Peptides are small proteins comprised of short chains of amino acids that act as targeted signaling molecules. By attaching to receptor proteins on the surface of certain cells, peptides will stimulate specific affects which alters how that cell responds to certain stimuli.
There are over 7000 known peptides in our bodies which direct an enormous number of different bodily functions ranging from hormone production, tissue and muscle repair, immune modulation, brain and central nervous system health, libido and sexual arousal, weight loss, inflammation reduction, DNA repair and aging and direct anti-microbial effects.
While somewhat new to the US market, peptide therapy has been gaining rapid interest due to its extraordinary high levels of safety and uniquely specific effects. As opposed to hormones, which generate broader and more global effects, peptide signaling results in more rapid and precise tissue-selective effects with minimal to no risk or side effects.
Given that peptides act to stimulate very specific and targeted effects in the body, their range of therapeutic benefit is equally as broad. As such, the list of potential conditions is nearly infinite. Peptides can potentiate the effectiveness of many other treatments as well as enhance overall wellness, optimize body image and improve how we age both physically and cognitively. A short list of known benefits include:
Since peptide therapy can be used to address such a wide array of conditions from immune modulation to tissue repair to cognitive dysfunction, the choice of which therapy to use must be done based on your individual needs. In general, these treatments are best utilized as part of a more comprehensive wellness plan and can be discussed with one of the treating physicians at Bear Creek Naturopathic Clinic.
Some of the peptides that are more commonly used include:
Thymosin alpha-1 is naturally produced in the thymus gland and lymphoid tissue and is involved in T cell maturation. The function of this peptide is critical for the body’s ability to appropriately recognize and subsequently mount an adaptive immune response to foreign invaders. Currently in phase III trials for the treatment of hepatitis B and C; it has also been studied extensively for its ability enhance the immune system for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. It is already approved for clinical use in more than 35 countries and has been shown to be effective for the treatment of many conditions such as bacterial and viral infection, autoimmune illness, cancer and immune deficiency.
One of the most exciting clinical applications of this peptide involves its ability to immuno-modulate the body from a “TH-2” dominant response to a more balanced “TH1” responsive system. This subsequent reduction in IL-4 and increase in IL-2 can reduce immune mediated inflammation and break the vicious cycle of immune dysfunction found in chronic illnesses such as chronic fatigue syndrome.
Because of it’s ability to reverse immune suppression seen in chronic infection, improve natural killer cells and enhance the immune recognition of stealth pathogens, it has enormous promise as an adjunctive therapy in the treatment of resistant intracellular bacteria like those found in Lyme.
Other immune mediated conditions such as arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, lupus, recurrent cancer, scleroderma, HIV, chronic EBV, mold illness, chronic pain, fibromyalgia and even some mental health conditions could all be benefited from the immune modulating ability of Thymosin alpha-1. Used in conjunction with other immune supportive therapies such as ozone (major Autohemotherapy), Low-Dose Naltrexone (LDN) and Low-Dose Immunotherapy (LDI) amongst others, Dr. Tichauer believes it could help to resolve a wide range of chronic afflictions.
An intravenous therapy treatment typically takes from 30 minutes to three hours, depending on the formulation. In certain situations, a series of IV’s which are “piggy backed” with each other may be recommended.
The physicians at BCNC may recommend a single IV, a series of IV’s or a targeted medical program involving multiple sessions over many months.
If venous access is compromised or a longer treatment program is necessary, the physicians at BCNC have a great deal of experience ordering and caring for both central and peripheral (PICC) lines which can be performed as an outpatient at one of the local hospitals.
While many of the treatments done at the BCNC infusion center use nutritional therapy, we also employ the use of pharmaceutical agents such as antibiotics and antivirals when necessary. In these situations, our medic or one of the physicians will be able to provide training on how to self administer the medication at home.
Having more than 30 years of combined experience with IV therapy, the physicians at BCNC are experts in this modality and are well qualified to determine whether intravenous nutritional therapy is the right solution for your health concerns.
The doctors are well trained, certified and experienced in advanced IV therapeutics, chelation therapy, ozone/MAH and parenteral nutrition and are familiar with PICC and central line access, maintenance and dressing changes. All providers are BLS certified and we stock all necessary medications and materials in the unlikely event of an emergency. As well, we employ an extremely skilled ACLS certified paramedic to administer all of our infusions via IV pump for exact drip rates as well as maintain an in-house lab should any urgent samples need to be drawn on site.
In certain situations, the physicians at BCNC may require that regular lab work be done to monitor common blood markers, electrolytes and liver and kidney function.
Safety, overall comfort and general reliability are all things we focus on to ensure our patients have the best possible experience and get the clinical results reflective of an effective treatment intervention.
IV Nutrient Therapy is generally not covered by medical insurance. Most flexible medical savings accounts reimburse for these therapies. A medical invoice (superbill) or medical necessity letter will be provided upon request.
All of the IV’s are priced based on a combination of the length of infusion and the complexity and cost of the individual formula. For situations requiring multiple treatments, we also offer discounts for packages of 10 or more infusions.
During your office visit, one of the physicians at BCNC will determine whether you are a good candidate for IV therapy. Using a combination of physical exam findings, a detailed history, laboratory information and individual assessment, the doctor will discuss which IV would be best suited to you.
We maintain the highest standard of care once in the infusion center, striving to make you as comfortable as possible within a fully supervised medical environment. Flexible angiocatheters or small butterfly needles are chosen to minimize discomfort and careful attention is always given to pH and solution concentration. As a result you should have minimal or no discomfort at all with your infusion.
Each infusion is administered in the comfort of a plush leather recliner where you are welcome to nap, surf the internet, watch a movie on your computer or just chat with other folks. A fully accessible ADA bathroom is just around the corner and easy to access with your mobile IV pole. We provide blankets and heating pads for every person and have hot and cold water as well as an assortment of tea for your enjoyment. Small snacks are available if needed but we encourage you to bring your own food as well as any fluids or medications that you would like to have with you.
Prior to your first treatment either your doctor or the IV technician will review the formula with you and discuss any anticipated effects. Some formulas can enhance energy and immunity while others may bring an increased sense of calm and deeper sleep. Whatever the situation, you will be provided with as much information as possible regarding the IV solution being administered.