Preventive medicine/health optimization. The Hoffman Center prides itself on its approach to wellness, emphasizing precise nutritional and metabolic assessment tools, culminating in a program that will maximize your well-being and lifespan potential.
Risk factor assessment. When it comes to averting or reversing conditions like heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, etc., advanced and detailed risk factor assessment can help identify variables subject to control or modification. Corrective action can be instituted promptly and serious disease prevented.
Treatment of specific conditions. A wide array of medical conditions can be addressed with complementary modalities (See Health Conditions and Concerns).
Nutrition counselling. Diet matters in the treatment and prevention of a wide gamut of conditions. The Hoffman Center provides expert diet evaluation and nutritional counseling. Every medical patient meets with nutritionist Leyla Muedin, MS, RD. But you need not be a medical patient to avail yourself of her services. Anyone can call to make an appointment to become Leyla's client.
Oral supplementation. The Hoffman Center sources and stocks a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, herbs and nutraceuticals (See The Store). All are carefully selected to support the wellness of Center patients, who are given supplement prescriptions individualized to their needs.
Intravenous therapy/chelation. Our experience has shown that some patients require more than diet change and oral vitamins. Intravenous nutrition guarantees that critical vitamins and minerals can bypass barriers to absorption and penetrate deeply into cells to promote repair and efficient metabolism. Additionally, intravenous chelation therapy speeds heavy metal detoxification and reduces the bodys free radical burden. Dr. Hoffman is Immediate Past President of the American College for the Advancement of Medicine (ACAM), the worlds largest group of doctors practicing chelation therapy. Intelligent I.V.'s
"Intelligent I.V.'s" was the goal Dr. Hoffman sought to attain when he began discussing the design of new innovative ways to administer targeted nutritional protocols to patients. Many holistic doctors just mix various ingredients together in an IV bag and administer them to the patient. While that practice has served many for years, the goal of the Hoffman Center was to identify what nutrients were targeted for specific conditions, how they combine together, with emphasis on patient comfort and tolerance, as well as purity and quality of ingredients. These IV's are the culmination of careful formulation, sourcing, and research and years of experience in administering IV's to many patients at the Hoffman Center
Why intravenous and not oral?
Intravenous administration of nutrients bypasses digestion, and processing by the liver. Keep in mind that everything we swallow must first be digested and passed through the portal vein to the liver, where nutrients will be disseminated to the rest of the body. That makes it difficult to use effective enough doses to bring forth a quick physiological change. Further, intravenous therapy creates "tissue saturation", the ability to get the nutrients where we want them, directly in the circulation, where they can reach body tissues at a high doses, without loss.
The last few words of the above paragraph are very important to understand. Did you know that almost 90% of the glutamine consumed in the human diet is used by the cells that line the intestinal tract (enterocytes) as a source of energy and only 10% reaches the circulation? Did you know that only roughly 30 to 40% of the magnesium taken orally is absorbed? Now imagine being ill, having a magnesium deficiency, and poor digestion. What do you think the odds are of fixing that problem with oral magnesium supplementation and digestive enzymes alone? The outcome would not be very good to say the least. Mildred Seelig, Ph.D., renowned researcher of magnesium, predicts it would take 6 months to normalize magnesium levels in a woman who is magnesium deficient with oral supplementation. At the Hoffman Center, we carefully measure magnesium and find that many patients with low magnesium who take just oral supplements do not normalize. The bottom line is that intravenous therapy speeds up the process of nutrient repletion, can deliver higher doses of key nutrients than oral administration, and bypasses digestion allowing for tissue saturation.
Intelligent intravenous therapies available at the Hoffman Center
Crohn's and Colitis:
Created with a unique dipeptide form of glutamine to help heal the intestines, along with selective nutrients to enhance gut health, the Crohn's and Colitis IV may also be used to address other gastrointestinal complaints and conditions, including malabsorption, maldigestion, food allergies, IBS, and as part of a program to heal the gut after the treatment for parasites or celiac disease.
Contains carnitine, tyrosine and other energy-inducing nutrients involved in the synthesis of ATP (cellular energy) to "jump start" energy production.
Cancer support :
Using high dose vitamin C as the core ingredient, this intravenous solution contains synergistic compounds to support the immune system .
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This IV contains blood sugar-supporting amino acids such as alanine, along with important vitamins and minerals necessary for improving insulin sensitivity, such as biotin and chromium.
Designed around high dose vitamin C and supportive vitamins, a potent extract of licorice is used to enhance antiviral effects, along with key nutrients to achieve total immunity.
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Rich in lysine, arginine and glutamine, this intravenous preparation contains nutrients to prepare a patient for a surgical procedure and enhance tissue healing.
The focus of this IV is on the catecholamine pathway of neurotransmitter deficiency, with precursors for dopamine, norephinephrine and epinephrine.
This IV preparation contains nutrients and an herbal extract to address elevations in liver enzymes, or disease states such as hepatitis. The Hepatic IV is equally rich in an antiviral compound found in licorice, and lipotrophic factors, plus detoxification enhancers.
