You may be familiar with IV Infusions done at hospitals and doctors offices, but they are now beginning to make their way to the general population. This fast acting vitamin infused approach to health and recovery offers a way to enrich and hydrate the body within minutes of entering the bloodstream. Something that has been known to dramatically increase the chances of survival .

How Is It Done?

The patient sits down while a health professional inserts a small needle inside of a thin tube known as a catheter. The insertion enters the vein and the needle is then removed leaving the catheter attached and taped to the arm for the IV Infusion to enter into the bloodstream. There may be slight discomfort for the initial insertion of the needle, but after the needle insertion the rest of the infusion is relatively painless. 

Why Is It Done?

  • hangovers
  • dehydration from the flu or “overexertion”
  • food poisoning
  • jet lag
  • getting an “instant healthy glow” for skin and hair

Common IV Options

  • Myers’ Cocktail – The “Cocktail” includes magnesium, calcium, B-vitamins (including B12), and Vitamin C and is given by a slow IV push or slow infusion to achieve concentrations of nutrients that are not obtainable with oral administration. 
  • Glutathione – is an antioxidant in plants, animals, fungi, and some bacteria. Glutathione is capable of preventing damage to important cellular components caused by reactive oxygen species such as free radicals, peroxides, lipid peroxides, and heavy metals.
  • Vitamin C – Typically aids in fighting infections and building up the immune system. These types typically icnlude: Ascorbic Acid, Calcium Gluconate, Magneisum Chloride, B-Complex, Hydroxocobalalamin, Dexapanthenol, Pyridoxine, Sterile Water.

Is It Safe?

The short answer is Yes. IV Infusions are safe. Make sure that your provider understands your medical history, medications, allergies that could cause any potential issues.  If the catheter falls out, the fluid is moving into the blood too quickly or too slow then let the provider know immediately so they can help assist to ensure a more successful experience. These issues sometimes do occur and are not something to get concerned about as it is a simple fix. 

Botox & Dysport … What Are They & What Are The Differences ??

Botox & Dysport ... What Are They & What Are The Differences ??

The popularity of Botox has increased tremendously over the years. When most people speak  about procedures that may enhance someone’s physical appearance, usually the word Botox is brought up. The Mayo Clinic describes why people use Botox and what the most common procedures are. 

Why It’s Done

Botox/Dysport injections block certain chemical signals from nerves, mostly signals that cause muscles to contract. The most common use of these injections is to temporarily relax the facial muscles that cause wrinkles in the forehead and around the eyes. Botox injections are also used to treat conditions that affect how the body functions. Examples include:

  • Cervical Dystonia. In this painful condition, your neck muscles contract involuntarily causing your head to twist or turn into an uncomfortable position.
  • Lazy Eye. The most common cause of lazy eye is an imbalance in the muscles responsible for positioning the eye.
  • Muscle Contractures. Some neurological conditions, such as cerebral palsy, can cause your limbs to pull in toward your center. In some cases, these contracted muscles can be relaxed with Botox injections.
  • Hyperhidrosis. In this condition, excessive sweating occurs even when the temperature isn’t hot and you’re not exerting yourself.
  • Chronic Migraine. If you experience migraines more than 15 days a month, Botox injections may help reduce headache frequency.
  • Bladder Dysfunction. Botox injections can also help reduce urinary incontinence caused by an overactive bladder. 
  • Eye Twitching. Botox injections may help relieve contracture or twitching of muscles around the eye.

Both Dysport and Botox use the same ingredient: Botulinum.

This type A neuromodulator relaxes your muscles by blocking the nerve cells that signal them to contract and, over time, create wrinkles and fine lines. While Dysport and Botox come in different unit sizes and are distilled differently, their desired result is the same.

Botox vs. Dysport

    • Dysport may bring faster results
    • Dysport injections encompass a wider area
    • Botox has been around longer 
    • Doctor’s may have more experience using Botox

What You Can Expect

The Mayo Clinic has provided important steps to take before and after your procedure

Before the Procedure

Most people don’t feel much discomfort during the procedure. But you may want your skin numbed beforehand, especially if your palms or soles are being treated for excessive sweating. Your doctor might use one or more of various methods available to numb the area, such as topical anesthesia, ice and vibration anesthesia, which uses massage to reduce discomfort.

