Achieving Optimum Health Naturally

enrG-IV Goes Beyond the Needle with Functional Medicine

by Meredith Montgomery

When her father was diagnosed with cancer 12 years ago, Janet Baker’s perspective shifted. “The doctors wanted to put a feeding tube in and start radiation immediately, but he didn’t want to go the conventional route because it frightened him,” says Baker, who has been a registered nurse since 1995. He was allowed to have a port put in for intravenous (IV) vitamin therapy and ozone therapy at home. Oncologists said that without traditional treatment, he may live six months, but he lived nine without pain or surgery. “Had we changed his diet, I think he would have had a longer life, but that wasn’t his choice,” Baker says.

This experience opened up a new world for Baker, who left her hospital job for research work, eventually landing in a Trussville practice that focused on natural health and the opening of an IV clinic. When her grandchildren relocated to south Alabama, Baker noticed there was not a clinic in the area that provided natural IV therapy. “Other IV clinics used preservatives in their products and that wasn’t a good fit for me. It was also difficult to find functional medicine practitioners,” she says.

Baker filled that hole in the local market in 2017 by opening enrG-IV, a nutritional IV lounge and functional medicine clinic. Clients enjoy the spa-like environment of this Orange Beach business—many saying their stress floats away when they walk through the door. Stylish decor, comfortable recliners, flat screen TVs and WiFi allow individuals to relax and rehydrate in the lounge, with private rooms available as well. Sessions typically last 20 to 60 minutes, and because enrG-IV cocktails do not have any preservatives, they’re easy to tolerate—even for those with allergies who are often turned away by other clinics.

“Most people come to us with fatigue and brain fog, and most people feel better before they leave the office,” Baker says. She also commonly works with clients who have Lyme disease, autoimmune disorders and hypothyroidism, as well as healthy individuals looking to increase immune function or enhance athletic performance. IV works because vitamins, minerals and nutrients administered directly into the bloodstream bypass the digestive system and are absorbed completely. “You only absorb 20 percent of anything you take in orally, but you absorb 100 percent of what you get by IV,” Baker explains.

Janet Baker

Janet Baker

In addition to IV therapy, enrG-IV offers an oxygen bar, bio-identical hormone therapy, B-12 injections, physical vascular therapy and extensive, state-of-the-art testing that reveals nutritional deficiencies. “Our hair tests offer a simple way to test for 700 allergies, which is super easy especially for kids,” Baker says.

Functional medicine seeks out the root cause of symptoms and offers natural treatment methods to eliminate the core problem and stop symptoms completely. The enrG-IV staff spends time with each client to get to know their history and do an extensive physical assessment. “We base our decision on how to help clients on what they tell us is going on and how long it’s been going on,” Baker says.

With a passion for improving metabolism naturally, Baker also offers a weight loss program that is tailored to meet the needs of each individual. No stimulants or diuretics are used, and the focus is on food type, not calorie counting. “If someone has been eating badly their whole life, we focus on education, but most women have been on so many diets that it’s more of a lifestyle adjustment program than a weight loss program,” she says. 

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Whether or not weight loss is a goal, Baker emphasizes that nutrition is paramount to overall wellness for everyone. She often reminds her clients that “if you’re putting inflammatory foods into your body and I’m putting anti-inflammatory vitamins in your IV, we are going to counteract each other, so it’s really important to eat nutritious foods.”

From the health challenges that accompany chronic disease to a headache after a late night out, enrG-IV can help, naturally.

For more information, visit enrgiv.com.

The Prevention and Treatment of Dementia

Dr. Douglas Brown

Dr. Douglas Brown

Dr. D. Douglas Brown, DC, DACNB, owner of the Mind Performance Center, LLC, in Foley, Alabama, improves quality of life by providing non-drug rehabilitation for a range of brain disorders including dementia, traumatic brain injury, autism, stroke and depression (even treatment-resistant depression). He is one of only a few functional neurologists in the U.S. combining the Bredesen protocol with the use of brain pathway activation therapy and deep transcranial magnetic stimulation. Because his multi-faced approach can treat and sometimes reverse Alzheimer’s, we asked Brown for tips on the prevention and treatment of dementia.

What steps can individuals take to prevent dementia?

The number one thing you can do to protect yourself from cognitive decline is to get sugar out of your diet. Don’t switch to diet sodas—all sugars are bad whether they’re artificial or natural. If there is a history of Alzheimer’s in your family, even fruit should be eaten in limited amounts due to its naturally-occurring sugar content.

      Being social is also very important because when we’re interacting with others, it makes our brains think and it makes us feel valued. I want my patients getting out of the house regularly to join clubs, go outdoors, dance, whatever they like as long as they’re with other people.

What other diet recommendations do you have?

Eat like your grandmothers and your great grandmothers ate—avoid artificial ingredients and processed junk food. Choose organic as much as possible and focus on whole foods. Low-mercury fish is the best choice for meat. Refer to [Alzheimer’s researcher] Dale Bredesen’s SMASH acronym, which stands for salmon, mackerel, anchovies, sardines and herring.

What are the first signs of dementia?

When you begin forgetting things and having to make lists for things that are not typically forgotten. Taking a list to the grocery store is normal, having to write down a familiar nephew’s name is not. If doing math in your head is suddenly a struggle and it wasn’t before, that is also a symptom of dementia.

Patients often dismiss signs early on and then they begin using tricks to hide symptoms from family and friends. When names become hard to remember they may start calling you “buddy” or saying, “How’s it going, friend?”

We also work with subjective cognitive impairment cases, where a patient knows there is a decline even when tests don’t detect the change. Attorneys see me for this—neurological tests may indicate that everything is normal but they insist that they aren’t as sharp as they were. We can work with them to improve their brain health.

How do you manage and reverse dementia when symptoms become apparent? 

We use the Bredesen Protocol, which requires a full neurological exam and detailed bloodwork so we see how well the brain is functioning and where the weaknesses are. Whatever we find wrong, we fix it. In addition to an individualized science-based nutrition program, we use deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to wake up the brain. TMS functions like a volume switch; we turn up the volume on the brain so that it works better. We also have special exercises and therapies to improve balance and dexterity. These exercises correlate to specific parts of the brain which stimulates those areas. Plus, we use speed of thinking therapies.

What is your number one piece of advice?

The biochemical cascade of events begins when we are in our 30s and 40s. By the time we are forgetting things, a lot of damage has been done. The most important thing is don’t wait. I can’t overemphasize that the longer you wait the more damage that’s done. Plus there’s no harm in a preventative evaluation—we call them cognoscopies—where we’ll do tests and bloodwork to see how the brain is functioning and let the patient know what areas they need to focus on. Brain disorders such as dementia are correctable, but the sooner you act, the more we can do to help.

For more information, visit MindPerformanceCenter.com.