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GPC: FAQ's


HOW IS GPC GIVEN?

After assessment and laboratory testing with a chelation doctor, GPC IV therapy is given by intravenous drip to a maximum frequency of three treatments per week. Every patient will also be prescribed an oral supplement protocol which potentiates the effect of the IV treatments.

Each IV treatment takes about 2 ½ hours and is given with the patient seated in a comfortable recliner chair, in which they can read, work on a laptop, or visit with their neighbour. Depending on the patient’s condition, it is usually recommended that an initial course of 20 to 30 weekly or bi-weekly treatments be taken. After that, monthly booster treatments are recommended to maintain the benefits originally gained by the first series of treatments.

IS GPC SAFE?

Yes, very safe. Of the more than 4000 patients who received GPC by mouth, intra-muscularly or intravenously in clinical trials, not one was reported to experience a life threatening adverse effect. Nor have there been any reports from the use of intravenous GPC over the past 20 years by chelation doctors worldwide. Metabolically, as shown from numerous human and animal studies, GPC functions in harmony with vitamins and other orthomolecular supplements, and is also compatible with most prescription drugs.

ARE THERE POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS?

Adverse effects most commonly reported with the use of GPC includes dizziness, diarrhea, nausea and sometimes a sensation of over-excitation. Often this can be improved by lowering the daily oral or IV dose. No adverse GPC to prescription drug interactions were noted in any of the elderly and middle-aged patients participating in the trials. Also, these individuals continued to take their typical variety of prescription medications or natural supplements while receiving GPC treatments. However, some prescription medicines often needed to be decreased or stopped because of the improvement of the patient’s overall condition.

ARE THERE CONTRAINDICATIONS?

SOY ALLERGY is the only contraindication to the use of GPC. There are no known drug interactions. While on GPC most patients are free to take many medications such as B-Blockers, nitroglycerine, calcium channel blockers, etc.

HOW DO GPC AND PPC THERAPY DIFFER?

The main differences are in their uses. PPC is much more effective in cardiovascular conditions like atherosclerosis and heart disease, while GPC is by far more effective in improving cognitive function (memory) and in helping post-stroke patients.

PPC IV Therapy is also available at the Optimum Wellness Naturopathic Medical Clinic. It was also developed in Europe and is also derived from soybeans.

IS THE GPC IV THERAPY USED ALONE?

GPC therapy can be used as a standalone treatment for stroke recovery, Alzheimer's, vascular dementia or for improving cognitive function and memory. It can also be part of an integrated treatment program along with EDTA chelation treatments.

It should be noted that GPC therapy is NOT Chelation, as it does not remove toxic heavy metals. However, when GPC is used in conjunction with EDTA chelation even greater results can be attained.

Not every IV Chelation clinic offers GPC, but because the Optimum Wellness Naturopathic Medical Clinic remains at the forefront of treating "disease" with integrative IV therapies we are pleased to make GPC available.

GPC and chelation are both enhanced when used with a total nutritional program including professional supplements, and the adaptation of an individualized diet. Other lifestyle modifications that are encouraged are exercise, stress management, minimal use of caffeinated and alcohol beverages and the elimination of tobacco.




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