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Weathering The Coronavirus COVID-19 Storm

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is stressful for everyone. The fear and anxiety that comes with disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in both adults and children. The non-stop news and changing viewpoints only add to the anxiety. Finding ways to cope with the anxiety will help you get through these stressful times a bit easier.

Dr. Henry Ramirez says there are some simple things you can do to keep yourself a bit more germ free. They aren’t hard things, but it does require keeping them on the forefront of your mind:

  1. Don’t shake hand. Use a friendly and excited wave instead!
  2. Stay 3-6 feet away from people outside your home.
  3. Wash your hands often and don’t touch your face.
  4. Sanitize objects and surfaces.
  5. Do not share food. Do not eat prepared salads or sandwiches.
  6. Avoid large gatherings greater than 10 people.
  7. If you are young, the worry is more about you transmitting the virus.
  8. Do Not Panic!

The Coronavirus is causing stress and everyone reacts differently to stressful situations.  You’ve likely already noticed that some people are “freaking out”, while others have a rather mild response. How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the characteristics that make you different from others, your individual faith, and the community where you live. People often respond differently to stress based on their relationship to the crisis. Those who might have a strong reaction include:

  • Older people and people with chronic diseases who are at high risk for COVID-19 Coronavirus.
  • Children and teens.
  • People who are helping with the response to COVID-19, like doctors and other health care providers, or first responders.
  • People who have mental health conditions including problems with substance use, or those who suffer with high anxiety.

If you know someone who is feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety – or you worry they may harm themselves, please call:

  • 911
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. (TTY 1-800-846-8517)

Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include:

  • Worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
  • Changes in sleep or eating patterns
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
  • Worsening of chronic health problems
  • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs

Many people feel stress from feeling like they can’t do enough. Remember, Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger.

Things you can do to support yourself and alleviate stress:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • If you haven’t been taking a multi-vitamin, do so now. Look for one that contains Zinc, as that has been one thing that has show some resistance for the coronavirus.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
  • Stay connected with your friends and family online. Form chat groups and share photos. Talk about your favorite movies and Netflix series.
  • If you have time to yourself, do things to keep your mind busy. Read a good book, pull out an old puzzle, get your family in a monopoly game, or start planning your next vacation. This too shall pass.

Reminder: Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row. The CDC has prepared this data sheet “Sharing the facts” about COVID-19 and understanding the actual risk to yourself and people you care about can make an outbreak less stressful. When you share accurate information about COVID-19 you can help make people feel less stressed and allow you to connect with them.

Is an IV the New Chicken Soup for the Flu?

Shorten flu symptoms with a 30 minute IV hydration. Consider it an IV Chicken Soup!

Don’t Treat Your Flu Like You Have A Cold

The flu is still hanging around, and with allergy season upon us – well, it’s horrible. And you shouldn’t brush it off lightly. Influenza is a potentially dangerous condition that can not only lay you low for a few days, but can also lead to some serious complications – and in the worst cases scenario, even death. People commonly think of the flu as a more severe version of a cold, but the differences and consequences are significant. While the flu can sometimes include the same common symptoms of a cold (like a runny nose, coughing, sneezing and horrible sore throat) it generally has symptoms that are more severe than a regular cold. Flu symptoms can cause breathing difficulties, nausea, dizziness, confusion and chest and abdominal discomfort, high fever, muscle aches, extreme fatigue, severe headaches and more. In addition, the Flu can also lead to other conditions like pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus and ear infections. If you feel like you might have the flu, you should get medical attention as quickly as possible. Then you rest, and rest, and rest. But now there is something else you can do to aid your recovery.

Think Of It As An IV Chicken Soup

As good as it sounds, and tastes, were not talking about chicken soup. Sure, chicken soup may make you feel better because it has some critical ingredients, like vegetables and water. Plus, it’ just feels like being nurtured. But mostly it works because it’s a soup and it turns out that fluids are essential for your wellbeing. Secondarily, fluids help you recover from almost all physical ailments. Hydrating and flushing the body are important components of ridding your body from bugs, viruses, and the “icky” feeling. Dehydration is a major issue in many common illnesses and contributes to the increase in symptoms. Dehydration can put you at risk of developing more serious conditions. For example, you may feel your skin (and lips) drying out. You may not go to the bathroom after drinking fluids, and you’re eyes may feel unusually dry. But before you rush out and buy your favorite chicken soup, you need to know some things about our IV fluid relief that can help you feeling better in no time at all.

A Step Beyond With IV Fluids & Vitamins

Our IV fluid relief for flu contains several ingredients. It has a potent mix of multi-vitamins, including Vitamin C that will restore energy and help your body fight the infection. Our IV can also help with reducing pain in the body, and boost your vitamin absorption by almost 400 times of an oral multivitamin. If the flu has you throwing up, vitamin and mineral replacement is extremely necessary to feeling well again. Glutathione, another very powerful anti-oxidant that can boost healing and recovery, can be added as well.

