Letter to the editor: Health through IV therapy

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Health through IV therapy

Received June 24

Several points:

I.V. therapy can have associated complications including infections and severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis). I have personally seen the latter in a patient treated with IV vitamin and mineral therapy.

IV vitamin and mineral therapy is not practiced at Mountain View Hospital nor Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. With over 200 physicans on their staffs, peer-review medicine is practiced. I do not think that IV mineral and vitamin therapy has or ever will meet rigorous review standards.

Health insurance companies cooperate with physicans to review best practices and new options whether it be medicines, diagnostic techniques or surgical procedures. They do not reimburse for those procedures do not stand up to peer reviewed standards.

I am a libertarian with reference to the idea a patient has a right to seek and obtain any medical therapy they wish. However, if physican members of our association become aware of specific complications of therapies that are outside the standard of medical care in this community, we will proceed with voicing are concerns to the appropriate regulatory agencies as historically been the case since its founding over one hundred years ago.

(Word count: 186)

PAUL BROOKE, MD

President, Idaho Medical Association

Idaho Falls

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