This message is from our Nutrient IV specialist, Dr. Frances Lee:
Iron deficiency is a common nutrient deficiency that can lead to fatigue, feeling cold and tired, difficulty
exercising, increased strain on the heart, palpitations or tachycardia, hair loss, cold hands and feet,
chronic headaches, brain fog, dizziness when standing, depression, muscle aches, and restless legs.
Digestion is an inefficient process for absorbing nutrients depending on underlying issues, resulting in a
low absorption rate of 50%.
Iron infusion therapy is an effective treatment for iron deficiency, allowing for a bypass of the digestive
process and resulting in a 90-95% absorption rate.
As a practitioner, one of the most common nutrient deficiencies that I treat is low iron. Low iron is
prevalent among menstruating individuals, vegetarians/vegans, marathon runners, people of color,
those with gastrointestinal conditions, and 2% of men.
Symptoms of low iron:
-feeling cold and tired
-palpitations or tachycardia
-cold hands and feet
-dizziness when standing
-pica (craving non-food items such as ice, dirt, or clay)
Iron infusion therapy is an excellent treatment that is typically covered by insurance. The procedure is
quick, painless, and the best part is that patients start to feel better almost immediately. As a
naturopath, my goal is to encourage obtaining nutrients from food and to use the most effective, least
invasive treatments possible. However, in cases where patients have been experiencing symptoms for
years or when low iron becomes anemia, iron infusion therapy may be necessary.
When I see patients having these symptoms, that’s when the gloves come on, literally & figuratively.
It is important to note that while iron infusions are relatively quick and painless, not everyone is a
candidate for this type of therapy. If you resonate with the symptoms described here or suspect you
may have an iron deficiency or anemia, or have been diagnosed previously please talk to your
healthcare provider at ISM. Rest assured that we are here to help you on your journey towards optimal
health and wellbeing.
Dr. Jamie Agisheva