Nutritional Support for Vegans & Vegetarians

At Body & Health Renewal Vegan & Vegetarian Nutritional Support can be through two ways: IV therapy, as explained below, or through a combination of specifically recommended nutraceuticals.

After an in-depth Health Renewal consultation, your attending Doctor might order blood tests, which will be studied and the correct combination of vitamins and minerals will be prescribed for you to use, with clear instructions and recommendations. For a listing of available Solgar products stocked at Health Renewal please see Solgar Supplements.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1Why should Vegetarians & Vegans take special care of their daily diet?
  • 2What Vitamins and Minerals are most often lacking in a Vegan and vegetarian diet?
  • 3What does the Nutritional Support IV Infusion contain?
  • 4What important criteria does the clinic administering the infusions have to have?
  • 5What latest article from Medscape explains what can happen when clinics offering IV infusions use a non sterile lab to manufacture their INTRAVENOUS / injectable vitamins, minerals and anti oxidants?

A vegetarian and Vegan diet does not include any meat / animal products (and in the case of Vegan diet any derivatives of animal products) and as a result does not always include all the nutrients in optimum quantity. It is essential that a plant based diet still provides all the required nutrients for optimal health, and if not the individual must take the necessary steps to provide the body with these essential vitamins and minerals.

Consuming not only the right nutrients, but in the right quantities and quality is of utmost importance.

  • Vitamin B12: this vitamin is mostly found in beef, lamp, shellfish, the yolk of eggs, milk and some cheeses. Without sufficient amounts of B12 you can feel tired, experience poor memory, lack of concentration and even depression, so this is a vital nutrient to supplement on if your diet does not include enough.
  • Zinc: this mineral is mainly found in beef, lamb and seafood, but also in various grains and seeds. Zinc is necessary for many biochemical reactions and also helps the immune system to function properly.

Our infusions include a combination of:

  • Vitamin B12, which is responsible for red blood cell growth and nervous system maintenance,
  • Zinc which is crucial for metabolism, immunity and healing.
  • Various anti-oxidants to fight free-radical activity within the body.

To learn more about IV infusions, their purpose and ingredients please see About IV Infusions

At Body & Health Renewal our IV Solutions are:

  • Made in a STERILE and registered lab
  • Not contaminated with unwanted "floaters", and
  • Do NOT cause any unwanted side effects
  1. All infusions are done by our registered nurses or doctors
  2. An ACLS certified Doctor is always present in the clinic when infusions are being done
  3. Our infusion doctors all have ACLS certification (acute cardiac life support certification) and are well prepared should any unwanted effects occur.
  4. A doctor or an experienced registered nurse perform the infusions
  5. Our registered nurses all have BLS (Basic Life Support) training.
  6. We have emergency equipment such as AED, emergency drugs etc present in the infusion ward
  7. Strict adherence to sterile protocols are adhered to.

Using non sterile labs for injections and infusions:

"Two pharmacists at the notorious New England Compounding Center have been charged with second-degree murder in the deaths of 25 individuals who received non-sterile steroid pain injections in 2012 and 2013, according to a criminal indictment unsealed today in a federal district court in Boston, Massachusetts.

The pain medicine in question — preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate — harbored fungal meningitis.

The two pharmacists, New England Compounding Center co-owner Barry Cadden and supervisory pharmacist Glenn Chin, along with 12 others named in the 131-count indictment, "knew they were producing their medications in an unsafe manner and in unsanitary conditions, and authorized it to be shipped out anyway, with fatal results," said US Attorney General Eric Holder in a news release.

All told, 751 patients in 20 states were infected with fungal meningitis after receiving methylprednisolone acetate shots produced by the now-defunct compounding pharmacy in Framingham, Massachusetts, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sixty-four of those patients died. In response, the US Food and Drug Administration has conducted more than 175 inspections of compounding facilities during the last 2 years to prevent similar outbreaks.

The 14 defendants in the federal case, who include a total of 8 pharmacists and two pharmacy technicians, are accused of introducing misbranded drugs into interstate commerce and other crimes, in addition to the murder charges facing Cadden and Chin.

The second-degree murder charges are framed as racketeering acts, according to the Department of Justice. Prosecutors generally do not need to prove that someone charged with second-degree murder specifically intended to kill someone, only that he or she acted with extreme indifference to human life, the Department of Justice stated.

The indictment holds Cadden, Chin, and others responsible for, among other things:

  • Using expired and expiring ingredients to compound the steroid injections and falsifying expiration dates on documents;
  • Autoclaving drugs for less than the 20 minutes needed for sterilization;
  • Failing to properly test drugs for sterility;
  • Failing to recall tainted drugs when microbial growth was later detected;
  • Falsifying drug labels to conceal how expired or untested drug solution lots were mixed with other lots, and
  • Failing to properly clean and disinfect the "clean rooms" where the steroid injections were manufactured. Cleaning logs were falsified to state otherwise, said prosecutors.

Cadden and several other defendants also are charged with pretending to dispense drugs on the basis of patient-specific prescriptions — what Massachusetts law requires of a pharmacy — when they actually were functioning as a drug manufacturer, distributing their product in bulk to customers. Fake prescriptions often bore the names of celebrities and fictional characters, such as Chris Rock, Wonder Woman, Bill Clinton, Harry Potter, and Jennifer Lopez.

If convicted on all counts, Cadden and Chin could be sentenced to life in prison, according to the Department of Justice. Stephen Weymouth, an attorney for Chin, said his client will plead not guilty.

"I am shocked almost beyond words that they brought back an indictment against him...that includes second-degree murder," Weymouth told Medscape Medical News. "It's just overreach on the part of the government. We fully intend to defend this case."

Bruce Singal, Cadden's attorney, said in a statement issued to Medscape Medical News that the fungal meningitis outbreak caused by the New England Compounding Center drugs was a "terrible human tragedy." However, "not every accident, and not every tragedy, are caused by criminal conduct."

"The US Attorney's Office should not indict people over the tragic consequences of noncriminal behavior," said Singal. "And it should not wage a public relations campaign to vilify citizens who have been found guilty of nothing.""

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