Turbo-charged is the only way to describe how I felt as I leapt (yes, leapt) out of bed within seconds of my eyes snapping open.
None of that “Oh my God, just a few minutes more, pleasssse”, which is my usual reaction to the buzz of my morning alarm.
In fact, I hadn’t needed an alarm at all this time.
My body was the alarm after undergoing intravenous vitamin therapy combined with LED light therapy at health, vitality and positive ageing specialists. The Skin Clinicians, Hawthorne, the afternoon before.
Customised prescription intravenous vitamin therapy is designed to boost energy & immunity, optimise your body’s natural processes and promote healing.
Any doubts I may have had about the benefits of the procedure, which is administered by a registered doctor (Dr Shirley) under strict medical guidelines, were cast aside as fast as my blanket and I saw the look of complete surprise on my husband’s face as I barged my way into the kitchen, egged on by an equally surprised and noisy dog.
For the first time in ages, Matt and I had breakfast together with heaps of chat. But that wasn’t all. Instead of stumbling around going virtually nowhere as I tried to motivate myself to get into the shower and start the often tedious preparations for work, I skipped downstairs and put on a load of washing, picked discarded teenagers clothes off the bathroom and laundry floors, raced back to the kitchen and loaded the dishwasher. Even offered to walk the dog. I was buzzing with new ideas for work while at the same time sorting out family plans the end of year brings.
But back to the day before as I entered The Skin Clinicians elegant rooms where Clinical Specialist and founder Karen Shirley, a registered nurse with masters qualifications and advanced training, talked about the positives of intravenous vitamin therapy.
As she explained, the treatment “is just what the doctor ordered” if someone needs a boost to get them through the week, if their immunity is not great or they are having trouble recuperating after an illness or surgery, and/or they are feeling dehydrated and tired from burning the candle at both ends?
And talking of doctors, Karen has a top one she calls on to administer the intravenous therapy……her husband, cosmetic surgeon Dr Chris Shirley, with over 30 years experience, who visits the health and wellbeing clinic each Wednesday to supervise the vitamin therapy, conduct routine skin checks, excise suspicious lesions and moles as well as skin irregularities for aesthetic purposes. No referral is required for these services.
Chris has been a Medical Practitioner for over 30 years, graduating from the University of Queensland in 1988 with Bachelor degrees in Medicine and Surgery.
Since then he has had extensive experience across all the surgical sub-specialities including cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive surgery.
He is a member of the Skin Cancer College of Australasia (SCCA) – the leading representative and educational body for primary practitioners specialising in the diagnosis and management of skin cancer in Australia and New Zealand, and has completed Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine and Certificate of Dermatoscopy.
“A prescription blend of vitamins is administered after a medical consultation with the doctor who may require some patients to have a blood test prior to the treatment,” said Karen, adding that every patient was unique with different needs and health status.
“We package our infusion with LED light therapy to give you energy and goodness, from the inside and out.”
I was told to allow up to an hour for intravenous therapy and drink a couple of glasses of water about an hour before treatment, wear comfortable clothing allowing for easy access to my forearm and elbow.
The concept of intravenous vitamin therapy has been around for almost a century and was refined by Dr. John Myers from the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, in the US, in the 1950’s.
He treated himself and over 15,000 patients while refining what is now referred to as the “Myers Cocktail” which is used all over the world.
The concept is simple – by administering essential vitamins and minerals via an IV the digestive system is by- passed and almost 100% is available for absorption by your organs and cells .
It is recommended that you can top up every two weeks depending on how you feel. It’s affordable so I am heading back for a reboot before Christmas.
The Skin Clinicians is open Tuesday- Saturday from 9am.
Phone: 07 3899 8808
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