an I.V." is a universally recognized command issued by doctors on
medical dramas to assist hospital patients facing imminent,
life-threatening illnesses. But an increasing number of people are
walking into clinics and receiving intravenous nutrition to address a
variety of health issues or merely to improve athletic performance or
people we see have no health concerns," said Michele Nickels, a
naturopathic doctor at Brookfield’s Integrative Family Wellness
Center. "But we see a lot of patients with inflammatory bowel
disease, Krohn’s colitis, a lot of heartburn and indigestion. They’re
not absorbing their nutrition properly."
nutrition provides multivitamins and minerals, trace minerals and
micronutrients, which facilitate that absorption, that could not be
a lot of nutrition," Nickels says. "Your gut could never
handle it. It’s a shot of nutrition right into the vein."
Nickels says she meets with her patients for an hour to discuss their
conditions before deciding on a course of treatment.
use I.V. nutrition along with diagnostic testing. We focus on the
cause of their illness, not focusing on their disease."
Because of the
large amount of nutrition dispensed, many sessions last two hours at a
cost of $125. Thirty-minute sessions are $75, with a $60 fee for 15
The costs are
not covered by insurance, but Nickels says a relatively small
investment pays big dividends. "My patients get better within a
week. We’re like the last resort clinic for people whose traditional
medications have failed them and they’re still not feeling healthy.
well when you work with the body and not against the body," she