IV Therapies: Hollywood's Secret Available in Alabama // Rebecca Rogers by Will Siskey

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IV Vitamin Therapies are painless and extremely effective; delivering necessary nutrition directly to the body, bypassing any and all barriers to optimal absorption. This is important for many patients because of the severity of inadequate nutrition from oral intake alone. It is also important for individuals who desire optimal nutritional conditioning in order to maximize mental or physical functionality for an improved quality of life. Patients receive adequate and therapeutic levels of antioxidants, vitamins, and supplements that improve their energy, help fight infections, fight off free radicals, and more.

Most vitamin supplements cannot be taken orally in high enough doses as required by the body to achieve these benefits, either due to side effects or metabolic breakdown – when the body eliminates much of the material before it gets delivered to the cells that need them.  An example of this is that oral doses of Vitamin C greater than 2 grams often cause diarrhea, but IV doses of vitamin C of 25 grams or more have no adverse reaction.

What to Expect At Your IV Therapy Session:

When you visit Sparrow Health & Performance, our board-certified doctor will complete an assessment of your health and medical history to assess the protocol that is best for your individual needs. You will then be scheduled a time for the prescribed IV Vitamin Therapy to be administered. 

IV Vitamin Therapies at Sparrow are no different than receiving IV therapies in any other hospital, doctor’s office, or emergency room setting except that at Sparrow you sit back and relax in one of our comfortable recliners while you work, relax, listen to music, or take a quick nap. Our IV’s are placed by the highest quality licensed and practicing nurses who utilize best practice protocols for sanitation, safety, and comfort. Supervision is present on-site throughout each and every IV therapy session. IV Vitamin Therapy Sessions last from a few minutes for a “push iv therapy” to up to 90 minutes for “standard drip iv.”

IV Therapy has been used to address general fatigue, chronic fatigue syndrome/fibromyalgia, relieve acute asthma attacks, upper respiratory tract infections, chronic sinus infections, seasonal allergies, migraine headaches, muscle spasms, menstrual cramps, as well as to support recovery from endurance athletics. Many patients choose to receive periodic IV Vitamin Therapy because it enhances their overall wellbeing for variable periods of time.

All of Sparrow’s treatments safely infuse preservative free fluids, vitamins, and other nutritional supplements directly into your bloodstream creating wellness from the inside out. Ready to get started?

Visit our website at www.sparrowclinic.com, email us at info@sparrowclinic.com or call us at 205-319-0056. 

 

Why Your Supplements Are A Waste // Rebecca Rogers by Will Siskey

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Sparrow is proud to announce the addition of IV Therapy to our services for health and performance but you may be asking yourself, “Why IV?”, “Is it for me?”, and/or “Why can’t I just take the vitamins orally?” 

Not that we agree with everything celebrities do but they have long touted the advantages of intravenous vitamin therapy. If you are new to the concept of IV Therapy, you are probably wondering why you’re beginning to hear the praises of IV Therapy, why people are talking about this innovative treatment approach, and if it may be right for you.

IV Therapy has been used to address general fatigue, chronic fatigue syndrome/fibromyalgia, relieve acute asthma attacks, upper respiratory tract infections, chronic sinus infections, seasonal allergies, migraine headaches, muscle spasms, menstrual cramps, as well as to support recovery from endurance athletics. Many relatively healthy patients choose to receive periodic IV Vitamin Therapy because it enhances their overall wellbeing for variable periods of time.

Advantages of Intravenous Vitamin Therapy?

1) Nutrients delivered directly to cells through the bloodstream

Think of IV Vitamin Therapy as “direct deposit”; there’s no waiting for nutrients to clear the digestive system and liver. As soon as your infusion starts, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients are quickly circulated through your bloodstream and delivered to cells, where they are immediately available for use. Perfect for those with leaky gut or absorption issues.

2) Fewer side effects

There are times that the body needs high doses of certain vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C and Magnesium. Because IV Vitamin Therapy bypasses the stomach and intestines, there is no upset stomach or intestinal problems like cramps, nausea, or diarrhea, which sometimes result from taking high doses of certain vitamins and minerals orally. The body simply cannot reap the benefits of higher doses of vitamins and minerals when taken orally. 

3) Allows for high-dose therapy necessary for effective outcomes

According to research, there are specific blood or tissue concentrations of certain nutrients that must be achieved in order for them to be pharmacologically active. Vitamin C is a good example of such a nutrient. Numerous studies show high concentrations of Vitamin C are required in the serum and intracellular fluid before it can exert its beneficial effects.
These high concentrations simply cannot be achieved by taking the nutrients orally; the bulk of ALL vitamins and minerals swallowed in pill or liquid form is excreted, with very little actually absorbed into the bloodstream. Complicating this further is that many patients have conditions that impair their intestinal absorption in the first place. Only IV Vitamin Therapy can directly deliver pharmacologically effective doses of the required nutrients and assure more effective absorption. 

