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We’re Now Offering IV Nutrient Therapy in Tampa, Florida

PROVOKE Health (formally Functional Healthcare Group, and still Dr. Matt Lewis’ healthcare practice)  is now offering medically supervised IV nutrient therapy for its patients and select walk-ins in Tampa / South Central Florida. But what does that mean exactly? Let’s unpack that statement to find out.

Functional medicine is a patient-centered healthcare model that seeks to identify and treat the root cause(s) of chronic illness all the way down to the cellular level. Medically supervised IV nutrient therapy delivers vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients directly through the bloodstream to cells throughout the body to optimize their health and function.

Graphic for Tampa IV Therapy

Delivering nutrients via IV drip allows them to travel directly to the cells so  that nothing is lost in the digestive process. As a result, your body gets more nutrients faster.

By improving and then leveraging your body’s natural ability to fend off illness and repair health, we’re able to successfully treat a variety of health conditions that other doctors’ offices choose to ignore, don’t test for, or don’t know how to treat. IV nutrient therapy, when incorporated into a handcrafted plan of care, plays a key role in restoring health by providing the body the essential micronutrients it requires for optimal function.

When you’re grappling with acute or chronic illness, the efficiency of a nutrient-packed IV may turbocharge the healing process. By directly targeting the affected cells with a concentrated blend that addresses your specific needs, we jumpstart the healing process, enabling your body to respond promptly to treatment. Each IV is carefully formulated to address your health history, symptoms, and desired health and fitness objectives.

Our IV Nutrient Therapies

Currently, we are offering the following IV nutrient therapies: Continue reading…

Diagnosing and Treating Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS)

Mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS) is a complex and often misunderstood disorder of the immune system that occurs when mast cells — a type of white blood cell — trigger an excessive inflammatory response.

MCAS can cause a range of symptoms, including skin rashes, itching, flushing, bloating, constipation or diarrhea, difficulty breathing, fatigue, headaches, joint and muscle pain, and neurological symptoms. It often makes people hypersensitive to foods they never had a problem eating in the past.

Based on their symptoms, patients with MCAS are often diagnosed as having allergies, asthma, myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS), an inflammatory bowel disease (such as Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis), or another medical condition. Meanwhile, their underlying MCAS, which is the root cause of their symptoms, remains undiagnosed and untreated.

Illustration of Mast Cell

If you’re experiencing the symptoms I described or you’ve been diagnosed as having one of the conditions I mentioned, you’ve probably been prescribed medication to alleviate your symptoms. Medication for symptom relief may be effective to some degree for a period of time, but it doesn’t fully address the underlying issue. As a result, you’re likely to continue to suffer.

Through this post, I’m hoping to increase awareness of mast cell activation syndrome, so more patients can get the right diagnosis and effective treatment.

Identifying Your Triggers

When they function properly, your mast cells play an important role in protecting your body against pathogens, such as infectious bacteria and viruses. When these cells perceive a potential threat, they release chemical mediators — including histamine — to launch a rapid immune response intended to destroy and eliminate the pathogen.

However, when these cells become overly sensitive, they release chemical mediators in response to non-threatening triggers. Sometimes, they release too much. Triggers vary among individuals and may include the following: Continue reading…