It is not just the ingredients in our “IV Chicken Soup” flu relief that make it powerful. Delivering this potent cocktail intravenously means that they are absorbed into the body very quickly, at least as twice as quickly if you were to take them orally. Speed is the essence in most treatments and getting what you need into your body as fast as possible is essential not just for recovery, but for a rapid recovery. This is the beauty and power of IV treatments. Whether we are giving IV fluid for flu relief, IV relief for hangovers, IV relief for food poisoning, IV relief for jetlag, or IV relief for fatigue, the speed of delivery allows your body to rehydrate and heal quickly. When your body is compromised with disease, our IV therapy can get you refreshed very quickly. Most of our patients say they feel a difference while they are getting the IV!

Simply give us a call at (580) 224-9000 and set up your appointment, have a quick consultation with our physician and then sit back and relax while we deliver today’s modern version of chicken soup!

Next Steps

Now that you know about the benefits of IV fluid hydration, you may be feeling eager to try it. Call us to discuss the variety of drips we offer to choose the one that maximizes your energy.

If you have questions about IV hydration or want to speak to a doctor, contact us so we can help.

Hydrated skin really can make you look Pretty!

hydrated skin, Iv therapy for beautiful skin.

Hydrated skin is beautiful skin.

Hydrated skin is a simple beauty necessity! Not only is optimal hydration key to life, but it can also affect physical appearance.

Hydrated skin is the key to beautiful skin tone, texture and color. Too much fluid and you can appear bloated and swollen, too little and your skin can appear cracked and wrinkled. Optimal hydration is the balance of water, nutrients and good diet that gives your skin a healthy glow. Beneath the skin, water is involved in almost every chemical process in the body. Disruption of this delicate balance can result in poor health consequences and psychological imbalance both of which can then further affect outward projection of vitality.

Therefore, the age-old saying is true, that to shine on the outside, you have to be balanced on the inside. When it comes to your skin, you know that proper and adequate hydration makes all the difference:

About Hydrated Skin

• Your skin looks more plump and supple. For one, having enough water content in our epidermis would not cause our skin to become dehydrated.
• Your skin looks less dull and more healthy.
• Your skin becomes less oily. Your acne is less aggravated.
• Your skin is less itchy and irritated.
• Your foundation can adhere better.

Four Benefits of IV Fluid Hydration

Now that you know how it works, you may be wondering if using IVs for fluid hydration is right for you. There are a lot of benefits that come with using IVs for intense hydration. You may have your own reasons for wanting to try the treatment, but there are four main benefits to it that you can’t overlook.

Feel Energized. Do you feel like you’ve lost the pep in your step? Feeling lethargic can make it difficult to get through the day. Luckily, there could be an easy way for you to feel better. When your body is feeling dehydrated, it’s also lacking energy. IV fluid hydration can help give you the energy boost that you need.

Boost Immunity. Do you feel like you have a hard time getting over minor infections? Were you hit hard by the last cold and flu season? IV fluid could be what you need to give your immune system the boost it needs. This kind of hydration treatment can come with a variety of vitamins and minerals. They can nourish your cells, speed up the detoxification process, and help keep your healthy.

Treat Pain. Do you have aches and pains that don’t seem to go away? When you ask about an IV Drip, let’s talk about whether dehydration could be the cause of your pain. Dehydration symptoms can vary depending on the severity, but aches and pains can be a common sign that your body needs fluids.

Recover Fast. Do you like to push yourself when you’re working out? Do you do intense long distance marathons and races? Are you an active athlete? Do you leave it all on the field – or give it all away during the weekend? An IV full of fluids and vitamins can help you recover from an intense race. Be sure to look into IV hydration loading before your next event if you’re going to be doing extreme physical activity soon.

Next Steps

Now that you know about the benefits of IV fluid hydration, you may be feeling eager to try it. Call us to discuss the variety of drips we offer to choose the one that maximizes your energy.

If you have questions about IV hydration or want to speak to a doctor, contact us so we can help.

Need an Energy Surge? Energy Drink vs. Hydration

Energy Drinks Vs IV Hydration

We know the story, you have a fun and relaxing weekend, and then on Monday you find that your energy has been zapped by the constant barrage of phone calls, emails, meetings, crisis opportunities and more. As you sit back in your chair, you contemplate your next move (ie chocolate, a highly caffeinated beverage, junk food, a “healthy” energy drink, a protein shake, etc). Today’s workforce is likely to reach for an energy drink – or maybe even an energy shot. But is that really the best option for a blast of energy?