4) Supporting wellness based on clinical evidence and/or study data

When you visit Sparrow Health & Performance, our board-certified doctor will complete an assessment of your health and medical history to assess the protocol that is best for your individual needs.


Contact Sparrow Health & Performance

The value of IV Vitamin Therapy has been shown in clinical trials for a plethora of medical conditions. At Sparrow Health & Performance, we design protocols based on this clinical data.

Call us at 205-319-0056 to schedule an appointment, or email us at info@sparrowclinic.com for more information. Watch our blog next week as we walk you through the IV Vitamin Therapy Process.

Resolution For Your Resolutions // Rebecca Rogers by Will Siskey

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I’ve never really been a New Year resolution person because I feel like I set myself up for unrealistic expectations and goals. Believe me, I am not saying that we should not have goals. In fact, we should and it should not be a once a year thing. My son, in all his 22 years of wisdom, has taught me so much more than a child should ever be able to teach a parent. We have had numerous discussions about regardless of what we are going through to strive to be a better person today than we were yesterday and to serve others well in all that we do. Never forget to keep moving forward even when it seems like you are not or can not. It is not always easy but it is true and brings joy in so many ways.

Making changes, even small ones, can seem overwhelming. Let’s remember to not only offer others grace and forgiveness but offer it to ourselves too. We can not move forward holding on to things that did not go right or exactly how we planned. Some of the most amazing adventures occur when things do not go as planned.

As you begin planning your goals for the New Year, simply strive to be healthy in whatever that state or weight is for you instead of saying I need to lose “x” amount of weight or do this or that. We are all individuals with different gifts to offer the world that will never come to be if we are too busy trying to be someone else.

Consider the struggle of the caterpillar, it must overcome challenges to become perfected to be a beautiful butterfly. If the cocoon is cut to ease the struggle, the butterfly will not have the strength to fly. Don’t wait until you have more money, a house or a bigger house, that new job, an education or the companion of your dreams to live life to its fullest. You may very well find those things or that you do not need those things while you’re busy actually living!

Sparrow Health & Performance is offering several New Year Packages to assist you in becoming the best version of you! Those packages include:

Regardless of your current state of health, these packages are individualized to meet your specific needs because health isn’t a one size fits all. 

If you would like more information on these packages, please click the button below:

Email us at info@sparrowclinic.com, schedule a free consultation, or give us a call at 205-319-0056. 

An Open Letter to Our Good Fighting Clients // From the Desk of Will Siskey by Will Siskey

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Brothers and Sisters,

2017 marked the beginning of Sparrow Health & Performance. That in itself has been an incredible milestone for us. As we conclude 2017 and approach this new year, I think back to what a mentor once told me and its meaning to me:

“It is all about the journey.”

As I sit writing this in my small hometown of Albertville, Alabama, I think back to that phrase, how my journey started, and am reminded of its truth. For quite a while I searched for a mantra of my own in my personal path to health. Being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at 16 and questioning if I would ever recover from what doctors deemed incurable, I was in need of a reminder that the Lord had bigger fish for me to fry.

I began to pray, “Lord if it be your will for me to go uncured, let at least one person benefit from me going through this.”. Things were not magically easier and I still sought healing for years in every outlet I could find. Many mornings I was brought to my knees after no results, worsened symptoms, or just out of weariness in the bathroom down the hall from where I am sitting. 

I know I do not stand alone in those experiences. It is the hardest to see light when it seems all we can see is darkness. As I look back and see how the Lord healed me and continues to, I can see how every bit of it served a purpose. If it was not for my physical health, it was for the health of my heart, my character, or maybe even for you. 

I would be lying if I said starting Sparrow has been easy or if I never questioned what I was doing. In many ways, there have been times I feel just as clueless as I did on my journey to better health and have had to continually pray for God’s guidance. One thing that has been evident is that Sparrow is an answer to the prayer I prayed in desperation many years ago. We opened Sparrow to share all we have been blessed with, to educate, to prayerfully be an avenue to better health and performance. It is not that we claim to know or cure everything, but we choose to fight beside you in anything. 

We are far from your traditional medical clinic and we are proud of that. To me, Sparrow is more than a company, clinic, or bundle of services… It is a story of how there is a bigger fight out there and how it truly is all about the journey. It is a story about the Lord healing a broken 16-year-old in small town USA with an incurable disease to later spur the creation of a company that desires to serve and better lives. 

