Coming Soon to Sparrow: IV Vitamin Therapy // Rebecca Rogers by Will Siskey


Coming Soon to Sparrow:


IV Vitamin Therapy

by Rebecca Rogers

Be sure to read until the end.

What is IV Vitamin Therapy?

IV Vitamin Therapy is a tool used by physicians to replenish a patient’s micronutrient and nutritional status. IV Vitamin Therapy is a great way to improve many health conditions and achieve optimal health and wellness. IV Vitamin Therapy is a very effective and efficient treatment of replenishing vitamins and minerals because it bypasses the digestive system, allowing for 100 percent absorption. 

When we consume food or medications, such as multivitamins, it is estimated that only up to 50 percent is absorbed. The process of assimilating the vitamins and minerals from our food is long and complex; many steps that can be interrupted. By being able to administer the vitamins and minerals directly to the blood, we are ensuring 100 percent absorption. IV Therapy may be used to benefit many different types of patients much more efficiently than taking food or medication orally.

What is a Myer’s cocktail?

A Myer’s cocktail is a Nutritional IV Therapy, named so after Dr. John Myer. 

IV nutrient therapy or IV vitamins is used interchangeably with the name Myer’s cocktail and consists of various vitamins and minerals in combination to treat specific diseases. Common nutrients found in IV Vitamin Therapy are:        

  • Magnesium-Increases energy while reducing anxiety
  • Vitamin B12-Keeps nerves and red blood cells healthy
  • Vitamin C-Boosts the immune system
  • Niacinamide-Helps reduce chances of heart disease and signs of aging
  • Dexpanthenol-Reduces effects of asthma, anxiety, and allergies
  • Calcium-Maintains blood sugar levels, bone density, and muscle function
  • Vitamin B6-Boosts mood and maintains sleep cycle
  • Thiamine-Supports nervous system and cardiovascular system
  • Riboflavin-Increases energy production

The Myer’s cocktail can be personalized to any patient for their specific needs; for example, a “migraine cocktail” can be formulated for a patient suffering from chronic migraines and various other add-ons that are patient specific.

What are the benefits of IV vitamins?

The benefits of IV Vitamin Therapy are many! By not utilizing the digestive system, which can have many interruptions or problems, and achieving 100 percent absorption of the vitamins and minerals that are being administered, IV Vitamin Therapy may correct micronutrient deficiencies, improving the overall nutritional status of an individual, allowing for the relief of many symptoms. 

Some benefits include: 

  • Increased energy
  • Reduced symptoms of stress
  • Improved hydration
  • Regulated the immune system, improving the symptoms of chronic illnesses and treating autoimmune
  • Improved the quality of skin
  • Reduction in headaches
  • Improved symptoms of depression
  • Improved symptoms of asthma
  • Shortened recovery time for athletes, optimal performance, improved endurance
  • Relieves allergies, colds, and flu

Is IV Vitamin Therapy safe?

IV Vitamin Therapy is safe when administered under the care of a physician. 

Some individuals get a feeling of warmth from nutrient pushes, most likely due to the magnesium and/or calcium, however, this is rarely found to be intolerable. It is also important that the patient has eaten something before being administered a vitamin IV because the B vitamins can cause nausea if given on an empty stomach. 

Rapid administration of magnesium can also lead to hypotension (low blood pressure). In this case, the IV is stopped until symptoms resolve and then can be administered more slowly. 

Who can benefit from IV Vitamin Therapy?

Everybody can benefit from IV Vitamin Therapy! Most people are under chronic stress, not getting enough sleep or adequate nutrition, feeling run-down, tired, and in pain. IV therapy is a great way to address any deficiencies in vitamins or minerals and reach optimal nutrients levels and hydration status.

