November 2016


It's that time of year again where Dr. Hughes participates in the Summit for Life, an uphill nighttime race on Aspen Mountain where racers will climb 3,267 vertical feet over 2.5 miles. In addition to being a fun event, Summit for life supports the Chris Klug Foundation in raising awareness about the importance of organ & tissue donation. Please consider sharing this event and cause with your friends and family through email, Facebook, or Twitter so that the Chris Klug Foundation can continue to share its lifesaving message.

Founded in 2003 by liver transplant recipient and Bronze Medalist snowboarder Chris Klug, the Chris Klug Foundation is dedicated to promoting lifesaving donation and improving the quality of life for those touched by donation. One person can save 8 lives through organ donation and improve more than 100 lives through tissue donation. Today there are more than 123,000 people on the national transplant waiting list in need of a lifesaving transplant.

Please consider making a donation today to support education about organ & tissue donation. No amount is too small, and your contribution will be greatly appreciated. Share this cause with your friends and family to help spread awareness.

Thank you for your support! Click here to donate! 

To our patients who are enrolled with
United HealthCare, Aetna, Cigna, and Cofinity :

Effective December 31st, 2016, Aspen Integrative Medicine will discontinue its participating provider relationship with these insurance plans. Until that day and beyond we will continue to care for you. You may count on us to continue your care as we have cared for you in the past. 

Unfortunately, United HealthCare, Aetna, Cigna, and Cofinity is only willing to pay for standard care and is not willing to pay for superior care.  We believe that our clinic stands for superior health care and that it is our professional responsibility to maintain that standard.

We understand that in today's world, having a healthcare plan is required to avoid federal tax penalties. However, we all have a right to the healthcare we want and deserve. If you are interested in alternative healthcare plans that fit your budget and meet your needs, please contact Cynthia O'Donnell at or call her at (704) 230-1049.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. We hope to continue providing superior health care to you and your family. 

Are You Toxic?

Things like GMO's, pesticides, heavy metals in your water, halides, chemical waste, air pollution, home cleaning products, and even your cookware can be contributing to a toxic lifestyle you may be unaware of. Illnesses such as autoimmune diseases, cancer, respiratory disorders, and neurological impairment may be the direct result of exposure to these toxicities. Find out more about the toxicities in our environment.

The "Myers' Cocktail"

The Myers' Cocktail has been found to help the following conditions:

Cardiovasular Disease
Upper Respiratory Tract Infections
Narcotic Withdrawal
Chronic Urticaria
Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis
Athletic Performance
and more!

Various nutrients have been shown to exert pharmacological effects, which are in many cases dependent on the concentration of the nutrient. For example, an antiviral effect of vitamin C has been demonstrated at a concentration of 10- 15 mg/dL,4 a level achievable with IV but not oral therapy. At a concentration of 88 mg/dL in vitro, vitamin C destroyed 72 percent of the histamine present in the medium.7 Lower concentrations were not tested, but it is possible the serum levels of vitamin C attainable by giving several grams in an IV push would produce an antihistamine effect in vivo. Such an effect would have implications for the treatment of various allergic conditions. Magnesium ions promote relaxation of both vascular8 and bronchial9 smooth muscle - effects that might be useful in the acute treatment of vasospastic angina and bronchial asthma, respectively. It is likely these and other nutrients exert additional, as yet unidentified, pharmacological effects when present in high concentrations. 

In addition to having direct pharmacological effects, IV nutrient therapy may be more effective than oral or IM treatment for correcting intracellular nutrient deficits. Some nutrients are present at much higher concentrations in the cells than in the serum. For example, the average magnesium concentration in myocardial cells is 10 times higher than the extracellular concentration. This ratio is maintained in healthy cells by an active-transport system that continually pumps magnesium ions into cells against the concentration gradient. In certain disease states, the capacity of membrane pumps to maintain normal concentration gradients may be compromised. In one study, the mean myocardial magnesium concentration was 65-percent lower in patients with cardiomyopathy than in healthy controls,10 implying a reduction in the intracellular-to-extracellular ratio to less than 4-to-1. As magnesium plays a key role in mitochondrial energy production, intracellular magnesium deficiency may exacerbate heart failure and lead to a vicious cycle of further intracellular magnesium loss and more severe heart failure. 

Call our office today to set up an appointment with Dr. Hughes to see if you can benefit from IV nutrition!

Thanksgiving Special

In November, you can receive a 20% discount on 90 minute body work sessions by David and Adam Nickamin when mentioning this ad!
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