During the Procedure

Botox injections are usually performed in a doctor’s office. Your doctor uses a thin needle to inject tiny amounts of botulinum toxin into your skin or muscles. The number of injections needed depends on many factors, including the extent of the area being treated. Botox injections are usually done in a doctor’s office.

After the Procedure

Do not rub or massage the treated areas for 24 hours. This may help prevent the toxin from spreading to a different area. You can return to your normal activities right after the procedure.

How to be Prepared

Botox/Dysport  may only be used under Doctor’s care. Tell your doctor if you’ve previously had Botox/Dysport injections. Also tell your doctor if you take muscle relaxants, sleeping aids, blood thinners, or allergy medications.

What to Expect

Dysport begins to work as soon as 2-4 days after injection, and has its full effect in about 1 week. In comparison, Botox typically takes up to 2 weeks for full effect.

Can Hormones Help you Age Healthier and Live Happier?

Can Hormones Help you Age Healthier &
Live Happier?

Are you ready to age healthier and live happier?  Bio-Identical hormone replacement therapy may be the answer you have been looking for. Longevity of life is best when paired with quality. It is time for you to take back control, and feel young again! 

“It is not selfish to put myself first, and it is not selfish to take care of myself.”

- Robin Mcgraw on Hormone replacement therapy

Hormones work as our bodies chemical messengers, acting as guides to trigger different senses and send cells to work. They are essential aides in our body’s growth, development and reproduction.  Think of the hormone as a key, floating around until it finds where it fits. Once it finds its fit, it begins to work! They can help with many things, from regulating calcium, to maintaining bone mass. If you are experiencing mood swings, hot flashes, headaches, tiredness and lack of energy, this can help you!  Help take control of your emotional, physical and mental well being. A deficiency can lead to many health issues including:

  • Obesity
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Osteoporosis
  • Dementia/Memory Loss
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Prostate disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Addison’s Disease
  • Low libido
  • Uterine & Breast Cancer
  • Adrenal insufficiency
  • Heart Disease/ Strokes
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Hypogonadism
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Menopause issues
  • Andropausal issues

The hormone replacement pellet can be a great option for women and for men. 

For women, the common symptoms of a deficiency are :

  • Acne
  • Hair Thinning
  • Excessive hair growing on the face and arms
  • Thin or Dry Skin
  • Brown Spots on the face
  • Unstable or low blood sugar

For men, the common symptoms of a deficiency are :

  • Insomnia
  • Weight Gain
  • Osteoporosis 
  • Decreased sexual performance
  • Brain Fog

Our hormone levels naturally begin declining up to 10% yearly as we age, but with the help of hormone replacement therapy, we can turn back the clock. Villa Health Center’s medical care is personalized to you and your body! We understand that what will get you to where you need to be, may be different for the next person.  

Bioidentical vs. Synthetic

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is the practical choice. Synthetic hormones are not identically matched to those made by the body, making them less effective and more likely to create adverse side effects than the bioidentical hormone pellets created by companies like BioTE Medical. This approach to hormone therapy has fewer and less severe side effects than synthetic hormone therapy. 

So How Do I Get Started ??

The process is simple !

  • Step One
    • Meet with a provider to see if you are eligible.
    • Have a blood panel taken so your hormone levels can be tested.
  • Step Two
    • Schedule your insertion!
    • The insertion only takes a few minutes!
    • You will be numbed around the area of insertion, a small insertion will be made followed by pellet insertion and bandage coverage.
  • Step Three
    • The pellet will be dissolved and contents will be absorbed. 

 The pellet will induce hormones into your bloodstream 24 hours a day. What’s even better, is this pellet will only need to be inserted 2-5 times a year, unlike hormone shots which are needed 52-156 times per year, and hormone  creams that rack up to over 730 applications. These are natural, bioidentical hormones, which means your body recognizes them, they are not a synthetic, man made chemical entering your body as a foreign object. This ensures better and safer metabolism of the hormones. 