Originally designed solely for replacing essential minerals in between chelations, it is now recommended for cardiovascular support, containing heart-healthy nutrients, including carnitine and arginine.
Formulated to support the respiratory tract in lung disease, the Respiratory IV contains nutrients that increase the production of glutathione peroxidase, thin mucous secretions, function to support the immune system, and reduce inflammation.
Focuses on nutrients to support neurological health, such as N-acetylcysteine, vitamins B12 and B6 and Magnesium. The Neurological IV protocol is usually followed up with a separate glutathione administration (an antioxidant that passes the blood brain barrier, but cannot be taken orally because the majority of it is destroyed by stomach acid), or with phsophatidylcholine (a nutrient that supports myelination and brain energy production).
The first intravenous test run of this osmolar IV resulted in a patient being free of joint pain for 7 days ! The innovation is the inclusion of an ingredient that increases synovial circulation.
This rapid IV actually designed to be a "push" (an injected solution as opposed to an IV) contains the multi-trace elements, including selenium required to support eye health. It was pioneered by well-known holistic MD Dr. Jonathan Wright, and has been used internationally to forestall vision deterioration.
Rich in the mineral magnesium, this IV helps ease the transition into menopause by reducing the symptoms associated with this change.
This "quencher" of the allergic response contains natural antihistamines, immune boosters, and mucolytics to reduce the allergic symptoms of the patient. Perfect for seasonal allergies, food allergies, and recent exposures, the allergy quencher can provide dramatic relief.
Rich in carnitine, a proven thermogenesis inducer, the weight loss IV is formulated to increase the ushering of long chain fatty acids into the part of the cell where they are burned as energy and not stored as fat.
Geared to the weekend warrior, or regular athlete, the exercise enhancer IV contains a mixture of nutrients and amino acids that address post muscle exercise soreness, and maximize muscle repair and fitness.
Perfect for the multiple chemical sensitivity patient, this IV contains nutrients that enhance phase 1 and phase 2 detoxification pathways, while helping to stabilize the immune system to reduce a patient's environmental sensitivity.
Phosphatidylcholine (PC) is part of group of compounds called phospholipids. Phospholipids are essential components of cell membranes. PC acts as a supplier of choline, which is required for cell membrane integrity and to facilitate the movement of fats in and out of cells. It is also a component of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is necessary for normal brain functioning. Although the human body can synthesize choline, additional amounts beyond what can be supplied by the diet are essential under certain circumstances. The liver utilizes choline as its primary source of fuel (triglycerides). Major uses for PC include Alzheimer's disease, peripheral neuropathy and other neurological disorders; gallbladder attacks; hepatitis and other liver disorders; high cholesterol; liver disorders; tardive dyskinesia; chronic fatigue syndrome and related disorders, and for detoxification. It is administered separately after one of the above IV preparations.
Alpha lipoid acid:
This potent and versatile antioxidant is also administered separately. It is routinely offered as a "dessert" after one of the above IV therapies. It teams especially well with the Hepatic and Neurological IV's. Alpha lipoic acid renews other antioxidants thus prolonging their effectiveness, increases cellular quantities of glutathione peroxidase (a potent antioxidant that passes the blood brain barrier), increases the effectiveness of insulin and it is beneficial in liver health. It is sometimes referred to as "the Master Antioxidant."
Environmental medicine. At the Hoffman Center, we test for allergies with just one blood test. Our trained practitioners can decide which is right for you. The Hoffman Center uses breakthrough treatment that has been successful in allergist's offices nationwide. Did you know that allergies can be successfully treated without shots? New research shows that sublingual drops are just as effective as shots, which used to require repeated trips to the doctor's office. You can even have your vials shipped directly to your doorstep!
This immunotherapy is based on a customized panel that reflects the allergens predominant in the Tri-state area.
Please call the Hoffman Center to set up your appointment to receive personalized care and attention from our trained allergy specialists.212.779.1744
Special programs. In addition to the wide gamut of conditions addressed at the Hoffman Center, we take pride in the following programs addressing specific needs:
Weight optimization: Precise calculation of your metabolic requirements sets the stage for advanced nutritional and exercise support for attaining weight goals.
Prenatal nutrition: To set the stage for healthy pregnancy, or to overcome infertility, precise nutritional support is provided, along with detoxification. Learn to allergy proof your baby.
Adjunctive Cancer Therapy: Specific nutritional support for patients recovering from cancer or using conventional treatments like radiation and chemotherapy.
Natural Hormone Replacement: Where necessary, men and women alike benefit from balanced, bio-identical hormone replacement utilizing estrogen, progesterone, DHEA, testosterone, thyroid, and adrenal support.
Referral. Whenever appropriate, the Hoffman Center makes use of an extensive network of experts in various fields of medicine. Dr. Hoffman and his medical staff coordinate care with teams of outside experts to assure the best outcomes for our patients.