then derive a strategic plan for the next 12 months and longer. The final plan is meant to address the key areas that need optimization. Once completed the goals are reassessed on a quarterly, semi-annual or annual basis as determined by the patient and the number and severity of the conditions elucidated. One key test we perform is the VO2-max test. It measures overall fitness level. There is very good evidence that fitness and disease risk as well as fitness and longevity are directly associated with one another. The more fit you are the more likely you are to have fewer and less severe diseases and to live longer. And VO2-max is directly associated with a person’s fat mass. In other words, lowering fat mass equates to improving VO2-max which equates to improved fitness and that means reduced disease and increased longevity. So we like to follow body composition (fat mass) and fitness level (VO2-max) over time here at Essential Health & Wellness and encourage our patient to work as hard as they can on reducing their fat mass.

For more information, contact:

Dr J

Dr. James Stevens, MD, CAQSM, FAAFP, ABAARM
(919) 948-1253

From the Desk of Dr. Stevens: Inflammation in the Brain

This month, we are exploring the world of neurotransmitter testing and immune inflammation testing by NeuroScience. This is an area of medicine that is growing steadily and has its place in the clinical armamentarium particularly for individuals who have gone undiagnosed or insufficiently treated for a whole host of conditions. To be certain, there is perhaps no panacea when it comes to complex medical issues. However, many people have struggled with chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, insomnia, chronic recurrent infections, and other neurological disorders that have been elucidated and consequently treated successfully through these new diagnostics.

We are also touching on a growing treatment modality: intravenous nutrition. In particular, Jennie expounds on IV glutathione. This is an intracellular antioxidant with many essential functions. In the past few years, Dr. Perlmutter has raised tremendous awareness of IV glutathione with his notoriety as a highly acclaimed neurologist and author of two superb books: Grain Brain and Brain Maker. In the final analysis, IV nutrition, and IV glutathione in particular, have a place in the therapeutic armamentarium for many conditions that either have few options or insufficient options. Parkinson’s disease is a prime example, as Dr. Perlmutter has so elegantly portrayed.

We hope this month’s newsletters are informative and inspire you to learn more about the benefits of NeuroScience testing and IV nutrition therapy.

For more information, contact:

Dr J

Dr. James Stevens, MD, CAQSM, FAAFP, ABAARM
(919) 948-1253

Jennies Corner: IV Therapy Glutathione

Inflammation plays a major role in brain health. According to Dr. David Perlmutter, a world-renowned neurologist, “it is the secret killer related to Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative conditions.” One effective way to battle inflammation is with glutathione therapy. Glutathione is a major antioxidant produced by almost every cell in our body. It has many functions, some of which include detoxification, protecting cells from toxins, and maintaining metabolic and biochemical reactions.

The use of IV glutathione has been especially successful in Parkinson’s disease patients. It may help in reducing disease progression, since motor signs of Parkinson’s manifest when approximately 60%-80% of dopaminergic neurons have been destroyed. In advanced Parkinson’s, glutathione levels may drop to as low as 2%. Maintaining a higher level is important, since it is superior than other antioxidants in preventing dopaminergic toxicity. Dr. Perlmutter uses IV glutathione for his Parkinson’s patients and has noted profound improvements. Some of which include reduction in rigidity, increased mobility, improved speech, better mood, and decreased tremor.

Intravenous glutathione is more effective than taking a glutathione pill or liquid. Unfortunately, oral glutathione is not very stable. Stomach acid and enzymes break it down, rendering it useless.
The body requires a steady supply of glutathione to function normally. This means that it should be used on a consistent basis—weekly, monthly, or every few months—to optimize antioxidant systems in the brain and delay dopaminergic toxicity.

Glutathione is useful not only in Parkinson’s disease patients, but with other inflammatory conditions as well. Other conditions for which IV glutathione may be useful in include colitis, alcohol toxicity, heavy metal toxicity, and others.

For more information on IV glutathione, please contact:


Jennie Welner, RN, FNP

Ensuring Your Body Gets the Nutrients It Needs: The Benefits of IV Nutritional Therapy

Removing toxins from your body is talked about frequently and certainly needed for optimum wellness, but so is the presence of adequate nutrients. Unfortunately, eating a well-balanced diet will not guarantee appropriate absorption of vitamins and minerals into your body. Intravenous nutritional therapy is a way to directly feed vitamins, minerals, and amino acids directly into your bloodstream. This can create therapeutic levels of certain nutrients in the blood that may not be possible when taken in an oral form.
Our health-conscious patients may already be taking a daily multivitamin, but if your gut is unhealthy, your stomach is not absorbing these nutrients like it should. Common factors that can cause poor gut health and absorption problems include, chronic use of acid blockers, inflammation (Crohn’s/colitis, chronic use of NSAIDs), poor diet, lack of good bacteria that aid in digestion, and the presence of pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, or toxins.
Various nutrients may exert pharmacological effects only in concentrations achieved through IV administration. For example, Vitamin C has been shown to have an antiviral effect at very high levels which are only achieved through IV therapy. Because of its immune enhancement abilities, IV therapy may also benefit the following conditions:

  • Flu/Cold
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Stress
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Pre/Postoperative support
  • Gastrointestinal infections
  • Cancer

If you are interested in fully integrating IV therapy into your wellness plan, adding micronutrient testing will provide a complete analysis of all your nutrient deficiencies. Almost all the components for IV Therapy can be customized to your body’s unique needs.

For more information on this or any other Essential Health& Wellness services, feel free to contact us, we’re happy to answer any questions you may have.