Each experience is different for every patient, but the benefits of hormone replacement therapy are huge. Patients began to feel increased energy, better moods, memory, restored libido and an overall sense of feeling younger, healthier and happier. 

“Aging is an extraordinary process, where you become the person you should have always been.”

- David Bowie

Best Practices & Techniques to Slow Down Aging

Preventive Care & Best Practices to Slow Aging


Is it possible that the Fountain of Youth has been inside of you all along? Our health and life longevity have been linked to a full circle of lifestyle choices, medicinal practices, and mindful dieting. From the teachings of ancient healers to modern day doctors we are now realizing that there is a common message that spreads throughout history when it comes to aging and health. This message is that of preventive care.

As the knowledge of doctors and medical practitioners evolves with technology the  application of functional medicine, which focuses on finding the root of a symptom and understanding how to respond according to the natural causes and effects throughout the body. Becoming aware of our own body and its self regulating process through homeostasis helps the patient realize that they have the power to their own health and longevity. 

The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.

Simple Practices YOU Can Do to Prevent the Effects of Aging Include

  • Keep Good Posture.  As muscles become weaker over time the body will arch forward and cause blood circulation to slow down. Posture also is associated with aging , so keeping a good posture will also make you appear younger .
  • Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. Findings from a few studies suggest that eating plenty of organic fresh fruits, nuts, and vegetables may help prevent damage that leads to premature skin aging. Findings from research studies also suggest that a diet containing lots of sugar or other refined carbohydrates can accelerate aging.
  • Use Oils. Oil-based products can keep your skin hydrated and reduce your risk of damage.
  • Lightly exercise most days of the week. Findings from a few studies suggest that moderate exercise can improve circulation and boost the immune system. This, in turn, may give the skin a more-youthful appearance.
  • Avoid Abrasive Skin Care and Shower Products. While you do want to keep your face clean, scrubbing it may exacerbate existing dermatological issues, including wrinkles.
  • Meditation. Allow yourself  a window of time to focus on the breath and a chance to listen to what is inside
Holding good posture while focusing on the breath and building awareness about the details of the body

Practices Your Doctor Can Do to Prevent the Effects of Aging Include :

  • Vascular Evaluations. to find out if the arteries of your legs or arms are blocked or narrowed. When there is blockage or narrowing of the leg or arm arteries you may have pain, coldness, numbness or nonhealing ulcers in the affected limb.
  • Neurocognitive Testing.  a way to measure brain function non invasively
  • Complete Blood and Hormone Lab Checkups. 
  • Nutritional Analysis. process of determining the nutritional content of foods and food products.
  • Genetic/Telomere Analysis. Discover what your DNA says about how you’re aging
  • Biomechanical Evaluation. insight into muscle, joint, or movement dysfunction that can have a negative effect on the body. 
  • Stem Cell Therapy. This allows damaged areas to quickly regenerate new cells and repair the damaged tissue without the patient having to resort to invasive intervention.
  • Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. Using the same molecular structure as those hormones that are naturally produced in the body to quickly metabolize, stabilize and balance the endocrine system.

The Functional Medicine Approach

As seen on their website, the Institute for Functional Medicine states the following.

“Functional Medicine is a systems biology–based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease. Each symptom or differential diagnosis may be one of many contributing to an individual’s illness.

A diagnosis can be the result of more than one cause. For example, depression can be caused by many different factors, including inflammation. Likewise, a cause such as inflammation may lead to a number of different diagnoses, including depression. The precise manifestation of each cause depends on the individual’s genes, environment, and lifestyle, and only treatments that address the right cause will have lasting benefit beyond symptom suppression”

To slow the aging process and increase the longevity of our lifespan is the highest level of preventive medicine.

Empowering The Patient

The body is constantly responding to everything we come into contact with. For example, When you are hot your body will produce sweat to cool itself down. This type of self regulating behavior in the body is called Homeostasis. Whether you realize it or not  your body is a full time medical practitioner. The more an individual becomes aware of their own body and how it responds, the easier it is for that individual to know if something does or does not feel right to them. Homeostasis sometimes can be the first signs of a symptom and the best preventive care practice a person can become aware of. 