Let’s look at why energy drinks have become so popular. Energy drinks are marketed toward people who desire a boost in energy. According to an article in the March 2011 issue of “Pediatrics,” 30 to 50 percent of adolescents and young adults reportedly consume energy drinks. Common energy drinks include Red Bull, Monster, Amp, Rockstar and 5-hour Energy. The main ingredients in these drinks are caffeine and sugar. Energy drinks will help you overcome fatigue, but they may be hazardous to your health. The additives can be hard on your heart, digestive system and your nervous system. The problem is that many people load on these, meaning they drink another to alleviate the crash that is certain to happen as the ingredients wear off.

The other problem with energy drinks is that as you become addicted to them, it takes more and more of the ingredients to make a contribution to your energy. You body begins to dismiss the caffeine rush. You drink more… and you overload your body with the additives. Again, not good for your heart, nerves, or digestive systems.

So is there a better way? What can you do to get a boost of energy into your normal daily routine? Consider an IV Drip from IV Health Center in Ardmore. Can it really work to give you the energy you desire in a healthy and safe way or is it just more of the same? Can you really absorb 100% of the medically safe ingredients directly into your bloodstream for an immediate and long lasting energy boost. The short answer is YES!

First of all, our IV Drips are based on hydration. That means giving your body the valuable water – along with the necessary vitamins and minerals – that it needs to work at an optimal capacity. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work properly. For example, your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste, and lubricate your joints. Water is needed for overall good health. When your body is dehydrated even just a little bit, you’ll feel the symptoms: Sleepiness or fatigue, extreme thirst, headache, confusion, dizziness and lightheadedness. Those symptoms lead to stress on the body and ZAP!… there goes your energy.

Our hydration therapies have been crafted to target athletic training and recovery, party prehydration and recovery, chronic fatigue, jet lag, immune system boosts and restoration, and skin enhancement.

Four Benefits of IV Fluid Hydration

Now that you know how it works, you may be wondering if using IVs for fluid hydration is right for you. There are a lot of benefits that come with using IVs for intense hydration. You may have your own reasons for wanting to try the treatment, but there are four main benefits to it that you can’t overlook.

Feel Energized. Do you feel like you’ve lost the pep in your step? Feeling lethargic can make it difficult to get through the day. Luckily, there could be an easy way for you to feel better. When your body is feeling dehydrated, it’s also lacking energy. IV fluid hydration can help give you the energy boost that you need.

Boost Immunity. Do you feel like you have a hard time getting over minor infections? Were you hit hard by the last cold and flu season? IV fluid could be what you need to give your immune system the boost it needs. This kind of hydration treatment can come with a variety of vitamins and minerals. They can nourish your cells, speed up the detoxification process, and help keep your healthy.

Treat Pain. Do you have aches and pains that don’t seem to go away? When you ask about an IV Drip, let’s talk about whether dehydration could be the cause of your pain. Dehydration symptoms can vary depending on the severity, but aches and pains can be a common sign that your body needs fluids.

Recover Fast. Do you like to push yourself when you’re working out? Do you do intense long distance marathons and races? Are you an active athlete? Do you leave it all on the field – or give it all away during the weekend? An IV full of fluids and vitamins can help you recover from an intense race. Be sure to look into IV hydration loading before your next event if you’re going to be doing extreme physical activity soon.

Next Steps

Now that you know about the benefits of IV fluid hydration, you may be feeling eager to try it. Call us to discuss the variety of drips we offer to choose the one that maximizes your energy.

If you have questions about IV hydration or want to speak to a doctor, contact us so we can help.

Can Cannabis Solve The Opioid Crisis?

Probably not—but it might be part of the solution

Cannabis is deeply misunderstood. It has been hailed as a potential hero in the fight against all ailments, including cancer and the opioid epidemic. It has also been called the devil’s lettuce, with claims that its use will lead to laziness, madness and even murder. In part, this polarization in beliefs can be explained by the complexity of cannabis. It is not helpful or accurate to think about cannabis as a single substance, but rather as a mixture of over 500 chemicals with varying combinations of dosages.

 Given that cannabis is essentially a chemical soup that until recently had mostly been prepared in the black marketplace, it has been difficult to draw conclusions from research about its effects. This is particularly true in the area of addiction and mental health, where many factors contribute to the muddy the picture of whether cannabis can be helpful or harmful.

In recent years, it has been suggested that cannabis could be the white knight of the opioid epidemic. Indeed, recent state regulations in the United States (e.g., Illinois, New York) have explicitly approved medical cannabis as a treatment for opioid addiction. Critics of these policy decisions have argued that there is not yet enough evidence to support and promote cannabis as an effective treatment. They are correct. There have been no randomized controlled trials evaluating cannabis specifically for the treatment of opioid addiction.