In acute cases, IV Vitamin Therapy is a great tool to treat migraines, headaches, colds, flu, seasonal allergies, morning sickness during pregnancy, fatigue, and hangovers. 
In chronic cases, IV Vitamin Therapy can be used to treat many chronic diseases, such as:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Lupus
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Asthma
  • Depression
  • Drug addiction
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Adrenal insufficiency or adrenal fatigue 

Regardless of how clean you eat, today food doesn’t have the same nutrient density that it once did, so IV Vitamin Therapy can be a wonderful place to start to receive the missing nutrients. Furthermore, for our food's nutrients to reach the blood, it must be digested and absorbed efficiently, meaning gut health must also be optimal. Given the standard American diet, most have compromised gut health which could be aided by IV Vitamin Therapy including glutathione. 

How much does IV Vitamin Therapy cost?

The cost of IV Vitamin Therapy varies based on the individual needs of the patient. At Sparrow, the average cost can range from $175-$225; higher reaching in some cases of cancer-specific treatments with very high doses of vitamin C.

To schedule your consultation and appointment, email us at or call 205-319-0056.

For your reward, please mention this code “Blog50” to receive $50 off your IV therapy session

References: Intravenous Nutrient therapy: the “Myers’ Cocktail” by Alan R. Gaby, MD
Intravenous micronutrient Therapy (Myers’ cocktail) for fibromyalgia: a placebo-controlled pilot study by Ather Ali, ND MPH
Short and long-term treatment of asthma with intravenous nutrients by Welman A Shrader Jr
Vitamin C: Intravenous Use by Complementary & Alternative Medicine Practitioners and Adverse Effects by Sebastian J. Padayatty
Vitamin C in Cancer Treatment

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The Circadian Rhythm and How to Reset It // Will Siskey by Rebecca Rogers


The Circadian Rhythm and How to Reset It

by Will Siskey

What is Circadian Rhythm?

If you’ve ever noticed that you tend to feel energized and drowsy around the same times every day, you have your circadian rhythm to thank. What is it, exactly? Your circadian rhythm is a 24-hour internal clock that is running in the background of your brain and cycles between sleepiness and alertness at regular intervals.

For most adults, the biggest dip in energy happens in the middle of the night (somewhere between 2:00 am and 4:00 am, when they're usually fast asleep) and just after lunchtime (around 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, when they tend to crave a post-lunch nap). Those times can be different if you’re naturally a night owl or a morning person. You also won’t feel the dips and rises of your circadian rhythm as strongly if you’re all caught up on sleep. It’s when you’re sleep-deprived that you’ll notice bigger swings of sleepiness and alertness.  

A part of your hypothalamus (a portion of your brain) controls your circadian rhythm. That said, outside factors like lightness and darkness can also impact it. When it’s dark at night, your eyes send a signal to the hypothalamus that it’s time to feel tired. Your brain, in turn, sends a signal to your body to release melatonin, which makes your body tired. That’s why your circadian rhythm tends to coincide with the cycle of daytime and nighttime.

Your circadian rhythm works best when you have regular sleep habits, like going to bed at night and waking up in the morning around the same times from day to day (including weekends). When things get in the way, like jet lag, daylight savings time, or a compelling sporting event on TV that keeps you up into the wee hours of the morning, you can disrupt your circadian rhythm, which makes you feel out of sorts and can make it harder to pay attention.  

Interestingly, your circadian rhythm will likely change as you get older. And you may not have the same sleep/wake cycle as your partner, child or parents. But the more you pay attention to your body and notice feelings of alertness and drowsiness, and the more time you spend developing good sleep hygiene habits, the better your slumber will be and the better you'll feel. 

How can I reset it?

  1. Adjust your bedtime. Try slowly scaling back your bedtime until you are at the desired hour.
  2. Do not nap. Even if you feel tired, napping can interfere with going to sleep at night.
  3. Do not sleep in. Getting up at the same time every day is important in maintaining a functioning sleep schedule.
  4. Be strict about your sleep schedule. Once you have reached a workable bedtime, don’t allow yourself to stray from it. Even one late night can ruin the progress you’ve made.
  5. Avoid night light. According to research from Rush University Medical Centre in Chicago, exposure to evening light shifts your body clock to a later schedule. When possible, avoid bright and outdoor light close to bedtime and keep your surroundings dim at night.
  6. Avoid eating or exercising too close to bedtime. Also watch out for caffeine and nicotine, both of which are stimulants.
  7. Normalize meal times. Once your sleep is back on track, stick to regular breakfast and dinner times to help support consistent circadian rhythms. Eat dinner at least a few hours before bed, and a filling breakfast shortly after waking.
  8. Set the mood. Finally, create a relaxing bedtime routine with a warm bath and relaxing music, for instance. Make sure your bed is comfortable, the room is dark, and the temperature is not too warm.