Many of you have joined our bigger fight and allowed us to join your journey. For that, we are humbled and honored. Hearing different stories have made my soul rejoice as many other journeys are benefiting from the Lord making use of what I once thought to be my worst days. I believe this is just the beginning for Sparrow to serve as a conduit to a better life. 

As we go into the new year, let us all be reminded our journey serves a purpose no matter how dark the present may seem. Keep fighting the good fight in sickness and health. You do not have to walk perfect or always be strong but keep walking in faith… The journey will prove to be worth it and He has bigger fish for you to fry. He is a master of turning beauty out of brokenness. 

Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
— Isaiah 43:18-19

The best days are ahead. It is all about the journey and we hope we can walk it with you. 

Wishing you the best of health & performance in 2018 and in years to come, 

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Will Siskey & the Sparrow Family

 

How That Much-Needed Vacation Will Improve Your Mental Health // Guest - Henry Moore, Co-Creator of FitWellTraveler by Will Siskey

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If I go on vacation, I’ll just come back to a mountain of paperwork; it isn’t worth it. Nobody can do my job like me, how could I possibly delegate? I want to prove I’m a dedicated employee. Job security? What’s that? Perhaps one or even a few of these thoughts are the reasons why you’re joining more than half of Americans who left vacation days unused last year.

Believe it or not, it turns out there are plenty of reasons that make this a rather poor decision, and not just for you and your mental health, but for your employer, too.

Less Stress and Depression 

A study at the University of Pittsburgh’s Mind-Body Center found that taking vacations contributed to increased positive emotional levels and decreased incidences of depression. Other health benefits reported in the study included lower blood pressures and smaller waistlines.

Poor Productivity and Health 

Over 50 percent of Americans are working more than 50 hours a week. These employees are scientifically proven to be not only less productive, but they’re also at risk for serious health consequences. Traveling allows you to counteract these issues and gives you the proper time to recharge. One way your body re-energizes is by catching up on your sleep and sleep deprivation affects your cognitive abilities. All of which can help improve your home and work life. 

Change of Scenery 

Oftentimes our day-to-day life becomes routine and repetitive. We engage in the same habits, some good and some bad. For those in addiction recovery, traveling and seeing new scenery can break up old patterns and provide new context. It disrupts your mind’s usual response to repetitive behaviors and makes it easier for you to maintain your sobriety. And don’t just consider an annual vacation, weekend getaways are great, too, as traveling and reflecting can boost your healing 

By now, you’re seeing that passing on a vacation isn’t such a good idea. With pounds on the scale to consider, a nervous breakdown looming, and more of the same routine, you’re practically packing your bags, right? 

Now you’re on board, so it’s time to figure out how you can make the most of it. 

Make Sure To Prepare 

If you don’t take the time to prepare, you’ll be turning your time off into another Griswold vacation movie, and it might not have the usual happy ending. Preparation should include careful consideration of your destination. Unless you absolutely love the hustle and bustle of city adventures, opt for a more peaceful or secluded spot where you can kick back and enjoy your life on island time.

Avoid Over Scheduling 

The last thing you want is to return from your vacation feeling like you need a vacation. This can be the consequence when your over-book your activities or over-plan. Allow for ample free time in your schedule to fulfill the reason for your trip: relaxation. 

Careful Packing

You’ve packed the sunscreen. You’ve packed the tour guidebook. You’ve even packed your favorite clothes for a special night out. But don’t pack your work. Take the time away to disconnect from work activities. Ideally, your plan to be away from work will include delegating, speaking to your boss, and informing clients you’ll be gone.

Try New Things 

This is a great time to drop your routines and try new things. Traveling should be about personal growth, you won’t just be making the trip to see and do, but to experience and learn. Find ways to tap into the experience in ways you haven’t before. 

We’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg. Taking that much-needed vacation will enhance your creativity, improve your sleep cycle, boost your mood, reduce your risk for heart disease, and prevent the dreaded burnout. So before conjuring up another excuse to sit dutifully at your desk, instead, close your eyes and imagine the sound of that waterfall, the sound of those chirping birds and the sweet smell of the fresh clean air. Now, it’s time to get packing!


About Henry Moore:

Henry is the co-creator of FitWellTraveler. The site blends two of his favorite subjects (travel and health) to provide readers with information about how to get the most out of both. He believes travel can change you, and good health preserves you. He combines both in his work on FitWellTraveler.


The views, opinions and positions expressed within these guest posts are those of the author alone and do not represent those of Sparrow Health & Performance, LLC. The accuracy, completeness and validity of any statements made within this article are not guaranteed. We accept no liability for any errors, omissions or representations. The copyright of this content belongs to the author and any liability with regards to infringement of intellectual property rights remains with them.