Further, as recently argued in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), substituting cannabis for evidence-based opioid addiction treatments could be harmful because discontinuing already-established treatments, such as methadone and buprenorphine, could be life-threatening. At this time, from a medical standards perspective, offering cannabis as a treatment for opioid addiction is not consistent with the practice of evidence-based medicine.

On the other hand, emerging evidence suggests that cannabis might actually be helpful in the treatment of opioid addiction. If the goal of treatment is to reduce the harm that a person experiences, then it makes intuitive sense to offer cannabis in the hope that opioid use will decrease. Cannabis is less harmful than illicit opioids to both the individual and society at large. While there is an approximate one in 10 chance that offering cannabis could result in the development of a cannabis addiction, it might well be worth this risk.

But the potential benefit of cannabis extends even beyond a harm reduction strategy. In a recent review in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, preliminary evidence is presented that shows cannabis might be able to help with the treatment of opioid addiction symptoms per se, such as withdrawal and cravings. The reason that cannabis can be helpful in this way is that biologically, the human cannabis and opioid systems interact very closely. This is exciting because it means that there is much promise for the development and use of cannabis-based medicines in the treatment of opioid addiction.

The tentativeness of this topic is also burdened by an elephant in the room: can cannabis help people who experience simultaneous opioid addiction and chronic pain. While less than 8 percent of chronic pain patients become addicted to opioids, people who experience opioid addiction have higher rates of chronic pain compared to the general population. Unfortunately, despite public perception, the effectiveness of cannabis for chronic pain is actually weak and research in this area is riddled with limitations.

This implies that many people who experience both opioid addiction and chronic pain might not be saved by cannabis and instead will need to utilize other established treatments for chronic pain management. While this news is deflating, the complexity of both the cannabis plant and chronic pain conditions themselves leave much room for research to explore, and therefore, the case is by no means closed.

Will cannabis be the cure to the opioid crisis? Likely not. The most obvious reason is that the opioid crisis is a multilayered and multi-causal problem that demands an equally multipronged solution. Opioid addiction develops as the result of many interacting biological, psychological and social factors, and therefore, effective treatment approaches are needed at each level of analysis. This means an approach that incorporates evidence-based psychological and pharmacological treatments, coupled with a system that allows people to easily access these treatments wherever they are in their motivation to change, whether it be at family physician offices, emergency departments, chronic pain centers, safe injection sites or outpatient and residential addiction treatment programs.

Also, despite the hype, it is absurd to believe that cannabis can be a panacea for all aspects of the human condition. In my opinion, it is unhealthy to think otherwise. There is, however, good reason to believe that future research will support a helpful role for cannabis in the treatment of opioid addiction.

But we are not there yet. This kind of research, especially randomized controlled trials, is sorely lacking and urgently needed. This research should be aggressively pursued so that we can say with better certainty whether cannabis belongs in the evidence-based toolkit in the fight against opioid addiction.

If you have questions about medical marijuana, we invite you to attend on of our patient clinics, or discuss your situation in an online appointment. Call (580) 769-7340 to learn more…

Can Medical Marijuana Replace Your Opioids?

With the Oklahoma opioids guidelines changing on November 1, many people are starting to talk about what their alternative options might be. With Oklahoma having declared a war on the opioid crisis, new prescriptions will be harder and harder to obtain. Additionally, prescription refills are more demanding, meaning that both doctors and patients may be reluctant to jump through the hoops. With the legalization of medical marijuana in Oklahoma, many residents are asking the question: Is Medical Marijuana a viable pain relief option?

Research shows that as more states legalize medical and recreational marijuana, doctore;may be replacing opioid prescriptions with suggestions to visit a local marijuana dispensary. Two papers published recently in the JAMA Internal Medicine analyzed more than five years of Medicare Part D and Medicaid prescription data and found that after states legalized weed, the number of opioid prescriptions and the daily dose of opioids went way down.

That indicates that some people may be shifting away from prescription drugs to cannabis, though the studies can’t say whether this substitution is actually happening or if patients or doctors are the driving force.

“In this time when we are so concerned — rightly so — about opiate misuse and abuse and the mortality that’s occurring, we need to be clear-eyed and use evidence to drive our policies,” said W. David Bradford, an economist at the University of Georgia and an author of one of the studies. “If you’re interested in giving people options for pain management that don’t bring the particular risks that opiates do, states should contemplate turning on dispensary-based cannabis policies.”

Previous research has pointed to a similar correlation. A 2014 paper found that states with medical marijuana laws had nearly 25 percent fewer deaths from opioid overdoses.  But the new research is the first to connect marijuana legalization to prescription painkillers with such large data sets.

IV Health Center has become dedicated to looking for opioid alternatives. If you would like to talk with a doctor to find out if medical marijuana is right for you – give us a call at (580) 768-7340.