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Announcement: Sparrow's New Affiliate - Dr. David Todd by Rebecca Rogers

Sparrow Health & Performance is pleased to announce the affiliation of Dr. David C. Todd and 4Health in Birmingham, Alabama.

Dr. Todd, a native of Fairhope, AL, has practiced in Birmingham since 1998 after completing a fellowship in Sports Performance and Chiropractic with Sportec International.

Dr. Todd studied trombone before turning to sports science and nutrition at the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of South Alabama.

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He graduated from Life University in Marietta, GA in 1997 with a Doctorate in Chiropractic and a postgraduate certification in Acupuncture and Meridian Therapy from Parker College of Chiropractic. 

Dr. Todd also holds certification in Advanced Clinical Nutrition with Standard Process, Advanced Erchonia Low-Level Laser Certification, as well as a recent board eligible certification in Sports Chiropractic from Southern California University of Health Sciences. He also holds a 5th-degree black belt in Shorinji Kempo (Shaolin Kung Fu). Dr. Todd lives in Birmingham with his wife and four children where he is involved in cycling, martial arts, and scouting.

Sparrow Health & Performance’s purpose is to restore hope through whole body treatment. We want to encourage people to be victorious in fulfilling their calling and purpose. 

Our approach is innovative; blending neuroscience, psychology, biology, and personal growth disciplines to create a step-by-step process or “blueprint” for improving overall health. Sparrow offers a customized "blueprint" for the needs of each individual.

Sparrow is excited to be accepting appointments at 2000 Southlake Park, Suite 150, Hoover, AL 35244.

Together Sparrow and Dr. Todd have the approach to be proactive, not reactive, and we are honored to have the privilege to join you on your journey to health! 

Please call 205-319-0056 to set up an appointment with Sparrow and 205-444-9484 with Dr. Todd.

Tame Your Tongue // McClain McKinney by McClain McKinney


Tame Your Tongue

by McClain McKinney

“Kind words are like honey–sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.”
Proverbs 16:24

“Your presentation is not to contain bullet points. You are not to tell us how to attack our influence problems.” Influencer Robert Cialdini was taken aback. Removing these elements from his keynote would diminish the quality of his presentation, but these were the sole demands. Baffled, Cialdini retorted “Uh, what?”.

Violent language can lead to more aggressive acts. In a recent experiment, two test groups were given a deck of index cards, which would contain a single word on each card. The group would have to arrange the cards to create a complete thought. One deck of cards contained more violent words, while the other deck contained more peaceful words. After the participants finished this portion of the test, they were lead to a subsequent section of the experiment where they were asked to deliver 20 electric shocks to a fellow subject and determine how painful the electric shocks should be. Those who had the more aggressive deck, delivered an electric shock 48% more intense than the peaceful deck group. 

This is a staggering gap considering that solely by altering our word choice, a group would become more aggressive. 

Consider The Hippocratic Oath, the oath which most all medical schools preach: ‘Primum non nocere.’ This translates directly to “first, do no harm.” 

Healthcare organizations should be so devoted to acts of healing, that not even their language can reflect violence.  A leader from one organization stated, “As a healthcare organization, we’re devoted to acts of healing, so we never use language associated with violence. We don’t have bullet points; we have information points. We don’t attack a problem, we approach it.” This organization was so set apart from many health organizations it led them to become the first healthcare organization in history to be awarded the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award by President George W. Bush.

If we are allowing unholy words to pass through our mouths, research shows that the damage can be monumental. Imagine if we were to eliminate negative, aggressive, or destructive from our colloquial speech. I want to see a world where people don’t even need health companies. A world where we take captive our thoughts, and we encourage one another to be victorious in fulfilling their calling and purpose. 