Sparrow in the Community by Will Siskey

Sparrow teamed up with The Good Fight Foundation and United Way in making a difference in our communities this holiday season.

These efforts included the 19th Annual Canned Food Drive, Zaxby’s Do Good Eat Good, and Painting for a Purpose. These fundraisers contributed to providing food to those in need and raising money for much needed medical expenses.

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Spent the day collecting canned goods in Marshall County, Alabama with Marshall County Christian Services and United Way of Marshall County


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Celebrating our friend Kelsey at her Painting for a Purpose event to raise money for a potential stem cell treatment. Find more information on Kelsey and her story below.

Donations can be given to her Go Fund Me page found here.

We have an opportunity for Kelsey to receive a new treatment called non-embryonic stem cell therapy. This treatment is proven to help with Alopecia. The Good Fight Foundation is allowing 9 local kids to receive the therapy in Birmingham - Kelsey will be one of the kids. The therapy is proven to help several diseases. We need the money by Christmas with the plan to receive the treatment the week after Christmas. The money would cover flying the doctor in, all equipment and two treatments for each kid. We have hope and I pray that you will consider donating and sharing. 

We appreciate any help with donations and fundraising ideas. There are several children in our area, with diseases and conditions that have not responded to traditional medicine, that need Stem Cell Therapy. This Stem Cell Therapy uses the patient's own stem cells obtained from their adipose tissue. There are many conditions that may respond to this procedure. Stem Cell Therapy is very expensive and not covered by insurance. Our desire is for these children, without the financial means to pay for the treatments, to have access to this procedure.

At this time, our goal is to raise $150,000 which will cover two complete treatments for each child. Any parent will do whatever they can to help their child but sometimes it is financially out of their reach.

Please help us give Kelsey the opportunity to have this life-changing treatment. We really need your help. You will never realize the difference this will make to be able to have this life-changing procedure. 
 


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We also joined our friend Ashley in raising money at select Zaxby's locations. The community support was phenomenal and very much appreciated. Grateful to be a part of such a wonderful community and see all contributions go towards providing medical treatments. Donations may be made at The Good Fight Foundation.  to assist Ashley and other children through offering life-changing adipose stem cell treatments. Hope is a beautiful gift!

If You Could Change a Child’s Life Would You? // Sparrow's Partnership with The Good Fight Foundation by Will Siskey

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If You Could Change a Child’s Life Would You? 

Sparrow's Partnership with The Good Fight Foundation

It is the season of giving and we live in the world of excess. Do we actually need more stuff? What if a donation could impact the life of another in a way never before thought possible? If you think “Oh, someone should do that,” perhaps that someone is YOU! If we all sit back and do nothing waiting for someone else to do something, what impact are we having on changing the world? 

Currently, there are nine children that have not responded to “traditional medical treatments” and are awaiting potential life-changing non-embryonic stem cell therapies. These therapies are not covered by insurance and are out of the financial reach of the families. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to The Good Fight Foundation to make these treatments available. 

Recently I had the privilege of meeting an amazing group with a heart of service to others that is rare to find. John and Leslye Pace formed The Good Fight Foundation to serve “the least of these.” They have a passion for addressing the needs of children from lack of basic needs to providing medical care for families that cannot afford life-changing stem cell treatments. 

The impact this makes on families is huge. One potential recipient told me “The chance to do this would be the best gift ever. I am so excited!” Felicia Dewberry, a mother of a potential recipient, had this to say, “Please consider donating and pray for these children. Some things are out of our control but we can control how we help others and the impact we can have in our community. Please make a life-changing impact for a child this Christmas Season.” 

Another appreciative mother, Becky Reaves, said “I would like to thank The Good Fight Foundation for making this opportunity possible for our children. They have given us hope that my daughter may one day be cured!” 

Sally Wesley expressed it this way, “To know that this is out of my control and there is nothing I can do to help my child is difficult. Having an invisible, chronic illness is hard enough. Being doubted, judged, or dismissed is overwhelming and heartbreaking. It is frustrating that I cannot explain to people what it feels like.”  

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Please give something that could change a life by making a very much needed and appreciated donation to the Good Fight Foundation. 

Consider the gratitude you would have if this was your family and in this season of giving, please help The Good Fight Foundation and these children “fight the good fight” by making a tax-deductible donation here or email us at info@sparrowclinic.com for more information. 

 

More on the Good Fight Foundation:

The Good Fight Foundation, a 501 3c non-profit organization,  graciously offers up their time, energy, and resources to God’s Great Co-Mission as an expression of their love and gratitude for all that He has done. 100% of all donations go directly to these causes. 

