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Inside The Drip Room: Scottsdale's First Foray into the Multi-Layered World of IV Vitamins

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Kelly says a common complaint among clients is a feeling of fatigue, sluggishness, and a lack of focus. The Drip Room is more concerned with what both Cameron and Kelly refer to as "the walking well" among their patrons, transcending the bare minimum of medicine ("I'm sick" vs. "I'm not") to a constant feeling of "I'm great!"

There's not a pill for everything, Kelly says, and there's a paradigm shift in the way people are approaching their health.

"Traditional medicine tends to have a 'this is the way we've always done it' mindset," she says. But that doesn't mean there's a lot of pushback from the medical community when it comes to the intravenous therapies, and any concern can be attributed to a lack of awareness, she says.

She's constantly surprised when she hears IV vitamins referred to as a "trend."

"I call it the oldest new fad," she says.

The Cocktail

The first intravenous vitamin treatment of record was created by John Myers, an MD from Baltimore, Maryland, and used throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s. The combination therapy, aptly named "The Myers Cocktail," includes varying quantities of magnesium, calcium, and vitamins B and C. The initial trials of these vitamins were administered through a slow IV push, similar to what Cameron and Kelly use in their clinic, using a 10 milliliter syringe.

Traditionally, the ratio is two to five parts magnesium chloride hexahydrate, one to three parts calcium gluconate and four to 20 parts vitamin C, with other nutrients added on a case-by-case basis at the doctor's discretion. Though few trial reports have been published, there is ample anecdotal evidence stating the intravenous vitamins are effective against acute infections, migraines, fatigue, and respiratory ailments among others.

Myers died in 1984, but this practice has continued to be used across the medical community: a reported 1,000 doctors in the United States, including both traditional Western medicine and naturopathic physicians, treat patients with some form of the therapy.

Cameron and Kelly prefer the intravenous method because it allows a higher dosage of vitamins to be injected directly into the blood stream, bypassing other bodily channels, like the digestive tract, that may strip down or use up nutrients or take longer to achieve the desired effect. They produce a higher antioxidant and higher antiviral content.

The two still advocate for routine oral supplements to up one's vitamin intake, such as day-to-day multivitamins and larger doses of vitamin C.

"You can tweak them depending on what your body needs," says Zelisko, the Paradise Valley resident in for a treatment. "[And] I always feel better than when I came in."

That seemed to be the general consensus during an earlier conversation between her and Knudson, the client from Scottsdale.

Knudson has been receiving these types of treatments for a year since first being introduced to naturopathic hydrotherapies. Now he religiously comes in for a hydrated immunity drip, adding a glutathione boost every other time and supplementing with a traditional Myers' drip, a mixture of vitamins B and C, every seven to 10 sessions.

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Janessa is a native Phoenician. She joined New Times as a contributor in 2013. You can connect with her on social media at @janessahilliard, and she promises you'll find no pictures of cats on her Instagram — but plenty of cocktails.
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