Try Guy gets a vitamin IV

Two minutes into the Rejuvenation IV, Try Guy looks a little worse for wear. (Jordan Whelan photo)

Two minutes into the Rejuvenation IV, Try Guy looks a little worse for wear. (Jordan Whelan photo)

Jordan Whelan, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 6:15 PM ET

I’m sitting in the offices of Dr. John Dempster, a man whose last name unfortunately runs antithetical to his lecturings on bread and gluten intolerances.

Dempster is a naturopathic doctor and a prominent advocate of integrated medicine. Think preventative nutrition, east meets west or simply think of a world in which your impotence prescription isn’t decided by what is written on your doctor’s cuff links.

He’s been called the “guy with the IV needles,” an unfair characterization which tends to paint him as the go-to anesthesiologist or a guy who might live in an alleyway.

IV vitamin therapy has moved into the forefront because of its Hollywood fans -- though not always the ones listed on the walk of fame but the train wrecks you might trip over on the way there. (One A Day is my usual vitamin brand; for some in Tinsel Town, it could refer to days until they flatline.)

Then, Rihanna popularized the trend in May when she tweeted a shot of herself with what was dubbed “the party girl drip.”

The treatment hovers around $100 and takes about 45 minutes.

With a clientele that includes professional athletes and rock stars, Dempster has seen it all. He’s visited musicians in hotels for emergency treatments and given the highest of execs a customized cocktail before the most important board meetings.

My IV is customized as a treatment for both malabsorption related to my ulcerative colitis and my lifestyle, which he dubs “high performance” --obviously referring to my tendency to take in lots of oil and pass wind with sparks.

The colour is dark yellow, like pee after 12 hours in Vegas. It includes 15 amino acids, 12 different B vitamins, six trace minerals, magnesium, calcium and vitamin C -- the singer, if you’re wondering where she’s been hiding.

As I feel the drip, I ask Dempster about the use of cow’s milk after my last column and venturing forward as a vegan. He explains humans are the only species that seeks out the milk of another animal (often cows) after we are finished being breastfed.

Dempster does however explain the benefits of being breastfed by our mothers as it is the impetus for physical and mental cultivation. Ever so convinced, I ponder calling up my own mom to see if she has any in the reserve tank.

The IV provides a sort of cooling sensation as I sit in lounger in the company of two 30-something women. One reads a book while the other conducts a business call. Within 10 minutes my stress levels drop and a lingering headache dissipates.

The vitamin cocktail gives me an awesome sleep that night and my eyes are so white they look dosed with plutonium.

It may have its critics, but what source of vitamins would you choose? A heavy dose of nutrients with direct absorption or a vitamin water with flavours such as “tranquility” and a rapper as its spokesman.


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