Founder and President of The Good Fight Foundation, John “Gio” Pace has had an undeniable passion for The Lord since he was saved back in 1987. He has hosted numerous Faith-based Youth Events throughout the past 25 years with such organizations as Youth for Christ, Mighty Warriors, and The Anna Maria Island Christian Foundation. He has always had a heart for Youth as God has empowered him to connect with young people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. Although he has a passion for youth he can relate to people of all ages and his calling extends to everyone in need of hope. John’s business background includes VP of Business Development for Ideal Image Development Corporation, VP of Marketing for Magnegas Corporation (NASDAQ Company MNGA), CEO of Pace Media, LLC, and over 12 years as owner/operator of The Anna Maria Island Beach Resort. John’s 30 plus years of writing and producing videos and commercials shall now be dedicated to serving The Most High God to win souls for His Kingdom.

Leslye Pace M.D. has been Director of Anesthesiology at Dekalb Gastroenterology and Associates for the past 9 years. She completed her internship, residency and a fellowship in Anesthesiology and Pain Management at The University of Alabama in Birmingham and served on staff for 4 years. Leslye has a contagious enthusiasm and joy for life and a heart to serve God by helping those that can’t help themselves. As a mother of 5, she has been blessed with a genuinely loving spirit that makes children and adults alike melt away their walls and welcome her in. Leslye has a heart for Worship and her favorite Scripture is “Trust In The Lord With All Your Heart and Lean Not Unto Your Own Understanding, Acknowledge Him In All Your Ways and HE Shall Direct Your Path”. Proverbs 3:5-6.

Let’s all join The Good Fight Foundation and these families in “fighting the good fight” with your support, love, and prayers! What a great way to truly give the gift of life this Christmas!

7 Incredible Reasons You Need an Oxygen Bar // McClain McKinney by Will Siskey

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7 Incredible Reasons You Need an Oxygen Bar

by McClain McKinney

Coming soon to Sparrow Health & Performance is our new oxygen bar, that will take your health and performance to a new level. Oxygen bars contain 99% pure O2 that funnel into small tubes that hang right underneath your nose. Typically air is only 21% O2, so you are going to have some extreme benefits when taking in 5-20 minutes of pure oxygen. Here are seven ways that you can really benefit from our new oxygen bar.


1. Debilitates Depression

An oxygen bar has the ability to alter your chemical balance thus lifting your feeling of depression. It will improve your circulation, send oxygen to your brain, and flush many toxins from the body as well.

2. Promotes Health and Fights Disease

“Deprive a cell 35% of its oxygen for 48 hours and it may become cancerous.” – Dr. Otto Warburg. Getting oxygen to our cells may be one of the simplest things we can do, but with our environment constantly threatening the body, we need to provide an extra layer of protection. Oxygen strengthens your mitochondria, which is an anti-inflammatory, killing unhealthy cells, but producing healthy ones. This reduces the inflammation in your body.

3. Cure Your Hangover

Whether it’s the night of or the morning after, the decisions you made the night before don’t have to be consequential for the rest of the day. Oxygen bars will get O2 into your body fast, alleviating headaches because the intake will increase circulation of oxygen throughout your brain, eliminating that hangover feeling.

4. Get Rid of Jet Lag

Jet lag happens when our body tries to readjust to a new circadian rhythm and has been hit with a deprivation of oxygen. Commercial airlines pressurize their cabins comparable to the pressure of 8,000 feet above sea level, meaning that there is 20-25% less oxygen at this pressure than normal, robbing our bodies of oxygen. An oxygen bar will compensate for this deprivation and allow you to make the most of your business trip or vacation.

5. Optimize Your Exercise

Training with oxygen supplements creates ATP for energy, increased mitochondria levels, flushes out the lactic acid that causes muscle fatigue, allows for a quicker recovery after a workout, facilitates brain function, and enhances an athlete’s performance giving the ability to make split-second decisions that could be a difference in the outcome of a game.

6. Think Faster

One study shows us how increasing the oxygen saturation level in our blood, creates more oxygen for the brain, thus BOOM, more brain power. A fantastic, healthy way to increase mental alertness and even going to the extent of increasing memory.

7. Give Me That Feel Good

Cities, clubs, and parties have begun introducing oxygen bars at many of their major events. After a session of taking in pure oxygen, many customers report of getting a “10 minute high,” many of whom say the effects last the rest of the day.

Interested in having an oxygen bar at your business, gym, party, or event? Or want to know more for your personal use? Contact us at 205-319-0056


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.