The statements in this document have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. None of the products or services contained herein are intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Milk, It Doesn’t Do a Body Good // Rebecca Rogers by Rebecca Rogers


Milk, It Doesn't Do a Body Good

by Rebecca Rogers

If you are like me, you’ve always been told to drink your milk “because it’s good for you.” Thankfully, my mother didn’t like milk so she was not a stickler for making us drink milk. I’ve never had a full glass of commercial milk. Gasp, what? That’s right, I never drank it because the few sips I would have would always send me directly to the bathroom. I would have skim milk in my cereal of the morning but it was like an instant laxative. I was always thirsty at school but couldn’t quench my thirst because the only offering, other than a water fountain when given permission to go, was milk. Knowing the consequences, I knew better than to attempt to drink it. The school rules were that you couldn’t have a glass of water unless you were allergic to milk so I was thirsty all the way up to junior high. That’s when I became proficient enough to write like my mother (without her permission) and state that I was allergic to milk and needed a glass of water at lunchtime. Thirst was finally quenched!

This was before “lactose intolerant” was a diagnosis. My body naturally kept telling me I didn’t need it. Such is the case with a (now comical) story of having a few bites of ice cream at the most magical place on earth with my family.  We were the typical family wandering the Magic Kingdom on a super-hot summer day in Orlando. My dad decided it would be a nice treat for us to rest, cool off, and have an ice cream cone. A few bites in and the magic ended quickly while desperation set in. We didn’t have a map, my two-year-old sister was on dad’s shoulders, and I was hanging onto both my parents while stomach cramps kept me struggling to walk.  The bullets of sweat were now painful as I was praying for the magical bathroom and for those annoying, squawking parrots to just shut up! I was desperate, my parents were desperate, my sister couldn’t care less so the three of us were praying that I could hold it together until a bathroom was found. It seemed like an eternity but a bathroom was finally located. While those parrots squawked and pirates “aarghed” right outside the bathroom, I stayed in there for at least an hour thinking I was going to die and planning their demise. Next stop, the first aid station. I became very familiar with the location of bathrooms and the nice lady at the first aid station for the remainder of the day. It was until years later, that I ever made the connection between the ice cream and the pain. 

Years later, I was at a very reputable place that sold fresh raw but tested, milk and was offered a taste. Again, it was a hot summer day and thoughts of the Magic Kingdom came racing back to my intestines. I, reluctantly, took a sip and ended up drinking a full glass. It was amazing, no intestinal distress at all. I started questioning if commercialized milk was good for you or if the dairy industry had just done a heck of a sales job in getting the American public to buy into the marketing campaign featuring all those famous people of “Milk, it does a body good.” With years of life and business experience now under my belt, I believed it was the latter.

Based on my research I came to learn that the very enzyme we need to be able to digest commercial milk is removed when it is pasteurized and that skim milk isn’t a healthier alternative that it’s simply a by-product that allowed the commercial milk industry to, smartly, make a larger profit by marketing something they already had. I also must question when milk before commercialized processing has plenty of vitamins, why is it necessary to have added vitamins to milk once it is processed? It just didn’t add up.  Below you will find links to articles and studies that may suggest why milk doesn’t really do a body good but it sure does keep the dairy industry in the black. 

Just like we should in everything, educate yourself, keep an open mind, make the decision that you think is best, keep researching, be a life-long learner but most importantly, listen to your body because it will give you some amazing insight if you will only take the time to notice and not just keep numbing the communication and signals with things your body doesn’t really need.