As doctors also help to create more awareness around functional medicine, homeostasis in the body, and new technological advances they will be able to offer specific knowledge and applications that will successfully help prevent health issues and aging for their patients.

Stem Cell Therapy – Science & Medicine to Relieve & Rejuvinate the Body

What is Stem Cell Therapy?

Over the past decade research and medical professionals have been looking deeply into stem cell therapy and its benefits.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Stem cells are cells with the potential to develop into many different types of cells in the body. They serve as a repair system for the body. There are two main types of stem cells: embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells.

Stem cells are different from other cells in the body in three ways:

  • They can divide and renew themselves over a long time
  • They are unspecialized, so they cannot do specific functions in the body
  • They have the potential to become specialized cells, such as muscle cells, blood cells, and brain cells

” Stem Cell Research is the key to developing cures for degenerative conditions like Parkinson’s and motor neuron disease from which I and many others suffer. The fact that the cells may come from embryos is not an objection, because the embryos are going to die anyway.  “

Stephen Hawking

What is Stem Cell Therapy (Regenerative Medicine) and How Does it Work?

“Stem cell therapy, also known as regenerative medicine, promotes the repair response of diseased, dysfunctional or injured tissue using stem cells or their derivatives.” – The Mayo Clinic

Facilities such as Villa Health Center utilizes stem cell therapy to assist the body to initiate the regenerative process to produce new “platelet rich”, plasma cells. Because these cells are produced by the body there is no issue of rejection. This allows damaged areas to quickly regenerate new cells and repair the damaged tissue without the patient having to resort to invasive intervention.

Some of the current areas being treated are hip, knee, shoulder, ankle, and other joints, plus soft tissue issues such as tendonitis, muscle sprains/tears and ligament injuries.  Common conditions of “tennis elbow”, “Rotator cuff” tear, knee “menisci” issues are being repaired. 

Have you heard about PRP Therapy?

Platelet Rich Plasma therapy is a treatment that repairs skin and cell growth.  PRP is a simple, non-surgical treatment that uses progressive technology with the body’s natural aptitude to heal itself.  It encompasses extraction and centrifugation of the blood that allows platelet-rich plasma to separate.  Platelets contain hormones that promote growth and healing.  The plasma is then injected under the skin to begin the cell growth and repair. 

Cosmetic PRP stem cell technology promotes healthier, younger looking skin for clients to look and feel revitalized.

What Insights do we Hope to Gain from Stem Cell Research ?

While government and corporate research is being done worldwide, the general public has increasingly become open to the idea and knowledgable of such research. The studies are extremely informative and educational for researchers, medical professionals, policy makers, and the public as a whole.

The Mayo Clinic shares what insights may be gained through stem cell research:

  • Increase understanding of how diseases occur. By watching stem cells mature into cells in bones, heart muscle, nerves, and other organs and tissue, researchers and doctors may better understand how diseases and conditions develop.
  • Generate healthy cells to replace diseased cells (regenerative medicine). Stem cells can be guided into becoming specific cells that can be used to regenerate and repair diseased or damaged tissues in people.

    People who might benefit from stem cell therapies include those with spinal cord injuries, type 1 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, stroke, burns, cancer and osteoarthritis.

    Stem cells may have the potential to be grown to become new tissue for use in transplant and regenerative medicine. Researchers continue to advance the knowledge on stem cells and their applications in transplant and regenerative medicine.

  • Test new drugs for safety and effectiveness. Before using investigational drugs in people, researchers can use some types of stem cells to test the drugs for safety and quality. This type of testing will most likely first have a direct impact on drug development first for cardiac toxicity testing.

Where Do We Go From Here ?

On February 18, 2019, The Asahi Shimbun reported, “Ministry [ of Health, Labor and Welfare in Japan ] OKs 1st iPS [ induced pluripotent stem ] cell therapy for spinal cord injuries.” This announcement disseminated at a press conference has been viewed as an exciting clinical trial on the use of stem cells to treat spinal cord injury. 

The world seems to be eager in finding new solutions towards regenerate care. As more studies are performed and education is opened up to the public about stem cell research it is almost certain that we will be seeing an evolution in the medical field that will transcend the our current outlook on disease and the neurological functions of the body.