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What is Appropriate Strength & Balance? // Dr. David Todd by Rebecca Rogers


What is Appropriate Strength & Balance?

by Dr. David Todd

Appropriate strength and balance for a human being are defined by our ability to adapt to stress from multiple sources while maintaining vertical balance and overall homeostasis.  The human body has many natural innate functions which help us maintain the strength and balance necessary for our safety, good health and success in athletics, academics, career, etc.  Reflexes, such as the knee-jerk reflex, are an example of one of these body functions which we rely on every day.  The muscles involved in reflexes must contract in the correct order to keep us safe from danger as well as to keep us from simply falling down. In a reflex, involved muscles are controlled by the autonomic nervous system (ANS), so we don't have to think about it. You don't have to be a scientist to realize body systems such as these are vital to not only our health and general well-being but are also vital to our survival. Our body naturally scouts for stress in our environment, processes stresses in the brain and then asks the body to make reasonable changes to keep us alive and safe. When the body systems are not in good working order due to injury, illness, or other factors, our ability to thrive is diminished. We may continue to push through in survival mode, but what cost does this have on your overall health and productivity?

Ask yourself if you want to settle for just surviving (reacting) or would you rather thrive and take charge of your stress by being proactive. 

The statements in this document have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. None of the products or services contained herein are intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Visit Dr. Todd at our Birmingham location

Schedule here or call: 205-444-9484

Why You Should Wait an Hour For Your Morning Coffee // Will Siskey by Will Siskey


Why You Should Wait an Hour For Your Morning Coffee

by Will Siskey

If the first thought you have in the morning is, "I need coffee asap." then you are not alone. However, one should resist the urge to brew right away. Here is why:

Your body produces high levels of cortisol early in the morning. Consuming caffeine during peak cortisol levels creates a few problems:

  1. Caffeine disrupts the cortisol production
  2. Cortisol production is decreased and caffeine dependence is increased
  3. Disrupts your circadian rhythm

Why is cortisol important?

It is a hormone that is released in response to stress and low blood glucose. It is designed to "naturally caffeinate" our bodies per se. Cortisol is strongly related to your level of alertness and peaks a few times throughout the day.

The caffeine does not enhance our natural, cortisol boost we receive in the morning, it replaces it. This makes the coffee quite ineffective first thing in the morning. 

What is a circadian rhythm?

It is one of the most important biological rhythms. It is an endogenous 24-hour clock that affects one's physiology and behaviors. The circadian rhythm can also alter properties of drugs and drug tolerance.

So when is the best time to consume coffee?

A rule of thumb is at least an hour after waking. 

The optimal timing of your coffee intake to experience maximum enjoyment with minimal negative effects are found in the infographic below: (assuming you rise at 6 a.m. and rest at 9 p.m.)


Timing your "coffee breaks" between 9:30-11:30 and 1:30 and 5:00 takes advantage of the dips in your cortisol levels when you need a boost the most.

Don't worry, we are not saying get rid of your beloved cup of coffee. Just wait. Good things come to those who wait, right? Good health and who knows...probably better self discipline too. 


Business Insider: Here's the best times of the day to drink coffee for an optimum energy boost

Forbes: Why The Best Time To Drink Coffee Is Not First Thing In The Morning

Time: Early Morning is Actually the Worst Time to Drink Coffee

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Decadent and Delicious Chocolate Brownie by McClain McKinney

  • 2 Cups of Almond Butter
  • 5 Tbsps of Almond Milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 1/4 Cups of Coconut Sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp of Liquid Stevia
  • 1 Tbsp of Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup of Cacao Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp of Celtic Sea Salt
  • 1 Tsp of Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Cup of Nuts (optional)
  • Earth Balance or Organic Palm Shortening for greasing pan

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Lightly spread the Earth Balance or Organic Palm Shortening to the bottom and sides of a 9" x 13" pan.

While the oven is preheating, combine all the ingredients in a bowl, except the almond milk. Stir until well combined. Add the almond milk, whilst stirring, until the consistency resembles that of cake batter.

Spread the mix into your 9" x 13" pan and start checking for doneness around the 30-minute mark. You will be able to tell they are done when the mix starts pulling from the sides and a toothpick inserted from the center comes out clean. Make sure you allow the brownies to cool completely before cutting.

Wham! Now, transport yourselves into a land of lusciousness, curl up with your boo, and watch your favorite rom-com (Silver Linings Playbook would be my personal favorite).  

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